Archive for June, 2008

Pringle’s can designer buried in his invention

CNN is reporting (no link since it’s AP) that the designer of the Pringle’s can, Fredric J. Baur, 89, of Cincinnati, will have a portion of his ashes buried at his request in one of the iconic Pringle’s cans. No word if the ashes will be vacuumed packed and pop when the “coffin” is opened.

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Secrets of Central Park

Fortean Times has an excellent article on New York’s Central Park:

There is something eerie about Central Park at night, the suggestion of a ghostly mist lingering about its less well-lit corners. And there are many of those. It’s probably just car exhaust fumes, but eerie all the same.


According to Wise, the park harbours a dangerous secret, intimated by none other than Vaux himself, if a letter apparently penned by him in September 1895 is to be believed. It mentions a secret hidden securely in the park, one which can be discovered only by deciphering the papers accompanying Vaux’s letter. According to Vaux, there are men who wished the secret to remain hidden. And being in possession of the secret, Vaux feared for his life. He didn’t have to fear for long: he died two months later. The circumstances of his death by apparent drowning in Brooklyn were never fully explained.

Glenn Miller: Moonlight Serenade

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The Howl of the Werewolf

Chapter 1


Undead monster prepares to invade

We should invade Belize:

Similarly, the CIA suspects that the citizens of Belize could try to summon the ancient Mayan death god Ah-Puch to eat the first-born male child of every American household. And while we have no idea when the Belizeans plan to unleash this ancient fury from the underworld upon us, we don’t want the smoking gun for their plot to come in the shape of a giant rotting Technicolor corpse eating our children.

George Carlin, RIP

From The Washington Post:

George Carlin, 71, the much-honored American stand-up comedian whose long career was distinguished by pointed social commentary that placed him on the cultural cutting edge, died last night in Santa Monica, Calif.

His death was reported by the Reuters news agency and on the Los Angeles Times Web site. He had long struggled with health problems and a heart condition dating to the 1970s.

Carlin was selected last week by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to receive this year’s Mark Twain Prize, a lifetime achievement award presented to an outstanding comedian.

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The upside of being slightly evil

I could have told them that.

UPDATE: Oaktown Girl links in the comment to another point of view worth reading.

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Fight to the death

You put your right foot in, you take your right foot out

You put your right foot in, and you… oh, wait… According to the Associated Press, the most recent severed foot episode is a hoax:

British Columbia’s coroner’s office

But since the AP are being asshats, we’re gonna quote the BBC instead:

A severed “foot” in a running shoe found in Canada’s British Columbia is not human, the province’s coroners service says.

It said the remains found near Campbell River on Vancouver Island on Wednesday belonged to an animal, describing the hoax as “reprehensible”.

That’s a word for it.

Friday vampire dance party

This one is for Vancouver (see why below).



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