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Wikipedia Brain Freeze Syndrome... Are You Afflicted ?

Please come with me as I descend into the insanity that is sometimes what my life consists of.

This afternoon I started, or at least I TRIED to start reading a post by Hank Miller titled Your Kid is Obnoxious and Your Dog isn’t Cute

And yes... I said that I "tried" to read the post.  But something stopped me.  The post was about sellers who remain in their home during showings, and try to "help" the Realtor showing their home to do a "better" job.

Yeah, right!

Well, anyway... in writing his post, Hank Miller got confused.  He confused the term "fleur de lise" with the musical composition "Fur Elise."

I know... big deal!  And yes, I agree.  It happens.  I get confused too.  Actually, the older I get, the more I get confused... LOL.  Again, it happens.

 So... with the term "fleur de lise" sitting there... my brain starts to sputter.  And wrangle.  And other stuff too painful to mention.  I end up totally distracted.

Then finally... my poor brain waddled over to Wikipedia.

Here is my response to poor, dear Mr Miller.  I DO wonder if HE wonders how this "crazed person" (me) got to his post, and why is she writing this nutty comment.

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Hank:  Sometimes I wonder if my brain was put in sideways at birth.  I read the beginning of your excellent post... with the little boy playing the piano, and your remark about Billy Joel and Elton, and little Timmy playing what you called  Fleur-de-lise. Actually, the "fleur-de-lis" is a French design/symbol.  I believe some people feel it resembles a lily... which is what the French word "lis" means.

So... here my addled brain is trying to figure this all out, and then it hit me.  You were thinking of the piano composition by Beethoven called "Für Elise."  

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But here's my problem:

In going to Wikipedia to find the answer... I ended up trapped.  Wikipedia, for me, is like a bottomless pit.  Like the rabbit hole poor Alice in Wonderland fell into.  Down and down into the land of Wikipedia I went.

Really... I was stuck.  Yes, it finally got me to my answer to Hank... and cleared up all these "totally necessary questions" (HA!) that somehow my mind needed to know the answers for.

BUT... it was those doggone Wilipedia "links" that got me. 

It seems that whenever I read an article on Wikipedia... on something I am interested in, along comes a "link."  I click on it, start reading the "new" article... until I come to another, supposedly even MORE interesting "link..." which of course I click on.  

On and on and on.  For some reason, I could stay frozen inside Wikipedia for the entire day... or at least for a few hours until my fanny falls asleep.  (not a pretty sight to imagine... sorry about the TMI.)

So, that's why I sat there.

Almost frozen in my quest to try and figure out what he meant... I concluded that  I really, really think I need therapy!

Do YOU ever get STUCK in the Wikipedia Trap ?  Or am I alone here in my obvious insanity?

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Comment balloon 52 commentsKaren Anne Stone • August 25 2012 08:11PM
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