I should really split this up into two posts, but I don't really care. :P
Today's Waterlogged Yet Truly Morbid Fact!
A woman who competed in a radio station's contest to see how much water she could drink without going to the bathroom died of water intoxication. Jennifer Strange, 28, was found dead Friday in her suburban Rancho Cordova home hours after taking part in the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest in which KDND 107.9 promised a Nintendo Wii video game system for the winner. "She said to one of our supervisors that she was on her way home and her head was hurting her real bad," said Laura Rios, one of Strange's co-workers at Radiological Associates of Sacramento. "She was crying, and that was the last that anyone had heard from her." It was not immediately known how much water Strange consumed. A preliminary investigation found evidence "consistent with a water intoxication death," said assistant Coroner Ed Smith. John Geary, vice president and marketing manager for Entercom Sacramento, the station's owner, said station personnel were stunned when they heard of Strange's death. "We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred," he said. Initially, contestants were handed 8-ounce bottles of water to drink every 15 minutes. "They were small little half-pint bottles, so we thought it was going to be easy," said fellow contestant James Ybarra of Woodland. "They told us if you don't feel like you can do this, don't put your health at risk." Ybarra said he quit after drinking five bottles. "My bladder couldn't handle it anymore," he added. After he quit, he said, the remaining contestants, including Strange, were given even bigger bottles to drink. "I was talking to her and she was a nice lady," Ybarra said. "She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for her kids."
Culled from: Associated Press
Generously submitted by: Amos Quito
"We are awaiting information that will help explain how this tragic event occurred"? Gee, let me think - you fed off the American appetite to do anything for a giveaway by making them do something which physically endangered each and every entrant. And one of them died. Sniff, sniff... Is that a lawsuit I smell???
Morbid Mirth Du Jour!Here's a video clip that should be mandatory viewing for mental assessments.
The louder the laughter, the sicker the soul!
Thanks to HAPPY Squirrel for the clip.
Morbid Link Du Jour!Gimpyd.Com
claims to bring you the gutter of the Internet. While I'm not sure if this site is really scraping the bottom of the gutter, it certainly is laying somewhere within its fetid realm. Pursue at your own risk!
I almost didn't hear the phone since it was on "muted" mode when I was getting ready to leave. Turns out I had great timing, as that noise I heard WAS the phone - I just hope it didn't ring 27 times (poor Eric!) when Randal alerted me to his presence outside. It was a pretty good ride to the townhouse - he can be silent, but at least he knows what to do in the case of puddles! ("Feel free to take your shoe off," haha oh my!) We also talked about major waiting time for dim sum, and our respective days. ("I come because of your mom's cooking - which I haven't had yet - and to see people!") In any event, I have much to discuss with people later this week on MSN. He said he read my post on last week's Bible Study - hilarious times! I was about to put a hand on Jeremy's shoulder to calm him down then, but that wouldn't have worked since I laughed every time I looked at him! Bloodthirstiness and strong drinks rule, hehehe.
This summer, we're going to have to fix the fact that he's never been to the Richmond Night Market - he's indicated that he's open to future get-togethers, so maybe one of these days! It's got to be more interesting than the Chinatown version (which I've never been to, but his description makes it sound boring)... just be prepared for spontaneous calls! "Wanna go to the Night Market?" "When?" "NOW!" haha. Jon later told Eric that he could watch all the Asians do bad karaoke on Friday night, heh. Once we got to the townhouse, nobody else was there yet - but Christon arrived soon afterwards, tired and headachey from reading / rushing around town with his dad today. (Jon got him Tylenol, at least!) Getting points and stamps, dragging him to various locations including Granville Island and the English Bay ferry, not staying long enough to enjoy himself, etc. - thank goodness he had an out with Jon at 3 for coffee, haha. Eric, Vivian, and Harmony arrived separately, and we were all set to eat a dinner of spaghetti / pizza ("I'll call the game in Italian!") / chicken / salads.
