(Departed) soul mates???

This is one of the more unusual relationship breakup stories to pop up. An Irish Jack Sparrow impersonator who married the ghost of a pirate has revealed she has split from her 300-year-old hubby.Earlier this year Amanda Sparrow Large, 46, said she’d found her “soulmate” in a Haitian pirate from the 1700s who was executed for thieving on the high seas.The loved-up couple were legally married by a shaman priest in a boat off the Irish coast in international waters.But now the mum from Drogheda, Co Louth, has revealed the unlikely union is over.Posting on social media she said: “So I

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No word on the smell . . .

I was taken aback (sort of) by reading about a new technique for producing bricks . . . using human urine. The world’s first ‘bio-brick’ made from human urine was unveiled by University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering masters student Suzanne Lambert on Wednesday. . . . Dr Dyllon Randall, Lambert’s supervisor and senior lecturer in water quality at UCT, explained that the “bio brick” is created through a natural process called microbial carbonate precipitation. “It’s not unlike the way seashells are formed,” Randall said. Parts of the urine are combined with loose sand and a bacteria to produce an enzyme

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Wincing in anticipation . . .

I’m scheduling this post before leaving the house, on the way to a podiatrist to follow up on the foot problem I wrote about some weeks ago.  That led to four toenails being removed.  Unfortunately, they’ve not been healing very well, and a minor infection has caused more issues. The podiatrist told me last week that the problem seems to be something called a “pyogenic granuloma“, a sort of lump or growth in and around the site of the former nail(s), where the flesh isn’t healing properly.  If my toes haven’t sorted themselves out, he’ll have to cut it/them out and

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OWWW!!!

This morning, as mentioned in my last post, the podiatrist cut a granuloma out of my big toe, where the nail used to be, and cauterized it.  Even with three injections of local anesthetic, it still hurt like a sum*****, particularly when he cauterized the nail bed to control bleeding. I’m under orders to stay off my feet for a while, and not do anything interesting, exciting or energetic involving my tootsies.  I’ll catch up with blogging again tomorrow morning. Peter

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“Correlation does not imply causation”, but when it comes to bedbugs

One of the most frequently heard observations about statistics is that “Correlation does not imply causation” – in other words, that just because two observations are observed simultaneously, it doesn’t necessarily mean that one is caused by the other.  Nevertheless, sufficiently high degrees of correlation do make one wonder. In that light, Orkin’s latest “Top 50 Bed Bug Cities List” made me wonder. For the second year in a row, Baltimore tops Orkin’s Top 50 Bed Bug Cities list, released today. New York fell four spots, while Dallas-Fort Worth joined the top 10. San Diego and Albany rejoin the list,

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Monday, September 17, 2018

What’s in a name? It is to laugh – for some people, anyway.  The (very) small town of Uranus, Missouri, has a new newspaper. “The Uranus Examiner.” That’s the name Natalie Sanders, the managing editor, announced Wednesday afternoon. “We had thought about Constitution, but most of our, the people who love us, and who were part of coming up with the name, liked the ‘examiner’ better,” Sanders said.” . . . After Sanders’ announcement Wednesday afternoon, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman stood up and asked for the microphone. “No. I’m sorry. But, the innuendo of that title puts my city up for

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A turtle???

I’m more than a little mind-boggled by this report. The British expat who had [a] dead baby turtle inside her vagina, may have been a victim of a sexual assault, police said. . . . When doctors discovered the dead pet turtle — which caused a “serious infection” in her genitals — they called police last Saturday afternoon, fearing she was abused, ABC reported. The unnamed woman told local police she was out partying with a group of British pals Thursday night in the area of Fañabé beach a few days earlier, but doesn’t remember what happened that night, according to

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Yeah, families can be unreasonable like that . . .

Courtesy of prolific correspondent Snoggeramus, we learn of a funeral with a sequel. A Ugandan civil servant instructed his wife to bury him with a cash amount of Sh 6 million [Uganda shillings – equivalent to about US $1,600 at present exchange rates]. The money was meant to appease God for the deceased’s earthly sins. . . . Even though the exact sin was not stated, he asked his brother and sister to ensure that his wife does as he instructed. Uganda’s Daily Monitor news portal reports that he died after a protracted illness and was buried in his ancestral home in the

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Salad on your feet?

I have no desire whatsoever to wear these things. Introducing the “lettuce slide,” a crunchy riff on the ubiquitous Adidas sport sandals from vegan footwear brand Rombaut. The garden-variety wonders dispense with the classic striped band and instead stay on wearers’ feet with what appear to be crisp leaves of Boston bibb. Yum? You’ll need plenty of green to get a pair: The limited-edition rubber kicks are going for $122 — enough to make many people choke on their salads. . . . If you don’t nab one of the 50 available pairs on the brand’s website, don’t lament: With Paris

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Quite so

This XKCD cartoon caught my eye. Go to the original to read the mouseover text. I’ve never understood why horror films exist at all.  When one’s seen enough real-life horror, the movie imitation thereof is merely a reminder of things one would much rather forget – in fact, which one would much rather never have seen at all. Comedy horror, on the other hand, is a horse of a different color.  Who can forget “Love At First Bite“? And then there’s the famous thread on The Firing Line, started by our own Lawdog, titled “Lines I’d like to hear in a horror movie someday“. 

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