Sunday, January 22, 2006

Other Super Substances

In the previous post, I commented on my father's belief that Gorilla Glue will fix anything. A friend told me two days ago about how his mother used vapor rub for every kind of illness and injury as her only medicine. In the past, I've heard others talk about irrational beliefs in the power of WD40, Windex, duct tape, or Nyquil as cure-alls or fix-alls.

What other substances have you encountered that people believe are the solution to everything?

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  1. Kimchee.

    Nuff said.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  2. Well, the classic one is club soda.

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  3. My parents have recently starting drinking apple cider for any physical problem they can think of having. They believe it cures everything from depression to loose bowels. If my mother isn't pulling my leg, numerous people at her workplace believe the same.

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  4. Club soda! How could I have forgotten that old standby.

    As for apple cider ... they think it is a cure for *loose* bowels? Not constipation?

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  5. An Ozark remedy for stings, bites, and other such invasions was ... coal oil.

    It's said to cure even snakebite.

    It worked for me with a sting. My aunt had me stick my stinging finger down into a can of it, and the pain stopped instantly.

    But I doubt that it qualifies as a cure-all. I don't recall anybody ever advising me to drink the stuff.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  6. On Everybody Hates Chris last week (which is quite agood if you haven't seen it) there was a joke in which Chris' Mom thought that the rememdy for everything was Robitussin. Chris' brother burned his hand? I'll get the Robitussin. Chris got hit by a car? I'll get the Robitussin, etc.

    How widespread Robi-mania is, however, I cannot say.

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  7. "Alcohol, the cause of and solution to all if life's problems."

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  8. i wish i were drunk so i could have an excuse for that typo.

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