Kevorkian Suicide Machine Up For Auction

Dr Jack Kevorkian, commonly referred to as Doctor Death, passed away on June 3, 2011, but he left behind one of the most controversial ethical questions yet to be answered: Can a medical professional assist a terminally ill individual with committing suicide?

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Dr Jack Kevorkian.

Kevorkian created numerous machines for committing assisted suicide, the most infamous being the Thanatron. To avoid getting too into medical science, here’s a quick rundown on how the Thanatron works: The patient pushes a button, flips a switch, or pulls a cord, and the Thanatron administers barbiturates into the patients bloodstream. Once the barbiturates force the individual to sleep, a lethal injection is administered, and the patient passes away in his sleep.

Since Kevorkian passed away this machine has remained dormant within his estate. However, come October 28, 2011, an auction at the New York Institute of Technology offers anyone a chance of owning this machine of assisted suicide. Imagine it sitting in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or garage, just waiting for someone to say, What the hell is this thing? You would be hard-pressed to find more horrid and ghoulish Halloween props.

Plus, a portion of the auction proceed goes to the Kids Kicking Cancer charity fund.

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Kevorkian showing off the Thanatron.

Before Kevorkian passed away, he was asked if he had any regrets about his work. Kevorkian said, No, no. Its your purpose [as a] physician. How can you regret helping a suffering patient?

Deliberately Poisoned Halloween Candy: Fact or Fiction?

Cyanide-laced chocolate chews. Bubblegum dipped in gasoline. Halloween is full of dangerous possibilities for ingesting toxic, poisonous, fatal substances, slipped into candy by malicious, evil individuals that want your children to die.

poisoned Halloween candy

Apple: Now with razor blade filling!

But wait!

For so many individuals to be terrified about poisoned Halloween candy there would have to be numerous cases of such an event, right? Maybe a friend, or a friend of a friend, knows someone that knew someone that had a neighbor that was killed by rat poison mixed with their cotton candy. That would make sense, because then the person had a direct, or indirect, connection to the incident.

But here’s the truth: Other than one event, which is discussed at the end of the article, there have been no recorded incidents of deliberately poisoned candy during Halloween or any similar occasion.

The key word is deliberately. There have been incidents of foreign objects accidentally getting into candy, or people handing out inedible objects, such as gimmick Halloween props that look like candy.

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Pain is deliciousness leaving the body.

The potential origins of the deliberately poisoned Halloween candy myth:

In 1964, a housewife gave out inedible objects to children whom she believed were too old to be trick-or-treating. The objects were steel wool, ant buttons, dog biscuits, and so forth. All of the objects were clearly labeled as poison, not for human consumption. No children were injured, but the woman went to court and pleaded guilty to endangering children.

In 1970, a 5-year-old boy found and ate his uncle’s heroin. The boy died after a four day coma. To protect the uncle, the family claimed the heroin had been sprinkled onto the childs Halloween candy.

In 2008, Pokemon Valentines Day lollipops were found to contain metal shavings and metal blades.

Joel Best, a University of Delaware sociologist, specializes in candy tampering legends. Best researched newspaper stories that detailed events of candy tampering, and Best found that nearly all of the stories were false or hoaxes created by the child.

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Which one of these things is not like the other?

This is the only case of deliberately poisoned Halloween candy:

In 1974, a father committed premeditated murder by lacing a package of Pixy Stix with cyanide, and then fed them to his 8-year-old son. The father wanted to collect life insurance money from his son’s death. That’s it – no malicious intent to plague the neighborhood with sudden deaths.

So, check the candy, make sure that its good, but don’t stress over it. Unless your uncle does heroin, your husband/father is a murderous psycho, or you’re eating some 2008 Pokemon lollipops, you should be fine.

The Nightmares Fear Factory Photos

Nestled near Niagara Falls is Nightmares Fear Factory, a haunted house that has been running for over 30 years. In addition to actors wearing Halloween costumes, the haunted house has a huge, huge, huge amount of animated props. One of those props is a car that explodes out of the darkness and accelerates quickly toward you. Right when the car should run you over, it stops, and a photo is taken of your reaction.

Here are some of those photos:

For more photos, check out the official Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nightmaresfearfactory/

Hump Day Horrors: Wife Cooks Husband, Boy Locked In Coffin

The world is full of horrors worse than the darkest horror movie. People murder, kill, steal, starve, scream for help until their lungs bleed, only to have their life snuffed out as quickly as a candle. To help you get past hump day and on with decorating your house with Halloween props, or whatever, here are two horrific stories that recently hit the newsstands:


Boy Locked In Coffin

Tuesday, October 4, police started a search for the parents who locked their 7-year-old boy in a coffin in the basement of their house. According to the boy’s statements, being was often locked in the coffin with nothing more than a diaper. The diaper was for if the boy escaped the coffin, since there was no bathroom in the basement. To heighten the fear, the parents told the boy that the basement was haunted by ghosts, and would often rattle chains outside the coffin.

