Mad People!!


YES!!!:people making crazzzzzy faces, looking truly insane, feeling insane, actually insane people.

NOT: freaks and misfits (only if they look insane as well as freaky). Not people pretending to be insane, dressed freaky or with freaky make up unless they really look like they may be crazy The focus should be on the emotional feeling of insanity, not just on it’s indicators. So if someone is holding a bloody knife that’s not enough, their expression or the emotional feel of the photo has to feel crazzzzy. NO BONDAGE, no sadomasochism. Number of peircings/tattoos does not count towards insanity. 🙂 I will occasionally come in and take off phtos that dont meet these qualifications.

nothing mean please, post with compassion.

Letters from mad people #1 – 24/01/02

Out of everyone who logged into Grapefruitopia over the last two weeks i must be the dense one.

You are all familiar of the home page it where it reads ‘Whatever you do don’t click here
Well i clicked there – naturally

Well, the screen went red ‘Oops, told you not to click there : )’ So I opted to scarper speedy like so as not to get nabbed, switched the computer off and started again. My computer was fine or so it seemed.
Thursday – nothing
Friday – nothing

Monday finds myself and a colleague looking around at some notes and as she went to quit out of my machine the damn message sprung up again. She insisted on phoning the boss from below stair.
I was frantically pressing f4 whenever she turned away to no avail.
The boss was quick to deem a virus
‘These people are very clever and I think soon it will get to the stage when we wont be able to log on to many websites’
I was saying weakly ‘I just don’t think its a virus’
Received a look which reads ‘take off the rose tinted specs’
Then the boss calls IT, as she exits I make a swift call to [name removed] to explain said problem.

The problem is sorted but it means that the IT people need to know what website it was and so yes they saw the picturesand am I embarrassed? fuck yes.



Mad Cat!

Suzy the cat is just one mad cat, she attacks everything in her path!

A cat is more likely to bluff by growling, hissing, and puffing up than to launch a full-scale attack against a dog, but there are situations in which a cat will be actively aggressive.

The most common cause of cat attacks on dogs is defensive aggression – a fearful cat may launch a preemptive strike. Another cause is territorial aggression. If the dog invades the cat’s space or begins making use of the cat’s resources (beds, food dishes, etc.), the cat may feel a need to defend his territory.

In some cases a cat will attack because a dog behaves like prey, acting fearful and running away. Other times the cat is just playing; a wiggling dog tail looks like a cat toy, and the cat pounces, after which the play may get out of hand.

  • Spaying or neutering cats to reduce aggressiveness
  • Making use of relaxing pet pheromones such as D.A.P. (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) and Feliway for cats
  • Preventing the dog from getting into the cat’s food or litter box to reduce territorial defensiveness
  • Putting a bell on the cat to give the dog fair warning so that he can avoid confrontation
  • Giving the cat a place to escape (a tall cat tree or cat tunnel) to reduce the likelihood that the fight element of the fight-or-flight response will be triggered
  • Rewarding the cat with treats, affection, and praise when he behaves calmly in the presence of the dog
  • Providing each animal with his own toys, food bowls, and bed
  • Purchasing an electronic pet door that opens only in response to the dog’s collar to give the dog a means of escape when he is being harassed
  • Using baby gates or other barriers to create permanent safe spaces for the dog in extreme cases of feline aggression

If the aggression seems to be playfulness getting out of hand rather than territoriality or fearful defensiveness, attaching a leash to the dog’s collar can be beneficial. The dog will drag the leash around and the cat will be more inclined to attack the moving leash than the dog.

Feline Predatory Aggression Toward Dogs

Cats don’t usually show predatory aggression toward large dogs, but they may do so with small dogs or puppies. Often this behaviour will diminish with time as the cat matures and the dog grows larger. If a cat is showing predatory behaviour, the puppy or small dog should be separated from the cat using baby gates or by putting him inside an upended baby playpen when you can’t directly supervise their interactions.

Misdirected Cat-to-Dog Aggression

A cat will occasionally begin to victimize a dog due to misdirected aggression. The cat, frustrated because he’s seen an animal outside the window that he can’t get to, attacks the dog. If the dog behaves like a victim by running away, the cat may continue to treat him as a scapegoat.

If misdirected aggression is the cause of bullying behaviour, you may have to block access to the window or windows through which the cat sees other animals . Using a product such as Sticky Paws on the windowsill can keep the cat from sitting there.

If the pets have developed a victim-aggressor association, they may have to be separated for days or even weeks until the association is broken. This can be done using baby gates or some other barrier to separate two areas of the house.

