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This sculpture of Jesus has human teeth

YouTube link. The video is in Spanish, but details in English are available at The History Blog - Restorers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) working on a polychrome statue of the Christ of Patience have found eight human teeth in the figure’s mouth.

Blind hunters

Not hunters in blinds, or people hunting for blinds.  The BBC has a report on blind hunters: In the US, being blind is no bar to owning and carrying firearms.

"Siri, where should I bury my roommate?"

A young man in Florida is accused of murdering his roommate (details at The Telegraph).  Evidence at his trial will include information retrieved from his PDA (screencap above).

Buried treasure found in France

From a story in The Telegraph: The men had been working at the property, situated in a village near Les Andelys and Vernon, for several days when they came across the hidden trove, estimated to be worth more than €900,000 (£700,200), hidden in glass jars...


YouTube link. The StarTribune notes that this "sport" is gaining in popularity on Minnesota lakes. A jet pack mounts onto his feet in heavy bindings that look like massive snowboard boots.

Worldwide obesity

An amazing pair of numbers from the most recent Harper's Index: Year in which the World Health Organization began keeping records on global obesity:  1980 Number of years since then in which at least one country has reduced its obesity rate:  0There are a few details and some commentary at the New Y

For homeowners: an open thread on "mudjacking"

If you own a house long enough, most of the components will need to be repaired or replaced (a fact often overlooked by young couples eager to purchase as much home as they can afford).

A young boy with giant hands

YouTube link. The video tells the story in four minutes; here's the TL;DR for those in a hurry - Eight-year-old Kaleem's hands weigh eight kilograms each and measure 13 inches from the base of his palm to the end of his middle finger.

Tuberculosis as the cause of the American holocaust?

Recent research suggests that tuberculosis spread by seals may have been responsible for the deaths of millions of Native Americans in pre-contact America.

"The times, they are a-changing"

According to The Moscow Times, Russia is demanding that Bulgaria take steps to prevent vandalism of soviet statuary.

Millions more personal records stolen

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients.

It's true that there's no prize when you die...

... but I do keep track of all the books I've read.   I rate them on a scale of 0-4+, so that when I get old(er) and (more) demented, I'll know which ones to re-read.

Did someone hack Google Translate?

From Krebs on Security: It all started a few months back when I received a note from Lance James, head of cyber intelligence at Deloitte.

Who should get trophies? all kids? or just winners?

I'm not familiar with the Reason-Rupe poll, but FYI here are some results as posted at The latest Reason-Rupe poll finds that when it comes to kids and their trophies, 57 percent of Americans think only the winning players should receive them.

The story behind the "ice bucket challenge"

YouTube link. Anyone with access to visual media during the past month can't help but be aware of the "ice bucket challenge."  Most probably understand it as a fundraising campaign, but few know the details behind it.

Flour sack clothing

"When they realized women were using their sacks to make clothes for their children, flour mills of the 30s started using flowered fabric for their sacks, 1939"  Via Earthly Mission.

James Joyce's poor health

"One summer evening in 1917, James Joyce was walking down a street in Zurich when he developed a pain in his right eye so severe he couldn’t move.

The facts of life

From Real Life Adventures.

Moray eels have a second (pharyngeal) jaw

YouTube link.

How dry I am - updated

This is likely to have some effect on food prices in the United States. Nearly the entire Golden State – 99.81 percent to be exact — is in the grip of drought, according to the latest update from the U.S.