From the February 1963 magazine.

When Irate, Ventilate

When rivalry threatens to cause an open fight between two Esquimo men, they use song instead of spears. They revile each other extemporaneously and the wittiest is declared the winner. But a fight is otherwise averted. Psychologist Dr. Glenn says we can change the direction of an action started in the mind. If, for instance, you are all set to stage a fancy tantrum, you can sidetrack that action by song. A married couple developed a tendency to indulge in spats. They were made to promise, at the first sign of rising temperature, to sing the round "Row Your Boat" picking up speed as they went along, until out of breath. The most violent rage can be sidetracked by a hearty song.

-- Doron K. Antrim

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