Today, I was on Yahoo and clicked on link for "unusual ways" to stay cool this summer. Among the suggestions are putting your sheets in the freezer for one to two hours before bedtime and using an organic cotton pillow (is an organic cotton pillow cooler than 100% cotton regular pillow?): http://shine.yahoo.com/event/green/five-unusual-ways-to-stay-cool-1885878/
This article gave me a little bit of a giggle and reminded me of some of the funny and outright nutty suggestions that have come from the Watchtower and from the elders/public talks on things people should do to, oh, I don't know...save money for example (among many, many other things).
I remember in the mid-1980s, there was a period of time one elder in my congregation was on a huge money saving kick. Many in the congregation were quite poor and were having trouble paying for their literature AND eating.
This one elder in particular had a thing about shampoo and saving money by diluting shampoo and shampooing infrequently. According to this elder, one was to shampoo one to two times a week at most. He expected everyone in the congregation to follow this suggestion. He would often go off on this topic during talks. Of course he had several teenage children (ranging from 13-19 years old), and they all had acne and very oily hair. His poor kids. The whole family's hair always looked awful. He even went far enough to make suggestions on what to do if you run out of your shampoo allotment. He had this crazy formula of water, baking soda, vinegar and a tiny bit of Tide soap. Needless to say any hair products other than diluted shampoo/special homemade formula was virtually outlawed in this particular congo.
I was so zealous that for a year or so my hair looked truly pitiful (along with most others in the congo). We did have one sister in the congo whose hair always looked great, and everyone seemed to be very suspicious of her. Looking back, I have to wonder what the householders thought.
Does anyone else have similar experiences? Any memories of nutty suggestions from the Watchtower or elders that people were expected to follow?
Oh the memories I have growing up as a born-in Dub! Oh the PTSD that accompanies these memories! Having this discussion board really helps put things into perspective.