Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Horse Sex and Other Outrageous Stories Become Online Megastars.

By David Maillie

Seattle Times staff columnist Danny Westneat wrote an article last year about a man that died from anal sex with a horse. This story was so outlandish that it became the all time most read article in the history of the Seattle Times. According to Danny Westneat 4 of the top 20 articles were also on this same horse sex incident, "So much so, a case can be made that the articles on horse sex are the most widely read material this paper has published in its 109-year history. " Anywhere you look on the internet outrageous and sickening stories always make up the most read, emailed and downloaded articles.
Society has, as a whole, taken a very marked interest in what's different, weird, sickening, etc... There are whole blogs, forums and more dedicated to this. Millions of people are logging on and reading this somewhat questionable content. Web publishers and advertisers are catching on and using pay per click and other avenues of advertising to target keywords for popular stories like horse sex and such. According to Danny, "It's not just the horse sex. The rest of the top 20 people's-choice list is eye-opening, as well." It is well known that advertisers want marked results and news stories and websites are now being tracked for what is popular and what isn't. Websites and blogs have become virtually marketable real estate just like actual land. With one exception, instead of location, location, location its content, content, content.
Its out with the norm and in with the outlandish. This is why O.J. Simpsons famous chase had much more publicity and staying power than any presidents state of the union address. This horse sex and similar has probably by now been featured on Jerry Springer and maybe it will be on Oprah if she needs a ratings boost someday.
This obsession is not new. One only has to look in the recent past - Ed Gein whom the Texas Chainsaw Massacre was loosly based on. Charles Cullen, the male nurse whom killed 35 - 40 hospital patients in his care with deadly, unprescribed medicines. Or the sick Henry Lee Lucas, having killed more than 300 men, women and children. All of these sensational and horrible stories of evil and outrage have commanded more attention than all the wars in history. This is why shows like MTV's Jackass become huge hits and Johnie Knoxville a star big enough to play one of the Duke brothers and rumored to have been intimate with Jessica Simpson.
Society is obsessed or addicted to anything out of the norm. The more outrageous the better the ratings. Biblically speaking it sounds like we are following in the footsteps of Sodom and Gomorrah. Do you remember this story? Each of these cities had become so enthralled with wickedness that God destroyed them.
"Then the LORD rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah --from the LORD out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, including all those living in the cities --and also the vegetation in the land." Genesis 19:24, 25 NIV
You could dismiss this as a biblical fairytale until recently as archeologists have now found the ruined cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. And yes they were covered with ash and sulfur balls. As more and more of the bible is proven true, maybe we need to pay more attention to the recent signs that the end times mentioned in Revelations could happen in our lifetimes. We could become the next Sodom and Gomorrah if we keep lusting for the sick, perverse, deranged, etc...
David Maillie is an alumni of Cornell University and specializes in biochemical synthesis for public, private, and governmental interests. He holds numerous patents including his recently awarded patent for headlight cleaner and restorer. He can be reached at M.D. Wholesale: http://www.mdwholesale.com or by visiting http://www.bestskinpeel.com
Smoking Pot to Increase Intelligence?

I found this interesting tidbit by on a study done at the University of Saskatchewan.

While most addictive drugs, legal or illegal, have been proven to slow down or inhibit the growth of brain cells, a new study shows that marijuana might do just the opposite.
It might still be too early to claim pot smoking makes people smarter, but a new study from the University of Saskatchewan shows that some of the ingredients that make up marijuana can actually stimulate brain cell growth.
The study, headed up by Xia Zhang, an associate professor with the Neuropsychiatry Research Unit at the University of Saskatchewan, will be published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation in November.
The findings suggest controlled marijuana treatments can increase brain cell growth in the hippocampus area of the brain. The region is associated with learning and memory, as well as anxiety and depression.
The U of S study was performed on rats. They were injected with HU-210, a synthetic "cannabinoid" similar to a group of components found in marijuana, known as THC, but about 100 times the strength. THC is the compound of marijuana that produces the 'high,' sensation in users.
Zhang found that rats treated regularly with HU-210 experienced neurogenesis—they grew new brain cells in the hippocampus area.
Zhang's team believes depression and anxiety may be caused by a lack of brain cell growth in the hippocampal region. If that is true, marijuana, or at least HU-210, could offer a treatment for both depression and anxiety disorders by stimulating the growth of new brain cells.
The reaction is unique among drugs, both legal and illegal, such as alcohol, cocaine or heroine, which actually suppress the growth of new brain cells.
"Most 'drugs of abuse' suppress neurogenesis," said Zhang. "Only marijuana
promotes neurogenesis."
But Zhang is quick to caution the findings don't mean marijuana is a miracle drug. His research has shown that using the drug comes with lots of side effects that aren't positive, such as memory impairment, addiction and withdrawal symptoms. And the version used in the tests was potent and pure. Nothing on the street would compare to it, he said.
Here's something I found on Myspace - its pretty funny.

What to do if you get bored in Walmart

1. Get 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they aren't looking.
2. Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. Make a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the rest rooms.
4. Walk up to an employee and tell him/her in an official tone," 'Code 3' in housewares".... and see what happens.
5. Go to the Service Desk and ask to put a bag of M&M's on lay away.
6. Move a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
7. Set up a tent in the camping department and tell other shoppers you'll invite them in if they'll bring pillows from the bedding department.
8. When a clerk asks if they can help you, begin to cry and ask,"Why can't you people just leave me alone?"
9. Look right into the security camera; & use it as a mirror, and pick your nose.
10. While handling guns in the hunting department, ask the clerk if he knows where the anti - depressants are.
11. Dart around the store suspiciously loudly humming the "Mission Impossible" theme.
12. In the auto department, practice your "Madonna look" using different size funnels.
13. Hide in a clothing rack and when people browse through,say "PICK ME!" "PICK ME!"
14. When an announcement comes over the loud speaker, assume the fetal position and scream.."NO! NO! It's those voices again!!!!"
15. Go into a fitting room and shut the door and wait a while; and then yell, very loudly, "There is no toilet paper in here!'


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