Friday, April 30, 2010

XTina is back




And wow, is she back.  This video is... weird.  The mouth and eye gag thing is really freaking me out.  I feel like I'm watching a mash up episode of CSI Miami and HBO's Real Sex. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It's FRIDAY!!!

Ok, so actually - it's "Friday".It's Wednesday in the "real" world. But in my world, it's Friday! What that means is that I have the next 2 days off. And that it's beer and pizza night.Yea, "Friday"!And speaking of quotation marks, (what? Did too...) what is with that, anyway? Have you ever noticed that people use way too many quotation marks and obviously don't have a clue what they are for?

EMERGENCY HOTNESS POST!!



So I was at the gym, learning tricks about sex and stuff from Cosmo and I turn the page and I find this:

THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A WARNING LABEL I ALMOST FELL OFF THE ELLIPTICAL MACHINE! HOLY SHIT!

*DEAD*

THAT'S ALL!

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages...step right up to witness tact like you've never seen before!



I don't know much about Olivia Munn, and I always get her confused with some other no name actress that looks like her, but she's apparently the newest celeb to support PETA.  And, as I've noted previously, I support a lot of what PETA stands for and does, but sometimes I shake my head at some of things they come up with.

Well, you've got to love it when a celebrity shows up to unveil their PETA campaign wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and... wait for it ... leather boots.  Leather boots?  Wait.  What?  Oh, I see.  Since the campaign revolves around the circus, I guess it's okay to wear some leather boots that are probably made out of cow or calf.  I mean, it's not like she rode in on an elephant pulling a stage full of monkeys hula hooping.  Well done Olivia Munn.

The vampers are here!

June 13th can't come fast enough.  HBO has released the first mini episode of True Blood in prep of the third season.


Sunday, April 25, 2010

Alex O'Loughlin is about to BLOW UP! HE'S THAT HOT!

So, once upon a time there was this guy who played a vampire in this show called
MOONLIGHT

Yeah, so as much as that show was friggin awesome not enough people watched and so it went kablooey despite a HUGE fan campaign to keep the show...where was twitter then? I wonder had we had twitter if Moonlight might have lived to see another sunrise?


I watched and this above was one of the reasons why! Can you say hotspice!
I can!
HOTSPICE

Every man in the man meat blog has to have one "suit up" picture! Nice!

Hello there yuppie hotness! He's 32 ladies yeah it's old compared to Rpattz or TLau but hey just like wine men get better with age

Have to say, I'm glad you came out of the Moonlight and into the sunlight....droolspice!

Leather jacket + hot man = Me dead *thud*

HOLY.....I HAVE NO WORDS......

Fist pumps! When you decided to take a co-starring role next to J. Lo instead of staying on Three Rivers good going dude!
Yeah this picture speaks for itself, so he's been a vampire=hot, a doctor=hot, and a guy who falls in love with a pregnant woman=AWESOME!
FORMULA FOR GREATNESS IF YOU ASK ME

YEAH YOU ARE HOT TOO! We'll be seeing you soon when you move from unknown to famous as hell! Hope you are ready! You are about to blow up!
ENTER J. LO.

Now he's about to blow up and I wanted to let everyone know I noticed this hotness before THE BACK UP PLAN blows up his career!
HOTNESS COMING TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU SOON!

LOVE YA! PROMISE TO TRY TO UPDATE MORE UNTIL THEN ENJOY PAST POSTS THESE MEN DON'T GET LESS HOT WITH TIME! OUR ARCHIVES CONTAIN PURE GOLD! CHECK THEM OUT



Friday, April 23, 2010

I am bothered



My boyfriend, Alexander Skarsgard, is obviously cheating on me with some skinny scrawny ho with no boobs.  Not at all impressed.  All I have to say is he better not give her a whore belly or I'm walking.

[Image via Daily Fill]

7-Eleven the third largest beer retailer in the U.S.


