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Bogus summer doldrums or serious Scottish spooking?


“Police in Scotland called in the Catholic church after investigating reports of “disturbing incidents” of a poltergeist at a family home according to Times Live.


“A mother and her teenage son were said to be “extremely distressed” after experiencing what the Daily Record described as “violent and unexplained circumstances.”


“The family, who live in South Lanarkshire, called the police on Monday and Tuesday.”


“The officers attended, expecting it to be a mental health issue but they witnessed the lights going off, clothes flying across the room and the dog [the family’s pet Chihuahua] sitting on top of a hedge,” a source said.


“Senior officers called their superiors thinking the cops on the scene were perhaps being a bit silly. But it is being taken very seriously.”


The house was apparently exorcised by the priest.


The family is still residing with relatives.


“Where do we go from here, as no crime has been established, so what else can we do but deal with any reports of disturbances,” the police source said. “But officers with more than 20 years of service are saying they have not seen anything like this.”


Whatever it is, unlike the video clip below, I doubt this family in Scotland finds it funny.



The science of boredom




Has the lolling end of summer got you moving slow, thinking even slower, looking reluctantly for that next hit of have to, looking forward, or some other pressing deadline?


Welcome to boredom.


If you’re alive, you’ve experienced it. Well, perhaps if you’re alive and are old enough to have the capacity for reflective thought, you’ve experienced boredom, that blah-blah no man’s land between active engagement and falling asleep … or wishing you could. Little children tend to make use of all their time, using those gaps otherwise known as idle-time to get into mischief.


But researchers have identified five specific types of actual boredom and they don’t all revolve around those lazy last days of summer. Mental Floss lists them as follows:


  • Indifferent
    People with indifferent boredom appear relaxed, calm, and withdrawn. Think of it as a stoner boredom of sorts (it’s so indifferent that even its definition is bare bones).
  • Apathetic
    The most recent paper, which appears in Motivation and Emotion, outlines this type of boredom, discovered this year. Goetz and his colleagues found that university and high school students experienced a boredom that seems a lot like helplessness (and could contribute to depression); at least 36 percent of the high school students in the survey reported it. People who have this kind of ennui show little arousal and a lot of aversion.
  • Calibrating
    People with calibrating boredom find that their thoughts wander and they want to do something that differs from what they’re currently doing. But they’re not exactly sure what or how they might go about it. This state occurs when people perform repetitive tasks and want to reduce this boredom, but generally seem unsure of what to do.
  • Reactant
    This boredom is the worst – people experiencing this tedium are highly aroused and have a lot of negative emotions. They’re also restless and aggressive. People experiencing reactant boredom really want to leave their dull situations and flee from the people they blame for it, including their teachers, bosses or parents. They waste their time thinking of situations they’d rather be in that seem more valuable than their current circumstances.
  • Searching
    Those experiencing searching boredom experience negative feelings and a creeping, disagreeable restlessness. They look for ways out by focusing on more interesting activities.


But why do we experience this travesty of sluggishness? Check out the following clip to find the answers and, perhaps, not be so hard on yourself that you stay in idle far longer than necessary … or healthy:



I especially liked the revelation of a “couch potato” gene. But if you’re still not motivated to get going, for the sake of “health,” the following warning video of what can happen when boredom goes too far may just do the trick!



Beating the heat, Victorian style


Victorian fashions or temperature torture device? How did they beat the heat in all those layers?


Again, those lazy days of summer have their effect, not only making us lazy, but hot. So how did they do it, that is beat the heat, back in the day when proper ladies and gentleman were required to cover up from neck to toes, with bonnets and bow ties?


The truth may surprise you:



What fashion do you prefer? Shorts? Tank top? The corresponding sunburn? Or do you prefer to cover up?





Creating what nature can’t provide


If you can’t get to the coast, technology and the ever-present resolve of mankind to meet his or her needs – or those of a cash-laden public – will provide you with that beach experience; seaweed tangles, unexpected jellyfish and sunburns notwithstanding.


Check out this “indoor” beach at the world’s largest ocean dome at Seagaia Waterpark at Sheraton’s Miyazaki, Japan Resort:



But Seagaia is far from the only park in town. Beach needs can also be met in the cities of Monaco, Hong Kong, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Toronto, to name a few.


So, yes, summer is coming to an end, but no need to speed to the shore. There’s one you can buy!


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