Paul is an octopus at the Sea Life Aquarium in Germany. He’s also psychic. Or at least, really freaking good at picking who is going to win World Cup matches. Aquarium workers place two boxes in front of Paul, one with the German flag and one with the flag of whoever they’re playing. Both boxes are filled with octo treats and Paul has to pick one. Using this method, he predicted Germany’s win today over Ghana. But he doesn’t always just root for the home team. Last Friday, he predicted that Serbia would beat Germany, and they did, 1-0 in a big upset. So if you’re planning to place bets on future games Germany is playing in—better wait to hear who Paul the psychic octopus picked first. I wonder if odds on his picks are 8-1? [AOL] Keep reading »
Edith Shain — who claimed to be the nurse kissed by a sailor in Times Square celebrating the end of World World II — has died at age 91. Shain said on August 15, 1945, she had just gotten off her shift at a hospital when she and a friend went to Times Square to
find some hot sailors celebrate the end of the war. A sailor grabbed her and dipped her backward in a kiss as a photographer for Life snapped a pic. The photog never got the sailor or the nurse’s names, but Shain has maintained throughout her life that she was the recipient of the world’s most famous smooch. [AP] Keep reading »
This clip from an Animal Planet documentary shows LaToya Jackson
reuniting with Michael Jackson
‘s former pet, Bubbles. The chimp basically just stared at her from behind the bars of his Florida sanctuary while LaToya got all emotional, making us feel a tad sorry for both parties. Bubbles used to go everywhere with MJ, but in 2003 he got too large and aggressive for the star’s lavish lifestyle and was taken away. Hi Bubbles! Keep reading »
Bruce Tuck, an alleged serial rapist, is whining that authorities tricked him into confessing. Evidently, they put the 275-pound dude on a lettuce-only diet and then tempted him with a bag of chips in exchange for information. Tuck also said that he might not be mentally competent (can’t argue with that), claimed he was never read his Miranda rights, and insisted that detectives had another “person of interest” that they didn’t bother pursuing. Probably because there was his DNA at the scene of the crimes? Tuck pled guilty in December to three sexual assaults and 21 possible felony charges including rape, kidnapping, burglary, and robbery. He was arrested at his parents’ home, surrounded by items taken during the attacks … but insists cops didn’t have a warrant or his parents’ permission to search the house. Tuck faces a 60-year sentence.
Boo-hoo. Let’s call this guy a wahmbulance. Keep reading »
Who wants to marry an accused serial killer? Joran van der Sloot, 22, who has been charged with killing a young Peruvian woman in her hotel room, told De Telegraaf newspaper that he has received several marriage proposals. “One of them even wants me to get her pregnant,” he said. Ladies, really, get some standards!
Granted, van der Sloot is as reliable as a ripped condom: he has admitted, and then retracted, confessions linking him to the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway, a teenager on vacation in Aruba. Van der Sloot also told police he killed Stephany Flores, 21, but later retracted his confession. But I guess he is rather attractive in that probably-a-murderer kind of way? I’m kidding. [New York Post] Keep reading »
Meet Diego. He was born with a rare condition that left his face disfigured and would have been euthanized if 6-year-old Maddison Biddlecombe hadn’t fallen in love with him, despite his abnormal appearance. Now, Maddison’s mom is hoping to raise £4,000 so Diego can undergo an operation by an equine dentist. Kids can be so much more mature and loving than adults. [Hampshire, UK, 6/21/10] Keep reading »
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I am officially jealous of Conchita, the dog who inherited $3 million and a Miami Beach mansion from her late owner—rich, crazy lady Gail Posner. Now the posh chihuahua spends her days dripping in Cartier, getting chauffeured around to various spa appointments in her private Escalade and being dressed to the nines by her stylists. Gail’s son, who only inherited a lousy $1 million from Mom, isn’t exactly happy about Conchita’s inheritance. Since he can’t technically sue Conchita, he’s suing Gail’s staff, who he believes drugged her and coerced her into leaving her money to Conchita so they could stay in Gail’s house rent-free to care for the pooch. In other news, I found $20 on the street today and got so excited that I almost peed on a fire hydrant. [Dlisted]
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Religious fanaticism is just scary. Julia Lovemore and her husband are both Christian fundamentalists with mental health issues. And I’m legitimately heartbroken to hear that Julia killed her six-week-old baby, Faith Lovemore, by stuffing Bible pages in her mouth and then smothering her a year ago. Julia explains what happened. “I sat in my bedroom and I was ripping pages out of my Bible,” she said. “I put some small bits of paper in Faith’s mouth and she spat them out. For some reason, I sat on her, I was crying. I was bouncing on the bed. I don’t know why I was sitting on her. I got bi-polar.” She also doused her older daughter “in white spirit,” though she was miraculously unharmed.
What’s even more disturbing is that mental health professionals knew the Lovemores’ children were living in danger. Keep reading »