@rimy Yeah, that was actually a pretty good job. It was like 8 or 9 years ago though. I did all the prep work around background checks for those entering the ports, and you know it turns out that pretty much everyone in the world has been arrested at least once. And I remember having a loosely held together theory, that the heads were for researching a new Mad Cow-ish strain of disease. I think it was relevant to current events at the time.
@Tallulah B Aauughh....I used to have an admin job at a seaport, and one time the Coast Guard came in. They were expecting a shipment, and they were being REALLY SECRETIVE, and like, hovering around waiting for it. So I listened outside the door and you know what was in the box? Bison heads! JUST THE HEADS! And then they were to deliver them to the rendezvous point at the local university for......dissection? Shamanistic full headdresses? What? What did the University of Top Secret Nuclear Warhead Stuffed Bison Brains (ok, no. It was the University of South Florida) need all those heads for? I still dont know!
@baked bean It is almost like, the opposite of weird to say Excuse Me to someone you bump into. Your coworker, thats whats weird
@anachronistique incredulous open mouth, wild eyed smizing? Hand on one cheek, Home Alone style? Was that her? Bc that image is stuck w me from the back pages of Seventeens all throughout the 90s.
@SarahP LIGERS are huuuuge. They are like, actually the size of a tiger AND a lion. It has something to do w/being a not entirely naturally occurring cross breed, but I am not sure what
@whateverlolawants It is segregation, I think. A lot of models and actors whose faces we admire have features that are strongly associated with a given ethnicity, often more than one ethnicity at a time and that is why they look very striking. Like Cameron Diaz--to keep that example going--has Spanish (I think) ancestry, but she is partly Caucasian too, (I know Spain has quite a few native blondes, but I don't think that is the case w/her. I read an article about her right after The Mask came out and it stuck w/me as some kind of formative childhood memory). And it's not that multiracial or multiethnic people didn't exist a hundred years ago obviously, but they were not represented as a standard of beauty. So I guess it is that the documented past does not look like the world we see today firsthand? I don't want to say there were less mixed race people b/c I have no idea really, but it wouldn't surprise me b/c people were so racist and so open about it until relatively recently. An older man I know was telling me recently that even in the 1970's everybody's default idea of beautiful was skinny lips, skinny noses, flattish butts, monochrome pale hair/skin, and not just that was beautiful but that full lips and big wild hair was immediately dismissed as ugly amongst his peers. And that just bears so little resemblance to what I would think most people consider attractive now that, I don't know, I guess my point is we are shown a very narrow, homogenous representation of the past and so it's hard to reconcile it w/the idea that maybe the past was just us, but long ago?
@LooseBaggyMonster I agree, I think. My feeling about this is pretty clear cut in my mind, but it's the kind of thing that's hard to articulate probably just b/c it is incredibly anecdotal and based entirely on personal experience. But violent and disturbing deaths are actually just violent and disturbing, they're not quirky or darkly whimsical or morbidly fascinating. I'm not opposed to a museum like this, I would be inclined to visit a museum like this even, but it's possible to be respectful of your subject matter w/out being joyless and dour about it; you don't have to veer off completely in the opposite direction just to prove how cool and accepting you are of death as part of life. I always assume (maybe wrongly, assumptions sometimes are) that the hip goth bemused by death and dismemberment has actually never come very close to it in their actual experiences.
Also, I was born in 1983, and I'm almost 30, so I hope it was an error, and that their marriage lasted more than "almost twenty years."
@Sapphireblue Is "Ask Amy" Amy Alkon? I know her website is Advice Goddess, but still. Cuz I don't like her. All her answers to EVERYTHING are like, "blah blah blah evo psych oxytocin Greg courted me this way b/c of evo psych women can't have casual sex b/c evolutionary psychology and oxytocin convoluted snarky metaphor, also, oxytocin" and I don't even believe in evolutionary psychology, b/c evolution is not like, this magical force that pulls us helplessly away from conscious thought. It's just gradual changes in our bodies in response to the gradual changes in the world, is all.
@PistolPackinMama Oh, god, this doesn't make me sound cool or dangerous or anything. I couldn't figure out how to reseal the feather hair extension--and I had opened a bunch of them, they were in those clamshells--so I just shoved them behind some other packages and fashioned a sort of elaborate display stacked in front of them. It was too ambiguous to be stealing, but there were feathers and clips everywhere, all mangled and encroaching upon the OTHER As Seen on TV products and the Walmart's on the outskirts of a smallish town so there's not really a ton of professional boosters for me to pale in comparison to. This would have been forgivable, it actually was forgiven, if I didn't later eat all the tops off a box of chocolate muffins while I put my hands all over all the books, and then discard the muffins b/c I didn't have my debit card, instead I had two bus passes. (They kind of resemble a credit card in size and shape). So I DID steal, but not like, in my heart, you know? They remembered me from the time with the hair extensions! And I actually was WEARING some of those same extensions b/c the Dollar Store started selling them a few weeks after the Walmart but I'd just destroyed the ones at Walmart and probably no one was able to buy them. Maybe even they had to ship them over to the Dollar Store as damaged.
@Probs I paged an employee for myself at Walmart once, for similar reasons (that is, you know, I had to have an employee for what I wanted and none was forthcoming). I'm not allowed in that Walmart anymore, but that's not why. It's b/c of something else totally unrelated.