Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day (cleanskies) wrote,
Jeremy Dennis is Jeremy Day

world without wikipedia

This morning it suddenly occurred to me that I had absolutely no idea how to treat myself should I ever be subjected to long-term starvation. Not something I'm really contemplating, but it pays to be prepared. I had some idea that eating lots of pizza (chocolate, butter) was in some sense not the thing to do and could (in fact) be dangerous and that that knowledge had been accessed either via Willard Price or an account of the liberation of Belsen or some background materials around the (now long discontinued for safety reasons) Oxfam Fast.

Naturally my next move was to type something likely into google and tap through to Wikipedia, where an article on starvation was rapidly covered by the encroaching dark fog of legislative doom. Hmmm. Of course. Web black-out day. Though I initially just thought that they were asking me for money again. Never mind, I thought. I used to do this all the time, before Wikipedia.

I eventually tracked down the information in a leaflet about treating shipwreck survivors from the US Navy, which had the added bonus of confirming my knowledge re. extreme dehydration (gained from a teenage boy who felt the need to explain the end of Airwolf (The Movie) to me), having discovered that Bengal Famine Rations were a nutritionist's lie, the metabolic reasons why pizza, chocolate (or any fatty food) should be avoided after starvation, and a very exciting website which fired off all sorts of thrilling browser warnings. I know now. In fact, I knew all along, which was just as satisfying really, especially as I now knew why. I was slightly late for work, but it was very interesting; a walk through information before it is masticated by the wikibrain.

This evening I have finally stopped murmuring about it and bought an apple tree, an old variety described as both "very important" and "Victorian". It's also a shorty. Isambard Kingdom Brunel would approve!

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