Songs Used by the CIA for Enhanced Interrogation (Torture)?

Any parent of toddlers will tell you that these first two are a given. When my kids were little there was just VHS tapes so I had a few seconds of sanity while the tape rewound where I could pray for the tape to break or jam so I didn’t have to hear it for the hundred and eleventith time that day. Now with all of the digital delivery systems (Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV…) that can be set to repeat ad infinitum, I don’t know how parents stay sane. Turn off the router, maybe?

The Barney Theme Song

Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination
And when he’s tall
He’s what we call a dinosaur sensation.

The Sesame Street Theme Song

Everything’s a-okay
Family, neighbors, friends
That’s where we meet
Can you tell me how to get,
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?
How to get to sesame street?

And there were a couple that made sure to let the terrorist know just who they had pissed off.

America by Neil Diamond

Everywhere around the world
They’re coming to America
Ev’ry time that flag’s unfurled
They’re coming to America!

American Pie by Don McLean – It’s not the song that’s torture, it’s that they refused to explain the lyrics.

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so?
Do you believe in rock and roll?
Can music save your mortal soul?
And can you teach me how to dance real slow?

Stayin’ Alive the theme to Saturday Night Fever by The BeeGees.  If it were me being interrogated, I would tell them everything they want to know just to make the disco music stop.

Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
I’m a woman’s man: no time to talk.
Music loud and women warm, I’ve been kicked around
Since I was born.
And now it’s all right. It’s OK.
And you may look the other way.
We can try to understand
The New York Times‘ effect on man.

Some of them don’t seem that offensive on the surface. Babylon by David Gray, for example. Nice easy melody and it seems that the Babylon reference might inspire nostalgia and give them some resolve not to talk. On the other hand, dude, you’ve been blind and a fool.

Friday night I’m going nowhere
All the lights are changing green to red
Turning over TV stations
Situations running through my head
Looking back through time
You know it’s clear that I’ve been blind, I’ve been a fool
To open up my heart to all that jealousy,
That bitterness, that ridicule.

Or Raspberry Beret by Prince. Such an upbeat song about a woman who dares to show her skin! And hair!

She wore a
Raspberry beret
The kind you find in a second hand store
Raspberry beret
And if it was warm she wouldn’t wear much more
Raspberry beret
I think I love her.

They mixed in some metal for a nice contrast. Songs like Fuck Your God by Deicide. I’m not including any of the lyrics because you can’t understand them! It seems like any metal song would work as well, unless they told them the title. That’s what I’d do. Play this song and say, “This is called Fuck Your God.” Then I’d play a bunch of different metal songs and say that all of them are called Fuck Your God.

Other artists who made the CIA playlist include AC/DC. Eminem, Dope, Metallica, 2Pac (Tupac), Christina Aguilera, Rage Against the Machine, and Matchbox 20.

I don’t know how much thought the CIA put into this list but I do know that they’ve been out done by a couple of 11-year-old boys.

Or would have been out done if it weren’t for this..I am linking to it against my better judgement. Imagine hours of hearing that and only that.

Best Ways to Get Your Date to Fall for You?

Okay, this is going to sound a bit creepy but one key way to make someone fall for you is fear. Hold on, stick with me, this isn’t as bad as it sounds. The physical reaction that comes with fear – rapid pulse, shortness of breath, an increase in blood pressure, heightened awareness – are also the same things people feel when they are sexually attracted to someone. People will confuse the reason they are feeling these things and it may make them feel more attracted to the person they are with.

So, what kinds of things can you do that will bring about these sensations? No, stalking them in a dark parking lot is NOT a good idea! We’re looking for more socially acceptable activities because we’re assuming you want a long-term relationship, not a restraining order.

If you both like skydiving or rock climbing or whatever adrenaline rush thing physically active people do, then your problem is solved. Do your thing. You’re not getting any advice from me on that because my idea of physically active is to point and click on something with my mouse instead of using a keyboard shortcut.

The answer for the rest of us is roller coasters!

Here’s a list of some of the most interesting and exciting roller coasters around the U.S.:

The Riddler’s Revenge, a stand-up coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain, Valencia, CA

The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Orlando. This one has quick acceleration (40 mph in 2 seconds) and seven inversions. It will close for enhancements on September 8, 2015 and reopen in summer 2016.

FireHawk, King’s Island, Mason, OH. You are strapped in lying down and when the coaster flips, it’s like you’re flying.

Top Thrill Dragster, Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH. It’s got a drag race theme and the sound of a revving engine at the beginning just primes you for the 420-foot climb (and drop).

Kingda King, Six Flags Great Adventure, Jackson, NJ. “Kingda King”…I don’t think you could come up with a more New Jersey sounding name. It’s currently the world’s tallest and the second fastest coaster. It’s similar to the Top Thrill Dragster, only moreso.

Wild Mouse, Hersheypark, Hershey, PA. Wild mouse-type coasters, also called mousetrap coasters, don’t rely on speed, the thrills come from the hairpin turns that make it look as though you’re about to fly off the track.

 Fury 325, Carowinds, Charlotte, NC. This one offers both height and speed – it has a 325-foot drop and reaches speeds of 95 mph.

The Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion in Doswell, Virginia is similar to the Fury 325 with a slightly shorter drop (300 feet) and is 5 mph slower.

Mr. Freeze: Reverse Blast, Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington, TX features backwards facing trains and a 150-foot inversion. (There’s also one at Six Flags St. Louis.)

Hades 360 is a looping wooden track roller coaster at Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

This is not a complete list of all roller coasters, it’s not even a complete list of all of the best/tallest/fastest coasters. There are hundreds of amusement parks and theme parks in the U.S. and many of them have several exciting roller coasters and we didn’t even start to discuss non-coaster thrill rides. Do you have a favorite roller coaster or other thrill ride? What makes it special: speed, height, inversions, or it’s just the closest one to your home (that counts for a lot, especially when you’re planning a date)?

(Disclaimer, we cheated a bit. This isn’t a list of the best ways to get your date to fall for you, it’s one way with a list of possible locations. Check back for future posts where we discuss other dating strategies.)