Police, who arrived at the scene at 3:30am local time after being called by a witness, said 18-year-old Daniel Wayne Staley approached them carrying the foot in a bag, The Dallas Morning News reported.
“I dug it up from a nearby grave and took it from a Jew girl just because I wanted a foot,” Staley said, according to a police report."
A friend of mine recommended this book to me. I'd never heard of it, but it seems to be a cult favorite. I'm glad I found about about it and got a chance to read it because I found it to be an enjoyable change of pace.
Every year P. J. Cooper, an English teacher in Los Angeles, takes 30 of his senior students on a trip to Quartzsite, Arizona. No one knows how or why Cooper chooses the ones who get to go, but everyone considers it an honor to be included. This book tells the story of the trip in 1962, "the last good year."
There's a lot going on. It's a coming-of-age novel, a road novel, a nostalgia trip (first published in 1980, and even more nostalgic now), and more. If you're around the right age, you'll find a lot to remember and identify with. It's written in an unusual style, with the kind of repetition of certain words and phrases that will either grow on you or put you off. I thought it was quite effective. It's hilarious and touching. Highly recommended.
North Pole chicken killer: "At some point before Monday morning, someone entered that chicken coop, a fenced-in area the size of a large bedroom, and selected 26 of those chickens for death. They ripped each of those chicken's heads off. Then they carefully arranged the dead chickens in the shape of a lollipop, with 19 headless chickens in a line and seven headless chickens in the circle at the end. They took the heads with them when they left."
50 Stupid Laws From 50 States: "Laws are made to function a seemingly healthy community in a stable and disciplined fashion. However, when some of those laws become increasingly absurd, that you giggle your way through even reading them, one wonders what the law makers were thinking while coming up with such classical dumbness. Here we have gathered for you at least one dumb law from a state each."
I believe this is the fifth and final book in the Monty Nash spy series, but it might be the fourth. The last two were both published in 1961. Telfair was a pen name used by Richard Jessup for both westerns and crime novels from Gold Medal and Dell. I've read a lot of those novels and enjoyed most of them.
The Monty Nash books seem to annoy a lot of readers, but I get a kick out of them. I think Jessup deliberately set out to write an over-the-top spy series and have a good time doing it. Nash is so tough that he makes Matt Helm seem like a sentimentalist. Here's an example from The Slavers: "It takes a lot of man to shoot someone down in cold blood, especially a woman. I'm a lot of man."
These are Cold War thrillers:
"'We knew others were in on it."
"'Yes, there is only one enemy.'"
I'd go on to describe the plot, but the back cover blurb does a better job than I could, so you can just read it. Note the reference to the "ladykiller with a Luger." Nash is irresistible to women. Would you have expected anything else? The action's constant, and Nash's narration is amusing. Throw in the Arab slavers, some Africans right out of Burroughs, and a bit of sentiment, and you have a pretty good idea of what's in the book. I may be in the minority, but I had fun reading this one again.
That's what I'll be doing for the next several days. I might not have computer access all the time, but the blog will march along just fine, so keep checking in. E-mails and comments on blog posts are likely to be few, but it's a holiday weekend, so have fun.
Eddie Fisher, who's still with us, was one of the biggest pop stars of the 1950s. He had an incredible career (forty-five Top 40 hits in that decade), was a regular on a number of variety shows (including two of his own), and was married at one time or another to Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher is their daughter), Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens (Joley Fisher is their daughter). He starred in movies with boy Reynolds and Taylor. Time and musical fashions passed him by, and he couldn't adapt. His well-publicized drug and alcohol problems didn't help. He's spent the last 50 years in relative obscurity. But when he was on top, he had some great hits. He was one of the last of the crooners, and one of the best.
TV's 'People Are Funny' host Art Linkletter dies - Yahoo! News: "Art Linkletter, whose 'People Are Funny' and 'House Party' shows entertained millions of TV viewers in the 1950s and '60s with the funny side of ordinary folks and who remained active as a writer and speaker through his ninth decade, died Wednesday. He was 97.
Linkletter died at his home in the Bel-Air section of Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Art Hershey, the husband of Sharon Linkletter.
'He lived a long, full, pure life, and the Lord had need for him,' Hershey said.
