Saturday, January 21


Ancient Wisdom

A game for 2-6 players ages 7 and up.

You will need: One six-sided die.

  1. Each player rolls the die in turn.  The resulting number is the age at which they would have died of a childhood disease now readily treatable or prevented entirely by routine vaccinations.
  2. The winner is all those who can rely on modern technology instead of ancient wisdom.

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When I was maybe 3 (I'm not sure how old I was) I nearly died from what is now known as norovirus. I couldn't keep anything down and got severely dehydrated.

The "cure" was for me to spend three days in the hospital on intravenous fluids. Without that, I would have been dead.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, January 22 2012 03:41 AM (+rSRq)

2 Yeah, three of the biggest life-savers are public sanitation, medical hygiene, and keeping sick kids properly hydrated.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, January 22 2012 02:53 PM (PiXy!)


They gave me 7-up to drink at the hospital. And after that, whenever we got sick with "stomach flu", my parents bought 7-up for us. That was the only time we ever had it.

To this day I cannot stand the stuff. A triumph of conditioning, eh?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Sunday, January 22 2012 04:42 PM (+rSRq)


Similar story, but I was 5 or 6, and dunno what virus it was.

I had read somewhere that foods consumed during periods of serious childhood illness become marked in our 'write-once memory' as toxic or poisonous... it's an evolutionary advantage to have hard-coded "don't eat this again" signals when you're a hunter-gatherer omnivore trying different foods.  Nowadays, it just means we wind up with people who can't stand 7-up, or beets, or whatever else got fed to us back then.

Posted by: Mikeski at Monday, January 23 2012 03:39 AM (1bPWv)

5 For me, it's the Shamrock Shake from McDonalds.  Had such a terrible case of chickenpox that it was not only all over my skin, but in my mouth and down my throat!  The doc said things like ice cream.  On the day I felt the worst, Momzerduck provided me with a Shamrock Shake.

Never again.  It's been... oh, 32 years since I had one.

Posted by: Wonderduck at Tuesday, January 24 2012 01:04 AM (f/6aJ)

6 That's quite possibly the saddest food imaginable to be unable to eat, Wonderduck.

Posted by: RickC at Tuesday, January 24 2012 09:47 AM (/5bLf)

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