Wow, who knew?  But, that's not the most interesting part.  Apparently 7-Eleven will be coming out with its very own brand of beer: Game Day.  The beer will be priced between $6.99 and $8.99 a pack.  Hmmm, a pack?  I would think they'd probably sell singles too.  I mean, if any of the 7-Eleven's around the United States are anything like the one near my work in Malden, MA, then they have a LOT of people coming in that would love to buy a single beer.  Then maybe go outside and hang out on the sidewalk, guzzle the beer, and then go back into the store to use the restroom (and by restroom, I mean the back far left corner of the store), then open a can of nuts, shove a handful in their mouth, put the lid back on, and then put the can back on the shelf.  Then maybe buy another beer single, but only after going back out on the sidewalk to hustle a few people for a few bucks, vomit in the trash can, and then lay down on the sidewalk, moaning.  Then jump up, pull out a gun, and run in and rob the place, only to come back a few days later to use the money to buy more beer singles.  It's a vicious circle.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

HAPPY EARTH DAY


It's raining here today, and everything is really green. The plum trees in my backyard are in bloom and everything else is leafing.

I don't mind the rain. It's a nice background sound for the day.

I have a window open just enough to smell how green it is.
Have you ever noticed that? That things can smell green? It's really nice. It's a happy smell. A "new" smell.



It's a good day for Earth

Time Traveler Caught in Photo?


It’s the short description for the photograph shown at the virtual Bralorne Pioneer Museum, from British Columbia, Canada. The image can be seen specifically on this page (scroll down to the middle), among other items of the online exhibit. Did you notice anything out of place? Or perhaps, out of time?

The man with what appears to be very modern sunglasses seems to be wearing a stamped T-shirt with a nice sweater, all the while holding a portable compact camera!

Internet people reached to the obvious conclusion: it’s a time traveller caught on camera on 1940! Finally, we have proof!

If the story seems straight out of a movie and the photo is in itself a great funny find, the most amusing thing i came up with while looking into this – as an Internet person, on the Internet – was the reply for a skeptical, or perhaps somewhat cynical comment on how spurious it would seem the idea that a time traveler would want to visit the reopening of a bridge in some small town in Canada.

Read this on Doc Brown’s voice: “Of course, because we know nothing happened there right? But if we are considering time travel, how can we know if in some other timeline something historical happened right there?”

Indeed! Once you consider time travel, everything changes. But before writing Hollywood scripts, let’s get back to reality and ask again: is the photo evidence of a time traveller?

As noted, the image is indeed available through the official website for Canada’s museums. It was part of the exhibit “Their Past Lives Here” from Bralorne-Pioneer, available to the public since 2004. It was put online since February this year, perhaps before that. And the peculiar “time traveller” image was only noted as such in the end of March, when it was linked on main websites such as Above Top Secret and FARK.

Given the source, we would assume the photo is authentic, and correctly dated to c.1940. Indeed, an Error Level Analysis suggests the image was not digitally tampered with, or at least that if it was, the author was smart enough to normalize the error across the whole thing. It’s a good job, if it was a job. And again, given the source, we would assume it was not a job.

So, how do we explain the man out of time?


Not quite out of time

As members of the ATS, like “Outkast Searcher”, diligently noted, despite looking very modern the man’s outfit and even glasses and camera could be found in the 1940s. Below, similar sunglasses used by actress Barbara Stanwyck on the movie “Double Indemnity” (1944):

The outfit could also be found 70 years ago. Being used as we are to our contemporary fashion, we look at the man and assume he’s wearing a stamped T-shirt, something that would be indeed out of place (or time). But if you look carefully, you can see that he’s actually wearing (or could as well be wearing) a sweatshirt. And sweatshirts with bordered emblems were not uncommon in the 1940s – in fact you can find those in other photos from the same exhibit.

The sweater he also uses seems to be hand knitted, with buttons on the front. Something that was definitely available at the time, if he had some kind grandma perhaps.

Finally, despite some comments about the camera lens being too big for the time, too compact, it looks like a Kodak Folding Pocket model, available since the beginning of the 20th century.

That is: even taking this photo for granted, as depicting an authentic scene, a real man with his curious glasses and outfit in Canada 70 years ago, there’s nothing that can be seen that is actually out of place or time. He looks different from other people, but it has already been suggested that he’s using welding goggles and a glove.

This is not much of a proof of time travel, and more like evidence of the cyclic nature of fashion. These days, even a beggar can be mistaken for a trendy fashion model. Keep reading for more into this and other time travel stories.


