Guests sue hotel after body is found in water tank

•February 28, 2013 • 2 Comments

For as long as 19 days, [the] decomposing body was in one of the hotel’s four cisterns while the . . .  guests below drank cups of water, bathed and brushed their teeth.

A maintenance worker, checking on complaints about the hotel’s water, found the young Canadian tourist on February 19 . . . .

It is unclear how the woman ended up in the water tank.

Shudder.  Hotels already give me the creeps (in a bad way).  Now, I have two new things to be anxious about:  ending up in the water tank and drinking corpse water.

Guests who drank the corpse water have filed a class-action suit against the hotel.


“You’re wondering…perhaps…how it is that we’ve got so many great videos of that meteorite over Russia?”

•February 16, 2013 • 1 Comment

Well actually, that is exactly what I was wondering while watching the Russian meteorite videos. I couldn’t figure out how everyone was able to drive so calmly while filming the meteor exploding overhead in the air.

Market Place explains,

Turns out there’s so much corruption over there in the courts and in law enforcement in particular that the only protect yourself against false charges or claims of liability is to have proof. Hence everybody has a dash-cam in their cars.


I can’t help thinking that dashboard cams will be all the rage here in the U.S., too. Not that I think the police and judges here compare with Russia. It just seems like where we are headed.


“Pure White Paper”

•February 13, 2013 • 1 Comment

Via metafilter

“This might look to you as a skull made of plaster, but in fact there are thousands of sheets [of paper].”

“Bios Urn transforms the burial ritual in a regeneration and return to life through nature. As a result, cemeteries become forests.”

•February 9, 2013 • 2 Comments

bios urn

Via Reddit — Designers Gerard Moline and Martin Azua have created a biodegradable urn that turns you or your loved one’s ashes into a plant. He calls it the Bios Urn. As a Redditor pointed out, “What happens if the plant dies?”  Personally, I don’t think you will know or care about the plants you fertilize once you have been cremated. It is a great looking product, but I think I would be just as happy to have my ashes spread over my garden.

Spooky Bat Pegs

•February 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment

71B8tLzIzEL._SL1199_It is the middle of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. However, these amazing little black bat clothes pins have me thinking about hanging some clothes out to dry.


These Spooky Bat Pegs make for a great creepy alternative to chip clips or anything else you use clothes pins for.  I suppose you could make these a DIY project.  They look more like  something I will buy, rather than make.  If you are so inclined, you can buy these clips at this link.

Tiny top hat tip — Amy W.

““Mayor Dracula” Christine Quinn hid in the shadows of City Hall yesterday — lamenting that her vamp-y image was haunting her on the city streets.”

•January 30, 2013 • 3 Comments

“. . . . Quinn braved the sunlight yesterday as she headed to City Hall in a pantsuit. Fortunately for her political handlers, it made her look more like a politician than a member of The Cure.”

I personally don’t get the brouhaha about the NYC mayoral frontrunner that the the cover of New York Magazine causedI mean, this is NYC we are talking about, not Peoria, Iowa.  Can’t a lady wear a black trench coat with an upturned collar without her being labeled the daughter of Dracula?  On the other hand, I think that Christine Quinn should just go with it.  She looks great in black and Mayor Dracula is a pretty awesome nickname.  I hope that this incident doesn’t mean that Ms. Quinn will spend the rest of this campaign in brown pants suits.  Sadly, that seems to be where her advisers are guiding her.


Tiny top hat tip — Francie S.

“Man says employer told him to mix and match body parts to cover for missing cadavers.”

•January 26, 2013 • 1 Comment

USA Today reports,  “[a] former funeral home manager says he was forced to resign after refusing the owner’s directive to piece together ‘fake remains” of three cadavers for the Indiana University School of Medicine.'”

The former manager has filed a lawsuit against the funeral home.   “It is unclear exactly what the process of creating the fake remains involved, but it may have required taking some of the materials left over from the cremation of other bodies and representing that as having come from the missing cadavers.”   The funeral home and its owner deny all the allegations in the suit.

This is a “You don’t want to know” kind of suit.  We have all heard rumors about this sort of thing.  In fact, someone once told me about a crematory where they keep an extra bucket of cremains around “just in case” they need extra.  One would hope this doesn’t happen, but who knows.  After all, everyone’s ashes look the same.  The only distinguishing characteristics we (as first worlders) have in our ashes are the screws, staples and other medical devices in our bodies.

It will be interesting to see how plaintiff tries to prove his case.