December, 2002

December 4, 2002

Today's Impulsive Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In April, 2002, an immigrant who had been looking for work in the Czech Republic reacted very badly to news that a woodworking company didn't need his services: he committed suicide by putting his head into the spinning blade of their circular saw. The suicide occurred in front of company employees in a town 15km east of Prague. It happened shortly after a company manager rejected the Ukrainian man's request for a job. A police spokeswoman said: "After getting the message that the Altea company isn't accepting new workers, the unemployed 'Jurij' turned on the cabinet-maker's circular saw." "Jurij" is apparently a a Czech nickname for Ukrainians. "He purposely rammed his head several times into the whirling saw blade." The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Workers who witnessed the grisly death were shocked.

Culled from:
http://www.worldonline.co.za/news/news_center_020418.468434.html
Generously donated by: Bruce Townley

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"Take this head and shove it," perhaps?

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"My Brush With Morbidity" by J.W.

"I am an ER doctor and have had my share of brushes, but I think the best story involves a friend of mine Corrine.We were both working in the ER as medical students when a "triple zero" call came through the paramedic radio. A triple zero is a patient who has been found without vital signs-heart rate, breathing or blood pressure. The man had been without vital signs for a long period of time.

"Attempts to resuscitate him failed. He was very large - 6'2" and about 300 lbs. It is common for nursing staff to clean the person up so family can view the body. My friend Corrine volunteered to help out. While seeing other patients in the ER I suddenly heard Corrine calling for help, but her voice was muffled. Some of us ran into the room and found her on the floor with the dead naked man on top of her! The only thing sticking out were her feet which were kicking furiously.

"We rushed to help her but were laughing so hard it took forever to get him off of her. It turns out that she and the nurses had turned the body on his side with Corrine holding him in front. The nurses left Corrine alone briefly to get a plastic shroud to wrap him in. The man was so big Corrine had a hard time holding him and he toppled over on top of her.

"Corrine survived the trauma and became a family medicine doctor. I stayed in ER because after that incident I knew any profession so entertaining I had to be a part of."

What a mortifying incident - in more ways that one!!!


December 8, 2002

Today's Incredibly Dumb Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A British holidaymaker has died sliding down a disused cable car cable in the Italian Alps. David Mason, 49, suffered fatal injuries in front of his 18-year-old son Douglas, while the two were mountaineering on Sunday, September 9, 2002. In what police described as a "bizarre" accident, Mr Mason used a mountain climbing snap hook to slide down the cable manually. But he lost control and hit some rocks before colliding with a metal support pylon 200 metres down the cable. News of the tragedy emerged on Monday night, as Douglas Mason arrived back in the family's home town, Glasgow. He said: "There is nothing I can say, we just can't believe it. I don't want to talk about it." A police spokesman for the Trento region said: "We have opened an investigation into what is a very unusual and bizarre accident. It would appear that perhaps to save time he attached himself to the cable and tried to slide down thinking he could control himself with his hands. However he was unable to do so and quickly lost control hitting the first rocks within seconds and carrying on down smashing into others before hitting the pylon." Local television news reports said several people apparently tried to stop Mr Mason from attempting the stunt.

Culled from: BBC News
Generously donated by: Chris Kench

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Hmmmm... can someone win a Darwin Award if they've already procreated?

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Wanna make some easy money, girls? Here's your chance - from the Strange But True category:

http://abcnews.go.com/sections/GMA/DailyNews/fatal_attraction021202.html

I thought about it, until that damned "You cannot use knives or poison" clause. They just had to go and spoil all my plans!


