The Minister of Propaganda

Space pics. Luchadores. Oddities from around the web. Odd ramblings.
A brief summary of India, by an American: Child and crippled beggars are ubiquitous, homeless and serious illness are everywhere. I managed to contract cholera at one point, but that was somehow less destructive to my health than the medication. Everything is dirty and scammers are omnipresent.

Still, I like it here. The food is good and, once they get money from you, the people are kind and even loving. Still, there are a lot of deep-seated issues that India will need to tackle as they continue to develop.

A brief summary of India, by an American: Child and crippled beggars are ubiquitous, homeless and serious illness are everywhere. I managed to contract cholera at one point, but that was somehow less destructive to my health than the medication. Everything is dirty and scammers are omnipresent.

Still, I like it here. The food is good and, once they get money from you, the people are kind and even loving. Still, there are a lot of deep-seated issues that India will need to tackle as they continue to develop.

This is Grady Stiles Jr., widely known as the ‘Lobster Boy.’ Stiles particular claim to fame as a sideshow performer was that he was born with claw-shaped hands and feet. What he’s best known for, however, is that he murdered his daughter’s fiance in cold blood. The court determined that Stiles could not be held in a prison due to his particular condition, and was freed.Due to an inability to walk, Stiles moved about on his hands. This led to incredible upper body strength, and he used this strength to beat his wife and children (his children also have his deformity). After he murdered the fiance, he became more vicious and would often threaten to kill his wife and children.Finally, Stiles’ wife and son found a hitman and arranged for Stiles’ murder. The court had no problem sending all three of them to prison. 

This is Grady Stiles Jr., widely known as the ‘Lobster Boy.’ Stiles particular claim to fame as a sideshow performer was that he was born with claw-shaped hands and feet. What he’s best known for, however, is that he murdered his daughter’s fiance in cold blood. The court determined that Stiles could not be held in a prison due to his particular condition, and was freed.

Due to an inability to walk, Stiles moved about on his hands. This led to incredible upper body strength, and he used this strength to beat his wife and children (his children also have his deformity). After he murdered the fiance, he became more vicious and would often threaten to kill his wife and children.

Finally, Stiles’ wife and son found a hitman and arranged for Stiles’ murder. The court had no problem sending all three of them to prison. 

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Yuri Gagarin and Alexey Leonov during a party in Star City

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Yuri Gagarin and Alexey Leonov during a party in Star City

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Uranus, without and with the LBT’s adaptive optics system

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Uranus, without and with the LBT’s adaptive optics system

Two Jenny Hanivers, rays disfigured to create the impression of preserved devils, mermaids, dragons, etc. 

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A sunrise view of the Earth from a weather balloon at 60,000 ft, courtesy of the Michigan Exploration Lab

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A sunrise view of the Earth from a weather balloon at 60,000 ft, courtesy of the Michigan Exploration Lab

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Right outside Tokyo, in the town of Saitama, is a museum called the Hall of Curious Rocks. The museum’s founder was a rock collector for over fifty years. He was drawn to unusual and rare rocks. Ultimately his collection numbered over 1,700 stones, but what makes this museum so interesting is that 900 of them are “face rocks”. This basically means they are unaltered rocks that naturally resemble celebrities, religious figures, movie characters, etc. Of course there are the inevitable Jesus and Elvis rocks, but the look-alike collection also includes Donkey Kong, Mickey Mouse, Russian politicians Boris Yeltsin and Mikhail Gorbachev, Nemo the cartoon fish, and even one that looks like E.T. There are also “chorus rocks” that appear to be singing. So always remember this…Japan’s museum scene has something for everyone, even people who dig curious-looking rocks. Now if only someone can find a rock that looks like Dwayne Johnson aka “The Rock”.

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