February, 2007

February 1, 2007

Today's Half-Nude Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The Ayatollah Khomeini died at the age of 89 from heart failure twelve days after intestinal surgery on June 3, 1989. On June 6, in front of a crowd of an estimated three million mourners, the Ayatollah was given funeral rites, but not before his anguished followers wreaked havoc over the twelve-mile processional route. Crowds surged in order to glimpse the religious leader's body. Several mourners died in the crush and journalists reported that at least 11,000 people were injured during the funeral.

The Ayatollah's coffin was ultimately transferred to an army helicopter for transport. When the helicopter landed at the burial site, members of the Revolutionary Guards, on duty to maintain order, paraded the coffin high overhead. Mourners grabbed wildly at Khomeini's coffin, pulling it open and exposing the Ayatollah, rending his shroud and pulling their beloved patriarch to the ground. Broadcast live on television, the vision of Iran's most revered cleric toppling half-nude into a sea of frenetic mourners shocked the watching world. Soldiers quickly recovered the body to the safety of a helicopter and finally, nine hours behind schedule, the Ayatollah Rhollah Khomeini was buried, without a coffin in a shallow grave, in keeping with Muslim custom.

Culled from: What A Way To Go

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The Comtesse Reviews...

What a Way To Go: Fabulous Funerals of the Famous and Infamous
by Adele Q. Brown

I just finished reading the book that the above fact was culled from. It's an analysis of some of the most lavish funerals in history. Although the book had some interesting biographical notes, I actually found it to be a pretty boring read. The problem is that I don't actually find funerals all that interesting. Autopsies, embalming, gravestones, cemeteries - yes. Funeral processions and eulogies, no. I mean, those things are interesting if you're taking part in them, but they make for dull reading material. I'd suggest skipping this one if you stumble across it.

Morbid-O-Meter: 2/5 skulls

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

DAYtheELF has a morbid trinket for us:

"This is a must-have accessory for any morbid bathroom! When I ordered it I was expecting it to be kinda cheesy, but when it came in the mail I was very pleasantly surprised. The skull is in very nice, realistic detail and a bit larger than an average person's head. I was sorely tempted to put it on my bookcase, not next to my toilet! It makes my bathroom so much more fun!"

http://budk.com/product.asp?pn=YT4934

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Morbid Sightseeing!

The Whitakers send a morbid sightseeing recommendation:

"Have you ever done 'The Thing'?"

http://www.roadsideamerica.com/attract/AZCOCthing.html

"I grew up near here and would highly recommend that any of your readers that are traveling in the southern Arizona area stop in. Located 50 miles east of Tucson on I-10. Even without its main attraction, a very well preserved mummified Indian woman with her infant, its worth the entry price. The priceless matchlock rifle is worth admission alone."

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 2, 2007

Today's Celebratory Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A rugby fan who cut out his testicles with wire cutters to mark a Wales victory is at a loss to explain why he did it. Geoffrey Huish, 31, performed the impromptu self-surgery in February when his beloved Wales beat world champions England. After performing the deed, Mr Huish put his severed anatomy in a bag and took them to his local social club to show fellow fans. He collapsed with blood loss and was rushed to hospital but surgeons could not reattach his missing parts. He was put in a psychiatric ward but has no history of mental illness and was at a loss to explain why he did it. "I'd told my pal Gethin Probert before the game that Wales didn't stand a chance," Mr Huish told The Sun. "It wasn't a bet but I said I'd cut my b*lls off if we won. I listened to the game on the radio at home by myself. After the match I got up for a pee and saw the cutters in the bathroom. Gethin had left them after repairing the chain on my toilet. I remembered what I'd said and thought he had left them for me. I thought 'Oh no, I haven't got to do anything like that have I' and then I thought 'You can do it'. So I started hacking away at my tackle. It took about 10 minutes and there was quite a bit of pain but I just kept going. The cutters were blunt so I had to keep snipping." After picking his testicles from the toilet bowl, he went to the social club. "I went in and shouted out 'I've done it!'," Mr Huish said. "I took my b*lls out and passed them in the bag to a friend. "Some people then laid me on the floor." Mr Huish continues to see a psychiatrist. "I think about what happened every day and still haven't come up with a good reason why," he said. "I'd had a lot going on and felt a bit down. I can't have kids now but still want a family - maybe I'll adopt."

Culled from: The Sydney Morning Herald
Generously submitted by: Sandy

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Okay, Bears fans... you know what to do on Sunday should your team buck the odds. I will just sit back and enjoy the post-game festivities!

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Now here's a Jewish gift that even a Comtesse could love! A Plush Plagues Bag!

http://www.judaism.com/display.asp?nt=ajao&etn=IIBHH

Thanks to Joe for the link.

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Two women in the afterlife:

1st woman: "Hi! My name is Wanda."

2nd woman: "Hi! I'm Sylvia. How'd you die?"

1st woman: "I froze to death."

2nd woman: "How horrible!"

1st woman: "It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?"

2nd woman: "I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself in the den watching TV."

1st woman: "So, what happened?"

2nd woman: "I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died."

1st woman: "Too bad you didn't look in the freezer---we'd both still be alive."

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!

 


February 3, 2007

Today's Angry Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Arthur Roberts lost his temper when he accidentally wiped his firm's sales figures off his computer. He threw the machine out of his window in Brisbane, Australia... and killed pedestrian Peter Mullins. He was charged with manslaughter.

Culled from: Strange Deaths

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Which is why one should always walk briskly when passing by a highrise office building.

(This Helpful Hint For Avoiding Death was brought to you by DeSpair.)

Oh, okay, I guess I should show some civic pride for my adopted home and say it, although it's quite UnComtesseLike...

Ahem...

Go Bears!

(I just wish the game were being held here tomorrow. The high is supposed to be 0, with a wind chill of something like -420. Imagine the fun we'd have watching frozen body parts breaking off. There would be a glass-breaking sound as the ball shatters a receiver's hands; fingers would fly in all directions. Now, *that* would be a SUPER Bowl!)

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Update Du Jour!

Tracy wrote to let me know that Genarlow Wilson - the 17-year-old boy who was jailed for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl in Georgia - has a My Space page. This is a good way to get the word out about this insane case of injustice:

http://www.myspace.com/freegenarlowwilson

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

For those of us who have long pined for a Haunted Memories portrait to hang on our castle walls, but who are unwilling (or unable) to shell out the cash required for a large version of the portraits, there is good news. The portraits are now available as 5" x 7" collector's cards for only $14.99 (plus shipping and handling).

http://www.hauntedmemories.com/5x7_cards.htm

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Old anatomical illustrations are brilliant morbid works of art, and the collection of anatomical plates at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is truly impressive. And best of all, you can browse these elegant masterpieces online!

http://link.library.utoronto.ca/anatomia/application/index.cfm

Thanks to Michael for the link.

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 4, 2007

Today's Compulsive Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Meet Sean Kobin. The Wisconsin man, a freak if ever there was one, will be spending Thanksgiving (2005) in a Milwaukee jail due to his toxic sexual compulsion. Kobin, you see, gets off by watching women vomit, a process he helps along by feeding them caustic liquid substances. The 20-year-old was charged earlier this month with felony reckless injury when a woman suffered serious chemical burns after drinking a solution containing sodium hydroxide, a bleach-like substance that Kobin told cops he used at his job to strip aluminum from copper. When Chrystal Kolinski fell to the ground and began vomiting blood, Kobin captured her agony with a camcorder, according to a Circuit Court criminal complaint. Kolinski, 33, told investigators that Kobin had pestered her for days to drink an "unknown liquid" which, she thought, "just tasted gross and would not hurt her." Instead, Kobin's brew nearly killed her, causing severe burns to the single mother's esophagus and stomach. Kolinski, who remains hospitalized, just filed a lawsuit against Kobin over the November 8 incident, charging that he "intentionally induced" her to ingest "concentrated drain cleaner in order to videotape her vomiting for his own sexual gratification." Kobin told cops that he asked Kolinski to drink the solution "because he needed to get a rush," according to the complaint. He also acknowledged asking girls to "drink things in the past, that it does get him excited," but added that guys drinking Drano did not deliver such thrills. Additional felony charges are expected since Kobin's video camera contained footage of other women, some juveniles, getting ill after drinking his potions. Kobin was convicted last year of talking a 13-year-old girl into drinking bleach, an act termed a sex crime and which landed him on Wisconsin's sex offender list.

Culled from: The Smoking Gun
Generously submitted by: Margaret

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To see this charmer's mug shot, go here:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1123052drink1.html

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Desensitize Yourself Merchandise

I've added a new design to the Cafe Press shop - "Desensitize Yourself". To see this charming design, please check out A Plethora Of Viscera's Cafe Press shop:

http://www.cafepress.com/plethoraviscera

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Morbidity Now Showing!

