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News, but not the serious kind
Human nature never ceases to amaze me. A new study shows that people with low self-esteem enjoy mysteries that confirm their suspicions in the end, while those with higher self-esteem prefer a surprise ending.
People with low self-esteem like to feel they knew all along who committed the crime, probably because it makes them feel smarter, said Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick, who co-authored the study.
Armed with these results, some smart publisher is going to make a fortune, selling a series of “non-mystery mysteries,” so people with nothing going for them will have something to read. The solution will be painfully obvious on the first page – maybe even in the title – and critical acclaim will consist of “You’ll see this one coming a mile away.”
I have to go now. I’m working on an idea for crossword puzzles that already have the answers filled in, so people with low self-esteem have something to do at breakfast. Here’s the story:
As wanted posters go, these are fairly unusual. A German plastic surgeon who was cheated out of payment by several women whose breasts he enlarged has given pictures of the results to police, in the hope that the photos will help trace them.
The women registered under fake names, Michael Koenig, a surgeon in Cologne, told Bild newspaper. After the operations, which lasted about an hour, they just ran away.
So it turns out, back when there were hangmen, not just anybody could qualify to be one. Who knew?
In records just made public in Britain, we learn that applicants for the job were rejected for lots of reasons. One was considered too morbid – no sense giving the job to somebody who’s going to enjoy it. Another couldn’t qualify to hang people because of loose morals.