Friday, December 5, 2014

American Tourist in South Africa Slices Open Pregnant Dead Shark to Save Pups

I visited south Africa in 2005, but I did not make it to the Cape. That is one of the premier locations  in the world where sharks thrive, and Shark Week episodes have been filmed there by Discovery Channel.

Recently an American family was on vacation in Capetown when they came across a dying shark on the beach. Seeing movement in the body, the father decided to slice into her to see if there were viable baby sharks. The remarkable event was caught on video. The chatter from those viewing the scene, and the reactions of the man doing the cutting are priceless.

If only there was this much interest in saving unborn human babies...


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dallas Man Decapitates Himself by Driving Van with Noose Attached to Fire Hydrant

Christmas is notoriously a time of year when suicides increase. Whether people are depressed that they have no one to spend the holidays with or mental illness just becomes overwhelming, there is no single answer to why people take their own lives. A disturbing story from Dallas this morning raises questions not only of why this man committed suicide, but why he did it in such a bizarre and gruesome manner. First this short video that essentially states the fact that a body was found.

Then come the news stories flesh out the details, but cannot answer the "why" questions.

The horrific nature of this man's death is mind-boggling. If the message he scrawled indeed translates to "no more severed heads," the choice of dying by beheading is unfathomable.

 Perhaps the man himself had been involved in beheadings, and was confessing his own sins with his final act. Or maybe he has lost a loved one trough beheading in Mexico and wants to bring renewed focus to this brutal means of killing. Whatever the reason, his actions certainly have focused attention on the tragedy of death by decapitation in a far different way than the ISIS beheadings of late.


New Movie about General Tso's Chicken Tempts My Palate

Seen any good movies lately? There are several on my list that I plan to see in the coming weeks. This morning I came across one that I had not heard of but which is now at the top of my list, just below Mockingjay (Part I). The movie is titled The Search for General Tso, and it is about--you guessed it--General Tso. More precisely, it asks Who is General Tso? Here is one of the movie's trailers.

 If you are as intrigued as I am, here is the trailer from the movie's official website.

On the movie website, I was excited to see they include a recipe for General Tso's chicken.

 And a fascinating fact as well is that one of the funders for this movie was none other than teen-idol-turned-movie-mogul Justin Beiber.

Wait. That's Beeber with two Es. Wrong guy. But it was fun while it lasted. I'll bet Justin Bieber likes General Tso's chicken anyway.

I am thinking that a movie about Moo Goo Gai Pan could be the perfect sequel...

Variety called the movie a "finger-lickin' good documentary." Being from Kentucky, I am not so sure I would agree with that (stolen) characterization. Especially since you eat General Tso's chicken with chopsticks (or a fork for the weak of fingers). But still, it is lip-smackin' good eatin'.

Now, I am off to my favorite Chinese restaurant to meet General Tso myself ... again.