Monday, October 19, 2009

Fun "fact" of the week

"Blondes, that is, persons with light hair, fair skin and blue eyes, as also having sandy or reddish hair, should by all means select some active, outdoor vocation. Brunettes, persons having dark skin, indicating a bilious temperament, accompanied usually with dark hair and dark eyes, should select a calling which, whether indoor or out, will require them to be on their feet, moving about nearly all the time in order to "work off" the constantly accumulating bile."

-The Guide Board to Health, Peace and Competence (1869)

What? I have constantly accumulating bile? Ick. hhaha

And a bonus:

"The very best way of making the hair grow is to rub paraffin into the roots, but, of course, you must be very careful not to go near a fire or light of any kind. The next best cure is to rub the head with vaseline."

-The Girl's Own Annual, Vol. XXIV (1903)

** photo above found here.

22 comments:

  1. This is so funny! Where do you find this stuff? It just cracks me up. Except that part about the paraffin in the hair and staying away from fire--that's a little scary!

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  2. What happens if I'm a brunette/brown eyed couch potato??? What are the symptoms of accumulating bile???...ahhh so many questions, perhaps I should dye my hair blonde... that should solve it ;)

    I just love your fun 'facts' thanks for posting them.
    AngieB

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  3. As a brunette myself I have found that the best remedy for accumulating bile AND hair loss is to eat more chocolate.

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  4. Great. I'm blonde with fair skin and blue eyes. Looks like I'm going to have to buy even more factor 30!

    I love looking through old books like this!

    Em ♥

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  5. That is so awesome! I was blond and now I am gray....what do I do now? Rest after the outdoor activity?

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  6. It all makes sense now... it's all that "accumulating bile" that's my issue...LOL! I'll be sure to try the paraffin trick...hahaha... :o)

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  7. Amy, you have light eyes so you don't fall into the constantly accumulating bile category. LUCKY YOU! I, however, am overflowing with bile.
    P.S. You aren't a doctor, but you play one on Blogspot.com.

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  8. Mom, I was thinking that- that I have blue eyes so maybe I don't have as MUCH bile. hahaha

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  9. Amy....the store is from a friend of mine, you can write her in english...no problem !!...i will get one too...i like the one with the rainjacket on !! :)...and must have the movie too !! haven't seen it yet xx

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  10. you brunetts and your excess bile! im a fair skinned redhead and constant sun exposure would be a sure fire way to end up with skin cancer. That 80spf wont even save me! (another fun fact, my mom is convinced it is sunblock that causes skin cancer and NOT the sun. Maybe she was the brains behind the 1869 guid board to health?) hehe ;p

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  11. Haha about your mom, Mandi!

    and, yeah, blondes have all the fun running around outside all bile-less.

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  12. I agree with Mandi...sunshine and fair skin don't mix.

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  13. Amy! Did you see that you're in the etsy twitter gift guide?
    http://www.etsy.com/gift-guides/your-etsy-twitter-picks/223?ref=fp_banner_TwitterMillion_guide_101309

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  14. Ohmygosh, your blog is beautiful! The items in your Etsy shop are absolutely adorable too!

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I am now a follower of yours. :)

    xoxo
    Amy
    thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

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  15. Haha.. I wonder where they got that idea about bile?! So very strange.

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  16. oh wow, you can't make stuff like that up! too good. especially hilarious, one must be careful to go near an open flame! what??? too much!

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  17. oh hell this is priceless. so the colour of my hair is the reason for all my accumulated bile...

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  18. Lol! I love these! We really have evolved in our thinking. Then again, I bet 100 years from now someone will surely be laughing at us.

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