Exploding Vending Machine

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.
HOUSTON (Reuters) - An exploding vending machine turned the coolant freon into phosgene, a poisonous gas used as a chemical weapon in World War One, and forced the evacuation of 10 people from a Texas hospital, officials said on Thursday.

A food service employee was working on the refrigerated soft drink machine at the Park Place Medical Center in Port Arthur, Texas, when a small explosion and fire occurred inside it on Wednesday morning, Port Arthur Fire Marshal Mark Mulliner said.

"When freon gas from the cooling system came into contact with the heat from the fire, it changed composition to a phosgene gas," Mulliner said.

Phosgene irritates the lungs, eyes, mouth and nose and, in strong enough concentrations, causes fatal amounts of fluid to build up in the lungs.

Ten people on the third floor of the hospital were evacuated for several hours while the area was ventilated, said Heather Ross of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Two firefighters were kept in the hospital overnight for observation, Ross said.

Australia Cigarette Packs to Show Graphic Photos

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian smokers will soon have to look at the picture of a cancer-ridden lung or a gangrenous foot missing toes each time they light up.

Following a trend pioneered by Canada, the government said it wants cigarette companies to put graphic pictures and warnings on 30 percent of the front of each pack and 90 percent of the back.

One gruesome photo shows a color cross-section of a diseased lung. Another shows a blackened foot missing a toe and the rest twisted. "Smoking causes peripheral vascular disease," it reads. A third shows a dissected, bloodied brain with the caption, "Smoking doubles your risk of stroke."

"The experience in Canada showed there was a three percent drop in smoking," Trish Worth, parliamentary secretary for health, told reporters. Canada introduced the warnings and pictures of diseased organs in late 2000.

But Australian cigarette makers say the move will not alter smoking patterns, and one called it a desperate tactic.

Health Minister Tony Abbott said cigarette companies would have 18 months to make the changes once the government announces them officially.

Cell Phones May Affect Sperm

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

LONDON (Reuters) - Mobile phones may damage men's sperm, Hungarian scientists say, in a study that fertility experts dismissed Monday as inconclusive.

Carrying a mobile in hip pockets or a holster on the waist could cut sperm count by nearly 30 percent, according to the research.

"The prolonged use of cell phones may have a negative effect on (sperm production) and male fertility," Dr. Imre Fejes, of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Szeged said in a summary of the study.

Fejes and his team analyzed sperm from 221 men and questioned them about their use of mobile phones. They found correlations between the use of the phones, even in a standby setting, and reduced sperm concentration and quality.

Fejes said more research is needed to support the findings, which will be reported to this week's conference in Berlin of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology.


Cell Phones Almost Caused Murder

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Police in New York say a man swearing into his mobile was shot in the foot by a passer-by who thought he was speaking to him.

Shoppers fled from the scene at the Long Island shopping mall after the shooting.

The victim, who's in his early 20s, is in a stable condition in hospital after the shooting at Roosevelt Field mall in Garden City.

Authorities told the New York Post his condition isn't life-threatening. Nassau police have arrested the suspect.

Police haven't released the name of the victim or the suspect.

Mystery in the Hoosier National Forest

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

In the rolling hills of southern Indiana are several huge tracts
of wilderness land know as the Hoosier National Forest. These areas
comprise more than 400,000 acres and consist of enormous stands of
hardwoods, cedars, and pines. The forests are adorned with large lakes,
caves, sinkholes, springs, and streams. Hiking, camping, boating, hunting,
and horseback riding are among the many recreational activities
pursued here. Certain wilderness areas within these forests are
considered so rugged and primitive that only foot traffic is permitted.

On April Fool's Day (major clue?), transcripts of an intriguing
chat line dialog began circulating through the InterNet. This dialog,
dated as Sunday, March 31, 1996, occurred between three individuals,
one of whom was ostensibly making inquiries about how to find
investigators of the paranormal. The inquiring keystrokes
purportedly belonged to a chap who identified himself as "ALindy,"
a producer and photographer for the NBC affiliate television
station (WTHR-13) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. ALindy, at the urging
of the other two chat line participants, began to describe a most
unusual news assignment he had been a part of the night before.
He claimed that around 10:00 PM on March 30, he was part of a news
team sent to the Hoosier National Forest to cover the crash of a
small plane. During the course of that news coverage, he allegedly
perceived strange and suspicious situations and behavior among both
witnesses on the scene and officials performing the forest search.
These oddities in conduct, he claims, led him to the uneasy
conclusion that something far stranger than a plane crashed in
the Forest that night.

Pat Mason of the Mid-Ohio Research Association forwarded a copy
of the chat line dialog to me on Monday, April 1, 1996. The
inferences of something "strange" crashing--complete with hints
of the ubiquitous government agents covering up--sufficiently
intrigued me to investigate the story myself. For the last three
weeks, I have scoured the InterNet for corroboration of this curious
tale. I was surprised when I actually found newspaper verification
(see Lafayette Journal & Indianapolis Star) that a search of the
Forest was conducted to find an imperiled plane. As my search for
evidence continued, I was fortunate to find the online newscripts
of Indianapolis television station, WRTV-6. These transcripts
mentioned key officials involved in the search operations and thus
enabled me to contact them personally. A synopsis of each conversation
is presented below.

The Following information was derived from a conversation that
I had with DNR Conservation Officer, Steve McClain (April 22, 1996).
Officer McClain guided Forest Service search operations at the Hoosier
National Forest during the following incident. -Michael A. Frizzell

On Saturday, March 30, 1996 at about 8:50 PM, a few miles N. of Lake
Monroe, Indiana, Jake Watson (pseudonym) stepped out of his isolated
cabin to survey the night sky. He immediately noticed a small twin-engine
plane with its landing lights on at low altitude and descending
several miles south of his location. From his vantage point the plane
was beginning to dip below the tree line. He called his wife to
take a look and they trained their eyes skyward. Within sixty seconds
of the plane's disappearance they were startled to see a "fireball"
and five seconds later heard an explosion.

Jake phoned local authorities to report a possible plane crash. His
report was taken quite seriously because it was well known that Jake
was a retired aircraft pilot. By 9:30 PM fire fighting equipment
from several local companies as well as patrol cars from the Monroe
and Brown County Sheriff's offices had converged on a fire observation
tower, south of Lake Monroe, to study the terrain for signs of trouble.
At about the same time, the Indiana State Police got to the scene and
they were soon joined by U.S. Forest Service police and Department
of Natural Resources Conservation Police (in talking with Officer
McClain, I pointedly asked him if the FBI or any other government
intelligence agency was present during the incident. He replied that
the FBI was not present and only those agencies mentioned above were
on the scene).

In addition to Jake's account, other people in the Forest quickly
corroborated the crash scenario. Several fishermen around Lake Monroe
and some campers south of the Lake also reported a fireball and
explosive report.

Observations at the fire tower yielded no clues. So, using all the
available witness information as to where the fireball was seen,
Forest Service officials quickly narrowed the possible crash site.
They selected a 3 square mile section of remote forest area near
Browning Ridge Road and Salt Creek. This area is among what is
known as the Charles C. Deam Wilderness, a rugged, desolate tract
that covers over 12,000 acres south of Lake Monroe in Jackson, Brown,
Lawrence and Monroe counties. (In "ALindy's" controversial chat
line dialog, allegations were made that the entire search area had
been closed to the public during the course of the search operations.
I asked Officer McClain about this point. He stated that no portion
of the Forest had been closed or otherwise restricted to the public
during the entire episode. He explained that the particular area
being searched is so desolate and rugged that effectively closing
it would be very difficult, if not impossible).

By 10:30 PM, an Indiana State Police Helicopter equipped with
sensitive infrared viewing gear was carefully scanning the target
area for any trace of crash-related heat or debris (DNR Conservation
Officer, Steve McClain explained to me that the infrared viewers
used were very sensitive. He said that they would detect residual
temperature variations on trees caused by limbs being broken as in
a swath being cut by a crashing plane). On the night of Saturday,
March 30, more than three hours of ground and aerial searching
took place. Nothing was found.

The following day (Sunday, March 31, 1996), the search resumed.
A small plane was used for aerial reconnaissance in addition to
efforts on the ground. Another five hours were devoted to the
cause. In all, more than 8 hours and fifty people were spent
searching. By Sunday afternoon the operations were called off
as absolutely no trace of a plane crash, fires, or any other
disturbance could be found. In fact, the search was aided
significantly by the time of year. Many of the forest trees were
not yet sporting leaves. In the weeks that have followed the
incident there have been no official follow-up searches or
on-site investigations.

