Archive for August 27th, 2012
At 116 years of age, Besse Cooper’s life bridges the 19th century and the 21st century.
So it’s fitting that the woman recognized as the world’s oldest living person has had a bridge named after her.
Cooper turned 116 on August 26 in her home town of Monroe, Ga., and one of her gifts was a bridge named after her by the city leaders.
She didn’t attend the ceremony, but sent a message through her son, Sidney: “I’m glad I gave them a reason to name it,” the Walton Tribune reported.
Cooper was first recognized as the world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records in January 2011, but had to give up the title a few months later when officials discovered that Brazilian-born Maria Gomes Valentim was 48 days older.
When it comes to Elvis Presley souvenirs, the following shows that one collector’s ewww is another’s treasure.
A pair of soiled underwear worn by Presley under his white jumpsuit — and not washed afterward — is expected to fetch $16,000 (10,000 pounds) at an auction in England next month, Metro UK and other outlets reported. But Omega Auctions’ website, which displays the item, put the estimate between $11,000 and $14,000 as of Monday afternoon.
As for their condition, let’s just say the fuller-cut jockey-style briefs look as if the King did more shaking on stage than in the bathroom. There appears to be other tell-tale signs of potty neglect as well. He wore the skivvies during a concert in 1977, and were obtained from the estate of his dad, Vernon Presley,, according to reports.
The BBC wrote that the underwear wasn’t supposed to show any lines beneath his iconic white jumpsuit. The undies are framed for suitable display.
The auction of The King’s memorabilia will take place in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and will include an Elvis-annotated bible and home movies.
If you can’t get enough of Presley’s dirty laundry, the auction will be web-broadcast by Omega Auctions website on Sept. 8, the BBC reported.
Elvis memorabilia with less yuck factor has done well over the years. One of his belts once went for $66,000, MSN reported, and a pill bottle fetched $800.
Alyson Bair has vivid nightmares — so vivid that many of them turn out to be real.
In two terrifying incidents over the past couple of months, Bair has woken from her dreams in the Snake River, unable to breathe or touch the ground, according to ABCNews.com. Her sleepwalking has forced her family to barricade the doors — from the inside — and install alarms to make sure she doesn’t sleepwalk herself into more danger.
In early August, she suffered her first drowning nightmare.
“I thought I was dreaming, but then I realized I wasn’t and I was scared,” she told the site. “It was deep and I couldn’t touch anywhere and I was getting tired. I had to keep turning around and floating on my back.”
She eventually crawled onto the riverbank near her home in Burley, Idaho, and waited there until someone found her in the morning.
The 31-year-old mother of two says her family has taken every precaution to stop her late night escapades, but her sleepwalking self takes every advantage of mistakes. On Aug. 20, when her husband left the door open due to the heat, she sleepwalked out the door again and went straight to the river. She was found at 7:30 a.m., a quarter mile away from home on the riverbank, hypothermic and tired.
As any zombie would tell you (could they actually form sentences), brains are delicious. To celebrate the DVD release of “The Walking Dead Season 2″, a London zombie food truck has popped up to prove it.
The Gory Gourmet food truck comes to us from Street Kitchen chef and mastermind Mark Jankel. The menu is… well, decidedly offal-oriented. Its main course, the Big Brain Burger is made of English calf brains. Jankel told Oddity Central, “We soak it in vinegar and salt, powder and fried until golden crispy. I’m not sure whether it can help you be more intelligent or not but if you want a change for lunch, try this dish.”
Hungry for brains, but not in the mood for a burger? Here’s the rest of the menu:
Crispy Brain Dippers
Crispy chunks of brain with barbecue sauce
Brain Salad Wrap
Crispy chunks of brain with wild rocket and tarragon mayo
Feet and Thyroid Nuggets
Nuggets of pig’s feet and cow thyroid with herb mayo
Grilled beef heart skewers with horseradish mayo
A Florida bridesmaid got a lesson in walking down the aisle on Friday, but she blew it.
Lesley Falcone’s failure to walk a straight line during her field sobriety test is one reason she sat in jail over the weekend, The Smoking Gun reports.
