The weird(er) US-North Korea summit that ended with 4.5 hours of silent staring


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as far as “awkward” one of the most crazy, spiteful things I could imagine Trump doing would be to casually invite Kim to visit the white-house so that will probably happen by 2020 to distract from all the other criminal investigations he can’t quite shut down before the election and the press will 100% take the bait and focus on that exclusively for weeks - if I’m wrong about the subject then I am terrified about what he’ll come up with to distract instead

but seriously, how do people not pee for 11+ hours? diapers?


Presumably Ri knew that he wasn’t going to call a recess, and could wear a diaper to prepare himself. The Americans were likely caught off guard - just as Ri planned.


I can stare at this for 4.5 hours. I won’t… but I could.


Perhaps Gen. Kapp wore diapers all the time and that simple fact conveniently played in his favor. After all, Ri got up and walked out first.


In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, “To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This,” she refers to a study by the psychologist Arthur Aron (and others) that explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous one. […]

The final task Ms. Catron and her friend try — staring into each other’s eyes for four minutes — is less well documented, with the suggested duration ranging from two minutes to four. […] “Two minutes is just enough to be terrified,” she told me. “Four really goes somewhere.”


Maybe they were trying to ‘cloud-bust’ each other a la “The Men Who Stare At Goats”.


I imagine that the hours Mommy and Baby spend staring into each others eyes seals the Mommy-Baby deal!


Ahhhhy ahhhhy ahhhh!
Waaaah waaaah waaaaaah.


(couldn’t resist… I <3 this song…)


Thematic music.


4.5 hours is about right, nobody wants to go on after Alan Alda

  1. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?

It depends. Is the mind on a hard drive, or just out there in the ether? Is the body frozen, or perhaps in manageable pieces?

Seriously – damn straight I’m keeping the body! I’ve learned a lot in the last 21 years.


Reminds me of the opening scene of (2004) Battlestar Galactica.



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Ok, I’m only familiarizing myself with these questions so they cannot be used against me! incepted


Chicken! :smile:


Guilty as charged! :wink:


Perhaps future negotiations should be conducted under the rules of chess where a timer is used to limit the interval between moves.