Not quite new

Despite being an awesome photo and story, the Canadian time traveller is not the first on the genre. One of the most famous Internet stories deals with Andrew Carlssin, a man from the year 2256 who appeared in Wall Street on 2003. It was published as a news item on Yahoo!, but few people noticed it was in the Entertainment section and that the source was the Weekly World News. In case you haven’t checked the WWN, you should do it now.

There’s also the story of John Titor, an elaborate story where a time traveller joined several online discussion forums! On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog, but if you tell elaborate stories about being a time traveller, you may just create an enduring digital myth. Alas, time itself took care of disproving all of John Titor’s stories about the future. Or perhaps that’s a nice thing, since the future Titor invented was pretty gloom.

And some years ago, the photo of a man with a Mohawk hairstyle at a festival before the punk movement made the style popular was also reason for buzz. I remember seeing it on BoingBoing, but now I can’t find it! Was it erased by the time travellers? Will I forget about it soon? In any event, I also remember that people quickly pointed out that although the hairstyle was popularized by punks, it was not unseen before that, dating even from before the Mohawk tribe.

Time travel is an amazing idea, but so far it’s all speculation, fiction, hoax and misunderstandings.


Case closed?

As a matter of fact, no! Despite being clear that the image, even if authentic, would not be evidence of an out of time man, it’s still possible it could be a hoax. After all, photoshop jobs mixing modern figures in old photos are not that complex. A series that has been popular the past few weeks placed contemporary super-heroes in historical photos:

Is it possible that an elaborate hoax could have included a manipulated photograph among the items of a museum exhibit, only to have it put online and finally exposed as “time travel proof” later? Well, it would be quite an elaborate hoax, but it is possible.

Let’s look again at the photo. Pay attention to the right arm of the “time traveller”: you may realize that the arm actually belongs to the man right behind him. Why would another man’s arm be in that position? Is there even space for such a large, tall “time traveller” to stand in there?

These could be indications that the man was inserted into the image without much care for perspective.

Or perhaps it’s just an unusual perspective, and the arm from the man behind just looks like it’s over the “time traveller”, even touching the camera? Or could the arm actually belong to the hipster traveller?

I don’t know.

If this is a digital hoax, why would the hoaxer insert a man that seems out of place, but not actually using anything that couldn’t be found in the 1940s? The camera is definitely old. What looks like a stamped T-shirt is a sweatshirt with emblem. Why not have him use something definitely out of time, like the logo for a company that wouldn’t be created until decades later, such as NIKE or even Microsoft? It would even make an amazing viral marketing for any company that managed to get buzz from this. Why not?

I don’t know.

Once again, it must be clear that even if this photograph is authentic, even if it depicts a real scene from 1940, it would not be the proof of time travel. Alas. Also, I tend to assume that given the source, the photo is indeed authentic, not tampered with. But that arm, it does look strange. I’m not sure. I don’t know.

I tried to send an email to the Bralorne Pioneer museum, but the address was not valid. I’m still trying to find (an easy) way to contact it. If you manage to get an official response from them, do share it. If you discover anything else, do share it. This is an adorable little “mystery”.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

There is such a thing as oversharing

I'm a fan of FaceBook and Twitter.  And yes, I often snap pictures while I'm out and about, sometimes of myself or my friends, or a sign, or a sunset, or food, etc and post them to my profile(s).  Fairly normal stuff, right?  Right. 

Then there's the oversharer.  You know the type.  The one that's tweeting about taking a dump (and sometimes posting a pic of the event), or posting updates and pics of their every move during the day.  Like Coco.  I'm sorry?  You don't know who Coco is?  Well, Coco is one of Hollywood's lovely ladies.  She's classy, she's smart, and she knows how to show off her assets.  She's also married to Ice T.  And she's an oversharer.  She posted this pic on Twitter today while out "running errands". 

The vampers are coming!

[Image via HBO.com]

It wasn't meant to be



So, I previously posted about Tara Reid's engagement to some obscure man, but the buzz today is that she's called off the May 22nd wedding.  Did you read that right?  She called it off.  Really?  Are we sure about that?  Because, I'd be more apt to believe it was - let's call him Duke - Duke that called it off.  Right?  She seems like she's definitely the "I wanna have a fairytale wedding and ride unicorns" kind of crazy.   

