In reading Friedrich Nietzsche for my online course I stumbled upon a few lines I found very interesting:
"All this is interesting, to excess, but also of a gloomy, black, unnerving sadness, so that one must forcibly forbid oneself to gaze too long into these abysses. Here is sickness, beyond any doubt, the most terrible sickness that has ever raged in man; and whoever can still bear to hear (but today one no longer has ears for this!) how in this night of torment and absurdity there has resounded the cry of love, the cry of the most nostalgic rapture, of redemption through love, will turn away, seized by invisible horror.- There is so much in man that is hideoues!-Too long, the earth has been a madhouse!-"
"There is among men as in every other animal species an excess of failures, of the sick, degenerating, infirm, who suffer necessarily; the successful cases are, among men too, always the exception- and in view of the fact that man is the as yet undetermined animal, the rare exception. But still worse: the higher the type of man that a man represents, the greater the improbability that he will turn out well. The accidental, the law of absurdity in the whole economy of mankind, manifests itself most horribly in its destructive effect on the higher men whose complicated conditions of life can only be calculated with great subtlety and difficulty.
A city Health Department study finds that more than a fourth of adult New Yorkers are infected with the virus that causes genital herpes.The study, released Monday, says about 26 percent of New York City adults have genital herpes, compared to about 19 percent nationwide.
As from Wikipedia: A Three Alarm fire broke out on the backlot of Universal Studios on June 1, 2008. The Los Angeles Fire Department had reported that Brownstone Street, New York Street, New England Street, the King Kong ride, some structures that make up Courthouse Square, the War of the Worlds movie set, and the Video Vault had burnt down (not to be confused with the actual Film Vault, The Video Vault contains the duplicates of the films). Aerial news footage later showed that the actual Courthouse facade survived the fire, although the west side of it was slightly charred. Over 516 firefighters from various local fire departments, as well as two helicopters dropping water, had responded to the fire. Fourteen firefighters and three Los Angeles County sheriffs' deputies sustained minor injures. It was the seventh serious backlot fire to strike Universal since 1932. The fire was finally put out after 12 hours, since firefighters encountered low water pressure. Destroyed were 40,000 to 50,000 archived digital video and film copies chronicling Universal's movie and TV classic shows, dating back to the 1920s, including the films Knocked Up and Atonement, the NBC series Law & Order, The Office, and Miami Vice, and CBS's I Love Lucy.. Many audio master tapes from Universal Music have been destroyed as well. As Universal Studios' workhorse sets, buildings, and rides were lost, YouTube stands as de facto memorial to Universal Studios' lost studio tour attractions and buildings. Universal president Ron Meyer stated that nothing irreplaceable was lost, meaning everything will be rebuilt again, at a price of at least 50 million dollars. Days after the fire, however, it was reported that the King Kong attraction will not be rebuilt and will eventually be replaced by a new attraction yet to be announced. In August 2008, Universal changed their mind and decided to rebuild the attraction, but it will be based on the 2005 film instead. SEE: courthouse square.