December 15, 2002

Today's Unwieldy Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The 'heading axe', as execution axes were once called, was far from a finely honed and balanced weapon. It was little more than a blunt primitive chopper which crushed its way through the flesh and vertebrae of the victim as he, or she, knelt over the block. Death did not always come quickly. The executioner was not noted for his expertise or his sobriety, and the axe he swung was heavy and unwieldly, so ill-balanced that it had a tendency to twist in his hands as it descended. Moreoever, he was required to aim at an extremely small target under the critical gaze of a crowd numbered in thousands, these factors all having a further disruptive effect on his accuracy. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that, on occasions, it took more than one blow to complete the task. 'Pray do your business well,' exclaimed James, Duke of Monmouth, giving the executioner some gold guineas to ensure a swift demise. 'Do not serve me as you did Lord Russell. I have heard you gave him three or four strokes -- if you strike me twice I cannot promise not to move.' The noble duke should have saved not only his money but his breath as well, for it took Jack Ketch five blows before his head was completely severed.

Culled from: The Book Of Execution

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Of course, Jack Ketch was the worst executioner of all time, damned the Duke's luck!! Here's another account of this beheading from the December 9, 1999 MFDJ:

http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/morbid/archives/morb1299.htm

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Abigail has discovered a wonderful site if you're searching for that special shirt that will inspire horror in your average passers-by (or your family during the holidays). There are so many wonderful shirts here, in so many categories (serial killers, horror films, just plain bad taste) that I'm finding it difficult to highlight one in particular. You'll have to browse around their vast selection yourself. But I must say that I am rather partial to both the Ed Gein "American Psycho" shirt and the lovely Albert Fish "I like children. They are tasty." shirt. And, really, who can resist the "Every time you masturbate, God kills a kitten" shirt with the image of the adorable little furball?
Browse for yourself at Rotten Cotton:

http://www.rottencotton.com/

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Morbid Flick Du Jour!

Looking for something morbid to rent at the video store? Sometimes it's best to look to the past (in this case, 1990). Todd has a suggestion for us - a film that I have completely overlooked:

"I was perusing through your 'Captivating Celluloid!' and noticed that you didn't have a film that I truly think deserves credit and posting: Exorcist III. If you haven’t reviewed it, I highly suggest it. It ranks highly on the mystic occult, and has a gruesome passion for the morbid way of life. Your hero is the killer."

I must admit, I never even would think to rent this title... but perhaps I shall. It seems to get good reviews on Amazon.Com as well, so what have I to lose except 2 hours of my life (which I would have spent doing nothing anyway).

The Exorcist III


December 16, 2002

Today's Tasty Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

German police are watching home videos made by a sex cannibal who apparently shared a last meal of flambeed penis with his willing victim before carving him up and freezing the man's remaining body parts to eat later. Prosecutors said that the 41-year-old homosexual, who has confessed, was not being treated as insane. Police arrested the man after he posted an Internet advert seeking another male volunteer to satisfy his appetites. "We're watching the videotapes and searching his house. There are several tapes," said a spokesman for the police. They had already found deep-frozen human flesh and bones as well as video recordings of the exceptionally bizarre crime. The accused was 41 and the victim a 42-year-old man from Berlin. They believe the killing dates back to March last year. "The deed appears to stem from cannibalistic and homosexual tendencies shared by both men," police said on Wednesday (12/11/02). "The accused supposedly first cut off the penis of the victim by mutual agreement because they wanted to eat it together," the statement continued. Police declined comment on reports that they first flambeed the organ in spirits, then, after tasting it, decided to fry it. The suspect then killed his companion with deep cuts to the neck and chopped the body into pieces which he froze and later ate. The dead man apparently replied to an advertisement posted on the Internet. One newspaper said it read: "Seeking young, well-built 18-to-30-year-old for slaughter."

Culled from: Reuters
Generously donated by: The Mourner

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See? How bloody typical of the internet. You post an advert asking for an '18-to-30 year old' and you get a 42-year-old! And I bet he probably wasn't even well-built either. Oh well, with perversions like THAT, I guess you can't be too choosy...

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I'm sure you'll be in complete shock and disbelief when I mention that I have actually found the time to create a new, fun-filled Malady Of The Month! This time, it's on Dracunculiasis... which really is as horrible as it sounds. Find out why at the Asylum Eclectica:

http://asylumeclectica.com/asylum/malady/

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And if you're looking for something to amuse yourself with, why not try catching Michael's dropped babies?

http://www.madblast.com/funflash/swf/mj_baby_drop_2.swf


December 17, 2002

Today's Wounded Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In the days before malpractice suits...

