These pictures in the Google Arts picture archive don't come with any explanatory text, except that they're from an "Air Raid Noise Experiment" conducted in Nuneaton in 1941. But I suspect that the experiment was part of a series of psychological experiments conducted in the UK in 1941 that attempted to "harden Britons to bomb shock." The idea was to expose people to the sounds of air raid sirens and battle sounds so that they would lose their fear of them. As described in the news clipping below:
The suggestion was advanced that whole populations be put through the experiment to make them 'immune, through familiarity, to fear caused by air raid noises.'
Rachel Deckert was supposed to turn herself in at the Lewis County Jail on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. She did. Problem was, she was pinky bonded to her girlfriend, and they couldn't separate. As a form of couples therapy the two had used epoxy to glue their pinky fingers together inside a copper pipe.
Said Detective Patty Finch, "They haven’t been able to feel their fingers for three days."
Not clear how the two will be unattached. Pinky amputation is a possibility.
"Well we don't have any snow as you know, and so as a result, people are able to be out doing weird stuff all year long," he said.
He also cites the shifting landscapes and inherent dangers in the geography that can lead to a live-for-the-moment attitude. "Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we may be wiped out by a sinkhole or a shark bite or lightening -- all of which happen more in Florida than any other state. So, it leads to this sort of YOLO culture in Florida. And that's, honestly part of what makes it kind of fun to be a journalist here -- is writing about all the people who grab for the gusto ... and miss," he said.
These same reasons would also apply to my neck of the woods, SoCal. But our particular dangers are earthquakes, fires, and rattlesnakes.
The OTOHIKO fork from Nissin, for noisy ramen slurpers. It doesn't actually cancel out the noise. When it detects a slurping noise it causes your phone to make a louder, wave-crashing sound, which drowns out the slurping sound.
Wait a minute--this is my own tire on my own car that is being represented as a hideous criminal killer! And since I, the driver, am responsible for my own tires, I must be a hideous criminal killer too!
Way to make your customers feel good about themselves!
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