Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, the Vatican’s culture minister, was trying to do a solid by tweeting lyrics from the Lou Reed song “Perfect Day,” as a tribute to the late singer who passed away this weekend. You can see how it would be easy to mistake the lyrics for a simple love song:
Oh, it’s such a perfect day/I’m glad I spent it with you/Oh, such a perfect day/You just keep me hanging on.
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We are not discussing crocodiles here, but given that even the most cursory, SafeSearch-on Googling of krokodil yields some of the most vile images you will ever see (DON’T DO IT!!!!), this stock photo of a crocodile will more than suffice. The flesh-eating intravenous drug does, in fact, get its name from the animal, as it causes a scalelike gangrene similar to the hide of the aquatic beast before progressing into abscesses and gangrene.
However, while crocodiles are kind of cute in photos, krokodil is decidedly NOT. It first rose to popularity in Russia (“krokodil” is Russian for “crocodile”) at least a decade ago due to heroin shortage, and while its main ingredient is a painkiller called desomorphine, it isn’t this component that causes the “rotting from the inside-out” effect of the drug that produces a high “three times stronger than heroin” — rather, the deadly side effects arise as a result of street chemists using codeine tablets mixed with substances like gasoline, paint thinner, or lighter fluid. Keep reading »
Feeling bad because you swiped the last bagel at Starbucks? Don’t. There are actually evil people in the world, like Brittany Ozarowski, 21, who pretended to have bone and brain cancer to bilk concerned family and friends out of hundreds of thousands of dollars to support her heroin habit.
Ozarowski, of Medford, New York, got $100,000 from her grandmother, who sold her house to fund her faux cancer treatment. Her father cashed in his retirement fund to offer up another $25,000. She also targeted Walter Warren, a neighbor who had lost his own son to cancer in 2007. Keep reading »
- 54 bags of heroin
- 31 empty heroin bags
- 8 prescription pills
- $51.22 in cash and change
Twenty-seven-year-old Pennsylannia woman, Karin Mackaliunas, was arrested for suspected burglary and reckless driving. After a routine strip search, authorities discovered all of the items listed above stored in her vagina. Now that’s a vagina! Why bother with a purse when you can carry everything you need between your legs? [NY Mag] Keep reading »
One of the things I never sit around wondering is “What is Alexis Neiers up to?” Praise be, all has been quiet since the Vanity Fair article about Alexis and the “bling ring” of friends who robbed celebrities’ homes, the jail time she served for robbing Orlando Bloom’s home, and her horrible E! reality show, “Pretty Wild.” This morning, however, 19-year-old wannabe model Alexis was arrested for probation violation after being released from the slammer in July and sources tell TMZ she was in possession of black tar heroin. Alexis also allegedly had a fake Florida’s driver’s license and was reportedly booked for probation violation, possession of a controlled substance, and perjury (for owning a fake ID). We totally saw this coming from 3,000 miles away. This troublemaker has gotten herself into Lindsay Lohan-level problems in one-tenth of the time. [TMZ.com] Keep reading »