Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Textbook Funny, II

Found some more textbook funnies today. Sorry for the crudeness of the last one, but I couldn't help but laugh when I read it, especially when one synthesizes it to with my last Textbook Funny entry. Be forwarned: it is not G-rated.

"Widows and widowers have a seven times greater risk of dying within one year after their spouse's death than do nonwidows and nonwidowers. Remarriage seems to reduce this risk"

This really doesn't make any sense, and, unlike the other funnies I've noted, I honestly can't figure out what the authors are trying to say here. People whose spouses died have a greater chance of dying with a year after the death of their spouse in comparison with those people whose spouses did not die. So in other words, you're more like to do die 1 year after your spouse died if your spouse actually died. If he or she didn't die, then you're not as likely to die 1 year after he or she died. Does that make ANY sense to anyone???

Forgive me for this second one, but I had to laugh when I read it:

"Sexual activity can and often does continue throughout the lifespan. Furthermore, there’s some intriguing evidence that having sex may have some unexpected side benefits: One study found that having sex regularly is associated with a lower risk of death!"  

This is the same book that said that women have a lower risk for death than men... Makes you wonder what all of those 1,000+ year old women we discussed last time are doing in, well, wherever they're being kept. But now, at least, we know why they aren't allowed to be in public!

5 comments:

Olivia Arlene said...

Lol!

Olivia Arlene said...

Hey, just out of curiosity...how do you and Joy Jaeger know eachother?

Jon said...

Well on the first one I can explain. If your spouse is still alive then you don't have as great a chance of dieing in the first year after they die because there is like a 50% chance you will die first. So, from my calculation you are about half as likely to die in the first year after your spouse dies because you might just die first. And as for the second, the reason that women are less likely to die then men is because they aren't counting abortion, and thanks to China there are just not as many women...thus they die less often then men...maybe? But how often do you hear of people dieing while having sex? Not that often, so odds are you going to die doing something else making it more likely that people not having sex will die.

Pierre Bellville said...

Oh dear.

Spiff said...

But sometimes having sex can lessen your life span. I hear it is a popular tactic among these 20 somethings who marry 95 year old millionaires. Hard to prove anything...