The 27-year-old’s Facebook post just hours before her arrest claimed, “First bachelorette meeting, drink snacks and meeting new people!!!”
Falone was allegedly drunk when cops caught her driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit in Holmes Beach.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by the site reported that Falcone could barely stand when she took her field sobriety test. She was arrested after she told a deputy, “I’m done and I don’t want to look like a fool.”
On the drive to jail, Falcone allegedly admitted to having drinks during and after a bachelorette dinner, and blamed the incident on her bridesmaid status, the Sun Sentinel reports.
Hugh Pickens writes writes “Since 1900, the life expectancy of Americans, driven by improved hygiene, nutrition, and new medical discoveries and interventions, has jumped from 47 years to almost 80 and now scientists studying the intricacies of DNA and other molecular bio-dynamics may be poised to offer even more dramatic boosts to longevity but there is one very basic question that is seldom asked according to David Ewing Duncan: How long do you want to live? ‘Over the past three years I have posed this query to nearly 30,000 people at the start of talks and lectures on future trends in bioscience, taking an informal poll as a show of hands,’ writes Duncan. ‘To make it easier to tabulate responses I provided four possible answers: 80 years, currently the average life span in the West; 120 years, close to the maximum anyone has lived; 150 years, which would require a biotech breakthrough; and forever, which rejects the idea that life span has to have any limit at all.’ The results: some 60 percent opted for a life span of 80 years. Another 30 percent chose 120 years, and almost 10 percent chose 150 years. Less than 1 percent embraced the idea that people might avoid death altogether (pdf). Overwhelmingly the reason given was that people didn’t want to be old and infirm any longer than they had to be, even if a pill allowed them to delay the inevitable. Others were concerned about issues like boredom, the cost of paying for a longer life, and the impact of so many extra people on planetary resources and on the environment. But wouldn’t long life allow people like Albert Einstein to accomplish more and try new things? That’s assuming that Einstein would want to live that long. As he lay dying of an abdominal aortic aneurysm in 1955, Einstein refused surgery, saying: ‘It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.’”
Catherine Baucom, a breast cancer surgeon in Louisiana, was on her way to a surgery at BRASS Surgery Center of Baton Rouge last Wednesday morning when she found herself caught in a complete traffic shutdown caused by a major accident. She handled it like a boss: the surgeon, who is also a cyclist, borrowed a pink bicycle and helmet decorated with Disney princesses from a nearby friend’s 7-year-old daughter, and she pedaled like hell.
Dr. Baucom remembered a friend that lived a few blocks from her position in the mayhem and made her way to his house. “Catherine called, she was outside my house. She said ‘Hey do you have a bike?’ I walked outside and said yea, its a kids bike,” said Dr. Brian Barnett. After a quick test run, Dr. Baucom decided the bike was her only choice to get to the hospital. “I got the air pump out and aired the tires up as much as I could.”
He gladly loaned her his seven year old daughter’s bike and helmet and the nearly six foot tall surgeon resumed her journey to the surgery center.
“It was hot pink and small,” Dr. Baucom said, describing the bike. “The helmet was pink with princesses.” He added he was laughing so much he couldn’t get video of her before she peddled away. “But she did utilize the plastic basket on front, to put her cell phone in. Showed her experience with the bike.”
ATLANTA: Four Army soldiers killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks, prosecutors told a judge Monday.
Prosecutors in rural Long County, near the sprawling Army post Fort Stewart, said the militia group composed of active duty and former US military members spent at least $87,000 buying guns and bomb components and was serious enough to kill two people – former soldier Michael Roark and his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York – by shooting them in the woods last December in order to keep its plans secret.
”This domestic terrorist organization did not simply plan and talk,” prosecutor Isabel Pauley told a Superior Court judge.
”Prior to the murders in this case, the group took action. Evidence shows the group possessed the knowledge, means and motive to carry out their plans.”
One of the Fort Stewart soldiers charged in the case, Army Pfc. Michael Burnett, also gave testimony that backed up many of the assertions made by prosecutors. The 26-year-old soldier pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter, illegal gang activity and other charges. He made a deal to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against the three other soldiers.
Prosecutors said the group called itself F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready. Pauley said authorities don’t know how many members the militia had.