Archive for March, 2011

Mexican wrestler battles topless vampires in ‘lost’ film

Topless lady vampires and Mexican wrestlers go together like fish and milk, but that’s not stopping the belated release of “El Vampiro el Sexo” more than 40 years after its filming.

El Santo battled clothed women with old-fashioned guns in "Anonymous Death Threat."

El Santo battled clothed women with old-fashioned guns in "Anonymous Death Threat."

According to Reuters, legendary wrestler El Santo (The Saint) is revered by film lovers worldwide for the movies in which he battles mummies, Martians and werewolves.

Soon, the star of such 1940s and 1950s films as “Santo vs. Blue Demons of Atlantis” and “Invasion of the Zombies” will be seen in “The Vampire and the Sex.”

El Santo, aka Rodolfo Guzman, doesn’t shed his familiar wrestling costume, which includes a silver mask and tights, but he does tussle with naked she-vampires, according to Reuters.

The late ’60s film never saw light of day because of concerns it would tarnish The Saint’s halo, if not his wrestling belt.

Movies Worth Seeing is closing, and that’s the only place I know of that would carry such a …

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Man finds winning $9 million lottery ticket

It pays to do your taxes, especially if there’s a winning lottery ticket hiding out in your financial records.

The lottery winner (not pictured) was probably this happy.

The lottery winner (not pictured) was probably this happy.

Some lucky fellow in Chicago found a ticket worth $9 million while figuring out Uncle Sam’s cut of his 2010 income.

According to WBBM radio, Irving Przyborski found the ticket just in time, it was set to expire the same day he realized it was a winner.

If Przyborski had not claimed his winnings by midnight Thursday, the money would have gone into the state’s Common School Fund, according to WBBM.  Amazingly, about $2 million in unclaimed winnings a month go into that fund, most from much smaller prizes than Przyborski’s.

I’ll be putting at least $1 on the line Friday — a desperate attempt to claim the $312 Mega Millions prize. If I win, I promise to show up at the Georgia Lottery office in record time.

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Study: Marijuana sales booming

A new study concludes medical marijuana is booming business.

The national debt is growing faster than hydroponic weed.

The national debt is growing faster than hydroponic weed.

Medical marijuana, legally sold in only seven states, already has the revenue ($1.7 billion) of Viagra, a drug available everywhere there are men who like sex. The study says legal marijuana sales will likely be much higher in 5 years –up to $8.7 billion.

The study, by See Change Strategy, was released Wednesday.

You can buy a lot of Spreewells with that kind of change.

I have no idea what the market would be for legalized non-medical marijuana, but it would have to dwarf $8.7 billion, even if prices declined with increased urban farmer production.

Stephen Easton, writing for the Fraser Institute, estimates if the government sold marijuana at the current inflated street price ($10 per gram), an extra $100 billion in taxes could be sucked out of consumer pockets.

Elected officials could upgrade their $60,000 SUVs, that’s for sure.

Or, if Congress used that $100 …

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Sammy Hagar abducted by aliens

If a celebrity hasn’t been newsworthy in years, they really turn up the ol’ nuttymeter when they release a memoir.

Sammy Hagar parachutes to Earth after rocking out with some little green men.

Sammy Hagar parachutes to Earth after rocking out with some little green men.

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar is doing just that, telling MTV he was abducted by aliens.

Unfortunately for those born with ears, they didn’t grab him before the release of “I Can’t Drive 55.”

The book, “Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,” contains a passage about a “dream” that Hagar now says was real.

“I saw a ship and two creatures inside of this ship… And they were connected to me, tapped into my mind through some kind of mysterious wireless connection,” wrote Hagar.

In the interview he tells the curious reporter “It was real. [Aliens] were plugged into me. It was a download situation. This was long before computers or any kind of wireless. There weren’t even wireless telephones. Looking back now, it was like, ‘[Bleep], they downloaded something into me!’ Or they uploaded …

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Study: Religion headed for extinction in nine countries

A science reporter is reporting religion is bound for extinction in nine countries.

This Swiss cow could not be reached for comment.

This Swiss cow could not be reached for comment.

The BBC article lists the soon-to-be-Godless nations as Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Folks there have been checking “religious affiliation” boxes on census surveys less-and-less often during the last 100 years, according to the study.

Using “nonlinear dynamics,” experts were able to make their bold prediction.

Of course, Nietzsche said “God is dead” more than 130 years ago, but he was dead wrong.

The U.S. government does not collect religious affiliation information from residents, so there’s no official data for our country. But, from the size of the churches in DeKalb County, religion seems to be going strong.

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Jailed man didn’t leave much behind

Going to jail’s no fun because of all the things you have to leave behind.

Jail workers said Earl Lee Vogt passes gas every time he gets a text message.

