Since we're discussing crazy people going on shooting sprees in another thread, I wanted to run this theory by everyone. Now when I say crazy or idiot in this, I'm not talking about the legitimately psychotic person who really does "hear voices", I'm talking about the borderline nut-job/eccentrics that are the ones that usually end up going on the shooting sprees. Hypothesis - There are far more crazy people (idiots), per capita, in cities and large towns than in small towns and the country because they are "allowed" and even "encouraged" to endulge their abnormalities. Now of course there are crazy people in small towns too, every town has that one crazy guy who rides around on either a moped or a lawnmower, usually wears a cowboy hat, and claims to be either a ninja, a cop, a secret agent of some sort or a combination of the above. He's usually the town narc. But there are far more crazy people in the cities (even adjusted for % of pop). Here's why I think this is. Did you know that there are large numbers of people, that live in cities, that believe they are vampires? It's true, there are thousands of them. They have group meetings and parties and sample each others blood, and yes, they're nuts. I have met a couple over the years. I've even met 2 people who thought they were werewolves (but I'll stick to vampires for now). But I've never met a vampire in a small town or rural community. When you are raised in a small place, you can't get away from criticism and ridicule. You learn at a very young age that eccentricities will not be tolerated. If you start telling people your a vampire, your friends tell you to "knock it off, your being stupid", and others outright ridicule you. So you learn that you can't get away with crazy crap like that. But in the cities, you can fade into the crowd and not be singled out as a nut-job. Taking it a step farther, you can find other nut-jobs who want to be a vampire too, and will play along with you. You can take your little fantasy world and run with, until it ends in some nightmarish incursion of reality, usually by the judicial system. So I guess, in a nutshell, the problems stem from over population. I guess?