Due to a glaring lack of evidence, the possible relationship
(if any) between the reported plane and the fireball/explosion
cannot be resolved. Newspaper articles on this incident have
stated that no local planes were reported missing or overdue.
Officer McClain finds the whole episode to be a bit unusual in
that several unrelated individuals within the forest saw the
"fireball" and heard the explosion yet extensive searching
provided no evidence that a destructive event occurred.

For lack of a better explanation, Forest Service officials
have entertained the theory that the fireball/explosion may
have been the result of someone testing homemade explosives.

The Following information was derived from a conversation that
I had with Fire Chief, Scott Garrett, of the Perry Clear Creek
Fire Company (April 23, 1996). Chief Garrett and his crew were
among the first officials to arrive at the forest to begin
investigating reports that a plane had crashed there. -Michael
A. Frizzell

After receiving a report that a plane had crashed in the Hoosier
National Forest near Lake Monroe, Fire Chief Scott Garrett and
his crew arrived at the wilderness area at about 9:30 PM
(Saturday, March 30, 1996). The fire fighters drove for 20
minutes along undeveloped roads to reach a fire observation
tower several miles into the forest. On reaching the tower,
Chief Garrett discovered that a DNR Conservation Officer was
already there trying to get a fix on anything that might verify
a possible emergency. The observation tower is located across
Lake Monroe, a couple of miles south of Jake Watson's cabin.

Within the tower, Chief Garrett and the conservation officer
carefully surveyed the entire area with binoculars. Garrett reported
that while the sky was somewhat overcast, generally visibility
overlooking the forest was good. Despite their intensive efforts,
they saw no visual indication that anything was amiss in the Hoosier
National Forest on that chilly Saturday night.

Adding some sense of urgency to Jake Watson's report was an
unsubstantiated rumor that a plane was overdue at the municipal
airport in Bloomington. Subsequently, Chief Garrett determined
that the overdue plane report was false after checks
were made with the local airport tower.

Following fire tower observations, ground search operations
commenced. As the evening progressed, Garrett noticed as many
as 15 college students hiking in and around the area asking
questions about the crash. These adventure seekers were apparently
made curious by late-breaking radio and television broadcasts
which announced the suspected crash.

In spite of all endeavors by Chief Garrett and his firefighting
team, no evidence of a downed plane or fires could be found.

The material offered here is not meant to be an exhaustive or
all-inclusive study of the "crash" incident. It is one investigator's
report that is intended to help clear the air on the controversy
and to focus on what was actually sighted, reported, and investigated
in the Hoosier National Forest from the dates of Saturday,
March 30, 1996 through Sunday, March 31, 1996. I must also note
that I have made multiple attempts to contact "ALindy" over
the last three weeks using the email address he provided in the
dialog. All my queries have gone unanswered. I have established
that his email address uses an Indiana webserver. I did not
personally contact the television station he claims to work
for, though I did access their online personnel listing. None
of the individuals included have initials such as "A.L." or "A. Lindy."
Also, during the same time period, I made several attempts
(two through email and one through phone mail) to contact
WRTV-6 Feature Reporter, Marilyn Carter, concerning her
on-the-scene coverage of the incident. I have not heard from her.

To say that any UFO investigator/ researcher would be interested
in being a part of the fabled "crashed disk" scenario is
probably an understatement. I am certainly no exception to
that appealing idea. However, where the Hoosier National
Forest case is concerned, I have found no evidence that indicates
we should assemble private militias and comb the forest for
extraterrestrial debris. The news reports I've read and the
people I've talked to have been forthright and sincere in
their reporting that this was a rather uneventful event. I
did not detect any hint of collusion or dishonesty.

Based on the evidence I've obtained, I feel that the most
intriguing elements of "ALindy's" claims were likely the
products of a fertile imagination. Nonetheless, though there were no alien bodies or "blue teams" dispatched to clean up the mess, there may
still be a mystery in all this.

The fact remains that a small plane was seen dangerously close
to the tree line and that it descended from view. Consequently,
several witnesses reported seeing a "fireball" and hearing
an explosive sound. Unfortunately, no evidence of wreckage,
debris, or residual fires was ever found. If a plane did crash,
where is it? There were no bonifide reports of missing or
overdue planes in the area. One theory is that the plane was
an illicit drug shipment that went wrong. Another, is that the
fireball/explosion was the result of some local people
using the cover of dense wilderness to test homemade
explosives. The fact remains that several unrelated people
in that forest saw something unusual that should have
left physical evidence but for which none has appeared.
Perhaps time will tell...

Michael A. Frizzell, Research Director
The Enigma Project
April 25, 1996

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© 2000 M.A. Frizzell

Rate My Camel Toe

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Ya got a good eye??? Or so you think?

Rate what is here and tell me what you think!

Rate My Camel Toe

(The nerve of some people)

Black Noise: What is it?

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Black noise (contributed by Jeff Mercure, his own definition) whatever
comes out of an active noise control system and cancles an existing noise,
leaving the world world noise free. (The comic book character "Iron Man"
used to have a "black light beam" that could darken a room like this,
and popular SCI-FI has an annoying tendancy to portray active noise
control in this light.)

Black noise (seen in the sales literature for an ultrasonic vermin repeller)
power density is constant for a finite frequency range above 20kHz.
Ultrasonic white noise. This black noise is like the so-called
"black light" with frequencies too high to be preceived as sound,
but still capable of affecting you or your surroundings.

Black noise (Manfred Schroeder, "fractals, chaos, power laws,"
contributed by Mike Arnao) has an f ^ -beta spectrum, with beta > 2, and is characteristic of "natural and unnatural catastrophes like floods,
droughts, bear markets, and various outrageous outages, such as
those of electrical power." further, "Because of their black spectra,
such disasters often come in clusters."


Rocky Mountain Oysters

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Rocky Mountain Oysters

2 pounds bull testicles*
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup kosher salt
8 cups cold water
1 heaping tablespoon white vinegar
Salt and black pepper to taste
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
Garlic powder to taste
1 cup milk
1 cup dry red wine
Louisiana hot sauce to taste
Peanut oil for frying
With a very sharp knife, split the tough skin-like muscle that
surrounds each "oyster." Remove the skin.
In a large bowl or pot, dissolve 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 cup kosher
salt in 8 cups cold of water (water should cover the "oysters);
add the oysters; cover and let set for 1 hour. Drain and rinse
under cool water. Place "oysters" back into the bowl or pot
(which has been rinsed clean) and pour enough milk over them
to cover. Cover the bowl and let set for another hour.
Drain and rinse well under cool water. These two steps help
to draw the blood out. The milk-soak also helps to draw
out the saltiness.
Transfer "oysters" to a large pot. Add the vinegar and enough
cold water to cover "oysters". Bring to a boil. Reduce heat
immediately and simmer for about 6 minutes. Drain again and
plunge the cooked "oysters" into large bowl of ice water.
Let stand until cool.
Slice each "oyster" into 1/4 to 1/3-inch thick ovals. Sprinkle
with salt and pepper on both sides to taste.
Place the milk in a shallow bowl. Mix the wine and hot sauce
to taste in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, combine
the flour, cornmeal and garlic powder to taste in a shallow bowl.
Dredge each "oyster" slice in the flour mixture. Dip into milk,
then into the flour mixture. Dip into the wine mixture quickly.
(Repeat procedure if a thicker crust is desired).
Fry oysters in hot oil until golden on both sides, being
careful not to overcook the "oysters", since the longer
they cook the tougher they become. Serve hot.
Serves 8.

*Also known as calf fries and prairie oysters. Lamb or turkey
testicles may be used also.

Banana Worm Bread

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Banana Worm Bread
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 bananas, mashed
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped nuts
2 eggs
1/4 cup dry-roasted army worms
Mix together all ingredients. Bake in greased loaf pan at 350 for about 1 hour.

Rootworm Beetle Dip

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Rootworm Beetle Dip
2 cup low-fat cottage cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons skim milk
1/2 cup reduced calorie mayonnaise
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon onion, chopped
1 1/2 tsp. dill weed
1 1/2 tsp. Beau Monde
1 cup dry-roasted rootworm beetles
Blend first 3 ingredients. Add remaining ingredients and chill.

Chocolate Cricket Chip Cookies

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Chocolate Cricket Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 12-ounce chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup dry-roasted crickets
Preheat oven to 375. In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture and insects, mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded measuring teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Drunk Driver Urinates in Street

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

A German woman who stopped her car in the street so she could urinate, has had her driving licence confiscated.

