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Contact high-five

An innocuous touch by someone just doing their job—a barber, yoga instructor or friendly waitress—that you enjoy more…
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Dream Fever

The intense heat on the skin of a sleeping person, a radioactive byproduct of an idle mind humming…
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La cuna

A twinge of sadness that there’s no frontier left, that as the last explorer trudged with his armies…
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Scabulous

Proud of a scar on your body, which is an autograph signed to you by a world grateful…
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The Meantime

The moment of realization that your quintessential future self isn’t ever going to show up, which forces the…
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Ellipsism

The sadness that you’ll never be able to know how history will turn out, that you’ll dutifully pass…
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Monachopsis

The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place, as maladapted to your surroundings as a seal…
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Slipcast

The default expression that your face automatically reverts to when idle—amused, melancholic, pissed off—which occurs when a strong…
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Anthrodynia

A state of exhaustion with how shitty people can be to each other, typically causing a countervailing sense…
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Fata Organa

A flash of real emotion glimpsed in someone sitting across the room, idly locked in the middle of…
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Agnosthesia

The state of not knowing how you really feel about something, which forces you to sift through clues…
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Backmasking

The instinctive tendency to see someone as you knew them in their youth, a burned-in image of grass-stained…
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Wytai

A feature of modern society that suddenly strikes you as absurd and grotesque—from zoos and milk-drinking to organ…
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Mimeomia

The frustration of knowing how easily you fit into a stereotype, even if you never intended to, even…