Werewolf of London

Late night tomfoolery with a werewolf mask, a fleece-lined robe, and a pretty cool song…

 

A Feast for the Maggots – Sickening

A Madisonville man is being charged with involuntary manslaughter after police found 65 year old Darrell White’s wife covered in maggots.  46 year old Jorene White suffered from arthritis and had been bed ridden for quite a bit of time.  When authorities showed up to the house after White called 911 police were shocked to see the corpse covered in maggots and flies. 

Initially it was thought that White had been dead and rotting for a week.  Julie Wilson with Hamilton County Prosecuter’s Office said “When the coroner’s office investigated it, their examination of the body, they said no she had probably been dead that day.”    

Later on the coroner said that Mrs. White had died a day earlier from sepsis. 

It seems maggots made home inside Mrs. White’s rotting bed sores.

References:

http://www.kypost.com/dpps/news/tri-state_news/wife-eaten-alive-by-maggots;-husband-charged_5078367

This just made me laugh so hard! – deal with my humor

Though this has nothing to do with the paranormal it most certainly is a What The? moment. Apparently a woman woke up to an intruder in her bed, luckily her brother came to her aid.

Fortunately the perpetrator now has a sound track to listen to as he runs from the law…

If you found this post to be pointless, it’s ok, so did I, but I was hysterical and just had to share.

No Not Brains, Cauliflower – Berlin Cannibal Restaurant a Hoax

A couple weeks back I wrote an article about a restaurant in Berlin that wanted to serve donated human body parts as a delicacy. The restaurant Flime turned out to be flimflam.  This hoax was perpetuated by a German vegetarian organization. 

During the press release last Thursday officials from this organization said it was actually a stunt to promote eating cauliflower, not human calves.  In fact the main point of the stunt was that eating animals should be just as stomach turning as consuming human flesh.

Although the group is happy with how the gag ended, lots of people are still very upset.  Even an official from a Brazilian town called Guajara-Mirim said he wants to sue the creators of the Flime website.  The site falsely claimed another one of these restaurants were located in the Amazonian town.  The official said that this act dismembered the town’s tourisms friendly image.

This disgusting joke was thought up a year ago by an ad agency called Serviceplan and the vegetarian group participated.  The agency placed fake ads in German newspapers in which they asked people to donate their limbs.  They also started up a website where people could fill out a donor sheet where questions about the individual were asked and submitted.  They even set up a fake eBay auction for a plate of liver, which ended up being yanked for the site, but not before reaching $1,000.

References:

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/berlin-cannibal-restaurant-revealed-as-hoax/19619077

Magical Lottery Winning Vagina Tree!

English-language paper, The Phuket Gazette. (GREAT NAME)  in Thailand posted a story about a tree witch looks quite similar to a woman with her legs spread and her “cho-cha” hanging out. As if that is not interesting enough,  mysterious numbers printed on the tree caused several locals to play those numbers and actually WIN THE LOTTERY! (really?!?).  Personally I have seen this photograph before, I can’t recall exactly where but I can assure you that this has been circulating around the internet for at least several years. It seems this story is causing quite a stir to skeptics because no locals to the area can recall a tree like this, and a tree like this would not go unnoticed in Thailand (see two favorite destinations for Thai families below). Additionally, there were no reports of anyone having won the Lottery in Thailand in recent days.

Vagina Tree

Vagina Tree

For now I am going to side with the Skeptics on this one and say that this magical lottery winning vagina tree is just a simple internet hoax, a very entertaining one at that. And seeing as Thai families flock to other genitalia shaped destinations, This tree would likely be a tourist hot spot.

Grandmother Rock - Thailand

Grandmother Rock - Thailand

Grandfather Rock - Thailand

Grandfather Rock - Thailand

Reference: http://www.phuketgazette.net/queernews/

I’ll Have a Side of Farver Beans and a Nice Chianti Please

There are talks of a restaurant called Flime opening in Berlin.  It has been getting much attention in German media because the restaurant has started a campaign to find donors.  The donors are not being asked for money or any type of investments into the company, instead they are being asked to donate body parts.  Supposedly ears, testicles and stomach fat are being asked for, so they may be turned into high class gourmet meals.  According to this soon-to-open restaurant they will follow old cooking habits of age old cannibalistic tribe of the Amazon.   

