A little warm-up for the Monday round-up

Victorian posy of pansiesAfter a busy Sunday (that online traffic school takes time now that my memory is no longer as absorbent as it once was) and a busy Monday morning (trying to rebuild my muscles after months of injury-caused inactivity), I’m back at my desk and raring to go.  While I’m doing that raring, here are a few things to get you going:

No one really knows why it’s there, but Bern boasts a 488 year old statue of a monstrous man eating babies.

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Bet you didn’t know that Melville’s Moby Dick was steaming hot gay porn.  But, in this amusing post, there’s proof.

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This week’s Prager University lesson is about the fact that happiness is infinitely greater when it’s earned than when we are simply handed things we, or someone else, expects will make us happy:

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  1. Danny Lemieux says

    That is statue is of an infamous character out of Swiss mythology, Uwe Borschön, that keeps popping up now and again in the news. I believe that the statue is there to scare children and keep them suitably docile.

  2. Eidolon says

    I know you didn’t mean anything by it, Book, but the “this sounds gay” joke is getting old. It was funny years ago because being gay was recognized as a bad thing, as a disordered condition. You might joke about someone being crazy, or stupid, and it was in the same category.
     
    But now it’s being used as a bludgeon against men, and we as a society need to stop. It doesn’t make sense to, on the one hand, make jokes about how various things seem gay, and on the other hand, pretend being gay is normal. The joke would then be “ha ha, that sounds like something a normal person would say.” We can do either of these things, though I obviously prefer the former, but both at the same time is irrational.
     
    Jokes of that kind are based on the idea that men are supposed to be a certain way, and on the surface these statements or actions seem to be out of sync with that. Nobody ever says “ha ha, you said you love your female friend — you sound straight!” It doesn’t make sense, because heterosexuality is normal, and normality isn’t funny. If we accept natural law, that men should act a certain way and women should act a certain way, then it’s fair to make jokes about being gay to some extent. But the modern world does not believe in natural law, and has twisted these things designed to encourage people to stay on the beaten path and now they serve only to attack. Men can no longer show any affection whatsoever to each other, cannot express love or appreciation, cannot even touch each other, without being called “gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that).” And whatever people may say, men still feel this as a grave insult, as questioning their identity as men, which must to some extent be conferred by the community.

    • Mike Devx says

      Men can no longer show any affection whatsoever to each other, cannot express love or appreciation, cannot even touch each other, without being called “gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that).”
       
      I’ve got a number of straight male friends who go out of their way to hug other guys on greeting them.  The first time one of them did it to me – about three years ago? – it *did* shock me.  But I’ve gotten used to it.  You’re right, there is American cultural pressure to keep your distance, but it’s a norm that’s easily breakable – if you want to.  Just remember, just as there is a male handshake, there is such a thing as a male hug, and it’s not the same as a female hug.   Keep it short and brief, and one or two solid hand thumps on the back or shoulder is a good idea.
       
      I thought the Moby Dick “gay” jokes were more aimed at the stilted, archaic language of the novel than at anything else.  Along with a certain Beavis and Butthead-level focus on the word “sperm”.  “heh-heh, heh-heh, he said, ‘sperm’.”  Right up there in sophisticated humor with jokes about “Uranus”.  For me: It didn’t bother me at all.
       

  3. says

    There is something wrong with people  who have a statue of a man eating babies in their city and nobody knows why. It is usually the kind of thing that gets passed down through natural curiosity.  I mean is it because the kids are being eaten raw? Would a salt shaker have woken these people up?
    As for Moby Dick the “alternative” lifestyle Lord of the Rings blog is hysterical if you can find it.

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