From Woody (Cricket Balls) Flavour
I read something the other day that just made me question the existence of everything.
From time to time I notice something that has existed for a long time and long been a part of global consciousness. You've probably done this too, noticing something about an old idea or some other noun. I think this is sort of something that happened with slavery to several people at once, "oh you know what? Forcing black dudes to harvest my grain is really really fucked."
Now I know that they haven't been practiced often in the last 50 years, but the lobotomy is an operation that is used as a reference in pop culture frequently. Most people know what a lobotomy is. It's always good for an insult: "you act as if you've had a lobotomy operation." The thing about it is though, for a period, lobotomies were performed quite frequently. JFK's sister even had a lobotomy. You should seriously read that wikipedia entry. Her story is one of the craziest things I've ever read. They jammed an ice pick through a hole in her skull (don't worry, it was no more than an inch of course) and stabbed it into her brain until she "became unintelligible." Seriously. That is some of the realest shit I ever heard.
Now there's a few things I want to break down for you. This occurred back in the 40s. That's a long time ago, but like, not really. After this happened it seems as though a couple of moderately bad things happened to the Kennedy family as a whole. I'm not going into huge detail here, BUT it seems as though karma returned to Rosemary's family in the form of oh I don't know, assassinations, plane crashes, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Everyone EXCEPT the one sister that actually went and spent time with her at St. Coletta School for Exceptional Children (formerly known as St. Coletta School for Backward Children...Seriously).
Another aspect of this whole debacle(Dennis Miller) is the fact that Rosemary stayed alive, living in the school for Backwards Children until 2005. A few years ago. People had been being payed for like a hundred years to take care of Rosemary. The family? Meh...one of 'em showed up, Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She's still alive mind you...happily married...apparently a great person. She spent the better part of a hundred year life living in a crazy house because the family found her "mood swings" to be something not easily suffered though.
The fact that this was allowed to go down in the US freaks the shit out of me. Really? We're gonna jam shit up your nose and see if it fixes your brain? This is allegedly the best country in the world...yet lobotomy? Fucking jesus, I'm moving to Canada.