An early king of Babylon (c. 1925 B.C.) left behind his famous Code of Hammurabi. "Concerning the wounds resulting from operations it is written... If a physician shall make a severe wound with an operating knife and kill him or shall open an abscess with an operating knife and destroy the eye, his hands shall be cut off. If a physician shall make a severe wound with a bronze operating knife on the slave of a free man and kill him, he shall replace the slave with another slave."

Culled from: An Underground Education

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You may have noticed... or you may not have noticed... or you may never notice... or you may not care... but I've started updating the MFDJ website with the full newsletter version of the facts. I will be going back and replacing the previous archives with the full versions as well, eventually. I figure one person out there might appreciate that...

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

If you're looking for a unique way to memorialize your loved one, then why not try The Heavenly Globe of Tears?

"This is the perfect way to honor and cherish the ashes of your departed loved one. Safeguard their precious ashes in our Heavenly Globe of Tears. Your loved one will always be near you, on the fireplace mantel or on a side table next to their favorite lounge chair. Within easy reach, you can tumble and caress their eternal shrine during those moments of loneliness and heartache. The ashes of your loved one will come alive with your caress and freely float joyfully within their personal globe of heavenly tears."

http://www.bullworks.net/invest/remember.htm

How... erm... classy.

Dennis incredulously asks:

"You do realize this is a hoax right? Just look on the page you link to... In the section labeled 'The fine print' (which is mostly garbage) you find the following lines:

"you will be screwed
and lose all of your money
you will be bankrupt
and probably you'll lose your home too

"Also on the same page is the "Disclaimer" which clearly states '... Investors must be of sound mind and understand that this whole offering may be a hoax.'

"Digging further into the page and simply looking at their 'product reviews' leaves no doubt, in my mind at least, that this is all BS...

"Even the domain name (bullworks.net) and the 'owner's' name (Don Bull) are clues to the joke..."


AmentiKitten is similarly flummoxed:

"That site cannot be real...This is another 'Kitten in a Jar' Site where people will take it seriously and get all types of huffy, those who think this is derranged or demented and so on. There was a site awhile back that had this ad for having a Kitten stuffed in a jar and if you kept the cat in there long enough it would freeze that way after so long and then you'd have this great sculpture of your kitten. These are sites, meant to be taken seriously but are nothing but a joke. It's only too obvious it's fake. The 'celebrity photo' and leather chair should be huge indicators here. Not tomention the fact that the link has 'Bullworks' - That says -Bullshit- to me."

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Morbid Read Du Jour!

Jen sent me a link to a review of what sounds to be a great new book entitled "Mutiny on the Globe". It sounds like it's well worth a look!

http://www.salon.com/books/review/2002/05/09/heffernan/index.html?x

(Warning: gratuitous, self-serving, absolutely pathetic plug...)

Oh, and if you want to help support the obsessions of a poor old Comtesse, why not purchase it through the Library Eclectica?

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393041638/theasylumeclecti


December 18, 2002

Today's Money-Making Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A Chinese crime syndicate has allegedly been digging up female corpses and selling them to relatives of dead single men. The Straits Times reports residents in Jingbian county believe in getting 'wives' for their dead relatives so they can settle down in the spirit world. Police claim a five-strong gang has been searching cemeteries in Shaanxi province for suitable women, digging up five corpses a night. According to the Straits Times, the syndicate charged up to £2,300 for the 'dead brides'. The gang allegedly sold women who were aged between 18 to 72 when they died, with younger 'brides' the most expensive.

Culled from: Ananova.Com
Generously donated by: Kisah

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For those interested in purchasing a dead wife, £2,300 = $3,688.78. Of course, you could just do it yourself, like Ed Gein, and save your cash.

