December 31, 2005

Rebel without much of a cause

As Christmas has passed uneventfully by for another year, I have accumulated a nice little pile of those bags of silica gel that come in jackets and boxes of things. I have a strange relationship with silica gel. I donít know if itís the rebel streak in me, but there is something about the peremptory way they print DO NOT EAT in no nonsense Ďdonít question my authorityí style letters that just makes me want to disobey.

The first time I did, I was actually quite scared, I slipped the little packet into my pocket and took it upstairs where I could be alone to discover what horrors occurred should I actually consume this strange substance. I ripped open the packet and was quite surprised. It clearly wasnít a gel for a start. Why call it gel if it isnít one? There was clearly something that the powers that be werenít telling.

I tentatively licked at them and soon found that the little balls were rather firmly attached to my tongue. I swallowed a couple of them (with difficulty), threw the others away then waited to see what would happen.

Not very much. Except they are possibly addictive because ten years on, I am still incapable of doing my duty as an obedient citizen and throwing them away. It still gives me a little thrill to stand up to the dictatorial system that forbids me to eat something without telling me why. Hereís to eating things that I am told not to! Next up, raw potato, yew berries, mercuryÖ


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  1. *Shakes head in sorrowful despair and tuts. A lot.

    Think of the children, Miss White, the children… not a very good example to set now, is it?

    And Happy New Year to you!

    31 Dec 2005, 17:54

  2. I probably shouldn't say this, but drinking mercury probably won't do you any harm.

    31 Dec 2005, 19:43

  3. Aha! I knew it! Where's my thermometer?

    02 Jan 2006, 10:44

  4. mercury vapour on the other hand will.

    02 Jan 2006, 13:50

  5. Much as I despise txt spk: Lol!

    :)

    05 Jan 2006, 21:44

  6. brilliant.

    07 Jan 2006, 23:03

  7. Mark

    You can eat yew berries too – just NOT the seed. I've seen it done with no ill affects, but don't blame me if you try it and you get sick

    08 Feb 2006, 15:58


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