Tuesday, April 29, 2008

News Story Of The Day: Penis Theft

Well, this is troubling. Thanks, Carly and Keva, for giving us a heads up. I'll be keeping a hand in my pants at all times now, not just when I'm watching TV.

Penis theft panic hits city

Wed Apr 23, 2008
1:06pm EDT

By Joe Bavier

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.

Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.

Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.

Purported victims, 14 of whom were also detained by police, claimed that sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear, in what some residents said was an attempt to extort cash with the promise of a cure.

"You just have to be accused of that, and people come after you. We've had a number of attempted lynchings ... You see them covered in marks after being beaten," Kinshasa's police chief, Jean-Dieudonne Oleko, told Reuters on Tuesday.

Police arrested the accused sorcerers and their victims in an effort to avoid the sort of bloodshed seen in Ghana a decade ago, when 12 suspected penis snatchers were beaten to death by angry mobs.


Celebs You Forgot Or Didn't Realize Were Dead

No one forgets that Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and John Belushi are dead. But what about lower-tier celebs? Did you know Shirley Hemphill was dead? No. See?

Here's a random and by no means complete list of some dead celebs you might have forgotten about. Most of them died young. You'll need hands and feet to count all the cancer victims.

Shirley Hemphill
Actor ("What's Happening!"); 1999, kidney failure

Laura Branigan
Singer ("Gloria"); 2004, aneurysm

Chris Penn
Actor (Reservoir Dogs); 2006, heart failure

Paul Davis
Singer ("I Go Crazy"); 2008 (last week), heart attack

Bill Bixby
Actor ("The Incredible Hulk"); 1993, cancer

Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer
Child actor ("The Little Rascals"); 1959, murdered

Gregory Hines
Dancer, actor (White Nights); 2003, cancer

Lee Remick
Actor (The Omen); 1991, cancer

Brad Renfro
Actor (The Client); 2007, drug overdose

Michelle Thomas
Actor ("Family Matters"); 1998, cancer

Luther Vandross
Singer ("Here And Now"); 2005, stroke

David Graf
Actor (Police Academy series); 2001, heart attack

Fred "Rerun" Berry
Actor ("What's Happening!"); 2003, stroke

Merritt Butrick
Actor (Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan); 1989, AIDS

Nell Carter
Actor ("Gimme A Break"); 2003, diabetes

John Cazale
Actor (The Godfather); 1978, cancer

Brad Davis
Actor (Midnight Express); 1991, assisted suicide (while dying of AIDS)

Paul Gleason
Actor (The Breakfast Club); 2006, cancer

Mary Frann
Actor ("Newhart"); 1998, heart failure

Doug Henning
Magician; 2000, cancer

Anita Morris
Actor (Ruthless People); 1994, cancer

Michelle Parma
Reality show cast member ("Road Rules" Season 3 - Europe); 2002, car accident

J.T. Walsh
Actor (A Few Good Men); 1998, heart attack

J.J. Jackson
Original MTV VJ; 2004, heart attack

Anne Bancroft
Actor (The Graduate); 2005, cancer

Douglas Kenney
Writer/actor (Animal House - co-wrote and played "Stork"); 1980, accidental fall from cliff

Terry Lester
Actor ("The Young & The Restless"); 2003, heart attack

Canine actor ("Frasier") - 2006, old age (16)

Jonathan Brandis
Actor ("SeaQuest DSV"); 2003, suicide

Lani O'Grady
Actor ("Eight Is Enough"); 2001, drug overdose

Ben Orr
Musician/singer (The Cars); 2000, cancer

Rebecca Schaeffer
Actor (
"My Sister Sam"); 1989, murdered by obsessive fan

Robert Urich
Actor ("Vega$"); 2002, cancer

Wayland Flowers
Puppeteer ("Wayland & Madame"); 1988, AIDS

Jim Varney
Actor ("Ernest"); 2000, cancer

Dan Fogelberg
Singer ("Leader Of The Band"); 2007, cancer

Bert Convy
Actor & TV host ("Tattletales"); 1991, cancer


Abe Vigoda
Actor ("Barney Miller," The Godfather)


Commercial Of The Day: Penguins

Keeorp sent me a link to this story a while back, but the commercial just made it to YouTube. A good one from The BBC. Wow! Who knew?

Incidentally... the spot premiered on April 1st.


Vid Of The Day: Iggy Does Madonna

Iggy Pop covers Madonna on her Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction show. Huh.. Madonna in the R&R Hall of Hame... did they run out of slots in the Talentless Ho-Bag Hall Of Fame?

The vid is from TheMovieGuru, who defiantly claims that this is the worst musical performance he's ever seen on TV. Luckily for him, he's too young to remember The Osmonds.

Enjoy (?) with the sound down because Iggy screams some cuss words.


Postcards From Yo Momma

These are great: selections from Postcards From Yo Momma, a site that publishes reader-submitted e-mails from (and IM conversations with) their moms. Some are scolds, some are confessions, some are guilt trips, but all are just so... mom.

Visit the site for many more.



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