Didn’t know that electricity attracts stupidity.
Oh, I learn something every day.
Didn’t know that electricity attracts stupidity.
Oh, I learn something every day.
Ring as a toy.
Double the fun.
The patented Gear Ring is made from high quality matte stainless steel (designed by Ben Hopson and Glen Liberman). It features six micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun (as can be seen in the video). It is currently available for purchase in fourteen standard US ring sizes: 5 to 20
When two people are close, as in an often a family way…
And share a certain social isolation?
Shared psychotic episodes happen.
Folie à deux is a term that originated in psychiatry, but sounds charming and whimsical enough that it’s been used as title for everything from novels to wineries. Psychiatry has replaced the term with “shared psychotic disorder,” which is a much less pretty, but much more accurate, description of the condition.
Although pre-existing disorders like depression, delusions, or paranoia can spark a folie à deux, all that’s really necessary is social isolation and a difficult-to-break connection between the two people. This is why almost all such cases happen in families. Couples account for seventy percent of the cases. Siblings and parent-child relationships make up most of the rest. Although the overall disorder is split evenly between male and female patients, sisters tend toward shared psychotic disorders more than other siblings.
One of the major fascinations of folie à deux is the fact that we all do it, to a certain extent. There isn’t anyone who isn’t shaped by their parents, their siblings, or their loved ones. Ideally, this shaping is a positive experience. It’s not hard to see how terribly this can go wrong for anyone. There are few old married who don’t share eccentricities. There are few families, or even close friendships, that don’t require both people to work with the various mental glitches of the other. We all go a little crazy for the other people in our lives. [Read More]
Don’t take MY word for it.
Just ask the girl who was forced to stand on the side of the road by her folks, with a sign, declaring her sluttiness to all passerbys!
[via The Blaze]…in Palm Coast, FL where one set of frustrated parents (Mike & Melinda) forced Jasmine, their teen daughter, to stand on a busy street corner with a sign declaring:
‘I sneak boys in at 3am and disrespect my parents and grandparents.’
According to the 15-year-old’s mother and step-father, Jasmine was out of control and would not conform to their rules. And they claim to have tried to punish their daughter by removing the typical trappings of teenagers. Mom Melinda explained:
“I’ve taken all her toys or her electronics away – her phone, no privileges on the TV or computer – and still she just laughs about it.”
After the latest violation, sneaking a boy into the house after the rest of the family was asleep, stepdad Mike took drastic measures.
Many drivers honked in support of the parents and others actually stopped to express concern for the young girl. How do you feel about this kind of punishment?
Of course I don’t think her parents were being horrible at all.
I think they were pretty awesome.
Their daughter however?
Oh, I bet she thinks they have had a severe Folie à deux break with reality.
Funny thing is…
Girl doesn’t even realize that if they truly did?
SHE caused it.
‘Folie à deux’ serves her right!
Thanks to shows like Doomsday Preppers…
whack-job survivalist is more popular than ever.
ARE you ready for any eventually?
[via Gizmodo] This Go-Bag Will Keep You Ready For The Coming Apocalypse ~ by Eric Limer
Call it paranoia if you want, but when the end of the world comes due to zombies, aliens, severe weather, asteroids, or Black Friday stampedes, you’re going to want to be ready and waiting with your trusty bug-out bag. If you don’t have one already, the new Gerber Go-Bag is a good place to start.
While you’ll want to add some food and other assorted supplies to the mix, the Gerber Go-Bag comes with such essentials as a EZ-Out DPSF knife, a Recon Task light, a metal water bottle, a P600-ST sight tool, waterproof notepad, pocket reference guide, and some Frog Lube (heh) for keeping your weapons clean and ready, all in a handy satchel. All you have to do is grab it on your way out the door as you escape into the wild.
The bag will be available online starting November 23rd for a cool $274, a small price to pay for peace-of-paranoid-mind, especially when the gear you’ve got comes from the same folks who supply knives and multi-tools to the US Military. Time to get excited for the end of the world. [Gerber]
And by ‘ANY’?
I mean your–death?
(NaturalNews) Most of the talk on preparedness these days focuses on food, water, emergency medical supplies, sleeping bags and similar items. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, but it’s limited to the scope of being ready for things that happen when you’re alive. But this life is just the blink of an eye in the larger perspective of spirituality and the survival of your conscious soul. As journeys into the afterlife have revealed to us, there is an afterlife beyond this life, and our actions here on Earth are judged by the Creator.What have you done to prepare your soul for the afterlife?
This isn’t a joke question. We all focus on the survival of our physical bodies here on Earth, but relatively few people consider the survival of their eternal souls beyond this realm. That’s strange because the world beyond this life is actually far more REAL (and eternal) than this life here on Earth (which is often described as a “training ground” or a “simulation” or a “dream”).
Whether we live or die through the next Earthly preparedness crisis, the truth is that we all pass on to the afterlife sooner or later. That fact is inescapable and thus warrants the consideration of every conscious being living today.
