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Comment: A long time ago, I heard that placing a bar of soap under one's
armpit would raise one's temerature. Kids used this to fake sick and get a
day off from school or to get sent home from school. I've heard it more
than once (I know that one time was on the Nickelodeon TV show, "The
Adventures of Pete and Pete," but I don't recall the other sources.

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This works, but only if one first heats the bar of soap to the point of incandescence.

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Why not just wait until Mom leaves the room, then hold the thermometer against a light bulb for a minute? Never fails. [Wink]

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Well, it could restrict blood flow to the arm. I'm wondering if that would could cause a slight raise in overall body temperature. Even if it could, though, I highly doubt it would be enough to go from 'normal' to 'feverish'.

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quote:
Originally posted by Esprise Me:
Why not just wait until Mom leaves the room, then hold the thermometer against a light bulb for a minute? Never fails. [Wink]

But then be careful when putting it back under the tongue. Burns are possible.

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That was a plot point on Are You Being Served? as well. Didn't work, either. [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by DoubleNaughtSaleen:
That was a plot point on Are You Being Served? as well. Didn't work, either. [Wink]

Wasn’t that an onion under the arm and a bit of soap in the mouth? Or the other way around? Oh, wait … that was the joke, wasn’t it?

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My... holding against light bulb, using soap... kids are so lazy these days...

Rubbing my thermometer hard to raise the temperature never failed for me. It also produced a nice sensible results. [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by VeebleFetzer:
quote:
Originally posted by DoubleNaughtSaleen:
That was a plot point on Are You Being Served? as well. Didn't work, either. [Wink]

Wasn’t that an onion under the arm and a bit of soap in the mouth? Or the other way around? Oh, wait … that was the joke, wasn’t it?
Now I remember more clearly--it was onion under arm, soap in mouth. I haven't seen the episode in a while, so it's kind of fuzzy.
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Maybe if the soap is an irritant and causes blood flow to that spot, and we are talking about an armpit temp-taking, then maybe it's plausible.

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I was a lucky kid. My mom believed she could tell if we had fevers just by feeling our foreheads. There's a great way to fake a fever of this nature--it's called "put your head under the blankets for a bit before she comes in."

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No see the easiest way to fake sick is to be prone to illness in the first place. I found that if I complained I got to stay home. But then the constant illness that year wasn't much fun. I think I missed half of my kindergarden year.

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quote:
Originally posted by Esprise Me:
Why not just wait until Mom leaves the room, then hold the thermometer against a light bulb for a minute? Never fails. [Wink]

Just don't hold it to the bulb too long or you could wind up being rused to the emergency room when your mom thinks you have a 108 temprature. The results of that would not be pretty when the truth is discoverd.

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I think I remember seeing an episode of "Blossom," (which, ironically, I'm sure I watched while home sick, since that's about the only time I watched TV) in which she used that technique and wound up with a "fever" of something like 118. She and her father had a cute discussion about the "personal flu." Anyway, it always worked for me; I'd just watch the numbers on the digital thermometer until it reached 100, then stick it back in my mouth, whereupon it would level out and beep. Just enough to stay home, not enough for the hospital. [Wink]

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quote:
Originally posted by DoubleNaughtSaleen:
quote:
Originally posted by VeebleFetzer:
quote:
Originally posted by DoubleNaughtSaleen:
That was a plot point on Are You Being Served? as well. Didn't work, either. [Wink]

Wasn’t that an onion under the arm and a bit of soap in the mouth? Or the other way around? Oh, wait … that was the joke, wasn’t it?
Now I remember more clearly--it was onion under arm, soap in mouth. I haven't seen the episode in a while, so it's kind of fuzzy.
I dare say you’ve seen it more recently than I have, all the same: that episode first aired in March 1975, and I sure as hell haven’t watched any repeats if I could avoid them.

I think you were right the first time, though. Mr Lucas was told to put a bar of soap under his arm and a piece of onion under his tongue, but he got them the wrong way round, and ended up foaming at the mouth.

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