Da Gallo's writes to give us a heads-up on a great stage show that will soon be leaving NYC to go on the road!

"Got taken to see Evil Dead the Musical for my birthday, and since it was the most well choreographed blood splatter to music scene I have ever experienced (thanks to Tony Award winner Hinton Battle) I will be seeing it again before it goes on the road (closing night no less). That’s right EVERYONE will have a chance to experience the joy. And I suggest that EVERYONE should."

http://www.evildeadthemusical.com/

Watch for it in a town near you! And morbid New Yorkers, you have until February 17th to see a showing.

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Oh, if only my delicate palate could handle hot sauce - I would definitely have to purchase some Haunted Hot Sauce ASAP. Unfortunately, it would lie neglected on the shelf... although in a coffin container, and with such nifty packaging, it would actually make a charming addition to the Castle DeSpair's pantry. Hmmmm... I may need to reconsider...

http://www.hauntedhotsauce.com/

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 5, 2007

Today's Decreed Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In 789, Charlemagne decreed punishment by death for anyone found practising cremation.

Culled from: Death: A History of Man's Obsessions and Fears

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Good for him! That will teach those people for being so boring!

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Bernard sends a link to the perfect site for the morbid voyeur in all of us: a page of allegedly real suicide notes. As Bernard says, lord knows we've all written a few in our time.

http://www.well.com/~art/suicidenotes.html

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Morbid Song Du Jour!

Cathy sends "The Morbid Song" - which the Comtesse can especially relate to!

The Morbid Song

If you're "MONSTROUS" and you know it CLAP YOUR HANDS!
If you're a "SICKO" and you know it CLAP YOUR HANDS!
If you're "HORRID" and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you're "MORBID" and you know it CLAP YOUR HANDS!

If you're "DISMAL" and you know it STOMP YOUR FEET!
If you're "LOATHSOME" and you know it STOMP YOUR FEET!
if you're "HIDEOUS" and you know it, Then your face will surely show it.
If you're "MORBID" and you know it STOMP YOUR FEET!


If you're "MACABRE" and you know it SHOUT HURRAY!
If you're "ODIOUS" and you know it SHOUT HURRAY!
If you're "DISGRACEFUL" and you know it, Then your face will surely show it.
If you're "MORBID" and you know it SHOUT HURRAY!


If you're "REPELLENT" and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you're " GRUESOME" and you know it, do all three (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)
If you're "SINISTER" and you know it, Then your face will surely show it
If you're "MORBID" and you know it, do all three. (clap-clap, stomp-stomp, hoo-ray!)

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 6, 2007

Today's Sentenced Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On 1 October 1946, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg delivered its verdicts, after 216 court sessions. Of the original twenty-four Nazi defendants, twelve (including Martin Bormann, tried in absentia) were sentenced to death by hanging.

Hermann Wilhelm Goering cheated the gallows of Allied justice by committing suicide in his prison cell shortly before the ten other condemned Nazi leaders were hanged in Nuremberg gaol. He swallowed cyanide he had concealed in a copper cartridge shell, while lying on a cot in his cell.

The one-time Number Two man in the Nazi hierarchy was dead two hours before he was scheduled to have been dropped through the trap door of a gallows erected in a small, brightly lighted gymnasium in the gaol yard, 35 yards from the cell block where he spent his last days of ignominy.

Culled from: The Execution of Nazi War Criminals
Generously submitted by: Eric

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Ignominy! Now *there's* a word with which to impress your friends!

ig·no·min·y
1. disgrace; dishonor; public contempt.
2. shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.

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Wretched Recommendations!

PandaThief has a film recommendation for us:

Dreamcatcher (2003)

"Dreamcatcher is a pretty weird movie. Stephen King has been writing for longer than I’ve been alive, and I think his works fall into three categories: stuff he was getting started with, stuff he wrote after he first got popular, and stuff he wrote after he didn’t really have to care what people thought about it any longer.

"Rather than distract by digging into my own inner weirdness, I’ll tender a simple explanation of what I think I mean. When SK was getting started, he published a lot of short stories that had a certain thematic appeal to them. I’m not exactly a student of literature, but I think that he was writing very cerebral and visceral horror in a time when society was trying to cling to its happy thoughts, and he had to be really damn good to get anyone to take him seriously.

"After he got popular, he as able to rely on his image to get people to sit through what he had to tell them, and this—in my humble opinion—is when his works settled firmly into our culture. This period is when most of his popular works came out. People started falling into two categories: those who loved his stuff, and those who hated it. SK doesn’t give you a thumbnail sketch; he starts setting up a scene, and then he takes the reader back to a particular time in each character’s past where a pivotal event happened, something that shaped who and what they are. He then draws us back to the present scenario, and we suddenly understand why this person does this thing, and that person does that. If you can sit through hundreds of pages of background story, it makes for a good read: there is no such thing as a two-dimensional character in SK’s work.

"Then we enter the latter stage, where SK is too rich and well-established to need to care what people think. I don’t mean to cheapen him in any way—hell, I’ve never met him; who am I to judge?—but he certainly passed the “authorial success event horizon,” where it’s obvious that the writer is more concerned with what he thinks than how his or her work will be accepted. Herein we see such books as the Gunslinger series, where the story—at least for me—stays hot, but the timeline starts slowing down to a gradual crawl. The first book wrapped up 20+ years of the protagonist’s life; the second book was set more in the present, and took on an “everyday” speed; the third book started picking apart daily events; the fourth book kind of sat down and gave you an exhaustive seminar on the how and the why. I guess it was dynamic in the sense that things happened, but it would make for a better A&E documentary than a Spike TV one-shot.

"But it was still pretty damn good, if you ask me.

"Anyway, Dreamcatcher. In order to watch this movie, you kind of have to know ahead of time what you’re getting into. SK once said that he keeps his fingers out of the pies that moviemakers build from his stories: he understands that it is a separate art, and he feels he put enough work into the written story, that he is exempt from putting forth any more effort. He’s already said what he has to say. I think this is why SK movies are kind of 50/50: half of them are good, half of them are rotten pieces of stuff. The Shining: classic. The Mangler: I want my five dollars back. (Yeah, back then, a movie ticket cost five dollars. Why you need a mortgage to go to the movies these days is beyond my understanding. Then again, our society pays people millions a year to play sports, and then sits back and takes it when they go on strike for more money.)

"So, Dreamcatcher is pretty strange. All five of the main characters are psychic, and rather than spelling it out, you’re expected to pick up on it. That’s because there’s too much else going on to waste time with details. For example, the sixth main character is a mentally retarded super-psychic who knew at the age of maybe 15 that in twenty years, the earth will be invaded by alien psychic vampires—and not for the first time—and this time, there is an excellent chance our species won’t survive. So, he sets up the other five with psychic powers, and later tricks one guy into walking out in front of traffic because the guy needs to have his heart stop twice so the Evil Boss Alien (Mr. Gray) can inhabit him without fully possessing him.

"I said it was a weird movie.

"I can’t really describe the movie any further without trying to write it out, but if you are “in to” SK and you like taking chances with movie rentals, this one’s a good bet.

"'I… DUDDITS!'"

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Morbid Sightseeing!

Trixie has a morbid sightseeing suggestion:

"Another key sightseeing spot in Atlanta, Georgia has to be the Oakland Cemetary.

http://www.inusa.com/tour/ga/atlanta/hoc.htm

"Oakland Cemetary is rather expansive with incredibly mausoleums, statues, and landscape (especially in the middle of the night). There is a vast amount of ghostly activity and definately casts an air of foreboding. A must see for nocturnal troopers!"

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 7, 2007

Today's First-Degree Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A mother was booked on a charge of first-degree murder for allegedly placing her 3-month-old son in a clothes dryer and turning it on. The infant had third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body and suffered blunt-force trauma to the head. Lakeisha Adams, 18, called police to her home on Monday to report that someone had killed her child. When officers arrived, they found Jailand Adams on a sofa. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Adams admitted during questioning to putting the infant in the dryer and turning it on, but did not say why. Adams also has a 1-year-old child who was placed in state custody. If convicted, Adams faces death by injection or a life sentence. The first-degree murder charge is mandatory under Louisiana law because the victim was under age 12.

Culled from: Associated Press
Generously submitted by: Paradox

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As Paradox says, "You don't often see that sort of behavior in a major appliance."

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Q: How do you get 100 babies into a bucket?

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A: With a blender!

Q:How do you get them out again?