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Speaking of ...

 I haven't had much to blog about this week, the brain is just not working the way I want it to. I wanted to post some new art this weekend, but I'm really having trouble with that. Kind of like writer's block, I guess. So I'll do another episode of  "Speaking of..."

Ready?


So I was randomly flipping channels last night and happened upon one of those "reality" shows, "Stupid Housewives of

Friday, April 16, 2010

Black Hole - a Doorways into Alternate Realities

Like part of a cosmic Russian doll, our universe may be nested inside a black hole that is itself part of a larger universe.

In turn, all the black holes found so far in our universe—from the microscopic to the supermassive—may be doorways into alternate realities.

According to a mind-bending new theory, a black hole is actually a tunnel between universes—a type of wormhole. The matter the black hole attracts doesn't collapse into a single point, as has been predicted, but rather gushes out a "white hole" at the other end of the black one, the theory goes.

In a recent paper published in the journal Physics Letters B, Indiana University physicist Nikodem Poplawski presents new mathematical models of the spiraling motion of matter falling into a black hole. His equations suggest such wormholes are viable alternatives to the "space-time singularities" that Albert Einstein predicted to be at the centers of black holes.

According to Einstein's equations for general relativity, singularities are created whenever matter in a given region gets too dense, as would happen at the ultradense heart of a black hole.

Einstein's theory suggests singularities take up no space, are infinitely dense, and are infinitely hot—a concept supported by numerous lines of indirect evidence but still so outlandish that many scientists find it hard to accept.

If Poplawski is correct, they may no longer have to.

According to the new equations, the matter black holes absorb and seemingly destroy is actually expelled and becomes the building blocks for galaxies, stars, and planets in another reality.

Wormholes Solve Big Bang Mystery?

The notion of black holes as wormholes could explain certain mysteries in modern cosmology, Poplawski said.

For example, the big bang theory says the universe started as a singularity. But scientists have no satisfying explanation for how such a singularity might have formed in the first place.

If our universe was birthed by a white hole instead of a singularity, Poplawski said, "it would solve this problem of black hole singularities and also the big bang singularity."

Wormholes might also explain gamma ray bursts, the second most powerful explosions in the universe after the big bang.

Gamma ray bursts occur at the fringes of the known universe. They appear to be associated with supernovae, or star explosions, in faraway galaxies, but their exact sources are a mystery.

Poplawski proposes that the bursts may be discharges of matter from alternate universes. The matter, he says, might be escaping into our universe through supermassive black holes—wormholes—at the hearts of those galaxies, though it's not clear how that would be possible.

"It's kind of a crazy idea, but who knows?" he said.

There is at least one way to test Poplawski's theory: Some of our universe's black holes rotate, and if our universe was born inside a similarly revolving black hole, then our universe should have inherited the parent object's rotation.

If future experiments reveal that our universe appears to rotate in a preferred direction, it would be indirect evidence supporting his wormhole theory, Poplawski said.

Wormholes Are "Exotic Matter" Makers?

The wormhole theory may also help explain why certain features of our universe deviate from what theory predicts, according to physicists.

Based on the standard model of physics, after the big bang the curvature of the universe should have increased over time so that now—13.7 billion years later—we should seem to be sitting on the surface of a closed, spherical universe.

But observations show the universe appears flat in all directions.

What's more, data on light from the very early universe show that everything just after the big bang was a fairly uniform temperature.

That would mean that the farthest objects we see on opposite horizons of the universe were once close enough to interact and come to equilibrium, like molecules of gas in a sealed chamber.

Again, observations don't match predictions, because the objects farthest from each other in the known universe are so far apart that the time it would take to travel between them at the speed of light exceeds the age of the universe.

To explain the discrepancies, astronomers devised the concept of inflation.

Inflation states that shortly after the universe was created, it experienced a rapid growth spurt during which space itself expanded at faster-than-light speeds. The expansion stretched the universe from a size smaller than an atom to astronomical proportions in a fraction of a second.

