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Bizarre Death Ritual For Students Was Sheriff’s Idea – With Dr. Steven Hawkings

Grim Reaper From Guitar Hero - Halloween (2006)

Grim Reaper From Guitar Hero – Halloween (2006) (Photo credit: Rob Boudon)

A news organization out of Bowling Green, KY, reports that the Grim Reaper himself has enlisted the help of a local Sheriff  in scaring teenage kids out of drinking and driving.

Apparently, there is a drunk driving epidemic in Bowling Green causing wide spread perishing among the young. It’s a workload that even Death can’t handle and he aims to reduce it. The Reaper met with the Sheriff and together they came up with a ritual that they hope will make a point and lead to smarter decisions from teenagers.

The ritual begins in a darkened gymnasium where each student holds a candle. At random, the Grim Reaper approaches a student and taps him/her on the shoulder. The student then blows out his/her candle and a paramedic rushes out to lay the student on the floor. A white sheet is placed over the student to simulate his/her death and live worms are thrown on top to represent the process of decomposition.

Later, fake obituaries are read to other students who don’t know they are fake. The hope is that these students will become much too depressed to go out and party anymore and thus solve the problem for good.

Now, I would like to make clear that it is sometimes necessary to use fictional characters to make a point more clear. Although the sheriff, the students and others were very real, an actor was hired to play the paramedic. However, it doesn’t make the message any less valid.

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Kraken Found, Declared a Coward by Japanese – With Dr. Steven Hawkings

The giant squid

The great Doctor (me) is back again. This week, talking about that colossal calamari, the Giant Squid, the Kraken. Many people over the centuries have claimed to have encounters with the Giant Squid and so far, all have been declared clinically insane.

Now, according to Reuters, the county of Japan has come out with what they claim is actual photographs of the Kraken in it’s natural habitat which turns out to be, amazingly, in the water.

Tsunemi Kubodera, a zoologist at Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science explains how he managed to capture images of the creature,  “If you try and approach making a load of noise, using a bright white light, then the squid won’t come anywhere near you. That was our basic thinking,” Kubodera said. “So we sat there in the pitch black, using a near-infrared light invisible even to the human eye, waiting for the giant squid to approach.”

The claim is that the reason we have never captured a giant squid on film before is because it’s been scared away by the noisy and bright underwater machines have been sent after it in the past.

We may be able to apply this reasoning to other elusive creatures such as Bigfoot for example. Perhaps we have never seen a Bigfoot because it is terrified of people. I suggest that Bigfoot hunters do so while completely invisible or failing that, wearing a big friendly teddy bear suite.

However, some are not convinced, the United States is skeptical of this discovery and is in the process of getting Japan declared clinically insane. Something it’s been trying to do for decades.

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