The science of schadenfreude! The Texas-Cheerleader-Murdering-Mom! Tonya Harding! Drug-induced fatal car accidents! All this plus exploding breast implants! In our 6th episode on the seven deadly sins, Caustic Soda looks at the green-eyed monster: Envy!

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  • banks!

    I work at a second hand book seller. Today as I’m listening to the Envy podcast, one of the warehouse employees came into ask about a book that wouldn’t scan in properly…

    Envy by Sandra Brown
    http://www.amazon.com/Envy-Sandra-Brown/dp/0446527130

    EERIE!

  • Lara

    I’m surprised you guys didn’t discuss “Single White Female” in the pop culture section. That’s a classic envy-related plotline.

  • Lara

    I’m surprised you guys didn’t discuss “Single White Female” in the pop culture section. That’s a classic envy-related plotline.

    • Joe

      I’ve never seen it, but you’re totally right.

  • She Fights Like A Girl

    You guys make me mental sometimes. Instead of going on for 22 minutes about WHY anyone would ever want/synthesize oxytocin, if you’d just read the next paragraph in the wikipedia article you were reciting, you’d have gotten a doozy of an answer:

    Oxytocin is best known for roles in female reproduction: 1) it is released in large amounts after distension of the cervix and uterus during labor, and 2) after stimulation of the nipples, facilitating birth and breastfeeding. Recent studies have begun to investigate oxytocin’s role in various behaviors, including orgasm, social recognition, pair bonding, anxiety, and maternal behaviors. For this reason, it is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone.”

    • Joe

      I swear I eventually pointed that out to Kevin. Toren must have cut it.

      • Toren

        Joe, I cut no such thing. However, we’ll bring this up in FOLLOW-UPS 3 for sure!

        • She Fights Like A Girl

          I am thus placated. I do genuinely heart you; even more if you can get me some oxytocin to snort.

          • Derek

            +1
            Through that whole discussion I was thinking: huge numbers of drugs have found different applications well after they’d been discovered, tested, and even found useless for their original targets.
            Can’t remember if you followed it up in a podcast, but you did here. 🙂

  • Tyler

    Why is this episode not on iTunes yet?

    • Joe

      It should be. There was a weird glitch last week and I had to make some changes to the feed settings but my copy of iTunes got it right away.

      Try right-clicking the Podcast title in iTunes and choosing “Update Podcast”. That should force it to check for new episodes.

      • Phav Nosnibor

        Yeah, what’s with the whole “season 2” thing, anyway? Did Saturnalia change everything, and now cats are co-operating with dogs, etc.? My world is upside-down, guys.

  • banks!

    It just occurred to me that while you mentioned the “green-eyed monster Envy”, the origin of why green is associated with Envy never appeared.

    http://marykassian.net/2007/04/30/green-with-envy/

    Why is Envy Green?

    Why do we turn “green” with envy? In antiquity, the Hebrew word for envy, qinah, referred to the burning color in the face produced by a deep emotion. The Greeks believed that jealousy was accompanied by an overproduction of bile, lending a yellowish-green pallor to the victim’s complexion. In the seventh century B.C., the poetess Sappho used the word “green” to describe the face of a stricken lover. After that, the word was used freely by other poets to denote jealousy or envy. The most famous such reference and the origin of the term “green-eyed monster” is Iago’s speech in Shakespeare’s Othello: “O! Beware my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

  • banks!

    It just occurred to me that while you mentioned the “green-eyed monster Envy”, the origin of why green is associated with Envy never appeared.

    http://marykassian.net/2007/04/30/green-with-envy/

    Why is Envy Green?

    Why do we turn “green” with envy? In antiquity, the Hebrew word for envy, qinah, referred to the burning color in the face produced by a deep emotion. The Greeks believed that jealousy was accompanied by an overproduction of bile, lending a yellowish-green pallor to the victim’s complexion. In the seventh century B.C., the poetess Sappho used the word “green” to describe the face of a stricken lover. After that, the word was used freely by other poets to denote jealousy or envy. The most famous such reference and the origin of the term “green-eyed monster” is Iago’s speech in Shakespeare’s Othello: “O! Beware my lord, of jealousy; it is the green-ey’d monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on.”

  • Derek

    Although you bring it up in your Wrath episode, the film American Psycho (which I got around to watching last night) has a great deal of envy in it – anytime the business cards come out Batemen goes visibly nuts. Great film, btw, kinda like a cross between American Beauty and Fight Club (thinking satire, society critique plus gouts of blood). Well worth anyone watcihng if they haven’t, especially for Christian Bale’s little boogey dance to Huey Lewis & The News’ Hit the B Square.

    • Generaleesimo

      Couldn’t agree more. One of the few examples of a film that was far superior to the original source book.

  • Diogo Lima

    Great podcast, the Lesser of two Evils section was hilarious!

    I gotta say this, I am from Brazil and there’s no such thing as the government paying plastic surgeries to people, where did you get this from? Our public health system is so precarious that we struggle to get even the basics. I wish we had the structure and the money to get free fake boobies to every woman, but sadly this is not the case.

    Love you guys!

  • Diogo Lima

    Great podcast, the Lesser of two Evils section was hilarious!

    I gotta say this, I am from Brazil and there’s no such thing as the government paying plastic surgeries to people, where did you get this from? Our public health system is so precarious that we struggle to get even the basics. I wish we had the structure and the money to get free fake boobies to every woman, but sadly this is not the case.

    Love you guys!

    • Joe

      You’re right, it’s not the government as I (wrongly) remembered. It’s the clinics themselves.

      That being a Daily Fail link doesn’t fill me with confidence about its accuracy, I’ll admit…

      • Diogo Lima

        Wow, I’ve never heard of it… anyway, Rio is a surreal part of Brazil. Kinda shocking to see that they are using the poor population to train unexperienced doctors. Thanks for the info!

  • Chelle

    Boobenfreude IS a real thing. I have 42Gs (grew ’em myself), and I have people actually do one of two things: either hope I get breast cancer from envy (“would serve you right!”), or offer to take them from me during a reduction procedure or ask me to leave my breasts to them in my will so they can have bigger ones.
    Freaks