The woman's car was spotted by another driver near Lubeck as it repeatedly swerved from its lane.

The man called police and continued to follow the vehicle.

When the woman stopped her car at a set of traffic lights, she got out, and despite being in full public view, urinated in the street.

She was caught by police as she was about to drive away. Tests at a nearby police station showed she had a higher than permitted level of alcohol in her blood.

The woman was released although police await the results of a second test.

Officers will keep her licence for three months by which time the case is expected to reach court.

Student Auctions Virginity

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

His Website is here.

Student auctions virginity

A Bournemouth University student is auctioning his virginity on his personal website and has put a reserve of £6,000 on it.

David Vardy, 19, got the idea from Rosie Reid's sex auction in March and has received scores of emails from women around the world.

David first advertised on eBay, but they pulled the ad after 7,000 hits because of its sexual content. Now he's posted the ad on his own site.

He has already received eight firm offers, with the top bid at £6,114. If his sale is successful he plans to give £1,000 to charity, says The Sun.

David, who lists his interests as entertainment, the media, computers and money, says he is just hoping the winner is attractive.

He said: "I've never had a serious girlfriend and have never had sex. I have been wrapped up in multi-media projects since I was a teenager so I haven't had time. But saying that, I don't want to sound a geek.

"The ideal situation would be if it was a really nice woman. I hope it will be enjoyable."

Woman Starves Dog to Fit in Carryon Bag

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Police in Germany have confiscated a dog after its owner starved it so it could fit in her hand luggage.

A police patrol in Nuremberg noticed the woman, identified only as Gerda M. walking her dog Leonie in the city centre.

The large mixed-breed dog, named Leonie, only weighed 12kg. It should have weighed more than twice that.

The dog was taken to a pet shelter. The owner told Bild: "I have seen many miserable things - but never something this cruel. This dog should be weighing at least 25 kilos," he said.

He said the owner told him she was trying to get the dog down to 5kg in weight so she could take it on a plane as part of her hand luggage.

But Gerda M. claims she hasn't done any wrong. "I always looked after it well", she said.

The dog is now being nursed back to health by staff at the shelter.

It's not reported if the dog's owner will face any charges arising out of the incident.



Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

~1. One of my favorite things to do is to go storm watching.
~2. I discovered the best time to go to the beach is right after a rain storm because the best shells and sea life wash up on the beach.
~3. Gary Brana-Shute is the professor I admired the most during my college career. He was a great man and will be missed, but never, ever forgotten.
~4. The most mysterious gift I ever got was a gourd filled with the soul of a dead fisherman given to me by Gary Brana-Shute.
~5. My favorite author is Stephen King.
~6. NPR is my favorite radii station to listen to due to great programming.
~7. The music I love the most to listen to is Celtic, Jazz and Classical.
~8. I have no idea what "my milkshake is the best in the yard and they'r like it's better than yours" MEANS??!!!???!
~9. I love sushi and when I was pregnant, I had sushi cravings for a week and satisfied them by eating sushi for 4 days in a row for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
~10. I am a cat person! MEOW!
~10. When I am down the things that cheer me up are a good English drama(public television) or watching The Color Purple.

~11. I have only been scuba diving once in the Caribbean and when I did I visited a coral reef 30 feet below the oceans' surface. The beauty was incredible! I want to go again!
~12. My favorite coffee table book is called " American Folk Painters of Three Centuries," by Jean Lipman and Tom Armstrong. It was given to me many years ago for my 26th birthday by a dear friend and lover.
~13. If the day has been bad, the only thing that takes the edge off is a shot of iced ABSOLUT Kurant vodka.
~14. My favorite CD of the moment is Paganini: After A Dream by Regina Carter.
~15. I try to live by the Four Agreements. I discovered them 3 years ago.
~16. Aliens are real and are living among us. I know...I have seen a ship.
~17. I think I am developing "blog addiction".
~18. I love Canada as well as the United States. I call both my home.
~19. My zodiac sign is LEO.
~20. Grief takes my breath away to the places of silence between breaths. I am there now.

~21. My passion is anthropology and I have the dream of floating down the Amazon River in a dugout canoe.
~22. I used to be very shy and introverted.
~23. My Spanish is fair, but I plan to study up to become fluent again.
~24. I was the one who wrote "butterball is a pig" on the blackboard in 6th grade resulting in the whole class getting detention.
~25. I have never felt loved by my mother due to a great divide that has been there since my birth.
~26. Baths are the only true way to wash and I take a tub bath every day!
~27. I spend a lot of money at Bath and Body Works.
~28. I have had an out of body experience and I was worried I would not get back into my body. It was hard to get back in.
~29. I have had a secret lover in the past--for many years.
~30. Out of my siblings, I am not the favorite child. I am clearly the outcast yet have always been the more responsible, more educated, more gainfully employed child of them all.

~31. Coke is my favorite soft drink.
~32. My worst date ever was the guy who went with me to my senior prom.
~33. Diamonds are my favorite gemstone.
~34. They say what comes around, goes around but I want to be there to see it happen to at least get a little satisfaction.
~35. The one who loves me the best is my child.
~36. I spend an hour every Christmas eve just watching the night sky and listening for sleigh bells with my child before packing her off to bed.
~37. Tinkerbell is my favorite Disney character.
~38. Writing is my secret passion and would love that to be my dream job.
~39. I love ice cream and milk products but they do not like me. Soymilk has become my friend.
~40. My goal for 2005 is to learn how to climb the climbing wall.

~41. When I lived in North Carolina my favorite place to go was the Eno River.
~42. Go shopping when all else fails...that is what I do.
~43. I play the violin and have been playing since the 4th grade.
~44. The Matrix is real. Do you think that is air you are breathing? I am trying to unplug.
~45. Shoes make my day. If I have on bad shoes, I will have a bad day.
~46. Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies. Clarice, is that you?
~47. I live for Halloween!
~48. Martha Stewart is my homemaking idol--Still. Will always be.
~49. Survivor is my favorite reality television show.
~50. Did I say I was a cat person? If not, I am a cat person.

~51. The two best performances I have seen in person in recent years has been "Lord of the Dance" and "Yanni." Before that it was "Sting Live."
~52. I went thru the punk rock phase for about 6 months in college and wore nothing but black leather, spikes and purple streaks in my hair.
~53. The book I am reading right now is The Da Vinci Code.
~54. B1 d- t- k- s+ u f+ i o++ x e- l c+ is my blogger code.
~55. The greatest joy in my life is my child.
~56. I want to be a contestant on Survivor.
~57. Last Easter, I ate ostrich eggs and alligator sausages for Easter breakfast.
~58. I am addicted to Starbuck's Java Chip Frappuccino's.
~60. A nice steaming cup of green tea is what I have every morning once I get to the office.

~61. The Four Agreements have made a lasting impression on my life.
~62. I am into Feng Shui..so much so I have a Zen garden at my desk at work.
~63. I love to buy lobster from the grocery store and cook it myself at home. Restaurant lobster is not as good.
~64. Oval diamonds are my favorite diamond shape.
~65. I eat whole garlic cloves and drink lemon water when I have a cold to cure it.
~66. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my weekend favorites to watch on DVD. Savvy?!
~67. I learned to swim in college.
~68. People tend to think I am aloof, but I am just a little shy, and am taking it all in before making any sort of outward demonstrations.
~69. When Miami Vice used to come on in the 1980's I was seriously in love with Don Johnson for many years.
~70. If I am lagging at work in the afternoon, nothing "perks" me up more than 5 chocolate covered expresso beans.

~71. People other than my immediate family(toxic) have treated me the best throughout my life.
~72. I have over 35 pairs of shoes.
~73. I have never been in an adult book store--too embarrassing--someone might see me.
~74. I can sew, cross stitch and paint--generally arts and crafty.
~75. I have never gotten over the crushing news that Santa was really my parents. My mother told me the summer of my 12th birthday. I have never forgiven her.
~76. The summer of my sophomore year in college, I participated in an archeological dig for colonial and Indian artifacts.
~77. The best time I ever had dancing was to Can't Touch This by M.C. Hammer. I had flown to the Bahamas for vacation to Paradise Island . I had on a formal, black strapless dress that had one sleeve. The front of the dress had a train that hung on the right side. I was doing the dance called the Chinese typewriter that MC Hammer used to do. My formal gown split in the back seam all the way to my butt. I had to go change into another formal and then I continued to party on!
~78. Sleeping naked is the most comfortable way for me to sleep.
~79. Gardening is one of my favorite ways to relax.
~80. I have 3 windchimes handing in my garden.

