Ronald Poppo Speaks About Cannibal Attack
Ronald Poppo, the Florida face-eating victim, gave a chilling account of Rudy Eugene’s cannibalistic attack on him on a Florida causeway during a police interview obtained by CBS.
“He just ripped me to ribbons,” Poppo says. “He chewed up my face. He plucked out my eyes.” Poppo, who is now blind, says he thought Eugene was “a good guy” at first. But Eugene was apparently upset because he “wasn’t scoring” on Miami Beach, and “went and turned berserk,” Poppo says. “I guess he took it out on me or something.” Poppo denies saying anything “mean or nasty” to provoke the attack, and says he had never met Eugene before.
Eugene was also upset because he thought Poppo stole his Bible, but Poppo denies ever even seeing it. As he attacked Poppo, Eugene was saying, “You, me, buddy, and nobody else here. I’m gonna—gonna kill you,” Poppo recalls. “He just started to scream. And he was talking kind of funny talk,” like saying “that I was gonna die. And he was gonna die,” Poppo continues. “He must have been souped up on something.” Then, “he mashed my face into the sidewalk. My face is all bent and mashed up. My eyes, my eyes got plucked out. He was strangling me in wrestling holds at the same time he was plucking my eyes out.”
Authorities In Tajikistan Plan Ban On Divorce By Text Message
Tajikistan’s Council of Ulema is set to issue a fatwa banning a so-called SMS-divorce, the state religious committee have announced. The move comes amid growing complaints that some Tajik men – working as migrant laborers in Russia – divorce their wives by sending a mobile-phone text message or just making a phone call.
Sunni Islamic traditions allow men to divorce their wives by merely saying “talaq,” an Islamic term for a declaration of divorce. Tajik religious leaders, however, insist that ending a marriage is not such a simple matter…
“Our country’s laws prohibit men from divorcing their wives over the phone,” the head of State Committee on Religious Affairs Abdurahim Kholiqov said. “It is against Tajik laws and it is un-Islamic. The state religious committee and the Council of Ulema have discussed this issue, and the council is going to announce its decision very shortly. Such a way of getting divorced is prohibited.”
According to local lawyers, SMS-divorces largely leave wives and children without any financial settlement because it’s simply impossible to track down their husbands working in Russia. There are no official statistics about the number of SMS-divorces in Tajikistan, but local media says there have been “hundreds” of cases
Filmmaker Claims to Have Jesus Crucifixion Nails
Filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici is convinced he’s found the actual nails used to nail Jesus to the cross—even if no one else is. In a new documentary entitled The Nails of the Cross, Jacobovici will lay out what he calls “the best archaeological argument ever made” that the nails have been found. His tale begins with a tomb found in Jerusalem in 1990 that was hailed as that of Caiaphas, the high priest who presided over Jesus’ trial in the gospel.
Two ancient nails were found in that tomb and, in Jacobovici’s telling, they mysteriously disappeared. Around the same time, two nails turned up in a Tel Aviv lab. Jacobivici’s conclusion: They must be the same nails. “Put it all together and what you have is a probability,” he tells the Telegraph. “There are no other nails you can say the same thing about.” Archaeologists are not exactly convinced. The film “has no basis in archaeological findings or research,” one says.
Why Humans No Longer Have Spiky Penises
Were it not for evolution, sex could be a pretty uncomfortable prospect. But fortunately for humans, the male penis evolved in one particularly nice way: it lost its spikes. Some animals, including chimps and mice, still have penises dotted with hard spines. But Stanford researchers have discovered one particular chunk of non-coding DNA that was lost, leading to the spine-free human penis. “Couples everywhere can be thankful that this particular piece of DNA was ditched,” says a researcher.
The long-held belief is that the smooth human penis was the result of a more monogamous lifestyle; early ancestors’ penile spines may have been useful in removing the sperm of other suitors. The latest research did not set out to study this particular mystery, Nature notes; scientists were simply looking for chunks of DNA that the human genome, but not the chimp genome, had lost. Their discoveries also suggest similar molecular mechanisms for how humans evolved bigger brains and lost facial sensory whiskers.
