Friday, January 31, 2014

Oldest Cold Case Ever Solved

Holding the current record for the longest cold case that was solved is the murder of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph in 1957. The young girl vanished from her Sycamore, Illinois home one winter without a trace, and her decomposing body was found the next year. A suspect was identified – a young man named John Tessier – but he had an ironclad alibi: he was on a train at the time, and he had witnesses to back him up. The cops let him go and the gruesome murder was never solved. However, science has a way of punishing the guilty, and when Ridulph’s corpse was exhumed in 2011 for additional DNA testing, it pointed the finger at Tessier again. His train alibi was also disproved when a girlfriend found his ticket unpunched. Now going by the name Jack McCullough, he was arrested in Seattle and charged with the crime in September of 2012. After 55 years, he was sentenced to two life terms.

longest escape from prison

The longest recorded escape by a recaptured prisoner was that of Leonard T. Fristoe, 77, who escaped from the Nevada State Prison, Carson City, Nevada, USA on December 15, 1923. Leonard was turned in by his son on November 15, 1969 at Compton, California. By then Leonard had nearly 46 years of freedom under the name of Claude R. Willis. His crime was killing two sheriff's deputies in 1920.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Police Called For Ghosts, Aliens, etc

The Devon and Cornwall Police (UK)  received 35 calls in 2013 from citizens complaining of ghosts, werewolves, etc. They responded to 18 of the complaints, including 

A woman who refused to leave a pub because she was possessed by a ghost:

A man who believed he was turning into a werewolf and needed help to prevent him from running wild on the local moors;

Witchcraft in the village of Rufdeth that had been going on for months;

A man being harassed by telephone calls from the ghost of Christmas Past.

OH it brings back some glorious memories.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Does this strategy EVER work?

the most children in one family

Feodor Vassilyev  (c. 1707[1782) was a peasant from ShuyaRussia. His first wife, Mrs. Vassilyeva sets the record for most children birthed by a single woman. She gave birth to a total of 69 children; however, few other details are known of her life, such as her date of birth or death. She gave birth to 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. 67 of her children were reported to survive infancy. Vassilyev also had 18 children with his second wife, who had 6 pairs of twins and 2 sets of triplets, making him a father of 87 children in total. Of his 87 children, at least 82 are said to have survived infancy

Monday, January 27, 2014

Which U S President Had the Most Children?

The president with the most children was President John Tyler, who served from 1841 to 1845. He had 15 children between the years 1815 and 1860. He had them with two different wives. Eight were with his first wife, Lettia Tyler, and the other seven were with his second wife, Julia Gardiner
julia on left, lettia on right

Sunday, January 26, 2014

how animals survive extreme cold

These donkeys where rescued. Protect your pets

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Some Truths About The Leprechauns

Leprechauns are more likely a Scots tradition brought to Ireland  by the Picts, the aboriginal people of Scotland driven to Ireland by the Celtic invasions.  And they originally had different names in different places of Ireland (eg Luricawne in Kerry, Cluricawne in Monaghan, Logheryman in the north).  Ulster, the little men were once known as ‘grogoch’ or ‘pecht’. Arguments also credit some Norse influence for the development of the tradition.

And traditionally they were not the joyful, the fun loving characters of the Disney movies.  The modern-day leprechaunologist Colin Chapman, who writes on them at, they are ‘a difficult kith, belligerent and easily angered.’ They’re prone to ‘a binge of whiskey,’ they ‘steal horses’ (later cars), they’re ‘liars’ and ‘gang members.’ Other show, per Curran, ‘a fondness for abducting unbaptised human babies.’  There is one slight exception: the leprechauns of ‘some parts’ of Munster are considered friendlier.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Be at Peace

angeli dei
I wish I knew who was singing.  Also would like translation.

Life Gets Curiouser and Curiouser

Three-sided football: A game of alliance and betrayal

It seems like a typical Sunday afternoon game of football, but there's a big difference - there are three teams on the pitch.  Deptford 3S Football Club is playing Philosophy Football FC and Strategic Optimists FC, at the same time.  This is the complex and curious game of three-sided football, an invention of Danish Situationist philosopher and artist Asger Jorn.  Played on a hexagonal pitch, the rules are similar to normal football, with one big exception: it's the team that concedes fewest goals that wins.

video at

jacque pepin
Jacques Pépin was born in France in 1935, and first apprenticed in a kitchen at the age of 13. After training in Paris, he moved to the United States, where he worked as a chef in top restaurants, and later as a research director at Howard Johnsons and a restaurant owner. He began hosting cooking shows in the 1990s, and won an Emmy Award for a series with Julia Child. He's written more than 20 books and continues to host shows on PBS

jpr: My ma's favorite.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

mickey roony

He is 93 and still going after 8 wives and nine children

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

HMC movie "out of the woods"

jpr" Mr Asner is a special actor .He makes every movie in which he is present delightful for over 50 years!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Speaking of Nuns in the News...

