Hinweise auf Torpismus [No. 2]
Josh was highly rational, or even beyond rational. He carried a tape measure with him, partly because he couldn’t buy a book that wasn’t the same size as books he already had, but also because sometimes, if no one was looking, he would measure walls and doorways ‘just to know’ how high or wide they were. He told me once that he had to count to thirty-two every time he washed his hands. If he lost count, or didn’t switch the tap off in time, he’d start again. When he made tea he would squeeze the tea-bag in the cup exactly eight times. He would wear only an even number of articles of clothing at once.
Scarlett Thomas: Our Tragic Universe. Canongate, Edinburgh 2010. Seite 124.