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Thipu1

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General Magazine Nuttiness
« on: November 02, 2013, 11:20:19 AM »
The Wedding magazine thread got me thinking.

It isn't only Wedding magazines that offer totally insane ideas.

I recall a tip from a home decoration magazine.  It suggested that to 'give your living room that look of pastel spring freshness, turn your book jackets inside-out'. 

What silly suggestions have you found? 

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2013, 12:34:53 PM »
This is not really silly, but when I was young, my family can only afford clothes from places like Kmart.  Imagine that situation and reading teen magazine articles about trendy clothes on a "budget," and one blouse alone is $60 or more.  In 1980's dollars.  I don't even spend $60 on one piece of clothing item now (except maybe a business suit).

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2013, 12:55:23 PM »
Someone suggested giving children a bucket to use as a toilet when they are playing in the garden, then spreading the contents as "fertiliser".

Seriously.

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2013, 12:55:48 PM »
This wasn't so obviously silly but I remember being incensed at Real Simple; they'd done a "home desk / family organization" makeover for a mom who had a husband teaching at one school and two kids each at different schools.

They replaced her calendar with a write-on/wipe-off calendar for ONE MONTH.

I'm like, WHAT?!?!? So every month she has to sit down and transfer all the appointments to this calendar? And what does she do if she needs to schedule a dentist appointment next month? She can't see what's going on!

Plus they didn't create a place to stash the calendars from all the various schools, so she could pull them out when it was time to wipe off the next calendar.

She needed a paper calendar on which she wrote all events from all 4 people's schedules ONCE. And so she could flip to the next page if she needed to see what was going on in the future.

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2013, 01:00:07 PM »
Dan Savage has linked to some pretty hilarious blog posts in which people go through Cosmo-style sex advice and evaluate it.  They split the suggestions into different categories: "Common sense," "Probably works on some people," "He'll wonder what's going on," "This is probably gonna hurt," and "Possibly will cause serious medical problems."  It may not surprise you to hear that a lot of the "surprising" advice is either blatantly obvious ("Err, yeah, because that's how sex works") or thoroughly useless ("Honey, what exactly is that supposed to accomplish?").  There were a lot more out-and-out dangerous suggestions than there were surprising and sexy ones, though  :-\

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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2013, 01:13:09 PM »
Have seen this in magazines AND on decorating shows:

1) The decorator always expresses shock and horror that the individual has books.  What do they think their home IS?  A library?  WHY do you need all these silly, dust covered BOOKS????  and then...

2) The decorator/lifecoach/whatever insists the client pare down the books to ones they haven't read and get rid of all other books and finally

3) COVER ALL REMAINING BOOKS IN COORDINATED CLOTH COVERS BECAUSE THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO LOOK AT.

So I should get rid of my dictionary because I've used it already and cover all my books in the same color despite the fact that it will make it nearly impossible to find the information I am looking for.  And if I hear o ne more decorator say to a book collector "Seriously, haven't you ever heard of the internet?" I may not be responsible for my actions.

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2013, 01:31:42 PM »
Have seen this in magazines AND on decorating shows:

1) The decorator always expresses shock and horror that the individual has books.  What do they think their home IS?  A library?  WHY do you need all these silly, dust covered BOOKS????  and then...

2) The decorator/lifecoach/whatever insists the client pare down the books to ones they haven't read and get rid of all other books and finally

3) COVER ALL REMAINING BOOKS IN COORDINATED CLOTH COVERS BECAUSE THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO LOOK AT.

So I should get rid of my dictionary because I've used it already and cover all my books in the same color despite the fact that it will make it nearly impossible to find the information I am looking for.  And if I hear o ne more decorator say to a book collector "Seriously, haven't you ever heard of the internet?" I may not be responsible for my actions.


On that same note: advising the person to take a picture of the item and then getting rid of the item. You know, if we had done that, our blind friend would have been touching a picture that feels like every other picture instead of touching the lacy dress that I wore when I graduated from Jr. High School!

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2013, 01:36:44 PM »
a few years ago, i remember reading a magazine (like redbook or good housekeeping) that had a bunch of articles on the difficult financial situations, and how to handle, and in the same magazine there was an article on "inexpensive" gifts to buy for the holidays (you know, the ones that had gift ideas for the dad, gift ideass for the teens, etc, where nothing was under 50$. seriously, doesn't *anyone* read the magazine cover to cover before it's printed?

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2013, 01:54:09 PM »
Books *are* pretty cluttery-looking.  However, there's absolutely no way I could get rid of that many books.

Real Simple's gift ideas are always way too expensive.  I'm certainly not going to give my neighbor a $50 keychain for Christmas.

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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2013, 02:24:07 PM »
On a darker note...

I don't remember the magazine, but way back in the (70's? 80's?) I read an article on how harmful it was to ever tell your child you were wrong, or apologize for anything! Evidently, it unsettles them deeply to realize that you don't know everything or that you respect them.
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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2013, 02:43:33 PM »
Have seen this in magazines AND on decorating shows:

1) The decorator always expresses shock and horror that the individual has books.  What do they think their home IS?  A library?  WHY do you need all these silly, dust covered BOOKS????  and then...