The universe therefore appears flat, because the sphere we're sitting on is extremely large from our viewpoint—just as the sphere of Earth seems flat to someone standing in a field.

Inflation also explains how objects so far away from each other might have once been close enough to interact.

But—assuming inflation is real—astronomers have always been at pains to explain what caused it. That's where the new wormhole theory comes in.

According to Poplawski, some theories of inflation say the event was caused by "exotic matter," a theoretical substance that differs from normal matter, in part because it is repelled rather than attracted by gravity.

Based on his equations, Poplawski thinks such exotic matter might have been created when some of the first massive stars collapsed and became wormholes.

"There may be some relationship between the exotic matter that forms wormholes and the exotic matter that triggered inflation," he said.

Wormhole Equations an "Actual Solution"

The new model isn't the first to propose that other universes exist inside black holes. Damien Easson, a theoretical physicist at Arizona State University, has made the speculation in previous studies.

"What is new here is an actual wormhole solution in general relativity that acts as the passage from the exterior black hole to the new interior universe," said Easson, who was not involved in the new study.

"In our paper, we just speculated that such a solution could exist, but Poplawski has found an actual solution," said Easson, referring to Poplawski's equations.

Nevertheless, the idea is still very speculative, Easson said in an email.

"Is the idea possible? Yes. Is the scenario likely? I have no idea. But it is certainly an interesting possibility."

Future work in quantum gravity—the study of gravity at the subatomic level—could refine the equations and potentially support or disprove Poplawski's theory, Easson said.

Wormhole Theory No Breakthrough


Overall, the wormhole theory is interesting, but not a breakthrough in explaining the origins of our universe, said Andreas Albrecht, a physicist at the University of California, Davis, who was also not involved in the new study.

By saying our universe was created by a gush of matter from a parent universe, the theory simply shifts the original creation event into an alternate reality.

In other words, it doesn't explain how the parent universe came to be or why it has the properties it has—properties our universe presumably inherited.

"There're really some pressing problems we're trying to solve, and it's not clear that any of this is offering a way forward with that," he said.

Still, Albrecht doesn't find the idea of universe-bridging wormholes any stranger than the idea of black hole singularities, and he cautions against dismissing the new theory just because it sounds a little out there.

"Everything people ask in this business is pretty weird," he said. "You can't say the less weird [idea] is going to win, because that's not the way it's been, by any means."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lady GaGa and Susan Boyle get it on


In the recording studio, that is.  Um, how random can you get?  These two are total opposites.  What do you think they'll sing about?  More importantly, how do you think filming the video will go?

Lady Gaga: Suz, I totally want you to be lying on the bed, bathrobe on and maybe showing just a little cleavage, and then I want you to grab your crotch and then look seductively into the camera and start to sing.

Susan Boyle: *high pitch giggle* oh, no, Lady, I can't do that!  I'm not seductive.  And I certainly can't show any part of my chebs! 

LG: ok.  Hmmmm.  What about ditching the bathrobe idea and maybe put you in a bird suit and have you sitting on a very large nest, keeping some eggs warm. Then, as you start singing, you can jump up and start dry humping one of the eggs?

SB: *high pitch giggle* what?  A bird suit?  Wait.  I have a sheep suit at home that I wore to a friend's wedding.  What if I wore that and you could pretend to shear me?

LG: *squinting* I could be dressed as Little Bo Peep and have a whip, maybe some ten inch thigh high boots, and a branding iron.  You'll be my very bad little sheep...

SB: a branding iron? 

LG: yes!  Oh, I love it Suzie!!

SB: wait.  What's the bloody song called, anyway? 

LG: I Love the Smell of Flesh. 

I see... horrible fashion sense



Wow.  This outfit screams "I have no idea what my body shape is."  This poor girl.  I know she's been through an awful lot the past year or so, but seriously, she's really not making it any easier on herself by traipsing around in outfits like this.  Firstly, yellow jeans are a definite no if you're a teeny bit bottom heavy, especially if they are yellow mom jeans.  Secondly, the belly skin?  No no no no no no no no.  Especially not with those jeans!  To be honest, I'm almost seeing some camel toe, which NO ONE ever really wants to see (okay, maybe some guys want to see Megan Fox's).  Oh Mischa.  I just googled images of her and I couldn't actually find one pic of her that she looks "nice" in.  Maybe I'm being harsh, okay, yes, I'm being harsh, but seriously, if it's one thing this girl should do, and do right, it's to get a stylist.  Seriously.   

