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Pittsburgh Man Thinks He’s a Dog, Goes By Name ‘Boomer’

Pittsburgh Man Thinks He's a Dog, Goes By Name 'Boomer' 86

Boomer the dog has a bone to pick with the world. He wants to be accepted for his doggie lifestyle.

Born Gary Matthews, the retired technology worker and a self-confessed “nerd” thinks he is a dog. The 48-year-old wears a dog collar, eats dog food from a bowl — his favorite is Pedigree – and loves milk bones and dog cookies.

“I don’t eat dog food every day,” Matthews told ABCNews.com “It’s a special thing for me to do once in awhile to get closer to feeling like a canine. I eat the canned kind. It’s not bad — it tastes OK. I eat regular human food, too, like pizza.”

But he has the most fun wearing his dog suit, code-named “Papey,” because he made it from shredded paper. He wanders around the streets of his hometown Pittsburgh, barking at cars and digging holes in the backyard.

“When I go out, I get the feeling and I wave to people as a dog,” he said. “I go to local festivals because kids like the costume. That’s my way of reaching out to people and spreading the word that I can be myself in life. They see that you can have fun in adulthood. But I am kind of a loner dog.”

“Sometimes I sleep in my dog house, which is up in the attic — I built it myself,” said Matthews. “It’s made out of wood and I can take it apart and move it. I go up there and read a book. It has a little night light and is like a club house.”

The mild-mannered and seemingly rational man even has a telephone answering machine that barks. His emails say “pawed” instead of, “said.” and he runs a website Boomer the Dog, and a podcast.

Listen to Boomer’s bark.

Matthews said he got the name from the television series “Here’s Boomer,” which ran from 1979 to 1982 about a stray dog.

But his obsession started long before that, with a dog named Pongo from Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” and a series of Disney movies that began in 1959 called “The Shaggy Dog.”

 

“It’s been a long process,” he said. “It started when I saw “The Shaggy DA” in 1976 when I was 11 years old. I went with my Dad to see it. I was already a dog freak and collecting pictures of dogs. I saw this movie and there was something different about it — the dad transforms into a big sheep dog. I had never seen that idea played out anywhere.”

“I started playing dog and getting into it,” said Matthews. “It was like a kid thing. Sometimes, I would bark or maybe get into a big box and peek out with my paws over the side of it like a dog would do. In a couple of years, I really got into it. … Maybe I was looking for a personality to have.”

He would draw dogs and watch every TV show about dogs. His father, a pharmacist, became less supportive of Matthew’s growing canine identity and worried about his future.

As Matthews grew older and was “getting out in the world,” he said he was drawn to the furry white television mutt, Boomer – a “nerd type of dog” — and took his name.

Matthews was featured in a June National Geographic special,  “Extreme Anthromorphism: Boomer the Dog.”

The word anthropomorphism comes from the Greek words “anthros” for human and “morph” for form and refers to the attributing human qualities and emotions to nonhumans.

Matthews said he has never been in trouble with the law and is not seeing a psychiatrist or taking any kind of medications for mental illness. Money is not a problem. When his parents died, he inherited their house and they left him a trust fund to live on.

“My only direct relative is a half-sister who lives in California,” he said. “She is opposed to me being a dog and hates the concept. She seems to think I am crazy.”

Not all people think he is nuts. Lois Achchammer of Winterville, Ohio, has known Matthews for years as “Boomer.” He was a friend of her son, Mike, and they built short-wave radios together.

“He’s a real nice guy,” said the 68-year-old retiree. “When I first met him I didn’t know it was because he was a dog, I thought it was a nickname.”

“He’s very quiet, very reserved and very polite and well-mannered,” said Achhammer. “I couldn’t say anything bad about him. They say there is a fine line between insanity and genius and I think he’s on that line. He’s a very intelligent young man.”

Matthews is so dogged about having his name changed to Boomer that in 2010, he petitioned the court, but was denied. Today, he hopes to try again and tells his story to prove to the judge that he is not doing it for fraudulent reasons.

“Going public with being a dog isn’t just about the name change,” said Matthews. “That’s only the most recent thing that I’m focusing on, because really, being a dog is about everything — it’s the way that I live.”

Matthews said he has no idea why he is so drawn to being a dog and admits it was hard being different as he was growing up. “I got flak for it,” he said. “My parents didn’t like it. Earlier on, they saw it as a kid thing and they laughed. But at a certain point in time there are adult expectations and they want you to go off to work and date. Society wants to straighten you out.”

