Saturday, January 21
A game for 2-6 players ages 7 and up.
You will need: One six-sided die.
- 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.
- The winner is all those who can rely on modern technology instead of ancient wisdom.
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)
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)
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)
Posted by: RickC at Tuesday, January 24 2012 09:47 AM (/5bLf)
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