Sometimes the mainstream news articles are just plain depressing, but newspapers invariably have small columns they call "Odd Spots" or something like that.
I always read these Odd Spots for they are invariably entertaining and often downright bizarre!
Like the one I read recently about a 50-year-old man in Holland who didn't want to be disturbed by his siblings and was found dead four years later. Apparently, this man lived with three other siblings, of which he was the oldest. He was described as a bossy, bad-tempered and overbearing individual and his siblings were all terrified of him.
One afternoon he declared that he wasn't feeling particularly good and he was retiring to his room. He stressed that he was not to be disturbed under any circumstances and his siblings, being in fear of his temper, took him very seriously indeed. I don't recall now how he was eventually discovered, but his siblings said things like: "We thought he was just asleep." For four years!
I find it almost impossible to believe that someone could intimidate his siblings so much that he could lie dead in a bedroom for four years. The love that flowed around that house must have been intense. Not!