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A: With tortilla chips!!!

[no] Thanks to Evonne for that one.

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Ghastly!

The National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland is currently showing an exhibition entitled Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body. I need hardly mention that this sounds like a briliant exhibit. Better still, the website has some video footage of an actual autopsy for us to gawk over. I get a particular kick out of how they slice up the brain like a head of lettuce. Ah, a head's a head, I suppose...

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/visibleproofs/galleries/media/autopsy/index.html

Thanks to m3m3s3 for the link.

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 8, 2007

Today's Dark Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A Massachusetts native and popular captain of a sightseeing riverboat in Tuscaloosa fell to his death from an interstate bridge following a traffic crash. Michael Medeiros, 59, originally from Fall River, Mass., was driving behind his wife, Nikki, in the southbound lane of Interstate 20/59 when several 18-foot flatbed trailers fell off a truck onto the roadway. Nikki Medeiros and the driver of another vehicle, Angelina Spyre, 26, of Eutaw, crashed into each other while trying to avoid the spilled trailers. When Michael Medeiros stopped his car on the bridge after the crash to check on his wife, Sartain said he stepped over a barrier rail in the darkness and fell 70 feet. Sartain said Medeiros apparently didn't realize he was on a bridge. His wife was not injured in the accident. Spyre was taken to a local hospital with injuries.

Culled from: The Tuscaloosa News
Generously submitted by: T. S.

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You know, I can completely understand how this could happen to the guy. Once upon a time I was doing my customary 3-hour-drive home from a concert and started getting sleepy and swerving around the road at 3 a.m. Seeing the cop lights in my rear view mirror woke me up and I immediately pulled over. The cop told me to go to the mini mart down the street and get out and walk around to wake myself up. And he left me with, "Next time, don't pull over on a bridge." I didn't even realize I was on a bridge. So, see, if it can happen to me, it can happen to Michael...

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Ghastly!

Rob stumbled across an amazing photograph at the World War II National Archives. It is the execution of a French Resistance fighter by the Nazis in 1944. Taken the instant the bullets hit his body, you can see the rope he was tied with being severed and the wood stake splintering.

http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/ww2-188.jpg

Here's a link to the full site:

http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/

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Wretched Recommendations!

Black-Haired-Lass has a fiction recommendation for us:

A Fine & Private Place
by Peter Beagle

"A beautifully-written novel about two spirits, trapped in the graveyard in which their bodies are buried, who fall in love, aided by a man living in a mausoleum and a talking raven. It's truly engrossing and not schmaltzy!"

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 9, 2007

Today's Sacrificial Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Archaeologists have unveiled two Iron Age "bog bodies" which were found in the Republic of Ireland. The bodies, which are both male and have been dated to more than 2,000 years old, probably belong to the victims of a ritual sacrifice. In common with other bog bodies, they show signs of having been tortured before their deaths. The first body dropped off a peat cutting machine in February 2003 in Clonycavan, near Dublin. The forearms, hands and lower abdomen are missing, believed to have been hacked off by the machine. The second was found in May the same year in Croghan, just 25 miles (40km) from Clonycavan. Old Croghan Man, as it has become known, was missing a head and lower limbs. It was discovered by workmen clearing a drainage ditch through a peat bog.

Clonycavan man was a young male no more than 5ft 2in tall (1.6m). Beneath his hair, which retains its unusual "raised" style, was a massive wound caused by heavy cutting object that smashed open his skull. Old Croghan man was also young - probably in his early to mid 20s - but much taller than his counterpart from 25 miles away. Scientists worked out from the length of his arms that he would have stood around 6ft 6in tall (2.0m). He had been horrifically tortured before death. His nipples had been cut and he had been stabbed in the ribs. A cut on his arm suggested he had tried to defend himself during the attack that ended his life. The young man was later beheaded and dismembered. Hazel ropes were passed through his arms before he was buried in the bog.

Culled from: BBC News
Generously submitted by: Scott

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Check out the link for some lovely pics of the corpses!

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Clarification Du Jour!

Regarding yesterday's photograph of the Frenchman being executed, apparently I had the description wrong, per RAS:

"I noted your picture of a Frenchman at the moment bullets hit him on todays entry. Actually that is a picture of a French collaborator with the Nazis, not a French Resistance fighter."

http://www.archives.gov/research/ww2/photos/images/ww2-188.jpg

Sorry for the flub! I need to remember to check these things before I send them out!

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Here's the perfect site for the morbid voyeur in all of us: My Death Space. It contains links to deceased My Space members, along with details of how they died. Compelling stuff. I am completely addicted.

http://www.mydeathspace.com

Thanks to Dave for the link.

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Ghastly!

Brian Peppers is definitely the creepiest sex offender on the face of the earth. No, make that in the entire universe!!!

http://www.snopes.com/photos/people/peppers.asp

<Shudder!!!>

Thanks to Dave for the link.

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 10, 2007

Today's Dangling Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On 1 October 1946, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg delivered its verdicts, after 216 court sessions. Of the original twenty-four Nazi defendants, twelve (including Martin Bormann, tried in absentia) were sentenced to death by hanging.

Three black-painted wooden scaffolds stood inside the gymnasium, a room approximately 33 feet wide by 80 feet long with plaster walls in which cracks showed. The gymnasium had been used only three days before by the American security guards for a basketball game. Two gallows were used alternately. The third was a spare for use if needed. The men were hanged one at a time, but to get the executions over with quickly, the military police would bring in the man while the prisoner who proceeded him still was dangling at the end of the rope.

The ten once great men in Hitler's Reich that was to have lasted for a thousand years walked up thirteen wooden steps to a platform eight feet high which also was eight square feet. Ropes were suspended from a crossbeam supported on two posts. A new one was used for each man.

When the trap was sprung, the victim dropped from sight in the interior of the scaffolding. The bottom of it was boarded up with wood on three sides and shielded by a dark canvas curtain on the fourth, so that no one saw the death struggles of the men dangling with broken necks.

Culled from: The Execution of Nazi War Criminals
Generously submitted by: Eric

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Alas, no camera phones were able to videotape these proceedings. Such primitive times...

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Here's a fun-sounding video game: Super Columbine Massacre!!

http://www.columbinegame.com/

Thanks to Steve O' for the link.

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Ghastly!

Here's another of those grim websites that contain photographs of unidentified bodies. In thise case, from the province of Ontario.

http://www.opp.ca/Investigative/UnidentifiedRemains/uclist/index.htm

Thanks to Evonne for the link.

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 11, 2007

Today's Ice-Cold Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A common torture technique in American prisons in the 19th century was to lock troublesome prisoners into a shower cubicle under a spray of ice-cold water. Such a punishment could prove fatal - in 1858 Simon Moore, an inmate of Auburn prison, New York State, collapsed and died after half an hour in these conditions, and in 1882 all cold water torture was abolished in American prisons.

Culled from: The History of Torture

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... until 2003 when I'm sure it was brought back into vogue in those top-secret Eastern European CIA prisons. That's just a hunch, of course... I don't know for sure... yet. I'm sure my time will come.

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

MFDJ's good friend Adi has written to let me know that he has finished updating his wonderfully disturbing sites:

"All three sites (the fabulously queasotic 'Adipocere'; the lunch-dropping 'Mausoleum Problems'; and the strangely soothing 'Cemetery Monuments') have had their respective links pages completely updated. All links working have been verified; dead links have been either reconnected, or dropped if truly gone. Many new links, especially on the Adipocere site, have been added.

"In addition, 'Adipocere' has a smart new index page, replacing the Rube Goldberg-like nightmare that it had become."

Please pay a visit - you'll be glad (or, perhaps, sorry) you did!

http://www.adipocere.homestead.com

http://www.mausoleumproblems.homestead.com

http://www.cemeterymonuments.homestead.com

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"My Brush With Morbidity" by Drew

"I live in a smaller city, around 30,000 people, in Canada. I was walking home from school in the winter months following a trail beside the railroad tracks like I did everyday, when I finally came to where the tracks met the road I found police tape encircling my neighborhood. My first thought was that of murder.

"But it wasn't the case, as I came home my father who was on the afternoon shift told me what had happened.

"Some guy had apparently tried to blow his own house up, and he succeeded. The only problem was that he was inside it when it happened. Apparently my father heard a loud explosion and felt the whole house shake. He was defiantly startled and took a look outside to see that the rear overhang on our garage was literally bent down at a 90 degree angle and the barbecue was pushed half was across the deck. yet he couldn't see anything else. He followed where he thought he heard the explosion from, which took him a good distance away, maybe 400 meters and to our neighbors neighbor, and what he saw was gruesome. there was no house, just a hole in the ground. television sets vcrs everything hanging from trees.

