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The curse of the club of 27

Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain or Amy Winehouse. They all have something in common: the age of their death. They have since been part of a very closed circle of which no artist wishes to belong: the Club of 27.

A look back at a phenomenon that is now part of the collective unconscious, as well as the list of personalities who died at the age of 27 and are part of the Club of 27.

Club of 27

Between July 1969 and July 1971, the rock movement invaded the airwaves. Many rock artists have reached their peak and are adored by fans. The concerts of groups like the Rolling Stones or The Doors provoke delirious crowds! But very quickly, a wave of tragic events will sadden a mass of idols, and intrigue the spirits.

The first missing from the club of 27: the beginning of the curse

Brian Jones

Brian Jones

It all started on July 3, 1969. Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones, was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool by a friend whom he had invited. Two years earlier, he began to experience a dark period when drugs and his romantic failures gradually prevented him from playing properly. His changing character and his lifestyle lead Keith Richards, guitarist of the group, to tell him that he would not reach his 30th birthday.

Under pressure from him and Mick Jagger, he left the group in June 1969. His death then became a source of rumors. Some would go so far as to say that he was the victim of a murder in which Mick Jagger and Keith Richard allegedly participated. However, a name remains cited on multiple occasions: it is Frank Thorogood, a builder who came to carry out renovations to Brian Jones’ residence. Indeed, following a conflict that occurred on the night of July 3 to 4, the two men began to drink before diving into the pool.

But Brian Jones, thinking of going to sleep shortly before the conflict, broke out, had taken sleeping pills. Would the mixture of these substances be enough to cause his death? Or would Frank Thorogood help him? The doctor called to the scene of the tragedy, then pronounces the death, but the autopsy report concludes in an accident. He was buried 7 days later, he was only 27 years old. What followed was a series of almost similar dramas that upset the music scene, especially the rock and blues genre.

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

A little over a year later, on September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was found dead in a hotel in London. The official cause of his death is said to be due to an overdose of barbiturates which he allegedly consumed with alcohol. He allegedly died of asphyxiation during his sleep, drowned in his vomit.

But rumor has it that it was a homicide carried out by his manager who made him drink alcohol with barbiturates by force. Jimi Hendrix will be buried on October 1, 1970. He was also only 27 years old.

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Three days after Hendrix’s funeral, it’s Janis Joplin’s turn. It was October 4, 1970, when she was found dead from an overdose of heroin in her hotel room. She was working the day before on an album at the age of 27.

Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Almost a year has passed since Joplin’s death. It is July 3, 1971 when a new drama occurs, helping to establish in peoples minds the legend of the club of 27: the co-founder of the Doors, Jim Morrison, found dead in his bath after a heart attack. The circumstances of his death remain unclear however. His values ​​considered immoral by some as well as an overwhelming success of the group made him lose ground.

Drowning in alcohol, saturated by a lawsuit due to slippages during a concert of the group in Miami, but also exhausted by the rhythm of the musical environment, he will leave to rest in France or his excesses would have been right about him, according to the official version. But rumors are rife, especially as no autopsy has been performed on the body, with some versions presuming the use of heroin that led to his death.

The legend of the club of 27 becomes reality:

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

From the death of Jim Morrisson, the myth of the 27 begins to spread. But it will take 13 long years to revive the strange legend of this famous club, with the death of the famous Kurt Cobain, then leader of the rock group Nirvana.

On April 8, 1994 the body of Kurt Cobain was discovered with a letter and a rifle at his side. The autopsy report mentions a suicide with a bullet in the head. He was also 27 years old and the cause of his death was widely disputed. Besides the official version, the murder hypothesis is also put forward.

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Time flies and the Club of 27 is no longer talked about. For the collective unconscious, would the legend be broken? The myth almost becomes an ancient story until July 23, 2011: Amy Winehouse dies of alcohol abuse. Also a follower of illicit substances, she would have been 28 on September 14. Death visited her before.