2) The decorator/lifecoach/whatever insists the client pare down the books to ones they haven't read and get rid of all other books and finally

3) COVER ALL REMAINING BOOKS IN COORDINATED CLOTH COVERS BECAUSE THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO LOOK AT.

So I should get rid of my dictionary because I've used it already and cover all my books in the same color despite the fact that it will make it nearly impossible to find the information I am looking for.  And if I hear o ne more decorator say to a book collector "Seriously, haven't you ever heard of the internet?" I may not be responsible for my actions.

Whaaaaat?!?! My books are my friends! I have read some of them about a million times (Jane Austen especially). My bookshelves are one of the best things about my home. Seriously you might as well tell me to empty my pantry. It would equate to about the same thing.

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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2013, 02:57:05 PM »
Have seen this in magazines AND on decorating shows:

1) The decorator always expresses shock and horror that the individual has books.  What do they think their home IS?  A library?  WHY do you need all these silly, dust covered BOOKS????  and then...

2) The decorator/lifecoach/whatever insists the client pare down the books to ones they haven't read and get rid of all other books and finally

3) COVER ALL REMAINING BOOKS IN COORDINATED CLOTH COVERS BECAUSE THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO LOOK AT.

So I should get rid of my dictionary because I've used it already and cover all my books in the same color despite the fact that it will make it nearly impossible to find the information I am looking for.  And if I hear o ne more decorator say to a book collector "Seriously, haven't you ever heard of the internet?" I may not be responsible for my actions.

A decorator that told me this would find themselves very quickly escorted to the door.  With or without the size 8 footprint on their behind. 

I don't keep very many books in my living room, though.  I have 4 or 5 coffee table type ones, a couple of Calvin and Hobbes, some gardening ones and the rest are field guides.  Only one shelf on the bottom of my TV stand.  The rest of my books are lining built in shelves in my spare bedroom, with a few stacks in my bedroom.  When I get to the point that the shelves are full, I will start purging and donating the ones I least want to keep.  If I get to the point that there are no more I'm willing to get rid of, I'll just have to build more shelves!
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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2013, 02:58:00 PM »
My mil subscribes to a couple of mags that she was sold to...and gives them to me.

Anyway, last month has a suggestion under, "help, I am out of lipstick and going out with the girls in an hour.  What to do??"

And the advice was to go to the Kitchen for a can of beets and to stain your lips with beet juice.

I quit reading the mag.

Seriously, if I am that desperate, beets are not the answer.
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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2013, 03:53:47 PM »
My "favorite" idiotic idea was from Cosmo or such type mag that had an article on what a gal could do to be "sexy for her man."  One suggestion was take her post-scrabble panties and use it as a ponytail holder to the office -- I think I might've posted about this idiotic suggestion before.  It was at that point that I finally realized that some of these writers must purposely come up with the stupidest and most bizarre "advice" and bet each other how many people are going to bite.

There was a column I used to read on one major food site (I don't think they have the column anymore).  The writer used to really stretch to be writing about food.  One day, she posted a column about women being the "wingman" for their guy friends.  I recall thinking, "What in the world does this have to do with food at all???"  I wrote in on that one (as did many others) and commented that for the education pedigree the columnist had, she was really doing her career a disservice by writing such drivel on a food site.  I stated that if she were out of suggestions (her columns had been going down-hill and straying away from food for several articles by then), she could always ask the readers what kinds of things they'd like her to cover rather than going completely off the deep-end and writing about something that in no way had anything to do with food (I remember thinking maybe there was something in the article about ordering bar food/drinks but, nope, it was about helping your bud pick up women at the bar).  I stopped reading her column for a little while after that, but I do think she didn't make that mistake again and made sure to write about food.



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Re: General Magazine Nuttiness
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2013, 04:05:58 PM »
Have seen this in magazines AND on decorating shows:

1) The decorator always expresses shock and horror that the individual has books.  What do they think their home IS?  A library?  WHY do you need all these silly, dust covered BOOKS????  and then...

2) The decorator/lifecoach/whatever insists the client pare down the books to ones they haven't read and get rid of all other books and finally

3) COVER ALL REMAINING BOOKS IN COORDINATED CLOTH COVERS BECAUSE THAT MAKES IT EASIER TO LOOK AT.

So I should get rid of my dictionary because I've used it already and cover all my books in the same color despite the fact that it will make it nearly impossible to find the information I am looking for.  And if I hear o ne more decorator say to a book collector "Seriously, haven't you ever heard of the internet?" I may not be responsible for my actions.

Some years ago we visited an acquaintance who had the kind of home that would be visited on a charity showcase day.  The only books in the 'public rooms' were Reader's Digest Condensed Books and only volumes which had spine colors matching the decor were exhibited. 

Not quite the perfect way to show class IMO.