You can tell a lot about a man by his handshake, but his voice may give away even more. Both men and women can accurately assess a man’s upper body strength based on his voice alone, suggesting that the male voice may have evolved as an indicator of fighting ability.
A team led by Aaron Sell at the University of California, Santa Barbara, recorded the voices of more than 200 men from the US, Argentina, Bolivia and Romania, who all repeated a short phrase in their native tongue. Sell’s team also put the men through a battery of tests of upper body strength…
In a highly scientific mental survey of all the men I’ve ever dated, I have come to the conclusion that this theory is uncannily correct.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”—
The Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, from Frank Herbert’s Dune.
It’s a measure of something that this got me through more sticky spots in my adolescence than did any of the Catholic prayers or Bible passages I learned as a child. (I was ten when I read Dune. For better or worse, it’s one of the books that changed my life.)
Don’t be a good neighbor anymore to her. I’ll have to send you a love letter! Straight from my heart, fucker! You know what a love letter is? It’s a bullet from a fucking gun, fucker! You receive a love letter from me, and you’re fucked forever! You understand, fuck? I’ll send you straight to hell, fucker!
Fuck you, you fucking fuck!
Ben: To your health. Frank Booth: Ah, shit, let’s drink to something else. Let’s drink to fucking. Yeah, say, “Here’s to your fuck, Frank.” Ben: If you like, Frank. Here’s to your fuck.