Thief Guilty of Stealing from Casket

Talk about crazy! Police have arrested a Pennsylvania man who they say stole two hand-held video game systems and three games from the casket of a teen who was killed in a Christmas Day SUV crash. ?

State police say they got an anonymous tip that enabled them to arrest 37-year-old Jody Lynn Bennett, of Mentcle, on Wednesday. He was unable to post $15,000 bond and was jailed after his arraignment on charges including theft, abuse of a corpse, and intentional desecration of a venerated object.

Police say Bennett grabbed a Game Boy, a Game Boy Light and three games from the casket of 17-year-old Bradley McCombs during a viewing Monday night at a funeral home in Montgomery Township, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Bennett’s mother, Sharon, says her son has a drug problem. She apologized for his actions and says he will make a formal apology to the family and also donate his xbox 360 to charity.

Yogi Does Not Eat or Drink

And I don’t mean the cartoon character Yogi the Bear!  We are talking about the other kind of Yogi but this is obviously BS, or I think it is?  Prahlad Jani, an 82-year-old Indian yogi, is making headlines by claims that for the past 70 years he has had nothing — not one calorie — to eat and not one drop of liquid to drink. To test his claims, Indian military doctors put him under round-the-clock observation during a two-week hospital stay that ended last week, news reports say. During that time he didn’t ingest any food or water – and remained perfectly healthy, the researchers said.

But that’s simply impossible, said Dr. Michael Van Rooyen an emergency physician at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an associate professor at the medical school, and the director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative – which focuses on aid to displaced populations who lack food and water.

Van Rooyen says that depending on climate conditions like temperature and humidity, a human could survive five or six days without water, maybe a day or two longer in extraordinary circumstances. We can go much longer without food – even up to three months if that person is taking liquids fortified with vitamins and electrolytes.

Bobby Sands, an Irish Republican convicted of firearms possession and imprisoned by the British, died in 1981 on the 66th day of his hunger strike. Gandhi was also known to go long stretches without food, including a 21-day hunger strike in 1932.

Jani, dubbed “the starving yogi” by some, did have limited contact with water while gargling and periodically bathing, reported the news wire service AFP. While researchers said they measured what he spit out, Van Rooyen said he’s clearly getting fluid somehow.

“You can hold a lot of water in those yogi beards. A sneaky yogi for certain,” he said. “He MUST take in water. The human body cannot survive without it.” The effects of food and water deprivation are profound, Van Rooyen explained. “Ultimately, instead of metabolizing sugar and glycogen [the body’s energy sources] you start to metabolize fat and then cause muscle breakdown. Without food, your body chemistry changes. Profoundly malnourished people autodigest, they consume their own body’s resources. You get liver failure, tachycardia, heart strain. You fall apart.”

The yogi, though, would already be dead from lack of hydration. If he really went without any liquids at all, his cardiovascular system would have collapsed. “You lose about a liter or two of water per day just by breathing,” Van Rooyen said. You don’t have to sweat, which the yogi claims he never does. That water loss results in thicker blood and a drop in blood pressure.

Does an Extra Two Inches Really Matter?

I dunno, when something is 14,244 inches long does another 2 inches make a big difference?  Apparently it does when you are going for the largest cruise ship because the new Allure of the Sea is 50mm longer than its sister ship Oasis of the Sea.

Dumb Robber Catches Himself

An unusual weapon led to a tense, awkward standoff between a market owner and a robber the other day and in the end the would be robber knocked himself out.

As a Manassas, Va., store owner opened his business, a man barged in wielding a really big stick — taller than he was, it appears. A staff, really. As far as police are concerned, it was an armed robbery.

The store owner, Jugal Uppal, grabbed a hammer to defend himself.

At one point, the robber jumped the counter. Uppal grabbed the stick but didn’t hang on for long. He complied with the robber after being roughed up a little bit.  As the robber headed for the door with a reported $13 in quarters and dimes, the store owner threatened to know him out by throwing the hammer at him.  The thief got scared and tried to run through the door but his staff got wedged and he ran into into it head-first and knocked himself out cold!

Looking for a Career as a Witch?

Sounds a little Harry Potter’ish! Romania has changed its labor laws to officially recognize witchcraft as a profession, prompting one self-described witch to threaten retaliation.

The move, which went into effect Saturday, is part of the government’s drive to crack down on widespread tax evasion in a country that is in recession.

In addition to witches, astrologists, embalmers, valets and driving instructors are now considered by labor law to be working real jobs, making it harder for them to avoid income tax.

For months the measure had been debated, protested by witches and mocked by the media.

On Saturday, a witch called Bratara told Realitate.net, the website of a top TV station, that she plans to cast a spell using black pepper and yeast to create discord in the government.