Canned Cow Farts Prove Big Hit in Germany
Stall Duft is a small can filled with the smell of an old wooden stable full of gas-producing cows. This thing is actually for sale in Germany and Austria, and the strangest part is that it’s a succes…
Internationally known as “Countryside air to go” Stall Duft was conceived by Daniela Dorrer, originally from the Bavarian village of Adlkofen, who says her product is meant to help people who were born and raised in the countryside but later moved to an urban area, get over their homesickness. All they have to do is take off the lid, stick their nose in the can and they are instantly reminded of the carefree days they spent in the German countryside, surrounded by farting cattle. Stall Duft contains textile odorants that retain that country smell for a long time, allowing clients to enjoy it several times.
Believe it or not, this crazy idea actually worked and Daniela Dorrer sold so many Stall Duft cans in Germany and Austria that she decided to open a website, as well. Furthermore, inspired by the success of her canned cow farts, Dorrer intends to soon can and sell other earthly odors like horse, pigs, manure and straw.
Basketball star dies after winning shot in team’s perfect season
The score was tied. The game was in overtime. The mood, electric.
Number 35 came charging up to the net and hit a last-moment winning layup for his undefeated Fennville High School Blackhawks to end the regular season Thursday night with a perfect 20 wins.
The other players hoisted their star, 16-year-old Wes Leonard, on their shoulders. The screaming crowd charged the court to hug him. It was the biggest moment in memory for the tiny Michigan town of Fennville.
And then it all turned to black.
Silence fell under the harsh glare of the florescent lights. Leonard lay still on the court, pale in his school colors. His family and coaches surrounded him. He wasn’t breathing, his friend Arista Sauceda recalled. His heart had stopped cold.
After attempts to revive the varsity player in the gym, an ambulance transported him to nearby Holland Hospital. Doctors worked on him for an hour and 20 minutes.
They could not save him. By 10:40 at night, when Leonard should have been out celebrating with his classmates, he was dead.
An autopsy Friday determined that Leonard died of cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart, said a statement from Dr. David A. Start, the Ottawa County chief medical examiner.
South Korean Government: ‘Wear Thick Underwear’
The government of South Korea has ordered all government employees to start wearing thick underwear—the high-tech thermal kind preferred—to stave off quickly rising energy consumption levels.
As of January 17th, public servants in South Korea must turn off all heating devices from 11:00am to 12:00am and 5:00pm to 6:00pm…
In addition, at all other times the heating cannot be set any higher than 18-degrees Celsius, or 64-degrees Fahrenheit.
It’s an emergency plan designed to prevent a “severe electricity shortage,” ministry official Roh Keon-Ki told Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporters.
The temperature in South Korea has been so cold—earlier this month it dropped to a record low of -17.8-degrees Celsius, or -.04-degrees Fahrenheit, which by the way is cold enough to make even this former-Midwestern chap shiver—that the use of heaters rose to an all-time high.
Ergo, to prevent a possible blackout, which would be devastating, the government is encouraging its employees to be extra frugal with their energy use. Long johns are okay, but thermal underwear is recommended. Suffice it to say, if employees are going to waste energy to stay warm, they better waste their own energy, i.e., batteries.
Guy Sues Strip Club Over Flying Shoe
An Indiana man is suing a strip club over some chipped teeth he says he sustained when a dancer accidentally kicked off her shoe and hit him in the face. According to a lawyer, Jake Quagliaroli, 34, was about 20 feet from the stage when the dancer tried a “high-kick maneuver,” sending “one of those heavy shoes with a big heel” across the room and into the roof of his mouth.
“As bizarre as it is, the strip club had a duty to protect its customers and it did not do that,” Quagliaroli’s lawyer tells Aol News, adding, in what we assume was not supposed to be a joke, that strip clubs “need to make sure people are wearing the right kind of clothes and [that those clothes] are not flying off.