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“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”*…


The Chapman University Survey of American Fears Wave 3 (2016) offers a look into the fears of average Americans.  In April of 2016, a random sample of 1,511 adults from across the United States were asked their level of fear about 79 different potential sources across a huge variety of topics– crime, the government, disasters, personal anxieties, technology, and others.

As readers can see in the highlights chart above, the top anxiety suffered by Americans is “corrupt government officials”; fully 63% of respondents ranked it “Afraid” or “Very Afraid.”  That said, as readers will also see when they click through the link that follows, 10.2% percent of Americans are “Afraid” or “Very Afraid” of “zombies.”

Peruse the results at “America’s Top Fears 2016.”

* Plato


As we overcome our wistfulness on remembering that this is Oscar Wilde’s birthday, we might recall that it was on this date in 1793, nine months after her husband, the former King Louis XVI of France, was beheaded, that Marie Antoinette followed him to the guillotine. (Readers who are parents– or collectors– can find commemorative dolls here.)


Written by LW

October 16, 2016 at 1:01 am

Take two and call me in the morning…

A well-known foe of fever, aches, and pains turns out to have a hitherto-hidden additional talent: according to a post by Kratomystic, scientists at the University of British Columbia say they’ve discovered that Tylenol reduces the anxiety associated with “thoughts of existential uncertainty and death.”  Their research, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that acetaminophen (of which Tynenol is the leading over-the-counter brand) may help to reduce the existential pain that thinking about death can cause us to feel– as they characterize it, ” a sort of existential angst that isn’t attributable to a specific source.”

Other recent studies suggest that acetaminophen can mitigate social anxiety, in particular, “the non-physical pain of being ostracized from friends.”

Never leave home without it.

[TotH to Gawker; photo via Daily News]


As we keep calm and carry on, we might recall that it was on this date in 1995 that an explosion devastated the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City.  The blast claimed 168 lives and injured more than 680 people, destroyed or damaged 324 buildings within a sixteen-block radius, destroyed or burned 86 cars, and shattered glass in 258 nearby buildings,  an estimated $652 million in damage.  Initially assumed to be the work of “Arab terrorists,” the bombing was conducted by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, with help from Michael Fortier and his wife Lori.  The three men were Army  buddies who’d become part of the militia movement; they acted out of anger over the FBI’s 1992 Ruby Ridge siege and their 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco (the attack was timed to coincide with the second anniversary of the deadly fire that ended the stand-off at Waco).


Written by LW

April 19, 2013 at 1:01 am

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