Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How to Catch a Cold: 13 Proven Suggestions

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Good thing we’re meeting via blogs, not face-to-face. I’ve got one of those sloppy colds that has me clinging to my box of tissues and complaining to everybody. What could I have possibly done to deserve this snotty fate?
In fact, how do people catch a cold? I’ve come up with some scenarios – and it didn’t take a lot of effort. Here’s a sampling:

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1. Volunteer at a daycare and find yourself looking after a sick toddler or two.
2. Run your hands over door knobs and elevator buttons at a local hospital and neglect to wash afterward.
3. Routinely stay up late and get up early. Eventually, it may catch up with you.
4. Decide this is the month you’ll change everything. Quit your job, switch cities, get married, have a child, get divorced, bury a loved one or audition for American Idol. High stress can work wonders!
5. Eat French fries at a restaurant, not knowing that a worker has sneezed on them.
6. Pick up a used tissue littering a mall sidewalk and, as a good citizen, dispose of it.
7. Sit next to a sniffling, coughing passenger on an airplane, train, subway or bus.
8. Share a plastic bottle of Propel or Gatorade with the cross-country team.
9. Politely kiss an ailing friend.
10. Be outdoors as much as possible in a state like Wisconsin where the weather can change by the hour so that you simulate the experience of alternately standing in a walk-in freezer and a sauna.
11. Take the school bus and great your favorite fellow passengers with a handshake or maybe even a hug. And then, of course, forget to wash your hands.
12. Eat only Twinkies, potato chips and chocolate-covered bacon.
13. Borrow a sick cousin’s laptop.

That’s it. My cold has gone to my brain. I’m out of possibilities. Can you help me think of other easy ways to catch a cold?

Author’s note: Obliviously I’m not suggesting you try any of these suggestions. They’re much too potent for us common folk. As you realize, I’m sure, it’s so very easy to get a cold naturally. No need to go out of your way to accomplish it.


  1. Anymore, I carry a small squirt bottle of hand sanitizer with me in the car.

    My 13 is posted, if you can stop by for a visit it'd be awesome...but if you can't have a great Thursday anyway. Click HERE and scroll down a bit on my post.

  2. Ditto what Anni said. I carry hand sanitizer with me at all times too. LOL Happy Thursday! *Hugs*

  3. So true...if only I had seen this list two weeks ago. ;) Happy T13!!!

  4. I know so many ways to catch a cold. I seem to get all of them.

    A few to add to your list:
    Use a public water fountain. Forget how many mouths might have touched that nozzle, but how many hands have touched the lever?

    Hang out in the waiting room of the doctor's office during flu season.

    This one has no cure: Be a mom to young kids.

  5. Hootin' Anni,
    Yeah, using hand sanitizer is a good idea. Thanks.

  6. Stephanie Adkins,
    You're right. I've got to pick up some hand sanitizer. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Joy Wizziwa,
    So you have a cold? I hope you feel better soon.

  8. I must say that I'm pretty good about avoiding all of those.

    Have a good Thursday!

  9. Ella Drake,
    Yep,these are all good cold producing situations. And you're right--being a mom gets you into all kinds of trouble, but it's worth it. Grin.

  10. I am Harriet,
    Good for you. I'm glad to hear you've avoided the fall cold. Thanks for coming by.

  11. I don't think I'll ever eat another french fry.
    Happy T13!

  12. Adelle Laudan,
    Don't worry. Most french fries are fine.

  13. Journey woman,
    Thanks, I appreciate your kind words.

  14. Hahaha ! it's amazing that I don't have a cold yet, because in Belgium you kiss everybody 1 x on the cheek when you know him/her. When I go to my painting class I have to kiss myself through 25 people before I can sit down !
    Normally it was 3 kisses but that takes too long so it was reduced to one !
    With neighbors it's the same when I go through my street !

  15. Hugs on the colds. I personally have found the number one way to catch a cold is simply to have kids. The younger and more orally oriented they are, the worse the colds.

  16. Ew. I'm too much of germophobe to do any of those things.

  17. Sorry you're sick and hope you feel better soon. Teaching school is another proven way to catch colds and a host of other things too! I've managed to stay much healthier since I've retired ;--)

    Thanks for helping me celebrate my 2nd Blogoversary at Small Reflections today. Today I'll be working on my 2nd Blogoversary post for Sacred Ruminations to publish on Friday. I can't believe I've been blogging so long already. How time flies!