Neighbors called the police when they heard the boy shouting. When the police arrived, the boy was alone, crying because he was hungry.

We’re trying to locate the mom and step-dad to serve these warrants, but at this point we don’t know where they’re at, said Detective Captain Al Leoncini. The warrants are for endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful restraint.


Wife Cooks Husband

In 1991, a woman tied up her newlywed husband, killed him, chopped up his body, and then churned it through a garbage disposal. Neighbors claimed they heard the disposal running for hours. When police discovered the husband’s body, they found his hands had been fried in oil, his head boiled and stuffed in the freezer, and various body parts either in garbage bags or mixed with leftover turkey.

A psychiatrist was brought in to testify that the wife had confessed to cooking her husband’s ribs barbecue-style and tasting them…

He’ll never be late for dinner again!

The wife claimed that her husband frequently sexually abused and raped her. In defense, she stabbed him with scissors, and then did all of the previously mentioned things. She also contacted two of her other boyfriends to help remove the husband’s teeth and dispose of the remains.

Now the wife is seeking parole from her 25-years-to-life sentence. Will she get it? I sure hope not, especially when the attorney defending the wife claimed that she chopped up her husband in an effort to avoid meeting him in the afterlife in accordance with Egyptian mythology.

Yeah, no thanks, let’s pass on the whole parole thing.

Top Five Controversial Costumes for 2011 Halloween

Halloween is a dark, twisted holiday, one that requires equally dark and twisted Halloween costumes. Some people turn to morbid costumes that depict zombies or other ghouls, but there are others that love to push the edge of social acceptance. For those edgy individuals, here’s a list of the top controversial costumes for 2011 Halloween.

Anna Rexia

Anna Rexia

This bodacious bombshell of a costume comes equipped with loads of controversy. As the name hints, this costume embodies anorexia nervosa you know, the eating disorder that leads to more deaths than any other mental disorder. Of course, if you glanced at it quickly, you would think its a sexy skeleton costume, not an eating disorder. Outside of the name, there isnt much to be offended about. It really depends on whether you can stomach the joke.

Illegal Alien

Illegal Alien

Immigrant activists were not too happy with this grey-skinned, orange jumpsuit-wearing extraterrestrial. Take a gander at the item in his hand: a green card. When this costume came under criticism, William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration, said, The only people getting upset are the hyper-sensitive, over-politically correct, pro-amnesty, illegal alien-supporting nuts. Yup, this costume definitely reeks of controversy. Perfect!

Kung Fool

Kung Fool

Equipped with loads of negative stereotypes, the Kung Fool costume has come under heavy attention of various Asian-American groups, who openly declare this costume as racist. I mean, it doesn’t take a genius to see all of those stereotypes. They’re right there displayed in latex that easily fits over your head and allows for comfortable breathing. Just be careful not to run into someone who knows actual Kung Fu. They may kick your ass.

Vato Loco

Vato Loco

Ah, Vato Loco, the crazy mask that spawned so much controversy within the Latino community. Honestly, what can we say about Vato Loco? We created it! One only has to look at the mask to see why someone would get angry teardrop, spider web tattoo, bandanna, and the list goes on and on. Similar to the Kung Fool costume, this one was called out for being racist and reinforcing negative stereotypes. We’ll let you be the judge.

Child Terrorist

Child Terrorist

This costume is exploding with controversial potential! Get it? Exploding with controversial potential the kids wearing a vest of explosives. No? Still don’t get it? Here, let me explain further: its a child wearing an explosive vest. Still don’t get it? Hm, let me try one more time: child, explosive vest, your familys dead. Are we getting through to you? Great, I thought the terrorists won for a moment there.

It’s October! Time to step up the decorations.

I’ll do a more extensive post later, but I wanted to kick off this Monday with some phenomenal Halloween decorations. Specifically, this picture:

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“I used contact paper, tissue paper and modge podge for the eyes,” said the creator of this design. “I used cardboard, black paint, and duct tape for the rest! You can’t see them from the inside of the house because there are curtains behind them.”

Ah, Halloween is definitely on its way, and I cannot wait to see more of these pictures. If you want to showcase your designs, drop us a comment.

The Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone

On September 28, 2011, CNN reported that a Florida ice cream shop had to scrap its ice cream cone mascot because passers-by thought it looked like a man dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

If you are wondering what the costume looked like, we actually sell it as in, we sold it to this ice cream store. Hilarious, yes, and we’re quite proud that one of our Halloween costumes can attract so much attention, even if it is accidental. (We’re thinking of renaming it the Unintentionally Racist Ice Cream Cone.) Anyway, here’s the picture that we showcase:

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Her smile seeps racism.

Nothing wrong there, right? The costume features an oversized vanilla ice cream cone with sprinkles on top absolutely nothing racist. Unless, of course, you were standing in the sun all day and the cone began to sag, causing it to look more like the iconic image of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.

The Florida store first noticed an issue when they saw a drop in business. But no matter how hard they searched, they could not find the problem. Eventually, customers called the store and yelled at them to take the mascot off the streets.

We were just trying to get people to come in, said Jasmine Gonzalez, store employee. We thought it was something fun for people, but eventually people took it the wrong way.

If you want a costume that is both appropriate for children and inappropriate for being accidentally racist, give this ice cream costume a swing.

Dr. Sleep: Stephen King Announces Sequel to The Shining

Unless you absolutely have no taste in horror, you have heard of, seen, or read The Shining, one of Stephen Kings most popular of novels. Hell, even if you’ve read the book or watched the movie, lets just go ahead and revisit the scary axe scene, because its simply that good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TVooUHN7j4

Sends shivers up my spine. Anyway, Stephen King, the proclaimed master of horror, announced on September 26, 2011, that he is creating a sequel to The Shining, titled Dr. Sleep. The story follows Danny Torrance, the five-year-old from The Shining, now in his 40s. Danny uses his extraordinary powers to help terminally ill patients easily pass away, and that’s all we know so far.

Here’s Stephen reading an excerpt from the novel-in-work:

Obviously, the novel is still in the writing/editing process, so we can only wait and hope it lives up to its predecessors success. Stephen King has delivered so many bestselling novels by now that one more should not be an issue. We’ll just have to wait and see!

How To Tell If You Are Becoming An Undead

The zombie apocalypse is going to happen. Theres no point denying it. To ensure that you’re mentally prepared, we created this trusty list of zombie symptoms.

First, lets look at what is not a zombie: a Wal-Mart shopper.

He wants to eat your sales.

There he is all of his wide-mouthed glory spewing into the world worse than an open wound. Somewhere inside that tanned, leathery bag of skin, past those fabulously white short-shorts, is a heartbeat that clings to life like a man falling over a cliff.

This, on the other hand, is the undead:

Very similar, but the dead body gives it away.

Note: With Halloween being so close, keep an eye on those individuals wearing zombie costumes. Zombies are cunning, mindless creatures, who could easily utilize Halloween’s allowance of undead paraphernalia as an opportunity to strike. One minute you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, then those trick-or-treaters are running off with your hands.

Here are some signs and symptoms one may experience during his or her transformation into an undead abomination:

Eye crusties.

Lesions.

Facial gross stuff.

Poor taste in music.

Consumption of human flesh.

And racism.

If you see someone showing any of these signs or symptoms, be careful – you may be dealing with a zombie, or a total douchebag.

Humans Have Invisible Stripes

Blaschkos lines, also known as the Lines of Blaschko, are invisible lines that run all along a humans body. Your face, head, back, arms, legs right now, as you read these words are covered with these invisible lines, which come in all sorts of shapes, patterns, and designs. (These are not Halloween costumes – this is as real as it gets.)

Your back, for example, is covered with V shaped lines, much like the one observed in this photo:

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Typically, your chest, stomach, and sides have S shaped lines, while your head is covered in wavy patterns of Blaschkos lines. However, some individuals simply have blobs or patches, not lines. Since the lines or blobs are usually invisible, there is no definite way to determine what kind of patterns your Blaschkos lines follow. You just have to hope you have something awesome.

There are skin conditions and disorders that cause the lines to be visible. Again, the actual patterns and lines that become visible can vary greatly. Some individuals have intense cases, so their body actually looks striped like a zebra or tiger. There are others who only have a few spots on their ankle, arm, or shin. (If I had my way, I would have some visible lines. It would be like a tattoo unique just for me.)

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Typical line patterns.

No one has yet to figure out why these lines form, or what purpose they serve. Alfred Blaschko, the man that discovered the lines in 1901, proposed that the lines had an embryonic origin, but he could not elaborate any further. He simply discovered them, proved through numerous clinical trials that the lines were there, and then left it for someone else to figure out possibly due to a lack of technical advancement.

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Variations of line patterns.

If you know someone that has visible lines, let us know what they think.