In school, the other children teased Matthews and when he was still acting like a dog in high school he was sent to a “special school” for teens who have social and emotional problems.

Matthew has never dated and has no interest in marriage or children. “I have good friends and I substitute friendship for anything closer than that,” he said.

He also belongs to a group called “furries” – people who dress like animals and meet at clubs around the world. “I have a group of fans, people who perform as mascots – they are a nerdy group like trekkies and like dog play,” he said.

Julia Ramos-Grenier, who practices forensic neuropsychology in Tucson, Ariz., and has not treated Matthews, said she had some concern over what may be a compulsion to behave as a dog.

“This is an unusual kind of thing and there isn’t really a lot of research to give you some idea what is going on psychologically in the mind and the brain,” she said. “The one thing I worry about is it sounds like he is alone and therefore that starts to affect his personal life.”

In compulsive behavior, a person “needs to do it and feels better when they do it,” said Ramos-Grenier. “It releases tension or anxiety and is something positive for them. The behavior starts to be a problem when it goes over the line.”

Like Matthews, she said she has no idea why he developed this compulsion to be a dog.

“Maybe it was his natural make-up when he was developing his personality or it could have been a traumatic event or an association with something pleasurable,” she said. “Maybe he got a lot of reinforcement and a loving kind response from dogs that he didn’t get from other people.”

But Matthews insists there is nothing wrong with him: “I see it as a lifestyle. I just live differently.”

And he was thrilled to be the subject of an interview by ABCNews.com, writing to this reporter, “Woof, woof! Good barking with you today.”

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All over the world, “pandemic dreams” have become more frequent … !!!

All over the world, "pandemic dreams" have become more frequent ... !!! 95
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With the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic (and especially sensitive people – and much earlier), millions of people around the world began to dream of various kinds of apocalyptic catastrophes – a zombie apocalypse, world war, an asteroid fall or some similar grandiose space event. 

Since the bulk of modern citizens do not attach particular importance to dreams, everyone dismissed the phenomenon, reassuring themselves with explanations such as “I have seen” or “seen enough films.” 

However, as sciencealert.com reports with reference to a scientific publication by Brazilians, not everything is so simple. 

Scientists have found that the number of dreams that are associated with negative emotions and anger has increased significantly. This is confirmation that pandemic dreams express people’s suffering, fear, and numerous changes that affect daily habits. Experts wrote about this in their article published in the scientific journal PLOS One.

“ There was a statistically significant increase in the number of dreams associated with anger and discouragement, as well as an increase in dreams associated with pollution and cleanliness. These results support the hypothesis that pandemic dreams reflect mental anguish, fear of infection, and important changes in daily habits that directly affect socialization,”

For example, people really had such bad dreams in 1918 – at least among the inhabitants of the Russian Empire.

The last epidemic in the world was in 1918. 

Since 1914, people began seeing all kinds of nightmarish visions in their dreams everywhere. No one talked about the zombie apocalypse and meteorites – the dreams were about rivers of blood, plague and hunger.   

On the eve of 1939, the world was also captured by not very good dreams – people in one interpretation or another were somehow warned about the impending global world changes.

That is, it seems that the problem with dreams and bad forebodings among people is some kind of universal and ubiquitous, if cartoons about the zombie apocalypse are seen everywhere and the age and color of people are different here. 

In short, people simply sense that some CHANGE is impending on the world and these changes are unlikely to be very good … !!!

Dream Keepers project

The Museum of London has asked the residents of the British capital to share the dreams they saw during the pandemic.

The Dream Keepers project is being implemented jointly with the Dream Museum of the University of Western Ontario (Canada). Forteini Aravani, digital curator at the Museum of London, said the museum wants to capture London’s history during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Sleep and the patterns associated with it became one of the first habits that immediately changed a lot in quarantine. I wanted to show that the pandemic affects not only our consciousness, but also our subconscious life, including dreams,” she explained it.

Londoners who are willing to tell their dreams, are invited to get in touch with curators until January 15 by email address. 

Further, their words will be recorded on audio or video.

“Museums traditionally collect dreams, but not the stories themselves, but rather visualizations: drawings and paintings. This time we want to include stories in our collection, thus slightly expanding the idea of ​​what can be a museum object”, – she explained.

The project does not imply an immediate analysis of dreams, but later they can be studied. One of the psychologists at Queen Mary University of London, Valdas Nareika, welcomed the initiative.

