Sideswipe

A daily look at life's oddities by Ana Samways

Sideswipe: Sep 17: Ain't that the truth

Ain't it the truth, says a Christchurch reader of this bon mot on Education Rethink's Facebook page. Photo / Supplied
Ain't it the truth, says a Christchurch reader of this bon mot on Education Rethink's Facebook page. Photo / Supplied

Too much information for a young man

"Last week's 'nude and pregnant' [item] reminded me of my youth," writes Malcolm. "Not long after I started pursuing the fairer sex, but as yet still to catch a willing one, my mother asked for my help one Sunday afternoon. Her friend and 70-something neighbour, who always came for a cuppa in the afternoon, had not shown. Mother had gone next door and heard cries for help. The neighbour was unable to lift her ample frame out of the bath water, so had pulled the plug. Now she was even heavier! Yes, I did manage to lift her, naked and dripping, from the bath and have had a buggered back ever since. This was definitely not the introduction to the female form I had dreamed of!"

Unhelpful advice from old books

1. "Jumping the rope is not good exercise, for it jars the body too much, while there is great danger of catching the feet in the rope and so getting a hard fall, and, perhaps, a broken limb."
2. "Squinting or rolling the eyes, even 'for fun,' is a dangerous practice, because it strains the muscles which should hold the eyeball in place.
3. "A new technique in bathroom construction may soon come into widespread use.

In place of tile walls, the method calls for spraying molten lead on a thick woolly wallboard. Result: a pleasant silver-grey colour, smooth, waterproof, rustless, and soundproof - at half the cost of tile."
(Via Obsolessons - A Compendium of Unhelpful Self-Help)

Rewinding the body clock

The idea that staying in bed longer on Saturday and Sunday will help "catch up" on sleep missed during the week is a myth, according to a study. The research suggests that, rather than sending workers into the new week feeling refreshed, extra hours of sleep over the weekend can result in people feeling even more tired. The extra hours in bed are said to disrupt the circadian cycle, which governs the internal body clock and triggers when to wake up in the morning or to feel tired at night. Because the cycle lasts about 24 hours, staying in bed for longer than usual at the weekend confuses the body clock and results in a person feeling more tired when they try to revert to their normal pattern. (Source: Telegraph)

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