Skywatchers are excitedly awaiting the total lunar eclipse that will occur tonight between 2:41 a.m. and 3:53 a.m. EST, and if you intend to stay awake to watch this amazing sight, then by all means read the Space.com description of the 12 stages of the eclipse. Joe Rao’s article thoughtfully explains what you will see as the moon transits through different portions of the earth’s shadow. I wholeheartedly recommend it — if you want to wallow in astronomical nonsense. Oh, I’m sure Joe Rao’s piece is backed up by an abundance of scientific facts and observations, if you care to put your faith in such things. But those of us well-versed in the ancient wisdoms know that the real 12 stages of a lunar eclipse are as follows: 1. Faint penumbral dimming of the moon’s disk. 2. Pervasive creeping sensations of unease. 3. Howling of wolves. 4. Unclean things walk the earth; Dick Cheney rises from the grave. 5. Contortion of the zodiac. 6. Intrusion of strange dimensions. 7. Universal gibbering madness. 8. Cthulhu. 9. A glimmer of sanity in the chaos. 10. Restoration of Euclidean geometry. 11. Fungal Mi-go from Yuggoth return captive brains to their rightful owners. 12. Applause, followed by waffles for breakfast.
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About 700 clowns attended the Fifteenth International Clown Convention in Mexico City last Wednesday, where attendees set a new record. After laughing for 15 minutes, the clowns could not break the "laughing world record" but were able to break the national record in Mexico. Clowns from the United States, Peru, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and other countries attended three days of meetings, which began on 18 October, participating in conferences, exhibitions and make up competitions.
[Here's] a slow motion version of the Olsen Twins "Gimme Pizza?" Yes, folks, 2010 seems to be the year the internet discovered that slowing things down makes them over 9000 times better. The slow version of Gimme Pizza is so creepy that you won't be able to look away. The Olsens' repetitive dance — seriously, they're doing the same thing in every shot — is weird enough, but it's their friends who really steal the show. I'll be having nightmares about the "whipped cream pouring like waterfalls" kid for a week.
Delana at Web Urbanist reports on Mexico’s Island of Misfit Toys:
On a dark and creepy island in the canals of Xochimico near Mexico City sits what might be the world’s strangest and scariest tourist attraction ever. However, this sad island was never meant to be a stop on tourists’ holiday itineraries. The Island of the Dolls was dedicated to the lost soul of a poor little girl who met her fate too soon.
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The Island of the Dolls (Isla de las Munecas) sits in the canals south of Mexico City and is the current home of hundreds of terrifying, mutilated dolls. Their severed limbs, decapitated heads, and blank eyes adorn trees, fences and nearly every available surface. The dolls appear menacing even in the bright light of midday, but in the dark they are particularly haunting.
Not surprisingly, the island’s origins lie in tragedy. The story goes that the island’s only inhabitant, Don Julian Santana, found the body of a drowned child in the canal some 50 years ago.
Have you ever wondered what The Call of Cthulhu was all about but didn’t want to go to the bother of reading the H.P. Lovecraft story? Wonder no more. This is a cute and concise summary that anyone can understand:[Image at right: An interpretation of Cthulhu in the sunken city of R’lyeh. By Dominique Signoret via Wikimedia Commons.]
The top headline of the front page of the New York Times remains unaltered in my story headline, except for what the word “risk” really means. In my mind the sense of an “alter ego” sounds like a horror story, not a financial or economic one…
LOUISE STORY and ERIC DASH report in the New York Times:
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In the years before its collapse, Lehman used a small company — its “alter ego,” in the words of a former Lehman trader — to shift investments off its books.
The firm, called Hudson Castle, played a crucial, behind-the-scenes role at Lehman, according to an internal Lehman document and interviews with former employees. The relationship raises new questions about the extent to which Lehman obscured its financial condition before it plunged into bankruptcy.
While Hudson Castle appeared to be an independent business, it was deeply entwined with Lehman. For years, its board was controlled by Lehman, which owned a quarter of the firm.