Tuesday, August 25, 2009

If sock monkeys were hypnotists

Look into my eyes. You are getting sleepy, very sleepy ... Your eyelids are getting heavy, so heavy you cannot keep your eyes open. You try to get up from your chair, but you can't. You feel heavy, heavy, as if you can't move, like you just ate combo meal #5 at Taco Bell.

You are under my control. You will do anything I say.

Now, give me that banana.

Note: A rerun of the first sock monkey post, from January 2006.


Grammarian@mindspring.com said...

Are there such things as sock bananas?

Did you know that three really is no such thing as hypnotism?

Jim Donahue said...

What's happening in what we call hypnosis, then?

Grammarian@mindspring.com said...

People are doing what they're told to do. It's a common phenomenon.

I read a chapter about it in Mike Hutchinson's book Bizarre Beliefs, and Penn and Teller's Bullshit series had an episode about it. In that show a hypnotist admitted there really is no hypnotism involved and demonstrated how he works.