Friday, September 28, 2007

Bury St. Joseph, Sell Your House

Tom Cruise Building Bunker to Hide From Aliens!

Sounds like headlines from the National Enquirer I know, but it is from CBS. Some think Tom Cruise is spending more than 10 million dollars to build a bunker below his home for the express purpose of protecting he and his family from an impending alien attack.

Zodiac Horse Head Creating a Stir in China

A rare and controversial Chinese sculpture is likely to stir patriotic feelings when it goes to auction. The expected price for this bronze horse head? About 10 million dollars.

More Two Headed Creatures!

Wow, two stories about two headed animals in the same day, and this story is about two two headed animals. One is a cow, the other a snake...

Two Headed Turtle

A rare two-headed turtle has arrived at a reptile center in the US. Not that unusual they say, but this turtle is special because it actually has two full heads at opposite ends of the body. Check out the pictures in the story below.

Worms and Chili, Mmm, Mmm Good!

Ahh, the nuances of culture. We like French fries, they like worms. Fresh worms, chili worms, lemon worms, roasted worms, worms in bottles of Mezcal, which is a liquor similar in taste and function as tequila. I've been told that the worm is the best part of the drink! Wouldn't know personally, but hey, whatever floats your boat.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Anorexic Model on Billboard in Milan During Fashion Week

No News is Good News... Geez, try to find weird news on a daily basis - it's not the easiest thing to do. Sure, there is news...but the story on cow dung power is already a couple of weeks old. Today, Halo 3 fans cheer the arrival of the final installment of the successful trilogy of games for Xbox; but, that's hardly weird. And then we have our good ole boy prez implementing sanctions against the military dictatorship in Burma. Important, yes, weird, no (though it is a little humorous to hear him trying to pronounce yet another challenging word). Okay, here is one: a woman with Downs Syndrome swims Lake Tahoe to raise awareness about Downs Syndrome. Strange or bizarre? Nah, but it is quite amazing. Maybe this one qualifies as a spotlight on this blog today...woman designers in Kenya trying to put Paris and Milan off the map as fashion centers of the world. Well, another interesting one, but...

Much to my dismay at the lack of odd headlines today, I have decided to give the grand prize for weird news to...(drumroll)...Anorexic Model Appears in Billboard Advertisement. I am truly sorry, it was the best I could do!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Google Bankrolls Moon Challenge

Google is bankrolling a $30 million contest that could significantly hasten the first nongovernmental flight to the moon.

Opps! I Thought You Were Dead...My Bad!

Hospital workers fill out the wrong form and send a live man to the morgue...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Image of Virgin Mary in a Lemon

Last month, the Virgin Mary was seen on a garage door in Pennsylvania. Then, she was morphing with Bin Laden into Jesus. Now, a Watauga Bar Owner in Dallas sees the Virgin Mary in a lemon. Where will she appear next?

Death of a Woman's Healing Ritual ?

There are only a few surviving Zar performers in Egypt who practice a musical form that originated in Africa and is rooted in mysticism and spirituality. Zār custom involves the possession of an individual (usually female) by a spirit. Zār practitioners maintain certain vestiges of animism found in western and southern Africa and in African Diaspora communities in the western hemisphere.

Homosexual and effeminate male priests of a healing cult known as Zaar were described in 1977 by Pamela Constantinides. The Zaar cult served as a refuge for women and effeminate men in conservative, Muslim-dominated Sudan.

One a religious ceremony, Zar performances are now a dying art form. The following media clip describes the decline of this healing ritual performed by women for women.


Natvig, R. (1988). Liminal Rites and Female Symbolism in the Egyptian Zar Possession Cult. Numen, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 57-68

Traditional Iranian Art Fading Away?

Illumination and miniature paintings are an important part of Iran's cultural heritage. In fact, the Iranian Cultural Continent is home to one of the richest art heritages in world history and encompasses many disciplines including architecture, painting, weaving, pottery, calligraphy, metalworking and stone masonry. The image is an example of an Iranian miniature painting of the Qajari style (also referred to as "Coffee House painting"). Paintings of this style are a blend of European influences and Safavid miniature schools of painting. Image: Mollahs in the presence of a Safavi King, Iran. Artist is unknown.

This image is in the public domain because its copyright has expired. This applies to the United States, Canada, the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

To Catch a Predator: Witches Sacrificing Snake and Cock!

Well, why not? After all the hell that sexual predators put their victims and families through, maybe we should cut off their balls and put them in a cauldron. This Squidoo lens gives both practical and metaphysical means for dealing with every child and parent's worst nightmare: child sexual abuse, exploitation, and abduction. Read more...

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Swamp Granny Hoodoo Gator

Now this is a Voodoo doll I bet you've never seen before...straight from the Louisiana swamps! Called "Swamp Granny Hoodoo Gator", this Voodoo doll is a completely original creation. Read more here.

Experts Deny Lucy a Home

Museums across the United States have denied Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old skeleton, a spot on their floor, worrying that it could be too fragile. I guess they don't want dem bones to break...

Forensic Artist May Help Solve Skeleton Mystery

Police in Fort Myers, Fla., have hired a forensic artist from Wyoming to recreate the faces of eight unidentified skulls found in their city.

