Most observations of animal suicide come from laboratories where the creatures have been kept under stress, sometimes deliberately, to see what will happen, sometimes from ignorance. A keeper repeatedly found young octopuses dead on the side of the tank. With great effort they had dragged themselves out of the water and clung to the glass, where they desiccated. The octopuses had been kept isolated, one per tank, in clean glass expanses, the water unrelieved by any life forms. The deaths stopped once the keeper leavened the tanks with corks and plastic seaweed. This was enough, though maybe just barely, to ward off sensory deprivation and despair.

from Suicide Among Animals by Angela Woodward

I don’t know if this story is 100% true. You can find enough references on the internet to it that make you think it may be so… As one such writeup suggests, “Allowing an animal to behave like an animal goes a long way.”

Whether absolutely true or not, let that be your True For Tuesday.

oversets
‘If you think you know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,’ Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times, ‘because we don’t know what it is.’

More U.S. Soldiers Killed Themselves Than Died in Combat in 2010 (via oversets)

Hmmm, tough one… Just because I want to help, I’m just gonna take a shot in the dark here, you people can help me out if you think I’m wrong right? If I had to pick one thing that makes soldiers commit suicide it’d probably be FUCKING WAR, YOU DUMB DESPICABLE FUCK.

(Obviously OS let the stupidity speak for itself while I couldn’t hold back my “mad as hell” moment on this one)


Will this safety-nets trend end up in building single-storey factories, so that workers have no chance to commit suicide because of their dreadful working conditions? If everyone is aware of the actual situation, will Iphones have to include a warning sticker like cigarette packages do, saying that its consumption may provoke suicides? 

- "Happy Places" on deconcrete

Will this safety-nets trend end up in building single-storey factories, so that workers have no chance to commit suicide because of their dreadful working conditions? If everyone is aware of the actual situation, will Iphones have to include a warning sticker like cigarette packages do, saying that its consumption may provoke suicides?

- "Happy Places" on deconcrete