I say: Oh deary me.
*puts on tinfoil hat*
I vaguely remember a work colleague telling me that he was going to see a film about men who stare at goats, and me laughing in response, not paying it any further mind. So, when I came across this in the book store a few weeks ago, I thought I’d buy it. And glad am I that I did.
Supposedly this is all based on the truth, and that is as far as I am going to go in regards to the credibility of the stories in this book.
This is, essentially, every conspiracy theorist's dream.
Ronson talks about men who are able to kill goats (and hamsters) simply by staring at them, people who are able to see what’s going on in other parts of the world, soldiers using sound and light to torture their prisoners, and so on and so forth. Some of these stories are way out there, whereas others are of things that have been confirmed and documented, and it’s up to reader to decide how much of it they want to believe.
One of the main reasons why this was so interesting to me was that when I was younger I wanted to be a soldier. But due to health issues, that was never going to happen, so I studied war instead. It sounds weird saying that war fascinates me, but it does – the way human beings behave; and the way they justify their actions and thoughts – and since one of my goals in life used to be a part of a think tank, I loved all the alleged military secrets unveiled.
Even if you’re not interested in war or the military, this is still a fascinating read, full of absurdities and humour. And although the insanity levels hit such extreme highs I couldn’t help but laugh at them, I can’t get away from the fact that this book is also very unnerving.
*adjusts tin foil hat*
Aside: I saw the film and it was bad. Really bad.