Pioneer of Education, Mother Eeyodelaayheeehoo.

Nun News

What is the difference between Nuns and Sisters?  Nuns devote themselves to a monastic life of contemplation and prayer, normally in a cloister of some sort.
Sisters dedicate their lives to service in the name of the Lord, working in hospitals, clinics, schools, hospices, community services etc.  No bingo.

Did you know that there are hundreds of different orders, with specific goals and purposes and different founders (usually).  Sisters and Nuns (the Order, not the individual) chose a Habit unique to their own Order, so there have been many different kinds of Habits.  Since the whatchamacallit Encyclical of Pope John 23, nuns and sisters have been free to wear special uniform or not.  Some simply modified to look more modern.

I have several favorite Habit Styles, if that's permissible  I'll tell you later.  What is your favorite nun gear?

Monday, January 20, 2014

george jones passed this year

jpr: For lovers of george's music and those who should, listen as he makes a southern gospel song special

Sunday, January 19, 2014

THE WAY WE TELL A STORY ( or 'no' says the Irishman)

Says I to him, I says, says I,
Says I to him, I says,
The thing, says I, I says to him,
Is just, says I, this ways.
I hev', says I, a gret respeck
For you and for your breed,
And onything I could, I says,
I'd do, I wud indeed.
I don't know any man, I says,
I'd do it for, says I,
As fast, I says, as for yoursel'
That's tellin' ye no lie.
There's nought, says I, I wudn't do
To plase your feyther's son,
But this, I says, ye see, says I,
I says, it can't be done
(Pat McCarty 1851-1931)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

time travel in china

Some locals of GuiZhou Province, China claim that a 400-meter-long tunnel can distort time. Those who drive through the tunnel, located in Zunyi City’s Honghuagang District, find the time on their cell phones — and only their cell phones — inexplicably reversed by exactly one hour.
The tunnel was built years ago, but locals have only encountered its strange time travel side effects in the past year or so. Some think it’s caused by a distortion of the magnetic field. Others think it’s just simple interference or a problem with the cell towers

Thursday, January 16, 2014

RIP Own Newitt

Roger Lloyd Pack and Trevor Peacock in The Vicar of Dibley
Roger Loyd Pack  (on the left) who played the hilarious famer 'Owen' in the classic Vicar of Dibley series passed away this week at age 69 from cancer.   Tremendous loss.

Owen: "I am not a lunatic. I have the psychiatric report to prove it. A slender majority of the panel decided in my favour."
Owen: "Sorry for being late but I made the mistake of going to my toilet today and it hasn't been flushed for 10 days. I've only just regained consciousness."

From 'Rehearsing the nativity play:'
Geraldine: "Now Alice, you're playing Mary - you're young, you're unmarried, you're a virgin, and yet you find out you're pregnant."
Owen: "That happened to my cousin Sally."
Geraldine: "No it didn't, Owen."
Owen: "She gave birth three times but she never ever had sex with a man."
Jim: "Except me."
Frank: "And me."
Owen: "And me, if I'm honest."

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

More evedence of time travel.

Archaeologists are stumped after finding a 100-year-old Swiss watch in an ancient tomb that was sealed more than 400 years ago. They believed they were the first to visit the Ming dynasty grave in Shangsi, southern China, since its occupant's funeral.  But inside they uncovered a miniature watch in the shape of a ring marked 'Swiss' that is thought to be just a century old. The mysterious timepiece was encrusted in mud and rock and had stopped at 10:06.  Watches were not around at the time of the Ming Dynasty and Switzerland did not even exist as a country.  The archaeologists were filming a documentary with two journalists when they made the puzzling discovery. Hoax? Time traveler visit to the original funeral.?  Only the shadow knows.


