Living outside the box — 15 Comments

  1. I’m waiting for research on crossing the road. Nearly all accidents involving pedestrians are because they are on the road. I think crossing the road should be taxed, if not banned altogether.And what about getting out of bed? How many domestic accidents could be prevented if people did not get out of bed? Shouldn’t there be an education campaign on the importance of refraining from getting out of bed?

    • No, no, no, no, no! You’re getting it all wrong! Most people die in bed, so there should be a ban on beds! There’s no safe level of lying in bed!

      • Or going to the doctor, for that matter. How many people do you know who have died soon after contact with a doctor?

    • Rather than taxing crossing the road, I’d much prefer to see coin-meters installed at pedestrian-controlled crossings – a small fee, maybe 10p, but it would make folk think twice before they stop the flow of all the traffic which has paid heavily for the privilege of using the road.

  2. I’m already living proof that serving on-board Naval submarines is hazardous to your health (no, not radiation) but what that actually means in the long run is beyond me. Besides, that’s the only thing I could come up with.

  3. Brings to mind the story of the US Air Force undertaking many thousands of pilot-body measurements in order to design the perfect pilot-seat for their fighter aircraft.   Turned out that the ‘average’ did not fit a single pilot, they were all uncomfortable in some way, but on average it was perfect.

  4. I quit drinking almost nine years ago.  It hasn’t kept me from getting old.  Though I’m probably ageing because I smoke.   I tripped and fell over a board the other week.  Put a big gash on my ankle and my feet swelled up like balloons but that’s probably because I smoke.  When I fell I landed on my left knee fairly hard.  It ached for a few days but that’s because I smoke.Most of the past three generations of my family, on both sides, have lived into their eighties.  I’ll probably die in my eighties because I smoke.I drive like a madman.  I own a little sports car that allows me to drive like I do but if I die in my car it will be because I smoke.I probably live a shitty little existance because I smoke.  I am publicly ostrasized because I smoke.Fuck ’em.  I’ll smoke all I damn please.

  5. Ho hum.  Doncha just luuuurve these studies?  Why are they so concerned with the amount of hours’ sleep we do or don’t get every day?  And they never seem to take into account those of us who seem to need about “the average” amount of sleep per night (7-8 hours), but whose body clock simply doesn’t match other people’s.  People, in case you haven’t guessed, like me, who function around 4 hours behind “the average” in respect of pretty much everything – meal times, sleep times, waking times, alert times, not-so alert times …  Which is why I’m up now, with work tomorrow, writing comments on blogs at stupid o’clock.  I’ll pay for it tomorrow, no doubt.  It’s all very tiring [yawn!] – oh of course, as Brian points out above THAT’s all down to the fact that I smoke …..

  6. I always get tickled when I read these studies.  First, what is the intended actual outcome if the government(s) and their agencies are successful in modifying human behaviors?  Will we all live to be 120?  If so, what does that do to pensions/retirement accounts, set retirement dates, health insurance costs?  Let alone, the increased demands on resources because of the longevity of the population.  We’re already told that man’s presence has done untold damage to the planet and we’re all doomed, anyway.   Seems to me that in the end we all die.    

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