Stendhal syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art [...]. The term can also be used to describe a similar reaction to a surfeit of choice in other circumstances, e.g. when confronted with immense beauty in the natural world. [From Wikipedia, bold added by yt.]
Sounds a little bullshitty, huh? But it’s real. 0_0
You know that classic image of a snowflake that you never see in real life? This one:
Well, today, it snowed in Munich (what the crap, right? End of October and snow, hello??) but anyway, it was snowing with fair intensity and J and I were out for Family Sunday Lunch with the Nazgul (during the snow, he levels up to a Snow Nazgul) and as we were going up the stairs to get out of the subway, J says to me, oh wow, there’s this perfect snow-crystal in your hair.
Me thinking, oh okay, that’s nice, whatever.
We keep walking, but a minute or so outside, I looked down randomly at the Nazgul’s head and lo, just like J had said, there, wonderfully contrasted against a dark back-ground of nut brown Nazgul hair was nestled a pristine snow flake and it was so lacy and beautiful with the clean five spokes and the little blades of ice furry on each spoke, crystal-crisp. Honestly, any snowflake I’d ever seen before had been a homely misshapen blob making me wonder where that iconic snow-flake had even come from but no, here one was, so unbelievable, so clean, so innocent, so fresh, so complex, so simple, so peerless, symmetrical and blameless–
And then it died.
And then I looked over and on J’s hair were more… Every second, more were falling, two of them, three of them, not all of them had the perfect snowflake shape, but the ones that did, sweet Mary in Heaven, with exquisitely formed five branches, six branches, tiny blades curving off the branches, oh my fucking god, I shouted, they’re all over… look at that! I started laughing hysterically, waving my arms.
J: Dude, you’re kind of freaking out.
Me: But look at that, fuuuuuck, like how can it be so perfect, like I thought that whole snowflake thing was some kind of meteorological mythos, or something you could only see with a microscope…. there’s more! Oh jesus!! Look at that one…. ahahahaha, oh it’s so beautiful… oh my god, I can’t take it anymore, ahahahahahaha, no no no, you have to stop falling, I can’t take it anymore, ahhhgalksjdfoiawe ijsodfj sdjfklsjfasdfjkl.509303958′
The tears were welling up, okay, not in my eyes, but somewhere and I felt like laughing and crying really–I wish you could have seen it, moofs, they really were so spectacular.
Looks like it’s the start of winter. ~_~
People, you NEEEEED to check out this video. Skip the first 30 seconds or so for maximum Stendhal Syndrome, you won’t regret it.