famous time slip

In 1935, Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard of the British Royal Air Force had a harrowing experience in his Hawker Hart biplane. Goddard was a Wing Commander at the time and while on a flight from Edinburgh, Scotland to his home base in Andover, England, he decided to fly over an abandoned airfield at Drem, not far from Edinburgh. The useless airfield was overgrown with foliage, the hangars were falling apart and cows grazed where planes were once parked. Goddard then continued his flight to Andover, but encountered a bizarre storm. In the high winds of the storm's strange brown-yellow clouds, he lost control of his plane, which began to spiral toward the ground. Narrowly averting a crash, Goddard found that his plane was heading back toward Drem. As he approached the old airfield, the storm suddenly vanished and Goddard's plane was now flying in brilliant sunshine. This time, as he flew over the Drem airfield, it looked completely different. The hangars looked like new. There were four airplanes on the ground: three were familiar biplanes, but painted in an unfamiliar yellow; the fourth was a monoplane, which the RAF had none of in 1935. The mechanics were dressed in blue overalls, which Goddard thought odd since all RAF mechanics dressed in brown overalls.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

More Irishisms

of a poor, thin creature
The breath is only just in and out of him, and the grass doesn't know of him walking over it.
of a coarse, ill-mannered person using poor language
What would you expect out of a pig but a grunt?
on trying to change a stubborn person's mind
You might as well be whistling jigs to a milestone.
of very bad music
Aw, that's the tune the old cow died of.
of one who overstays their welcome
If that man went to a wedding, he'd stay for the christening.
of a talkative person
That man would talk the teeth out of a saw.
of a person who paid too much for a cow
He bought every hair in her tail.
of a clever thief
He'd steal the sugar out of your punch.
in praise of strong whiskey
I felt it like a torchlight procession going down my throat.
said of a woman who had made a bad marriage
She burnt her coal and did not warm herself.
of bad aim in shooting
He wouldn't hit a hole in a ladder.
of an impish child
That one suffers from a double dose of original sin.
of an unfortunate one
He is always in the field when luck is on the road.
of very wet weather
It's a fine day for young ducks.
of someone who always plans carefully
If he's not fishing he's mending his nets.

time travel??

Gran Sasso National Laboratories, Italy

Italian Particle physicists detect neutrinos travelling faster than lightOne theory in 1985 predicted that neutrinos could travel faster than the speed of light by interacting with an unknown field to provide a shortcut through space-time, i.e time travel. Further experimental confirmation has been found.     


Friday, January 10, 2014

irish stuff

Men mock the poet for his want of wit,
Yet not the poet's is the fault of it;                                    
Out of a little vessel you'll not gain
More than a little vessel can contain.
Irish Epigram

'Is maith an scéalai an aimsir
Time is a great storyteller' - Irish Proverb

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The world's worst wax museum to close

Louis Tussaud's House of Wax in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England achieved cult status with thousands of visitors – solely because none of the models looked like the people they were supposed to represent. Owners Jane and Peter Hayes closed the attraction last year after running it for more than 50 years, and the entire collection has been snapped up by an overseas buyer. Here are some of the highlights of a lost national treasure.


Worst Waxworks: Sean Connery
Sean Connery
Worst Waxworks: Adolf Hitler

best known of all jump rope rhymes.

 jpr: I could never do this damn it!


Cinderella, dressed in yellow
Went upstairs to kiss her fellow
Made a mistake
And kissed a snake
How many doctors
Did it take?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5. . . .

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Irish Christianity

Celtic Christianity holds many subtle practices and beliefs that reflect pre-christian traditions.  Some, like the sacrament of Penance have been absorbed by the larger church.  Others have not.  Christianity, for example, holds that God’s protection centers on His presence within us.  The Celts, however, hold that God protects us by surrounding us as a barrier to evil.  Two Irish prayers make the point.

Christ be with me,
be after me,
be before me,
and be at my right and left hand.
May everything I do be for Christ.

Circle me O God, Keep hope within, Despair without.
Circle me O God, Keep peace within, Keep turmoil out.
Circle me O God, Keep calm within, Keep storms without.
Circle me O God, Keep strength within, Keep weakness out

Monday, January 6, 2014


plaster woman walking with crutches Stock Photo - 11218427

May those who love us, love us;
and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts;
and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles
so we'll know them by their limping.

Irish poem for children

The Fairies   1824 –  1889 / Donegal

UP the airy mountain,
  Down the rushy glen,
We daren’t go a-hunting
  For fear of little men;
Wee folk, good folk,      
  Trooping all together;
Green jacket, red cap,
  And white owl’s feather!
Down along the rocky shore
  Some make their home,       
They live on crispy pancakes
  Of yellow tide-foam;
Some in the reeds
  Of the black mountain lake,
With frogs for their watch-dogs,        
  All night awake.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

They are among us

In 2012 Stephen Hawking, in an attempt to entice time travelers, sent out invitations to a party that he'd already thrown.


