Bay Area prosecutors were trying to prove that a man arrested during a prostitution sting was guilty of pimping charges, and among the evidence was a series of Instagram DMs he’d allegedly sent to a woman. One read: “Teamwork make the dream work” with high heels and money bag emoji placed at the...
A profusely-illustrated BBC news feature on Sheela-na-gigs: The naked women adorning Britain's churches.
Links to the excellent Sheela na Gig Project which - among other info - lists SnGs across the UK.
Jack the Ripper did not struggle with his victims, but quietly killed them in their sleep, an historian has claimed.
While it has always been thought that the five confirmed victims of the mysterious serial killer were soliciting when they were killed, Dr Hallie Rubenhold has said that they...
Indeed it is, and quite rightly so. Red squirrels are protected under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Grey squirrels are a destructive invasive pest species. Fortunately, they are also delicious. :reyes:
Eric Blair, AKA George Orwell, was 6’ 2” and towered over his fellow anarchists:
(Believed to be Blair).
Also, that doesn’t look a bit like him.
Hemingway was 6’ tall, and I’m afraid that I’m unconvinced that’s him, either.
I’ll accept the dog.
I’ve got GPS on my ‘phone.
Let El Capitan try that in the territorial waters of a country whose leaders have something that serves them as a spine, e.g. Russia. That sparkly little destroyer would be an adventure playground for bream in about twelve seconds flat.
I don’t believe so. A few years ago I visited my oldest mate in Spain, and he drove us over to Gib (my place of birth - aww!) for the day.
It took us - IIRC - four hours to get off, queuing in the blazing sun. This is routine, and due solely to Spanish petulance over sovereignty.
It will end well. For Madrid.
Once again the invertebrates of Westminster will huff and puff, yet nothing will be done.
I love that the Royal Navy deployed "...a launch and a rigid inflatable boat..." against the Spanish warship. I bet Johnny Foreigner was shitting himself.
(Memo to self...
I despaired of humanity and its passion for dope after I read about Krokodil. Everything since has just been diarrhoea icing on the shit cake.
I deliberately don't provide a link to Krokodil, as a Google image search under that name will produce depictions of its effects that I found...
As an aside, it seems that familial DNA from a public database may be helping to solve another murder; though not, admittedly, from a series of serial killings.
I mention this case because of a paragraph from the article:
"More than 15 million people have offered up their DNA to online...
"Jussie Smollett allegedly promised to pay his two pals $4,000 to stage his racist and homophobic assault — which the trio even rehearsed beforehand, according to a new report.
The embattled “Empire” star paid $3,500 to bodybuilding brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo before they left for...
A newly-acquired 16mm movie film of female aviator Amelia Earhart could shed light on what happened more than 80 years after she disappeared.
The footage shows Earhart's plane taking off on a test flight on the morning of 1 July 1937.Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared the following...
What morse operator would send the words “I die”, as he was dying? It’s reminiscent of the scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the agonal Joseph of Arimathea is supposed to have carved Aaaaaargh! into the stone as he croaked.
The Proceedings of the Merchant Marine Council are quoted...
I’ve read about this, and his story reeks.
We are supposed to believe that two white men wearing (deeply symbolic) MAGA hats - obvs, duh! - were hanging around in the Chicago streets in the small hours, with the wind chill at something like -20⁰F, ready-equipped with a noose and a bottle of...
a) Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System 2016, A Ministry of Justice publication
1. Executive Summary
"...non-White ethnic groups appear to be over-represented at most stages throughout the Criminal Justice System, compared with the White ethnic group, though this is not...
Perhaps because black people and the mentally disturbed commit a disproportionate amount of crime?
Perhaps because Tasers are now more widely issued, and people who previously would have had to be wrestled with and/or beaten with batons are now Tased?
Let’s have some context: In the year...
This sounds like a prequel to the Stephen King story Gray Matter:
"...one day his father drank a "bad" can of beer, implied to carry a mutagen, and since then has been slowly transforming into an inhuman blob-like abomination that detests light and craves warm beer. Spying on him one night...
Hundreds of "witches' marks" believed to be from the 17th and 18th Centuries have been found in a limestone gorge.
They were discovered at Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire, and are believed to be the biggest concentration of protective marks found in British caves.
The "apotropaic" marks...
It's listed as Unproven in Snopes:
"The warning was posted to Facebook by a single individual who did not cite any source, and its claims were not corroborated by any local, regional or national news reports, statements by law enforcement agencies, or the findings of any criminal...
I'd bet that it derived from Jerome K. Jerome's popular novel of 1900 Three Men on the Bummel, a "sequel" to Three Men in a Boat.
"One of the characters in the book asks, "how would you translate [bummel]," to which the narrator replies, in the very final paragraph of the book:
"A 'Bummel'," I...
How about blackthorn?
It produces sloes, much used in sloe gin. It was reputed to be the source of Jesus' Crown of Thorns. Sloes were found in the stomach of Ötzi the Iceman. Because it's a hard, dense wood, it was much used in the production of shillelaghs. Wounds inflicted by a blackthorn...
The office was entitled Groom of the Stool, and it's hotly debated as to whether it actually involved botty-buffing.
What isn't debated is the office was highly sought-after, as it gave virtually unlimited access to the king and admission to his confidence.
"It’s been two days since NBC’s exclusive reporting that the Senate Intelligence Committee has found no material evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and as of yet none of the three major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have given it even a...
United States GDP Growth Rate
"US unemployment rate falls to lowest level since 1969"
Guardian, Oct. 2018
"Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia"
NBC News, 12.2.19
Senate Intelligence Committee Panel chair Richard Burr said 'we don't have...
Brighton Museum reconstructs woman found in Brighton and - mirabile dictu! -she was dark-skinned.
I’ve been to Brighton, and the only mild surprise is that they didn’t depict all of them as minorities. lf they found a Saxon warrior complete with chariot, they’d reconstruct him as “A lesbian...
Stonehenge is perhaps the most famous rock structure in the world and the mystery surrounding its formation has stumped humanity for generations. Now, a new study suggests that it, along with other rock structures across Europe, may have been influenced by prehistoric sailors.