Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

Finally, someone has named all those random feelings that didn't have names. The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is there to help you name that unnamable disappointment, sadness or weirdness that you are feeling.

Like snopes trial: the disappointment upon learning that yet another basic historical image is just an urban legend—- Vikings’ horns, Napoleon’s shortness, Washington’s cherry tree, Columbus’s flat earth—- which raises suspicion that we are being hazed by the dead, who celebrate becoming alumni of life by paddling us with grand sweeps of history.

Or laughtershock: an embarrassing memory from middle school that slips back into your head from out of nowhere.

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