Archive for August, 2008

Baby Jumping Festival In Spain

Posted in International, Travel with tags , , , , , on August 31, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

How do you rid babies of evil spirits? Well, you jump over them of course! The El Colacho festival was held this weekend in Castrillo de Murcia, in northern Spain to uphold a tradition that’s been done since the 17th century. Children born throughout the past year are laid on a mattress in the middle of the street where men dressed in yellow and red outfits, representing demons, run and jump over them all the while taking the evil spirits with them and far away from the bewildered and crying children. Link! via Der Spiegel


Roald Dahl – Sexual Spy

Posted in News with tags , , , , on August 31, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Roald Dahl, the author who gave us such children’s classics as Chalie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and James and the Giant Peach, was reportedly a spy for the British Embassy in Washington DC according to journalist Jennet Conant. From unpublished letters and documents, Conant claims Dahl had sexual escapades with prominent women, heiress Millicent Rogers and congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce among others, to gain information during World War II. Link! via The Huffington Post


The Dead…As Diamonds?!

Posted in International, R.I.P., WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Who says when a loved one dies, their physical presence is gone forever? Not so, according to Swiss company Algordanza. There for 5,000 euros ($7,488) you can have the ashes of a dearly departed turned into a diamond. Though only four years old, Algordanza makes on average 60 diamonds a month which in turn can be mounted in jewlery. “Some people find it helpful to go to the cemetery and grieve, and they leave their grief in the cemetery,” said Algordanza Chairman Veit Brimer. “There are some people who, for whatever reason, do not want to have this farewell. Link! via Reuters


Zodiac Killer Identified?

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2008 by TheDiversePurse
Was this The Zodiac?

Was this The Zodiac?

The Zodiac terrorized the Bay Area from the 1960’s and 1970’s killing at least eight people and like fellow serial killer Jack the Ripper, his identity has been one of mystery with many throughout the years speculating it. But, one man Dennis Kaufman from Pollack Pines, CA (near Sacramento) claims to know who the infamous killer was – his late step-father Jack Tarrance.

The FBI are investigating Kaufman’s claims by examining evidence he’s provided like handwriting samples, a mask that bears a striking resemblance to the one a survivor described, and a knife that appears to have a dried red substance on it, possibly blood. A hoax or has the mystery been solved? Link! via Neatorama


Yearbook Yourself

Posted in Entertainment with tags , , , on August 31, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

You’ve probably laughed when looking at pictures in older yearbooks, but did you wonder what you would’ve looked like, say, with a crew cut or beehive from the 50’s? Maybe a jheri curl in the 80’s? Click the link to upload a photo of yourself and see how you would appear from the 1950’s to 2000. That’s my picture if I’d graduated in 1966. Link!


Ban Lifted from ‘Caligula’ In The U.K.

Posted in Entertainment, International, Movies, News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

Nearly 20 years after being banned in the U.K. for its explicit, hardcore sex scenes, the BBFC (The British Board of Film Classification) has deemed Caligula: The Imperial Collection to have “historical interest” and it will now be on store shelves alongside mainstream films in the drama section. So, how did such illustrious actors like Peter O’Toole, Malcolm McDowell, and Helen Mirren end up in a hard-core porn produced by Penthouse? Writer Wendy Leigh recalls how pornographer Bob Guccione single-handedly edited the film to his liking. Link! via The Daily Mail


What The World Eats

Posted in Arts & Crafts, Diversity, Food & Drink, International, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on August 30, 2008 by TheDiversePurse


On this planet, there are numerous people of various cultures, traditions, and beliefs but even with these differences we are all alike when it comes to the basics: shelter, sex, water, sleep, and food. Acclaimed photojournalist Peter Menzel and his wife, writer, Faith D’Aluisio have a wonderful book entitled “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” which shows what people around the globe eat in a week. The book goes into more detail, like going to the markets and food descriptions, but Time Magazine has a sample of their work in parts I and II.