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(LA Times)   Social scientists study what makes people cool, starting with 'not being a social scientist'   ( latimes.com) divider line
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2012-11-12 01:01:25 PM  
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People just don't get it. Cool has nothing to do with wearing a leather jacket and saying some stupid catchphrase like "Ayyyyyy!" Hell, the real-world Henry Winkler is a soft-spoken Jewish thespian, about the diametric opposite of the Fonz. And cool has nothing to do with being a heavy-lidded borderline sociopath a la Robert Mitchum.

And cool has absolutely NOTHING with wearing Tommy Hilfiger shirts, Calvin Klein underwear, or a Budweiser cap. In fact, wearing stupid clothing like that makes you a corporate tool which is pretty uncool. Would Tommy Hilfiger be caught dead wearing a shirt with YOUR name on it?

There's only been one metric for being cool, IMO, and that's just being yourself. Being yourself and not giving into the tiresome herd instinct and--this is important--having enough healthy self-esteem to not care what insecure people think of you. I'm eccentric as hell and if somebody doesn't approve of my oddball lifestyle, that's just tough noogie...
2012-11-12 02:53:28 PM  
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Behold, Sir Paul McCartney, with a mullet.

So, therefore 'Cool' appears to be a moving target...

//don't be scared... but here's Boris Karloff
///...as Frankenstein
////...with a mullet...!
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2012-11-12 01:19:43 PM  
1 vote:

pute kisses like a man:
// for some selves, i might rather they be someone else.

Perhaps. If somebody is grumpy or flaky all the time, I agree they should change. On the other hand, I think some people are annoying because they're trying very hard to be like the Fonz, or Steve McQueen, or somebody else instead of being themselves. I remember one time my uncle basically admitted that he was tired of projecting a hard-ass persona because it meant getting into a lot of fights he could have avoided.

'Nother random thought: I'm a big fan of silent movies and am kinda familiar with fads of the 20s. It's funny how things like spats on shoes, flat-chested flapper breasts, ukelele playing, etc. that seemed so cool back then look really dorky right now. Even looking back to my own childhood in the 70s, the insane obsession people had for expensive designer jeans and *ugh* disco looks pretty silly nowadays. Again, wearing the *right* clothes don't make you cool, it just means you're a slave to the herd instinct...
2012-11-12 12:29:27 PM  
1 vote:

cgraves67: Exceeding the expectations of other while simultaneously being indifferent to those expectations.

2012-11-12 12:27:42 PM  
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2012-11-12 12:21:50 PM  
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I have precisely calculated what makes people cool. With this knowledge, I shall become popular!
2012-11-12 12:16:01 PM  
1 vote:
Being cool is simply having the ability to suppress your emotions and immediate reaction to positive or negative situations. 3 chicks at one time? Don't get all Ricochet Rabbit; play it cool. Some fool spills a drink on your shoe? Don't go bad and start getting all loud; play it cool.
2012-11-12 12:13:58 PM  
1 vote:

Onkel Buck: So they are going to piss away money studying the Fonz on Happy Days?

/playing guitar makes you cool, cuz it gets you chicks!

Corvettes work much better.
2012-11-12 12:12:58 PM  
1 vote:
Exceeding the expectations of other while simultaneously being indifferent to those expectations.
2012-11-12 12:11:23 PM  
1 vote:
Being an arrogant jackass?

/bitter nerd, nothing to see here
2012-11-12 08:23:45 AM  
1 vote:
I used to be with it, but then they changed what *it* was. Now what I'm with isn't it, and what's it seems weird and scary to me, and it'll happen to you too.
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