December, 2003

December 21, 2003

Today's Unbelievably Stupid But Truly Morbid Fact!

A 24-year-old Mexican man is dead after reportedly playing a human piñata for some children. A newspaper, Reforma, said the man was standing on a beam with a rope loosely tied around his neck and ropes tied around his hands and feet. He was letting his younger brother and sister swing at him with sticks but lost his balance while trying to avoid being hit. He strangled when the rope tightened around his neck.

Culled from: The Associated Press
Generously submitted by: Elizabeth

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Yes, of course, this one will end up on the Darwin Awards newsletter too...

It really has been forever since I've sent out a fact, and for that I deeply apologize. Between trying to cope with the aftermath of my mother's death and an incredibly heavy workload, I just have not had the energy for the newsletter in the last month. There goes life interfering with my hobbies again.

In any event, I'm doing quite well these days, thanks to a certain special someone who keeps me smiling and semi-sane.

I have family in town for the next few weeks, so I can't guarantee I'll have a lot of time for the newsletter, but I will make every effort to start sending the facts out semi-regularly again. Thank you for your patience.

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Morbid Word Du Jour!

Miss Jukes kindly forwarded this Word Of The Day from the wonderful Ask Oxford website (http://www.askoxford.com). I think it's utterly beautiful... and proof that there really is a word for everything!

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the term for the oozing of blood which occasionally occurs when a cut is made into a dead body. Formerly it was used to mean the supposed bleeding from wounds that would happen when the body of a murdered person was in the presence of the murderer. This comes from a Latin word meaning 'staining with blood.'

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