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Why Geopolitical Pettiness Matters

Passive-agressive global politics is more than just posturing – it’s how our world works.

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For most of us, passive aggression is a quintessentially interpersonal experience. Half-nasty notes on office refrigerators, the silent but exaggerated movement of chairs in crowded restaurants—these actions are a manifestation of the pettiness that can exist when individuals can't sublimate their anger into rational communication. It's the sort of festering emotion we like to think does not exist in the efficient superstructures of businesses or governments. Yet even the most austere and respectable institutions can act just like churlish humans. The latest, greatest example of this capacity for extra-human passive aggression comes from a recent spat between Belgium and France.

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Snorting Chocolate is the Future of Culinary Decadence

A Belgian confectioner claims his nose candy will get you “high” on cocoa

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Why just put your chocolate in your mouth like some common Cadbury-egg-scarfing slob, when there are plenty of other orifices you could be cramming it into?

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Anti-Austerity Protesters Pelt Potatoes at Prime Minister

The PM gets tarred-and-feathered with mayo and fries, Belgium’s favorite street snack.

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel just received a Christmas present nobody wishes for: a fries and mayonnaise shower attack. During a business event in Namur yesterday somehow a slew of anti-austerity protestors—most of them women, it seems—got close enough to the PM to throw fries over his head and douse his suit in several squirts of Pollock-ian mayo. The entire attack was captured on video, including the PM’s affable response; he seemed to find the creativity of the attack amusing, at least. Mayonnaise fries, in fact, are a popular national street food in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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