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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Educashun - A Portent of The Future

I was having a sauna the other day in my leisure club, and a fellow occupant sitting next to the "egg timer" (the sort with sand in), that all saunas have, was a lady student of around 20ish.

When the grains of sand had run their coruse, rather than sweatily lurching across her, I asked her to turn the egg timer over.


"Certainly, but how do I do that?"

For clarity, it was an egg timer (ie an egg timer, attached to a piece of wood nailed into the wall).

Not a good portent for the future of this country, if 20 year olds are unable to work out how to turn an egg timer over!

I explained that principles of a 180 degree revolution, and how that would place the sand at the top so that gravity would then do its work.

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  1. microdave11:40 AM

    You can't be serious??????

    I'm not sure what bothers me more - that she clearly had never boiled an egg using a traditional timer, or that she couldn't understand a simple instruction to turn it over......

    We truly are doomed!

  2. On the other hand you were in a sauna with a 20 year old. Stop bloody complaining.

  3. The only really salient question is, "how did she look?" Beauty covers a multitude of sins, not that stupidity is a sin, exactly . . . .

  4. Lord of Atlantis2:29 PM

    Science is not my strong point, although in my youth I was quite good at chemistry and spent many happy hours with my chemistry set
    --- whether my parents and neigbours shared my enthusiasm, however, is a very debateable point! Be that as it may, although I graduated at university in Classical Studies, which is an arts course, even I am not so dim-witted that I cannot understand the principles of using a traditional egg timer! As microdave, and a certain American tennis player who won the men's singles title at Wimbledon several times some years ago said,
    'You cannot be serious!'

  5. Anonymous2:45 PM

    Not that old scam: “I don't know how the egg timer works, could you explain it to me, you're so masterful?”.

    She's maybe the female equivalent of that guy who fleeced rich and vulnerable women in Switzerland by befriending them in saunas and gyms. Did she also say she works for MI6?

    If she's back next week again and says she's hoping to do a joint honours degree at Cambridge in egg timing and media studies but doesn't have the money to pay the fees, you'll know.

    Seemingly, the stories the guy in Switzerland used were just about as believable, but they worked!

  6. Tonk.3:00 PM

    Yes Ken,

    I expect she has twelve A* A-Levels and is an engineering student.

  7. Personally I find it of more concern that most visitors to our health club don't know sauna etiquette at all, like to sit on a towel so the next person doesn't have to sit in their sweat. We are indeed an uneducated lot.

  8. skydog5:20 AM

    How long did it take you to explain gravity to her?