Other artists left at the age of 27, but their deaths have not been as publicized. However, is the curse of the 27 club finally lifted? Only the future can tell …

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Meet Susan: how working remotely will change us in the future

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The Covid-19 pandemic has seriously affected the labor market. Employers transferred employees to a remote mode of operation, scientists are trying to understand how the new conditions will affect us and what will happen if we keep them. 

Some large companies are already thinking about closing their offices and points of sale in favor of working through the Internet, and Twitter invited all employees to stay on the remote forever.

Susan model illustrating the effect of office work on the body / © DirectlyApply
Susan model illustrating the effect of office work on the body / © DirectlyApply

According to a study conducted by IWG (International Workplace Group) , before the pandemic, 80% of respondents would prefer a job with more flexible working conditions. In April of this year, commercial property provider Cresa presented its study, which showed that 29% of people who switched to remote work feel less productive than in the office, despite the control of their bosses.

At the same time, some companies noted that the hybrid mode of operation (combining an office and a remote office) seems to them effective, and they are going to use it further. But such a schedule can affect people’s health. The DirectlyApply job search platform has shown what consequences await the “remote” workers if they do not change their daily habits.

Its creators invited a group of clinical psychologists and fitness experts to study how udalenka affects a person physically and psychologically. Experts explained what changes will occur with this mode of operation after 25 years. As a result, Susan appeared – a model of a typical remote employee of the future, on which they analyze in detail all the negative consequences.

50% of people around the world work outside the office for approximately 2.5 days

So, a constant presence in front of the monitor will cause “computer vision syndrome”, in which the eyes become dry and sore, and vision – blurred. In addition, red spots will begin to appear on the squirrels, and large bruises under the eyes.

Lack of physical activity and sitting in the wrong position will lead to curvature of the spine, back and neck pain, obesity and a tech neck (the effect of constantly looking at mobile devices and tablets): the skin will sag around the neck, and a second chin will appear. From constant work on the keyboard, the hands are deformed. A lack of vitamin D will cause hair loss, the skin will turn pale, dull and wrinkle.

Susan / © DirectlyApply
Susan / © DirectlyApply

Finally, a person working remotely will be constantly under stress, which will cause a mode of work and lack of personal contacts. From this, in turn, blood pressure rises, and the state of health worsens even more.

To preserve it, the authors of the study advise to adhere to several rules. It is important to maintain a constant mode of work, regularly perform physical exercises and from time to time go out to recover after a day spent at the computer. Psychologist Rachel Allan notes:

“Adhering to one lifestyle and level of productivity is necessary to maintain emotional health when working remotely. Routine gives us the opportunity to manage our time and maintain our attention. Think about how you want to manage your time and what will work best in the wider context of your life.”

One of the main problems that we encounter when working remotely is the lack of direct contact with people. Staying alone for long periods can increase the level of the stress hormone cortisol. Dr. Allan believes that “some of our most important professional relationships come from informal conversations and unstructured moments that organically arise in the physical workplace.” According to her, “remote work may require us to consciously create opportunities for informal communication with colleagues.”

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1947 film predicts smartphones and other modern technology

Inspired by Barjavel’s essay, a 70-year-old documentary offers the evolution of portable pocket television as well as a way people interact with objects. Today, parallels are drawn between the objects, like smartphones described in a short documentary.

Anne-Katrin Weber, television historian at Lausanne University, said:

People using miniature television devices in public places; professional meetings held by telephones with a picture; cars equipped with television screens; shops that advertise their products on television: these topics are from the 1947 short film Television: Oeil de Demain. Produced and directed by Raymond-Millet.

The film combines documentary and science fiction sequences, while also offering a television image in post-war France, as well as creative speculation about future developments.

While Raymond-Millet’s work is almost forgotten today, his film received a standing ovation for “predicting our present” and although the small portable devices used in the film have long retractable antennas that resemble the first cell phones, it shows that 70 years ago smartphones already existed. In fact, they mirror today’s smartphones that are in the pockets of almost every person.