"And the man was shot through the window of his minivan, laying inside it. So my dad and another guy took a look at him, and what he told me was he was burned all over, flaps of skin pealed from his body, with various large wooden spikes sticking into him all over. The explosion shot pieces of 2 by 4's into him. He was definitely a bloody mess, but still alive and conscious. They pulled him to safety and he was picked up by an ambulance and survived.

"I heard all this and had to go see the damage. There was a TV in a tree... and a hole in the ground, everything else burned. The houses beside it were amazingly unharmed except for the black scorch marks and no one was hurt but the owner. I may or might not have climbed into the hole and took a souvenir after all the cops had left.

"It turns out he filled his house will natural gas, gasoline, and gunpowder before his impending divorce. That might not be true but whatever it was it blew the house and foundation into oblivion and he did it.

"I'll never forget that day."

I can definitely see why!

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!


February 12, 2007

Today's Mummified Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A dead woman dressed in white was positioned in a chair in front of a television set for 2 1/2 years because she told her caregiver that she didn't want to be buried and planned to return, the coroner said. "Don't show my body when I'm dead," Hamilton County Coroner Dr. O'dell Owens said Monday in describing Johannas Pope's wishes. "Don't bury me. I'm coming back." Pope, 61, died Aug. 29, 2003. Her caretaker and friend, whose name has not been released, left the woman upstairs in the home with the television and air conditioning on while the body slowly decayed and mummified.

Some family members continued to live downstairs in the house since her death. Police went to the house after a relative who hadn't seen Pope in 2 1/2 years called them. They found a staircase behind a door blocked by a basket and climbed to the second floor where they found the body. "Standing outside, one could smell death," Owens said. Owens said he had not determined the cause of death but found no signs of abuse or foul play.

Culled from: Boston.Com
http://tinyurl.com/uf4kr
Generously submitted by: Dorisaurus

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"Standing outside, one could smell death" - you don't hear poetry like that coming from most coroners!

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

The Adipocere shop now has some black t-shirts! A great way to shock and horrify your non-morbid friends and family!

http://www.cafepress.com/adipocere

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Morbid Sightseeing!

Bluemeanie42 has a tragic recommendation for us the next time we're meandering our way through New Zealand:

"I wanted to let you know about the Asylum Lodge hostel, 36 Russell Road, Seacliff (tel: 03 4658123). Designed by Robert Lawson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Lawson_%28architect%29), it used to be the biggest building in NZ and possibly the largest in the Southern hemisphere. It was demolished in the 1950s because of 'dangerous instability' (very appropriate for a lunatic asylum) but in its heyday in the late ninetheenth century, it housed over 1,400 patients. The pictures of the intact buildings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:2-002563seacliff.jpg) are very impressive: it's really a massive castle-like edifice with turrets and towers.

"And the whole damn thing is almost totally gone! There're just a few buildings, crumbling and stuffed with rotting old cars and furniture, and a sheep paddock. We went for a stroll on the old grounds--just a sweeping drive up through what used to be massive cultivated formal gardens and now is wild forest and then a blank grassy field with here or there a bit of brick or a cracked wall or a bit of mossy cement floor. With the wind whistling along the plain and the ducks calling plaintively and the grey drizzle, it was satisfyingly eerie.

"Apparently, it was once featured on a television show about ghost hauntings and there is a ghost called 'The Eye.' One of the biggest fires in NZ history happened here, in a women's wing -- 37 of 39 patients died (http://library.christchurch.org.nz/Kids/NZDisasters/Seacliff.asp). I found a random on a hostel ranking site intoning 'It was colder inside the hostel than outside. Bodies buried outside bedroom windows,' but it was quite toasty even in the winter and I don't know how they'd know, really, without a good spade.

"I am amazed at how little information there is on this place -- for such a young country with very little history, it seems a little silly to take something like this, raze most of it to the ground, and pass the remnants along to a couple of uninterested hostel owners. The hostel itself is set in the administration buildings, which still stand. There are also the boiler house (now a weekend home) and the workshops. It was worthwhile to stay at the hostel for the location, but we didn't care hugely for the owners--though they did give us some good advice about sightseeing in the area, generally we found them to be surprisingly suspicious and unfriendly (if they wanted to go out, all the guests had to leave the hostel so it could be locked, and campers--paying $15 a night for use of facilities--weren't allowed in to use the bathroom between about 11PM and 8AM).

"We were also depressed to see the buildings boarded up and used as storehouses for garbage--it doesn't have to be Disneyland, people, but it would have been nice to have a bit more information provided and to be able to walk through the rooms that are left.

"Here are our holiday pictures (there are seven of the buildings and grounds--unfortunately we didn't have the film to really go crazy, and a lot of the buildings are boarded up)"

http://www.flickr.com/photos/annushka42/135648352/in/set-72057594118024883/

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Morbid Valentine Contest - Last Day!

The idea is to make an image to front a morbid Valentine's card. Whoever creates the best morbid Valentine card (as subjectively chosen by The Comtesse) will win a copy of Van Cosel, the story of one of the great romantics of our times: Count Von Cosel, who loved Elena Hoyos so much he dug her corpse up and took it home with him.

Van Cosel
By Tom Swicegood
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/0595275338/102-7904436-5168106

Send your creations to valentine@asylumeclectica.com. Contest closes on February 12th with the results announced in the Valentine's Day edition of MFDJ. May the most morbid Valentine win!

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/


February 13, 2007

Today's Cluttered Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A Shelton woman who was first reported missing and was later found dead suffocated under a pile of debris in her homn. Officers found the body of Marie Rose, 62, buried under clothes Thursday, January 5, 2006. Her husband reported her missing after he couldn't find her early Thursday morning. Officers found clothing, dishes and boxes crammed from floor to ceiling in every room of the couple's house. "In some areas, clothes, and debris were piled 6 feet high," said Police Chief Terry Davenport of the Shelton Police Department. "Officers were having to climb over the top on their hands and knees, in some areas their heads were touching the ceiling while they were standing on top of piles of debris."

After 10 hours of searching, officers discovered the woman's body. Investigators Friday said she was smothered under the clutter. Fire and city code inspectors have released the home back the family after an inspection.

Culled from: KiroTV.Com
Generously submitted by: Desmodus

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Of course I'm going to keep this handy for certain people who like to call me a pack rat. See, it could be worse!

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

The Honest Poet writes to tell me about his/her new website:

"Blood, Guts and Gore concerns itself with the, well, blood, gore, extreme violence and disturbing images rampant in horror and sci-fi fare. It tells readers exactly where their favorite gore scenes are in almost 300 films and gives them a fearlessly detailed recap of the sequence and a rating from one blood drop to five and a special rating: off the scale. These are then tallied and divided by 5 for the AR (Average Rating) which quantifies the gore factor from one drop (dry) to ten (blood-soaked) and a special rating: naturally, off the scale - these are pictures that are for the truly sick, loaded with guts and gore and quite gruesome."

Sounds like the ideal site for cinematic goremongers the world over!

http://www.bloodgutsandgore.com/

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Now here's a magazine just for people like us!

Epitaph Magazine - The Magazine for Cemetery Lovers by Cemetery Lovers

http://www.thecemeteryclub.com/magazine.html

Thanks to Evonne for the link.

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Morbid Valentine Contest!

The Morbid Valentine Contest has closed and I will be announcing the results in tomorrow's St. Valentine's Day (Massacre) edition of MFDJ. Thank you to everyone who entered - there are some excellent creations to choose from!

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/


February 14, 2007

Today's Exotic Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A young doctor in New Jersey has pleaded guilty to stealing a hand from a cadaver when he was a medical student and giving it to a stripper. The prosecutor said the 26-year-old doctor was a first-year medical student when he befriended the exotic dancer. Authorities said she asked for a hand and he came through. The hand was found in a jar on the woman's dresser. Friends said she called it "Freddy." The doctor's attorney said his client meant no disrespect, and removed the hand from a fully-dissected cadaver at med school. The lawyer said he had no idea what he did was illegal.

Culled from: WSBTV.Com
Generously submitted by: Faith

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Of course, I had to save this one for Valentine's Day because this is surely one of the most romantic gestures I have ever seen. It's a crime that someone would be arrested for such an act of selflessness!

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Morbid Valentine Contest Results!

I know you've been waiting to see the results of the Morbid Valentine Contest, haven't you? It was another excellent turn-out but in the end twistedprincess69 out-disturbed the competition to win a copy of Van Cosel. Congratulations!

Now, for your viewing pleasure, here are the top five entries:

http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/morbid/vdcard/

And to everyone who entered and didn't win, thank you very much for participating. Better luck with next month's contest!

