She was worried about imagining something scary, so I gave her this pair of anti-imagination glasses. They’re guaranteed to prevent imagination.
I’m a little worried though because the website says the “NOT WELCOME” mat is a “great conversation starter”.
Does anyone know where I can get a doormat that says “CONTAGIOUS”?
“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry. She registered under the gender-neutral name of “K.V. Switzer”. After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” however, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire Marathon. These photographs taken of the incident made world headlines.
There’s more to this story, and I think it’s instructive.
“He had been in the long-time habit of physically attacking those he perceived to be “non serious” runners competing in the race, whether officially entered or running the course unofficially. In a 1968 interview with Sports Illustrated, he called them “These screwballs! These weirdies! These MIT boys! These Tufts characters! These Harvard guys!”.
According to fellow race official Will Cloney: “He hurls not only his body at them, but also a rather choice array of epithets… Jock’s method of attack is apt to vary.” In 1957, Semple had narrowly escaped arrest for assault after attempting to tackle a runner in swim fins and a snorkeling mask.
"Later in life, however, Semple reversed his position on women competing in the marathon. According to Marjaa Bakker (a later organizer of the race), "Once the rule was adjusted and women were allowed in the race, Jock was one of their staunchest supporters. He was very progressive." Semple later publicly reconciled with Switzer.”
So apparently, Jock Semple was less concerned with Switzer being a woman and more concerned that she was breaking the rules.
I’m not arguing that he actually wasn’t sexist after all. I just think it’s important to note that any time you enforce bigoted rules, regardless of your private opinion, you stand a good chance of being remembered as a bigot.
On the plus side, here’s a picture of Switzer and Semple a few years later:
Headline of the Day.
Maybe he’s just an introvert and this was his best idea to get out of it, okay?
On the flip side, the idea of winning a contest to meet someone famous seems nightmarish to me.
Film Crit Hulk responds to Vulture’s trainwreck of an article, ‘Why Captain America Is Only Interesting If He’s a Prick’.
I endorse everything FCH has to say on this topic, and will only add:
The interesting thing about the Avengers movies is that they give us so many different ways that twisted, messed-up people can find redemption. Tony Stark is a spoiled, rich prick who suddenly comes face-to-face with the complexity of the moral universe he exists in. Thor is a spoiled, royal prick who has to learn about the difference between might and right. Bruce Banner’s anger is literally a destructive force he has to fight every day for control of.
The Avengers have plenty of antiheroes to go around.
And then there’s Steve Rogers, whose core belief should be understood as what he tells Erskine: “I don’t like bullies. Don’t care where they’re from.” This isn’t annoying righteousness- this is a guy who IS the little guy getting bullied. It’s a credit to him that once he’s all muscley and nigh-invincible, he channels that dislike of bullies into protecting people and not wreaking revenge.
Stories about moral, upright people aren’t boring. Simple moral universes are.
I binge read the first twelve issues of this yesterday.
Why didn’t anyone tell me how good this critically acclaimed and popular series was?
(I know you told me door, but I didn’t listen. Why didn’t I listen?)
Anyway, it’s super fun.