Posts Tagged: Holes

Death of a Denim Wizard

A couple of years ago, I went to get my jeans mended at a store in my neighborhood called Kill Devil Hill. It mostly sold New-Old Brooklyn tchotchkes—nice soaps, pharmaceutical brown bottles, fancy combs—but in the back of the shop was a tiny denim repair business. When I mentioned being embarrassed about the crater-sized holes in the crotch, the person behind the counter told me that, actually, crotches on jeans fail all the time; most jeans, if they fail, fail in the crotch. Since the repairs are cheap—twenty dollars or so—there’s a small army of people walking around with mended, reinforced, double-strength, nearly indestructible crotches.

So last week, [...]


Crumpets Are Kind Of Terrifying When You Think About It

"I have a problem with holes in general. The other day I saw a group of straws pointing upwards at work and I was terrified. I also hate Crunchies because the honeycomb looks like a great big group of holes. But my biggest fear has always been crumpets. I can't explain why. My first memory them was when I was about five. My mum had made them for breakfast and when she plonked them down in front of me I just started screaming. The worst thing about it was that she kept chasing me around the house trying to make me eat them. She thought I was being naughty [...]


The Airbnb Hole

It is not the fault of Airbnb that its new logo looks like an anatomical negative space, a hole, its chief technology officer, Nathan Blecharczyk, would like to everyone to know: We wouldn’t want to design a logo that caters to the lowest common denominator. This was a yearlong undertaking for dozens of people, it’s something meaningful, and no one pauses to really understand that.

But when one gazes into the hole—for how can one not—the tumble begins almost immediately, through the hole, beyond the hole. The world and every possible concern, hope, fear, or dream dissolves completely, leaving just you and the hole—you are [...]


Mr. Thomas' Terrifying Muffins

"Crumpets and bubbly chocolate bars might fill some people with joy, but scientists claim that most humans have a primordial fear of clusters of holes. Everyday objects with many closely-packed holes can be a trigger for people who report suffering from trypophobia, or the fear of holes, which can lead to intensely unpleasant visceral reactions, psychologists claim. A study suggests the widespread, predominantly latent phobia is associated with ancient threats such as beehives, poisonous flowers and venomous creatures."