[Image via INF Daily]

A strapless sports bra part 2

Apparently this classy lady has several strapless sports bras. And she even wears them while kick boxing.  Seriously???  She also appears to color coordinate her nail color with whatever color her bra is.  I bet Mariah Carey is pissed she didn't start this trend...

Spontaneous Human Combustion

Spontaneous human combustion (SHC) is the alleged burning of a person's body without a readily apparent, identifiable external source of ignition. The combustion may result in simple burns and blisters to the skin, smoking, or a complete incineration of the body. The latter is the form most often 'recognized' as SHC. There is much speculation and controversy over SHC. It is not a proven natural occurrence, but many theories have attempted to explain SHC's existence and how it may occur. The two most common explanations offered to account for apparent SHC are the non-spontaneous "wick effect" fire, and the rare discharge called static flash fires. Although mathematically it can be shown that the human body contains enough energy stored in the form of fat and other tissues to consume it completely, in normal circumstances bodies will not sustain a flame on their own.



History of Spontaneous Human Combustion

Many people believe that Spontaneous Human Combustion was first documented in such early texts as the Bible, but, scientifically speaking, these accounts are too old and secondhand to be seen as reliable evidence.

Over the past 300 years, there have been more than 200 reports of persons burning to a crisp for no apparent reason.

The first reliable historic evidence of Spontaneous Human Combustion appears to be from the year 1673, when Frenchman Jonas Dupont published a collection of Spontaneous Human Combustion cases and studies entitled De Incendiis Corporis Humani Spontaneis. Dupont was inspired to write this book after encountering records of the Nicole Millet case, in which a man was acquitted of the murder of his wife when the court was convinced that she had been killed by spontaneous combustion. Millet, a hard-drinking Parisian was found reduced to ashes in his straw bed, leaving just his skull and finger bones. The straw matting was only lightly damaged. Dupont's book on this strange subject brought it out of the realm of folkloric rumor and into the popular public imagination.

On April 9, 1744, Grace Pett, 60, an alcoholic residing in Ipswich England, was found on the floor by her daughter like "a log of wood consumed by a fire, without apparent flame." Nearby clothing was undamaged.

In the 1800's is evidenced in the number of writers that called on it for a dramatic death scene. Most of these authors were hacks that worked on the 19th century equivalent of comic books, "penny dreadfuls", so no one got too worked up about it; but two big names in the literary world also used SHC as a dramatic device, and one did cause a stir.

The first of these two authors was Captain Marryat who, in his novel Jacob Faithful, borrowed details from a report in the Times of London of 1832 to describe the death of his lead character's mother, who is reduced to "a sort of unctuous pitchey cinder."

Twenty years later, in 1852, Charles Dickens used Spontaneous Human Combustion to kill off a character named Krook in his novel Bleak House. Krook was a heavy alcoholic, true to the popular belief at the time that SHC was caused by excessive drinking. The novel caused a minor uproar; George Henry Lewes, philosopher and critic, declared that SHC was impossible, and derided Dickens' work as perpetuating a uneducated superstition. Dickens responded to this statement in the preface of the 2nd edition of his work, making it quite clear that he had researched the subject and knew of about thirty cases of SHC. The details of Krook's death in Bleak House were directly modeled on the details of the death of the Countess Cornelia de Bandi Cesenate by this extraordinary means; the only other case that Dickens actually cites details from is the Nicole Millet account that inspired Dupont's book about 100 years earlier.

In 1951the Mary Reeser case recaptured the public interest in Spontaneous Human Combustion. Mrs. Reeser, 67, was found in her apartment on the morning of July 2, 1951, reduced to a pile of ashes, a skull, and a completely undamaged left foot. This event has become the foundation for many a book on the subject of SHC since, the most notable being Michael Harrison's Fire From Heaven, printed in 1976. Fire From Heaven has become the standard reference work on Spontaneous Human Combustion.

