Following Black Lines on Indian Design Cures Insomnia (Dec, 1931)

This item reminded me very much of the amulets in Charlie Stross’s excellent book The Family Trade if you’ve read the book you’ll know what I mean, if you haven’t, check it out.

Following Black Lines on Indian Design Cures Insomnia
THE Indians may not have known much about science, but they are able to tell scientists something about getting to sleep after a busy day on the warpath. Their favorite method, which they are now offering to nerve-wracked moderns, was to follow with their eyes the devious lines of a complicated pattern, one of which is shown in the photo at the right.
If you are troubled with insomnia, try this method on yourself. Simply take a sheet of cardboard about 12 in. by 18 in. and paint on it the lines illustrated in the photo. Five to ten trips around will bring slumber.

5 comments
  1. MAKE: Blog says: July 13, 20061:01 pm

    Following lines on Indian design cures insomnia…

    This old how-to from Modern Mechanix 1931 might be exactly what I need, just make this pattern and follow it with your eyes… getting sleepy already… – Link…….

  2. Madeleine Ball says: July 13, 20069:04 pm

    It reminds *me* of the graphic novel Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror.

  3. [...] A 1931 mini-article describing a non-chemical sleep induction technique that seems ot work pretty well. [...]

  4. Don says: April 18, 20086:01 am

    Must type comment. Musts staay awwake and typppp….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  5. jayessell says: April 20, 20082:48 pm

    Or you could use this:

    http://dogfeathers.com/…

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