If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

- George Washington

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Daily Mash or Daily Mail?

Women who sit for more than six hours daily are around 40 per cent more likely to die than those sitting for less than three hours a day, a study said.

Extended periods of sitting down increases risks of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression and obesity, the study said.

People who have a desk-bound job have almost twice the risk of developing a type of colon cancer, reported CNN.

Some workplaces are trying to combat the health problems of sitting down by installing low-speed treadmill desks, reported CNN.

Diabetes experts point out that sitting is not bad for us in moderation but can be addictive and harmful in the long-run.

OK, the lack of references to Helen Archer, Wayne Hayes and the Institute of Studies give it away. It's the Daily Mail.

But you'd be forgiven for thinking it was a spoof. Especially that last line.

H/t to Leg-Iron.


  1. Another study showed that regular readers of the Daily Fail had a greater preference for titillating tittle-tattle, than those readers of more-august journals such as The Beano & The Dandy.

  2. In the long run we are all dead, as Maynard Keynes said. Or did Milton Keynes wish it?
    My Grandfather wouldn't light more than two cigarettes with one match (no, he didn't smoke that fast) as a sniper could aim and shoot the third smoker. So moving around helped there.

  3. There's a simple test. If something makes you laugh, it's in 'The Daily Mash'. If something sends your blood pressure sky-high, 'Daily Mail'...

  4. Brian: are you sure it wasn't Mavis Enderby?

    Julia: I think this is a case of the absurdity of real life catching up with, and surpassing, any parody we could make of it. It's funny but, at the same time, it's not funny at all. I'm sure somebody is going to be all concerned about second-hand sitting, and wondering about the effect on the cheeeeldren.

  5. www.the-daily-news.co.uk is much funnier than the Daily Mash. The Mash just says the opposite of what's true, with some nastiness thrown in. Anyone can do that. TDN is much better, does lots of different types of article.

  6. I disagree. Your description of the Daily Mash suggests you either haven't read it or don't understand it. As a parody of a certain British news style, it is impeccable - riotously funny and skewering the Daily Mail at the same time. (Example: "Is the celebrity diet we recommended last week killing you?") And getting parody right is a very difficult thing to do. It isn't just saying the opposite of what's true. I've looked at the site you mention and frankly it isn't in the same league.

    However, debating what makes us laugh is a fruitless exercise, like herding cats. If you like it, stick with it, and I will continue soaking my keyboard when reading The Mash.

  7. Hmmm. Clicking your name takes me straight to the Daily News site. You're not connected with them, are you?


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