Funny Gems From the World of Advice

Updated on June 11, 2018

Seeking advice from well-known yet total strangers has a long-standing tradition among newspaper readers, and this tradition has been continued and revitalized in our internet-savvy society. Today numerous professional advice-giver columnists are found in practically every media outlet online. Additionally, we have access to forums created for the specific purpose of addressing just about any lifestyle or relationship problem imaginable. Some of the advice going around is sound and often offered by intelligent, practical people; other times, the advice-giver in question may just think they know exactly how other people should deal with their personal problems, when in reality they don't have a shred of knowledge about the subject. And often, while reading these columns, we find that the folks asking for advice can be thoughtful, caring and honestly concerned with a legitimate dilemma, while others seem to be overly concerned with a situation that the rest of us would never find problematic.

While the pertinent concerns of Advice-askers and the language from the media-hosted Advice-givers may change with the times, there will always be those questions or answers that give readers cause to stop and do a double-take at the words in front of them, and very often give us a reason to laugh as well. The following Advice Column-esque excerpts are taken from old and new sources. They gave me cause to wince, shake my head or simply giggle. While I do not claim to endorse any of the advice you'll find here, I do hope you enjoy reading these as much as I have!


Poor bees, they never get a break huh?


From an old "housekeeping manual", this one might make women reconsider spending money on sexy lingerie when grueling, sweaty chores apparently get the same results.


Another older source of womanly advice. Makes me pretty sure Ollie here avoided churning butter altogether.


With this poor guy, I'm not sure which astonishes me more: the problem he's asking about or that he actually found somebody dumb enough to go out with him. Hm..


Whether you like lawyers or not, you have to admit that this one has ETHICS.


If I had to choose between the lesser of two evils, in this case it'd probably be the demons.


Yep, looks like the feminist movement has really failed when it comes to advocating for the rights of our female canine citizens.


From a vintage advice column here. Chef William went on to write a few cookbooks, all well-known bestsellers in Outer Mongolia.



Yes, it often feels like our culture is dictated by politically-correct snowflakes; but every now and then one of these folks surprise us with an excellent idea!


Aw man, a doc that tells it like it is.


The advice-seeker here had a similar problem but I have the feeling he'll never consider shunning his child.


Taken from a teacher's manual distributed in the early nineteen-hundreds; these recommendations on how to run a classroom is actually quite reminiscent of the rules in place today. Except the thirst thing; teachers today can get right put out if a kid interrupts their class for a whiny drink of water.


Yes, even in the Stone Age of analog television, it was better safe than sorry.


This confession-style question may serve as a good tip for anyone living with a Grammar Nazi.


So, I'm guessing the manufacturer's warranty didn't cover this issue?


This Hub ©April, 2017 by Beth Perry

Questions & Answers

    Comments

    Submit a Comment

    • bethperry profile image
      Author

      Beth Perry 9 months ago from Tennesee

      YW :)

    • k@ri profile image

      Kari Poulsen 9 months ago from Ohio

      Thanks for the laugh!

    • WillStarr profile image

      WillStarr 14 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Holy moly!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, letterpile.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://letterpile.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)