Suspicions Confirmed: A recent British reality show mingled (a) five people who have histories of serious mental illness with (b) five who don't, then ran them through provocative situations, then asked three mental-health professionals to try to ID which ones were which. The pros would have done better flipping a coin. In other words, we're all nuts.New York Times
The reporting's not good here, so I don't stand behind it, but it says here that the adult daughter of a 67-yr-old man diagnosed with colon cancer has been drinking his daughter's breast milk regularly and that, hey, it helps. Yahoo Lifestyle[EDITING UPDATE: Well . . . that "the adult daughter of" doesn't really belong in the sentence, now, does it?]
Jealousy at Club 1245 in Akron, Ohio: An incumbent stripper stabbed a new-hire stripper with a stiletto shoe. (Bonus Leading Economic Indicator: Incumbent's 45 yrs old, newcomer's 52.) Akron Beacon-Journal
In London, some critics of police brutality propose making riot-control cops wear jerseys with numbers, like football players, to make it easier to ID them. Daily Star
KTRK-TV (Houston, Tex.) has the photo of Daniel Duran being led away by police after the bank robbery bag he got from a Wachovia branch exploded on him, bloodying his, er, lower abdomen . . on down further. KTRK-TV
This one's not really that weird; I just wanted the opportunity to pay a tribute by using "polopponies" in Weird Universe. [If you know what I'm talking about, great.]South Florida Sun-Sentinel
One of the hottest-selling books in India, especially among business students: Mein Kampf, which is viewed nowadays as a self-improvement guide and management text. Daily Telegraph (London)
London's Daily Mail made Freedom of Information Act demands on local councils' expenditures on political-correctness jobs, finding, e.g., a "toothbrush advisor" for schools, a "befriending coordinator," a "breastfeeding peer support coordinator." Daily Mail
Today's Newsrangers: Paul Blumstein, Scott Langill, Melinda Boyer
A prosperous banker-type, an American Indian, a sailor (or is he a Turkish immigrant?), and what looks to be Uncle Sam, are all sitting around in front of a billboard, having a gay old chat, when out of a handy box pops the sexy cigarette fairy, who dispenses butts to all, even scattering them around in bountiful waste. Then a sign is unfurled, claiming WE ALL SMOKE.
Massive WTF attack, all thanks to Thomas Alva Edison!
Dr. Jules-Antoine Josat invented his "nipple pincher" or "pince-mamelon" in order to help solve what was a great problem during the nineteenth century: how to accurately determine whether someone was dead. Unfortunately, there seems to be very little information about this invention, but I've assembled here what I've been able to find. From Death and Sudden Death, by Paul Brouardel and F.L. Benham:
Josat invented a pair of forceps with claws, with which he proposed to pinch the nipples of persons whose death has to be ascertained. Josat obtained the first prize of the Academy, but Briquet, repeating the same tests on the hysterical subjects under his care, proved that they did not react under Josat's forceps any more than the dead.
Josat devised an instrument for which he got a prize from the French Academy. It was a pair of forceps with claws; with this he proposed to pinch the nipples of persons whose vitality was in doubt. An old method was to apply a very hot flat-iron to the soles of the feet of the corpse. Brouardel has improved on this: He suggests that an ordinary hammer be heated very hot with scalding water and, after drying, be applied over the epigastrium. He says it is an excellent way to revive a person in a state of syncope, as well as to ascertain the fact of death. The worst that happens is the formation of a bleb where the hammer touched the skin.
Great Art! (1) Mexican Raul Ortega Ayala's London show of cheese made from human breast milk. (2) New Jersey plastic surgeon Anthony Berlet's New York show (via photos) of his (and 3 colleagues') all-time masterpieces of nipping and tucking. Sunday Express (London) ///New York Times
An Afghan ayatollah made it official: A wife can indeed say 'no' to her husband's sexual demands, but on the other hand, since she has a 'duty' to him, he can retaliate by cutting back on his duty . . to feed her. Reuters
Turns out America's premier all-time mobster Al Capone was a sentimental music composer, and the sheet music for his Italian love song (from Alcatraz) is on sale for $65k ("Madonna mia / You're the bloom of the roses / You're the charm that reposes" and "With your true love to guide me / Let whatever betide me")/ Associated Press via The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.) /// Lyrics
No Longer Weird: Takes her kid on a shoplifting frolic, flees from security guard, leaves kid behind. TCPalm.com (Stuart, Fla.)
Can't Possibly Be True: Brand-new bride is a genuine babe, and she's all into fishing, camping, four-wheeling, hunting (posing in wedding dress, with rifle and turkey kill). Knoxville News-Sentinel
In Surrey, British Columbia, police broke up a scuffle between husband and wife fighting over . . a TV news report about violence. Vancouver Sun
New asylum strategy: Kansas detainee David Kihuha has avoided two deportation dates (to Kenya) by smearing his own caca on himself when it's time to leave. Kansas City Star
Recurring Theme: If ya stop along the side of the road at night to pee after you've been drinking, you're beggin' for it, like this guy who fell off a bridge into the Minnesota River. Associated Press via St. Paul Pioneer Press[LINK FIXED][AND CORRECTION: He didn't actually fall "into" the river, but close.]
[Jury Duty] Another one of those "Arrest him immediately because he's bound to have committed some crime" (although we don't know which because The Smoking Gun only put up the photo). TheSmokingGun.com
Today's Newsrangers: Sandy Pearlman, Peter Suber, Bobby Stout
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Paul Di Filippo
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