Superstar Garth Brooks - Charlie in a cowboy hat
Full disclosure demands I admit buying tickets to Corporate Garth's gig in Croke Park
Every now and then we go a bit mad. Not in the Brian Cowen sense - where you bet the future of the country on the word of a shower of bankers. Nor in the Enda Kenny sense - where you defer to EU leaders, giggling and twitching for their amusement, and then rush home and tell everyone how you kicked ass.
No, unlike those guys, we don't go completely gaga. We just, you know, now and then, we go a little bit mad.
What happens is an incident arises that's of some interest. A large section of the population becomes obsessed with it. And makes an emotional investment in it. And for a few days or weeks we go a bit doolally.