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

For Valentine's Day, I thought I would share this morbid skeleton who has a lot of heart, courtesy of Bonnie:

"To enhance the experience, have the sound on while you make Mr. Bones dance to the music of 'That’s Amore'. You even get to choose whether you want him to have a normal appearance, be an X-ray, or even be a mutant. Enjoy!

http://www.chezmaya.com/applet/valentin.htm

"P.S. The translation of the page is this:

"Valentine’s Day is the day to say 'I love you' to all those who deserve it.

"It’s a day when the heart gets worked up and goes 'Thump! Thump! Thump!'

"Have fun with my heart!"

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Lisa writes with some excellent news:

"Apparently Costco has an overnight casket service. I’m rather partial to the 'Continental Silver Casket' for the budget price of $1699.99 myself. I may have to buy it and somehow turn it into a sofa."

http://tinyurl.com/yx7gtb

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February T-Shirt Deal!

Jen from Juror2.Net has an exciting announcement!

"For the month of Feburary, Juror2.net is having a buy 2 get 1 free deal on t-shirts. This INCLUDES all the Morbid Fact Du Jour T-shirts designed by the Comtesse herself!

"To get the discount, buy any 3 shirts then type 'MFDJ-FEB' in the Notes section during PayPal checkout to get the third shirt free (either a refund via PayPal or a check mailed with your shirts, your choice)."

http://juror2.net/


February 15, 2007

Today's Cooked Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A man from the Russian internal republic Buryatia in eastern Siberia has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for cooking the flesh of his friend after killing him during a quarrel. He will serve his sentence at a maximum security prison camp. Chingis Bubeev killed a man who had visited him, cut his body into pieces and used his flesh to cook pelmeni, a Siberian dish resembling ravioli. Bubeev could not consume all the meat and sold some to his neighbors saying it was horse meat. The rest of the victim’s remains were thrown out near the killer’s house, where local residents found them the next day.

Culled from: Mosnews.Com
Generously submitted by: Michael

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Well, isn't it obvious what sort of meat goes in pel-MEN-i?

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Here's a site that the world was screaming out for: Deathslang.com - a list of Death Euthemisms. Definitely a site to visit before you're cooking for the Kennedys!

http://www.deathslang.com/

Thanks to Freaky Kittie for the link.

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"My Brush With Morbidity" by Starla

"I've meant to send this story in for some time, but kept managing to not get around to it, so I finally have bitten the bullet and here goes. A little background: I was born in Oklahoma dn lived there till I was almost fourteen, when my mother Lorraine married my stepdad Larry and we all moved to Southern Delaware where he is from, this would be in early summer 1994.

"Shortly after we arrived, we went to Ocean City, Maryland, about an hour and change from our home. I had never seen the ocean before so it was a real big treat for me, and I really took to the water and salt air and sand.

"On the second day down there, the waves were kind of rough but lots of people were in the water. I was fooling around in water maybe four and a half feet deep, which is pretty deep when you consider that my final adult height is four feet ten. There was a black lady next to me who was pulling a little boy around in an inflatable boat. I wasn't paying much attention to them, but suddenly I saw the lady quickly turn the boat back and start pushing it toward shore. She gestured at me to follow her, but since I didn't know her and didn't really understand what she meant, I hesitated, and that's when I felt something bump against me.

"I glanced down and saw a woman who I thought was swimming underwater. I stepped aside, thinking to give her room to pass me, but she bumped me again and when I looked closer, that's when I saw she was no swimmer. She was facedown under the surface of the water, wearing what I think was cutof shorts and a red or pink bikini top, and she had long light brownish hair that floated all around her upper body and brushed against my arms when I reached down automatically to do what? Push her away from me? Help her? I didn't know then and I don't know now. All I do know is her head kind of rolled to the side and I saw her face and it was all bloated up and a sick greenish color and her eyes looked like they were just whites, no iris or pupil.

"I screamed and headed for land, but lost my footing and went under, taking about a gallon of salt water and coming up choking and still screaming. My stepfather larry heard me and saw me struggling and ran in to help me. He told me later he thought I'd gotten stung by a jellyfish, which is pretty common in the area. He got to me before I was halfway to the beach and picked me up and I was crying so hard I couldn't tell him what was wrong. He kept asking me whee does it hurt? and I finally managed to point to the body, which was floating about thirty or so feet from us by that point, going in and out with the waves. He finally saw it for what it was and ran back to land with me.

"Meanwhile the lady with the little boy had gone into shore and very quietly alerted the lifeguard, I guess she didn't want to upset her son or cause a panic. So all of this happened in the space of a very short period of time, and soon after I was back on the sand, the Beach Patrol and the police were going into the water. The pulled the body out and covered it up with a sheet of some kind and kept shooing away the people who crowded in to try and get a look.

"We found out later that the body belonged to a woman who'd gotten falling-down drunka nd slipped over the side of a party boat a couple days before. Apparently everybody on that boat was so drunk they didn't even miss her for several hours.

"Needless to say, we left the beach right then and it was quite some time before I wanted to go back again. It's been twelve years and I'm all grown up now, but I still keep my eyes open when I go swimming in the sea.

"Of course, if this had happened today, I would definitely have tried to get a good look at the floater, so I could pass on the gory details to fellow Morbidites."

Wow - talk about a LITERAL brush with morbidity!

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February 16, 2007

Today's Sucky Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A Chinese paraglider may have suffocated or frozen to death after being sucked upwards into a storm cell at a rate up to 20 metres per second. The body of Beijing man He Zhongpin, 42, was found by the Westpac Rescue helicopter 25 kilometres south-east of Bingara in northern NSW about 2pm on February 15, 2007. Mr He, a member of the Chinese national paragliding team, was in training for the Paragliding World Championships, which start next week in nearby Manilla. The paraglider, who had 10 years' experience in the sport, was last seen about 3pm on Wednesday as thunderstorms were moving into the area.

Hang Gliding Federation of Australia general manager Chris Fogg said Mr He was probably sucked into the cumulonimbus storm system and propelled to high altitude. "We assume he was taken to an altitude where he may have suffocated and may have become radically chilled," he said. "At the top of thunderstorms is typically where hail forms and there's lots of agitation and turbulence. I understand he was above 9000 metres so that's below zero [degrees]. This system one sounds as if it was pretty strong - he could have been taken up at 1200 feet a minute and beyond. "Most pilots will try to get down to the ground before they get close to something like that."

Culled from: Sydney Morning Herald

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Even more amazingly - a German woman was sucked up into the same storm system and SURVIVED!!! Now that's Girl Power!

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/i-rode-to-the-heavens-and-back/2007/02/16/1171405446683.html

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Follow-Up Du Jour!

A couple of days ago, I featured Costco coffins as a morbid trinket. Teena writes with a warning about their poor quality:

"The Costco caskets are awful. They look extremely cheap and are often delievered dented/scratched. We have had a couple bought by people and brought to our funeral home and they end up looking abosolutely horrible (and not in a nice creepy way)."

So, morbid buyer beware!

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Wretched Recommendations!

Guy has a film recommendation:

Threads (1984)

"I'd like to comment on the reccomendation of 'The Day After.' It is a fairly good morbid movie, lacking in some areas but generally good in a mid-eighties, made for TV movie sort of way. A better film from that time though is 'Threads.' It's set in the English midlands and follows a group of people through a nuclear war. The special effects aren't as good as 'The Day After,' but the story's more compelling and grim. Some characters, like the protagonist's husband, disappear never to be seen again, as would happen in a real blast, some perish immediately afterward, and some suffer slow deaths. The ending is a real downer, but I shan't say anything to spoil it.

"In 'The Day After,' there always seems to be an underlying taint of American optimism despite the grimness of the story and despite the sad ending. There's none of that in 'Threads.' All hope eventually dies. I'd recommend that one instead."

The Bean writes: "Dearest Comtesse, Threads, the original I saw when on BBC in the early eighties and an especially morbid teenager scared the shit out of me but it's not based in 'the Midlands' but in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in the north. What makes it even more scary is that it's based on the government of the time's estimate of the probability of a nuclear attack against the UK. A book I read at the time the name of which evades me right now estimated that the government (Thatcher & Co, God Bless 'er) had been overly optimistic. It'll come to me at some point."

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Jacob Weisberg of Slate wrote a very entertaining article on the Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous. It's a great read!

http://www.slate.com/id/2143671/?GT1=8295

Thanks to nightwisp for the link.

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February T-Shirt Deal!

