SPLAT! How I Fell for Japanese Suicide Satire

By Incry (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Remember last week, I told you the story of Seppu Kuma, the Japanese "suicide bear" that let suicide-minded people choose their poison: death by suffocation, asphyxiation, or lethal injection?Well (wiping egg off face), nope!  It was a joke.  The readers who were incensed at the dangerous direction our world is taking can breathe a sigh of relief.There is, in fact, a cute, cuddly robot which looks like that--but its intended purpose isn't to "off" the terminally ill or the perennially sad … [Read more...]

Hell (Michigan) Is for Sale; and Now, Damned Group Wants to Buy It

The gift shop in Hell

Hell, Michigan is a small town about an hour west of Detroit, near the Pinckney Recreation Area.  There's not much there:  a ghoulish gift shop where visitors can purchase Halloween decorations and ghastly souvenirs, and a post office where  can get your letter postmarked "Hell."Two weeks ago--on Friday the 13th-- owner John Colone put the city of Hell up for sale.  For about a million dollars ($999,666, to be exact), you can own about five acres of land as well as the rustic novelties shop f … [Read more...]

Birds Didn’t Work Out, So the Vatican’s Trying Balloons

Each year on the last Sunday in January, it has been the custom for the Pope, accompanied by children, to release a pair of doves into St. Peter's Square from his window in the Apostolic Palace.  The tradition, begun by Pope John Paul II, is a poignant symbol of the Vatican's call for peace during January.Or at least, that was the custom.  Last year the popular tradition turned to disaster when two children released doves from the Pope's window, only to see them attacked--first by a seagull, … [Read more...]