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He doesnt drink oil

does that mean someone does drink oil? he doesnt drink oil is one of the things you have to translate btw if anyone didnt know

3 years ago

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devalanteriel
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I doubt people do that any longer, besides possibly some health nuts. If you do take supplementary oils, you usually take small amounts, perhaps even in capsules rather than in drinkable form.

But in ancient history (a few decades ago), it was common to feed your children healthy oils, like castor oil, or cod liver oil. It tastes like [censured] but it was marvelously good stuff back when specific nutrition deficiencies were still a problem even in the western world.

My grandfather and his brothers were forced to each drink a teaspoon daily of the stuff once, when they were children in the 1930s. Apparently it tasted so utterly terrible that the only way the parents could get their sons to down it was to give them a small coin each day, like a pfennig or possibly less (I am not very good at 1930s German coins). The coins were put in a small piggy bank of some sort. Then one day, the bottle was finally emptied. The parents, in their infinite pedagogical wisdom, took the money from the piggy bank, went to the drug store, and bought a new bottle of oil with it.

Beatings were no doubt carried out, but that was the last time my grandfather and his brothers ever drunk a single drop of cod liver oil.

3 years ago

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Nice story. :P

3 years ago

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Cool story bro, tell it again

3 years ago

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cool story

3 years ago

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My first thought was that that sentence existed to highlight the difference between olja and öl. Don't drink oil, drink beer instead!

3 years ago