The monsters under your bed are real

In 2000, the Weekly World News published a funny satire headlined “The monsters under your bed are real!” (A somewhat modified, but not for the better, version is still available on the web here.)

Yes, they really are. And ignoring them doesn’t make them go away.

From Earth-shattering threats like nuclear weapons and global climate change all the way down to the little tumor that could have been detected and treated if only one had had that annual exam.

Why is it so terrifying to look monsters in the eyes, and so easy to turn out the lights and go to sleep?

Even as we sleep there lingers a background of worry. And according to A.J. Cronin

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.



  1. Who said it’s easy to turn on the lights and go to sleep?
    I know someone who refuses to sleep in darkness.


    • I know a boy with that problem. Turns out that he also has poor night vision, and that the defect runs in his family, nothing to do with not enough carrots and vitamins. In a world where humans were prey for nocturnal animals, such as tigers and wolves, that would have been a dangerous defect, and terror of the fire going out might have been adaptive. It would be interesting to find out if the someone you know also has poor night vision.


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