The New Normal
People are weird.
This is a fact of life perhaps best explained by River Phoenix’s character in the classic coming of age movie Stand by Me. When narrator Gordie asks his best friend “Am I weird?”, Phoenix responds “Yeah. But so what? Everybody’s weird?”
Unfortunately, as kids, we often tend to identify those who don’t fit in with our understanding of “normal” and may even proceed to ostracize them and make their lives that much more difficult simply for not going with the flow. The art of growing up often involves the struggle to fit in, or at least pretending to do so.
It’s not until our early adulthood that many of us come to terms with ourselves and others, realizing that people are much better off sticking to who they are and what they’re interested in. Sadly, many of us would have benefitted from being more honest with ourselves all along.
Sometimes, we have weird ideas that may not seem too popular, but if we just stick with them, we may see our idea become the new normal. Many of today’s brightest ideas and inventions seemed utterly strange and unacceptable at their inception, but luckily, people were weird (and dedicated) enough to make it work!
Grey Goose vodka wasn’t selling well, so they just tripled the price and sales went through the roof. Everybody thought, “It’s more expensive it must be better and really fancy!” (LostGundyr)
Also – Grey Goose made their bottles so skinny and tall so they would have to be placed on the top shelf. (zerton)
You Will Never Get This
Captain Cook noticed one day at port that sailors debarking from Spanish vessels weren’t suffering from scurvy like sailors on British ships were.
He couldn’t figure it out, until one day he noticed the food rations being loaded onto the Spanish ships, and saw that sauerkraut were a part of their mealplans while at sea, whereas they were completely absent from British mealplans and diets in general.
How do you get someone to eat sauerkraut while at sea if it is not part of their diet?
You introduce it into the officers meals only of course. And then you have the officers dine next to the rest of the rank-and-file, where everyone can see the officers eating sauerkraut which they cannot have.
From there, you wait for the rest of the sailors to ask why they can’t have the new mystery food, and then you agree to compromise and allow all sailors to have sauerkraut once per week, as a reward for a diligent week’s work. (WorldNeedsSaddam)
Potatoes. Really, stay with me here. Antoine Augustin Parmentier wanted to introduce potatoes into his people’s diet. They were easy to grow, didn’t take much space, and they tasted good! His people would have none of it. Absolutely refused to have anything to do with them. Until he placed his potatoes under heavy guard. These guards had instructions to allow thieves to get away with his precious tubers. The people thought that the potatoes had to be valuable, if they were under such heavy guard and began stealing them. And that’s how you get a population of picky eaters to try something new. (SecretlyHistoric)
Houston Airport got a lot of complaints that it took baggage too long to get to the baggage claim and people had to wait a long time.
They moved the baggage claim farther away from where you get off the airplane and even though it took just as long, because people had to walk there, they didn’t complain. (ILikeLenexa)
It’s why elevators tend to have shiny surfaces in the waiting areas. If you put a mirror by an elevator, people don’t worry as much about wait times because they can look at themselves. (BackRoadMotorcycles)
We really are just monkeys in shoes (caanthedalek)