Sad Sign of the Times

According to Yahoo, searches for “Osama bin Laden” spiked by nearly 100% on Sunday, with 25% of those searches coming from people under 24.

The spike came after U.S. President Barack Obama announced that U.S. forces had killed the al-Qaida leader, who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the U.S.

The fifth most popular related search was “Who is Osama bin Laden?” Teens between 13 and 17 made up 66% of that search.

Maybe this is just the logical search to find out more about him beyond 9/11?

Scary Warlock Rapist

This story made me shiver, this guy is creepy and sick!

A U.K. court heard Thursday that a gravedigger tricked girls into having sex with him by claiming he was a warlock who could grant them special powers.

Jurors heard that William Lambert, 74, lured girls to his church shed and raped one of them on a gravestone, British newspaper the Mirror reported.

The church shed was decorated in a mystical theme, and Lambert would light incense and hang a red sheet above the girls’ waists so they couldn’t see what he was doing, court heard.

“These young, vulnerable, impressionable girls were looking for attention and they were spellbound by his extraordinary claims about a spiritual world,” the Mirror reported prosecutor Gillian Etherton said. “He persuaded them he could give them special powers by way of sexual intercourse.”

Lambert faces four charges of rape and three of sexual assault in connection with the alleged rape and sexual assault of four girls between the ages of 11 and 15 in the 1980s.

Politically Correct Easter

A Seattle teen volunteering in a Grade 3 classroom says she wanted to put treats together for the children for Easter, but was told she’d have to call the eggs “spring spheres.”

“At the end of the week, I had an idea that I wanted to fill a little plastic egg with treats and jelly beans and other candy,” Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio. She was in the classroom as part of a week-long volunteering project through her private school.

She said the Easter eggs were meant as a parting gift after she was done.

“I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that,” Jessica said, adding there were different cultures at the school and she wanted to clear it first. The teacher asked administration.

“She said that I could do it as long as I called the treat ‘spring spheres.'” she said. “I couldn’t call them Easter eggs.”

Jessica said she thought it was “ridiculous” but she still passed out the eggs to the students.

Seattle Schools issued a statement on its website saying they have received “numerous questions.”

“We have a religion and religious accommodation policy, approved by the school board in 1983, stating that ‘no religious belief or non-belief should be promoted by the school district or its employees, and none should be disparaged,'” the statement said.  My vote goes for; round sorta thingies.

Where do the Penguins Roam?

The majority of Canadians believe those living in the North live in igloos and penguins may live in the Arctic, a new survey has found.

Up Here magazine, which is based in Yellowknife, NWT., surveyed 303 Canadians in February and found knowledge about the north is low.

The results -were shocking and hilarious.,” the magazine’s editor, Katharine Sandiford, said in a release.

The survey found 69% of Canadians believe northerners live in igloos, while 38% didn’t know the term Inuit has replaced Eskimo.

As well, 28% of those surveyed said penguins live in the Arctic, while 46% said they were unsure, meaning just 25% of Canadians know it’s not true.

Magazine staff came up with the survey – called the North Poll – because they said northerners were tired of correcting friends and relatives in the south about their lives and community.

“We came up with the North Poll to get a sense (of) how widespread the misconceptions really were,” Sandiford said. “The results only confirm our suspicious. They were shameful.”

I think I read a survey that say folks in the USA think igloos and penguins are in Canada, so touche!

I Feel Sad Enough to Eat Myself

A New Zealand man struggling with depression cut off his own finger, cooked it with vegetables and ate it, doctors reported in the latest issue of medical journal Australasian Psychiatry.

It’s only the eighth identified case of self-cannibalization, and is particularly rare because of the patient’s lack of severe psychosis, the article abstract says.

The patient, a 28-year-old man, amputated and ate the finger without any evidence of impaired reality testing or substance abuse.

“Mr. X,” as he was referred to in the report by forensic psychiatrist Erik Monasterio and clinical psychologist Craig Prince, suffered from bouts of low mood, and sometimes thought of suicide, the New Zealand Herald reported, citing the report.

Once while depressed, he was attacked by two men, and fantasized about killing his assailants and eating them, the report said.

“He believed that by doing so, he would ‘rob them of everything.'”

In late 2008 after “another personal crisis,” Mr. X went into a state of depression.

“He experienced significant insomnia and suicidal ideation, and ruminated for days about cutting off his fingers,” the report says. “In an effort to seek reprieve from these thoughts, he tied a shoelace around his [little] finger to act as a tourniquet and cut the finger off with a jig saw.

“He then cooked it in a pan with some vegetables and ate its flesh. His plan was to amputate another two fingers the following day.”

Although the patient told doctors he was initially excited, in a non-sexual way, and experienced relief from his ruminations, he decided not to cut off any more fingers because of “the instantaneous benefit.”

The man later regretted the act — his first act of self-harm — “because of its debilitating effect.”  I find it hard to believe that depression is this guys only problem.  I have felt down many times but never ate any of my body parts.

That Bullet Gives Me a Headache

Can you say pass the ADVIL!! A Chinese man has had a bullet removed from his head after being shot 23 years ago.

Wang Tianqing, who lives in the northern province of Hebei, said he was walking home from work in 1988 when he was hit in the head by what he thought was a slingshot, the U.K. Telegraph reported.

He started to have epileptic seizures.

“At first, the convulsion only happened once a month, but later it was two or three times a day,” he told a local television station.

Wang Zhiming, a neurosurgeon, said since the skull was very solid, it was able to slow down the bullet’s speed of penetration.

“If the bullet had hit with greater force and to the right, Wang would have died,” he said.

The two-centimetre rusted bullet was removed recently at a local hospital.