    I'm sharing an award with all visitors in my T-13 at Happily Retired Gal this week. Hope you'll drop by when time permits to snag, enjoy, and pass it along to others.
    Hugs and blessings,

  18. Number ten...yep, that would be our weather this week. 70 yesterday, 40 today. Another good way to catch a cold (or the flu) - go shopping. Run your hands all over the front of the shoppign cart, then rub them all over your face. So glad some stores now supply wet wipes near where carts are stored!

  19. #5 is going to make me question my french fries tonight!!

    I've never had chocolate covered bacon, but i would be willing to try it :)

    Thanks for stopping by. Happy TT!

  20. Oh that's ok, I think having 2 kids in elementary school & one working in a nursing home will be sufficient for me this year. Thanks anyway!

  21. Gattina,
    I didn't know about the custom of greeting with a kiss in Belgium. I can see how that could spread a cold. I'm glad you're well.

  22. Alice Audrey,
    I agree with you. Kids are great at passing stuff along. Grin.

  23. Ann Bruce,
    Good for you. Why get sick if you don't have to.

  24. storyteller,
    I agree with you. I was a teacher too. My first years I got everything the kids had. :)

  25. Heather,
    Ha! I like your suggestion. I shop a lot, but I hadn't thought of rubbing my hands all over my face afterwards. Good one.

  26. Tracie,
    Ah, the thing about fast food fries is they are usually fine, but any food that's sneezed on can spread germs. Chocolate covered bacon tastes good, but I wouldn't make a habit of eating it.

  27. becky68,
    It sounds like your hands are full. Thanks for stopping by.

  28. Work at a library? Folks cough and sneeze on one when they are asking questions. Argh.

  29. Celticlibrarian,
    Yeah, I bet you do see your share of germs working in a library. Thanks.

  30. Oh! #5 is just icky! I work with "tweens" and teens all day, so I get my fair share of germs and then some! Hope you feel better soon.

  31. I'd sooner have a cold than the stupid flu. No, wait. On second thought, colds turn into bronchitis. So does the flu, though.

    Hmmm. I think I'm stuck.

  32. Forgetfulone,
    Don't worry. Most fries are fine. And yeah, I can see how working with tweens and teens could have you around lots of germs.

  33. Susan Helene Gottfried,
    I hope you stay healthy. :) Thanks for stopping by.

  34. Chocolate covered bacon! I officially love you now!
    Thanks for stopping by my TT on THIRTEEN STUPID CLICHES - Grrrrrrrr!.

    It seems we all are a bit grumpy this week - must be the moon, something in the air or maybe we're all just fed up with stuff?

    BTW, try this recipe for a natural antibiotic (or just a preventative)

    1 oz red wine
    1 Tablespoon crushed garlic
    Blend in mixer/blender for 5 minutes, strain into a GLASS container.
    Take 1/4 Tsp every half hour if you're sick or just twice a day if you feel like you're getting sick.

    This mixture actually cleared up an abscessed tooth for me!!!

    Feel Better!!

  35. Your second one is me every work day. My co-worker routinely tells me, 'Get some sleep' at the end of the day.

  36. Pop Art Diva,
    Thanks! I'll try this.

  37. Julia Smith,
    Yeah, sleep is important. I bet you stay up reading. Thanks for stopping by.

  38. Ohhhhh, this is painfully true. This could also be titled: "How to Catch H1N1." :)

  39. Thanks, but no thanks. I don't want to catch a cold.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  40. I have a facetious way of catching a cold...drinking out of wet glasses (smirk). Actually I don't get colds...probably wouldn't be able to cope with myself if I did.

  41. Melissa,
    Yes, these could be applied to H1N1too. There are a lot of viruses around unfortunately. Hopefully, we'll all be healthy soon.

  42. Jo,
    Good thinking. Stay healthy. Thanks for visiting.

  43. Puss-in-Boots,
    You're lucky you don't get sick. :)

  44. Eew, Lady! Some of these are so...ugh...yucky...eew!

    BTW, it doesn't need to be working in a day care--the same goes for schools at ANY age! Some people have NO concept of hygiene!


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