Editor’s Notes (January 31, 2012)

News of the Weird Editor's Notes

January 31, 2012
(datelines from January 20 or later) (links correct as of January 30)

Great News-Story Lede:
It was still summer when Jim Hershberger packed up his 22 cats at his homestead in the Mentasta Mountains, hauled them down a mountain on a sled and loaded them into a raft. After a short river trip, he drove 250 miles to Anchorage, where he moved into a friend's shipping container. Hershberger's plan: get supplies, visit the veterans' clinic here, and find a woman. He is no ordinary man, his cats are not ordinary cats, and so far, he hasn't found that extraordinary woman who wants the whole package.
Duh! Anchorage Daily News

From a review of Rachel Herz's That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, from Robin Marantz Henig in the New York Times, 1-22-2012: "To prepare the thick beverage [an allegedly popular Ecuadorean drink called chicha], a group of women put handfuls of corn flour in their mouths, chewed it until it 'vaguely resembled the vomit of an infant,' spit it out into a collective milk jug and repeated the process until all the flour was gone. Then the women capped the jug and buried it the yard to ferment." Herz's assistant reported that a well-aged jug of chicha tastes "warm" and "vinegary." At least. New York Times

From the Annals of Improbable Research's Marc Abrahams, highlighted last week on BoingBoing under "My Favorite Museum Exhibit" . . an actual rectum cut from the corpse of the Bishop of Durham, Thomas Thurlow (1737-1791): "A rectum showing the effects of both haemorrhoids and bowel cancer." This is preserved, floating, in London's Hunterian Museum. Good to know. BoingBoing

The murderer convicted in the famous 1983 "Headless Body in Topless Bar" New York Post headline case made the news last week by requesting parole. (Hell, no, they said.) (Charles Dingle, now 53, had ordered one of his hostages--a mortician--to cut off the head of the man he had shot so the police couldn't trace the bullet.) New York Post

Unforced Error: Here's a short surveillance video of a bank robbery in Parana, Brazil, in which one of the gang shoots himself in the foot. Daily Telegraph (London)

     Posted By: Chuck - Tue Jan 31, 2012

Holy Butt, Batman! What a great 2ed dose of Weird News this week! A spit in the ocean better than shooting yourself in the head!
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/31/12 at 06:52 AM
Guy in Alaska: a male cat lady!
Chicha: not so different from how kava is prepared. Check out the recipe at http://www.nakamalathome.com/kava/vanuatu-kava-making.html
Preserved rectum: now that's repulsive.
Posted by ges on 01/31/12 at 12:27 PM
The reason the spit jug is more repulsive than the preserved rectum is that you are not expected to consume the rectum.

Charles Dingle received his stay in jail free card.

The video of the guy shooting himself in the foot is freakin' hilarious.

Thanks for the second helping Chuck, it was delicious.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 01/31/12 at 04:40 PM
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