At the end of the film, the audience is transferred to the bedroom, where the man is having trouble sleeping. He seems to be “invoking” the hologram of a dancing woman who appears on the bed and looks at her while his wife is sleeping.

The film outline about upcoming television shows, really look like a fairly accurate forecast of modern digital media in terms of flexibility and hybridity of media technologies and their various forms of consumption.

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The time when US wanted to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moon

In the United States during the Cold War, there was a plan to explode a nuclear bomb on the moon as a “demonstration of dominance” before the Soviet Union. New details of the secret mission are revealed in a recently published book.

Intimidate the Soviet Union: Americans wanted to detonate a nuclear bomb on the moonPhoto: nasa.gov

The secret mission, codenamed Project A119, was conceived at the dawn of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union in the US Air Force Division, located at the Kirtland Air Base in New Mexico.

A report written in June 1959, entitled A Study of Lunar Research Flights, outlines plans for an atomic bomb exploded on the Moon’s “terminator,” the region between the Sun-lit portion of the surface and the darker portion of our planet’s natural satellite.

The explosion would probably be visible to the naked eye from the Earth, because the military planned to add sodium to the bomb, which was supposed to glow during the explosion.

A nuclear explosion on the lunar surface was certainly “one of the stupidest things the government could do,” says John Greenwald, Jr., author of Secrets from the Vault.

According to the Daily Mail, a recently published book details some of the most surrealistic offers in history.

John Greenwald has been interested in the secrets of the US government since he was 15 and has filed more than 3,000 requests for freedom of information. He oversees The Black Vault’s online repository, which has collected about 2.1 million pages of previously classified documents related to UFOs, mysterious murders and other mysterious phenomena.

According to Greenwald, the US Air Force was developing a lunar project to “show US dominance in space over the Soviet Union and, ultimately, over the whole world.”

The plan, of course, has never been implemented – perhaps because of a potential “unprecedented scientific disaster,” as one declassified document says.

The existence of this scheme was first discovered in 1999 in the biography of the world famous astronomer Carl Sagan, who died in 1996. Sagan was hired to work with him in Chicago by Dr. Leonard Raiffel, a physicist who was studying the possibility of creating a lunar nuclear bomb.

Leonard Raiffel (he died in 2017 at the age of 89) in an interview in 2000 claimed that the bomb would be as big as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

“It was clear that the main purpose of the proposed detonation was a PR act and a demonstration of sole domination,” the scientist told The Observer. – The Air Force wanted the mushroom cloud to be so large that it could be seen on Earth. The United States lagged behind in the space race.”

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In 1958, Raiffel was approached by senior US Air Force officers who asked him to “expedite” a project to study the visibility and consequences of a nuclear explosion on the moon.

According to the scientist, he made it clear that as a result, the pristine lunar environment will be destroyed, and this will be a huge damage, “but the US Air Force was mainly concerned about how a nuclear explosion would be perceived on Earth.”

“If the project were made public, there would be protests,” Raiffel said.

Greenwald’s book also explores the 1959 Army project on building a military base on the moon, code-named Project Horizon. The aim of the project was to create a permanent lunar colony for 10-20 people by the end of 1966. To get equipment there, it was projected to require an average of 5.3 Saturn rocket launches per month from August 1964 to November 1966.

In the entire history of the American space program, only 19 Saturns were launched.

“Military power based on the moon will be a strong deterrent to war because of the extreme difficulty, from the enemy’s point of view, of eliminating our ability to strike back,” the project suggested.

In a 1959 memorandum, US Army Research and Development Head Lieutenant Arthur Trudeau argued that if the United States created a permanent base on the moon, the prestige and psychological advantage for the American nation would be invaluable in confronting the Soviets.

The report indicated that creating an outpost of 12 people and maintaining it in working condition over the course of the year would cost more than $ 6 billion (which is equivalent to more than $ 53 billion in modern money).

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