Monthly Archives: July 2011

Man Wakes After 21 Hours in Morgue *Freaky*

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This is beyond scary..

via http://news.yahoo.com/safrican-man-wakes-21-hours-morgue-fridge-171000467.html

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African man awoke to find himself in a morgue fridge — nearly a day after his family thought he had died, a health official said Monday.
Health department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the man awoke Sunday afternoon, 21 hours after his family called in an undertaker who sent him to the morgue after an asthma attack.
Morgue owner Ayanda Maqolo said he sent his driver to collect the body shortly after the family reported the death. Maqolo said he thought the man was around 80 years old.
“When he got there, the driver examined the body, checked his pulse, looked for a heartbeat, but there was nothing,” Maqolo told the Associated Press.
But a day after staff put the body into a locked refrigerated compartment, morgue workers heard someone shouting for help. They thought it was a ghost, the morgue owner said.
“I couldn’t believe it!” Maqolo said. “I was also scared. But they are my employees and I had to show them I wasn’t scared, so I called the police.”
After police arrived, the group entered the morgue together.
“I was glad they had their firearms, in case something wanted to fight with us,” Maqolo said.
He said the man was pale when they pulled him out.
“He asked, ‘How did I get here?'” Maqolo said.
The health department said the man was then taken to a nearby hospital for observation and later discharged by doctors who deemed him stable.
Kupelo, the health department spokesman, urged South Africans to call on health officials to confirm that their relatives are really dead.
The man’s family was informed that he was alive during a family meeting convened to make funeral arrangements. They’re very happy to have him home, Maqolo said.
But Maqolo said he is still trying to recover from the traumatic experience.
“I couldn’t sleep last night, I had nightmares,” he said. “But today I’m much better.”

OJ Simpson, All Over Again

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This Casey Anthony trial got me really enraged. It’s as if we’re back in 1995.

A 2 year old, Caylee Anthony, went missing. Her mother never reported her. Instead, she was out partying for a whole month until her own mother sensed the smell of a dead body in her daughter’s car and reported it to the police. They started investigating. She told the investigators a million lies. Changed her story many times. They found the little girl’s body months later. During the trial, her mother suddenly changed her tone. She started defending her daughter. Suddenly, the defense team decided to come up with another story, where Caylee actually drowned and that’s their defense. Eventually, after a lot of going back and forth, the jury ACQUITTED Casey Anthony. On what basis? That there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove that she was guilty. Well, there was certainly enough evidence to prove she wasn’t innocent! I mean, even if she did drown, her mother DUMPED her body and never reported it! ISN’T THAT A CRIME?

Where’s the justice? What kind of mother doesn’t report that her 2 year old daughter went missing? AND parties whilst she was missing? How can the jury sympathize with this monster? It makes me think twice about the authenticity of the jury. It seems that everyone is enraged that she’s going to be free except for the jury, who seem to think she is a sane, innocent woman. Where’s the fairness in this? A little child is dead, and it’s going to go unpunished because “there is not enough evidence”. What do they want, an actual video of the murder?

It saddens me to think we have reached a point where murderers can run free. All I hope is that one day this woman will get what she deserves and justice prevails. I also hope that media doesn’t turn her into a celebrity and gives this undeserving woman millions for “exclusive interviews” or book deals.

Book Review: Veronika Decides to Die

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Now, I’m normally not a big fan of Paulo Coelho. The first book I read for him, The Alchemist, did not inspire me in any way. I didn’t understand why it was a bestseller, nor why so many people loved and recommended it. However, I did not stop there. Since he was such a popular author, I kept reading and reading (I have a curious nature) and actually liked some of his books. These include Eleven Minutes, Like the Flowing River, and most recently, Veronika Decides to Die. If anyone reads Paulo Coelho, you’ll notice that the books I liked were the ones which did not involve (or minimally involved) magic and witches and all that material he normally includes.

Veronika Decides to Die is a book about Veronika who decides to kill herself. She has had enough of life, its routines, its expectationsand disappointments. She felt no value to her existence and felt she has reached the end of her journey. Life was meaningless, she neither felt extremely happy nor extremely sad. As she attempts to commit suicide, she is somehow saved and realizes she hasn’t died, but instead has damaged her health and is going to die “eventually”. Needless to say I don’t want to delve in further and give the story away, we see her perception of life, why she decides to kill herself, some stories about herself, and people she encounters.

I think anyone who is going through a rough time and keeps asking themselves “what am I doing here” can relate to this book. It’s a quick read and a good lesson for everyone out there willing to throw their lives away. It also teaches us a lesson about why some people go mad. We always want to conform to what society deems as normal, but inside of us we really just want to burst with whatever it is we want to do. Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

“The happier people can be, the unhappier they are”
“Be like the fountain that overflows, not like the cistern that merely contains”

Lesson learned? “Everyone is indeed crazy, but the craziest are the ones who don’t know they’re crazy; they just keep repeating what others tell them to” 🙂  Oh, and it’s being made into a movie (last I heard).