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Congratulations to those of you who figured out that yesterday's "Trinket Du Jour" (Heavenly Globe of Tears") is, in fact, a hoax. (Read the fine print.) But I could totally see it being real, can't you? And a very special thank you to Joe who made me collapse into a fit of completely UnComtesseLike giggles with his response:

"Wow, snowglobes are so much better than where my mind went with that description. I was picturing a, um, specially-shaped urn, shall we say? One that would allow your lover's ashes to be very close to you during those intimate nights alone. It would have given a whole new meaning to 'How deep is your love?'"

Would somebody care to design THAT website?


December 26, 2002

Today's Severe Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In April, 2002 a suspected robber was bitten by a police dog in the crotch, resulting in a severed penis. Three men walked into the At Cost Liquor Store in Pinellas County, Fla., and allegedly stole a pack of cigarettes. A store worker reportedly chased the men outside and wrote down the license plate number of the suspects' car. After a brief chase, the men crashed their car and ran. A K-9 named "Scooby" caught up with one of the alleged suspects. The dog first bit the suspect on the buttocks and then bit him in the crotch, severing his penis. The suspect was rushed to a local hospital where doctors reattached the suspect's penis.

Culled from: TheBakersfieldChannel.Com
Generously donated by: Maggie

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Hmmmm... I knew that a pack of cigarettes now costs an arm and a leg, but this is EXTREME...

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Morbid Flick Du Jour!

Kurtis Lee has a film recommendation for us all:

"What you mentioned in the 3-15-02 Morbid Fact Du Jour seemed strangely familiar. It reminded me of a movie I saw once called the St. Francisville Experiment. I assume you have probably seen it, but if you haven't, then I'd like to say that it reminds me very much of your facts. The film is very much a Blair Witch Project ripoff that is about a group of people forced to spend a night in a haunted mansion in St. Francisville, Louisiana. (I'm unsure if it is mentioned as the LaLaurie mansion.) By the end of the film, it's quite obvious that the thing is staged but what intrigued me most of all is the beginning as they go through the legend of the house including a girl who's limbs have been broken and then her joints were reset at odd angles so 'she looked more like a crab.' If you haven't seen it and still enjoy learning about the LaLaurie house, I suggest you check it out."

Another one to pick up the next time I'm at the video store!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00004YS97/theasylumeclecti


December 27, 2002

Today's Sacrificial Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

The fact that bodies can be preserved almost indefinitely by low temperatures was poignantly demonstrated in 1954 with the discovery of 'the Inca Prince' on Mount Cerro El Plomo in Chile. The body of a 10-year-old child was found by a shepherd near Santiago at an altitude of 14,000. He had died 500 years before, probably after having become lost, and had squatted in the cave to keep warm. The state of preservation was remarkably good. He was dressed in a tunic, wore embroidered leather slippers, carried a doll carved from shell and had a coloured bag containing his nail parings, cut hair and milk teeth. Since there were no obvious signs of violence, it seems unlikely that this child was murdered, although it is known that, as part of Inca religious ceremonies, youths were often taken up into the Andes, made intoxicated with alcoholic corn beer or narcotic coca leaf and sacrificed by strangulation.

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

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Of course, we now know that this kid was truly a victim of sacrifice, not "lost in the cold" as they hopefully thought at one time. Always remember Comtesse's Razor: When faced with two possible explanations, the most morbid explanation is always the correct one!

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I Want My M(orbid)TV!

I just received the January schedule from the History Channel and it looks like there are a few shows worth watching out for during the first week of January:

01/02/2003

8:00 Engineering Disasters. Throughout history, the builders and engineers who paved our way out of the caves and into the modern world have also caused some of our worst disasters. What happens when their calculations prove wrong and it all comes tumbling down? From Hammurabi's days, when the first building laws were instituted, to today's potential nuclear or chemical disasters that can spell death for thousands, we'll take a harrowing tour through some of history's greatest engineering mistakes. (1-hour version) CC [TV G]

9:00 More Engineering Disasters. Throughout history the same builders and engineers that paved man's path out of the caves and into the modern world also caused some of mankind's worst disasters. Often a huge calamity is traced back to a tiny cause, insignificant in itself, but triggering a domino effect. We'll revisit notable disasters and search for probable causes. CC [TV G]

