“Made up stories can matter, they matter to us in the real everyday world just as much (and in many cases more than) the real people we know and the real things we do. Made up stories matter for precisely the same reason that anything matters: because we decide they matter, because we imbue them with meaning. Chimpanzees, while they are very smart and interesting creatures, cannot tell each other stories about war heroes fighting sirens and a cyclops to get home. They cannot use such stories to shape their values and their relationships and their world views. We can, and do, and this engagement with constructed narrative is (in my humble opinion) a big part of what makes us human.”—John Green fishingboatproceeds
Kinder Surprise is an egg-shaped chocolate candy that is banned in the United States. It comes wrapped in foil, then you eat the egg and reveal a pill-shaped plastic container. Inside the container could be all manner of little items: puzzles, dinky cars, toys you have you assemble using a tiny booklet, etc. There is still a ban in place on importing these into the United States because of the choking hazard posed to young children, and can cost you up to $2,500 per egg if you try to import them. A New Jersey-based company called Choco Treasure has tried to fill the gap and make a legal US version, but everybody knows they’ll never be as good.
I THREW A GRAPE IN THE AIR TO CATCH IT IN MY MOUTH BUT IT WENT TOO HIGH AND HIT THE CEILING AND THERE WAS A SPIDER THERE AND THE SPIDER FELL AND SO DID THE GRAPE AND THEY BOTH LANDED ON MY FACE AND I STILL HAVEN’T STOPPED SCREAMING
i read the first line in my head in the tune of call me maybe im so stupid
I threw a grape in the air I went to catch it I swear It hit a spider that fell and now they’re on my face
One of our students just got caught in a rent scam. She’s looking for a new apartment, and found a place on Kijiji which was listed as “available immediately”. She took her daughter (on the bus, over 90 minutes one way) to see it on Sunday. She signed an agreement, paid her deposit and went there this morning to pick up the keys like she was told she could.There are now people living in the house who have a lease agreement until the end of October. They apparently signed their deal last Thursday and got the keys Monday.