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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

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Jc Johnson - Crypto Four Corners - Now on 'Arcane Radio'

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Last Laugh From Beyond

Talk about getting the last laugh ... An 83-year-old Connecticut woman who died Jan. 27 pre-wrote her own obituary in which she claimed she had died hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro. The obituary, which Norma Brewer wrote 11 years earlier with a friend, suggested that the cause of her death was hypothermia after her dog, Mia, had eaten her warm winter socks and boots.

The obituary appeared in the Connecticut Post as well as on the obituary page of the Lesko and Polke Funeral Home's website.

“Norma Rae Flicker Brewer, a resident of Fairfield, passed away while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro,” read the death notice. “She never realized her life goal of reaching the summit, but made it to the base camp. Her daughter, Donna, her dog, Mia, and her cats, came along at the last minute. There is suspicion that Mrs. Brewer died from hypothermia, after Mia ate Mrs. Brewer’s warm winter boots and socks."

While the obituary likely didn't fool anyone, it did remind Brewer's loved ones of her fondness for pranks and her sense of humor.

"It was just typical mom," Donna Brewer, Norma's daughter, told the Connecticut Post. "She always had stories, many of which were not true, but thought were funny." Mrs. Brewer actually died from a stroke. "People who don't know my mother are bemused," said Donna Brewer and "People who know my mother are laughing and saying, `Yeah, that's Norma.' ''

A spokesman for the funeral home was not available for comment, but the story has traveled far and wide.

Brewer, of course, isn't the only person to write an obituary that captured the public's attention. Margaret (Marge) Aitken Holcombe of Hilton Head, South Carolina wrote a funny depiction of her life to be published upon her death. And actor James Rebhorn, who died of cancer at age 65, left behind an obituary he penned himself that he called "His Life According To Jim." It appeared originally on his church's website but quickly went viral. - THP


A Woman Opened A Can Of Tuna And Found This Creature Staring Back At Her

Zoe Butler, who hails from the United Kingdom, foolishly chose a brand not named Bumblebee or Chicken of the Sea. Look at this creature; chilling there amongst the chunks of Princes tuna, staring at you with it’s godless eyes.


Green light for NASA mission to Jupiter moon Europa

Pack your ice gear – we're going to Europa. NASA's budget request for 2016 includes $30 million for a dedicated mission to Jupiter's icy moon, which is considered one of the best prospects for discovering life in our solar system.

Europa has been a tempting destination for planetary scientists since the mid-1990s, when the Galileo orbiter revealed that it may harbour a deep ocean of briny liquid water beneath a thick icy shell. More recently, reports that plumes of subsurface water could be venting into space sparked calls for a mission to sample that water directly and see if anything lives in it.

Last year, NASA received $100 million from Congress to begin preliminary work on such a mission, but was missing the commitment to further funding for a period long enough to plan a mission.

Now, with another $255 million budgeted over the next 5 years, NASA is giving a clearer green light. "For the first time, the budget supports the formulation and development of a Europa Mission, allowing NASA to begin project formulation," the budget request reads.

The mission will probably involve a spacecraft orbiting Jupiter and making multiple fly-bys of Europa, rather than landing on or orbiting Europa itself. This will make the mission much cheaper and safer, as Europa sits in a harsh radiation environment that can be dangerous for spacecraft. NASA will choose instruments for the spacecraft in spring this year, and aims for a launch date in the mid-2020s.

"This is a big deal," says Robert Pappalardo at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California, the pre-project scientist for the Europa Clipper probe concept. "We're moving toward the next phase, where you're a real mission. It's just thrilling after 15 years of pushing for it. It's a great day." - New Scientist


Woman has 1,000 near-death experiences

Beverley Gilmour suffers from a rare condition that sees her leave her own body several times a month.

For most people a near-death experience would be a rare event, something that might happen only in the most unusual and undesirable of circumstances.

For 49-year-old Beverley Gilmour however near-death experiences have become a normal part of her life and she had been enduring them several times a month for almost 30 years.

Her condition is the only known case in the United Kingdom.

"I go into a trance like state whilst I am lying down," she said. "I feel I move over to the after life. I can see my own body and hear everything that is going on around me."

"It is not painful but when I come round I feel sore and stiff and my head burns. I have no concept of time and have no idea how long it takes. I can be so exhausted I am bed-ridden for up to four days."

Once the director of a graphic design company, Gilmour is now registered as disabled and is looked after by her two sons.

"Most people who go through an NDE - a near death experience - have them on the operating table or in a moment of trauma like a car accident," she said.

"But I have been having three a month since 1987." Read more at Express



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