People are Sheep

Fandango has a quote for us today that tells us where the trouble in our modern world comes from, claiming that the bulk of the difficulties in the world are caused by stupid people.  These stupid people are bold enough to speak up about injustices that they see, and they have the confidence to tell everyone else that their perception is correct, and the rest of the people will tend to believe them.  It says that intelligent have doubts, so they hesitate while they are procrastinating, and by doing this, they take a back seat in the discussion.  By not saying anything, this projects uncertainty and by not being prepared to move forward with what they actually believe because they full of doubts, the intelligent people are letting the stupid people run the world, because these stupid people will have the power to convince everyone else that they are right.

This quote from Bertrand Russell is based on the premise that the world contains stupid people, intelligent people and the rest are just followers.  I think the world is made up of more than three different types of people, so I don’t agree with this quote.  I can see instances in the past where this quote seems very appropriate, where stupid people convinced everyone else that the world was flat and also when they said that the Sun revolved around the Earth and everyone went along with that.  I think this quote makes a case for the person who makes the most noise will usually win the argument, whether or not their point is valid.  The purpose of an argument is to try and settle disputes and all arguments are either valid or invalid, and sound arguments are established by true premises, where unsound arguments are built on false premises, so there should be no middle ground, thus no argument is somewhat valid.

A cocksure person will strut like a cock in an attempt to impress others and hensure is the female equivalent for this type of person.  A cocksure person would be overconfident in their abilities and their opinions, and their audacity would make them arrogant, but many people would probably want to follow them because they feel that they have a sense about what is right.  There are rational and irrational reasons for following another person and most people are willing to go along with the crowd, so they can feel like they are being accepted.  People want to fit in even when it goes against their better judgement.  Most humans will flock like sheep, subconsciously following a minority of individuals.  It takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd’s direction and that the other 95 per cent will follow blindly like lemmings without even realizing it.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #15 Redux which asks, “The fundamental cause of the trouble is that, in the modern world, the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubts.”

Spaceship Effect

It looks like something out of a classic sci-fi film, but this is actually somebody’s house made to resemble a flying saucer that is hovering over the Earth’s surface in this Alpine village.  It is nothing more than an optical illusion, but it must be serene living up here.  This was achieved using an architectural concept known as the forced perspective.  This technique manipulates our brains by employing a series of small adjustments that alter our depth perception making a space look larger, or smaller, or farther, or closer than they really are.  Its curved design and oval windows on all sides creates this spaceship effect, because of the decorative windows that look like mirrors from the outside which are positioned to reflect whatever is outside.

Written for Stine Writing – Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting!, Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

A Family Affair

She was confused when she opened the letter addressed to her recently deceased father and what she found inside was… that her father had a whole other family.  Apparently, her dad had a mistress for the last 15 years of his life and they have a daughter who is 13 years old.  His mistress and his illegitimate daughter both know all about her and they live in the same town, only live 5 minutes away from where she is.  This made it convenient for her dad to go on booty calls with his mistress at all hours of the day.  She was an exotic dancer, and she was married and cheating on her husband at the time when her dad went into the strip club for the first time.  She gave her father a lap dance and he fell like a ton of bricks for her, as he became instantly and intensely infatuated with her.  Her dad had been paying the mortgage for his mistress and also giving her money for child support to help take care of her half-sister.  The mistress and her half-sister came to her father’s funeral, but she didn’t know who they were.

The letter was written by the 13-year-old girl, and she said that she didn’t want to show any disrespect to her mother who must have suffered as a result of the relationship that her dad had with her mom, but since they are related, she felt that they should probably get to know each other.  After her father passed away, her mom told her that she knew that her husband was sneaking around on her, but she never said anything because she didn’t want to bring shame to her children if they found out about his affair.  Her dad had no respect for his marriage vows or family commitment and neither did this woman that he was engaging in romantic relationship with.  She was curious about her half-sister, but she believed that her family should remain separate in every way and live their own lives, so she tore the letter up.

