Thought of the Week: On Empathy, Hope and the Impact of Death

Some years ago, my father’s brother died. I saw my father cry for the first time in his life, and I wondered why I didn’t. I had liked my uncle; I enjoyed visiting him very much, and was alway impressed at his ability to complete the Sunday Times crossword every week. I regretted that I hadn’t seen him as much as I should have in his last years, but I didn’t cry.

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The Devil’s Details: A Chemist? (Addendum)

Now that we know that the late beloved and despised Iron Lady was a chemist in a past life, here are some more well-known people who did pointless things before discovering their life’s purpose.

Dr. Mayim Bialik

yimWhat: PhD in Neuroscience

Where: UCLA

Now: Actress, Big Bang Theory

Dr. Brian May

-What: PhD in Astrophysics

Where: Imperial College, London

Now: Guitarist for Queen

Ivan Drago (actually Dolph Lundgren)

rocky4punchWhat: MSc in Chemical Engineering

Where: Royal Institute of Technology, Stockhlom

Now: Not looking so good after having the shit beat out of him by Rocky IV.

Andrea Bocelli

Andrea-Bocelli_1653037cWhat: Alive

Why: His parents were advised to abort in 1958 when she developed appendicitis whilst pregnant.

Now: Probably the second-most famous blind musician after Ray Charles.

Alan Rickman

Snape_1920x1200What: Graphic Designer

Where: London

Now: Snape

Dr. Peter Roget

479px-Roget_P_MWhat: Professor of Physiology

Where: London

Now: Dead, but left us with a little thing called the Thesaurus.

Jozef Teodor Konrad Nalecz Korzeniowski

apocalypse-now_01What: Depressed, insane, suicidal criminal sailor

Where: Everywhere in the world, pretty much.

Now: Dead as Joseph Conrad, the guy who wrote Heart of Darkness, upon which Apocalypse Now is based.

Dr. Kermit the Frog

muppetspartycruise_kermitWhat: PhD in Amphibious Letters

Where: Southampton College, New York

Now: Cashing in unemployment cheques after a series of disastrously dull movies.

Satis Logo with ©Credit to cracked.com and thefrisky.com for their insightful lists of interesting celebrities. Since I know very little about celebrities, I’d have found this article rather difficult to write.