More Friday Links: Headlines You Wish You Had Never Read — Splendid Splinter edition

I mean, seriously.  I needed to know this?

Image:  Caravaggio, “Salome with the head of John the Baptist,” before 1610.  And yes, sometimes I post stuff just so I can use a particular picture. Heh.

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7 Comments on “More Friday Links: Headlines You Wish You Had Never Read — Splendid Splinter edition”


  1. (Psst. Wrong link.)

  2. Ian Preston Says:

    And yes, sometimes I post stuff just so I can use a particular picture.

    … But a head carried respectfully on a silver platter is not being “mistreated”. (Indeed Salome goes on to treat it rather too well if Wilde’s continuation of the story is to be believed). I think you want something more like this Caravaggio

  3. aimai Says:

    You guys are all too good. I was struggling merely to come up with a whiff of the concept of a pun on head, dead, last baseball player, and monkey wrench and, frankly, I’m stumped.

    aimai

  4. Spiv Says:

    I had always suspected that these “head freezing facilities” were the most ridiculous scams out there. It’s got all the elements of woo, minus instant gratification (promises of immortality/extended life, invest now and be saved inexplicably later, taking advantage of desperation of a dying rich person, etc, etc).

    Usually though, they all stay so secretive and at most let you see some images/video of a line of stainless steel tanks with red digital gauges to show how ‘high tech’ the whole thing is. Again, very woo. No explanation of how much damage LN2 actually does to biologicals. No explanation of temperature differential processes. No explanation of life of “company assets” should they (inevitably) go under before the magic frozen-head-cure-all gets invented.

    It’s a kind of a brilliant thing in its simplicity, to be honest. Wish I’d thought of it.

  5. aimai Says:

    I agree with Spiv, “head freezing facilities” have to be put right up there with the biggest of big scams and long cons–like the selling of indulgences, paying for masses for the souls in purgatory, or selling “certificates” allowing the purchaser to “name” a star.

    aimai


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