In Flime’s campaign, through German media they are calling for donors to be involved in with what they call the new diners movement.  Flime is also calling for “open-minded surgeons” as well.   It is no surprise that this campaign has stirred up a bit of controversy.  Already groups of protesters are fighting for a ban of this restaurant, claiming that it is highly distasteful and disrespectful following a case of real cannibalism which occurred in Germany in 2001. 

The inspiration, Flime says, come from a ritual called “compassionate cannibalism” in which the indigenous Brazilian Waricaca tribe would eat pieces of loved ones to help with mourning on their passing.

Michael Braun, the vice-chairman of Berlin’s Christian Democrat party is trying very hard to get to the bottom of what he feels is a “stunt” or “warped joke.”  Sadly he has had no luck. 

Braun said “it’s disgusting, not least because it wasn’t long ago that we had the case of the Berliner who was murdered by a cannibal,” referring to Armin Meiwes , who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering and consuming Bernd Jürgen Brandes in 2001.

Experts believe that Germany alone has approximately 800 followers of the underground cannibal movement.

I am almost 100% positive Germany officials would step in to assure something this disturbing wouldn’t happen.  The dangers of consuming humans can possibly be extreme.  Just research the outbreak of kuru in the Fore tribe in Papua New Guinea, which came from something they called mortuary feasting.

References:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/26/cannibal-restaurant-flime-germany

I’ll Have a Wee Bit of Whisky

I read something today that make me sit back in my chair and actually say out loud “what the f***!” 

A British art student, James Gilpin, who is studying at the London Royal College of Art has a very interesting hobby, he makes whisky.  What’s so interesting about that?  You may know many people into home brewing (I do a bit myself), well Mr. Gilpin has a method of brewing that uses elderly diabetic, rich in sugar, urine.  That’s right folks, pee.

The project is called “Gilpin Family Whisky” and the main source of material is acquired from elderly volunteers, including James very own grandmother.  The urine is than purified in which the sugars are removed and added to the mash to speed up the fermentation process. 

Once this process is finished it will turn into a clear alcohol where whiskey blends are added to give it color.  Then the product is bottled and labeled with the donor’s name and date. 

Although this is actually a very clever way to produce whisky, Gilpin, claims he has not intentions on selling this product, it is more of an art form.

References:

http://entertainment.stv.tv/showbiz/194132-wee-whisky/

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-08/24/pissky

“Ectoplasmic residue…It’s the real thing.”

I was sent a picture last night of what some people are claiming to be “ectoplasmic” mist surrounding a females head. 

If you notice in the photo, the individual is wearing a coat and the “ghost” like mist appears to be right by her head.  It doesn’t take much to realize, that this apparition in mid manifestation is actually the woman’s breath.

Being a skeptic and paranormal researcher there are certain things I can’t stand in the field of paranormal research; one of those things is the claim of ectoplasm.  Ectoplasm (from the Greek ektos which means “outside” and plasma which means “something formed”) which was previously called teleplasm, is a term that was coined by French physiologist and noble prize winner Charles Robert Richet. 

Charles Richet

Richet a man with a passion for science and medicine also had a high interest in psychical research; he even served as president of the Society of Psychical Research located in London in 1905.  Initially Richet was close minded and shrugged off claims of psychic phenomena.  But in his book, Thirty Years of Psychical Research, published in 1923 Richet wrote that he was shameful he was one of the many that was among the willfully blind. 

Richet studied the claims of an Italian peasant named Eusapia Palladino, who was producing some very weird phenomena.  This is when Richet coined the term ectoplasm, explaining that is was some type of jellylike protoplasm that emanates from the medium. 