~81. I have a dreadful fear of the praying mantis. I was even attached by one once.
~82. My biggest disappointment came when I was in eighth grade. I was first chair violin and we were having a performance at the local auditorium. My mother refused to come to the performance to see me. That was one of my biggest accomplishments/performances in grade school.
~83. I danced ballet for many years and performed in The Nutcracker in the Teapot Scene for the city ballet company.
~84. I love to juice. I do not have the Jack Lalanne power juicer but mine is just as good!
~85. Fur is something I love. I have 3 stoles, a muskrat jacket, a fox cape and hat and a full length muskrat, mink and fox coat.
~86. I believe that angels have saved my life three times.
~87. Tae-Bo is my favorite exercise of the moment. I have every tape there is to have by Billy Blanks.
~89. I have met two celebrities in my lifetime: Dom DeLuise and Wally Kurth who plays Ned Ashton on General Hospital. I even have their autographs!
~90. My favorite fragrances are: Pleasures, Knowing, Picasso, Laila and White Witch.

~91. I own over 20 handbags with 5 of them being my favorite brand--Oroton.
~92. Peonies are my favorite flower.
~93. Oreo cookies are my favorite kind of cookie!
~94. The first alcoholic drink I ever had was the Sloe Gin Fizz.
~95. I truly believe that Howard Stern is the King of all Media! I do listen to him from time to time. He is good!
~96. My favorite place to go for touring in Canada is Goat Island and the Cave of the Winds Hurricane Deck.
~97. I have a tattoo of a rose on my left shoulder blade.
~98. My Sunday mornings are reserved for leisurely breakfasts, several cups of coffee and A Prairie Home Companion on NPR.
~99. Star Trek forever made me a lover of all things sci-fi!
~100. Most of the time I feel that I am on the cusp of greatness...that just around the next corner, the next hour, the next minute something is going to happen. I am in a constant state of anticipation.


Are you a Squirrel, Gopher or Vulture??

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.
RICHMOND, Va (Wireless Flash) -- Here's something to chew on: Most Americans either snack like squirrels, vultures or gophers.

According to a new study conducted by the American Association of Working People, 89 percent of working men and women snack during their shift, and most chew in three different styles.

Thirty-six percent are "Squirrels" who stash away snacks to last throughout the day and 25 percent are "Gophers" who run to the snack machine for themselves and others.

Finally, 11 percent are "Vultures" who grab leftover snacks lying around the office.

By the way, the time for a snack break often depends on your gender. Men prefer to snack around mid-morning while women like to chow down in the afternoon.

Mars Approach Will Spawn Record Number Of Alien Hybrid Babies

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LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash) -- Mars is closer to the Earth than it has been in 60,000 years -- in more ways than one.
According to alien expert Andy Reiss, the Mars approach is going to lead to a record baby boom of half-Martian, half-human offspring.

Reiss claims the number of so-called "hybrid babies" always increases when Mars passes close by the Earth and predicts this time around, 5 to 7 percent of all births on Earth will be E.T. hybrids.

But don't go looking for little green men in your bedrooms, ladies. Reiss says although Martians are really attracted to Earth girls, they often impregnate them telepathically using their minds, not their bodies.

It's certainly not the same as procreation between humans, but Reiss says most hybrids are the result of this sort of "spiritual impregnation."

He says women may find themselves with a Martian bun in the oven after having vivid dreams of sex with an alien.

El Paso-America's Sweatiest City

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Consumer products maker Procter & Gamble Co. has learned the hard way how to alienate a city -- dub it the sweatiest in the country.

Residents of El Paso, Texas, including the city's mayor, said a new study by P&G product Old Spice deodorant calling it the sweatiest U.S. city is all wet. The annual study published Tuesday said the average El Paso resident produced more than 36 fluid ounces of sweat per hour on a typical summer day. But Friday P&G said the study had been wrong in saying the city's average humidity was 70 percent, and that instead it was a much drier 36 percent.

"One can only hope P&G uses more care with figures when coming up with formulas for its products," the El Paso Times said in an editorial Friday.

"We enjoy over 300 sunny days a year with a very dry, temperate climate," said El Paso Mayor Joe Wardy, who is donating to charity what P&G said it is giving him for his city's dubious honor -- a year's supply of antiperspirant. "We were recently ranked as one of the seven best cities to retire in. Every one here knows that this publicity stunt is not based on good science."

P&G spokesman Brent Miller said accurate data were used to get the sweat rankings and El Paso was still tops.

"El Paso is a great city and we're not detracting from that," Miller said. "Sweating is something that people do to stay cool."

Mother uses trident in ritual killing

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From AFP
June 10, 2004
AN Indian villager speared her nine-year-old son to death with a trident in a suspected black magic ritual seeking to ease her impoverished family's troubles, police said Wednesday.

Bidyulata Swain, 40, repeatedly stabbed her son Satyanarayan when her husband and elder son were away from home Tuesday in Jarakapada in the eastern state of Orissa, police said.

"It looks like a case of mistaken belief in black magic, that she believed the death of her son might change a bad patch for the family," said D.K. Das, a police official in the town 230km north of Orissa's capital Bhubaneswar.

He said Swain's husband was in poor health and in financial ruin after he had closed his small construction workshop.

Swain killed her child with a trident known as a trishul, the weapon of the Hindu god of destruction Shiva.

Human sacrifices are reported periodically in rural India where many people put faith in the occult.

Trucker Attacked by Bees!

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BOZEMAN, Montana: About 9 million angry bees were released yesterday when a semi-trailer carring hundreds of hives overturned on a US highway.

The bees buzzed furiously as driver Lane Miller, his arm cut to the bone, struggled to flee his rig after it crashed in Bear Trap Canyon, west of Bozeman, Montana.

The truck slid across the highway before coming to a stop between guardrails.

"I had to kick the windshield out of the front of the cab and the bees were on me from that moment," Mr Miller, 41, said. "I've never felt so much fear in my life."

Mr Miller was eventually picked up by a passing motorist, who took him to hospital where he underwent surgery on his arm and treatment for multiple bee stings.

House-sized' meteorite hits Australia

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House-sized' meteorite hits Australia

From news.com.au staff and AAP
June 17, 2004
A METEORITE reportedly the size of a house fell on the NSW south coast overnight, exploding in a bright flash, police have said.

A driver on the Hume Highway shortly after 9pm (AEST) near Menangle reported an object the size of a house falling from the sky.

The object fell east of the Hume Highway, possibly in an escarpment near the top of a hill at Bulli, police were told.

The meteorite was described as glowing silver in colour and similar to an artillery shell when it exploded with a bright flash on impact.

Workers at the Sydney Airport Tower said they saw a meteorite about 9pm, police said.

No other reports were received by police and extensive police patrols of the area for more than an hour did not turn up the space debris.

"We went out to check if it was something bad, like a plane," said a police spokesman.

"However we didn't find anything - there was no bloody great rock sitting in the middle of the highway, anyway".

Police intend on talking to the original witness again later today in an effort to pinpoint the impact site, but admit that unless someone literally stumbles over the meteorite, the chances of finding it are slim.


Maggots ARE TOO Edible!

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A shopper who complained to a supermarket after finding maggots in her tinned tomatoes was told the grubs are eaten in some countries.
Angela Farr, from Crewe, was having her lunch when she sliced into a tomato to find the maggots.

The 38-year-old said she instantly felt sick and that she suffered from an upset stomach for five days.

When she complained to Morrisons, where she had bought the 11p can of tomatoes, Mrs Farr received a letter from the company's loss adjustors telling her maggots are edible.

'Not poisonous'

The letter read: "We do not believe that any ingestion of the maggots would cause food poisoning and certainly not for five days.

"We do not believe the maggots would have been poisonous and they are indeed eaten in some countries.

"Your illness could have been caused by other sources, such as an airborne virus."
£10 voucher

Mrs Farr had returned the tin to the store where she was refunded the price of the tomatoes and offered a £10 voucher.

A spokesman for Morrisons said: "We are extremely disappointed in the way this complaint was handled by our loss adjustors and we will be contacting Mrs Farr to make amends.

"Again, we would like to apologise to the customer."

I found this in a recipe on the web for boiled maggots!

