Attack of the Water Bottles

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Or, as George Carlon said, ” when did Americans get so thirsty”?

This photo show maybe a third of the bottles they sell at this store.

People where i live are obsessed with carrying these things around. First it was the plastic ones, then they were “unhealthy”,

so everyone switched to these. I’m sure there will something “wrong” with these later on.

You need these because you have to drink 8 glasses of water a day because…. uh why?

Because somebody once made that up and people have been repeating it ever since.

Seriously, there is no magic amount of water you need.

If you are thirsty, drink.

If not, don’t.

Food has a lot of water in it, too.  Well, except maybe cheetos.

Sure, water fountains are starting to go the way of the phone booth, but still, do you need to drink every half hour?

maybe if you are running a marathon in the desert.  Or maybe not.

I love the stories of the apaches having these 2 day races where they run through these desert canyons with a mouthful of water, then spit out the water at the end. Kind of macho, but you get the point.

They were barefoot, by the way, so much for “needing” the latest hi tech Nike shoes.

This is just another example of how infantilized  americans have become. They clutch these things like a talisman as if to ward off their fears like a baby with a bottle of formula.

Of course it’s  better than the super sized sugar water that has become our favorite beverage.

50 years ago, water was the number one  followed by milk and coffe.

I was in europe this summer for a bit and didnt see a single one of these water bottles.

Is everyone in europe going to die of thirst soon?

Maybe we should drop them out of planes over third world countries?

Maybe bin laden would be alive if he had  had one.

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2 Responses to “Attack of the Water Bottles”

  1. valeriesoe Says:

    Hey, I do get thirsty every half hour! Drinking fountains are fine but they can also be nasty.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/investigations/article/853765–investigation-finds-filthy-spouts-on-public-drinking-fountains

    And as far as plastic water bottles are concerned–we all know about the pacific gyre plastic island right?

    http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/oceans/pollution/trash-vortex/

    So I’m sticking to my metal water bottle, even if it’s not hip or sexy.

    • mrpoopypants Says:

      water is cool, but it’s a recent american cultural event to never be more that a few minutes away from your next sip.
      As Americans, we always think we have the best and latest solutions to problems, even if they don’t exist.
      I find it helpful to look around at other societies both contemporary and traditional and see how they have worked things out.
      In my brief survey, middle class americans seem to be the only ones who currently feel compelled
      to carry their own decorative water source with them at all times.
      But hey, enjoy. : )

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