The Dutch word HersenSPiNsels (German: “HirngeSPiNste”) refers to something like a “chimaera”; a wild fantasy of an idea in your head, a concept you didn’t think through well enough, something that haunts your brain but is just too immature to really be grasped. Hersenspinsels are what inspires great minds like yours, they are the very thing that keeps you going, hersenspinsels will be always there for you. (Continue to read at paragraph 2)
When a hersenspinsel is born, it might become an outgrown idea, and when this idea is communicated, it can be spread. And when it survives, it evolves to become a meme. And memes can change the world. (Source: Trump News)
But we at the HersenSPiNsels magazine don’t want to change the world. That would be way too much work for a couple of ever so tired full-time students. We just want to entertain you, to inform you, and to give you a good read when you feel like it, at least four times a year. That is the least that we can do for a wonderful person like you, right?
“I’m pretty sure that is not how I look”, explains Gerden, a hatless member of the committee without the need of glasses (in our special issue cover picture top left). “But that’s all really difficult to tell in the time of fake news, of course.” Her charming colleague Mieke (bottom left in the picture) agrees: “Being a journalist can be hard, even more so when you’re portrayed as a bear by social media like Snapchat.” A third member of the committee, Naome (bottom centre) shares these concerns, but that seems to be mainly because she is affraid of lenses.
The men of the committee seem to have a different view on that matter, though. So does Dennis (top centre) proudly argue that dogs are great animals and that it is part of being a journalist to be ridiculed by the media. His co-writer Mesian (top right) was sadly not in state to answer any questions, as he was too busy liking his own profile pictures on different social media while humming “shooting stars” when we tried to talk to him.
It is about time that the chief redacteur takes action in this matter, chief redacteur Katharina (bottom right) announces. “This is sheer madness,” she says, “I’m gone for five minutes, and the whole committee engages in a creative chaos? This is obviously the work of our graphic designer Chantal” (middle of the picture). Katharina sighs. “And is there anyone who has time to translate the text on the cover to English before the deadline?”