"All I ever do is boil them, thoroughly. Sometimes I get a little white foam on the top of the boiling water, This stuff has an interesting odor. If you want to taste it, it's good to have a cold. Either way, the flavor of the foam isn't bad though I prefer to skim it off. The dogs love it! Usually the maggots I collect are from range cattle who've died over the winter. In addition to the maggots I often find the carcass's contain good material for other uses...

Alligator Bites Boy's Head, Drags Him Underwater

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DELTONA, Fla. -- A 12-year-old boy fought off a 7-foot alligator that clamped down on his head and dragged him underwater, according to Local 6 News.

Malcolm Locke was swimming in Lake Diana Wednesday when he noticed an alligator swimming toward him.

The boy tried to swim back to shore but the alligator attacked his head and pulled him underwater, said Joy Hill, a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Locke said the alligator clamped down and wrapped its tail around the boy's stomach before pulling him down.

"I thought I was going to get swallowed up," Locke told Local 6 News.
Locke fought the alligator off by
punching it and swam to shore.

A neighbor drove the boy to Florida Hospital in Orange City where he was being treated for cuts and lacerations. The alligator bit off a chunk of his ear but Locke's injuries were not life-threatening.

A trapper was sent to the lake to remove the alligator.

The best thing to do during an alligator attack is struggle, make noise and create confusion, Hill said.

"Malcolm did the right thing," Hill said. "He fought the alligator and it let him go."

Woman Bites Snake’s Head Off

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A Florida woman’s been arrested for allegedly biting the head off a friend’s pet python. Wheelchair-user Cynthia Christensen, of Spring Hill, was with a group of friends when the incident happened.

The 46-year-old asked her friend if she could hold the python, and then told the group she was going to bite its head off.

When the snake’s owner turned around moments later, she saw the reptile dangling from Christensen’s hand with its head missing, reports the St. Petersburg Times.

While she didn’t see the incident, her boyfriend who was watching from a nearby house, told police he saw Christensen bite the snake. She told officers the snake had bitten her but then changed her story to say a dog had attacked it.

Christensen has been charged with cruelty to animals. If convicted she faces being fined and jailed for as long as five years.

Cook Spices Up Sandwiches with Semen

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A former cook at an Illinois restaurant has been ordered to stand trial after putting his semen in sandwiches.

Police said that Anthony J. Lindhorst, of Waterloo, Illinois, deliberately contaminated food on at least two occasions by putting his semen into honey-mustard dressing.

A police spokeswoman said 26-year-old Lindhorst targeted "people that he didn't like, for one reason or another."

He's been charged with aggravated battery and will stand trial on four counts, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

One of the victims was a woman in her early 40s. The other was a male police officer who had issued a traffic ticket to Lindhorst.

Police said Lindhorst had worked at the restaurant for about a year until he was sacked in April for bringing brownies to work that he had baked with marijuana.

Lindhorst served the brownies to two co-workers and that two of the aggravated battery charges stem from that incident.

Mouse Chewing Contest

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Pub 'sorry' for mouse-chewing contest

A Brisbane pub has apologised for staging a mice-chewing contest.

The Exchange Hotel staged the contest in which live mice were chewed up and spat out by contestants to try to win a holiday.

The owners of the pub said they were unaware of the "appalling incident", reports the Herald Sun.

The incident outraged the RSPCA which wants to prosecute the two men involved for animal cruelty.

RSPCA chief inspector Byron Hall said those involved faced fines of up to $75,000 and two years in prison.

The Exchange Hotel issued a statement condemning the incident and promising an end to Jackass-style competitions.

"We are embarrassed this incident occurred at our hotel," said the hotel's senior manager Scott Agnew.

"The offensive part of the promotion was conducted without the knowledge of our senior management and after this incident was brought to our attention we immediately made changes to stop such unacceptable behaviour."

Eating Boogers: It's what's for dinner!

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Top doc backs picking your nose and eating it.

Picking your nose and eating it is one of the best ways to stay healthy, according to a top Austrian doctor.

Innsbruck-based lung specialist Prof Dr Friedrich Bischinger said people who pick their noses with their fingers were healthy, happier and probably better in tune with their bodies.

He says society should adopt a new approach to nose-picking and encourage children to take it up.

Dr Bischinger said: "With the finger you can get to places you just can't reach with a handkerchief, keeping your nose far cleaner.

"And eating the dry remains of what you pull out is a great way of strengthening the body's immune system.

"Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do. In terms of the immune system the nose is a filter in which a great deal of bacteria are collected, and when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.

"Modern medicine is constantly trying to do the same thing through far more complicated methods, people who pick their nose and eat it get a natural boost to their immune system for free."

He pointed out that children happily pick their noses, yet by the time they have become adults they have stopped under pressure from a society that has branded it disgusting and anti social.

He said: "I would recommend a new approach where children are encouraged to pick their nose. It is a completely natural response and medically a good idea as well."

And he pointed out that if anyone was really worried about what their neighbour was thinking, they could still enjoy picking their nose in private if they still wanted to get the benefits it offered.

Shower Shock Caffeinated Soap

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Shower Shock Caffeinated Soap

Tired of waking up and having to wait for your morning java to brew? Are you one of those groggy early morning types that just needs that extra kick? Know any programmers who don't regularly bathe and need some special motivation? Introducing Shower Shock, the original and world's first caffeinated soap from ThinkGeek. When you think about it, ShowerShock is the ultimate clean buzz ;)

Shower Shock is an all vegetable based glycerine soap which does *not* contain any harsh ingredients like ethanol, diethanolamine, polyethylene glycol or cocyl isethionate. So it's a gently invigorating soap ;) Scented with peppermint oil and infused with caffeine anhydrous, each bar of Shower shock contains approximately 12 servings/showers per 4 ounce bar with 200 milligrams of caffeine per serving. No, we're not kidding and no you don't eat it. The caffeine is absorbed through the skin...


Top 5 Wierd Sex Laws

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In Connorsville, Wisconsin no man shall shoot off a gun while his female partner is having a sexual orgasm.

A law in Fairbanks, Alaska does not allow moose to have sex on the city streets.

An ordinance in Newcastle, Wyoming, specifically bans couples from having sex while standing inside a meat freezer.

The only acceptable position in Washington D.C. is the missionary style position. Any other one is illegal.

In the state of Washington there is a law against having sex with a virgin under any circumstances. (Including the wedding night)

Chocolate Cigarettes

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BAT tests chocolate cigarettes
From correspondents in London

TOBACCO giant British American Tobacco (BAT) has been testing cigarettes flavoured with substances such as chocolate and wine, a report said today.

The experiments - reported by the Independent newspaper, in turn citing specialist journal Food and Chemical Toxicology - were condemned by anti-smoking campaigners as an apparent attempt to make tobacco more appealing to young people.
Among the flavourings tested by BAT, whose brands include Kent, Dunhill, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall, were chocolate, wine, sherry, cherry juice and vanilla, the newspaper said.

British anti-tobacco lobby Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) reacted with fury, labelling the tests "appalling".

"These are just the sort of ingredients that could make cigarettes more attractive to children. Why would they want to test these sort of additives?" ASH director Deborah Arnold told the paper.

In the trials, 482 different flavours were tested on laboratory rats in Canada - tobacco tests on live animals are banned in Britain - to see if the additives had any different impact on health than ordinary cigarettes.

A BAT spokesman told the Independent that tiny quantities of some flavourings such as cocoa butter were already used in certain brands.

These had been included for years but the amounts were so small that smokers could not detect them, he said, dismissing the notion that the company aimed to attract children with new flavourings.

"Anybody who might attempt to claim that they are added to appeal to youth are barking mad because cigarettes taste like cigarettes," he said.

Satanic Ritual Blamed for Death of Italian Teens

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Satanic Ritual Blamed for Death of Italian Teens
By Rachel Sanderson

ROME (Reuters) - An Italian magistrate warned against the growing lure of Antichrist cults in Catholic Italy Monday after the discovery of the bodies of two teenagers killed in a satanic sacrifice.

Police announced at the weekend they had uncovered the bodies of 19-year-old Chiara Marino and 16-year-old Fabio Tollis, last seen in January 1998 leaving a pizzeria with other members of their heavy metal rock band "Beasts of Satan."

As forensic experts searched the two meter (six foot six inches) deep grave in a wood in northern Italy, police said they had arrested four of the band members for murdering the pair for a human sacrifice.

"It is a crime with a level of cruelty and savagery, with an intent to cause extreme pain through ritual activity, that I have never seen before in my career," chief investigating magistrate Antonio Pizzi told Reuters.

"There was a very specific ritual with very specific rites and at the end of that Chiara and Fabio were killed."