On May 18, 1957, Anna Martin, 68, of West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was found incinerated, leaving only her shoes and a portion of her torso. The medical examiner estimated that temperatures must have reached 1,700 to 2,000 degrees, yet newspapers two feet away were found intact.

On December 5, 1966, the ashes of Dr. J. Irving Bentley, 92, of Coudersport, Pennsylvania, were discovered by a meter reader. Dr. Bentley's body apparently ignited while he was in the bathroom and burned a 2-1/2-by-3-foot hole through the flooring, with only a portion of one leg remaining intact. Nearby paint was unscorched.

Perhaps the most famous case occurred in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mary Hardy Reeser, a 67-year-old widow, spontaneously combusted while sitting in her easy chair on July 1, 1951. The next morning, her next door neighbor tried the doorknob, found it hot to the touch and went for help. She returned to find Mrs. Reeser, or what was left of her, in a blackened circle four feet in diameter.

All that remained of the 175-pound woman and her chair was a few blackened seat springs, a section of her backbone, a shrunken skull the size of a baseball, and one foot encased in a black stain slipper just beyond the four-foot circle. Plus about 10 pounds of ashes.

The police report declared that Mrs. Reeser went up in smoke when her highly flammable rayon-acetate nightgown caught fire, perhaps because of a dropped cigarette.

But one medical examiner stated that the 3,000-degree heat required to destroy the body should have destroyed the apartment as well. In fact, damage was minimal - the ceiling and upper walls were covered with soot. No chemical accelerants, incidentally, were found.

In 1944 Peter Jones, survived this experience and reported that there was no sensation of heat nor sighting of flames. He just saw smoke. He stated that he felt no pain.


Theories about Spontaneous Human Combustion

- Alchoholism - many Spontaneous Human Combustion vicitms have been alcoholics. But experiments in the 19th century demonstrated that flesh impregnated with alcohol will not burn with the intense heat associated with Spontaneous Human Combustion.

- Deposits of flammable body fat - Many victims have been overweight - yet others have been skinny.

- Devine Intervention - Centuries ago people felt that the explosion was a sign from God of devine punishment.

- Build-up of static electricity - no known form of electrostatic discharge could cause a human to burst into flames.

- An explosive combination of chemicals can form in the digestive system - due to poor diet.

- Electrical fields that exist within the human body might be capable of 'short circuiting' somehow, that some sort of atomic chain reaction could generate tremendous internal heat.

No satisfactory explanation of Spontaneous Human Combustion has ever been given. It is still an unsolved mystery.




What Remains After a Spontaneous Human Combustion Event

- The body is normally more severely burned than one that has been caught in a normal fire.

- The burns are not distributed evenly over the body; the extremities are usually untouched by fire, whereas the torso usually suffers severe burning.

- In some cases the torso is completely destroyed, the bones being reduced completely to ash.

- Small portions of the body (an arm, a foot, maybe the head) remain unburned.

- Only objects immediately associated with the body have burned; the fire never spread away from the body. SHC victims have burnt up in bed without the sheets catching fire, clothing worn is often barely singed, and flammable materials only inches away remain untouched.

- A greasy soot deposit covers the ceiling and walls, usually stopping three to four feet above the floor.

- Objects above this three to four foot line show signs of heat damage (melted candles, cracked mirrors, etc.)

- Although temperatures of about 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit are normally required to char a body so thoroughly (crematoria, which usually operate in the neighborhood of 2,000 degrees, leave bone fragments which must be ground up by hand), frequently little or nothing around the victim is damaged, except perhaps the exact spot where the deceased ignited.



Types of Spontaneous Human Combustion

Some events of Spontaneous Human Combustion are witnessed but some are not.

All reported cases have occurred indoors.

The victims were always alone for a long period of time.

Witnesses who were nearby (in adjacent rooms) report never hearing any sounds, such as cries of pain or calls for assistance.

In the witnessed combustions - people are actually seen by witnesses to explode into flame; most commonly. Here the witnesses agree that there was no possible source of ignition and/or that the flames were seen to erupt directly from the victim's skin. Unfortunately, most of the known cases of this type are poorly documented and basically unconfirmed. Sometimes there are no flames seen by the witness.