Yale to Return Relics to Peru

Yale University has agreed to return to Peru hundreds of museum-quality relics taken from Machu Picchu -- the Lost City of the Incas.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Virgin Mary as a Voodoo Doll

Let me ask, would that piss you off? To see an artist's rendering of the Virgin Mary as a Voodoo doll, or the Pope as Adolf Hitler? Well, apparently it is pissing off a religious group in southwestern Ontario. The Art of Resistance is a documentary that features Argentenian artists who deliver powerful social commentary via artistic expression. It is going to be part of the Guelph International Film Festival which runs from November 3rd to the 5th. The religious group view the art as disrespectful to Christ and Catholicism. Can we please stop the madness?!

It's Not Voodoo - It's BlogRush

Here's a free service that will help any blogger generate more traffic and readers for their blog using RSS technology and some other secret technology known only to the developers.

BlogRush promises to help bloggers receive “mass distribution” for their content across the Internet without spamming or abusing the internet or gaming Google.

It’s a completely FREE service. All you have to do is create your account, add your blog, create your widget, and post it on your blog. Then the viral process starts. Every time a page loads with your widget, the widget refreshes with 5 blog post titles, a link to the full post and blog. These blog links will be from related blogs across the BlogRush Network. Links are set to open in a new window so visitors are not taken away from your site.

According to developer John Reese: "This ‘process’ provides incredible LEVERAGE. You can have a blog that gets just 1 visitor a week, but if that next visitor happens to be someone with a blog that gets 25,000 visits a day, and they click your widget and sign up, you’ll start having your blog posts promoted over 25,000 TIMES A DAY. And that doesn’t even count all the potential “viral growth” that can then occur from that blog referring other blogs. It’s very, very powerful."

So what are you waiting for? Go over to BlogRush and get in on the action!


The fashion market has a new addition, a bikini made from the skin of tilapia fish, supposedly to make you feel like a mermaid...

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Niche Voodoo: Getting Traffic for Voodoo Dolls

Niche Voodoo: Getting Traffic for Voodoo Dolls

Help Me Finish Graduate School!

I am two months away from a PhD and no money left. I am a single mom and broke! AAHHH!!!! Thank you so much for contributing anything towards my goal.

Daily Horoscope

Okay, it's not strange or bizarre, but it is your horoscope.

Scary Little Ghost; Monster Pig Murdered

Poltergeist scares family from home and some idiot stabs Porky the pig to death. What?!!!

Sri Lankan dogs to fight Terrorism?

Sri Lankan police on Thursday appealed to the public to donate their pet dogs to help the fight against terrorism and crime on the war-torn island. I wonder how many people in the United States would donate their dogs for such a cause? Maybe this is the answer to the all the homeless dogs in the pet shelters...or maybe not.

Mormon Church Apologizes for Massacre

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints apologized this week for a massacre conducted by church members 150 years ago in southwestern Utah...

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Immigrant, Artist, Curator, Stinky Folk Hero?

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - People think Silvio Barile is crazy, and Barile knows this. It's not just that his Italian restaurant has become a museum for the crude, hulking concrete statues he labors over year round. Or that he freely airs disdain for America, which he also claims to love. Or that...

Primate Picassos

Zoo Atlanta is hoping primate picassos can charm crowds by painting with computers. The goal? To raise awareness of the orangutans diminishing population.

British Museum Holds Chinese Terracotta Exhibition

The British Museum opens the First Emperor exhibition on September 13, 2007...

Monday, September 10, 2007

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Sunday, September 9, 2007

A Miracle from Mother Teresa?

Hundreds of visitors gathered at the tomb of Mother Teresa in eastern India on Wednesday to pay tribute on the 10th anniversary of her death, with many hoping the nun will be granted sainthood.

Vikings and Angels

Forty-three percent of Danes believe in angels, according to a poll conducted by market research group Zapera and published in the Christian daily Kristeligt Dagblad on Saturday.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Coffee + New York City = Art

Serving cafe lattes in NYC is no longer about just steaming some milk and adding espresso - it's about art.

Stinging Cookies

Wasps are being used as an ingredient to spice up traditional cookies in a remote village in Japan. Wasps had always been a traditional staple for the inhabitants of Omachi in central Japan but usually only added to rice. The wasps apparently are valued for their protein content.

Banish, Bind, and Enemy Be Gone!

For the first time in three years, Osama Bin Laden shares his solution to world conflict - convert to Islam and all will be fine! Oh, that's all we have to do? Excuse me, but now's the time for everyone to get out their Voodoo dolls and perform their best banishing and binding rituals...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is a franchise started in 1918 as a newspaper cartoon panel featuring unusual and startling facts from around the world. Ripley first displayed his collection to the public at the Chicago World's Fair in 1933. He called it Ripley’s Odditorium and it attracted over two million visitors during the run of the fair. As of August 2006, there are 29 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditoriums around the world.

Firewalking in Greece

Firewalking...the act of walking barefoot over a bed of hot embers or stones...has a long history in many cultures as a serious ritual and test of faith. For example, firewalking is practiced by Eastern Orthodox Christians in parts of Greece. Firewalking is also practiced by African-born Hindus, by the !Kung Bushmen of the African Kalahari desert, by Japanese Taoists and Buddhists, by Polynesian tribes, by fakirs, and by Western motivational speakers such as Anthony Robbins and Andy Harrington. Firewalking has a religious or spiritual purpose, and is practiced for healing, in religious ceremonies, religious feasts, in rites of purification, and transcendence.

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Community Urinalysis

Is this for real?!!!

Doggie Dementia

Yet Another Death Defying Demonstration by the Master Mystifier

As if being seen with the likes of Paris Hilton and Lindsey Lohan wasn't enough...

Criss and... Who's Next?

People really need to get a life...

Criss Angel Clears up Rumours