People Behaving Badly

Today I’d like to draw your attention to a few links I’ve collected dealing with various types of bad behavior, ranging from the rude to the evil.

First, we have a hand-written apology with some hand-typed ASCII art (of a three-masted sailing ship, no less) dating from 1934. I have no idea what Bob did to make his profuse apology to Dearest Hazel necessary, but Bob at the very least thought it was bad.

One business professional asked a graphic designer to work for nothing, and the graphic designer didn’t much appreciate the request. The resulting exchange of emails features both professionals behaving rather badly, but it’s pretty funny, if you don’t mind foul language.

And then there’s a soccer player whose extremely rough and possibly even cruel behavior has made her almost a national villain. Understandably, she’s dismayed.

Here’s an article explaining research examing the similarities and differences between psychopaths and heroes. They have much more in common than you’d think, which is a little spooky unless you read a lot of comic books. In comic books almost every hero has gone evil at some point or else just has an evil twin.

Finally, the National Geographic has a special about a village full of blond, blue-eyed twins, which attempts to tie the weirdly high incidence of twin births to the "work" of infamous Nazi criminal Joseph Mengele. Mengele did a lot of "experiments" on twins, although at least one person, Auschwitz prisoner Alex Dekel, said: "I have never accepted the fact that Mengele himself believed he was doing serious work — not from the slipshod way he went about it. He was only exercising his power." (Wikipedia)

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