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February 17, 2007

Today's Accidental Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On January 24, 2006, a Colombian man accidentally shot his nephew to death while trying to cure his hiccups by pointing a revolver at him to scare him. After shooting 21-year-old university student David Galvan in the neck, his uncle, Rafael Vargas, 35, was so distraught he turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. The incident took place while the two were having drinks with neighbors. Galvan started to hiccup and Vargas, who works as a security guard, said he would use the home remedy for hiccups of scaring him. He pulled out his gun, pointed it at Galvan and it accidentally went off.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously submitted by: Paradox

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Well, he cured him of the hiccups, didn't he?

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Follow-Up Du Jour!

clearfield begs to differ with Teena's condemnation of Costco coffins:

"I bought two Costco coffins which came packed in styrofoam and heavy cardboard. There was nothing wrong with them and they are a true bargain. They are for future planned use (maybe twin beds for visiting guests)."

Okay, so maybe they're not so bad after all...

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The Comtesse Recommends...

Party Monster
by James St. James

I just finished reading Party Monster (aka Disco Bloodbath), an endlessly entertaining book detailing the club kid murder of drug dealer Angel Melendez by New York party king Michael Alig, as told by his hilarious "best friend" James St. James. James' fabulously camp retelling of the rise and fall of club kid culture left me enduring several bleary-eyed mornings because I couldn't put the book down at night. Highly recommended!

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Ghastly!

David forwarded me a link to an article in Mother Jones magazine about the Iraq War "Trophy Photos". It contains links to many horrible images of the war, and it also asks all the right questions about the motivation behind them. Very interesting.

http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2006/06/war_porn.html

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Just when you think that the magnificent Madame Talbot can't possibly come up with anything cooler, she comes out with a series of Framed Curio Exhibits:

http://www.madametalbot.com/3exhibits.htm

And Tombstone Paintings:

http://www.madametalbot.com/16tombstones.htm

And a breathtaking Absinthe poster:

http://www.madametalbot.com/pix/posters/absinthe.htm

If she keeps this up, I'm going to spontaneously combust!!!

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February 18, 2007

Today's Dental Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The night of 18 June 1815 was one to remember. After 23 years of war in Europe, Napoleon faced the combined might of England, Holland and Prussia at Waterloo. By 10 pm, the battle was over. The French were defeated and 50,000 men lay dead or wounded on the battlefield. The casualties were high but for one group of people that was reason to celebrate. They were the dentists who were about to benefit from the great tooth bonanza. In the early part of the 19th century, patients with plenty of money but very few teeth were prepared to pay enormous sums for a good set of dentures. The best were made with real human teeth at the front. Most of the time demand for second-hand incisors far outstripped supply, but wars helped make up the shortfall. The windfall from Waterloo provided enough to ship supplies all round Europe and even across the Atlantic. The flood of teeth onto the market was so huge that dentures made from second-hand teeth acquired a new name: Waterloo teeth. Far from putting clients off, this was a positive selling point. Better to have teeth from a relatively fit and healthy young man killed by cannonball or sabre than incisors plucked from the jaws of a disease-riddled corpse decaying in the grave or from a hanged man left dangling too long on the gibbet.

Culled from: A Web of English History
Generously donated by: Meredith

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I think I'm going to start a band and call it Waterloo Teeth...

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Follow-Up Du Jour!

An anonymous individual wrote to express dismay at inaccuracies in the Mother Jones article about Iraq War Trophies (http://www.motherjones.com/commentary/columns/2006/06/war_porn.html):

"I am not a big fan of the war. I have family members in Iraq now, and I have had another shot while he was over there. However, I am outraged when I see atrocities wantonly attributed to the US military that obviously were not committed by them. The most ridiculous example is given here:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/10600
This not a US soldier. He is obviously not wearing an American military uniform and not carrying an American military sidearm. He is Iraqi. The dismembered body parts are far more likely to have come from a car bomb than an American weapon. Iraqis are killing many more Iraqis than are Americans.

"The point that the war is unacceptable can easily be made without resorting to cheap propaganda that is insulting to the soldiers and marines serving as best they can. Blatantly ignorant arguments against the war only make the anti-war movement looks stupid."

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites. Here's the first delightful little nugget:

THE STERN PARENT

Father heard his Children scream,
So he threw them in the stream,
Saying, as he drowned the third,
"Children should be seen, *not* heard!"

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Wretched Recommendations!

Evonne has a movie recommendation for us:

Cannibal! The Musical (1999)

"Amazon.com says: Alfred Packer was a mountain guide and sole survivor of a party of pioneers that got lost in the mountains in winter. Accused and convicted of murdering and eating his travelling companions, he was to be executed by hanging.The movie begins at his trial, where he pleads his innocence to an unsympathetic audience. Only reporter Polly Pry will listen to his story, which is then related to the viewers in the form of flashbacks. As Packer and his gold-prospecting clients make their way through the forests and mountains, they encounter bemused Japanese Indians, an unimpressed group of mountain men and the brutal Rocky Mountain winter, all of which inspire the travellers to break out into song and dance.

"I say: GREAT movie! I laughed so hard I cried. It had catchy tunes (of which I am still singing!), a monster, hilarious gore, a shooting, and a lamb. This movie comes from the creators of South Park before they were big."

I saw this one myself and found it to be silly fun, but not exactly a masterpiece of the morbid comedy genre. Still, it's worth seeing.

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

Here's a great site for those of you searching for something morbid to crochet!

Monster Crochet

Thanks to ~JR~ for the link.

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February 19, 2007

Today's Ardent Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Edmund Ruffin (1794-1865), whom one historian describes as an "ancient and ardent secessionist," claimed credit for having fired the first shot of the Civil War. If Ruffin was an old (67) and defiant man at the start of the war, he was an old and broken man by war's end. But still fanatically defiant. In 1865, with his home, cause and country in ruins (a Federal soldier had scrawled along a wall: "This house belonged to a Ruffinly son-of-a-bitch"), Ruffin refused to accept life under Union authority. He blew his brains out, having first written a suicide note:

"I here declare my unmitigated hatred to Yankee rule -- to all political, social and business connection with the Yankees and to the Yankee race. Would that I could impress these sentiments, in their full force, on every living Southerner and bequeath them to every one yet to be born! May such sentiments be held universally in the outraged and down-trodden South, though in silence and stillness, until the now far-distant day shall arrive for just retribution for Yankee usurpation, oppression and atrocious outrages, and for deliverance and vengeance for the now ruined, subjugated and enslaved Southern States!

"...And now with my latest writing and utterance, and with what will be near my latest breath, I here repeat and would willingly proclaim my unmitigated hatred to yankee rule--to all political, social and business connections with Yankees, and the perfidious, malignant and vile Yankee race."

Culled from: Portraits of the Civil War in Photographs, Diaries, and Letters
http://astore.amazon.com/theasylumeclecti/detail/1586635670/002-0955747-4953668

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And here's a lovely portrait of Edward for you:
http://www.old-picture.com/defining-moments/Edmund-Ruffin.htm

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites. Here's my personal favorite:

TENDER-HEARTEDNESS

Billy, in one of his nice new sashes,
Fell in the fire and was burnt to ashes;
Now, although the room grows chilly,
I haven't the heart to poke poor Billy.

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

If you are seriously, sincerely suicidal and want to make a good impression on your way to a better place, Attractive Corpse can help make your final wish a reality.

http://www.attractivecorpse.com/

Thanks to Evonne for the link.

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Those of you in the Sacramento, CA area might be interested in picking up a little trinket for your house - an antique funeral bier!

http://tinyurl.com/wglxr

Thanks to Lisa for the link.

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February 20, 2007

Today's Highly Explosive Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On the morning of December 6, 1917 two passenger trains en route to the port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia were stopped in response to a brief, cryptic telegraph message sent from Halifax station: "Munition ships on fire. Making for Pier 6. Goodbye." The ship described in the message was the French munitions ship Mont-Blanc, which was adrift in Halifax harbor, burning, and loaded with almost 2,700 tonnes of explosives intended for use in the first world war which was then raging in Europe. On both sides of the harbor, hundreds of onlookers who were unaware of the danger had gathered on the shores to watch the spectacular fire. The burning ship slowly drifted into the pier on the west side, where its flames spread onto land. The fire department arrived in their first motorized fire engine, and began rolling out the hoses in an attempt to douse the flames, but their efforts proved futile. Within minutes, the Mont-Blanc's highly explosive cargo of TNT, picric acid, and benzol fuel finally reached a tipping point, and the ship exploded in a ball of fire and energy more powerful than any man-made explosion before it. Two and a half square kilometers of Halifax was completely flattened by the blast. As black, oily soot rained down from the mushroom cloud, survivors found the streets of Halifax were littered with severed arms, legs, heads, and mutilated torsos. A huge number of people had received injuries from flying debris and glass, particularly to the face and eyes due to the large number of people who had been watching the fire through their windows. All told, about 2,000 men, women, and children were killed that day, and some 9,000 injured.

