Quitting Smoking

I have to quit smoking.  I was recently diagnosed with moderate emphysema. Yes, I know. Smoking causes that.  I am very good at many things, but I totally suck at quitting smoking.  I know and have read all the tricks, suggestions, statistics, the advice and yet none of it totally helps.  There are several reasons for this, which I will…

Bedazzler Peter Carl Fabergé

Peter Carl Fabergé was born on May 30, 1846 and grew up to become the original bedazzler. Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia to the German jeweler Gustav Fabergé and his Danish wife Charlotte Jungstedt, Peter is best known for his bejeweled eggs. His eggs were made in the style of Easter Eggs but instead of paint, he used enameling, crystals and precious gems. Moreover, they are quite beautiful…

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is this weekend. Many folks are excited about the three-day weekend, making plans to have BBQ’s, picnics, going on mini-vacations and just basically enjoying themselves. There are also those who are slightly derisive of those who make such plans, telling them to remember that Memorial Day is a day set aside to honor the memories of those who…

“Horse” gets hit in the nuts on Americas Got Talent

So tonight on America’s Got Talent, a young man comes out, introduces himself  as Horse. His special talent seems to be getting in the nuts without wincing. Not only did his friends kick him the nuts, but he got hit with poles, he broke pole, and for the final part? He had two cinder blocks place on his crotch and broken with a sledge hammer. Think he…

National Memo Day

In case you did not get the memo, today is National Memo Day. So sit up and take note.  Today is the day we celebrate that most auspicious of communications, the memorandum. When I think of memos , think of the interoffice memo, usually stuffed into a large manila office plainly marked in bold letters as such. You needed to…

1994’s Most Bizarre Suicide

At the 1994 annual awards dinner given by the American Association for Forensic Science, AAFS President Don Harper Mills astounded his audience in San Diego with the legal complications of a bizarre death. Here is the story. On 23 March 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound of…