It is important to note that many researchers of the time felt Palladino was nothing more than a charlatan.  But the typical mindset of a scientist, Richet felt he couldn’t be duped, and defend Palladino.  Richet wrote “Even if there were no other medium than Eusapia in the world, her manifestations would suffice to establish scientifically the reality of telekinesis and ectoplasmic forms.”   Sadly for Richet, this wouldn’t be the case, ectoplasm was never proven authentic, in fact just the opposite.

Lots of ectoplasm cases had been proven to be nothing more than fraud. People using items such as cheese cloth, gauze, chewed paper, egg whites, muslin and even pieces of meat from chicken or cows. 

The way lots of mediums produced this feat was the real work of art, hiding these objects anywhere within reach, even in their own vaginas or rectums.  Some mediums even swallowed these objects and regurgitated them during the séance when the lights were out.

But the thing I find so fascinating is the evolution of this phenomena, how it went from a solid form to a mist.  How it went from protruding out of the orifices of mediums, to a lingering fog floating around alleged haunted locations.

I don’t mean to sound rude but it’s absolutely embarrassing, almost eye rolling to look at some photos that people think is authentic ectoplasmic evidence.  Of course now days ectoplasm only exist in photographs.  Personally, I liked it more when it was cheese cloth. 

Me and ectoplasm

Saudi Arabia May Purposely Paralyze Convict

Today as I was seeking out some woo news, I found something that was absolutely repulsive. Although not woo, it definitely made me stop and go what the…?

In Saudi Arabia there are talks that the courts may indeed purposely paralyze a man as punishment for a crime. Hospitals have been contacted to see if the operation on severing the spinal cord could be done, and sure enough one of the hospitals has answered and said that their facility would be able to perform such an operation.

Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi is the man who has requested this punishment be done. And Abdul-Aziz al-Mutairi is able to make this request under Sharia law, since he himself was left paralyzed by the convict after being stabbed in the back with a large knife.

This seems a bit inhumane from an American stand point, but this isn’t actually all the uncommon in Saudi Arabia. Other sentences that have been carried out in the past include the gouging of eye balls out, teeth extraction and even death.

Thankfully I am not the only one who feels that this is nothing less than torture, in a comment on the article someone stated “Intentionally paralyzing a man in this way would constitute torture, and be a breach of its international human rights obligations.”

Another comment was made by the human rights group “Under international human rights law, the use of this sentence would constitute a violation of the absolute prohibition of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”

The court has not officially decided if the procedure will be carried out. It may issue a form of compensation, flogging or imprisonment.

References:
http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/saudi-arabia-urged-not-to-paralyze-man-as-punishment-for-a-fight/19602954

Brazil’s Government Orders UFO Sightings be Documented

Brazil’s government has recently ordered that it’s air force is to record any UFO sightings. The order also extends to civilian pilots and air traffic controllers, all of which will have to register with the National Aerospace Defense Command. All of the records, which will be maintained at the Brazil national archives in Rio de Janeiro, will be available to those researching UFO phenomena. These records will contain testimonials and even picture and video data if it is available.

The Brazilian Air Force has gone on record as stating they would limit themselves in the reporting process. They want to make it known that they are not UFO chasers. “Air Force Command does not have a specialized structure to carry out scientific experiments on these phenomena and will limit itself to recording any events,” the Air Force said in a released statement.

I must admit, I feel like this is a semi-waste of time. There are so many questions running through my head right now. Are they making the assumption that since people are pilots and air traffic controllers that their reports are in some way more reliable than a pedestrian? Who is going to be in charge of “validating” these claims? How are they going to prevent hoaxers? If they are not going out to chase the UFO sighting how will we determine whether or not it’s an “authentic” UFO and not a sky lantern caught in an air current? This seriously seems like a huge waste of time in my opinion. I stand on the side of those who say if the aliens are coming to Earth, they will make themselves known. And no, I don’t consider UFO sightings proof they are making themselves known.

References:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-10947856