Written for Fandango’s Story Starter #65.

Dangerous Conditions are Imminent

I got a flat tire on my bicycle and that is why I am walking it back home.  It looks like a beautiful sunrise, but hurricane Ian is headed this way, and the old adage “red sky in morning, sailor’s warning” is in play here.  My dog Jake has no clue of what is happening, but it is scarry for me.  I have lived in Florida my whole life and I am sort of used to hurricanes, but this one looks like a direct hit and evacuation orders are in place.  The current trajectory has it hitting Tampa Bay at 6 AM Thursday as a category 2 with winds around 90 miles an hour.  The thing is that nobody knows exactly what will happen with this storm and other forecasts have it off the coast of Tampa Bay and heading for the panhandle.  It is not that I am wishing this storm on anybody else, but I don’t want it landing here.  It would be nice to have a better idea where this hurricane is going and what its intensity will be, but I am going to make some preparations in case it hits me.  The closer it gets, the more urgency I feel.  I have taken all of the patio furniture into the house and tomorrow, I will move my gas grill into the garage and take my American flag down.

Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #186.

Cavewomen

Would you rather have no nose, or no arms?
It wouldn’t be pretty, but I think that I could live without a nose and some people are born with congenital arhinia and they have no nose or nasal passage.  I heard about a baby that was born with imperforate anus meaning that he did not have a rectum.  This seems more serious to me, but when the opening to the anus is missing or blocked, they can just cut you a new one.  I imagine that the right surgeons could fix a person without a nose, but I really don’t want to have anything blocked or missing.  I feel that living without arms would be much worse and I am not the type of person who would cut off my nose to spite my face.

What is your spirit animal?
I read that every person has a spirit animal, but as far as I know, mine has not showed up yet, and maybe this is just a big load of crap for people that want to believe in magic.

Do you think cavemen had nightmares about cavewomen?
Cavemen had a lot to worry about and they probably had nightmares about many things.  Caves are a creepy place to have to live in, but before structures were built, that was better than having to sleep outdoors.  Caves are dark and this can be scarry, they might be filled with strange creatures like bats or slimy bugs, rocks could fall down on you inside of the cave and you could even be buried alive.  Cavemen did the hunting, and their women did the cooking, so I don’t think that they had nightmares about their women, because they both needed each other to survive.  The caveman probably didn’t go around clubbing their women and then drag them back to their caves by their hair, in order to copulate with an unconscious or otherwise unwilling woman, but they may have engaged in bride capture, where they took women from other tribes.  Prehistoric humans lived in a shame free zone, and nobody went around saying, “I’ll show you mine, if you show me yours”, as they all knew what each other had and what they looked like naked.  Humans have a very low rate of conception, so it was more successful if women just kept having sex.  Cavemen were promiscuous and they had multiple partners in order to up their chances of reproducing.  Partners were shared, just like food, shelter, and other essential needs.  Women evolved for having sex with multiple partners, and this can be seen in their ability to have multiple orgasms in a sexual session, which resulted in encouraging more men to come and join in, and this also ensured that breeding was successful.  If there were more men in the tribe than women, the cave woman would have multiple sexual partners.  Some of the men had to wait for their turn sitting quietly in the corner and watching while another caveman had sex with a woman.  By watching others have intercourse and learning what felt good, this is how man figured out sex, and this is the same way every other species does.

Where did the name Pina Colada come from?
The name piña colada is Spanish, and it literally means “strained pineapple”.

Gratitude Section
I am happy for all of the wonderful prompts that exist here on WordPress.

Written for Melanie’s aka Sparky’s Share Your World.

