Weird Universe

May 10, 2009

Rescue Team Searching For Lost Tourist, Finds Seven Corpses

A rescue team was assembled and they searched areas around Taishan Mountain in Shandong province in Northern China for a lost tourist. Instead of the missing tourist, the rescue team discovered seven corpses.The tourist is still missing and probably forgotten now. And they say there is no crime in China.

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (4)

Man Who Missed Jury Duty Jailed for 83 Days

Douglas Maupin 34, was pulled over for speeding and that's when police realized there was an outstanding warrant from 2003 for failure to appear for jury duty.

Houston Chronicle

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (2)

How to Hack Your Brain

The Boston Globe awhile back posted an article on how to fool your brain without having to take hallucinogens. Apparently, the human mind is addicted to sensory information and you can put halved ping pong balls on your eyes while listening to static and see some pretty interesting things. There are a few other techniques too. This is probably why people can see images in the clouds and in stains, it's the mind trying to make something of the chaos. I haven't tried any of them yet, but am looking forward to soon. If anyone tries any of these out let me know, because I'd love to hear about your experiences.
Posted By: mdb777 | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (3)
Category: Magic and Illusions and Sleight of Hand, Brain

Mother’s Day Special

Normally I try to stay local, but there's just too much that happens outside of Illinois that's too good to pass up. Without further ado, I present to you my Mother's Day Special.

A case of poor judgement: Sheila and hubby Gayle Muhs, from somewhere near Houston, TX. thought an SUV was trespassing on their property. Their response? Open fire! After seeing their mug shots, I can see how they believed it appropriate. MSNBC

Government At Work: The politicians in Britain are under fire after a list of claimed expenses became public. Said public is outraged to see a wide array of things such as pool cleaning and pest control to a chocolate Santa and pay-per-view porn movies on the list. PM Gordon Brown has admitted that the system for claims, "is broken." MSNBC

Shirts vs. Skins for the 21st century: The University of Oregon’s Ultimate Frisbee team (ranked #3 in the nation) decided that if the other team was going to play shirtless, then they were losing their pants and underwear. They were disqualified, but insisted they did nothing wrong. "We put on the longest shirts we had." NBC Sports

Can't Possibly Be True: What some doctors thought was a cyst or an in-grown hair turned out to be Gavin Hyatt's parasitic twin, which eventually burst out of his stomach ala "Alien." The Sun

The greatest birthday present ever: A Georgia man (name not given) got what he thought was a birthday present shipped UPS. Turns out it was 36lbs of Cannibis.

Chickens aren't the only ones: According to this article, it has been reported that people have also been known to walk around, remove things from pockets, etc. after being beheaded. Not too sure of the validity, but worth a read. Pravda

Pardon me, waiter? What's this severed snake head doing in my vegetables? MSNBC
Posted By: Reverend Ira | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (7)

Beware the Worm Lizard!

Every day the news brings me reports of some horrible locale outside my safe and beloved New England, where people are subject to floods, volcanoes, earthquakes--and "worm lizards"...?!?

Yes, it's not bad enough that the poor citizens of a certain region in Brazil have to battle flooding, they also have to contend with the evil Worm Lizard!

You can read about their troubles here. The key sentence:

Like 218,000 others across a swath of northern Brazil three times the size of Alaska, the neighbors have fled the worst rainfall and flooding in decades, braving newly formed rivers teeming with anacondas, alligators and legless reptiles known as "worm lizards" whose bite is excruciating.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (5)
Category: Animals, Death, Destruction, Disasters, Horror, South America, Natural Wonders, Weather

An Orchestra of Motion

When I was very little, growing up in a small suburb of Charleston, South Carolina, one of the most exciting things to do was to sit outside the barber shop and wait for the train to roll through town. Some people might say that would be as boring as watching grass grow, but they are not "railfans". So what's a railfan? The people who camp out for hours, and even days, to watch a train go by. According to Train Magazine, there are over 175,000 railfans in the United States and more than 24,000 railfan videos on YouTube. Bill Taylor, from Montana, sums it up the best by saying "It's an orchestra of motion." Learn more about railfans here.
Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (9)
Category: Eccentrics, Obsessions, Travel, Trains

Your Daily Loser & Jury Duty for May 10th

Your Daily Loser - "Honey, I can't find a babysitter to watch the kids while we go rob houses!" "That's ok dear, just bring them along." At least, I imagine that's what the conversation would have sounded like in the Santana household in April. Erika Santana of Queens, New York, had her two daughters in the get-away van when she was arrested, along with two men, for a whole crazy mess of felonies and misdemeanors. The Story.

Your Daily Loser Bonus For Mother's Day - It's a time honored tradition for kids to bring their mother breakfast in bed. But when this man let his kids try to cook breakfast, they set the kitchen on fire ... all the while mom is blissfully unaware upstairs. Oh sure, she heard "a commotion" but she thought the kids were arguing. Meanwhile, dad's rushing off to the hospital with badly burned hands. Remember Dads, on Mother's Day, only you can prevent kitchen fires.

Jury Duty - Either this is one of those things you do to yourself after a really long night of boozing it up with your friends, or if you hate yourself. Whatever the excuse, when Anna Clifford was arrested for driving under the influence, the mugshot officer had to make special allowances in order for her hair to fit into the picture. Her mother must be so proud. The Story. // The Mugshot.

Posted By: Nethie | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (8)
Category: Family, Stupid Criminals, Hair Styling, Your Daily Jury Duty, Your Daily Loser, Goofs and Screw-ups

Stormy Weather For Lousiana Politics

Stormy Daniels is contemplating a change in profession. She's thinking of running against David Vitter for a U.S. Senate seat in Louisiana. You may remember Senator Vitter's name for one of two things. Either for his staunch family values stand, or the fact that he was linked to the 2007 D.C. madam scandal. Ms. Daniels current profession?
Adult film star. Appearently recieving money rather than paying for 'performing' sex acts gives her the moral high ground. I hope she runs, it will make an interesting race!
Posted By: patty | Date: Sun May 10, 2009 | Comments (3)

May 9, 2009

Chicken,Alaska 99732.

Chicken was originally called Ptarmigan due to the prevalence of ptarmigans (artic game bird of the grouse family) in the area but the spelling proved to be unsettling to the settlers there and it was agreed that they would change the name to Chicken.

Originally settled by gold miners in the late 1800's, Chicken remains a productive gold producer to this day.

As of the 2000 U.S. census the official population was 17 with per capita income pegged at $65,400.

64.070738°N 141.874894°W

How to get there: Road and air—open only during the summer season. The Taylor Highway winds its way about 60 miles to Chicken from Tetlin Junction on the Alaska Highway, 12 miles east of Tok.

Chicken..such a nice place.

ADDENDUM: the original picture was overflowing the borders, so I shrunk it to fit. Click on it for all its original glory. Signed, Paul DiFi.

Posted By: hickory_johnson | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (8)

Are You Sure We’re In An Economic Slump?

I beg to differ. Over 28,800 orders have been placed for randomly selected "somethings" in less than two years. To the tune of $10 each "something." And no, you don't get to pick, it's a mail order lottery, only the prize is crappy merchandise. The Something Store And of course, a list of somethings you won't be getting, which soured me on the deal, I was really hoping to find $10 worth of "body fluids, stem cells or embryos" in my box.
Posted By: qualityleashdog | Date: Sat May 09, 2009 | Comments (3)
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