I have recently observed some strange behavior that I’m not sure I can explain. All I can do is share with you and we can all scratch our heads together.
The first incident was months back at a Starbucks. I was hanging out with a friend and across the room were two men chatting at a table. Without even blinking or a change of expression, one of the guys leaned over and farted…loudly. He returned to his conversation as though nothing happened. Even his friend was without reaction. I was flabbergasted. These were not young men. These were grown ups. I was trying to see if his friend hinted at being confused as well, but I saw no change in his look.
The second incident was yesterday. I was in a waiting room at a government office waiting to fill out some paperwork. A young man (probably around 20 years old) was sitting directly across from me facing directly in my direction. Every now and then he would close his eyes and pick his nose and eat it. He would then open his eyes and act like nothing happened. What?!?!?! Was he thinking that because he couldn’t see me, that maybe I couldn’t see him???
Now all these people were not English speakers. Maybe I’m just not international enough. If you have a cultural explanation for this I’m very open. Or maybe you can explain the mindset of men that might shed some light on this, feel free to try.