Following a botched attempt at self-trepanation, Gilbert Glieve decided to disguise the large hole in the top of his skull by inserting a pink parasol. He felt that in his home town of Arles, and in most of the surrounding Provençal haunts he frequented, a pastel parasol would be less obvious than a 3 centimetre-wide aperture in his cranium (and would prevent the birds from pecking his grey matter).
He may be right, he may be wrong; maybe people are just not saying anything out of embarrassment. What he did know is this: once he got used to the pendulous weight, and learned how to adjust for warm, dry blasts of Mistral wind, he’d never have to worry about sunburn again. .
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