10:00 Engineering Disasters 3. When design flaws fell projects the cost is often exacted in lives as we see in this look at engineering disasters. Why did the Tower of Pisa begin to lean by as much as 17
feet; what caused the first nuclear accident in 1961 in Idaho; what killed the three Soyuz 11 cosmonauts aboard the world's first orbiting space station; how did a winter storm destroy the Air Force's Texas
Tower Radar Station, killing 28; and what errors led to NASA's loss of the Mars Climate Orbiter and the Mars Polar Lander? CC [TV G]

01/07/2003

8:00 Airship Disasters. For a dozen turbulent years between WWI and WWII, the U.S. Navy poured millions of dollars into an audacious dream: to rule the skies with a fleet of massive airships. Armed with squadrons of scout planes, these "Battleships of the Skies" could travel far over the horizon to detect enemy approach. Journey into a lost chapter of military history to discover how the airships USS
Shenandoah, USS Akron, and USS Macon were lost in a series of aviation disasters that altered the evolution of aerial warfare. CC [TV PG]

10:00 Castles & Dungeons. Some of the most imposing structures ever built, medieval castles withstood both bloody assaults and the test of time. Designed like machines with nearly every architectural detail
devoted to defense, castles represented the perfect fusion of form and function. Journey back to that unruly era as we examine the complexity of their construction and the multi-purposes they served--homes to kings and nobles, economic centers, courthouses, treasuries, prisons, and torture chambers. CC [TV G]

11:00 Infamous Murders. Red Light Murders. Almost every major city in the world has a red-light district, where the life of a prostitute can be brutal and short. We examine three cases of prostitutes who became victims of murder. CC [TV PG]

11:30 Infamous Murders. Hollywood Murders. In the heyday of Hollywood, police investigate several bizarre tangles of murder, intrigue, and vice. In 1932, movie producer Paul Bern, who had married Jean Harlow just two months earlier, was found dead with a suicide note nearby, but circumstances were suspicious...In 1935, top stars and studio bosses are implicated when screen idol Thelma Todd becomes an "apparent" suicide...In 1958, 14-year-old Cheryl Crane, daughter of Lana Turner, is charged with the murder of her mother's boyfriend. CC [TV PG]

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And, finally, Bil just HAS to point out that the St. Francisville Experiment isn't dear in the hearts of critics:

"The St. Francisville Experiment was listed as one of the worst movies of all time :-)
http://www.reelcriticism.com/ziggyrealm/columns/bottombarrel2.html "

Ah well... no accounting for taste. (Not that I've seen it yet, mind you... But, heck, I enjoyed watching "The Rats" last weekend, so what do I know about these things... )


December 28, 2002

Today's Intense Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

In 1871, an Italian youth named Vincent Verzeni was charged with attempted strangulation of several women, and suspicion of three murders. A fourteen-year-old girl named Johanna Motta had been murdered in the fields; she had died through suffocation, her mouth being filled with earth. The body was naked, and the genitals had been torn out. On August 28, 1871, a married woman, Signora Figeni, was found by her husband lying naked in a field, her stomach slit open and the intestines hanging out; she had been strangled with a cord. The following day, a nineteen-year-old girl named Maria Previtali was followed into the fields by her cousin, Vincent Verzeni, aged twenty-two; he threw her to the ground and began to choke her. But she begged for her life and he finally let her go. It was after this that he was arrested. Verzeni confessed to the murders, explaining that as soon as he grasped a woman by the throat, he experienced intense sexual excitement, "an indescribably pleasant feeling". Verzeni had first realized that he enjoyed throttling when he was twelve, when he strangled chickens. Then, at the age of eighteen, he began throttling women. "I had an unspeakable delight in strangling women, experiencing erections during the acts and real pleasure. I took the greatest delight in drinking Motta's blood. I took the clothing and intestines because of the pleasure it gave me to touch and smell them... It never occurred to me to look at the genitals or such things. It satisfied me to seize the women by the neck and suck their blood." Verzeni was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Culled from: The Mammoth Book Of The History Of Murder

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Different... erm... "strokes"... I suppose...

