In news of the warped and weird, the body of soul singer James Brown still has not been buried. The reason given is that Brown's children and attorneys are still working out estate issues, including the location of his final resting place. (I'm afraid I would read that as, "They're fighting.")
Meanwhile, Brown's body lies in a sealed casket at his home, in a room kept at a controlled temperature, with security guards standing watch.
Tomi Rae Hynie, Brown's common law wife, remains locked out of the home where she lived with Brown and their 5-year-old son, James, Jr. In another bizarre twist, while six other of Brown's children are named in his will, James, Jr., is not.
Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz have called it quits. Oh, boo-effin'-hoo. I mean, yawn. Maybe Cameron gave a listen to some of Justin's new music. That could have done it.
A German retiree who wired up a high-voltage cable to try to wipe out the moles digging up his garden ended up killing himself instead.
Police in Stralsund reported that the 63-year-old retired construction foreman was found dead in the garden of his weekend house in Zingst next to a 380-volt cable and metal spikes rammed into the ground.
"The moles survived," a police spokesman said, noting the voltage was enough to run a cement mixer or heavy-duty power saw. "It was in any event an unorthodox method to try to get rid of moles."
A United Airlines passenger on a flight from Chicago to Vermont was bitten by a scorpion. Twice.
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The Habsburg family wants to sell Bran Castle (pictured in the photo at the top), a Transylvanian (modern-day Romania) castle famous for its connections to the 15th century medieval ruler who inspired "Dracula" (Vlad Tepes) for 60 million euros, or $78 million.
Also up for grabs is a tiny "nation," complete with its own flag, stamps, and passport. But -- caveat emptor. It's actually an artificial island in the North Sea that looks like an oil rig. It was built by Britain during World War II and equipped with radar, heavy armaments, and about 200 servicemen guarding the approaches to the Thames Estuary. Asking price -- $975 million.
Today's Twisted Linguistics:
immigrates - Ungrateful foreigners.
immigation - A system for watering crops which involves illegal workers with buckets and hoses.
rebel rousers - Inciting to riot, much more dangerous than mere rabble.
how are you fairing - Translated, this means "How many fairs have you been to? How did you like them?"
matrimonial bounds - Going to the chapel...
jynx - An unlucky lynx.
the curtesy to reply - Meaning you'd better be polite enough to sign over some property rights.
a humorous bend - A curve in the Funny River.
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