Age of Anxiety

Age of Anxiety

Authors have many images to describe distorted mental states, but that of a glass enclosure, which warps vision and sound, is among the most common. In his searing essay on the loss of his daughter, Aleksandar Hemon uses the metaphor of an aquarium to describe the detached sensations caused by profound grief. Sylvia Plath’s titular bell jar is her symbol for the airless perceptions of suicidal depression.

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Honda owners fined by HOA because car left suggestive shape in parking lot

Honda owners fined by HOA because car left suggestive shape in parking lot

A Tennessee homeowner’s association (HOA) just tried to fine a couple US$100 for the phallic shape their Honda Insight left in a snowy parking lot after they moved their car. The Honda’s owner, Kathryn, explains on reddit’s /f***HOA subreddit how their condo complex’s HOA stuck her and her husband with the fine almost a week after their development was hit by the wintry weather.

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Fat rat stuck in manhole rescued by firefighters in Germany

Fat rat stuck in manhole rescued by firefighters in Germany

A multi-agency rescue operation has taken place in the town of Bensheim in Germany after a tubby rat became stuck in a manhole cover. The rat, still plump with winterspeck – which translates literally as winter bacon and refers to extra pounds piled on in the colder months – became stuck after it tried to squeeze through a small gap in the sewer cover.

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Creep convicted of breaking into home, sucking on sleeping woman’s toes

Creep convicted of breaking into home, sucking on sleeping woman’s toes

A California man convicted of sucking on a sleeping woman’s toes after breaking into her home claimed to be a Zeus-like god sent to Earth to seduce women. Richard Michael Parkhurst, 29, of Norwalk, was convicted of one felony burglary count, one count of peering into an inhabited building, and two counts of indecent exposure for a wild chain of events that unfolded after he exposed himself to a woman walking her dog in October 2017, according to court papers obtained by The Patch.

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Humor As Weapon, Shield and Psychological Salve

Humor As Weapon, Shield and Psychological Salve

Humor has long been recognized as more than mere fun and games. It presents an alternative means of expressing criticism about injustices, arrogance, pretentions or hypocrisies that can’t socially (or legally) be expressed otherwise. Court jesters could say things to the royals “in jest” that others would have been beheaded for uttering. When King James I of England had trouble fattening up his horses, court jester Archibald Armstrong reportedly suggested that His Majesty make the horses bishops and they would fatten in no time.

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One of the First Persons to Benefit From Plastic Surgery During WWI

One of the First Persons to Benefit From Plastic Surgery During WWI

I hope they had anesthesia back then, because this surgery must hurt like hell. Harold Gillies was a New Zealand surgeon who had trained in England. Posted to France in 1915, he witnessed the rise in horrific facial wounds inflicted by this new style of warfare. On his return to England, Gillies set up a special ward for facial wounds at the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot. He even sent his own casualty labels to the field hospitals in France to make sure that men with such injuries were sent directly to him.

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