imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Weird groups

Everybody has a clique or cliques, fellas.

We have teachers’ group, police group, politicians’ inner circle group or drug addicts or pushers’ group. Then there’s this media group further splintered into many sub groups like radio broadcasters’ group, print media and tri-media group. We have all kinds of group, fellas, including GRO group, assassins’ group, oil cartel groups and some “weird” groups.

There’s also this student networking group in this modular learning period. They created a group chat clique and then they collaborate in answering and sharing their module answers.

One member of this group was very much surprised when she saw her grade in MAPEH that she exclaimed: “My goodness! Why did I have only a grade of 91% while my best friend has 95% grade? We have the same answers – letter for letter! We worked together, wrote on our answer sheets together and passed our module outputs together! What happened, sir?”

I couldn’t find the right words to say, fellas.

“I’m not your MAPEH teacher so cannot give you a reliable answer. Maybe, just maybe, you have a dirtier or not-so-legible penmanship that your teacher sometimes could not read your answers and so he marked them wrong,” I said.

She did not reply. It turned out her penmanship is not that good.

Another learner borrowed the answer sheet of one of his friends. He copied everything, word for word. After copying the pages, he placed his answer sheet inside his plastic envelope ready for passing the following day. Later the following day, his friend called.

“Where are my answer sheets?”

The boy was taken aghast. He forgot to return the answer sheets. Instead, he inadvertently placed them inside his own module envelope! The following day, his adviser called to say that he forgot to return his “kodigo.” He froze in embarrassment.

Another learners’ group member was too lazy to copy her friend’s answer sheet that she had it xeroxed. Her teacher called her parents and presented the matter. The parent and her “xerox” daughter were called to school for a dialogue.

Then there’s this students’ group whose slogan is: “One for all, all for one!”

How does it operate this pandemic period, fellas?

First, they divide the module into 5 parts. Each part is assigned to two group members who collaborate to answer that given module part. After the pair have researched and answered their module part, they then share their answer to the other members of the “syndicate.” The other tandems do likewise. The result? — complete output with the least effort!

Indeed, birds of the same feather flock together in good times and bad times.

“Birds of a feather flock together” has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s. When applied to people, this phrase means that people who are similar to each other or share similar interests tend to spend time with each other. William Turner is said to have used a version of this expression in 1545: “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together (sic).”

How about the quote that is stated this way: “People with the same ugly feature flock together for sure.”

One such group was the Liverpool’s Ugly Face Club.

This club was formed purely to mock 18th century England’s beauty ideals. Membership rules were simple: one had to be unmarried and must have had one noticeably ‘horrid’ feature. Examples included squinting eyes, a too-narrow nose, a large ‘potato’ nose, ‘blubber’ lips and many more. Members of this ‘brotherhood’ celebrated their ‘ugliness’ by meeting regularly at a coffee house to drink ale and sing songs.

A similar group is called the World Association of Ugly People. Formed around 1879, this group fights for the acceptance of ugly people in a world that is obsessed with physical beauty. The club’s emblem is a wild boar head, and its slogan is “Ugliness is a virtue, beauty is slavery.” By 2003 the group had 20,000 members.

Another weird group that would surely display the smile in your face this pandemic period is the The Obedient Wives Club (OWC).

Formed in Malaysia in 2011, this women’s-only club was set up to teach wives how to be submissive to their husbands. Members believe that husbands only stray when they’re deprived of care at home. To counter this, they encouraged wives to act like “first class whores” in order to keep husbands from straying.

The group even penned a highly controversial book called Islamic Sex, Fighting Jews to Return Islamic Sex to the World. Their recommendations for keeping men happy in the bedroom got the book banned in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Despite the ban, the group has grown to include members in Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Kazakhstan and Jordan. They believe their teachings can cure societal ‘ills’ like prostitution and divorce. Who would have thought? An ultra-conservative Muslim women group advocating for members to be ‘whores in bed.’

But would you believe that there’s also a club called Flat Earth Society, fellas?

Believe it or not, this group was founded in 1956 to perpetuate the idea that “the earth is flat,” instead of spherical. They also believed that the Apollo Moon landings were faked by Hollywood. They have pretty much been downsized to a few diehards these days.

Weird indeed!