Ragged Covid Look

When the pandemic and its associated lockdowns arrived, my hairdresser quit and I soon found myself growing a bit shaggy.  I always felt that proper grooming was important and during this time of uncertainty, I still wanted to look regal, being the king of the jungle and all that.  My hair is porous, and it tends to trap viruses in it, so the likelihood of me spreading it to someone else is very improbable.  I don’t feel sick and my temperature is normal, although I don’t know why they insist on taking that rectally.  Even if I did have the Rona, there is no evidence that I would be able to spread this virus to people.  My normal groomer was terrified of risking her health by coming in to work in the face this pandemic, so I have to suffer with this scroungy look till they can find a replacement and not many people want to get close with a lion.  The last thing that I want is anyone saying that I have a mangy mange.  I also need someone to trim my nails and brush my teeth, well at least I am still getting fed.

Written for Sadje at Keep It Alive What Do You See #153, where the Image credit comes from Arleen Wiese @ Unsplash.

My Behavior

I have never been diagnosed with any mental problems, but sometimes I struggle with my mental well-being.  It seems like many bloggers have developed some type of a psychological disorder, but perhaps it is just temporary, and they are just saying what is on their minds.  I think of myself as being mostly normal, but sometimes I have a difficult time getting along with others.  I have never set a criterion for my behavior, and I consider myself to be spontaneous and a if it feels good do it type of person, sort of like Fandango’s whatever floats your boat saying.  I know the difference between what is wrong and right, and I try to be a moral person.  I value myself and I guess I set the bar high when it comes to demonstrating compassion and empathy for others.  If I go out on a date with somebody and I realize that it is not going to work out for us, I will end the relationship as I don’t want to waste my time or her time.  I am not going to compromise my standards and maybe that is why I don’t get many dates.  I know what I want and what I like and I ain’t gonna be treated this old way.

Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser #99, where she asks us, “What criteria of behavior you set for yourself?  Do you set the bar high?  Or do you give yourself leeway as you’d give to a friend, family member or a stranger?”

I Walk with My Sweet Mary

‘Green, Green Grass of Home’ is a country song that was written by Claude “Curly” Putman Jr., and first recorded by singer Johnny Darrell in 1965.   Porter Wagoner’s cover made this song popular in 1965 as it reached #4 on the Country chart.  Tom Jones learned the song from the Jerry Lewis cover and he had a worldwide #1 hit with it in 1966.  Joan Baez covered this song on her tenth studio album David’s Album which was recorded in Nashville and released in 1969.  Her album peaked at #36 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.  Joan Baez is generally regarded as a folk singer, and she began her recording career in 1960 and achieved immediate success.  Folk music has a long history, and by the 1950s, the genre dominated the music charts.  Fans gathered to listen to songs by their favorite artists, because this music reflected on news and current events in the United States.

In the 1950s, Woody Guthrie, Doc Watson and Pete Seeger were some of the best-known folk singers around, but in early ’60s, new performers arrived like Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon and Garfunkel, The Seekers, Judy Collins and Joan Baez.  Folk singers, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Joan Baez, met in coffee shops and public places in San Francisco and New York to sing songs about their concerns with the war, civil rights, their jobs, and other social issues.  By the 1970s, folk music started to lose its popularity.  With the U.S. pulling out of the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement being essentially over, most musicians shifted their focus to other concerns and music genres, such as rock and roll.

This song tells the tale of a condemned prisoner who is longing to escape to the green, green grass of home.  At the end of the song, it is revealed that the man is facing execution, and he will be coming home only to be buried.  Putman said that he got the inspiration to write ‘Green, Green Grass Of Home’ after watching the 1950 film The Asphalt Jungle.  The film was directed by John Huston, and it follows a group of men trying to carry out an ill-fated heist.  One of the criminals, Dix gets shot, but he’s determined to make it back to his home in Kentucky.  Dix drives back to his home, but he dies before his girlfriend can get him to turn himself in to the police.  The movie portrayed Dix’s childhood home, describing his hometown as having green grass, an old oak tree, and a house with cracked paint, and that became the inspiration for this song.  The man in this song is going to be hanged and all he can think about is his home, seeing his parents again and his girl Mary.

