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PETA: Ingrid Newkirk s Unique Will
Topic: Home and Garden 12:26 pm EDT, Jul 20, 2008

As someone who has dedicated a part of my life to the alleviation of animal suffering in various parts of the world, it is my wish that upon my death, my body be used to further that same goal. It is with this purpose in mind that I make the following directions and designations relating to the disposition of my final remains. I make these directions and designations after thorough consideration and pursuant to my firm belief in the purposes for which they are made.


a. That the “meat” of my body, or a portion thereof, be used for a human barbecue, to remind the world that the meat of a corpse is all flesh, regardless of whether it comes from a human being or another animal, and that flesh foods are not needed;

b. That my skin, or a portion thereof, be removed and made into leather products, such as purses, to remind the world that human skin and the skin of other animals is the same and that neither is “fabric” nor needed, and that some skin be tacked up outside the Indian Leather Fair each year to serve as a reminder of the government’s need to abate the suffering of Indian bullocks who, after a life of extreme and involuntary servitude, as I have seen firsthand, are exported all over the world in this form;

PETA founder wants to be eaten and worn after her death. If its good enough for her, it should be good enough for animals.

PETA: Ingrid Newkirk s Unique Will

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Martian soil 'could support life'
Topic: Home and Garden 6:12 pm EDT, Jun 28, 2008

Martian soil appears to contain sufficient nutrients to support life - or, at least, asparagus - Nasa scientists believe.

Is that why Martians are green?

BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Martian soil 'could support life'

Dinosaur Gardens » Survive-All Fallout Shelter Radio Ads
Topic: Home and Garden 9:32 am EDT, Apr 11, 2008

The international struggles of our world may lead to… (ka-boom) NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST!

Nothing lends itself better to a fear-based advertising campaign than your family’s radioactive death. So when the Mort Kridel Advertising Agency was asked to create a radio ad campaign for Survive-All Fallout Shelters, they did their PR-darnedest to scare the Wonder Bread crap out of nuclear families everywhere. Tense horn stabs and canned explosions bracket sales pitches like:

Radioactive fallout, that deadly by-product of a nuclear attack, will kill literally millions of unprotected families in the event of an atomic attack. Is YOUR family protected? Do YOU have a fallout shelter?

Each Civil defense approved, basement-type, Do-It-Yourself fallout shelter includes: A complete fully-stocked first aid kit! Extra strength saran and rayon bunks! A radiation meter and individual dosimeters!

Civil defense approved, FHA approved, no money down, five years to pay!

Economical… but Priceless!

These are ripped from the original LP that would have gone to radio stations from the ad agency. There are 6 long versions and 3 shortened versions, each fairly different. Since it was promotional there was no record cover, but a scan of the record’s label is included.  No year is evident, but since the zip code is two digits, it’s presumably pre-1963, and I would guess late 1950’s.

these are great

Dinosaur Gardens » Survive-All Fallout Shelter Radio Ads

YouTube - Original Motion-Activated Sprinkler vs. Pigeons
Topic: Home and Garden 5:54 pm EDT, Apr 10, 2008


YouTube - Original Motion-Activated Sprinkler vs. Pigeons

WZZM13 - Hijacked Jesus statue returned to owner
Topic: Home and Garden 12:31 pm EST, Feb  8, 2008

"The note basically said they were holding Jesus for ransom."


WZZM13 - Hijacked Jesus statue returned to owner

Hello Kitty Dog Tattoo - Hello Kitty Hell
Topic: Home and Garden 5:17 pm EST, Feb  4, 2008

There are a lot of things that are just plain wrong with Hello Kitty fanatics. Getting a Hello Kitty tattoo is one of them. Getting a Hello Kitty Star Wars tattoo is even worse. But when Hello Kitty fanatics start tattooing their dog with Hello Kitty, there has been a boundary that has been crossed. Can there be a bigger insult if you are a dog? Having to go around in life with a Hello Kitty tattoo because you owner thought it would be “cute.” That dog must have been teased mercilessly by the other dogs at the park…

Hello Kitty Dog Tattoo - Hello Kitty Hell

Objects embedded in Brooklyn's asphalt - Boing Boing
Topic: Home and Garden 11:12 am EST, Jan 28, 2008

Flickr user STR820 has a beautiful photoset of found objects embedded in Brooklyn asphalt. There's a handsome incongruity in seeing everyday contemporary objects in such archaeological postures, as though the future ruins of our civilization have travelled backward in time to the present day. Link (Thanks, Mike!)

There's probably bodies down there.

Objects embedded in Brooklyn's asphalt - Boing Boing

Dlisted | Be Very Afraid
Topic: Home and Garden 2:55 pm EST, Jan 10, 2008

This is a beautiful yet creepy story about the unconditional love between a dog and a cat. Oscar the dog and Arthur the cat were best of friends. They were inseparable. When 17-year-old Arthur kicked the bucket Oscar didn't know what to do with himself. Arthur's owners buried him in their garden.

Oscar must have seen this, because in the dead of night he went out into the garden and dug Arthur up. He carried Arthur to the basket they shared and gently cleaned him up. The owners found Oscar curled up next to Arthur's dead body the next morning.

Dlisted | Be Very Afraid

Germany's Tired Graveyards: When Bodies No Longer Decay - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News
Topic: Home and Garden 10:22 am EST, Jan  9, 2008

Strange as it may seem, the dead have quit rotting in German cemeteries -- they are turning into wax-like corpses. Will the use of burial chambers solve the problem? Or is extensive soil reconditioning the only viable alternative?

Cemeteries are supposed to be the quietest places on earth. But that notion may soon have to be laid to rest: Exhumation experts are currently conducting large-scale digging operations in German graveyards, belying the very concept of eternal peace.

Corpses are no longer decaying in many German cemeteries. Instead, the deceased become waxen, an uncanny process that has become so rampant it can no longer be ignored.

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A high moisture content in the subsoil combined with low temperatures and a lack of oxygen are the main culprits. These conditions transform the soft tissue of many bodies not into humus, but rather "a gray-white, paste-like, soft mass," says soil expert Rainer Horn from the Christian Albrecht University in Kiel, Germany.

As time passes, the remains of the departed coagulate to form "a hard, durable substance." When knocked with a spade, the wax-like bodies sound hollow.

I wonder if this type of wax has any industrial uses... The Germans will surely find out if anyone will.

Ashes to ashes
Wax to wax
Wax on wax off

Germany's Tired Graveyards: When Bodies No Longer Decay - International - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News | - Unborn Baby Ornament - US Troop Model
Topic: Home and Garden 3:57 pm EST, Dec 10, 2007

Protect our troops - from the womb to the war. What if the fetus you were going to abort would grow up to be a soldier bringing democracy to a godless dictatorship?

Plastic replica of an 11-12 week old fetus, 3" long, holding a firearm in its precious little hand, with an assortment of other military paraphernalia, encased in a translucent plastic ornament, with a patriotic yellow ribbon on top. Includes a metal ornament hanger. If only a womb were this safe, attractive and reasonably priced!

Show that you support the "culture of life" by buying and proudly displaying one of these patriotic unborn Americans.

Also available in a "Brown" model

Note to the confused:This is a real product, from a real site. The product is a satire, but it is also a real product - FOR SALE. This is a real store. | - Unborn Baby Ornament - US Troop Model

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