Hi. Confession time. I have a strange little obsession with Pica, a disorder which causes a person to crave and eat inedible substances. I’ve been trying to understand it since Pysch 101. It’s been linked to iron deficiencies, neurological problems or chemical imbalances but it can also just be an acquired taste. So basically anything can cause you to wake up one morning and start craving roadkill like this pregnant woman. WHAT? FRIGHTENING. We’ve seen and heard about quite a few people with this disorder thanks to TLC’s “My Strange Addiction.” There have been toilet paper eaters, couch cushion munchers and bathroom cleaner lickers. But the latest Pican (please indulge me and let me tell you about yet another) to share her story is 45-year-old Virginia woman Teresa Widener who has a fondness for chomping on rocks. Keep reading »
Laura Ann DeCrescenzo, a former Scientologist who left the church in 2004, has filed a lawsuit against the Church of Scientology for allegedly forcing her to have an abortion when she was a teen. According to Radar Online, DeCrescenzo was recruited to the religion in New Mexico at age nine and moved away from her family to work for the Church in Los Angeles as a member of the Sea Org at age 12 . Her education apparently did not progress past the 7th grade while working at the church, contrary to what Scientologists had promised her family when she moved away from them. She married at age 16 and then at age 17, she became pregnant; she claims the church did not want her to have a child because they wanted get get more labor out of her. DeCrescenzo’s lawsuit alleges the church threatened to fire her from her job, kick her out of her home, and break her apart from her husband if she didn’t terminate the pregnancy. Additionally, DeCrescenzo’s lawsuit accused the religion of false imprisonment, as the Church of Scientology reportedly restricted her access to TV, Internet, and the telephone, and opened and read all of her mail. Keep reading »
This pic looks like some straight up “X-Files” outtake, but it’s not. It’s actually a photograph of Poland’s western forests, where a swath of trees has grown with hook-shaped trunks. No one is sure what caused the 90-year-0ld trees to grow in such a way — though it appears that it was some kind of human mechanical intervention. Either way, it looks really cool. [Discovery]
The mayor of a sleepy Alaska town is feline fine. The part-Manx cat clawed his way onto the political scene of Talkeetna, Alaska, through a write-in campaign shortly after he was born 15 years ago.
Although his position is honorary, Stubbs’ popularity is real. His election earned him enough press to catapult the town at the base of Mount McKinley into a tourist destination. Read more…
Dear Shark Man,
Is it OK if I call you that? I don’t know your name. But I wish I did. I have seen a lot of things on the NYC subway — a man in a horse costume, a woman who plays “The Chicken Dance” on a recorder, a man who panhandles with a live snake in a hemp sack (he’s raising money to become a professional snake handler) — but never have I seen something quite this outrageous. According to these incriminating photos and an anonymous tipster, you were spotted on the J train around 1 a.m. with a live baby shark in a cooler. And this wasn’t some kind of risqué performance art. No. You, Shark Man, were trying to sell the shark for $100, claiming that it had bitten you in the ass at Coney Island. How dare it! I hope your ass is OK, by the way. Keep reading »