Dude Looks Pretty Good for Being 500 Years Old

The arrest of an American man who broke into a woman’s house and tried to suck her blood over the weekend has sparked discussion about the impact of vampire books and movies on U.S. youth culture.

Whether pop culture played a role in the attack remains to be seen, as 19-year-old Lyle Monroe Bensley awaits a psychiatric evaluation in jail on burglary charges in Galveston, Texas.

Found growling and hissing in a parking lot and wearing only boxer shorts, the pierced and tattooed Bensley claimed he was a 500-year-old vampire who needed to “feed,” Galveston Police Capt. Jeff Heyse said.

Vampires have been a focal point of literature since Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel, “Dracula”. But fascination, particularly among young people, has peaked in recent years with the popularity of the “Twilight” books about teenage vampires and the television series, “True Blood.”

Just a screw-ball in my humble opinion.

Yum, Jello with Human DNA

This is pretty gross!  I really never knew where gelatin came from but this is just too much!  Gelatin is found in everything from Jell-O and marshmallows to cosmetics and candles. But the current method of taking gelatin from the skin and bones of cows and pigs has a number of drawbacks, including variation in quality from batch to batch, the potential for transmitting infectious diseases like Mad Cow and the possibility of triggering immune system responses in humans. We may not have to rely on pig bones for  gelatin forever, though the newest option–human derived gelatin–isn’t too appetizing.

Read the full article here.

Dirty, Dirty Old Man

This guy is disgusting! Police in Boulder, Colorado, are searching for a man who hid inside a portable toilet at a yoga festival.

A woman went to use the portable toilet Friday and told police she noticed something moving inside the tank when she lifted the lid. She believed there was a person inside the toilet, so she went to get help.

A man who was standing nearby went in to check and he also saw someone inside the tank, seemingly covered by a tarp. He told security, and then heard the door lock from the inside.

“A festival security supervisor waited outside for several minutes and then saw a suspect emerge from the portable toilet,” police said in a release. “The supervisor tried to detain the suspect, but he ran away, covered in feces.”

The suspect was described as about 20 years old, white, very tall, thin and was wearing dark gray sweatpants and no shirt or shoes.

Witnesses told police the suspect had several cuts on his back and legs. The suspect was also wearing leather bracelets on each wrist.

Police believe the suspect may be a transient.