Cyburbia is a friendly big tent, where we share our experiences and thoughts about urban planning practice, the built environment, planning adjacent topics, and anything else that comes to mind. No ads, no spam, and it's free. It's easy to join!
In the late 1970s a City Supervisor of San Francisco killed the mayor and others on a little death spree. His defense lawyer said he was depressed and that twinkies and other junk food were signs of his depression. Somehow the media got into this (imagine that) and rumors started that he was hopped up on junk food and that the sugar from too many twinkies and coca colas caused his blood sugar to skyrocket causing temporary insanity. The press named it the twinkie defense. It's rather infamous in California. In reality, the defense lawyer was trying to show the patterns of depression to disspell the premeditation arguments but the twinkies took center stage in the media hoopla.
In the end his case was pleaded down to voluntary manslaughter or some such nonsense and he only served seven years I think.
Not that I am saying this guy is innocent, but there was an interesting article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine on, I think, February 2, about some of the REALLY weird things people do when asleep. Some people really do act violently in their sleep-or what they think is their sleep state. Strange stuff.
My b.f.'s mum has nightmares (or night terrors) where she screams at the top of her lungs to the point that it wakes up the neighbors. She is on medication that limits the amount of dream state she has in a given night. She skipped it one night she was here and she was screaming like you wouldn't believe. If I didn't have sleep to look forward to... man, my life would really suck. I love my sleep.