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Man Brings Dead Body in Truck to His Lawyer

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Earlier in the day I mentioned how weird events tend to happen in either Ohio or Florida. Well, lo and behold, this little tale takes place in Florida.

Florida lawyer Robert Harris says his client brought the dead body of his neighbor to Harris’ office earlier this month.

According to Newser, “John Marshall, 52, arrived around 4pm with a missing tooth, a puffed-up lip, and ‘what looked like two broken thumbs.'” Marshall claims that he killed his neighbor in self-defense. He says that he grabbed a gun away from Ted Hubbell and shot him.

“It’s the cleanest-cut case of self-defense I’ve ever seen,” Harris told The Florida News Press. Though he did say, “They don’t teach you about this in law school, that’s for sure.”

There was an on-going dispute between Hubbell and Marshall over property work. At one point, Marshall called the attorneys’ office and expressed concern about his safety.… Read the rest

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‘Primate-Like Aliens Visited Us,’ says North Carolina Woman

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Steve Jurvetson (CC BY 2.0)

via Cryptozoology News:

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A woman claims a series of disturbing encounters with different sorts of “alien” creatures are taking place inside her home in Orange County.

The unnamed woman said Thursday that even though she and her husband have experienced strange occurrences before, they were nothing like what’s supposedly been happening for the past week. The events are allegedly taking place at night time and usually when the couple is already in bed.

“I have been awake when these experiences happen, so that convinced me I was not dreaming,” she wrote on the MUFON website. “When I turn on the light, they disappear… I have tried to take pictures, but have not seen anything on them when I have,” she added.

According to the woman, the entities have assorted shapes and sizes, including primates. The creatures reportedly meet at the couple’s bed and, among other activities, observe the pair as they lay in it.

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The Hilarious and Disturbing History of Shaye St. John

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The Internet is home to some of the strangest and most wonderful oddities. It’s also filled with opportunists who try to capitalize on trends, eventually transforming once original ideas into kitsch filled circle jerks. That’s why it’s especially captivating to come across something wholly original. And the story of Shaye St. John is just that: captivating.

Many of you already know about Shaye’s horrendous past and have most likely seen many of her videos. But for those of you that haven’t, prepare to be disturbed, but strangely intrigued. Shaye St. John’s videos seem to be a mash-up of Lynchian uncomfortableness, Tim and Eric’s humor, with a bit of Harmony Korine’s oft-used lo-fi shock value. She is the brainchild of the late comedian, Eric Fournier.

Shaye St. John was once a supermodel who was hit by a train (car? I’ve heard both versions) that horribly disfigured her face and resulted in the amputation of both her arms and legs. This didn’t hold Shaye back, though, and she rebuilt herself with mannequin parts and covered her disfigured face with a mask.… Read the rest

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Australia’s Temple Of Weird

Last week we told you about Lonnie Hammargren’s Museum of the Weird in Los Angeles. This week we go down under to tell you about Australia’s Temple Of Weird and its shit machine, courtesy of Roads & Kingdoms:

Standing outside Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) the first thing that hits you is the smell of manure.

It’s a biting cold day when we disembark from the MONA ferry, push past the crush of tourists, and walk up the imposing steps emerging into, unexpectedly, a tennis court. Straight ahead is a metallic, boxy building that emits a faint fecal order. I enter thinking it is the toilet (perhaps with a sewage leak?) only to find the ticket counter.

"Sidney Nolan Snake" by jeffowenphotos - Tasmania, The Mona (CC)

“Sidney Nolan Snake” by jeffowenphotos – Tasmania, The Mona (CC)

 

Visiting MONA is like peering through the looking glass. Deep down in the museum’s cavernous underbelly—inside that mirrored box building—sits Wim Delvoye’s cloaca machine, otherwise known as “the shit machine.” The Belgium artist’s vast array of whirring tubes and bags mimic the workings of the human digestive system.

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How your eyes trick your mind

Via BBC Future [Follow the link to see more optical illusions]:

Visual, or optical, illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world – and what you think you see is often not the truth.

Throughout history, curious minds have questioned why our eyes are so easily fooled by these simple drawings. Illusions, we have found, can reveal everything from how we process time and space to our experience of consciousness.

Scroll down our interactive guide to find out why.

Early illusions

Illusions have a long history, going as far back as the ancient Greeks.

In 350BC, Aristotle noted that that “our senses can be trusted but they can be easily fooled”.

He noticed that if you watch a waterfall and shift your gaze to static rocks, the rocks appear to move in the opposite direction of the flow of water, an effect we now call “motion aftereffect” or the waterfall illusion.

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The Philosophy of Time

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Times Square, NYC. January 1938

Have you ever wondered what is meant by a moment in time? To capture a moment in time we have to combine slices upon slices of infinitesimal imaginary finites. To get to a moment we will remember there has to have once been a now! What, after all, is “NOW” or “real time,” and how long does it last? I’m talking about right now. Well, by the time that you get to the end of this sentence, it will already be in the past. I mean it’s easy to imagine past, or future, but “now” (this moment) lasts how long? Does it last a second? To me it’s like that needle on a record or the laser on a DVD. The record is your life and the needle is where your consciousness of now is at any given time. The rest of the record has either played or it hasn’t, but the needle is constantly moving.… Read the rest

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Lonnie Hammargren’s Museum of the Weird

Veteran disinfonauts may recall artist Joe Coleman’s “odditorium,” his personal museum of all things weird and wonderful that is his home in Brooklyn (check it out on Disinfo TV on DVD). Not to be outdone in the weirdness stakes, Los Angeles has Lonnie Hammargren’s home museum of weird stuff, profiled in the LA Times:

Somewhere in the recesses of Lonnie Hammargren’s brain lies the fine line between an eccentric collector, one with a trained eye for the planet’s kitsch, and someone who has lost control.

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It’s a boundary long ago crossed. Observe Bugsy Siegel’s toilet, which Hammargren still uses, parked near large models of Stonehenge, the Taj Mahal, Hoover Dam and a looming T. rex.

“I’m a hoarder; I can’t deny that word,” he says. “But I’m not crazy. You couldn’t be crazy and accomplish the things I’ve accomplished.”

At 77, Hammargren is a onetime neurosurgeon and Nevada lieutenant governor.

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