Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Don't know if you've heard about this crazy dude who cut another guy's fucking head off on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba, but here's the latest. He's asked for death. Then he should have done it in the states. We don't kill people here (we kill them elsewhere). Just not... Canadian. Apparently, he was a cannibal, too.
At a pub the other night, a man mentioned that this was unheard of, beyond the pale, and absolutely horrifying. All true. Until he said it was abnormal.
I then pointed out that it's only abnormal by either an accident of geography or history. People are being publicly beheaded all over the planet. Not in North America, normally, no, but still. And only two hundred years ago, it would not be that unusual to cut a guy's head off. In fact, the reason bounties only called for scalps is because the head was too big and heavy.
Dude finished his pint and moved to another table shortly thereafter.
So yeah, this is crazy, but only because it's the 21st century in Canada.