Many important lessons can be drawn from dreams, he said. So, people say that in their dreams there is more anger and sadness, ideas of infection and purity are often encountered. He suggested that the new project will be of significant interest to historians and scientists of the future.

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With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Japan is experiencing an unprecedented spike in suicides

With the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, Japan is experiencing an unprecedented spike in suicides 96

At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, scientists warned that economic constraints could have serious mental health consequences.

“The secondary effects of social distancing can increase the risk of suicide,” the researchers note in an April 10 article by the American Medical Association. “It is important to consider changes in various economic, psychosocial and health-related risk factors.”

In fact, the researchers warned, forced isolation could be the “perfect storm” for suicide.

Seven months later, new evidence emerges that these researchers were right.

“Many more Japanese die from suicide, which is likely to be exacerbated by the economic and social impact of the pandemic, than from the COVID-19 disease itself,” CBS News reported. “While Japan has dealt with its coronavirus epidemic much better than many other countries, keeping the death rate below 2,000 nationwide, preliminary statistics from the National Police Directorate show that in October alone, the number of suicides rose to 2,153, which means a rise in the fourth month. contract”.

For years, the number of suicides in Japan has been declining. But the advent of COVID-19 and strict regulations to curb transmission of the virus have reversed that trend.

There were 2,153 suicides reported last month, up about 600 from the previous year, with the largest increase in women, with an 80 percent increase in suicide rates, according to CBS.

“We need to take a serious look at reality,” said Katsunobu Kato, a top Japanese government official, adding that new efforts are underway to advise potential victims.

Unlike Japan, the United States has yet to release national suicide data. But anecdotal evidence suggests the United States may be fighting its own suicide epidemic.

Before the advent of the coronavirus, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in America, claiming 42,000 to 49,000 lives annually in recent years. While we don’t yet know what the casualties will be in 2020, polls show that more than half of Americans say they are mentally harmed during the pandemic, which has prompted widespread quarantine and social isolation to fight the virus.

Meanwhile, some localities report a sharp increase in the number of suicides. These include Dane County, Wisconsin, the second-largest county in the state, with youth suicide rates nearly doubling in 2020. The John Muir Medical Center, headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, has similarly reported an “unprecedented” spike in suicides in May.

“We have never seen such numbers in such a short period of time,” Dr. Michael de Boisblanc told ABC affiliate. “I mean, we’ve seen more suicide attempts in the last four weeks than in a year.”

We don’t yet know what the final U.S. suicide rate will be, but the sad truth is that the U.S. may well see growth similar to Japan’s.

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The woman who died of cancer and came back from another dimension

The woman who died of cancer and came back from another dimension 97

Anita Moorjani, experienced something that most of us will never experience. She was diagnosed with cancer, lived with it, died of it, then came back to life and returned home healthy.

Moorjani had been battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma for four years when she woke up one morning and couldn’t move at all. Her husband rushed her to the hospital and was diagnosed with grade 4B lymphoma. Her organs were shutting down, and doctors believed she had only 36 hours to live. She eventually passed out.

However, she was still aware of what was happening around her. She could hear her husband in the lobby and observe his conversations with the doctors. She could see her brother desperately board a plane in India so that he could come and see her one last time at a Hong Kong hospital. Besides, she realized something completely different.

“… I actually ‘passed’ into another dimension. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of complete love. I also felt extraordinary clarity about why I have cancer, why I came into this life at all, what role all members of my family played in my life in the general scheme of things and how life in general works. “

“The clarity and understanding I received in this state is almost indescribable. Words cannot describe the experience. I was in a place where I realized how much more there is that we can imagine in our three-dimensional world. “

“I realized what the gift of life was, and that I was surrounded by loving spiritual beings who were always around me, even when I didn’t know it.”

She died, then came back to life. And there were even more surprises. The cancer left her body and she left the hospital healthy. The doctors did not believe it.

“The doctors were very confused, but told me it must have been a quick reaction to chemotherapy. Since they themselves could not understand what was happening, they made me pass test after test, and I passed all this with honor.

Passing each test gave me even more options! I had a full body scan and since they couldn’t believe they hadn’t found anything, they made the radiologist do it again! “

Many people who have experienced near-death experiences describe something similar to what Murjani tells, but it seems that she traveled somewhere that many of us will never get until we change ourselves.

When you learn to love and appreciate yourself, you can experience a piece of heaven! In this video, Anita Moorjani talks about her experience of near death with lymphoma and how it helped her understand what our diseases can teach us and what really matters most in our lives.

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