Tarantula Burger – Yuck or Yum?

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Would you eat a hamburger with a baked tarantula on the top?

One of my least favorite parts of reality TV shows like Survivor, Fear Factor, and The Amazing Race are the food challenges. Contestants are presented with things that are nominally edible, sometimes even commonly eaten by other cultures, and are forced to choke them down in order to win money or move on in the competition. I have a strong aversion to throwing up, so seeing people trying (and sometimes failing) to conquer their gag reflex as they swallow cow’s eyes or grubs or what-have-you is not fun. Eating a baked tarantula strikes me as something that belongs in this arena.

However, on second thought it is a little different. You could put the bun on top, hide the tarantula entirely, then just power through and not even think about the arachnid you’re munching on along with the grass fed beef. So maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Of course, it also means a tarantula dies for every meal. And while I’m arachnophobic, I also actually like spiders (even though I’m deathly afraid of them), so this seems a bit excessive. One whole tarantula for each burger. I just hope they’re not killed by baking, like lobsters killed by boiling.

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Weird Wikipedia Wednesday: Bélmez Faces

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Bélmez Faces

“The appearances in Bélmez began on 23 August 1971, when María Gómez Cámara claimed that a human face formed spontaneously on her concrete kitchen floor. María’s husband, Juan Pereira and their son, Miguel, destroyed the image with a pickaxe and new concrete was laid down. However, the Pereira story goes, a new face formed on the floor. The mayor of Bélmez was informed and forbade the destruction of the new face. Instead, the floor concrete was cut out and taken for study.

“María’s home was advertised to the tourists as La Casa de las Caras (The House of the Faces). By Easter of 1972 hundreds of people were flocking to the house to see the faces. For the next 30 years the Pereira family claimed that faces continued to appear, both male and female and of different shapes, sizes and expressions.”

The Coffin Club

A group of seniors in New Zealand were dismayed by the cost and impersonality of coffins, and so decided to build their own. To their surprise it became a joyous pasttime, one that would not only save them and their families money but which also demonstrated that facing your own death head on and with humor is one of the most life affirming things you can do. This super short documentary will brighten your day, coffins and all.

Weird Wikipedia Wednesday: Crawfordsville Monster

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CRAWFORDSVILLE MONSTER

“On September 5, 1891, the Crawfordsville Journal reported that two ice delivery men sighted ‘a strange phenomenon’ that hovered in the air above their location, describing it as a ‘horrible apparition’ that ‘filled them with dread.’ A similar sighting was reported by a Methodist pastor and his wife. The Crawfordsville Journal described it as ‘about eighteen feet long and eight feet wide and moved rapidly through the air by means of several pairs of side fins. It was pure white and had no definite shape or form, resembling somewhat a great white shroud fitted with propelling fins. There was no tail or head visible but there was one great flaming eye, and a sort of a wheezing plaintive sound was emitted from a mouth which was invisible. It flapped like a flag in the winds as it came on and frequently gave a great squirm as though suffering unutterable agony.’

“The Indianapolis Journal repeated the story, as did other newspapers across the country, including the Brooklyn Eagle. The Crawfordsville Postmaster was deluged with mail, and reports of the sightings generated both ridicule and a number of believers. Two local men, John Hornbeck and Abe Hernley, ‘followed the wraith about town and finally discovered it to be a flock of many hundred killdeer.’ The Crawfordsville Journal suggested that Crawfordsville’s newly installed electric lights disoriented the birds, which caused them to hover above the city. The birds’ wings and white under-feathers likely resulted in misidentification.”

Wait For It

One of the best things about the musical Hamilton is how it presents every single character as complex, flawed human beings. Nowhere is this more evident than with Aaron Burr. This is our villain, the man whose envy and frustration led him to kill our protagonist. We know this from the very beginning. And yet here is a touching song about how Burr’s tragic life and how he struggles to deal with it, to rise above his tragedies. You wind up really feeling for him, even when the song turns to his jealousy of Hamilton. We can relate, because the song made Burr relatable. Enjoy!

Weird Wikipedia Wednesday: Ararat Anomaly

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Ararat Anomaly

“The Ararat anomaly is an object appearing on photographs of the snowfields near the summit of Mount Ararat, Turkey and advanced by some Christian believers as the remains of Noah’s Ark.

“The anomaly is located on the northwest corner of the Western Plateau of Mount Ararat (approximately 39°42′10″N 44°16′30″E Coordinates: 39°42′10″N 44°16′30″E) at about 15,500 ft (4,724 m), some 2.2 km (1.4 mi) west of the 16,854 ft (5,137 m) summit, on the edge of what appears from the photographs to be a steep downward slope. It was first filmed during a U.S. Air Force aerial reconnaissance mission in 1949 — the Ararat massif sits on the former Turkish/Soviet border, and was thus an area of military interest — and was accordingly given a classification of “secret” as were subsequent photographs taken in 1956, 1973, 1976, 1990 and 1992, by aircraft and satellites.

“Six frames from the 1949 footage were released under the Freedom of Information Act to Porcher Taylor, a professor at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and a scholar at the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies specializing in satellite intelligence and diplomacy, in 1995.”