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‘Exploding Head Syndrome’ More Common in Young People

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Geert König (CC BY 2.0)

via EurekAlert:

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University researchers have found that an unexpectedly high percentage of young people experience “exploding head syndrome,” a psychological phenomenon in which they are awakened by abrupt loud noises, even the sensation of an explosion in their head. Brian Sharpless, a Washington State University assistant professor and director of the university psychology clinic, found that nearly one in five — 18 percent — of college students interviewed said they had experienced it at least once. It was so bad for some that it significantly impacted their lives, he said. “Unfortunately for this minority of individuals, no well-articulated or empirically supported treatments are available, and very few clinicians or researchers assess for it,” he said.

The study also found that more than one-third of those who had exploding head syndrome also experienced isolated sleep paralysis, a frightening experience in which one cannot move or speak when waking up.… Read the rest

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Ring her bell – you’ll unleash hell!

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Via KC Star:

Missouri woman pleads guilty to assaulting doorbell pranksters.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Springfield woman could get a 10-year prison sentencing for threatening boys who rang her doorbell and ran away.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Ashley Crossland pleaded guilty on Feb. 17 to burglary, assault and unlawful use of a weapon after becoming angry because of a January 2014 prank.

A probable cause statement says Crossland tried to run one boy down with her van and punched another three times while holding a knife to his chest.

The Springfield News-Leader reports she was also charged with going to the home where the boys were having a sleepover and illegally entering the home.

One of the boys reportedly told police that Crossland came out of her home and began yelling at them as they ran away after they rang her doorbell. The boy said that after he turned a corner, he saw a van “driving crazy.”

Probable cause documents said the van tried to run the boy over, and backed him up against a fence.

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Darcílio Lima: Opus Magnum

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“Man develops within a circle of force (360 degrees): in this state (a sense of presence) he gathers a field of energy, of which three percent would simply enable him to be diurnally involved in a field of information.

Routine and unconsciousness will eliminate the whole field during this generation, creating division among men – privileged and defenseless. Aquarius and it’s magnificent paradise overwhelm us with their colors and images, neglecting what the planet Earth has suffered in recent times; both in relation to its cosmic reality, and the physical reality of the animal being.

No longer can one differentiate between rational and irrational, theory and practice.

Cybernetics will leave man with no option.

Technology has been able to hypnotize the whole planet with sensational tricks.

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Remixing Human Anatomy with Italian Artist Alessandro Boezio

Alessandro Boezio, an Italian artist, remixes the human anatomy.

via Boezio’s website:

Alessandro Boezio, 1983, he lives and works between Milano and Brescia.

An artist of versatile creativity, he uses an incredible number of materials, both precious and simple, to create sculptures, installations and original works, each infused by a rich vein of humor. He transforms reality by toying with concepts and objects, which, as the artist affirms, “Everything can be transformed, everything can be re-used, everything is re-adaptable”. His works often show a strong bond with nature, bizarre in its micro and macro figurazione. At the same time, Boezio pays a clear homage to technology with its useless knick knacks that man seems practically unable to do without.

Hermaphroditus, 2015

Hermaphroditus, 2015

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Vodou in powerful works of art

VODOUN, VODOU, CONJURE: THE ANIMISTIC ARTS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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Africa Vodun Sculpture – Fon People – Benin Wood, padlocks, clay pots

The Cavin-Morris Gallery in New York presents an exhibition of magic and spirit expressed in intense and powerful works of art from Africa, Haiti, Jamaica and the United States.

Stereotypical language falls apart when speaking about this kind of magic. The end product of the piece is less important than the means by which it was made. It is all about process and intention. It is an animistic magic that relies on Nature for its material and spiritual sources for healing, for love, for midwifery, for remembrance, for power, for cultural resistance, and ultimately for finding a balance in human nature.

Conjure and Vodou’s earliest manifestations were in the Old World (Africa as the Old World) but when the slaves were forced here from West Africa and the Kongo area, it was remembered and reinvented (creolized) in an American form.… Read the rest

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A Mad Pooper is Loose in Akron, Ohio

The Mad Pooper is still on the loose.

The Mad Pooper is still on the loose.

I once had a coworker who played a game called: “Ohio or Florida?” He would read news headlines of bizarre stories/crimes and try to guess if they happened in Ohio or Florida. His theory was that 9 times out of 10, these wild tales happened in either my home-state of Ohio or Florida. I would balk at this idea because, DUH, Ohio is great.

But then, I stumble upon stories like this and I realize, fuck, he may be right. I hail from Northeast Ohio, which makes this story even more hilarious.

There is a wild defecator on the loose in Akron, OH and his preferred toilet is the hood of cars. He also enjoys smearing it around—for some reason I’d rather not know. I think we need Tina Belcher to open an investigation.

It’s unclear if the mad pooper’s motive is mischief or if he has some underlying mental health issue. Akron police say that there have been 19 confirmed cases since 2012.… Read the rest

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Python Cereal: Man Finds 6ft Python In Box of Cornflakes

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On Tuesday in Australia (no surprises there), 22-year-old Jarred Smith found a Diamond python hiding in his open box of cornflakes.

Smith was making lunch when he happened to notice a 2m (roughly 6.5ft) long python hanging out in his cereal box. Understandably, Smith panicked, dropped his food, and ran from the kitchen. Smith’s father was also home and they called the New South Wales Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service.

According to The Independent, Chris McGreal, an employee of the Wildlife Rescue Service told the Daily Telegraph:

“The python was over 2m long and I couldn’t believe it was jammed into this small cereal box.

“When I got there I actually had to tear the box to get it out, that’s how tightly squeezed in it was. It’s likely it was hiding in there to feel secure.”

McGreal released the python back into the bushland, where I suspect it will begin plotting to hijack someone’s Lucky Charms box.… Read the rest

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Philip K. Dick was right: we are becoming androids

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stephane (CC BY 2.0)

Via Jesse Walker at Boing Boing:

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired the film Blade Runner, a bounty hunter pursues a group of androids who have been posing as human beings. He is eventually arrested and accused of being an android himself. The officers bring him to what turns out to be a counterfeit police station run entirely by androids, not all of whom are aware that they aren’t human.

“What do you do,” one of the robocops asks him, “roam around killing people and telling yourself they’re androids?”

It’s a complicated situation. But then, androids play a complicated role in Dick’s fiction. On the most obvious level, they represent the inhuman and the mechanical: People have empathy and will, while robots are rigid and soulless. It’s a familiar division in science fiction, though some storytellers prefer to put other monsters in the androids’ place.

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