Advice for Swimmers


Otters Float Good

To celebrate our 225th anniversary, we’re looking through our archives to bring you 225 pieces of wit, wisdom, and fun in a series we’re calling Almanac Treasures (see more of them here).

A human being who will have the presence of mind to clasp the hands behind the back, and turn the face forward toward the zenith, my float with ease, and with perfect safety, in tolerably still water—aye, and sleep there, no matter how long. In not knowing how to swim, if you would escape drowning, when you find yourself in deep water, you have only to consider yourself an empty pitcher; let your mouth and nose—not the top part of your heavy head—be the highest part of you, and you are safe; but thrust up one of your bony hands, and down you go—turning up the hand tips over the pitcher.


1892 Old Farmer's Almanac

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