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I'm about to blow your mind...

Has it occurred to anyone that perhaps the reason that people are surprised to hear that their quiet neighbor is a serial killer is because he got caught? If they hadn't been caught, there would be no surprise. Because nobody would know.

May I suggest that the outgoing friendly types are simply not getting caught, perhaps because they are well adjusted and socially acceptable? Perhaps, just perhaps, there are a lot more serial killers out there living life undetected because they have friends. They don't seem to have anything to hide. Perhaps the most successful serial killers are also the most successful at life. Your best friend could be a mass murderer. Your local grocery store owner could have a freezer full of corpses. Your mailman could be carrying someone's head in a canvas bag.

Just think about that for a second.

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Oh Matt, I wish you would be quiet and secretive with your observations. I'll never look at my mailman the same way again.

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter1415dr

i do my best not to look at my mailman anyway...that could have something to do with this nearly overwhelming urge to add his elbows and face to my collection...

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpipkin buckthorn

But Matt! The most successful people in life that I know are:
Mark Zuckerberg
Steve Jobs
Bill Gates
The Google CEOs

That.... that means.... all those data mining... OH NO!

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

"I'll show you the ropes, and the knives, and the chainsaw, and the..."

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDean

Dave Mustaine in some song lyrics:

Kill a man and you're a murderer.
Kill many and you're a conquerer.
Kill them all and you're a God.

I guess the list needs room for politicians and serial killers to be complete...

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Andersson

Thank you Matt. I will never again sleep comfortably at night, wondering whether both my quiet unassuming neighbours, and the loud brash ones, have a trophy room full of human elbows and faces. (And thank you for that detail, Pipkin. Really brought the whole topic alive, if you will pardon the expression . . . )

It looks as though it's only us anti-social grumpy old gits that can be trusted not to slay and flay everyone who comes to the door.

August 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

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