The old hometown looks the same
As I step down from the train
And there to meet me is my mama and papa
Down the road I look and there runs Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home

Yes, they’ll all come to meet me
Arms reaching, smiling sweetly
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home

The old house is still standing
Though the paint is cracked and dry
And there’s that old oak tree that I used to play on
Down the lane, I walk with my sweet Mary
Hair of gold and lips like cherries
It’s good to touch the green, green grass of home

Then I awake and look around me
At four grey walls that surround me
And I realize, yes, I was only dreaming
For there’s a guard and there’s a sad, old padre
On and on, we’ll walk at daybreak
Again, I’ll touch the green, green grass of home

Yes, they’ll all come to see me
In the shade of that old oak tree
As they lay me
‘Neath the green, green grass of home

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme this week is Sweet, Honey, Sugar, Candy, Chocolate suggested by Angie of King Ben’s Grandma.

A Craving for Sweets

The history of candy dates back to ancient peoples who most likely snacked on sweet honey straight from beehives.  It is widely believed that cane sugar was first used by man in Polynesia from where it spread to India.  In 510 BC the Emperor Darius of Persia invaded India where he found “the reed which gives honey without bees”.  When the Arab peoples in the seventh century AD invaded Persia in 642 AD, they found sugar cane being grown and learned how sugar was made.  During the Middle Ages the Persians spread sugarcane cultivation, developed refining methods, and they began to make a sugar-based candy.  All sugar-based candies, whether they are creamy, chewy, brittle, aerated or soft, are essentially mixtures of two ingredients, sugar and water mixed together and heated up.  Different candies are created by varying the proportion of these two ingredients and rearranging the sugar molecules.  Candy is defined as a confection that primarily consists of sugar or other sweeteners that is usually found in small pieces or bars.  Many various candies, such as hard candies, jellybeans, gumdrops, taffy, liquorice, lollipops, mints, caramels, marshmallows, cotton candy, truffles, bon bons, fudge, and toffee are around for you to choose from.  Chocolate has a bitter taste, but technically it can be classified as being candy, and by adding sugar, honey or syrup, chocolate will become very sweet.

Last week we had Down Under where the theme was to find Australian music.  This week the theme is Sweet, Honey, Sugar, Candy, Chocolate suggested by Angie of King Ben’s Grandma.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, and even better, read as many of them as you are able to as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the theme, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Suggestions
• Try to use the prompt words or at least conform to a general theme, as you see it.  If the song you select does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• It would be good if you could post the lyrics to the song of your choice, as this is helpful for the people that want to follow along with the music.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due. It would also be a good idea to give credit to the singer and the band associated with your song.
• Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be, but please try not to include too many videos as that just makes it take longer to look at all of the other posts.
• Link to the YouTube video, or you can pull it into your post, so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

This week I will be writing about the Joan Baez song ‘The Green Green Grass Of Home’, and next week, I will be writing about the song ‘Next Time You See Me’ by Pigpen.  The upcoming prompts will be:
October 2, 2022 – Died at the age of 27 club
October 9, 2022 – User Choice
October 16, 2022 – A song by a band that you wish were still together
October 23, 2022 – A song that reminds you of yourself

History Rewritten

1.Why did all the dinosaurs die?
They chocked on fossil fuels.

2. Why are there so many stories about the great flood?
Because God got angry that the people weren’t taking enough baths.

3. What happened at Hadrian’s wall?
Nothing until Humpty Dumpty showed up there.

4. How long was the hundred years war?
That all depends on when you think it started and ended.

5. Why was it all quiet on the western front?
The soldiers were holding a farting contest and they didn’t want any other noises to disrupt it.

6. What was the Boxer Rebellion all about?
This was when all the men started wearing brief underwear.

7. What caused the Titanic to sink?
It made a left turn when it should have gone right.

8. Why do they want us to remember the Main?
That was said because it is part of manifest destiny that was written in the Monroe Doctrine.

9. What happened to Amelia Earhart?
She met a watery grave.

10. Who was involved in the Iran Contra scandal?
I think it was Nixon.

Written for Di’s Fibbing Friday.