Non-fatal cases - Unfortunately, the victims of these events generally have no better idea of what happened to them than do the investigators; but the advantage to this grouping is that a survivor can confirm if an event had a simple explaination or not. Thus, there are far fewer cases of Spontaneous Human Combustion with survivors that can be explained away by skeptics without a second look.

Sometimes victims develop burns on their bodies that have no known external cause. These strange wounds commonly start as small discomforts that slowly grow into large, painful marks.

Sometimes the victim will exhibit a mysterious smoke from the body. In these odd and rare occurences smoke is seen to emanate from a person, with no associated fire or source of smoke other than the person's body.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Speaking of Random...

Random Monday stuff.









Yah, that's the stuff. 
I went to the freezer last night to get a popsicle (mmm...grape bars!) and when I reached in for one I noticed a box of frozen pre-cooked bacon. I thought,"Mmm, bacon..." and had a split-second debate before deciding to stick with the grape bar. 
Speaking of "pre-cooked", what the heck is it with "pre" stuff? "Pre-cooked" bacon. It's not! It's

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Oh You Card!

I listed some more cards at Zazzle today.

Also some t-shirts:

and a bunch more, so go check it out! Buy something! (Is that too bossy?)

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Thief! No, not you...



So I was perusing blogs today, and one of the blogs I went to was Amanda Raquel Worr's because I love, love, love her artwork. She had some information about books and resources to help budding illustrators, and illustrators who are having a hard time getting published.
One of the things she linked to is a blog called Escape from Illustration Island. I had actually come across this blog some

If Dr. Drew were Lindsanity's papa


My favorite train wreck is in the "news" again, and this time it's because Dr. Drew is talking about what he would do if he were Lindsay's father:

"If she were my daughter, I would pack her car full with illegal substances, send her on her way, call the police, and make sure she was arrested. I would make sure she was not allowed to get out of jail. I would then go to the judge and make sure she was ordered to a minimum of a three year sobriety program."

Ouch.  Do you think it would work?  I'm not sure.  I have a feeling that Lindsay would end up in the kind of jail Lady GaGa gets locked up in at the beginning of her Telephone video.  

Friday, April 9, 2010

He's a little bit saintly, she's a little bit evil

Somewhere in Bosnia, Angelina and Brad went around visiting the locals and doing good deeds for humanity.  However, because I think Angelina definitely has an evil side, I imagine that, in the picture above, she held out some food in one hand and told these two old ladies that whoever was the fastest at grabbing it got to keep it. 

[Image via Splash News]

A strapless sports bra?

No, I don't think so. How is it even possible to wear this while working out? And, seriously, she's got some massive jugs, so how is this scrap of material staying in place?!?! Those girls in Jersey really know how to class it up.


[Image via Splash News]

Drunk eyes

Yeah, Rachel Bilson has a serious case of the the drunk eyes.  Maybe her intoxicated state is the reason she wore this dress?  I mean, it's not so hideous, but it's not good.  A color heel would have been much nicer, especially since her clutch is almost the exact shade as her dress.  But, maybe she was hoping to use her face as her "wow" factor.  Normally, I think she's a pretty girl.  But, not so much here.  And what's up with that hair?  It looks like she may have shampooed with mayo. 

[Image via Splash News]

Mickey Rourke in new beer commercial

And it's awesome.



Thanks Perez!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Hey, there Cupcake!

When I initially designed my cupcakes I really had no idea what I was going to do with them. I just liked them. I mean, who doesn't like cupcakes? 
I sold one to a lady who wanted to use it for her Etsy banner. And I have sold a couple prints here and there. But I still had no real game plan for them. 
Then I found Zazzle. And baby clothes. And look how cute this is!

Almost makes me wanna have a

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Whoa, it's been a while.

I hadn't realized just how long it's been since I last posted, and it's been a long time! However, I was away for a bit, celebrating my birthday in Dublin, Ireland. I know, I've got it tough. I'm a bit overwhelmed with just how much celebrity gossip I have to catch up on, but I will pervail. In the meantime, please enjoy this lovely pic of Bradley Cooper. I think it's mostly so lovely because his boogity girlfriend isn't in the pic with him...




[Image via Splash News]