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Notable Link Du Jour!

This isn't entirely a morbid link, but it's wonderful fun anyway. Many of you are subscribed to the News Of The Weird newsletter, but have you ever visited News Of The Odd? This website is even more entertaining to me - well worth a gander!

http://www.newsoftheodd.com/

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Ghastly Image Du Jour!

From our good friend Alf:

"This morning's (4/19/02 - yes, I'm a bit behind in putting this on the newsletter!) breakfast edition of the Bangkok Daily News entertained its readers with an unusual photograph: the successful suicide of a man who jumped from a very high building ... but whose landing was interrupted by a railing. In the past, both Thai Rhat and Daily News photographers have only captured solid flat-on splats ... suicide leaps that have hit the X right on. Today's jumper ... intentionally or because of bad aim ... neatly folded himself in half across an interrupting railing: from the waist down he's on one side; from the waist up he's on the other side ... rather like clock hands showing 6:25."

http://www.corkscrew-balloon.com/02/04/1bkk/19a.html


December 29, 2002

Today's Sacrificial Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

A group of children who adorned their bodies with industrial-strength magnets narrowly avoided permanent disfigurement. In a craze that spread through the northern English city of Sheffield, children held the magnets onto their faces and genitals by placing another magnet inside their mouths, noses or on the other side of their organs, so as to look as if they had body piercings. The magnets attracted each other with such force that they cut off the blood supply to the regions concerned and allowed the flesh to decay. Several children were admitted to hospital with holes developing in their noses or genitals as a result. In trying to give themselves fake lip piercings, several children let the magnets slip down their throats, and in one case sections of a nine year-old girl's gut were clamped together by a pair of magnets she had swallowed, causing potentially fatal perforations in her intestine. "I don't know where the magnets came from. Someone must have dumped them and the kids got hold of them and started trading them in the playground," said Derek Burke, a doctor at Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously donated by: Hepcatoy

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Okay, not the most morbid fact in the world - but one that I thought was worth sharing, especially since it is a great example of suffering for style! Go, kids, go!

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Notable Link Du Jour!

You've probably seen this one before, and it's not particularly morbid, but I was having fun perusing it the other day and thought you might appreciate another trip there as well:

http://www.disturbingauctions.com/

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

Why not start the New Year off right by adding a corpse to your home? Oh, come on - you know you want to!

http://distefano.com/

Or if that's a bit too much for you, they also have a great reproduction of the Salem Death Warrant (http://distefano.com/sdw.htm), a personalized photograph just for you (http://distefano.com/portrait.htm) and lots of other nifty things!


December 30, 2002

Today's Sudsy Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

On October 17, 1814, a rupture in a brewery tank containing 3,500 barrels of beer caused a flood of fatal proportions in the London parish of St. Giles. The wave of beer swept victims off their feet, dashed them against walls, and buried them under debris. Two houses were demolished in the sea of beer suddenly loosed upon town, and nine people lost their lives in the flood of suds.

Culled from: Snopes.Com
Generously donated by: Narkitten

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Of course, you must surely remember the similar Great Molasses Flood of Boston, right? (My all-time "favorite" disaster.) It's been featured as a MFDJ previously, but here's a page that explains it very well, for those of you who are interested:

http://www.mv.com/ipusers/arcade/molasses.htm

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Morbid Flick Du Jour!

Raven has a recommendation for us:

"If you think dentistry can be morbid (and I must assume you do), I have a movie for you. its called Novacaine with Steve Martin and Helena Bonham Carter. Steve Martin is a very succesful dentist with lots of money, a beautiful fiancee, and overall a great life. Then Helena Carter shows up and all of a sudden his life is mixed up in drugs, sex scandals, and murder (lots of it). A dark (extremely dark) comedy and a ton of twists. Warning: if that scene in Cast Away where Tom Hanks knocks his own tooth out gave you physical pain, don't watch this movie."

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Morbid Trinket Du Jour!

For those of you who are fans of Monty Python, there are a few excellent morbid Python trinkets available from http://www.Thundermall.Com. My personal favorites are...