1 John 3: 7 - 10

7Little children, let no one deceive you. He who does right
 is righteous, as he is righteous.
8He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned
 from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared 
was to destroy the works of the devil.
9No one born of God commits sin; for God's nature abides in
 him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
10By this it may be seen who are the children of God, and who 
are the children of the devil: whoever does not do right is not 
of God, nor he who does not love his brother.

jpr: So it is for Islam, Judaism and many other major religions 

of the world. Sorry, politicians can not intervene for us!

The song of Amergin

Amergin Glúingel  is a bard and judge for the Milesians. He took part in the Milesian conquest of Ireland from the Tuatha Dé Danann., They landed at the estuary of Inber Scéne, named after Amergin's wife Scéne, who had died at sea. The Milesians had to win the island by engaging in battle with the three kings, their druids and warriors. The druids of the Tuatha Dé Danann raised a magical storm to keep them from reaching land. However, Amergin sang an invocation calling upon the spirit of Ireland that has come to be known as The Song of Amergin, and he was able to part the storm and bring the ship safely to land. There were heavy losses on all sides, with more than one major battle, but the Milesians carried the day. The three kings of the Tuatha Dé Danann were each killed in single combat by three of the surviving sons of Míl, Eber Finn,Érimón and Amergin.

I am a stag: of seven tines,
I am a flood: across a plain,
I am a wind: on a deep lake,
I am a tear: the Sun lets fall,
I am a hawk: above the cliff,
I am a thorn: beneath the nail,
I am a wonder: among flowers,
I am a wizard: who but I
Sets the cool head aflame with smoke?

I am a spear: that roars for blood,
I am a salmon: in a pool,
I am a lure: from paradise,
I am a hill: where poets walk,
I am a boar: ruthless and red,
I am a breaker: threatening doom,
I am a tide: that drags to death,
I am an infant: who but I
Peeps from the unhewn dolmen, arch?

I am the womb: of every holt,
I am the blaze: on every hill,
I am the queen: of every hive,
I am the shield: for every head,
I am the tomb: of every hope.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

More Yeats

When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

When you are old and grey and full of sleep, 

And nodding by the fire, take down this book, 

And slowly read, and dream of the soft look 

Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace, 

And loved your beauty with love false or true, 

But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, 

And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars, 

Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled 

And paced upon the mountains overhead 

And hid his face amid a crowd of stars. 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Hogmany, New Years in Scotland.


A member of a Shetland Island viking society and 26 colleagues led the Hogmanay parade in Edinburgh Scotland at sunset on New Years Eve, 2013. Hogmanay (hog-ma-nay in Scots English) is the traditional pre-christian ‘end of the year’ celebration unique to Scotland that marks both the last day of the old year and the first day of the new.

Normally, a three day holiday that includes Jan. 2, events run around the clock, and as I can testify, drinking and partying lasts all night through New Year’s morning, to be followed by a long bike ride, hike or walk, and then more celebration.   Specific celebratory traditions vary across Scotland but everyone holds to the ‘first footing’ practice.  Scots must step foot in the residences of their friends and family usually bearing gifts of coal, candies, or candles (drink is a common modern substitute) during hogmanay.  They are greeted with food and drink.  At the stroke of mid-night doors are opened to ‘welcome in the new and chase out the old’ accompanied by lots of noise from the house.  

Derivation of the word and the practices are not clear, but most believe they are Norse in origin.

rothko paintings
jpr: It took 40+ years to develop his style. Considered among the greats such as

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Here's a (perverse) Math Puzzle for you

If Sandra Oh and Colm Meany produced an offspring, how big do you think its head would be?
If there's a irish movie or a movie about irish or in one case an italian movie about a irishman, and Colm isn't in it, its cause he's filiming an irishman in Space.  His resume shows that he's a capable, even good, actor but I think his accent sounds fake.

Margaret Cho's head is proportional to her body.  Sandra Oh's head is not.  She has to struggle to keep from toppling over.  She's attractive (her face) but she needs to look into either gaining 50 lbs or some kind of head shrinking.

brendan behan quotes

Brendan Francis Behan  IrishBreandán Ó Beacháin; 9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and culture in the home, which meant he was steeped in literature and patriotic ballads from a tender age. Behan eventually joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to him serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland. During this time, he took it upon himself to study and he became a fluent speaker of the Irish language

“It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's rather that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody.” 

a quote from his death bed to a visiting nun  “Ah, bless you, Sister, may all your sons be bishops.” 

“They took away our land, our language, and our religion; but they could never harness our tongues...”