Here's a treat from weird news of Christmases past. Published in the Miami Herald
, Jan 4, 1984
A disgruntled investor dressed as Santa Claus abducted his broker from a Christmas party and punished him for 12 days in a homemade torture chamber because $500,000 in deals had gone sour, police said Tuesday. Broker Robert J. Haye, 49, of Mount Lebanon was freed by police Monday at a farm 50 miles south of Pittsburgh. He was found chained and handcuffed to a bed in the makeshift torture chamber...
Haye was kept in a small trailer inside the building that contained the bed, an electric chair and a pine box resembling a coffin with spikes inside, police said. He had been drugged and shocked repeatedly, police said.
"Over the 12 days, he was beaten and tortured," said Detective Lt. Leo O'Neill. "His nose was broken. He was placed in the chair at various times and interrogated. He had been given junk food. We were lucky to find the victim alive."
Phillippi was arrested at his home, and police later recovered the Santa Claus suit.
Merry Christmas! The snowman just burnt the house down.
Hallmark cards has recalled
7000 snowman-shaped snow globes which were acting as magnifying glasses when placed in sunlight and igniting nearby materials. Anyone who owns one of these snow globes is advised to keep it out of the light.
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- A large, ribboned bunch of dried flowers that looked like the wedding bouquet from The Corpse Bride;
- cast-iron prawns;
- A breathtakingly tiny set of lingerie;
- Vast quantities of scented candles;
- Enough wine and spirits to keep a cellar stocked until the second gold rush;
- top-quality olive oil;
- Dodgy-looking mince pies;
- Slightly used toiletries;
- Dragon figurine sporting reading glasses and a mortarboard.
Apparently, any kind of fat can be turned into diesel. This includes animal fat. So it's one small step from that realization to using human liposuction blubber to power a car. Forbes
is reporting that a Beverly Hills doctor, Craig Alan Bittner, actually took this step. There have been rumors
before about liposuction biodiesel, all of which turned out to be nothing more than rumors. But this case seems kinda believable, because Bittner really is in trouble with authorities and has fled the country.
In theory, you can make cheese out of the milk of any animal, including human breast milk. So it was only a matter of time before someone tried. A woman on indrani.net
reports on the results of her effort to do this. She says it didn't work and that it's because "breast milk can not curdle, because the protein content is lower, and because the protein in breast milk is more easily digested compared to cow's milk." I'll take her word for it.
You can find groups on the internet dedicated to just about anything. Still, this one seems to me to be scraping the bottom of the barrel:
Pictures of Towels
This group is for pictures of towels and writing about towels. All types of towels are welcome: bath towels, hand towels, dish towels and tea towels.
Doesn't seem to have had much activity lately. I can't imagine why not.
I have a friend who's a couple of decades older than me. Recently, he happened to mention that his daughter, when a teenager in the Sixties, had been a member of a hippie commune in Oregon, the Family of the Mystic Arts. He recalled that Life
magazine had done a photospread on the commune back then.
I remarked that all of Life's
photos were now online.
We found several photos. (Alas, his daughter is not pictured.)
One is posted below.
For the other two, I'm directing you to the Life
archives, rather than reproduce them here.
Because they feature bare-breasted female children.
Yes, that's right. Due to the prevailing cultural insanity, this blog cannot safely feature photos which a general-interest G-rated magazine that sold millions of copies each week could show forty years ago.
So here's a little tribute to a more innocent and less paranoid time, when "weird" was almost the dominant cultural mode.
Offending Photo No. 1
Offending Photo No. 2