Saturday, January 15, 2011

Topsy-Turvy World - 17 - Striving for ones best.

Some people make bizarre resolutions with completely nonsensical goals in mind.

This woman had a vision she could be the worlds fattest mum, and set about fulfilling that vision..

At one point she proposed that ideally she could weigh in at half a tonne, and just recently, she was witnessed to have eaten 30,000 calories in one sitting. [Top that Harley!!],

2 portions of 25lb oven roasted turkeys
2 portions of 15lb maple glazed hams
10lbs of roast potatoes
5lbs of mashed potatoes
5lbs of chopped carrots
5lbs of sweetcorn
5lbs of roasted butternut squash
5 parcels of house-baked bread
4 pints of cranberry relish
4 pints of home-made gravy
5lbs of herbed stuffing
1 tray of mixed green salad including salad dressing.
She's already in the Guinness World Records book as the world's fattest mother, when she gave birth in 2007 weighing more than 240kgs.. (Apparently more than 30 medics were needed to deliver her daughter Jacqueline during a high-risk Caesarean birth), and she reckons she can push it at least another 160kgs..

What a weird goal!? I mean, I can sort of understand people seeking fame, but doing so at a clear risk of ones sacred bodily temple is beyond me. In her own words she states:

I love eating, and people love watching me eat.. It makes people happy, and I'm not harming anyone.. [Yeah Right!]

I'm sort of at a loss for words.. This woman has a beautiful young daughter who most likely, at the rate she is going, will soon be motherless. I just don't get people. What possesses them to fully kid themselves that such directions are at all commendable..

Sure beats me.. Nothing beats this guy though:

And then there was the guy Paul Stone, that has filed a lawsuit against Britain's National Health Service, claiming they owe him big-time because, back when he weighed only 420 lbs., he asked for help, and idiotic doctors had the audacity to advise him to eat sensibly and exercise.  He became so distraught at their insensitivity that he quickly inflated to 980..

Read more in: The Sun

Actually, I have sympathy for this guy, he clearly was crying for help, and instead of being given it, was told to go and help himself, which is all well and good if one can, but getting off of such intensely destructive habits eating such as these guys have, generally requires help, a retreat, a temptationless environment, guidance, counseling, education, support and more.. It'd be like telling a heroine addict seeking help "Go home and stop taking the stuff".. Fat lot of good that'd do them..

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Crazy World News - 9 - Mysterious global deaths of Birds and Fish

Gleaned from the popular press, I've been reading about the bizarre cases of common species of birds and fish dying mysteriously.. Dropping dead from the skies, or, in the case of the fish, being washed up on shore, dead on arrival, with no yet apparent satisfactory cause of death known..

I think the first of the most recent reported cases was the small town of Beebe, Arkansas, where New Year's revelers spent the holiday weekend cleaning up several thousand blackbirds that littered their town landscape.. making dents in roofs and cars as they plummeted dead earthward.

Tests were done, but no official cause of death could be ascertained, though seemingly the birds died from shock caused from some unknown clearly traumatic experience.. Some initially hypothesized that an annual firework display was a likely cause, but given that blackbirds are not prone to flying at that time of night, this explanation seems rather unlikely.

Barely days later, more than 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found dead strewing a stretch of highway in Point Coupee Parish, near the city of Labarre, in Louisiana, just under 600kms south of the Arkansas incident.

A disgruntled shark seeks revenge on a sonic boom tester.

Also recently in roughly the same neck of woods, about 83,000 dead and dying drum fish washed up along a 32km stretch of the Arkansas River, about 160km west of Beebe. .

Both birds and fish were sent away for detailed biological analysis, but so far nothing conclusive has been made public, with the only official verdict being that "They died from massive trauma". Which leads me to suspect that the government or military have once more been conducting their experiments with no consideration taken for possible environmental consequences.. Rather like that bout of washed up whales and dolphins that occurred on several occasions a while back, with conspiracy rumours abounding on how at the time the military were conducting something called "sonic boom" testing, which with the whales reliance on sonar for navigation, completely disorientated and unduly over stressed them to the point of many dieing traumatically.. again with no official reason ever given for the apparent bizarre happenings that I am aware of. Who knows what effect that particular supposed testing may or may not have had on other sea life.

Across the oceans, up in the icicle land of Sweden, a similar incident was reported in the town of Falköping, where up to 100 jackdaws suddenly fell from the sky for no obvious reason, and over in Italy it was reported recently that over 700 dead birds fell from the skies, in their case, countless turtle doves were scattered about the town of Faenza, many with strange blue marks in their beaks that some officials suggested may have been signs of hypoxia.

Dead fish washed up en masse onto the shores of New zealand, and according to the Huffington Post, an estimated 2 million fish are dead and floating in the Chesapeake Bay (Maryland,US). Hundreds of tons of fish have washed ashore in Brazil since last Thursday. Fish found washed ashore in New Zealand had many that were missing their eyes, (returning boats reported witnessing a carpet of dead fish floating belly up in the sea!). And in the UK,  An estimated 40,000 dead crabs were also reported to have washed ashore on Englands' beaches. While each countries supposed scientists have theories as to why this is happening, the fact that it's happening all over the world at the same time has not been explained, and leads this particular blogger to assume there is likely an explanation that will never be made public.

Sure, it could be that each incident is unrelated, but the more you search around for it in the news, the more cases seem to be surfacing, and with an intensity that seems beyond coincidence..

What's going on??