If only I’d turned right instead of left I may have lived a lot longer

Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

Maybe I’ll start compiling a list of tips to aid those keen in living, and leading, a long, healthy life. First up, work to eliminate bad stress, bearing in mind a certain degree of stress can be beneficial. All things in moderation, so to speak.

Next, go by a name beginning with one of the first letters of the alphabet. Anita or Andrew, say. For some reason people with names starting with A or B tend to have longer lifespans than others. Names starting with D aren’t so good though. Seemingly there is some tie in with school grading systems. An A mark is good, D not so much.

Avoiding left turns is another. Though this depends where you live, and the side of the road you drive on. In the US for instance, those who steer clear of making left turns, as it generally means moving against a line of on-coming traffic, may live longer. This may be anecdotal, but then again there may be something in it:

As I said, he was always the navigator, and once, when he was 95 and she was 88 and still driving, he said to me, “Do you want to know the secret of a long life?” “I guess so,” I said, knowing it probably would be something bizarre. “No left turns,” he said. “What?” I asked. “No left turns,” he repeated. “Several years ago, your mother and I read an article that said most accidents that old people are in happen when they turn left in front of oncoming traffic. As you get older, your eyesight worsens, and you can lose your depth perception, it said. So your mother and I decided never again to make a left turn.”

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