By day, she is Elise S. Carter. Onstage, she is The Lady Aye, a professional sideshow performer. She can eat and breath fire, lay on a bed of nails, escape from a straightjacket, and is one of the few female sword swallowers in the world (and the only Jewish female sword swallower in America). In this mini documentary by Martyna Sarosta for The Jewish Daily Forward, you can watch The Lady Aye doing part of her act. But just as compelling is the story about how the self-discipline of her highly-skilled act has helped her cope with an eating disorder. Her thoughts on what it means to be “pain-proof” — a sideshow term that means smiling through the pain — carries a certain poetic justice. [Forward]
Remember 16-year-old Ethan Couch? He was that shitbird who killed four people while driving drunk and was only given 10 years probation because he was spoiled by his rich parents. District Judge Jean Boyd nonsensically determined that “affluenza” (that’s when your immune system is drowning in cold, hard cash) made Couch unable to distinguish between right and wrong, so I wonder what her expert opinion would be on the teen’s dad, Fred Couch, who was arrested this week for impersonating a police officer. Is it the smell of money that makes rich people do fucked up and stupid things? Is it the stress of not knowing how to possibly spend it all? Maybe seeing so many zeros on a bank statement causes some sort of temporary personality disorder? Unclear. I look forward to seeing what kind of defense Fred Couch uses and whether the judge in his case is as gullible. [Death and Taxes]
Alicia Walicke, a 22-year-old from Cedar Park, Texas, was devastated when her boyfriend was arrested and sent to the county jail — so she set out to join him there. Walicke shoplifted a $3.99 bottle of wine from a local gas station and then sat down outside to drink it, waiting for the cops to catch up to her. When she arrived in jail, she provided a proud smile for her mugshot, likely still jittery from her “romantic” gesture. Walicke has two previous convictions for theft and a prior arrest for biting a police officer. She had to post a $5,000 bail to be released — imagine how much of that cheap gas station wine she could’ve bought instead! No word on whether she actually got to see her boyfriend while she was locked up, or why simply going to see him on visitor’s day like everyone else wasn’t enough for her. True love, am I right? [Cosmopolitan, The Wire, Statesman] [Image via Shutterstock]
My tolerance for things that are scary/gross/weird is pretty high, but when I heard about the snake sex video that has slithered its way into the internet’s fascination today, my reaction was a whole lot of NOPE.
NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE. NOPE. Keep reading »
Police in South Carolina arrested a mom last weekend after she allegedly directed the word “fuck” at her children in a Kroger grocery store. Danielle Wolf, who just moved her family to the city of North Augusta three weeks ago, grew frustrated with her husband for squishing the bread in her shopping cart, and displayed her annoyance with a few four-letter words. A fellow shopper approached Wolf and insisted that she had said “fuck” in front of her children. Wolf had said the word to her husband, not her kids, though I’m not sure why a total stranger felt entitled to this clarification. “She’s like, ‘you said the f-word’, and I’m like, ‘when did I say this to my kids?’” Wolf told local news station WJBF. “She’s like, ‘you told them that they were smashing the bread’, and I said ‘no’ I said that to my husband, that he was smashing the bread by throwing the frozen pizzas on top of it.’”
One thing lead to another, and though the irritated shopper hadn’t intended for Wolf to be arrested, she ended up leaving the store in handcuffs. Keep reading »
A North Carolina mother has been charged with “contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile” after she assisted her 16-year-old son in taking what’s called the “fire challenge,” one of those absurdly dangerous stunts kids these days are doing for attention. The fire challenge is quite simple: you light yourself on fire and film it for posterity on social media. I know, sounds like a blast, right? No wonder Janie Lachelle Talley, 41, wanted to get in on the action, allegedly filming her son as he doused himself in finger nail polish and lit himself on fire. He suffered minor burns on his chest and neck.
Seriously, though, the “fire challenge” is actually a THING that teenagers are doing. I don’t want to be hysterical about so-called trends, but this shit is INSANE. And WTF is happening with parents? Someone help me understand. [Yahoo!]