Culled from: Damn Interesting
Generously submitted by: Julie Wreck

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Can you imagine having a nice look-see out your window at the pretty fire then having the glass suddenly impaling your eyes and face? Shudder!

Peter writes: "My grandfather was a physician in the Canadian Army during the First World War. He was in Halifax on the day of the explosion, and spent the next three days working with an eye surgeon, doing anaesthesia while the other doc picked glass out of the faces of people who had watched the ships burn. He didn't like to talk about it much."

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

THE SHARK

Bob was bathing in the Bay,
When a Shark who passed that way
Punctured him in seven places;
-- And he made *such* funny faces!

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

DEAD babies!!! DEAD babies!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQEfN1VnbhA

Thanks to Desmodus for the link.

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

This is the coolest wind-up doll I've ever seen! I need one NOW!!! Unfortunately, it doesn't actually exist. :(

http://www.worlddominationtoys.com/toys_psychosally.html

Thanks to Danny for the link.

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February T-Shirt Deal!

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February 21, 2007

Today's Unburied Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

From 1790 to 1792 severe drought brought on a terrible famine in Bombay and other parts of India. Cannibalism became widespread, and the fact that there were so many unburied dead gave rise to the name "skull famine." No figures are available for the total number of deaths.

Culled from: Damn Interesting
Generously submitted by: Julie Wreck

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Hmmmm... on second thought, maybe I'll call my band Skull Famine...

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

IMPETUOUS SAMUEL

Sam had spirits nought could check,
And to-day, at breakfast, he
Broke his baby-sister's neck,
So he shan't have jam for tea!

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Wretched Recommendations!

R has a cartoonist to recommend:

Freaks Of Nature
by John Callahan

"Have you seen any of the cartoon books by John Callahan? He was an alcoholic who got in a car wreck, became a quadriplegic, became a more serious alcoholic, and ultimately became a cartoonist (holding the pen in his mouth). One of his collections has a cover drawing of a sheriff in the desert next to an abandoned wheelchair, with the caption 'He won't get far on foot!'."

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Stephanie forwards a site entitled "Made Her Think":

"I wanted to share this site with you. They have GORGEOUS morbid jewelry that pays homage to Mexico’s Day of the Dead, Victorian mourning jewelry, and memento mori (Latin for “remember your death”). I LOVE the skull bracelet!"

http://www.madeherthink.com/

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February T-Shirt Deal!

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February 22, 2007

Today's Pale Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

While organizing his forces for a night attack at Chancellorsville, Virginia on May 2, 1863, Confederate General Stonewall Jackson was accidentally fired upon by his own men. He was hit in the right hand, left wrist and hand, and left arm. Although none of the wounds was in itself mortal, pneumonia set in and felled him. He died on May 10, as his physician, Dr. Hunter McGuire, relates:

"His mind... began to... wander, and he frequently talked as if in command upon the field...

"About half-past one he was told that he had but two hours to live, and he answered... feebly but firmly, 'Very good, it is all right.'

"A few moments before he died he cried out in his delirium, 'Order A.P. Hill to prepare for action! Pass the infantry to the front rapidly. Tell Major Hawks -- ' then stopped, leaving the sentence unfinished.

"Presently a smile... spread itself over his pale face, and he said quietly, and with an expression as if of relief. 'Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.'"

Culled from: Portraits of the Civil War

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And here's the final photograph of Stonewall Jackson, taken three or four months before his death:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Jackson-Stonewall-LOC.jpg

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

CALCULATING CLARA

O'er the rugged mountain's brow,
Clara threw the twins she nursed,
And remarked, "I wonder now
Which will reach the bottom first?"

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Morbid Sightseeing!

Anna has a barhopping recommendation:

"Palace of Wonders is a new bar that opened up in DC. The theme is sideshow. I had the wonderful privilege of attending the grand opening last weekend and seeing a man eat a light bulb, sword swallowers and many other sideshow acts. The upstairs is a museum of authentic oddities from the early sideshows. Things in jars, weird animals medical weirdness all amassed by a man named James Taylor. If you’re hungry they actually serve carnival food, popcorn, nachos and corndogs. Here is the article from the Washington Post:

http://tinyurl.com/w76xj

"The website for the bar is http://www.palaceofwonders.com For anyone ever visiting Washington D.C., I highly recommend this place!"

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Here are some perfect trinkets for your morbid bathroom! I especially like the SOAP-O-PHOBIA Gross Curly Black Hair Soap and the brilliant Shroud of Turin Hand Towel.

http://www.gothrosary.com/category.cfm?id=38

Thanks to Virginia for the link.

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February T-Shirt Deal!

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February 23, 2007

Today's Sorry Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In the history of crime in New Zealand there could hardly be a sorrier dossier than that of the infamous Minnie Dean who in June 1895 was tried and sentenced to death for the murder of an infant child. In legal history she has been known, with approximate accuracy, as the Winton Baby Farmer. Under the guise of benevolent motive she received unwanted children and apparently destroyed them, the generally illegitimate character of her victims no doubt contributing materially to the temporary success of her grisly operations. Minnie Dean was tried for only one murder, but the mass of evidence adduced against her at her trial, and the discovery in her garden at “The Larches”, Winton, of two bodies and the skeleton of a third, pointed strongly to a systematic programme of child murder. One curious aspect of her crime was that her husband, Charles Dean, who lived with her, was ignorant of it. At first his name was coupled with hers in the charge, but before the preliminary hearing had progressed very far he was discharged “without a stain on his character”. For a premium, never very large, Minnie Dean adopted unwanted infants, but the payment of the fee invariably marked the disappearance of the child into the care of a “lady” whose name or abode was never disclosed. After hearing 40 witnesses, the jury took exactly half an hour to return a verdict of guilty, and Mr Justice Williams, with equal dispatch, passed sentence of death on the first and only woman to be hanged in New Zealand. Hangings in those days still bore a high day and holiday flavour, and the final office of Minnie Dean's shameful end was described in the local press to the tune of a column and a half.

Culled from: The Encylopedia of New Zealand
Generously submitted by: Eric

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

MR. JONES

"There's been an accident!" they said,
"Your servant's cut in half; he's dead!"
"Indeed!" said Mr. Jones, "and please
Send me the half that's got my keys."

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Urban Exploration!

Nina forwards me a friend's site of urban exploration photography. The photos of Byberry Asylum in Philadelphia are especially nice! I just wish they were larger...

http://www.widefocus.net/

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Epitaph Du Jour!

Culled from:
Over Their Dead Bodies: Yankee Epitaphs & History
Authors: Thomas C. Mann & Janet Greene
Date: 1962

William Kittredge, 1789, age 91, Tewksbury, Mass.:
He's gone at length, how many grieve
Whom he did generously relieve
But o how shocking he expire
Amidst the flames of raging fire!
Yet all who sleep in Christ are bless'd
Whatever way they are undress'd.

Thanks to Miyuki for the contribution.

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February 24, 2007

Today's Prostrate Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

During the first day of the U.S. Civil War Battle of Chickamauga (September 18, 1863), Union soldier Arthur van Lisle fell wounded on the battlefield. He later described his ordeal:

"I fall. I try to rise, but cannot... My thigh is torn, the bone is shattered, although I did not feel the shot that struck me. Here I lie among the dead and wounded. Our men have fallen back. Over our prostrate forms the bullets are hissing and shells shrieking. In the endeavor to ease my cramped position my wounded limb becomes twisted and, oh, the agony of pain which I now feel for the first time! What horror surrounds me! Here I am, helpless and bleeding, my flesh lacerated, my thigh-bone broken; the dead so ghastly, the dying and the wounded all about me; my regiment falling back, the enemy advancing. What will become of me?"

Culled from: Portraits of the Civil War

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Arthur survived his ordeal, though I would imagine his leg did not... though it doesn't actually say this in the excerpt.

Bo adds: "To go into further detail concerning the Battle of Chickamauga, Confederate forces siezed the bridges over Chickamauga Creek on the 18th, establishing their position for the offensive on the following day. There had been preliminary fighting between the CSA forces under Bragg and the USA forces under Rosecrans for about a week leading up to actual battle. True, the fiercest fighting occurred on the 19th and 20th, but the siezure of the bridges, establishing the location of the battle occurred on the 18th. The 'first day' of the battle is open to interpretation. Was it the 19th? Was it the 18th? Was it the 10th? Does it even matter? What does matter is that the fighting that occurred outside of Chattanooga in September of 1963 was some of the bloodiest in the war. "

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The Comtesse Reviews...

