Sympathy for Sale


The Germans have developed a suit that helps medical students understand what it’s like to be old that doesn’t require walking in the snow with only burlap shoes and up hills to and from everywhere.

The suit throws off the user’s balance by placing a large amount of weight in the head, so that simple tasks for young whipper snappers, like bending over to tie a shoe, becomes just one more mountain to climb in the scintillating action-adventure movie that is surviving the rest of the day. Hearing and vision are also cranked up to 11 on the programmed cell death scale. This learning tool is now being used to inspire med students to take a greater interest in geriatric medicine and possibly to scare them into a spiral of depression and existential dread.

Graham Todd is an intern at The Rumpus. He spends his mornings writing post-apocalyptic, vaguely biblical sci-fi horror comedy, his evenings tutoring the wide-eyed youth of the Palo Alto area, and his Thursdays at The Rumpus office, effectively “off the streets”. Beyond this weekly ritual, he enjoys karaoke, the movies, and jogging. More from this author →