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On Selkies (see full article on Wikipedia):
Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. In other stories the human will hide the selkie’s skin, thus preventing it from returning to its seal form. A selkie can only make contact with one human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea. They are not able to make contact with that human again for seven years, unless the human is to steal their selkie’s skin and hide it or burn it.
In the Faroe Islands there are two versions of the story of the Selkie or Seal Wife. A young farmer from the town of Mikladalur on Kalsoy island goes to the beach to watch the selkies dance. He hides the skin of a beautiful selkie maid, so she can’t go back to sea, and forces her to marry him. He keeps her skin in a chest, and keeps the key with him both day and night. One day when out fishing, he discovers that he has forgotten to bring his key. When he returns home, the selkie wife has escaped back to sea, leaving their children behind. Later, when the farmer is out on a hunt, he kills both her selkie husband and two selkie sons, she promises to take revenge upon the men of Mikladalur. Some shall be drowned, some shall fall from cliffs and slopes, and this shall continue, until so many men have been lost that they will be able to link arms around the whole island of Kallsoy.
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On Diogenes (see article at Wise Geek:
Diogenes was a noted Greek philosopher who became famous as the father of Cynicism. As a cynic, Diogenes rejected human norms and conventions, attempting to live a life as close to nature as possible in order to free his mind. No known writings of Diogenes survive; what we know about him comes from writings by followers and contemporaries, who described some of his exploits at great length. In some cases, it is difficult to tell where the mark between legend and reality falls with Diogenes, because a huge body of mythology arose around the man and his peculiar life.
”Cynic” in fact comes from the Ancient Greek word for dog, kyon, and Diogenes advocated a doglike life of simplicity and frank honesty. He had few possessions, living a life of poverty in the streets; he is said to have broken his last possession, a bowl, upon seeing a peasant drink out of his hands. In Athens, Diogenes greatly enjoyed antagonizing other philosophers, and he wandered the city with a lit lamp during the daytime, saying that he was looking for an honest man.