I’m back from Europe and my body clock is a little messed up. I got home yesterday a little late (traffic was a pain which is normal for a Tuesday) and I stopped at the grocery store on the way back. The last 3 hours of the day were tough for me. So after I got home, I said to myself “I’m just going to have a one hour nap.” I set the alarm on my watch and laid down for nappy time.
I woke up 4 and a half hours later.
“Hunh,” I said, “that went a lot longer than I had planned.” This is really screwing up my body rhythm. By Saturday I should be back to normal.
I decided to a Bing search on jetlag and I came across the Wikipedia page. It described how going east-west is tougher than going west-east (it should take my body ~6 days to fix itself, which is Saturday… and that’s how I got the above calculation). But I started reading some of the alleged cures for jetlag and I came across something very interesting:
A recent study in hamsters showed that sildenafil (known commercially as Viagra) aided in a 50% faster recovery from shifts comparable to eastward travel experienced by humans and was effective starting at low doses. However, this use has not been tested in humans and is considered an off-label use by the drug's manufacturers. [emphasis mine]
That leads me to think that it would be very amusing to see spammers use this as one of the alleged benefits of using Viagra in one of their spam campaigns. Maybe something like the following:
From: Santos L. Halper [mailto:lewispafito38@Wimax-Bqlla-190-70-216-88.orbitel.net.co]
Sent: Monday, September 30, 2009 5:28 PM
To: Terry Zink
Subject: With our tabs you can fly across ocean!
G3ner!c \/iagr@ helps you cross time zones so you don’t feel sleeeepy the next morning! Good 4 the busines$ tarvel3r! Plus get super-strong male device! Two in one!
Seriously, if they start advertising this, I want a cut of the profits.