Italian media said witness statements showed Marino and Tollis died during a cocaine-fueled ritual where Marino, a petite brunette, was killed under a full moon by knife plunged into her heart.

Tollis, the lead singer of the band, was killed with a hammer blow to the head when he realized the other band members were going ahead with Marino's murder and tried to stop it.


The deaths have horrified Catholic Italy, home of Vatican City, with pages of newspapers given over to descriptions of the black candles and goats' skulls decorating Marino's bedroom and witness statements of sexual violence.

What has fueled the fear are suggestions the double sacrifice near the town of Busto Arsizio may not be isolated.

"Four people have been arrested for the murder of the two teenagers, but the investigations are ongoing. We are looking at other levels of involvement," Pizzi said.

One of those arrested in the double murder is already in prison for the murder of a former girlfriend.

As many as 5,000 people are thought to be members of satanic cults in Italy with 17- to 25-year-olds making up three quarters of them, officials say.

"The phenomenon always existed in Catholic countries where the figure of Satan is prominent in teachings as the alter-ego of Christ," La Sapienza University professor Maria Matioti said.

"What has changed is the age of those involved, who are younger," she said.

She said satanic cults tended to be found in northern Italy, where traditional family communities had been split up due to migration to find work, leaving some people demoralized and isolated. "In the south, people are more open," she said.

Pizzi said investigators were looking into the possibility the "Beasts of Satan" band members were instructed by Satanists in their late 20s or early 30s. He said police were also reviewing two suspicious suicides in the area.

"I am convinced there are others involved in this," Michele Tollis, father of Fabio told RAI state television.

Cheesy artist installs bed of ham

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Cosimo Cavallaro regards his finished work of art, a bed with more than 300 pounds of sliced ham, at a gallery in New York. (AP /Tina Fineberg)
NEW YORK (AP) - An artist best known for decorative cheese has broadened his palette - or palate - to ham.

Cosimo Cavallaro, who once repainted a New York hotel room in melted mozzarella, has covered a bed in processed ham. "I feel like I am back in my mother's deli," the Montreal-raised artist said Thursday.

His installation in a street-level gallery space of the Roger Smith Hotel in midtown Manhattan involved slicing 140 kilograms of ham and tossing the meat atop a four-poster bed. The installation, which took 3 1/2 hours, will be kept in the air-conditioned room for two days.

At noon, Cavallaro, a burly man with long unkempt hair and a beard, was busy working a chrome meat slicer, similar to one he had used as a youth working summers in his mother's delicatessen.

Outside, pedestrians stopped to peer in through the glass. Some called the project a waste of food, but nearby delis were said to be picking up business because the mounds of meat seemed to trigger appetites.

Cavallaro, 41, the son of immigrants from southern Italy, grew up in Montreal and now lives in Brooklyn.

He asked his mother, who still lives in Montreal, not to attend the installation. "She would want to get in on the act," he said.

Gallery director Matthew Semler said he booked the exhibit for the fun of it. "This isn't work, it's play. That's what Cos does," he said, referring to the artist.

Cavallaro says his cheese period ended two years ago.


J.Lo Reportedly Weds Singer Marc Anthony

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - Jennifer Lopez reportedly married Marc Anthony in a small ceremony at her home, less than six months after she ended her high-profile engagement to Ben Affleck.

Both Us Weekly and People magazines reported Saturday's nuptials. Lopez's spokesman Rob Shuter told The Associated Press on Sunday that he had no immediate comment, and neither magazine published comment from either Shuter or a representative for Anthony.

For Lopez, 34, the marriage would mark her third - the first was to waiter Ojani Noa in 1997, the second to dancer Cris Judd in 2001. Noa lasted a little more than a year; Judd for nine months.

Anthony, the Latin singing sensation, just divorced former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres last week in the Dominican Republic. The pair, wed in 2000, have two young sons, and he has a daughter from a previous relationship.

Lopez - the singer-actress-fashonista more famously known as J.Lo - has kept her romance with Anthony, 34, decidedly more low-key than her engagement to Ben Affleck, which was a magnet for tabloid attention. The 18-month "Bennifer" romance featured a near-wedding, but it was scuttled at the last minute with the couple blaming excessive media attention.

Lopez also famously dated Sean "P. Diddy" Combs - back when he was still "Puffy" - for two years before the couple broke up in February 2001.

It was unclear when Anthony and Lopez were engaged. The two first dated in 1999 and had been seen together since Lopez's split from Affleck. Lopez had reportedly been wearing a dazzling new diamond engagement ring for several weeks.

White tents and an altar were set up outside Lopez's house on Saturday, with folding chairs on both sides of an aisle, Us reported. The two were married shortly after 6 p.m. before about 40 guests, Us reported. Lopez reportedly wore Neil Lane jewelry and a dress with a veil. Lopez's mother, Guadalupe, arrived at the event in a limousine with Anthony, "Entertainment Tonight" reported.

Anthony and Lopez were both born in New York.

Us reported that Saturday's wedding was coordinated by Sharon Sachs, who also planned Lopez's wedding to Judd and the canceled wedding to Affleck in Santa Barbara.

Lopez was on screen most recently as Affleck's wife in "Jersey Girl." She dies minutes into the film.

Anthony, a salsa superstar who has also had crossover success, is releasing a Spanish album, "Amar Sin Mentiras," on Tuesday. He has also dabbled in acting, and appeared in the recent Denzel Washington film "Man on Fire."

Soul of a Dead Fisherman

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Senior year of college-1978

That year there were 4 anthropology students that took an independent study class and we did very well. To celebrate our success and graduations our anthropology professor invited us to his home for dinner. We had a feast with him and his wife. The best part of the night was at end when we all got a surprise from our professor. He had a gift for each of us. Not just any gift but an anthropological gift. A gift from his travels and studies down in Suriname. In this past post, Floating Down the Amazon in a Dugout Canoe, I mentioned some general detail about the indigenous people he studied.

The population he studied believed in animism. A little bit about is listed below. I do not recall what anyone else got but I could never forget mine.
Basic Beliefs of Animism
In anthropology, animism can be considered to be the original human religion, being defined simply as belief in the existence of spiritual beings. It dates back to the earliest humans and continues to exist today, making it the oldest form of religious belief on Earth. It is characteristic of aboriginal and native cultures, yet it can be practiced by anyone who believes in spirituality but does not proscribe to any specific organized religion. The basis for animism is acknowledgment that there is a spiritual realm which humans share the universe with. The concepts that humans possess souls and that souls have life apart from human bodies before and after death are central to animism, along with the ideas that animals, plants, and celestial bodies have spirits.

Animistic gods often are immortalized by mythology explaining the creation of fire, wind, water, man, animals, and other natural earthly things. Although specific beliefs of animism vary widely, similarities between the characteristics of gods and goddesses and rituals practiced by animistic societies exist. The presence of holy men or women, visions, trancing, dancing, sacred items, and sacred spaces for worship, and the connection felt to the spirits of ancestors are characteristic of animistic societies.

I got a hand carved gourd. Not just any gourd but a gourd that contained the soul of a dead fisherman. That night he told all of us the story of the gourd. This is what he said.

He had been living with a family in Suriname and became a member of the family chewing and spitting betel with the best of them. One of the family who was a fisherman died. Because of the animism exorcisms were held whenever someone died to capture their soul.

On a side note he had brought in a tape of a possession into class for our Magic, Ritualism and Symbolism class a year earlier and played it. It was the most awful thing you would ever want to hear as it was real. Linda Blair does not even compare. He said that the shaman held a small bowl of water in his outstretched hand for as long as he could. All the time he was chanting and praying. The soul of the deceased family member would be captured when one drop of the water in the bowl spilled over the side. After 15 minutes of listening to demonic sounds there was a loud yell and silence. Gary told us that the drop of water had spilled over the side and the soul had been captured. He told us the soul was placed in a gourd for safe keeping in the home. That was a year before the dinner. Who knew or even remembered that? Not me. Until I was reminded that night.

Gary was on his way back to America when this family member died and since he had become like a brother to this man, the family presented the gourd to him for safekeeping since he was leaving and may not be back. He accepted his friends soul and kept that gourd for about 15 years. Now he was presenting it to me. I was speechless. After my "thing that was darker than dark" scare, I did not need the soul of a dead fisherman to stay with me forever.

