What is the Monkeysphere? "One death is a tragedy.
One million deaths is a statistic. " -Kevin Federline What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You'll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere. "What the Hell is the Monkeysphere? " First, picture a monkey. Imagine you have Slappy as a pet. Now, imagine you get four more monkeys. Now imagine a hundred monkeys. Not so easy now, is it? So how many monkeys would it take before you stopped caring? That's not a rhetorical question. "So this whole thing is your crusade against monkey overpopulation? Uh, no. You see, monkey experts performed a monkey study a while back, and discovered that the size of the monkey's monkey brain determined the size of the monkey groups the monkeys formed.
Most monkeys operate in troupes of 50 or so. That brain, of course, was human. Top 10 Moral Dilemmas. Miscellaneous Thankfully most of us do not come across dire situations that present a moral dilemma, but it is always a very interesting exercise to consider a dilemma and our reaction to it.
So, I now present you with a list of ten agonizing moral dilemmas, in no particular order. Which Science Fiction Or Fantasy Book Will Make Anyone Smarter? Because they cover so much social, political, technological, cultural change. it taught me that humans will be humans anywhere, not matter what else about us changes, we still love, fuck, die, hate, are envious and prideful and cliquey, no matter how much world changing power we wield.
Flagged Ah, yuss. Isn't that what all good science fiction teaches us? 10 Tropes About Magical Weapons That We Never Want To See Again. Valyrian steel isn't exactly a rare material, it's a technique of forging, like Damascus steel.
Flagged Yeah, it's just a lost technique, so, by dint of that, it becomes a rare commodity. and #4 could be attributed to Japanese Katanas as well, or the extremely brittle obsidian blades which could quality as both #3 and #4. I came really close to doing culturally appropriated weapons that are special because the West have exoticized them. How To Create A Killer Opening For Your Science Fiction Short Story. A Field Guide To The Imaginary Beasts, Cryptids And Monsters Of America. This is the part where I recommend the "Cryptozoologicon" by Naish, Conway, and Koseman.
Part 1 is already out; they're working on Part 2. Very fun field guide to various cryptids. Remedios Varo. Due to her Republican ties, her 1937 move to Paris with Péret ensured that she would never be able to return to Franco's Spain.
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The American revolutionaries gave their lives for a future in which each man would have the freedom to make his own choices.
That dream has come true in the form of supermarket aisles that contain 50 different cereals with the word "oat" in their name, five marshmallow based cereals with a monster theme and 12 different varieties of Cheerios alone. God Bless America. What would you say if I told you that dream was a lie? That all these brands you think you're picking and choosing between are all sock puppets on the many tentacles of a few, lesser known companies? I don't know what you would say, but we're about to find out. Luxottica Makes All Your Sunglasses Remember back when you watched The Matrix for the first time and ran down to the store to buy sunglasses and a trench coat?
Which was famous for its sunglasses. The thing is, all of those are made by one manufacturer -- Luxottica. Well, at least you get to pick between stores, right? 5 Pathetic Groups That People Think Rule the World. Oh, look, they made another Dan Brown movie at some point.
Angels & Demons deals with the deep dark secret organization, The Illuminati, and their attempts to control the world, which means you're probably going to be hearing a lot about that in the next few months on certain, paranoid websites. Yes, wide-ranging conspiracy theories aren't limited to pulp novels reenacted by a terrible Tom Hanks haircut. YouTube and Digg comments and countless blogs are full of people ranting about the secret elite who are out to enslave all of us. They have a lot of reasons for believing the following groups are the guilty parties behind everything wrong with the world, and most of those reasons are very, very retarded. The Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Conference. 6 People Who Secretly Ruled The World. Hey, remember that Dick Cheney guy?
You know, the shadowy old man lurking behind George W. Bush and tugging on the strings that jerkily moved Bush's limbs? He still turns up on Fox News sometimes? Well, it turns out that history is full of those guys, the power behind the power whose names don't come up in history class, but who were happy to change history from the shadows.
4 Creepy Conspiracy Theories That Need to Be Horror Movies. There are several ways to deal with conspiracy theories and urban legends.
You can give them a long look, shrug, and move about your day. You can do what Big Tin Foil wants and believe that shit from the bottom of your heart. Or you can do what I do and get angry that these fucking things are never put to good use. These absurd tales soak up a ton of mankind's collective brain-space, and though they admittedly focus on the part that's not too likely to find the cure for cancer, I'd argue they should totally be forced to earn their keep ... by entertaining us. Why We Love To Watch The World Burn. Here's How Long Each Piece Is Likely to Survive In A Game Of Chess. How To Force People To Do Anything (And Have Them Thank You For it)
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