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Can You Undress in 20 Seconds or Less?

By Brett and Kate McKay on Aug 03, 2016 01:52 pm
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Sav­ing someone who is drown­ing is more dif­fi­cult and dan­ger­ous than many people think (heck, even real­iz­ing someone is drown­ing is hard — the signs don’t look like you think they would.) A per­son who’s drown­ing can be pan­icked and clutch, kick, and grab at you as you try to res­cue them, drag­ging you both under­wa­ter. And simply car­ry­ing someone through the water to safety who isn’t fight­ing you is more phys­ic­ally ardu­ous than you’d ima­gine. For this reas­on, the first recourse to sav­ing a drown­ing vic­tim should be to extend a rope, oar, or stick to them from the shore, or from a boat, rather than get­ting in the water your­self.

If the vic­tim is too far from shore to be reached with an imple­ment, you’ll need to jump in to get them. It’s best to dis­robe before you jump in, espe­cially if they’re in open water, and a ways away. Clothes and shoes will only weigh you down, and make a dif­fi­cult task much more dif­fi­cult. The weight of your soaked gar­ments may end up sink­ing the both of you. Of course every second mat­ters when you’re try­ing to save someone, so you have to be able to undress with light­ning speed.

The 1952 edi­tion of the Hand­book for Boys (the Boy Scout manu­al), admon­ishes young men to be able to strip down to their under­pants or swim trunks in 20 seconds or less, hold­ing up 15 seconds as the ulti­mate goal. The manu­al includes a dia­gram of how this can be accom­plished, which we have recre­ated above. The ori­gin­al illus­tra­tion lacked cap­tions, but the sequence seems to go like this:

Remove coat while remov­ing your shoes.
Slip your shirt off your shoulders as you step out of your pants.
Remove your arms from the sleeves of the shirt. (It’s hard to tell from the ori­gin­al illus­tra­tion, but the fig­ure may be re-but­ton­ing one of the but­tons on his shirt here, per­haps to turn it into a more effect­ive tow­ing device.)
Peel off your socks as you clamp your shirt between your teeth.
Jump into the water.
Extend your shirt to the vic­tim to hold onto. Even when you get into the water with the vic­tim, it’s best to have them hold onto some­thing and tow them ashore, rather than get­ting close enough to get clawed, grabbed, and/or kicked. If you don’t have some­thing to extend to him or her, swim behind them, and wrap your arm around their chest, keep­ing their head above water. Swim ashore.
Through­out every step, you should keep your eyes on the vic­tim, so you don’t lose track of where they are, and know if they slip under­wa­ter.

The Hand­book for Boys advises Scouts to Prac­tice undress­ing as quickly as pos­sible when you get ready for bed each night.” Sage advice, for when it comes to sav­ing lives, it’s just as import­ant to know how to dress quickly, as it is to know how to undress in a flash!

At-Home Etiquette for Teens

By Brett & Kate McKay on Aug 03, 2016 09:06 am

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from Etiquette for Young Mod­erns, a book ori­gin­ally pub­lished in 1954 . While the advice is geared towards teens, it also applies to those older chil­dren” who have moved back in with mom and dad!

What are at-home’ man­ners?” you may ask. I’m not expec­ted to jump out of my chair every time Mom goes through the room, am I — or to for­go the best part of my lamb chop when the rest of the fam­ily picks up the bones with their fin­gers?”

Of course not. But inform­al” man­ners are quite dif­fer­ent from no man­ners at all! Remem­ber when, in the fore­word of this book, etiquette is defined as a way of show­ing that you’re thought­ful of the oth­er fel­low”? Well, at home, par­tic­u­larly, good man­ners are exactly that. The ven­eer” side of cour­tesy counts for little; con­sid­er­ate­ness, cooper­at­ive­ness, depend­ab­il­ity, and a pleas­ant dis­pos­i­tion are the Big Four” con­tri­bu­tions expec­ted of you.

More spe­cific­ally:

DO keep your room clean and uncluttered. Noth­ing is more dis­cour­aging to Mom, when she brings in your laun­dry, than to find an unmade bed, a desk cluttered with papers, and your clothes scattered over every spare inch of chair and floor space. Your room, as your private domain, is also your respons­ib­il­ity. Remem­ber that, and do a good job in the main­ten­ance depart­ment.

DO put things back where they belong — in any part of the house. If you’ve bor­rowed the screw­driver, return it to Dad’s tool chest, Mom’s scis­sors to her sew­ing bas­ket, your own coat to the coat closet. It’s irrit­at­ing to have to hunt for lost” art­icles, and just as irrit­at­ing to have to con­stantly tidy up a con­stantly-cluttered up liv­ing room.

DO respect the pri­vacy of the oth­er mem­bers of your fam­ily. Knock before enter­ing their bed­rooms, and nev­er barge into the bath­room without knock­ing. And, while on the sub­ject of the bath­room, be care­ful not to mono­pol­ize it dur­ing rush hours (usu­ally early in the morn­ing, and before and after meals); be con­sid­er­ate of the hot water sup­ply, if lim­ited; don’t bor­row per­son­al art­icles; always leave the wash basin neat and clean; and leave your laun­dry to soak only with Mom’s per­mis­sion.

DO show up promptly at meal time. This, togeth­er with a few cheer­ful top­ics for con­ver­sa­tion, is all it takes to make Mom feel that her labors in the kit­chen have been worth­while — although a Gosh, this is good!” upon occa­sion cer­tainly wouldn’t do any harm.

DO help with the house­hold chores — cheer­fully and will­ingly. Dis­ap­pear­ing at dish-wash­ing time just isn’t good sports­man­ship. And you won’t be a suck­er,” either, if you do more than your share of the meni­al jobs. If you volun­teer to clean up the kit­chen alone when Sis wants to catch an early movie, she’ll do the same for you another time. And an unre­ques­ted car-pol­ish­ing job from time to time is good polit­ics.”