Monday, March 20, 2006

more interlude

There's a post about abortion out lurking out there, but tonight is not the night. Instead, I'm off to watch Mythbusters.

So it's all linky stuff: Take a look at the Unanswerables page on snopes - the page where all the really strange questions go. My favorite entry:
They say that if a person has a pet cat and dies, if the person's body is not found fairly soon after death, the cat, having not been fed, will become ravenously hungry and eat the dead person's face off — JUST the face!

Is this true? My cat often looks me in the face. I used to think he was just being friendly. Now I know he's just sizing me up, like a chef at a butcher shop, waiting for "the big day". Since hearing this rumor, every time my cat licks his chops it gives me the willies!
... although it's hard to beat this one ...
A friend of mine asked me if I've ever hear of invisible witches or ghosts that suck the blood out of a person's arm while they are sleeping. Apparently, she saw "marks" on her boyfriend's arm and this was the story that he told her.
... yup. That's going to be the excuse I use next time too.
A Snopes a Day; or, Shit You Should Stop Believing:
The average person swallows eight spiders per year

You always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask:
Are twin-blade razors better than single-blade ones? This Straight Dope article from 1983, but I thought it topical since Gillette has just released the 5-bladed razor (it's called Fusion, but that's just because "why yes, my penis is bigger than yours" had already been trademarked) . Personally, I'm waiting for one with lasers).

In a falling elevator, could you save yourself by jumping up at the last minute?

Daily Onion fix:
Conspiracy Theorist Has Elaborate Explanation For Why He's Single

No, you don't see dead people. You're just stone-cold crazy.
John Edward's Cold Reading Gig
Crossing Fingers Over Behind Your Back


span said...

I'm glad to see that spider thing is a jag, the reason I'm scared of spiders is specifically that I'm terrified of one in my mouth. When I first heard that 8 spider thing when I was a teenager I used to try to sleep with something covering my mouth to avoid them. Oh the plagues upon us mouth-breathers!

Herr Dummkopf von Kranken-Brainen said...

Shaemfully, this is one of the legends I used to spread around before I found snopes. God, where do we come up with these crazy ideas??

I've always been a sucker for the more outlandish Darwin Awards too (the JATO car is a particular favorite).

Anyone remember the Frozen-Cow-that-suck-the fishing-boat story?

Herr Dummkopf von Kranken-Brainen said...

crap, that should be SUNK the fishing boat.

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