When an individual crab finds a new empty shell it will leave its own shell and inspect the vacant shell for size. If the shell is found to be too large, the crab goes back to its own shell and then waits by the vacant shell for anything up to 8 hours. As new crabs arrive they also inspect the shell and, if it is too big, wait with the others, forming a group of up to 20 individuals, holding onto each other in a line from the largest to the smallest crab. As soon as a crab arrives that is the right size for the vacant shell and claims it, leaving its old shell vacant, then all the crabs in the queue swiftly exchange shells in sequence, each one moving up to the next size.

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I am reminded of the NYC Real Estate Market… Post Rent Control & Pre Gentrification of course..











do older generations not get fatalistic humor?? like the other day my friend’s parents were hanging around and we were joking and i was like “well no matter what i can always fling myself off the nearest cliff” and they didn’t laugh then later the mom pulled me aside and was like “maybe you should get some help, sweetie” like stfu?? help? in this economy? i don’t think so, debra

I honestly don’t think they get it as a coping mechanism, they think it’s a cry for help rather than actually helping.

i’d even say it’s past just coping and is also now a category of Stuff Kids Got Used To When No One Was Looking; not everyone using that humor is even covering up something bigger, we just stopped thinking fatalistic = taboo/unspeakable somewhere along the line, and most parents don’t seem to know why or how ~

My boss opened a door and missed me by inches, he said “whoops, almost killed you there!” My result of “Oh, if only.” Led to an awkward end of shift debrief.

This generation shares the same humor as the goddamn Addams Family and the previous generation is the White Sixties Family™ that lives next door and runs away screaming at the end of the episode

I will say that it’s interesting because this kind of humor is very, very prevalent somewhere else…

the military.

Which is honestly a place you would expect fatalistic humor to be common and used as a coping method. You’re one “oops” away from death on the flight deck, one inch to the left and you don’t have a head anymore because the jet that just landed now owns it as a wing-tip decoration. So you joke about it because lowkey you’re fucking terrified it’ll happen, but you’re also desensitized to the danger itself because you face it every single day for 12 hours at a time.

Anyway so we all know the mindset you adopt in the military because of the danger, so to realise that an identical sense of humor has been adopted by normal people should probably tell you something very important about the amount of stress modern young folks experience in daily life.

That last one… it’s true

It was also common in previous generations that had to deal with say, war and economic depression on a massive scale.

One of my favorite movies is Singing In The Rain which came in out 1952, right on the tailcoat of two world wars and a looming cold one, and for all it’s a cheery happy musical, it’s got this really bleak witty humor too, things like “call me a cab!” “okay, you’re a cab!” or the scene where Don says he’ll be homeless by the next day and Cosmo cheerfully tells him not to be ridiculous…the bank bailiffs don’t open till Monday.

And then quite probably one of my favorite opening lines, where two young girls are watching Lina on screen and one says 
“She’s so refined. I think I’ll kill myself.”

Which really resonates with a lot of the things we say now when talking about people we find personally attractive, meaning not only is fatalism not a new trend, but those two girls at the starting sequence of Singing In The Rain are totally there for Lina, not Don. 

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My landlady (age 75) says I have her mother’s sense of humor.  Great Depression, anyone? 



Just a reminder, but you do not need to “earn” being tired.

You’re allowed to be tired, even if you haven’t “done” anything and you’re allowed to be tired even if you did less than someone else.

Being tired is a normal thing your body does for a whole plethora of reasons, and is a basic bodily function. You don’t need to “earn” basic bodily functions, no matter what anyone else tells you.

There’s NEVER a no-reason tiredness. You might not have done much today, but you’re still tired because you’ve been running yourself ragged on a shitty sleep schedule for the past three weeks, and you think you’re used to it, but the second you have a day off, your body is like FINALLY MOTHERFUCKER, IT’S BEDTIME. Or maybe there’s a cold that’s been ever so slowly brewing, and your body is tired from fighting that off. Your brain uses about 20% of your oxygen and calories throughout the day. Maybe you’ve had a lot on your mind, not to mention the fatiguing effects of stress. And all this is just shit able-bodied folks go through, there are dozens of chronic conditions and disabilities that shrink that energy pool even before these factors strike. No matter the reason, if your body is tired, that’s your cue to rest.


A classmate of mine was texting me about needing to read Immanuel Kant for class. She texted saying “I just don’t want to deal with this, metaphysical philosophy shit, right now. I’m gonna have an identity crisis.”

and I texted back with “so, are you saying that you…… Kant deal with it?”

She didn’t respond for more than two hours before she just texted back “I fucking hate you.”