He said that he could not ever get rid of the gourd unless he was able to present it to someone else who would understand the meaning and take care of it. I was honored and just a little leary. I accepted the soul. I still have the soul. I take good care of that soul. The gourd itself has been designed so that the top of the gourd acts as a lid attached with some sort of native twine. Throughout the years whenever I have had to move, the gourd was the first thing packed and traveled with me in the car. It has a permanent location of the highest bookshelf away from the cat. I have never even thought about throwing it away for fear of some strange thing happening with soul.

I have told others about this story and offered them the soul. Noone wants it. They are all fearful. My mother says I need to take it to our minister and let him say a few words over it and then quietly bury it in a cemetery. I do not know it that is the right thing to do either. Only one person has been interested in it and it was a former co-worker who was a wiccan. I had no idea she was a wiccan until I told that story. She said she needed that gourd. I refused to bring it to her. Who knows what would have happened to the soul or to me. Come on, noone needs a soul.

Thoughout the years strange things have happened with the gourd. As I said earlier, it has a permanent home on a shelf and is never touched. Sometimes when I come home the lid of the gourd is off. I put it back on. Some months later the lid will be off again. I put it back on. Finally, I took 2 very small pieces of scotch tape and taped each side closed. The lid has not been off since. During the years when the lid was coming off on its own I lived alone so there was no way anyone else could have removed the lid. It was very creepy! I live with the soul of a dead fisherman. I do not think I will be able to find anyone else to pass it on to.

Anyone interested in a gourd containing the soul of a dead fisherman?


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Odd Books

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Just a few odd books to read over the summer! Also a little about Jeff Noon, author of most of the books below.

Jeff Noon
Jeff Noon was born in 1957 in Droylsden, a small town near Manchester, England. Prior to the publication of his debut novel in 1993, Noon had worked as a playwright, bookseller, and performer – both as a musician in punk bands and staging his own one-man shows. His current output, which encompasses novels, novellas and collections of short fiction, is characterized by emotional intensity and linguistic innovation.
Noon’s versatile prose is marked by musicality. He has a fine ear for natural speech, and uses a lot of dialogue in all of his works. Music, on the other hand, is not only ever-present in the stories themselves, but also suggests new ways of storytelling. The rhythms created by sound and silence, be it in the space of a single paragraph or that of an entire work, punctuate the narrative.
Often, Noon centers his novels around a single object. This object, be it a feather or a grain of pollen, is subjected to incessant repetition and extrapolation, until it becomes linked with nearly everything within a given work. When one takes into account Noon’s rich use of allusion (both to his own works as well as those of Lewis Carroll and Jorge Luis Borges), it is not surprising to find that he has managed to create a network of powerful visual motifs. It might not be going too far to claim that something akin to a private vocabulary has begun to emerge; a chamber of echoes where everyday words embrace new layers of meaning and association.

Stopping Alien Abduction

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Some general things I read were to:

*Leave bright light on.
*Use a warning buzzer that will alarm you if the power goes off.
*If you have floor fans turn them all on with air-stream directed away from you.
*Spread salt all around your bed.
*Sleep with iron bars nearby or preferably, next to you.
*Pray and sleep with religious book, picture, etc around you.
*Visualize white light surrounding adn protecting you.

You can always buy an abduction insurance policy! I think it is $19.95.

And of course take all of this with a grain of salt and use at your own risk!


Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

There are many voices in the angelic spirit world. We need to be able to discern whether the voice comes from our personal angel or from a fallen angel or destructive spirit.
Where there is a force for the good and the light there is always an opposite force of darkness close at hand. This darker force often manifests as disquiet, anxiety and depression. We can be healed by making contact with our personal angel and by developing the knowledge that it is truly our personal angel.

Angel Links:

Sylvia Browne

Angels Good and Bad

ParaWeb Online Psychics

Very Virtual Voodoo

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Need to take care of business? Try Very Virtual Voodoo

Use at your own risk. I know nothing about voodoo but apparently rumor has it that whatever you do to others comes back to you 2 or 3 times the power.



Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Carl Hulsey was determined to turn his white billy goat, Snowball, into a watchdog, whether Snowball wanted to be one or not. To that end, 77-year-old Hulsey, a retired poultry worker from Canton, Georgia, took to beating Snowball with a stick to make him more aggressive. "Pa, this goat's going to kill you if you keep that up," Alma Hulsey warned her husband. She was right.

On 16 May 1991, Hulsey once again approached the goat, brandishing a stick. This time Snowball landed the first blow. The 110-pound goat attacked his tormentor, butting Hulsey in the stomach, twice knocking him down. Hulsey scrambled onto the porch in an effort to get away. The goat bounded up the steps after him. While Alma Hulsey watched, Snowball rammed his master over the edge. Hulsey fell to the ground five feet below and died where he landed. "Blunt trauma to the abdominal cavity," said the coroner. Snowball had ruptured Hulsey's stomach.

As a dangerous animal who might harm another, by rights Snowball should have been put down. Once the goat's story was known, however, the officials who were to decide Snowball's fate were inundated with pleas to spare the creature. More than 500 protesters from around the nation called Cherokee County animal control after it was announced Snowball might be put to death. Many offered to adopt Snowball.

Some even made death threats. "What happens to the goat happens to you," one caller reportedly warned. There was also talk of a bomb being planted if the goat didn't walk.

Snowball got his reprieve. He was turned over to Noah's Ark, a private animal shelter for neglected and abused animals in Locust Grove, a little town south of Atlanta. Four hours after his arrival, he was laid on a kitchen table and neutered, an operation intended to make him less aggressive. He was also rechristened "Snow".

Why this furor over a goat and the seeming lack of concern for the man whose life it had ended? In the small community Hulsey had been part of, he was well and truly mourned. Yet outside that pocket of acquaintance, sentiment ran the other way -- many animal lovers saw a certain divine justice in his fate. He'd brought harm to an animal, and the animal had struck back.

As Tom Teepen, editor of the editorial pages of The Atlanta Constitution, noted:

We are keener to understand and spare an abused goat than an abused human. Indeed, when a human kills, we sneer at his defense as a dodge -- 'Yeah, yeah sure, his mother didn't love him' - yet we are sentimental about killer goats. We are a very strange animal.

Man Decapitated While Fleeing Police

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 16 February 2003
A narcotics traffic stop on the Downtown Connector turned deadly Saturday afternoon when a man climbed over the interstate railing, fell about 35 feet and was decapitated on a wrought-iron fence, Atlanta police said.

Officers in a marked car stopped the man about 4:30 p.m., as he drove south on the interstate above Auburn Avenue. The man, who has not been identified, stopped his vehicle and tried to flee by climbing over the railing, Lt. Danny Agan said.

Police still are investigating whether the man jumped or fell off the raised interstate.

"This is a new one for me in 29 years," Agan said.

The decapitation shocked people who work in the neighborhood. Gary White, an income tax preparer, came out of his office when he heard the commotion. "It's surreal," White said.

Agan said narcotics officers had been trailing the man for much of the day.

Agan did not know if the officers who tried to arrest the man would be placed on administrative leave. "This is not something normally covered under the [standard operating procedure] of the department," he said.

Mike The Headless Chicken

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

September 10th, 1945 finds a strapping (but tender) five and a half month old Wyandotte rooster pecking through the dust of Fruita, Colorado. The unsuspecting bird had never looked so delicious as he did that, now famous, day. Clara Olsen was planning on featuring the plump chicken in the evening meal. Husband Lloyd Olsen was sent out, on a very routine mission, to prepare the designated fryer for the pan. Nothing about this task turned out to be routine.Lloyd knew his Mother in Law would be dining with them and would savor the neck. He positioned his ax precisely, estimating just the right tolerances, to leave a generous neck bone. "It was as important to Suck-Up to your Mother in Law in the 40's as it is today." A skillful blow was executed and the chicken staggered around like most freshly terminated poultry.

When Olsen found Mike the next morning, sleeping with his "head" under his wing, he decided that if Mike had that much will to live, he would figure out a way to feed and water him. With an eyedropper Mike was given grain and water. It was becoming obvious that Mike was special. A week into Mike's new life Olsen packed him up and took him 250 miles to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The skeptical scientists were eager to answer all the questions regarding Mike's amazing ability to survive with no head. It was determined that ax blade had missed the jugular vein and a clot had prevented Mike from bleeding to death. Although most of his head was in a jar, most of his brain stem and one ear was left on his body. Since most of a chicken's reflex actions are controlled by the brain stem Mike was able to remain quite healthy.

