Monday, September 6, 2010

In the News...

On 8 April 2006, a 300-year-old ledger bound in human skin was found lying in the street in the Headrow district of Leeds. Detectives later found out it had been stolen from a house in the city's Headingly area. In a practice called anthropodermic bibliophagy, it used to be a custom in the 18th and 19th centuries to bind accounts of murder trials in the killer's skin. Shropshire Star, 10 May 2006; FT212:11

A Filipino judge who worked in a suburb of Manila was fired and fined after claiming three magic dwarves assisted him in obtaining the powers of bilocation, healing, and prophecy. Judge Florentino Floro was 86ed after a three-year investigation. Floro believed the three duwendes-a Tagalog word for mystic dwarf-even had names: Armand, Luis, and Angel. Independent on Sunday, 7 May 2006; FT212:09

On 27 December 2004, the brightest explosion in our Milky Way galaxy since Kepler's surpernova in 1604 was observed. Amazingly, considering it was 50,000 light-years away, it was brighter than the Full Moon for a tenth of a second. A dense neutron star known as SGR-1806-20, is thought to have erupted after accreting material onto its surface through its huge gravitational field. Had the enormous amount of energy it released in X-rays and gamma-rays been within 10 light-years of Earth, it could have destroyed our atmosphere and killed all life on the planet. Times, 19 February 2005; FT 196:08

Alvaro Weyne, a Brazilian businessman, had come to the conclusion that the safest place to put about 15,000 dollars worth of cash and checks was in his office waste bin. He was correct-an office cleaner emptied the booty into a dumpster without giving it a second thought. Independent on Sunday, 5 September 2004; FT 196:10

A fight between the superheroes Spiderman, Batman and Superman, broke out at 12:30 in the morning on Christmas morning in Kent, UK (with a nod to Clark Kent perhaps?). The fight erupted when a burger van the superheroes were frequenting ran out of burgers. Sun, 30 December 2004; FT 196:10

Archaeologists digging at a site in Piotrowka, Poland, discovered a group of 11th century human skeletons buried face down, covered with heavy stones, and adorned with expensive jewellery. The archaeologists believed the burial customs were done to prevent the dead from rising from their graves. Perhaps this could be related to early vampire beliefs/scares? Sun (Dublin) Metro, 5 April 2007; FT 225:11

A 20-year-old burglar hopefully learned a lesson and earned a headache-from a garden gnome. 69-year-old Jean Collop woke up at 5am on 12 April 2005 to find an intruder on her roof in Wadebridge, Cornwall. The man was trying to get in through a window when Ms. Collop threw the gnome at him which then bounced off his head. Neighbours were on guard below when police arrived to find the young man still on the roof in a daze. Daily Express, Sun, 15 April 2006; FT 202:10

A (hopefully) very odd happening at a wedding in Croatia was reported in 2005. The bride and best man had stolen off to a washroom for a little illicit sex, when a friend of the groom walked in on them. This apparently caused the bride to go into what was termed a "muscle spasm" and uh....caused the pair to be in a "locked" position. Other guests came to either gawk at the couple or to try to pry them apart to no avail. The couple were taken to a hospital in Varazdin where the bride was given a muscle relaxant, freeing the best man. The wedding party continued--with the groom announcing that it would now celebrate his divorce. Irish Independent, 4 June, Sunday Mail, 5 June 2005; FT 202:11

Residents of the Indian village of Madanpura became concerned when a storm knocked down a tree--the reason--they believed a ghost lived in the tree and would now be homeless. Several villagers claimed that the ghost had come to them in a dream asking to be re-housed. The villagers organized a fund drive to pay for a new home for the revenant. Independent on Sunday, 9 July 2006; FT 215:09

Curtis Lofton ruined his spotless record as a teacher in Lower Paxton, Pennsylvania, when he was found outside his home, naked in the snow. A police officer asked him hif he was OK, to which he replied: "No, I am crazy, and I need a menthol cigarette." He then told the officer that he was Jesus Christ before hitting him on the head with a plastic trumpet. Mr. Lofton was charged with open lewdness, aggravated assault, cannabis possession, among other charges. No word if impersonating Jesus Christ is a misdeameanor or felony. Independent on Sunday, 8 January 2006; FT 214:11

I hadn't done one of these in a while and wanted to put something up for September--hope you enjoy!


Anonymous said...

I am -
Judge Florentino Floro

Judge Floro, Book

Judge Floro, Facebook

DaleTheDoll said...

It's a crazy world when humans run it.

Alex Robinson said...

Haha thanks for that Devin - what a crazy bunch of tales :)

Devin said...

Judge Floro, Dale (wink) and Alex--thanks to all of you for your comments ---I am glad someone enjoys a bit of 'crazy'news too here and there!!
all the best to all of you!!btw r u the Judge Floro from the news?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your kindness.

Yes, I am the Judge Floro in the news, including the person-biography in Wikipedia -

For these reason, I took pains to write my own story, book and life in the books I shared with you. Lately, I wrote my own mystic travels, visions and apparitions, including the prophecies.

Thanks, and sincerely,

190 pages-Book (part of Book II, 2010) - The Prophet “LUIS, Armand and Angel”: A Friend from another Star; Jupiter and Osaka, Japan; Banana Justice: LUIS’ Violet and White Lights versus Evil - Hypocrisy, Greed, Lust for Money and Power, Anger and Vengeance - “Imort├íl, Pinagpala” – “Henceforth, future generations shall call me blessed!” – Mortis Angelus, Judge Florentino Floro … September 15, 2010

Echo said...

What a world, Dale is right, what were we thinking?

Devin said...

Hey Judge Floro ---thanks so much for coming back and the links!!!!
Bless you!! and take care my friend!!

Echo --Dale is indeed right--a crazy world ---thanks so much for stopping by!!!!

X. Dell said...

I'm smiling right now. I've found that when, over the Internet, you look into the lives of various people and institutions, they look back at you too. Judge Floro's commentary shows some of what is excellent about the Internet in that you can actually dialogue with the people that you have an interest in.

Despite the fact that I don't buy into the existence of duwendes (even if they were named Huey, Dewey and Louie), I don't see anything in that report that suggested that these beliefs had any bearing on Floro's ability to perform his duties from the bench.

I feel bad about the British schoolteacher. It sounds as though he had undergone a rather intense prodromal period, and that he suffers from schizophrenia. If he's treatable, I wouldn't see why he shouldn't continue in his job, especially if his previous work was stellar.

Devin said...

Xdell--I completely agree about the net looking back at you !!
and I was fascinated how Judge Floro came to find my site out of the huge number of sites on the net!! and I hope he is will come back when he is able.
agree too about the schoolteacher if that is indeed what he was suffering from --
best to you as always my friend and am looking forward to your next installment about the "Gulf Breeze" incident!!!!