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Thursday, March 29

Thursday Thirteen #5

Thirteen Things I Wonder About...

All of us sit around and listen intently to whatever our news media puts in front of us as "truth". The fact is, it's become a "spin" on truth, spun toward whichever direction that particular network's advertisers and producers TELL the reporters to spin it. It's rare that we just get an accounting of the facts of a story, and be left alone to mumble amongst ourselves and come to our own conclusions about any particular event.

No one realizes that over a period of years... we have been molded into a people that do not see things quite as they are, we see them and think of them in relation to how they've been presented to us through rote procedures over and over, until we really don't stop to think about the particular, we just go back to the memory of its presentation.

There is so much emphasis put on political correctness, or BUY NOW - IT'S ON SALE (whether you need it or not). Millions of dollars are spent on commercials that have bright colors, catchy jingles, quick motion presentations...we rarely stop to actually think about the product, do we need it, and what is it actually made of, and will it do what the manufacturer states in the wild ads. Any more, the ads are usually not even about the product...yet we remember the ad subconsciously and buy the product.

The government also spends millions behind the scenes that we never know about, and due to the flashy presentations...we miss the point entirely. Therefore...we all do silly things, and there are some funny things that just happen...but Why, Why, Why???

My list today is some of the idiosyncrasies we all share, but WHY? Possibly, because over many years of creative presentation...we just assume it's normal, and is SUPPOSED to be that way. Maybe if we could solve the riddles to some of these simple WHY'S... we'd have a better grasp on the bigger issues. Hope you get a laugh or two...I've listed the WHY, and my simple assertion on the possible reason... Comment on your thoughts :)

1. Why do we press harder on a remote control, when we know the batteries are getting weak? - We see and hear jokes all the time on remotes. On TV, you click it, it works! Shaking it, banging it on your leg, poking it directly at the TV pushing hard...won't strengthen the batteries. Also, subconsciously, we see the remote as magic as it was presented...not the truth. The remote has become a device of laziness, and it would require expended energy to get up and find batteries in the drawer, and change them. Never crosses your mind at first, and then...there's that one moment of slight anger that you have to be bothered to do so.

2. Why doesn't glue (that the label says will work on glass or plastic) not stick to the bottle? - Gotta admit...this one puzzles me too. I think they should tell us in the next commercial. Which ever brand chooses to do that in their commercial will amaze a lot of us and we'll buy their's for sure :)

3. Why does some believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? - Stars & the heavens is FAR TOO COMPLICATED to research ourselves. That would take time and effort and we would actually have to READ and search out the truth. It's much easier to take someone's word for it that typed PHD behind their name. Also...our society has gotten away from rules. The liberals feel like every rule is "infringing" on at least one of our rights somehow. Following rules has become offensive, and inhibits our ability to "express ourselves". Therefore NO is an unacceptable term now. In the old days, if someone said NO - DON'T TOUCH THAT! - NO - YOU CAN'T GO THERE...we just accepted it and knew that someone before us had a good reason to post that sign. "WET PAINT"... didn't touch it, admired the new look of an improved building. NOW...GOTTA TOUCH IT... OOhhhh...there's a button, gotta push it (even though the sign says DON'T). The mentality is...so what? What are they gonna do? Give me a time out? Someone else will come and paint it again if I mess it up?... No accountability, no repercussions. Kind of sad.

4. Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection? - This IS STUPID! I just read that an airline saved $40,000 a year by eliminating ONE olive per salad. Stupid statistic, but just imagine how much money could be saved by purchasing a regular needles for this procedure, and eliminating the sterilizing alcohol swabbing prior to injection. It's an unnecessary expense, period.

5. Why didn't Tarzan have a beard? - Goes back to how "they" spin things. We all loved the show, he was this amazing man living off the land in the jungle, and we just took it for granted, never stopping to think about how they didn't have razors in the jungle. Perhaps he tooled a sharp rock (doubt it), but if he did, they should have shown us him shaving with his "arrowhead".

6. Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets? - Perhaps a few were NOT REALLY committed to the job at hand? Maybe they planned to sneak off somewhere and land, then just disappear. Otherwise, another unnecessary expense of their army that could have been saved :)

7. Why is it that no matter what color of bubble bath you use, the bubbles are always white? - It would be fun to have colored bubbles wouldn't it? I think so, even as an adult. Instead of T-I-N-Y Bubbles...we could sing...B-L-U-E Bubbles... (hehehehe)

8. Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator, staring into it blankly, with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized? - Probably saw another one of those "magic" commercials depicting some wonderful thing to eat. Our society has become all about instant gratification and we just open that door hoping upon hope that we missed something from before - OR - we've thought about it a while and decided that maybe we've determined an easier way, or less work intensive way to create something from the meager ingredients we saw the last time. We compromise with instant gratification until we whittle the process down enough to convince ourselves the effort was "almost" effortless....also another reason our butts and waists are growing exponentially :)

9. Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down again to give the vacuum one more chance? - (OMG...I've done it too!) - Again, instant gratification that we've been brain washed into needing. Keeping the string in your hand would require an actual trip to the garbage can, or placing the string in your pocket which would have to be emptied later...too much effort. That damn commercial SAID this vacuum would PICK UP A BOWLING BALL...this string can't be a stretch surely!

10. How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light bulbs and fixtures? - Again...one I'd like to have answered. I swear I think if you caulked them, the bugs could still magically get in. There must be some secret transporting power mixed with the electricity and the glass :) Once again...the manufacturers have a moment to REALLY capture our attention if they would answer this one in the commercial...oh...but that would require truth...never mind.

11. When we are in the supermarket, and someone RAMS our ankle with a shopping cart, then apologizes for doing so, why do we say, "It's all right?" - IT'S NOT ALL RIGHT! IT FREAKING HURT! You'll have a bruise for a couple of weeks. However, we do know that they didn't mean to do it, and we aren't mad at them. The appropriate answer should be, "I know you didn't mean to, my ankle will be OK." ...and it will...

12. In winter why do people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer when they were complaining about the heat? - More subconscious training. We seem to have some unwritten thought process in our brains that however something is, it should be different for total comfort. (I'm actually not guilty of this one). I like the heat, so I rarely use air conditioning in the summer until it's REALLY hot.

13. How come you never hear father-in-law jokes? - I think this answer is a bit two fold. I think we still put men on a pedestal as far as the dominant gender (and I think to an extent, they should be)... Also, men tend not to be drama kings and worry themselves about others' business too much, and they usually occupy themselves with something, or nothing, so that they have no need to stir the shit pots of others. Perhaps women could take note on this one...

Hope you found something here to ponder, or at least something to laugh at :). The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four persons now is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends, if they seem OK to you and worthy of your friendship, then it's you :) Remember...life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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