Portraits of the Civil War In Photographs, Diaries, and Letters
by Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod

I just finished reading this coffee table book, which provides a decent overview of most of the major Civil War battles, but is very short on detail. I, probably unrealistically, expected that there would be a great many more stories to go along with the vintage photographs, but in many cases the diary or letter excerpts are completely unrelated to the photographs. And there really aren't that many photographs anyway - far fewer than I expected. I would imagine there are other books out there on the Civil War that are much more comprehensive than this one. But if you can pick it up at Barnes & Noble in the bargain bin (as I did), it's not a bad buy.

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

MISFORTUNES NEVER COME SINGLY

Making toast at fireside,
Nurse fell in the grate and died;
And, what makes it ten times worse,
All the toast was burned *with* nurse.

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Wretched Recommendations!

Karen has a book recommendation for us:

The Most Evil Dictators In History
by Shelley Klein

"Here's a great book for you -- the Most Evil Dictators in History. I happened to pick it up at Barnes and Noble -- on their BARGAIN table. Really, more people need to have this on their coffee tables. Imagine the looks on the faces of your guests as they sort through your lovely books on Tuscany, and fine art and then... there it is... Hitler's eyes staring at you, Stalin's sneer taking you in.... Really, it's a must have for all fans of evil people and their sickening deeds. (I keep mine in my nighttable by my bed. You never know when I'll need a little anecdote from Saddam Hussein to help lull me into Lala Land)."

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

The Movie Death Database catalogues your favorite scenes from every film - the death scenes!

http://www.moviedeaths.com/

Thanks to Elizabeth for the link.

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February 25, 2007

Today's Deaf Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The reigning Miss Deaf Texas died after being struck by a train. Tara Rose McAvoy, 18, was walking Monday near railroad tracks when she was struck by a Union Pacific train. A witness told Austin television station KTBC the train sounded its horn right up until the accident occurred. McAvoy, who had been deaf since birth, won the state title in June and represented the state "with dignity and pride," state pageant director Laura Loeb-Hill told The Associated Press. McAvoy was to represent Texas at the Miss Deaf America pageant this summer. McAvoy graduated last year from the Texas School for the Deaf, attended Austin Community College and then started at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., in January, but had returned to Texas.

Culled from: The Associated Press
Generously submitted by: Nathan

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Apparently deaf beauty queens are just as dumb as the hearing ones!

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Update Du Jour!

Apparently, I was a bit dyslexic and so was my source when it came to yesterday's MFDJ about the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga. I typoed the year as 1865, when it was actually 1863, and my source lists the first date of the battle as September 19, when it was actually September 18.

So, let's get this straight: the first day of the Battle of Chickamauga was September 18, 1863.

Thanks to Bo for setting the record straight. The archive has been corrected.

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

THE PERILS OF OBESITY

Yesterday my gun exploded
When I thought it wasn't loaded;
Near my wife I pressed the trigger,
Chipped a fragment off her figure,
'Course I'm sorry, and all that,
But she shouldn't be so fat.

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Ghastly!

Here's an excellent Montage of Terrible Things (Accidents, Executions, etc.) with Type O Negative for the Music.

http://www.flurl.com/item/Death_Mix_u_155765

Thanks to Ken for the link.

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Morbid Link Du Jour!

Now here's a fascinating site that makes the Comtesse dizzy with delight! An online archive of the New Orleans City Insane Asylum records from 1882-1888!!! The descriptions of the inmates are absolutely delightful!!

"Furious Mania... she is turbulent, vulgar and obscene when irritated, yet very clean about her person."

"Imagines that snakes are after her, with obscene intentions."

"Speaks of two men whom he (is said to have) killed in the parish prison. Considers his deed as the most natural, and finest ever performed by any one – Says that he killed them by striking them on the back with a piece of wood and 'so nicely was it done [sic] that not a drop of blood was spilled. I only laid them to sleep.'"

"This woman is a Raving Maniac who can give no account of herself. She is naked in her cell."

Oh, Bliss!!!

http://nutrias.org/inv/cityinsaneasylum.htm

Thanks to NightRaven for the link.

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February 26, 2007

Today's Revolting Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

Trenches and rifle pits were not the invention of the 20th century's two world wars. Trench warfare was also used extensively during the American Civil War. At the Spotsylvania, Virginia battlefield, caught in a storm of lead and steel splinters, troops learned to hug the ground, but conditions in rifle pits and trenches soon became all but intolerable, as Chaplain Stewart recalled:

"From where I stood, and in front of a Rebel rifle pit, lay stretched in all positions over fifty of our unburied soldiers, and within the pit and lying across each other, perhaps as many Rebel dead. It seems almost incredible what a change of little less than a week had wrought, by exposure to sun and hot air. The hair and skin had fallen from the head and the flesh from the bones - all alive with disgusting maggots.

"Many of the soldiers stuffed their nostrils with green leaves. Such a scene does seem too revolting to record. Yet, how else convey any just conception of what is done and suffered here?"

Culled from: Portraits of the Civil War

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

AUNT ELIZA

In the drinking-well
Which the plumber built her,
Aunt Eliza fell . . .
. . . We must buy a filter.

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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Morbid Sightseeing!

I've been meaning to mention this for awhile:

Great news for those of us in the Windy City - Body Worlds 2 is at the Museum of Science and Industry through April 29, 2007.

http://www.msichicago.org/temp_exhibit/bodyworlds2/index.html

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Wretched Recommendations!

Dusty has a book recommendation:

Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death
By Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

"The author covers a variety of funeral options. Although none of the information is new to us, I think it is worth a read. It's not exactly 'morbid' though, but I still thought I would mention it to you. I enjoyed the way she incorporated blurbs of peoples lives into each story. The only part of the book I found to be a bit long was the 'Biodegradable You' chapter. On the other hand, my favorite part of the book was 'The Culture Thing'. I didn’t have a lot of prior knowledge about the funeral rites and rituals of the Hmong people, so I thoroughly enjoyed this chapter. My favorite quote in the book was: 'It’s like an Epcot Center of Death.'"

"(I give it 3/5 coffins :)"

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February 27, 2007

Today's Matricidal Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

After actress Susan Cabot's final star turn in The Wasp Woman, she left the screen to concentrate on singing and stage acting. In 1964, she gave birth to her son, Timothy, who suffered from dwarfism. In 1968, she her married second husband, actor Michael Roman, but the marriage broke up in the early 1980s, in part due to Cabot's increasing mental fragility and paranoia. (Cabot had been taking a growth hormone prescribed for her son, possibly a factor in heightening her mental illness.) In late 1986, her son, citing years of abuse, beat her to death with a weight bar; Cabot was 59 years old.

Culled from: Brian's Drive-In Theater
Generously submitted by: Elizabeth

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Ruthless Rhyme Du Jour!

I've been reading "Ruthless Rhymes for Heartless Homes and More Ruthless Rhymes" by Harry Graham, a collection of hysterical poems originally published in 1899, and I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites.

INDIFFERENCE

When Grandmamma fell off the boat,
And couldn't swim (and wouldn't float),
Matilda just stood by and smiled.
I almost could have slapped the child.

Ruthless Rhymes For Heartless Homes

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"My Brush With Morbidity" by Juan

"I'm from Bogota, Colombia, South America. Unfortunately, most 'big' cities have some dire parts and they become especially dangerous at night.

"It was 8PM and I had just finished doing some errands in downtown, and I was dumb enough to walk to a bus stop alone in such a dangerous part of town, full of prostitutes, junkies and thieves. When I got to the bus stop I thought I'd made it to safety, until one junkie approched me and asked me if had some change. His pupils were smaller than a pin's tip, which is usual in crack addicts, so I told him I didn't have any change to give him. He then tried to grab my bag, but I pushed him back. I tried to run but I felt as if someone had just punched me in the back, just below my right shoulder. I turned around and I saw the junkie holding a knife. He stabbed me again, this time on my right arm. I fell down and the junkie took my bag and ran away. I was so scared I didn't feel any pain, I just felt my right arm and shoulder soaking wet. About 30 seconds later the police arrived and I told them what had happened, then an ambulance came and took me to a hospital were they gave me a tetanus shot and some stitches.

"Even though I had such a dreadful experience I feel lucky, because I'm well aware that I could've been killed."

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

People think that I’m a sick, evil and twisted person.

But I actually have the heart of a little girl...

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In a jar...

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On my desk.

Thanks to TwistedWhiskers.

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