How much lint can you get out of a towel in 27 years, and still have a towel in usable condition? I have had a set of towels for 27 years. I remember how old they are because they were a gift from one of our daughters when we moved into our present house.
After each time I dry my towels in the dryer, I clean out the lint trap. And each time there is lint. Sometimes the lint is thick and sometimes not so much. New towels surrender a sizable portion of themselves when dried in the dryer. As they age, the lint volume decreases, understandably so, but it never disappears—or does it, and when?
With that said, I know that they can still shed lint after 27 years and still counting. How do they still shed? There can be only a certain amount of threads in a piece of cloth after their creation. If a person had saved all of the lint from all of the favorite towel drying sessions, would it equal more than one towel? Well, would it. Twenty-seven years of shedding is a lot of threads. Where do they come from? Do our towels regenerate themselves between washings while sitting on a shelf or in a linen closet or in a drawer?
Granted, new towels are designated to the towel rack for “show off purposes only” for the length of time it is before new towels are purchased (change of color scheme in the bathroom, a special anniversary gift, older towels are fraying) so they are washed more on a monthly basis as opposed to daily or weekly... But these towels have been front and center and used daily to weekly for probably, at the very least, 15 years, and they are still absorbent.
Once again, HOW? If the anchor thread (whichever one that is) some day sheds, will it be all over for my favorite towels? Will they simply be out of my washer and sitting in my lint trap? Hmm.
I looked up the word oxymoron because I really thought my thinking of two words not belonging in the same sentence was a justified concern. And I was right. Oxymoron means contradiction, inconsistency, conflict, oddity, absurdity, enigma, puzzle.
And what are the two words you see in the same sentence often and have always wondered, “What the Heck? Well for all of these years you have been right and you have probably appropriately reacted. The two words are, of course, diet and exercise.
Why put those two words together when the question of how can one diet (scrimp on the foods that give you comfort and energy) and at the same time exert oneself without the proper intake of sugars and carbs (the comfort and energy foods)?
To diet properly, one needs to prepare low calorie, low sugar snacks and have them ready to go in the refrigerator. Right? Of course, that’s right. The only exercise you will have strength for is to go back and forth to the refrigerator for the healthy foods. And don’t forget the water.
To exercise correctly, one needs to eat foods with carbs and sugar for strength purposes—well at least for energy. Exercising requires more than several trips back and forth to the refrigerator. Exercising requires extreme spurts of exertion, so an ice chest nearby to hold chocolate bars, a cold beer or two, some chips and dips, perhaps some deep fried chicken wings for energy boosts is required.
You do see that those two words together are a huge contradiction. Certainly, at the very least, a conflict and are utterly absurd. So do yourself a favor and pick one. Avoid the oxymoron. Choose words that are compatible: Dieting and sitting with a good book OR exercising and eating.