"And if I were a good man"
"How come we laugh when tickled by others but not when we tickle ourselves? One scientist has suggested that it’s a throwback to primeval times when, grasped by a predator, we instinctively squirmed to escape and automatically release our inner tensions by nervous laughter. That doesn’t sound funny to me."
Bertrand Russel, according to the philosophical lore, was once in the course of giving a public lecture on cosmology when he was interrupted by an old lady in the audience. “Everything you’ve been telling us is rubbish,” the lady vociferously objected. “The world is actually flat, and it’s supported by a giant elephant that is standing on the back of a turtle.” Russel, humoring her, asked what might support the turtle. The old lady replied, “It’s turtles all the way down!”
October 25, 1984 — see The Complete Peanuts 1983-1986
how can’t I remember a face I can’t forget
"Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead. We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces."
- Sigmund Freud
Art: The Promenade (1918) by Marc Chagall
I’m so happy! I found this graphic novel today at a little book store. I grabbed this thing like a little kid grabs the last m&m at a birthday party! I can’t wait to start reading it, but unfortunately I have some contemporary art to study.
This is a photo of a dog, named Pep. He was a dog who was sentenced to life in prison for killing Pennsylvania governor’s cat in 1924.
Showing absolutely no remorse for his despicable crimes, Pep was sent down for life with no chance of parole.
But Pep was knowingly wrongfully accused of this crime. In reality his crime was chewing the cushions of the sofa on the governor’s front porch, but a journalist at the time decided to take some editorial freedoms to make the story more compelling.
Additionally, though the dog was sent to the penitentiary, instead of being a prisoner he was used as a therapy dog for prisoner rehabilitation.