The Woody Project Blog

November 20, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ryan @ 7:04 pm

Blue Cars & Man-Boobs

Does anyone else know what the Blue Car Effect is? No? Maybe it’s just in my head.

The Blue Car Effect happens when you become newly aware of something, usually because you just bought it. I’ll illustrate: In the past you have been driving a grey car. One day you buy a new, blue car. From then on you start to notice every blue car around. You didn’t remember seeing so may blue cars before but now that’s all you see. That’s the Blue Car Effect.

Of course, it’s not exclusive to blue cars, or black cars, or 2002 Mazda 626s, or even cars for that matter. It could be anything. It could be a certain kind of shoe. Like Crocs. One day you’re walking down the street, minding your own business, oblivious to the fact that there are such things as “garden clogs”. Then you happen to see some idiot wearing a suit and flourescent green Crocs. And then, all of a sudden, everywhere you look there are people wearing the most retarded looking footwear ever invented. And then you start to wonder “Did the world just recently go insane? Or did it happen a long time ago and I’m just noticing now?” That is another example of the Blue Car Effect.

And again, it’s not limited to things. It caLinkn be an intangible. It can be an idea, a thought, or a technique. It could even be a word…

Like gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the medical term for man-boobs. I have been haunted by the word gynecomastia recently.

1) A recent episode of CSI featured a young man who suffered from gynecomastia. “Hmmm, interesting.” I thought.

2) The very next morning I heard a documentary on the radio about gynecomastia. What a creepy way to start the day. “Hmmm, not again…” I thought.

3) Two days later I was flipping through the local paper when I spotted the Dr. Peter Gott medical column talking about gynecomastia. “Aaahhhh, the Man-Boob Effect!”

I now know everything I ever wanted to know about the condition, and some things I didn’t. For example, lavender and tea tree oil have been know to cause gynecomastia in young boys. Also, gynecomastia occurs in a significant percentage of elderly men. Great. Just great. Now along with all the usual things to worry about in life there’s a chance that I’m going to grow boobs when I get older. It’s not that I’m particularly worried about growing boobs, it’s just that I’ll probably be too old to enjoy them!

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