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This is a question Useless advice

As a new parent, people seem to think it's OK to pass on any and every old wives tale possible. "Don't hug him too much". What? Quite what possesses people to pass on baseless, idiotic, useless advice I don't know.

That said, I quite often give car drivers directions and then, after they've moved off, realise that I've sent them down a bike-only route, so I can give as good as I get.

What useless advice have you been given (or handed out) recently?

(, Thu 19 Oct 2006, 10:29)
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I went to sign up with a new doctor the other week, and had to go through the whole rigmarole of having a 'health interview' with a nurse, which went something like this:

"So how many units of alcohol do you drink a week?"

"Too many - probably about 35."

"That's more than the WHO recommends. Drinking too much is bad for you."

"I know."

"Right. How much red meat do you eat a week?"

"Too much."

"You shouldn't eat too much red meat. It's bad for you."

“I know.”

“Do you smoke?”


“You shouldn’t smoke. It’s bad for you.”

“No it’s not. Is it? Are you sure?”

(slight hesitation) “Errrm, yes it is. You must know that.”

“No. Who said it was? Is this one of those new health scare things?”

“Everyone’s known for years…. Surely you learnt at school…. Haven’t you ever….How…..?”

“I might wait and see about that. Everyone said coffee was bad for you, then a few months later, everyone said it was good for you. Same with cheese. And chocolate. Maybe it’s just a fad.”


"Anyway, do you want this bottle of piss? I brought it in just for you.”
(, Fri 20 Oct 2006, 10:55, Reply)

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