Tuesday, March 30, 2004

In the news this week...

If you haven't visited News of the Wierd by now, you don't know what you're missing out on! Here is a recap of some of this week's gems...
(A note: for those of you who live in Washington, you can obtain this weekly when you grab a copy of the Washington City Paper, a local free publication i highly reccomend!)
A 44-year-old man was crushed to death by a slow-moving tractor-trailer when he jumped underneath it to get the reportedly "well-worn" baseball cap that the wind had just blown off his head (Lethbridge, Alberta, November). And a 55-year-old man died of a heart attack, most likely, said the police, during or moments after stabbing his wife numerous times in a domestic altercation (Keene, N.H., December). And a 23-year-old man was hit by a subway car at New York City's 34th Street station when he leaned over the tracks to see the oncoming train, not realizing that it was coming from the other direction (December; the last press report available said the man was in critical condition). [Calgary Herald, 11-19-03] [WBZ-TV (Boston)-AP, 12-23-03] [New York Post, 12-31-03]

Dawn of the Dead

The movie, Dawn of the Dead has come out this month, and hits a soft-spot with me, as I have this weird thing for zombie-flicks. This movie is (bare with me on this...) a remake of the sequel to the original Night of the Living Dead, also an excellent movie. I have not seen it yet but plan to see it at some point this week. I may follow up with a movie review.
If you haven't seen it already check out the way-cool website at Dawn of the Dead. There you can see trailors and other neat and morbid stuff.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004


Sorry for the pause in my usual weekly entires, but it's been Spring Break for us students. More on that. But first, I must cover this recent scandal that broke out at UCLA over the use (and misuse) of bodies for medical research.
If you thought body-snatchers were a thing of the past, think again! Apparently there are people out there who are actually dealers in body parts. Who knew the demand was that high? The story in short is that UCLA was recieveing what it thought was donated corpses (so they claim) from a man, Ernest Nelson, who was in fact a dealer in illegally obtained specimens. Read the latest on this ghoulish story!
A note on spring break...watch out when mixing high-energy caffiene-laden drinks (such as Red Bull) with alcohol (such as vodka). Apparently this dangerous new trend can lead to passing out because of the mix of stimulants and alcohol in the bloodstream. And if that's the most one has to worry about during spring break, than things can't be that bad. Not as bad as, say, Girls Gone Wild.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Another Local Moron

Anyone who lives in the Washington area has been reading, I'm sure, about the case of a man who was struck and then dragged 8 1/2 miles down Interstate 95 to a man's home. The man driving the vehicle, a Brazilian native named Josuel P. Galdino, claims that after coming home from "a certain nightclub in southeast Washington" (Gee, any guess which one...could it be Nation?) he struck the man, but was not aware of it. Furthermore, he was unaware of dragging a man 8 1/2 miles back to his driveway. Even if he was totally intoxicated, I find I hard to buy this story. Read a full version of the story in the Washington Post.
And in a totally unrelated story NASA rovers on Mars today have found evidence that Mars once had water. This should be interesting, so why doesn't it sound ineteresting?