Linkletter had been ill 'in the last few weeks time, but bear in mind he was 97 years old. He wasn't eating well, and the aging process took him,' Hershey said."
kens5.com: "School's out at John Marshal High School, and exiting the facility are your typical cliques: cheerleaders, nerds, jocks and Goths… and werewolves?
'We're not to be feared,” said Argus, his ghost-white, eyes staring at the camera.
Argus is one of several members of the wolf pack, one of several packs scattered about San Antonio's north side.
His friend Katze Lupus Burn added, 'We're not a gang at all. Gangs are like posers. They just want attention, that's why they go along tagging stuff. The pack? We're a family. We go to each other for our problems.'"
Andrew Whiteman, 21, of Royal Oak, told Lorain County sheriff’s deputies he was a vampire who can smell blood. He also threatened to kill one of the deputies and his children, and also said he would live forever, according to a sheriff’s office report."
He had sowed vicarious wild oats with 1960s titles like Win With Sin, Operation Boudoir and Invasion of the Nymphomaniacs under the pen name Sean O'Shea and with racy illustrations on the covers.
He was guided by an unswerving independence, raising a family through only his writing income and living aboard a sailboat for many years. He hobnobbed with science-fiction writers Piers Anthony and L. Ron Hubbard. His nonfiction about the paranormal led to a Fox television series, Beyond Belief."
AbeBooks: Bookshelves of the Rich and Famous: "If you were wealthy and famous, what would your library look like? There would probably be similar books to the ones you already own except they would be worth more. Never mind that old paperback of The Hobbit, you would have the true first edition signed by John Ronald Reuel himself.
Dare to dream as we showcase some of the rare (and very expensive) treasures available on AbeBooks."
The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia - Boing Boing: "The documentary, directed by Julien Nitzberg, follows the legacy of the White family of Boone County, West Virginia. Their most famous living member is Jesco White, star of the 1991 cult documentary hit 'Dancing Outlaw' (on which Nitzberg was associate producer).
The Appalachian clan is notorious for criminal activity and reckless, larger-than-life characters. They tap-dance, shoot and stab people (including each other), and sell (and do) a lot of drugs. Think 'Sopranos' meets 'Coal Miner's Daughter.'"
An April 2009 flyover of the Maya city of Caracol used Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment—which bounces laser beams off the ground—to help scientists construct a 3-D map of the settlement in western Belize. The survey revealed previously unknown buildings, roads, and other features in just four days, scientists announced earlier this month at the International Symposium on Archaeometry in Tampa, Florida."
The governor shot the coyote that he said was threatening his daughter's puppy with a Ruger .380-caliber pistol. Manufacturer Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. has now come out with a version emblazoned with 'Coyote Special' and 'A True Texan' on the sides.
On top is a picture of a coyote howling at the moon and five-pointed star of Texas. The box says it is 'For Sale to Texans Only.'"
After 30 Years, Harrison Ford Breaks Silence And Speaks Out About ‘Star Wars’ | YouBentMyWookie: "It’s been 33 years since Ford looked up at Sir Alec Guinness. Now the late Sir Alec doesn’t seem so old. “I looked at Alec Guinness, who, at the time, I knew he was a wonderful actor but I thought he was an old man, an old wonderful actor. When I sat there [recently] and I was looking at him, I did the math. I figured out how old he was in Star Wars, and he was about six years younger than I am now. It gave me pause.”"
The Independent: "Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain's dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published.
The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.
That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist."
The oldest tombs date back to around 2750 B.C. during the period of Egypt's first and second dynasties, the council said in a statement. Twelve of the tombs belong the 18th dynasty which ruled Egypt during the second millennium B.C."
The Associated Press: Police: Man sucked into sausage seasoning machine: "Police said a cleaning man was taken to a hospital after being sucked into a machine at a sausage-making company in Danvers. The accident happened Thursday night as the man was cleaning the vacuum-type machine that is used to season the meat at DiLigui Sausage Co. Police said the man's head and shoulders became stuck in the machine after it somehow activated while being cleaned."
The toothy reptiles were embalmed and wrapped in worship of the crocodile god Sobek, and two painstakingly preserved 2,000-year-old specimens are now on display at UC Berkeley in an ancient Egypt exhibit that marks a sharp departure from touring King Tut spectacles."