The Lunatic Board: An Exploration

When the going gets tough the tough pin things to corkboard.
The amazing physical outcome of an often troubled mind can be a fantastic thing. Take for example the bizarre drug induced creations of Pablo Picasso, the scattered collections of apple trees dotting the landscape of the United States put there by an insane homeless gentleman known to most as Johnny Appleseed and of course any work seen here:


But one of the most time honoured displays of insanity brought to life with an individuals barehands is of course the Lunatic Board. Now you may ask, ‘What is a Lunatic Board?’. Well it’s easier to show you because odds are you’ve already seen one.

John Nash's paranoia gets the better of him in the film "A Beautiful Mind"

Damien Lewis portrays Det. Charlie Crews looking over his Lunatic Board in the series "Life".

Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) does her best to explain to Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) that her Lunatic Board really ties the room together in the series "Homeland". {Damien Lewis also stars in "Homeland". Is he loony for Lunatic Boards?}

One of my personal favourite examples of the Lunatic Board from the series "FlashForward". Agent Mark Benford (Joseph Fiennes) looks over his notes trying to piece together a conspiracy that affects everyone on the planet. {This picture might even just have half of the board.}

The examples given are varied. Some closer to madness than others but all firmly rooted in the realm of the obsessive. If there’s one thing to be learned it’s that if you go to someone’s house and they have a Lunatic Board it’s probably best to keep your wits about you.

Though it does present an interesting exercise in stress release as I recently discovered. You can see the results below for yourself. I give you my Lunatic Board:


For just one day give in to the paranoid conspiracy nut within and make your very own Lunatic Board! Who knows maybe if you screw up your eyes tight enough and wish hard enough it might even come true.

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