Steph arrived later from volunteering - our parents thought she could have called to let them know that she had dinner at the Memorial Cup, but you can't do that when you're on shift in the VIP lounge! "Just let them know that you have to make a call!" probably wouldn't go over very well... *rolleyes* We watched the Memorial Cup game between Lewiston and Plymouth on TV - Christon told Mom that Lindy Ruff (the Buffalo coach) was even more volcanic than some guy on screen who wasn't very happy with what happened in a penalty situation! When we switched to basketball, Mom was so confused until we told her that the game was over! ("even with two people in the penalty box?!" haha, oh dear!) Discussed Christon's exhausting day, Vivian's religion and how that related to sausage on pizza, Michael Bublé being all "ask me for an autograph!" (but they aren't allowed to!), beer, amber ale, Grand Marnier, gin, Scotch, vodka, Bailey's, Matt Cooke, Jello dessert, blueberry juice, my cup confusion (sorry, Eric), the REDEFINE conference, Night Market / stinky tofu / $1 skewers, bowling (I SUCK!), postcards since I gave one to Harmony, Buttless Chaps chapstick, past 24
seasons, and other subjects before the show started. We also saw a nasty commercial which featured an old topless man driving around - eww! (there was also a Viagra commercial, oh my!)
Mike Doyle got blinded because Philip's men handed him a dummy component rigged with explosives. Josh Bauer actually shot his own evil grandfather, who then presumably died in the oil rig explosion in an air assault. As Vivian said, you never know unless it's confirmed for sure. Noah Daniels charged Karen Hayes with treason since she and her husband Bill helped Jack Bauer, but they both were pardoned later on - a happy ending for at least one couple on this show! Milo's brother Stuart (whom Chloe hugged for some time) came in to collect personal effects, and told Nadia that Milo must have loved her since he wasn't usually brave in standing up for people. He then disappeared into thin air after Nadia had a phone call - CTU security really needs to be better! (no moles!)
Chloe complained of being tired, and fainted - Morris was understandably concerned, even when the doctor wouldn't tell him what was going on because he was her EX-husband! When Chloe told him she was pregnant, Morris had this reaction: "With child?!" Hahaha, so funny! (my mom and sister called it a few seconds before) The real component was presumably destroyed in the oil rig explosion because Cheng gave it to Philip - Cheng's mutilated face was great, haha. "My people won't forget me the way you forgot Jack Bauer!" There were a couple of rogue missions in these two episodes, heh. After everything was said and done, we noticed that there was still half an hour or so left! They filled in the time nicely - Jack went to Audrey's house and confronted her father with a gun. Haha, that was great! He then made James Heller lead him to Audrey's room, and then he told Audrey various things - he's letting her go since he loves her a lot. Then the show used the Season 6 silent clock on Jack exiting the house and staring out over the ocean and jagged rocks below! ("What was that?!")
After that, Steph switched the channel on the TV - that was the signal for Christon to get up and leave, heh. People were welcome to stay for the finale of CSI: Miami
, though. Randal also decided to leave then, and asked if I needed a ride home - eh, why not. (although I could have gotten a ride with Eric later, but it's all about spending time with MSN-less friends I don't already talk to a few times a week! :P) Mom gave him some peanuts to take home, and gave me a bag of stuff I haven't looked through yet - let's see... a sweater when it is NOT sweater season, blueberry juice, and a lot of clothing. At least Randal seemed to enjoy the time out, even if he thought Railway was Gilbert - meh, we'll just take the scenic route! (and tour a neighborhood when he missed a turn earlier on) He got to see some of the craziness my family exhibits - talking about farts / burps / contests / feet in people's faces / lifting Mom up... oh my! Didn't seem too fazed, heh. I was going to ask him a question, but it wouldn't have been my place - let's just say that feet in someone's face and raising your fist to someone are signs of affection in this family, haha. At least I made up for my earlier suckiness when I gave him his postcard and keychain at my apartment complex door - he wanted to walk me to the door since it was dark out, so that was perfectly fine with me! Good times - and I'll see Harmony on Sunday when she attends our church! First, to gear up for the madness that will be Friday night, heh.
Pepperidge Farm Ginger Man Cookies
When cloning cookies for the holidays, why not clone the best? Pepperidge Farm's Ginger Man cookies bring a sweet gingery crunch to the seasonal festivities. And so will your version no matter what shape they end up.
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
red sugar crystals (for cake decorating)
Cut your cookies into any crazy shape you want (these are mentally deranged snowmen), then sprinkle on the red sugar crystals.
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
2. Cream together the sugars, shortening, molasses, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth.
3. In another large bowl... combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, ginger, salt, cinnamon, and cloves.
4. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stirring while you add it.
5. Roll a portion of the dough out on a heavily floured surface. Roll to under 1/4-inch thick. Cut the cookies using a man-shaped cookie cutter, or any other cookie cutter shape you've got in the bottom drawer.
6. Place cookies on an oiled cookie sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes. Bake only one cookie sheet of cookies at a time. Makes around 3 dozen cookies.
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