THE LOVE CHILD OF BIGFOOT AND NESSIE
A woman in Cuero, Texas believes she may have found the mythical creature "Chupacabra" and has kept its head in order to have it stuffed for her collection of exotic animals. Phylis Canion found the bodies of three bizarre-looking creatures near her ranch in July. She kept one of the heads in order to test its' DNA, but so far, no conclusive results have been found. In the meantime, the legend has grown that she is in possession of the legendary Chupacabra ("goat-sucker" in Spanish), a creature that originated in Mexico and that sucks the blood of farm animals such as goats and chickens. "It is one ugly creature," Canion said, showing off the big-eared, large-fanged, gray-blue hairless head for a photo-op. Not surprisingly, she has also started selling T-shirts to commemorate (I mean profit from) the discovery, with a caricature of the beast under the tag line "2007, The Summer of the Chupacabra, Cuero, Texas." (USA Today)
JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS
I didn't realize there was a drug for restless leg syndrome (RLS)—in fact, I didn't realize that restless legs were a medical problem. But anyway, if you do happen to be taking Requip, the GlaxoSmithKline pill designed to treat this condition, be warned that the company recently added two more warnings to the small print for this drug. Apparently, the price you pay for calming down your restless legs is pathological gambling and a hypersexuality. Perhaps not such a bad trade-off, but at least you should know about it. A 2005 study found that the drug Mirapex causes similar symptoms, and class action lawsuit is being considered by hundreds of patients who suffer from side effects such as compulsive gambling, shopping, painting and eating. But don't they have a drug for that? (Mercola.com)
HERE KITTY, KITTY
Australians have finally figured out what to do about the millions of feral cats that roam the outback. Eat them, of course. Feral cats are the descendants of pet cats that have been left out in the wild to fend for themselves, but their habit of eating anything and everything is a threat to Australia's native fauna. So in order to encourage Australians to eat as many of the animals as possible a competition for feral cat recipes was recently held in Alice Springs. The winner was "wild cat casserole," and the meat is said to taste like a cross between rabbit and chicken. (BBC)
60 PERCENT OF WORKERS ARE SLACKERS, 40 PERCENT ARE LIARS
According to a survey carried out by Salary.com, six out of 10 employees admit to wasting time surfing the Net at work.
I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO'S ALLOWED TO BEAT UP MY KID
Competition for the World's Craziest Mom Award has heated up with news out of Sweden that the mother of a bullied child showed up at the school playground last week with a crowbar and an ax. According to all reports, no violence occurred, but the mother was said to have "threatened" the kids who had been tormenting her son and then went home before the police arrived. (TheLocal.Se)
I PREDICT NONE OF THESE METHODS WILL WORK
Still looking for an accurate way to see your future? When all else fails, try one of these arcane methods as compiled in Uncle John's Ahh-Inspiring Bathroom Reader. There's scarpomancy (predict someone's future by studying their old shoes); tiromancy (study a piece of cheese); scatomancy (examine your own poop); uromancy (examining your urine); and bibliomancy (open the Bible randomly and read the first passage you see to get your fortune).
YET ANOTHER REASON NOT TO JOIN THE ARMY
America's Department of Defense has awarded a $1.6 million grant to the Center for Bioelectronics, Biosensors and Biochips (C3B) in order to create a microchip that they will be able to implant into the brains of their soldiers. While they claim the chips will be a benign tool for monitoring the health status of each soldier, not surprisingly, the Web is rife with more sinister scenarios that may follow the introduction of the implanted microchips. The C3B predict that the microchip will be ready in about five years. (ScienceDaily.com)
INTERNET FACT OF THE WEEK
You are never more than three feet away from a spider.
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