Judgment Day will be here before you know it
According to nearly every world religion as well as many well-documented afterlife experiences, upon our passing beyond this physical world, we will be judged according to the decisions and actions we pursued during our lifetime. This judgment will reflect the degree to which we have lived our lives with love, humility, compassion and other fundamental traits of virtue. Those who have lived lives primarily dominated by the pursuit of greed, power and deception will be judged in a negative light (or darkness, as it were).
Belief in the afterlife, importantly, is not a requirement to be judged in the afterlife. Regardless of a person’s beliefs during their Earthly lifetime, they are nonetheless judged according to their free will actions. Denying the existence of the Creator, in other words, does not in any way provide a “free pass” for your behavior on Earth. (This is going to come as a great shock to those who have lived lives full of deception, greed and hatred for the Creator.)
Furthermore, there is no spiritual entitlement program whereby souls are automatically handed out benefits that they did not earn. Each soul must earn his or her own outcome, and in order to determine that, the entire lifetime of actions for each individual is recorded as a spiritual record.
Because, never doubt it…
Once the autonomous, killer robots get their game plan (i.e. world domination) in order?
We are SOOOOOOOOO screwed.
At that point a Survival Go-Bag won’t be so much in order…
As much as a Spiritual, Kiss Your Butt Good-Bye Bag will.
I have mine.
How ’bout you?
Depending on what happens with Hostess of course…
That is if their prepetuality continues, or if they are damned into obscurity, Twinkies?
Once made, could last forever.
But just how LONG is forever…
Is the ultimate question (But in two parts).
So far, the first part of the answer to that ultimate question is:
[via io9] At 36 years old, this may be the world’s oldest Twinkie ~by Lauren Davis
While the world waits to hear the ultimate fate of Hostess and its flagship snack food, this solitary Twinkie sat quietly in its case, possibly mulling over its 36 years of unwrapped existence. Behold the miracle of chemical preservatives.
In 1976, Roger Bennatti, a science teacher at Maine’s George Stevens Academy, asked his students how long he thought a Twinkie would last. He took a Twinkie left over from a students lunch and placed it on a shelf next to his desk. As it turned out, the Twinkie lasted longer at the school than Bennatti did; after the Twinkie turned 28, Bennatti retired. He placed the ancient Twinkie in a glass box and gifted it to one of his former students, then the school’s dean of students.
In that time, the Twinkie has not acquired wrinkles, started to sag, or grown hair (or mold) in weird places. Of course, unless they find a soul brave enough to eat it, we’ll never really know if the Twinkie passes the taste test of time.
The second part…
Of that ‘How long is forever?’ question regarding Twinkies?
Highly depends on the answer to THIS (below) question:
Does being fat make you jolly?
What was the actual discovery behind these stories?
David Meyre of McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and his colleagues found that a gene mutation associated with obesity is also associated with an 8 per cent decrease in the risk of depression.
How did they make a genetic connection between obesity and depression this time round?
The FTO gene makes a protein associated with obesity and fat mass. In 2007, Meyre was part of a team that discovered mutations in FTO that, he says, are “clearly associated with an increased risk of obesity”.
Obesity is a risk factor for depression, and vice versa. What’s more, FTO is heavily expressed in the brain. Meyre put these facts together and came up with the hypothesis that the variant gene would increase the risk of depression.
Instead, it decreased it. The team was so surprised when this emerged from two large Canadian studies that they looked at two more, by British and Swiss researchers, in the end pooling data from 28,000 people worldwide. All four studies gave the same result: having one copy of this mutant in your genome decreases the risk of depression by 8 per cent; two copies doubles that dip. The effect was independent of whether a person was actually obese or not.
How does the FTO gene affect humanity as a whole?
Meyre is happy to call it a happiness gene. “It makes a modest contribution [to happiness],” he says. Based on its prevalence among ethnic groups, it should prevent 6.7 per cent of the cases of depression that would otherwise afflict Africans, 5.3 per cent of cases in Europeans, and 2.2 per cent in Chinese….
Is this really why fat people have a reputation for being more jolly?
No, for the simple reason that, in Western society, they are not: obese people are more likely to be depressed. Also, not being depressed isn’t quite the same as being jolly or happy. And this study certainly does not show that getting fatter makes you happier, only that a gene that predisposes you to obesity also predisposes you to be less likely to be depressed.
Journal reference: Molecular Psychiatry, doi.org/jtn
The gene which predisposes you to being jolly also predisposes you to obesity.
Double-damning the Twinkie.
NOT because you need it to be happy…
But because you’ll still be happy even if you eat it ANYWAY?
It so sucks to be a Twinkie right now.
Even as one as old as 36 years.
Cause if Hostess goes down?
Yeah, some happy camper is SO gonna scarf that thing.
36 years or no.
“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t
own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep
it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it
you can never get it back.”
“Life is all about timing… the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable… attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It’s all about timing.”
~ Stacey Charter