Not a Bomb, But a Roller Coaster

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This is such a tragic story 😦

FILE In this Aug. 7, 2000 photo, The Ride of Steel formerly known as Superman Ride of Steel roller coaster is shown in in Darien, N.Y. Sgt. James Hackemer, a U.S. Army veteran who lost his legs while deployed in Iraq was thrown from the 200-foot-tall roller coaster at the upstate theme park on Friday, July 8, 2011 and was killed. Hackemer, 29, was ejected from the Ride of Steel roller coaster at about 5:30 p.m., the Genesee County sheriff's office said. (AP Photo /Buffalo News, Robert Kirkham)Retrieved from http://news.yahoo.com

DARIEN, N.Y. (AP) — A U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in Iraq and had been trying to rebuild his life was killed after he was thrown from a roller coaster at an upstate New York amusement park.

Teams of inspectors on Saturday were examining the Ride of Steel coaster at the Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, about 30 miles east of Buffalo.

Sgt. James Thomas Hackemer, 29, was ejected from the 208-foot-tall ride early Friday evening after climbing aboard during a family outing. Authorities and a park spokeswoman declined to say at what point in the ride the accident occurred.

The wounded veteran was missing all of his left leg and most of his right one, as well as part of a hip, because of a roadside bomb. He had only recently returned for good to his parents’ home in Gowanda following years in and out of rehabilitation at hospitals around the northeast U.S.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether attendants at the theme park had given any thought to barring Hackemer from the ride because of his missing limbs.

Hackemer was accompanied by a dozen family members, including one of his sisters, Jody Hackemer.

“He was determined to ride every roller coaster,” she said. “That minute he was on that ride, he probably felt the happiest and most normal he’s felt in three and a half years.”

Hackemer rode the coaster with a college-age nephew, Ashton Luffred. Family members who gathered at the Hackemers’ home Saturday said the young man was too shaken to speak with a reporter.

But Catie Marks, another of Hackemer’s sisters, said Luffred told her that park attendants did not challenge the disabled veteran’s desire to ride the coaster.

“Not one objection,” she said. “Not one question.”

People without both legs are barred from at least two other coasters at the park, the Motocoaster and the Predator.

Hackemer was severely wounded in 2008 by an armor-penetrating warhead called an explosively formed penetrator. In a video interview with The Buffalo News this year, he described the aftermath of the attack, a hazy period in which he lost tremendous amounts of blood, had two strokes and was in a coma for six weeks at a series of hospitals.

The blood loss caused brain damage. Afterward, he had to relearn to eat and speak.

“I had to learn all my basic skills again,” he told the newspaper. After finally going home, he said his parents had constructed ramps around the house and were trying to make him comfortable. Hackemer said he would never feel normal again, but after all his hard work felt like he was “pretty close.”

Jody Hackemer said her brother had had recently returned from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where he was fitted with a new set of prosthetic legs.

She said she did not believe he was wearing the prostheses on the roller coaster.

“What gives us peace right now with this whole situation is we’ve had James for the last three and a half years when we were told he wouldn’t survive, we were told he would never wake up, he would be a vegetable,” she said. “And he overcame that and we overcame it as a family. So I look on the last three and a half years as a blessing.”

Humidity – Really? REALLY?

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So we put up with the excess heat. We complain about the continuous dust but we have somehow developed a sense of humor towards it. But now, extreme humidity? I can’t tell you how gross I feel right now.

Dust and heat, we’ve come to terms with. But now worrying about dust, excessive heat, AND humidity?? Please humidity – subside, and let dust or heat take over. We’ve made peace with them (somehow), but we’re not strong enough for more bad weather.

The Story of the Pencil

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Source: “Like the Flowing River” by Paulo Coelho

A boy was watching his grandmother write a letter. At one point he asked:

‘Are you writing a story about what we’ve done? Is it a story about me?’
His grandmother stopped writing her letter and said to her grandson: I am writing about you, actually, but more important than the words is the pencil I’m using. I hope you will be like this pencil when you grow up.’

Intrigued, the boy looked at the pencil. It didn’t seem very special.
‘But it’s just like any other pencil I’ve ever seen!’

‘That depends on how you look at things. It has five qualities which, if you manage to hang on them, will make you a person who is always at peace with the world.’

‘First quality: you are capable of great things, but you must never forget that there is a hand guiding your steps. We call that hand God, and He always guides us according to His will.’

‘Second quality: now and then, I have to stop writing and use a sharpner. That makes the pencil suffer a little, but afterwards, he’s much sharper. So you, too, must learn to bear certain pains and sorrows, because they will make you a better person.

‘Third quality: the pencil always allows us to use an eraser to rub out any mistakes. This means that correcting something we did is not necessarily a bad thing; it helps to keep us on the road to justice.’

‘Fourth quality: what really matters in a pencil is not its wooden exterior, but the graphite inside. So always pay attention to what is happening inside you.’

‘Finally, the pencil’s fifth quality: it always leaves a mark. in just the same way, you should know that everything you do in life will leave a mark, so try to be conscious of that in your every action.

I love this story, it uplifts me when I’m not feeling too well 😀