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Spine-Tingling: Video Gives Peek Into The Crazy Balancing Act of Life At Sea

Life at sea can be rough at times. Image shows sailors trying to walk aboard a ship during rough seas.

Get your Dramamine; you’re going to need it. You have undoubtedly heard the term “sea legs.” Merriam-Webster defines the term as “bodily adjustment to the motion of a ship indicated especially by ability to walk steadily and by freedom from seasickness.” For those who spend their life at sea, gaining sea legs is necessary just to brush your teeth. The video below gives you a good idea of why you needed the Dramamine.

It does get easier for people who spend a lot of their life at sea. The size of the ship you are on also makes a difference. The smaller the vessel, the more impact the waves have. This is why people on large cruise ships don’t notice the waves as much. Once you get your sea legs, life at sea becomes “just another day.” If you have a playful spirit and time the cresting of the waves just right, you can channel your inner Harry Potter.

Life at sea is never boring when you can channel your inner Harry Potter. Image shows a sailor using the waves to gain air time to "fly" on a broom.
Image from X (Twitter).

If you are on the bridge steering the ship, you could have trouble holding onto the ship’s wheel when floating sideways. At that point, any anchor is a good anchor.

people in a ship
Image from X (Twitter).

Life At Sea Brought Us A Favorite Menu Word

A common phrase many of us use every day is “slider.” We understand the term means a hamburger, but did you know the use began at sea? When Navy cooks would make hamburgers for the crew, the patties would slide across the griddle during rough seas. Cooks began calling them sliders, and it stuck. Even people who wouldn’t think about life at sea know the term.

Slider is a term that began with life at sea because burgers would slide across the griddle. Image shows a man trying to eat with his plate sliding across the table.
Image from X (Twitter).

If you are going on a cruise, please don’t let this deter you. As mentioned earlier, a cruise ship is very steady unless it hits a big storm.

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