Does he pass gas every time he gets a text message?

A 29-year-old tattoo artist in Lake County California got around that by shoving a cell phone, MP3 player, headphones, marijuana, tobacco and $140 in cash in his rectum, according to an article on The Smoking Gun.

Corrections officers were led to Earl Lee Vogt’s cell by the smell of burning marijuana, which is still illegal in California jails.

Vogt, sentenced on a narcotics violation, appeared to be in discomfort when strip searched, but that may be because he’d just realized he’d forgotten to pack his flat screen.

Vogt denied being in pain but did admit, “My [bleep] is bleeding.”

Apparently, this sort of behavior is so common jail workers call it “keystering.” I thought it was spelled “keistering” but thankfully I’m no expert on this subject.

** Read more dumb crimes.

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Saliva test forces smokers to pay more for health insurance

Want to make your employees smoking mad? Tell them they have to prove they don’t smoke.

Surprisingly, sucking on a burning clump of dried vegetable matter and inhaling the smoke deep into sensitive lung tissue is bad for human health.

Surprisingly, sucking on a burning clump of dried vegetable matter and inhaling the smoke deep into sensitive lung tissue is bad for human health.

In Arizona, some Maricopa County employees have to submit to saliva tests that test for nicotine, according to an article in the Arizona Republic. If they don’t, they pay an extra $480-a-year health insurance premium.

The test is seen as a way to cut health-care costs, which, as you probably know, have skyrocketed in recent years.

Smoking, as anyone who has read the side of a cigarette package, is bad for you. “Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy,” says one label, which seems pretty straight-forward. The Centers for Disease Control says smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., and smokers die an average of 13 years sooner.

Some Georgia hospitals, including those in Gwinnett and …

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Hackers steal nude photo from Scarlett Johansson’s iPhone

I’ve got a new respect for hackers after learning the FBI is investigating how a nude photo of Scarlett Johansson’s was obtained from her iPhone.

Officials are at a loss to explain why Ryan Reynolds' ex-wife was targeted.

Officials are at a loss to explain why Ryan Reynolds' ex-wife was targeted.

Celebrity news/rumor site TMZ is reporting 50 celebrities — including Vanessa Hudgens, Miley Cyrus and many more I’ve never heard of — are the victims of a ring of criminals who have a knack for obtaining “compromising photos.”

Hudgens met with the FBI recently after yet another round of purloined nudes appeared on the web.

It’s worth checking out the TMZ link just to see their dramatization of the hacker working at his laptop in a ninja suit.

I thought hackers looked more like Samuel “Screech” Powers from “Saved By The Bell.”

The hackers’ motivation appears to be “the thrill and challenge – not money.”

I bet they’re all 14.


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Harmless radiation could hit U.S. Friday, Atlanta March 28

The world is watching Japan, which, in the wake of a devastating earthquake, is trying to prevent the total meltdown of multiple nuclear reactors.

No one died in the Three Mile Island accident, and it was a lot closer to home than Japan.

There was no perceptible health effect after Three Mile Island's 1979 partial meltdown. And Pennsylvania is a lot closer than Japan.

Escaping radiation from the plants has created an ever-widening evacuation zone.

Will radioactivity from the plants reach the United States? Yes, it appears so. It may even reach Atlanta, but the amount of radiation will be so tiny it won’t affect human health, according to U.S. officials.

“Basic physics and basic science tells us there really can’t be any harm to anyone here in the United States or Hawaii or any territories,” said Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Trace amounts will likely waft over the West Coast Friday, according to this New York Times animation.

WSB radio’s weather guru Kirk Mellish provides info on his blog that indicates the remnants of the …

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Police (Off)Beat | The case of the stolen beer cases

  • A Cobb man who ran from a Shell Gas Station with a case of Miller Lite and Natural Light apologized to police once they tracked him to his home. He should apologize — for his bad taste in beer.

    Local beer enthusiast Ben Eaton says "You gotta be nuts to drink and drive."

    Local beer enthusiast Ben Eaton says "You gotta be nuts to drink and drive."

  • On Johnson Ferry Road, another beer thief was confronted by a Kroger clerk who noticed the thirsty man had replaced the bottles in his six-pack of IBC Cream Soda with Newcastle Brown Ale. He fled with the beer.
  • An Alpharetta police officer found a man slumped over his steering wheel on Windward Parkway. The man’s truck started rolling when he took his foot off the brake. He said he had been drinking “a lot” and could only recite the alphabet by singing, and even then he skipped several letters. He blew a life-threatening 0.244 when tested.
  • Someone can’t get enough kibble and bits. Dalton police report $398 of dog food has been stolen from a store.
  • A Lithonia man was high enough to tell a police officer …

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