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Unpopular Ideas

Ramblings and Digressions from out of left field, and beyond....

Location: Piedmont of Virginia, United States

All human history, and just about everything else as well, consists of a never-ending struggle against ignorance.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Women and Duct Tape

The two most interesting articles I saw this morning were about the great and greater merits of duct tape and women, especially the red kind (of duct tape).

The title of the first article was "Why Women Are Better at Everything."   And its lead sentence reads:

"Recently in the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch columnist David Weidner noted that women "do almost everything better" than men — from politics to corporate management to investing."

The general gist of why that may be so is that women are more cautious about things, and it could be seen as a modern elaboration of the old adage, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread."

I'm not so sure about the first such use mentioned, which was to use red duct tape to mark off safety zones in hospitals to keep the workers at a safe distance from the infected.  I don't see how tape on the floor can keep people at a safe distance from anybody  But I liked the other impromptu medical uses given, especially the probably age-old one about covering a bad scrape with a paper towel or toilet paper and then wrapping it with duct tape, for which the red color should be especially good, and this means that I have to run right out and buy a roll.

I have never seen red duct tape on the store shelves, but then, I haven't been in any stores enough lately to have seen anything.


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