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Burial plans for a crank of a husband

A man and woman were married for many years. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old
man would shout, “When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!”

Neighbors feared him. The old man liked the fact that he was feared.

Then one evening, he died when he was 98. After the burial, her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, “Aren’t you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?”

The wife said, ” Let him dig. I had him buried upside down…and I know he won’t ask for directions.”

What if Tunguska happened in Berlin?

Saw a thing the other day about the Tunguska Event, which was a massive explosion in 1908 caused by what many believe to be an asteroid hitting Siberia. The blast was akin to 30 megaton nuclear weapon (the largest atomic weapon explosion on Earth was the Tsar Bomba by the USSR at 50 megatons). The butterfly effect is when something minor changes causing a ripple throughout everything else eventually. Watching this program, it dawned on me…how would have history have turned out if the asteroid had hit Berlin or St. Petersburg or London in 1908 instead of Siberia?

What if the story of Noah’s flood in The Bible was really about a comet impact?

Watching the History Channel this morning and they have this program about asteroids and comets that have hit the Earth over the past 4 billion + years and their craters and effect of such impacts. They think the last major impact on Earth with a comet may have been over 2,000 years ago. Now I’m not a big believer in the literalness of the Bible, I think they are all basic parables and stuff. Nor am I big on the whole Noah story, but what if that story was really some sort of eye witness account of an impact from a comet?

I’ve seen several educational shows about asteroids and comets in the past whether on one of the two History Channels or the Science Channel. These shows explain that it isn’t if the Earth can be hit by one of these celestial bodies but when. One of these shows, The Universe, had a portion where scientists said they recently discovered a massive crater deep in the Indian Ocean. Perhaps that’s the physical proof that some large body from outer space hit the Earth during Noah’s time?

Now the story in Genesis, to me, is just a story. For when they said the world flooded for 40 days and 40 nights, one has to keep in mind that the authors are saying this from their perspective. To them, the “world” only extended as far as they knew it, which could have been Asia and part of the Mediterranean Sea.  But while I don’t think some deity convinced  some antediluvian patriarch and a few of his family members to build a boat that allegedly saved all the world’s animals. I do have to wonder if this fairy tale and others in the various sacred religious texts are in reality just accounting for some historical events that have been lavished with these other props.


One of my favorite forms of music that most of my friends don’t know (which I guess reading this they will now) has been Opera. When I was younger I never understood it. Opera is traditionally sung mainly in Italian or Germany or even French; though there are now also many in languages such as Russian and even English! I could never get into it because of the language barrier and trying to figure out what was going on in the story, as mentioned the libretto was mainly in a foreign language. Still I wanted to get into it, as I loved classical music, why not this? Eventually, the philistine in me learned to appreciate the art that is opera.

Below is a production of Tosca, originally by Giacomo Puccini. The story takes place in Rome over the span of a day (actually starting in the afternoon then through the evening and into the next morning). The plot is actually something one would see perhaps in a Quentin Tarantino movie or one of those soap operas one sees on television, as it has murder, suicide, betrayal centering around the love of Tosca to a painter, all in the background of the defeat of Napoleon.

Now the version below has English subtitles, as I would like you to understand what they are saying as you are enjoying the wonderful singing and music. The video is 2 hours long, but is well put together, you may want to find a relaxing position. Enjoy!

So Spidey has joined Captain America and Superman in faux death.

The death of Peter Parker in Spider-Man is crazier than that half ass marketing attempt by DC a decade or so back when they “killed” Superman. {Spoilers alert} So Doctor Octopus finally wins at the end of the day and manages to kill Parker. But then it gets even more ludicrous is that Spidey’s killer swaps bodies and Doc Ock becomes the new as he call himself, the “Superior Spider-Man.”

Copyright © 2012 Marvel Comics
Copyright © 2012 Marvel Comics

My guess is that like with the deaths of Superman and Captain America, this new Spider-Man will also soon find himself extinguished and the late Peter Parker will be back. The first big time death of a major hero was Superman and the media went hysterical over it. DC handled it in a fakakta matter with bringing him back via all these different guys pretending to be Superman. At the end of the day the publisher brought back the real on, showing you that nothing stays dead in comic books. The same will be for the real Peter Parker, so nobody get excited.

What would have happened to the rest of the British Empire if it, instead of Russia or Germany, faced a revolution after World War 1?

Having an intellectual discussion on historical what-ifs with a friend of mine. I would love to know what you think. We basically switched the history periods of Britain with Germany from 1917-20. At the time the major powers were all on the cusp of revolutions similarly seen in Russia. What I’m wondering is, assuming there was a revolt akin to either Germany (deposition of the Kaiser, the Sparticist Uprising) or the February Revolution in Russia that overthrew the Czar, what would have happened to the rest of the British Empire like India or Nigeria or Australia or Canada?