April 30, 2016

"It may sound strange that so harmless a liquid as water may require to be guarded against, but it is even so."

"Drenching the stomach with it just before, or during a hearty meal, plays the mischief with the digestions, and in most cases with the personal comfort. And yet it is a common practice.... The drink we recommend, and not too much of that, is water only. By a proper choice of food, much thirst may always be avoided.... As to the appetite for ice-water, for instance, in the hot weather, it is an artificial one; simple cool water, and not too cool, is much more wholesome."

Advice on what to drink, from the newly discovered writings of Walt Whitman, "Manly Health and Training, With Off-Hand Hints Toward Their Conditions."

18 comments:

buwaya puti said...

He is way off-base on this.
It's obvious that the healthiest drink of all is beer.
It used to be the breakfast drink of choice, before tea or coffee, and with a bit if social media backing, it can be so again!
Who is with me?

Oso Negro said...

Walt Whitman. Kind of the Scott Adams of his day.

Bob Ellison said...

Wow. Stupid.

Bob Ellison said...

Yet he thought to broadcast his stupidity. That's another thing to consider.

Bob Ellison said...

"To such a young man—to all who read these lines—let us, with
rapid pen, sketch some of the requisites toward this condition of sound
health we talk of—a condition, we wish it distinctly understood, far
easier to attain than
is generally
supposed;..."

They didn't have Strunk and White back then to teach them the proper use of the semicolon and the appositive. Terrible writing. I wonder whether Mark Twain was the changer of all that.

buwaya puti said...

Granted, beer for breakfast may not be ideal for campaigning politicians.
It is probably good for the morale and productivity of the rest of us drudges though.

Bob Boyd said...

Moisture and Manliness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoQW03UFqQw

Alex said...

Way off base. The only drink suitable for a man is bourbon. On the rocks of course.

Hammond X. Gritzkofe said...

...so harmless a liquid as water may require to be guarded against....

A liquid may require to be guarded against. What other important needs might the liquid have? What is the threat or danger to the water? Is it a danger to itself?

Whitman might have been paid by the word for writing. Nobody pays Hammond by the word for reading

Lori said...

Ann, what a gem you have found. I'm sending this document to my Kindle for some fun reading.

Titus said...

So my really hot grindr fuck wants to date me, but I can't because I am married. He wants to go out for dinner and shit and I just want of fucck him.


What is a girl to ?

I reallly want his body and ass.

Titus said...

My mom and husband are consttantly calling me, but i don't wan to talk to them. i enjoy my loniless.

mikee said...

So are we now digging for, and finding, reasons this huge opus was hidden away under a pseudonym for so darn long?

Titus said...

Grindr has fucked me up big time. i am constantly responding to hot guys who want me to fuck them. I am talking hot, educated guys too. Harvard and MIT grad students who are desperate for my hog. I am impressed by the fact that they are able to study, while hungry for hog.

I feel sorry for those that attended shit schools,

Elite international's are horny too.

Fernandinande said...

Water intoxication, also known as water poisoning, is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside safe limits by overhydration.

Sharc said...

Walt Whitman. The Ashley Judd of his day.

Sharc said...

Ashley Judd reference.

EMD said...

Actually, when I drink water it seems to exacerbate any indigestion or heartburn I might have.

I have to drink it separately from food.