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Pandora - Bad Listeners

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Bad Listeners

You know the type. These are the kids who get very specific instructions, and for whatever reason, they just can't seem to follow them. Pandora became one of the very first members of this clique when she let her curiosity get the better of her and opened a jar full of every bad thing there is. Hey, it's easy to judge, but don't we all get a little curious about what it's like to do the things we're told not to? Just saying.

Adam and Eve

People love to compare Pandora with Eve. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, Eve is the very first woman, just like Pandora in Greek mythology. They're also both said to have caused all human suffering by letting their curiosity get the better of them. When God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, all it took was a little convincing from a snake, and Eve was munching on some forbidden fruit and slicing some up for Adam, too. For this crime, God booted Eve and her hubby from the Garden, and humanity has been toiling and suffering ever since.

Satan (a.k.a. the Devil, Lucifer)

This rebel angel is the main enemy of God in Christianity. Not only did he not listen to what God told him to do, he started a whole war against him. Of course, God showed him what's up and gave him the boot from Heaven. Satan and his fellow rebel angels plummeted from the sky and landed down in the fiery pit of Hell.


Icarus's dad, the brilliant inventor Daedalus, created wings of wax and feathers so that the father and son duo could escape their imprisonment on the island of Crete. Daedalus gave his son very specific instructions: "Don't fly too close to the sun or you'll die." We bet you can guess what Icarus did the first chance he got. Yep. He headed straight for the sun. Before he knew it, the wax in his wings was melting and Icarus was plummeting to his death in the sea.


Phaeton's story totally reminds of Icarus's. Phaeton's dad (Helios, the sun) told him that he'd give him anything he wanted. Great news. Phaeton wanted to drive his dad's sun-chariot across the sky. Helios was totally not into it and told Phaeton it was a really bad idea. Phaeton insisted, though, so Helios let him take a crack at it. Things went really bad really fast—Phaeton was completely unable to control the wild horses that pulled the chariot, and he almost burned up the entire world. Eventually, Zeus knocked him out of the sky with a thunderbolt. Next thing you know, Phaeton was plummeting to his death just like Icarus.

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