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I used to live next door to a pair of elderly naturists, only finding out about their hobby when they bade me a cheerful, saggy 'Hello' while I was 25 feet up a ladder repairing the chimney. Luckily, a bush broke my fall, but the memory of a fat, naked man in an ill-fitting wig will live with me forever.

(, Thu 1 Oct 2009, 12:41)
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Not sure if I've already posted this...
Anyway, cast your mind back to the head days of 2003...


I was a young fresher, newly arrived at university, for the experience of a life time.

I moved in, waved my parents good bye, and thought about hitting the bar for all of the raucous fresher-related antics that I had been told about. It was now that I met my first university friend - Shahid.

A thoroughly lovely bloke. He was a former Muslim, so didn't/couldn't drink a great deal, but never mind, we got on fine, and went on a bar crawl with the rest of our floor/other randoms, doing 'Kerrrazy' student things...

Anyway, things got a little weird at the end of Freshers week when he got drunk and started giving some ad hoc poetry recitals, it was pretty dark stuff, but it was also pretty poor. We laughed it off as teenage angst, after all, he was a former muslim goth, who one trip to HMV bought a Marilyn Manson album, and a Britney Spears album. 'Nuff said really.

As the term progressed, he got more and more angst-y, to the point where one night he threatened to kill himself after a night on the town. He was prepared to grate his wrists with a cheese grater, and we wrestled it out of his hands, and locked him in his room for the night.

The next day, everything was fine, in fact, he seemed to have forgotten the whole incident. We decided to not pursue it with the uni people, probably a mistake in hindsight, as he started doing it more and more after nights out.

It ended up being common, he would attempt to kill himself, we would talk him out of it, ring the porters, they would take him for a walk, the next day it was as if nothing happened.

It became clear he was doing this for attention, so we started ignoring him, taking whatever weapon it was in his hand from him, and sitting him in a corner somewhere...

That is until one fateful night, he came in screaming he was going to end it all and started scoffing a handfull of pills.

The rest of the floor dived at him to wrestle the pills and other stuff from his hands, as he munched away... It was then that I noticed that the pills and weird powder he was trying to eat were vitamin C tablets and Lemsip!

Now, I am no chemist, but I don't think his aim was to become the healthiest guy on campus, but he was giving it his all.

Oh how we laughed! He never tried it again, and so we could all relax knowing it was just a cry for attention, I don't think he would dare try to do it again after the last attempt.


As a small post script, in his second year, after all of us choosing not to live with him, he got booted out of Uni for stalking some girl, and got diagnosed with Paranoid Schzioprenia.

Now, I am not one to make light of such a horrible thing, but it just a shame that this wasn't diagnosed earlier, so we knew we lived with someone who had problems, rather than someone who was just a bit weird and goth-like.
(, Mon 5 Oct 2009, 12:11, 7 replies)
lemsip has a load of paracetemol in it
so an overdose could quite easily seriously and quickly fuck you up leading to you dying.

just saying
(, Mon 5 Oct 2009, 12:22, closed)
and i'm sure
you can OD on vitamin c if you take a lot of it but probably not as bad as the lemsip
(, Mon 5 Oct 2009, 12:27, closed)
naa, you pretty much stop being able to process it
and piss it out.

You can buy effervescent tablets in the supermarket which contain 1667% of your recommended daily allowance.
(, Mon 5 Oct 2009, 12:30, closed)
oh fair enuff
i still wouldn't want to take that much tho. Or we could start a competition to see who can take the most vit C in one day through the pills and oranges and shit
(, Mon 5 Oct 2009, 12:32, closed)
I've used those tablets to try and blast away an illness
or if I'm feeling rundown.

They do something funny to my insides though, so I've stopped using them.

don't think they could kill you though
(, Mon 5 Oct 2009, 12:35, closed)
We looked it up afterwards,
and to OD on Vit C turns your wee yellow/orange. That's pretty much it.

As for the lemsip, there is not that much paracetamol in bog standard lemsip, either way, he never made it on to that, as he was too busy scoffing the pills.
(, Mon 5 Oct 2009, 14:25, closed)
Last night's House was pretty clear on the matter -
too much Vitamin C causes Calcium deficiency. Which can be quite bad, as without Calcium your nerves won't work. You would need quite a lot of it, though.
(, Tue 6 Oct 2009, 13:30, closed)

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