Sun Light Shower Baths to Pep up Weary Congressmen (Dec, 1929)

Sun Light Shower Baths to Pep up Weary Congressmen

CONGRESSMEN in Washington now resort to sun light baths in the turkish baths of the House of Representatives office building when they become jaded. Weary from their intensive work and political worries congressmen find that these sun baths restore their “pep.” The lights, when the treatment is taken for ten minutes each day, give the patient the same benefits as if he were spending a couple of weeks at one of the southern winter resorts. Not only do the lights invigorate, but they also give the patient an artificial tan. These same kind of lights were used to treat the King of England. The busy men do not; find it necessary to disrobe to derive the full benefit of the sun shower baths and seated before the showers the health-giving rays bathe them from head to waist. Masks are worn over the eyes as a protection from the powerful rays.

  1. Scott B. says: October 20, 20106:34 am

    Wait, what? There’s a turkish bath in the House of Representatives?

  2. Harry says: October 20, 20109:52 am

    The three-piece suits probably made it a little less effective than it could have been.

  3. Myles says: October 20, 201010:02 am

    “Pep”, I like that word, need to use it more often.

  4. Nikola says: October 20, 201010:22 am

    Well real sunlight provides vitamin D, which in the winter is low, so you get depressed. Sunlight is absent in wintertime or lessend so your resources are limited. This idea actually makes sense.

  5. Kosher Ham says: October 20, 201011:15 am

    Particularly since most antidepressants didn’t even exist in those days.

  6. Don says: October 20, 20101:29 pm

    SAD lights in 1929? I never knew that!…

  7. Mike says: October 20, 20103:33 pm

    Wouldn’t it be better for America if they just shipped the congressmen out of Washington until the end of their terms?

  8. Firebrand38 says: October 20, 20106:15 pm

    Mike: I think it’s more reasonable to have an intelligence test for the electorate.

  9. Toronto says: October 20, 20106:34 pm

    FB: Oh, come one – you *know* that premise has been abused to hell and back in the past.

    Question one: What rank is immediately below “Grand Titan of the Dominion”?

  10. Firebrand38 says: October 20, 20107:12 pm

    Toronto: Grand Giant of the Province and his four Goblins.

    I don’t suffer from White Guilt in any case, but I don’t think that these guys are in the KKK, do you?

    What rank are they, I wonder?

    That said the voting public has abused the right. This latest campaign of “throw the bums out” neglects to remind everyone who voted for them in the first place.

  11. Toronto says: October 20, 20108:07 pm


  12. hwertz says: October 21, 20109:22 am

    Yes, and until some third-party candidates get elected, it’ll just happen again — the local campaign ads are a joke, they are almost all about how much money the person in office blew through (including, amusingly, ads for positions that don’t set their own budget…), how much pork they voted for, etc., while the candidate running against them plans to spend AT LEAST as much if not more.

    What we really need here for an informed electorate is some effort to summarize the views of ALL candidates running for offices on various topics so a voter can look at some summary and see who they actually want to vote for. Most people don’t know anything about the candidates and the ads are astoundingly uninformative (the ones airing here aren’t even bothering to say what district candidates are from, so I can’t even tell if they’ll be on my ballot or not.) I think the second thing that’d help is getting rid of these campaigns trying to get everyone to come out and vote — if someone doesn’t know anything about the candidates, and doesn’t care enough to vote on their own, then why push them into doing it? (I must admit this year I haven’t heard much of the “rock the vote” type stuff, but probably because it’s not an election year).

    Anyway, back on topic…getting a tan in 10 minutes doesn’t seem particularly healthy 😎

  13. Mike says: October 21, 201010:05 am

    A politicians worst enemy is an informed electorate.

    The Democrats are the party that says government will make you smarter, taller, richer, and remove the crabgrass on your lawn. The Republicans are the party that says government doesn’t work and then they get elected and prove it.
    -P. J. O’Rourke

  14. Firebrand38 says: October 26, 20105:06 pm

    Hirudinea: Wow cancer jokes in a political context! Well you lived up to your name, a haemophagic invertebrate or spineless bloodsucker.
    (For the uninitiated Hiruduinea is the subclass containing various leeches.)
    I’ll give you a pass on the hermaphrodite thing.

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