The Black Knight (with removable arms and legs)
http://store.yahoo.com/thundermall/monpytblackn.html

and...

The Dead Collector ("Bring Out Yer Dead!!")
http://store.yahoo.com/thundermall/deadcolmonpy.html

The Killer Rabbit and Dead Parrot are pretty good too!

Special thanks to Pete for the recommendation.


December 31, 2002

Today's Messy Yet Truly Morbid Fact!

From the "Some People Have All The Luck" category:

Bones, coffins and crosses crashed through the kitchen wall of a Brazilian home in November, 2002 after a torrential rain washed out part of a neighboring cemetery. "It happened during the rain Saturday night. Part of the cemetery wall fell and earth mixed with body parts, coffins and pieces of tombstones invaded the house that is located down the hill," said an official at the cemetery on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Cemetery officials said the residents had to tolerate the remnants of the dead in their kitchen for the rest of the weekend. A funeral home in the area was expected to clean up the "haunted" house Monday. The residents could not be reached for comment. Brazil's Extra tabloid newspaper showed a picture of a woman living in the house holding up a hip bone and a piece of a skull, with a pile of earth and a huge opening in a wall in the background.

Culled from: Reuters
Generously donated by: Liz

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Well, as I always say, if you're gonna have to suffer a natural disaster in your home, it might as well be a cemetery mudslide. I'd be having ever so much fun over that weekend excavating my own house! A rare treat indeed... ;)

Oh, and before I forget - a most splendidly morbid New Year to you all.
Let's all hope for a fascinating 2003... but not SO fascinating that you end up in the freezer yourself!

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Regarding the December 29th MFDJ about the kids who used magnets to imitate piercings and ended up doing themselves bodily damage, I've had a few inquiries regarding whether these were the same type of magnets you can buy in Claire's to imitate nose piercings and the like. Luckily, Darth Szabo has the full scoop for us:

"My wife teaches 8th grade science and does a section on magnets. The first year she did this a few ended up missing and when they were found it was kids doing this same thing. Luckily (for them) they were caught within the day but it could have gotten bad. The types of magnets that do this are called Neodymium Iron Boron (NdFeB for short) and are considered "rare earth" magnets. One the same diameter as a pencil and about 1 cm thick will attract another through more than 1 1/2 inches of plywood. When you buy them there is a warning about all kinds of things including using them as jewelry, and people with pace makers. Powerful things."

Here's a link on Ebay for this type of magnet. Sounds kinda dangerous, actually!

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1875923559&category=35557

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Morbid Argument Du Jour!

You may recall from yesterday's fact that Raven recommended the movie Novocaine to us. Well, Jen begs to differ!

"You can't be serious. I am an avid fan of horror, and I have never seen a worse movie. It isn't scary, or remotely painful, and the fact that the first gory scene turns out to be RED PAINT makes it one of the ultimate in LAME MOVIES. I worked at Hollywood Video all summer. There are a lot of sick bastards out there who rent horror... yet I dealt with more complaints, returns, and free movie giveaways because of how SHITTY Novacaine was than any other movie in the ENTIRE STORE. Don't waste your time. NOT worth it."

Now, if we can hear from an avid fan of comedy to see what they think, we might have a complete picture...

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Morbid Mirth Du Jour!

I'd warn you that this one is very sick, but with this list, really, what's the POINT?

Submitted by Leslie:

A cruise in the Pacific goes all wrong, the ship sinks, and there were only 3 survivors; Damian, Darren and Deirdre..........

They manage to swim to a small island....... and they lived there for a couple of years............ doing what's natural for men and women to do.....

After several years of casual sex, all the time, Deirdre felt absolutely horrible about what she had been doing...................

She felt having sex with both Damian and Darren was so bad that she killed herself...............

It was very tragic but Damian and Darren managed to get through it and, after a while.................. nature once more took its inevitable course..............

Well, a couple more years went by and Damian and Darren began to feel absolutely horrible about what they were doing.....................

So................

......They buried her.

 



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