A road sign near Dartmouth in the U.K. casts a shadow that looks just like a hanged man. Locals were coincidentally referring to the intersection as Dead Man's Cross even before they noticed the shadow, because a gallows used to be located there. via Plymouth Herald.
Body Integrity Identity Disorder or BIID is when a person believes part of their body is foreign and should be removed. These people will sometimes harm themselves to reach their ideal. Some have laid on railroad tracks to get the offending limb either severed or mangled so badly it must be surgically removed. With that explanation in place let me introduce you to Jewel Shurping. Jewel claims to have been fascinated by blindness from childhood. As an adult she would go out in dark glasses with a white cane and feign blindness and taught herself braille. But she still desired to be blind for real as she felt she was meant to be from birth. So much so that she found a psychologist who was understanding of her disorder and the compelling need Ms. Shurping felt to become blind. The psychologist decided to help by administering drain cleaner into Jewel's eyes to fulfill her wish. Jewel claims to be very happy now with the exception of being disowned by her family when they became aware that her blindness was due to a deliberate act. As far as the helpful psychologist, there was no mention of that person's fate, perhaps they just walked away.
A bus full of loud children frightened this mountain lion up a 35 foot power pole. According to a man who lives in the neighborhood the cat was gone the next day, lucky for the fire department, that would have been a rough rescue. Don't feel bad girl, that many kids all together scare me too!(cougars are girls right??)
When we last met performance artist Stelarc, he was growing an ear on his arm. Now he's back with a new piece, titled "Propel," in which he's spun around by a giant robotic arm. He says that this demonstrates "an intimate interaction between the human body and a machine." He goes on:
"The human is responsible for programming the robot, but it's that connection between the body and machine that generates an artistic system. The body is propelled in different trajectories. Sometimes my body is totally upside down, sometimes it's rotating on its axes and sometimes it's spun around."
You can check out a video of him being spun at abc.net.au.
1953: Diane Rinkes, 15-year-old cheerleader for East Lansing high school in Michigan, gave it her all for her team, but it wasn't enough. Her team lost, and then she dropped dead.
When I first read this story, I assumed that there must have been some kind of underlying medical condition that caused her death. 15-year-old girls don't simply drop dead for no reason.
But in a follow-up report it says that the Coroner diagnosed the cause of death as "acute shock and acute circulatory collapse... brought on by overexertion." He elaborated that Rinkes worked herself up into such a "tremendous pitch of excitement during the football game" that it caused her death.
So she died of over-excitement. You have to wonder if she would have lived if her team had won.
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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