Chatty knows all about chaos – she only has to watch the puppies fossicking madly about under The Wiz’s feet – and coming close to tripping him – every time he opens a can of tuna (or anything else, for that matter). In fact, just the movement of the refrigerator door opening can awaken soundly sleeping puppies and thereby create chaos:
Fluffy, on the other hand, waits until the annoying dogs have followed The Wiz into the eating area, then polices the area for crumbs:
Finding nothing to her liking, she heads off in disgust:
However, according to Wikipedia, “the butterfly effect is a phrase that encapsulates the more technical notion of sensitive dependence on initial conditions in chaos theory”. Do you see where Chatty is going here? If, as explained by Lorenz, a butterfly’s wings can result in a tornado occurring or NOT occurring, it’s no wonder that when a refrigerator door opening awakens sleeping puppies it can lead to chaos, at least in theory…
Chatty is not scientific at all, but she loves this graph of the Butterfly Effect:
Chatty likes the idea of butterflies causing chaos…or, alternatively, of being the method by which chaos is at least partially explained – because Chatty loves her butterflies!
Chatty also loves mysteries.
She recently sold several boxes of mysteries to a friend who is starting a book-nook in a shop, and only saved those few (Chatty uses the word loosely) she knew she would read again and again – favorites written by Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy L. Sayers, Rex Stout, Del Shannon, Robert van Gulik, S. S. van Dine, JosephineTey, and of course, A. Conan Doyle.
Here’s a bit of Chatty’s personal lending library:
Please note, these shelves are double-stacked!
Chatty also loves real-life mysteries. Three of her favorite unsolved ones are the murder of William Desmond Taylor (in the 1920’s): the Thelma Todd situation (in the 1930’s); and the murder of Elizabeth Short (in the 1940’s).
Chatty’s favorite silent film star of all time, Mabel Normand, figured prominently in the Taylor case, and her career was almost ruined as a result – because although she had nothing to do with the crime, she was unfortunately probably the last person to see Taylor alive – except for his killer.
The case of Thelma Todd is also unsolved to this day – was it murder by mobsters? Was it suicide? Was it an accident?
Here’s a picture taken outside her notorious nightclub on Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu, CA. Her body was discovered in a garage high on the cliff above:
And, of course, the unsolved murder of Elizabeth Short, better known as The Black Dahlia, remains one of Hollywood’s most enduring mysteries:
All three cases make absorbing reading – especially if you are into old-time Hollywood scandals, as Chatty is.
Check out the links provided – but be warned, this is fascinating stuff – and once you start, you may read into the wee hours!
At which point you might find yourself feeling a bit peckish, and go to open the fridge. If you have animals anything like Chatty’s, chaos may result – and we will have come full circle for this Weekly Word Challenge.
UPDATE: Thanks to Pat for reminding Chatty in a comment about her friend Scott Michaels and his WONDERFUL tour of Hollywood called “Dearly Departed – A Tragical History Tour”. This tour should NOT be missed if ever you are in Hollywood. It concentrates on the lives and deaths of the famous, and Scott is a witty and incredibly knowledgeable host. Until you can make it out to Hollywood (and if you like mysteries and movie stars), have some fun at his amazing website, where mysterious deaths abound. One of these days, Chatty will do an entire blog about Scott, but for the moment, go to www.findadeath.com and prepare to be fascinated for hours!