How to Break up a Fight Between an Aggressive Cat and a Small Dog

A big dog that is being harassed by a cat can usually take care of himself, but a small dog is more likely to be injured or traumatized. In the case that a fight does break out, the following strategies can be used to break it up:

  • Make a loud noise – drop a heavy book or bang two objects together.
  • Spray the combatants with water or toss water over them (try to avoid squirting or splashing their eyes).
  • Protect your hand with an oven mitt and place a barrier between them. This could be anything from a cookie sheet to a large book to a pillow.
  • Throw a thick blanket over the combatants so that you’re less likely to be clawed or bitten when you break up the fight.
  • Wrap the aggressor in a blanket or thick towel and bundle him out of the room. Keep him in another room until he has calmed down.

When breaking up cat-and-dog fights, there are two important things to remember. First, yelling is not recommended, as this tends to increase aggression rather than diminish it. And second, cats don’t respond well to punishment. In fact, punishment is likely to increase aggression in cats, as it makes them fearful and defensive. Rewarding the cat for good behaviour is far more effective than punishing bad behaviour.

Once the fight is over, ignore the cat (or both animals if the fight was mutual rather than one-sided) for at least half an hour. This enables you to signal displeasure and avoid rewarding the bad behaviour with extra attention.

Mad Dog!

A mad dog is a dog suffering from rabies. Metaphorical use of the term dates to at least 1577, when a strong ale called Madde Dogge is mentioned in Holinshed’s Chronicles.[1] The term is also used to refer to:

This is not the case, here with Randy, he just has a very long tongue !

Mad baby!

This baby is truly mad, furious, I wouldn’t want to start with him!

Though your baby probably isn’t feeling anger the way adults do, it’s normal for her to appear angry at times.

Before 6 months, babies don’t yet have a “temper” — they usually cry because they need to be fed, held, or changed, because they’re tired or in pain, or for a similar reason.

But as your baby gets older — usually around 6 months — you’ll see new emotions emerge, including frustration. To a parent, this can translate as a hot temper, says pediatrician Tanya Remer Altmann, editor of The Wonder Years: Helping Your Baby and Young Child Successfully Negotiate the Major Developmental Milestones.


The good news is that babies aren’t developmentally and emotionally capable of a true toddler-style tantrum, says Altmann, and it’s likely that your baby’s bad moods can be avoided or diffused.

One way is to keep to a consistent routine so your baby knows what to expect. “Keeping consistent can often eliminate temper tantrums,” says Altmann. If your baby’s sleeping or eating patterns are disrupted, it’s likely to cause crankiness.

Altmann suggests taking a look at your daily routine. At what point during the day is your baby’s “temper” rearing its ugly head? Think about what you can do to adjust your activities, and perhaps your baby’s sleeping and eating patterns, to make things smoother.

She says the late-afternoon “witching hours,” when many babies get especially fussy, can be the result of overstimulation from a busy day of running errands and having company or not enough rest.

Frustration is also likely to crop up when your baby’s trying to reach a developmental milestone, like sitting up or crawling.

“Babies may want to get that toy on the other side of the room and are frustrated that they can’t get there,” says Altmann. “It’s normal at this age for a baby to wiggle and squirm and cry because she wants to do something she isn’t capable of. Some parents may call this a temper tantrum, but it’s really just a baby showing some frustration.”

Luckily, this is the golden age of distraction. If your baby is frustrated with a particular toy, swap it out for another. If she’s frustrated because you won’t let her play with your cell phone, hold her up to the window to see what’s outside.

Still, if your baby is frequently upset or is suffering from colic, discuss her fussiness with your child’s doctor to rule out a medical problem.

This baby is one month old.

Image via Wikipedia

This is just the beginning of tantrums — the toddler years are yet to come — but looking at when and why your baby is becoming temperamental and trying to avoid it is good practice.

Pieces of your child’s future temperament are displayed during infancy, says Altmann, so you may be getting a preview of what’s to come.

English: Portrait of 1-year-old baby girl

Image via Wikipedia

“Many times a toddler who has more of a temper will have presented it early on — as young as a few months of age,” she says.

But don’t worry — just because you have a feisty baby now doesn’t guarantee that you’ll have a hothead in the years to come.

Find out more about how to handle baby “temper tantrums”, see whether it’s possible to spoil a baby, or check out our Tactics for Tantrums bulletin board.

Let’s Go Mad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The definition of going mad:

(Absurd), adjective absent-minded, anserine, apish, asinine, beguiled, bemused.