In the 18 months that Mike lived as "The Headless Wonder Chicken" he grew from a mere 2 1/2 lbs. to nearly 8 lbs. In a Gayle Meyer interview Olsen said Mike was a "robust chicken - a fine specimen of a chicken except for not having a head." Some longtime Fruita residents, gathered at the Monument Cafe for coffee, also remember Mike - "he was a big fat chicken who didn't know he didn't have a head" - "he seemed as happy as any other chicken." Mike's excellent state of health made it difficult for animal-rights activists to garner much of a following. Even now the town of Fruita celebrates Mike's impressive will to live, not the nature of his handicap. Miracle Mike took on a manager, and with the Olsens in tow, set out on a national tour. Curious sideshow patrons in New York, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and San Diego lined up to pay 25 cents to see Mike. The "Wonder Chicken" was valued at $10,000.00 and insured for the same. His fame and fortune would earn him recognition in Life and Time Magazines. It goes without saying there was a Guinness World Record in all this. While returning from one of these road trips the Olsens stopped at a motel in the Arizona desert. In the middle of the night Mike began to choke. Unable to find the eyedropper used to clear Mike's open esophagus Miracle Mike passed on.


Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Ska von Schöning, is an amazing woman who has created many of the best contortion acts in modern history. She does it all ... including training, choreographing, managing, and directing. She has taken a very active role in the community of contortion enthusiasts who use the Internet. She has also organized the most impressive events in history to showcase contortion talent ... the ICC 1998 and the ICC 2000. We here at the CHP are anxiously awaiting the upcoming ICC 2003. We are sure that it will be an event to remember. And, last but not least, Ska has also organized a scholarship program to help contortionists from countries with poor economies. The above photo of Albana shows the first recipient of the scholarship. Enough can not be said about Ska's contribution to the betterment of contortion. She is bringing the beauty and artistry of contortion to people from all over the world.

Eye Ball Piercing

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Body piercing and tattoos make way. The latest fashion trend to hit the Netherlands is eyeball jewelry.

Dutch eye surgeons have implanted tiny pieces of jewelry called “JewelEye” in the mucous membrane of the eyes of six women and one man in cosmetic surgery pioneered by an ophthalmic surgery research and development institute in Rotterdam.

The procedure involves inserting a 0.13 inch wide piece of specially developed jewelry -- the range includes a glittering half-moon or heart -- into the eye’s mucous membrane under local anaesthetic at a cost of $610 to $1,232.

“In my view it is a little more subtle than (body) piercing. It is a bit of a fun thing and a very personal thing for people,” said Gerrit Melles, director of the Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery.

The piece of jewelry is inserted in the conjunctiva -- the mucous membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelids and front of the eyeball -- in sterile conditions using an operating microscope in a procedure taking about 15 minutes.

“Without doing any harm to the eye we can implant a jewel in the conjunctiva,” Melles said. “So far we have not seen any side effects or complications and we don’t expect any in the future.”

The Rotterdam-based institute, which develops new ocular surgical techniques in corneal, cataract and retinal surgery, developed and patented the jewelry made with special materials and the surgical procedure.

The institute, which carries out the procedure in cooperation with an eye clinic near the city of Utrecht, said it has a waiting list for people who wanted the implant.

Man Commits Suicide After Sex with Hen

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Fri May 28, 2004 10:50 AM ET

LUSAKA (Reuters) - A 50-year-old Zambian man has hanged himself after his wife found him having sex with a hen, police said Friday.
The woman caught him in the act when she rushed into their house to investigate a noise.

"He attempted to kill her but she managed to escape," a police spokesman said.

The man from the town of Chongwe, about 50 km (30 miles) east of Lusaka, killed himself after being admonished by other villagers.

The hen was slaughtered after the incident.

Teacher Blinds Pupils with Anti-Lice Shampoo

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

Jun 2, 11:04 am ET

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - A Peruvian school teacher blinded four of her pupils and left 20 suffering from severe eye irritation after she used a traditional hair shampoo to wash away hair lice, parents of the children and medical staff said Tuesday.
The state school teacher used a mixture of alcohol and seeds from the cherimoya fruit on the children, aged between 4 and 5 years old, Monday to rid a local bout of hair lice in the remote coastal town of Paijan, 355 miles north of Lima.

The mixture had run down into the children's eyes and "has affected four children who cannot see. It has damaged their retinas," an assistant nurse at a hospital in Paijan, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

The children were taken to a hospital in the provincial capital of Trujillo for treatment, the nurse said. The four are totally blinded, but doctors have yet to determine whether this is permanent. One parent, Natividad Mendoza, told RPP radio 20 other children had suffered serious eye irritation from the shampoo.

The anti-lice remedy is used along the impoverished coastal towns of northern Peru. Locals boil the cherimoya seeds, add them to alcohol and rub the mixture into children's hair. Police said no action had been taken against the teacher.


Aliens Are Among Us!

Freakish things and people are plentiful--all over the world.

I've seen a ship. A real UFO ship. That is my story and I am sticking to it! It was the spring of 1979, my first year of college.

I was visiting a friend of mine at her campus--the University of South Carolina. We were walking across campus around 7:00pm on our way to dinner. The sky was dark and clear. It was a cloudless night. I have always been a stargazer so as we walked across the bridge that took us to the cafeteria I was looking up in the sky. I noticed a small elliptical object hovering in the sky. It was very bright-much brighter than anything else in the sky. I at first thought it was Venus but it seemed to be in motion. I stopped walking and looked really hard. It was in motion.

I asked my friend to look in the sky as I pointed to what I was looking at. All of a sudden before she could even look around and find what I was pointing at, that ship winked out of sight. In the night sky it was about the size of a penny. All of a sudden it just streaked away until it got as small as the head of a pin, then got smaller and was gone. Just like that! It just winked out of sight. In less than a second.

My friend did not see what I saw. It was gone to fast. I know that whatever was in that ship knew that I saw it and did not want anyone else to see it, so it left. Ever since that day I have had this odd feeling that that ship could come back for me at any time. That feeling has never left me. As I read books and information about aliens and abductions after that day I came to realize that aliens are real.

There is no way I can believe, when I look up at the night sky and see that sea of stars and vast darkness, that our planet earth is the only inhabited planet. That is impossible. Now I know there are lots of skeptics out there but they are real. Things like UFO insurance are bogus. That is not going to help you when they come for you. I also know that they are walking and living among us everyday to study our interactions. I can tell.

Ever since that day on that campus I have felt a certain connection or knowing about aliens that the average person does not feel. I have even come across 2 aliens living as humans. I could tell by the eyes. Their eyes were not exactly human and were to me very startling in shape and color. I never let them know that I knew. Who knows what would have happened to me. One I met soon after I got back to my college campus. This was an older woman who was taking the same dance class as me. We even did our project together for our final grade. Something in her eyes always unsettled me. I was sure she was not human when we were rehearsing our moves in the auditorium. I was adjusting the lighting a floor above her and she was down on the floor rehearsing a move. She looked up at me and smiled. Her eyes changed. They changed to a swirling red, the likes I have never seen before and have never seen again.

I was instantly terrified but did not show any fear. In fact, I just started talking about any subject. I wanted her eyes to go back to semi normal. They did in a second or two. That smile never left her face. The other thing that bothered me was that she had no transportation. I had a ford falcon that I was driving at the time and she always wanted me to take her home. I did as I was the type never to say "no" to anyone about anything at that time. I felt she was sent to watch me.

We got thru that class and I discovered she had left an umbrella or an article of clothing in my falcon. I called the number I had for her and it was not in service any more. I even went by her place where I had been dropping her off and she was not there. I knocked on the door and was told she did not live there and noone there had ever heard of her or seen her. I even described her physical condition. Noone had ever seen anyone I described. I was really freaked out then but I knew she had come to be sure I was not spreading the news of what I had seen. It was just like she vanished into thin air. I even asked the professors if they had seen or heard from her recently and noone had. She just was not seen again.

It was many years later I met another alien living among humans. We worked at the Estee Lauder counter together. She was a dark haired beauty but her eyes gave her away. She had the eyes of a Siberian husky. We worked together for 3 years but I never and I mean NEVER got used to her eyes. I tried looking deep into her eyes many times to see if there was anything normal there but I could not get past those eyes. They were alien. In addition she was a very unsual sort of person as well.

Her eyes looked exactly like these except they were on a human body.

Can you imagine these eyes on a human?? These are her eyes exactly. We never had any problems. I made sure of that! I met her in 1995. I guess I am not due another alien shadow for awhile yet.

Aliens are real and are living among us. I have seen a ship and have met two living among us as humans. Yep..that is my story and I am sticking to it!