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How Bizarre!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2008-10-14 09:46:08
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A long film record

bizarre_filmrecordYou may want to try this at home. Suresh Joachim of Toronto, and Claudia Wavra of Germany, claims to have broken the world record for continuous movie watching, after seeing 57 films in 123 hours in a plastic-glass house in New York's Times Square.

A Guinness World Records spokesman said it appears the non-dynamic duo have broken the record but said it will take two weeks to officially verify. The attempt began October 2nd when eight challengers started watching Iron Man. After 72 hours, only two remained. They watched Thelma and Louise until the end on 3:10 p.m. Tuesday.

Asa, I think you found your match!


She’s a …witch!

bizarre_witchFerndale police said an adult education student tossed liquid on a teacher because he believed she was a witch who needed to be purified. Police said 20-year-old Darin Najor of Ferndale threatened the teacher last month at Taft Education Center a day after confronting her about Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," which focuses on the Salem Witch Trials.

Detective Ken Denmark told The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak that Najor says he was trying to purify the teacher with holy water. Denmark said Najor also had a lighter and wanted to, in his words, "burn the witch." Najor is charged with assault and battery and faces an Oct. 23 hearing. He is free on bond.
Court records didn't list a lawyer for Najor, and there was no telephone listing under his name.

Perhaps a long stay in the clinic will …purify him!


A holy …wife!

bizarre_hollyBishop Thomas W. Weeks IIII has resurrected his new reality show and this time he will search for a God-fearing wife on TV instead of the Internet. Weeks said the Christian dating series, now called “The Holy Hook Up: Who Will Be The Next Mrs. Weeks?” will document his search for a new love as he performs his daily duties as leader of an international ministry.

The 30-minute Atlanta-based reality series will include Weeks sharing the spotlight with singles and broken-hearted couples on the mend. The twice-divorced Pentecostal pastor will dole out relationship advice drawing on his experience as an author, minister and a first-time felon who pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on his ex-wife, national evangelist Juanita Bynum.

“I’m very excited about the way this is shaping up,” said Weeks, who appeared on the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show on radio (Kiss 104.1 locally) on Tuesday to talk about the reality series. “It is going to be a very tasteful, five-star presentation.”

Four couples will be cast on Holy Hook Up, which will feature celebrity guest cameos. The couples will live in an Atlanta residence together for three months. Weeks will play matchmaker to singles and provide relationship counseling to determine their compatibility. Newly engaged couples and those in struggling relationships also will have their bonds examined and tested to see if their love was meant to be.

Bless …him!!!

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Emanuel Paparella2008-10-14 11:29:20
Ah, “holy” is a bizarre word in itself, reduced as it is in our “enlightened” world to a mere caricature of its former meaning. In Latin it is “pius”; in Greek “hagios”; in Hebrew “qodesh”; in Italian “pio.” Virgil begins his epic Aeneid by characterizing Aeneas as “pius,” and by that he does not mean saintly but rather the man who fulfills his destiny and all his duties. Mere semantics? Perhaps; but in a cultural world that has devalued and trivialized most important words and concepts it is good to remove the dirt accumulated over eons from the coins—that is to say the crucial words--we find in the dictionary being mindful of their original abused root meaning, lest we fall into the trap of nihilism.

Emanuel Paparella2008-10-14 11:49:37
Witch: another bizarre word. From Salem Witch Museum Miscellany available at the Salem Witch Museum
There are several definitions or connotations of the word "witch", and it is important to understand the differences in usage when one visits Salem and becomes acquainted with the Salem witch trials. The following is a very brief explanatory note outlining the three most common uses of the word.

First, to understand the Salem witch trials, it is necessary to know the 17th-century definition of witchcraft. In England and New England at that time, it was believed that a malefic witch had made a pact with the devil, the Christian embodiment of evil. The pact would involve an exchange of a soul for special evil powers with which other mortals could be tormented. Victims of witchcraft would claim to see horrible visions, experience physical pain and exhibit bizarre and troubling behavior. The supposed perpetrator, labeled a witch, would be subject to arrest, trial, conviction and sentence. In 17th-century New England, under the English legal system, a person convicted of witchcraft was hanged. The Court of Oyer and Terminer convicted persons accused of witchcraft under the precedent of previous executions in England and New England.

The word witch has another important definition. Practitioners of the religion of Witchcraft or Wicca trace their beliefs to pre-Christian times. Theirs is a nature-based religion which pays homage to a Father God and Mother Goddess. They recognize no personification of evil and disassociate themselves entirely from the 17th-century definition of witchcraft. (continued below)

Emanuel Paparella2008-10-14 11:50:18
Finally, the word witch conjures up another image - the stereotypical crone with pointed black hat, wart on her nose, flying with her black cat or familiar on a broom. This cartoon interpretation of the word reaches far back into Western civilization and is reinforced by movies such as "The Wizard of Oz". Scary/comic witch and cat symbols are used throughout our culture, and the interpretation is particulary prevalent at Halloween

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