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Come back, Col Man! Who else gives us stuff like this?:

 
 
msolga
 
Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:16 pm
I saw this article & immediately thought of Col Man. This is Col Man Stuff, I thought! I miss those weird little stories! So wherever you're hiding, Col Man, it's time for your return. I'm posting this story merely to fill the gap you've left! Laughing It IS a temporary gap, isn't it? Confused

Religious rarebit ragged
November 18, 2004 - 8:09AM

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Diane Duyser holds a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that she says bears the image of the Virgin Mary.
Photo: AP


Diane Duyser holds a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that she says bears the image of the Virgin Mary.
Photo: AP

The eBay auction of a cheese sandwich said to bear the image of the Virgin Mary has drawn cheesy spoofs, including victuals meant to resemble the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Owner Diana Duyser, 52, of Hollywood, Florida, insists that what looks like a face on the grilled sandwich she kept by her bedside for the past 10 years "is the Virgin Mary, Mother of God" and that the sacred snack is miraculously mould-free.

But the legions of Mary-sandwich spoofers evidently do not have much faith in her claim.

Dozens of items inspired by the apparitional sandwich were listed on the eBay internet auction house today.

Among the most unorthodox offerings were an "Ariel Sharon pork chop", "Yasser Arafat on a falafel" and a "George W Bush tortilla".

There was also the "Virgin Mary's used gum in grilled cheese", the "Virgin Mary condom" and, from the junk-food-loving icon himself, the "Elvis - NOT Virgin Mary - better grilled cheese sandwich."

Some listings were more serious but simply included the words "not Virgin Mary grilled cheese" in their description to draw internet users searching for Duyser's real thing, item number 5535890757.

Others capitalised more directly on the sudden fame of the iconic listing, peddling items such as the "I ate the Virgin Mary grilled cheese. It was sacridelicious" T-shirt, and sliced cheese to make fresh Virgin Mary sandwiches.

Some of the bidders also appeared to take the allegedly miraculous offering lightly, particularly the one who placed the highest bid allowed by eBay, for $US99,999,999 ($A129.58 million).

EBay is allowing Duyser to screen bidders to help her weed out the hoaxers.

The auction house itself had initially described the snack sale as a joke and cancelled bids, which had reached $US22,000 ($A28,508).

But amid widespread media attention, eBay reversed its decision, allowing Duyser's sandwich to go back on sale Tuesday.

The listing has a picture of a sandwich bearing what appears to be the image of a woman's face and a message from Duyser.

"I made this sandwich 10 years ago. When I took a bite out of it, I saw a face looking up at me; it was Virgin Mary starring (sic) back at me. I was in total shock; I would like to point out there is no mould or (disintegration)," Duyser said.

She said the sandwich, preserved in a plastic box, has brought her "blessings."

"I have won $US70,000 ($A90,700) (total) on different occasions at the casino nearby my house; I can show the receipts (sic) to the high bidder," Duyser said.

AFP
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:19 pm
We are so behind on these strange, quirky little stories! Laughing
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:30 pm
<sigh>

It hasn't worked yet. Sad

In the meantime, does anyone one else have an "oddity" story to post?


It's like waiting for Godot.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:40 pm
Alright, then:

ODD SPOT
Tuesday November 9, 2004

A German driver caused $36,000 damage when she tried to eat a bowl of muesli while driving her car. The 21-year-old lost control of the vehicle after she reached out to stop the bowl from tipping over.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:43 pm
..and:

Friday November 19, 2004

Nearly 40 per cent of Germans find smelly co-workers to be the most annoying aspect of their jobs, according to a survey by the business magazine Junge Karriere.
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:50 pm
Plus:

Woman makes tea, blows up house
November 17, 2004


A 93-year-old woman found amid flames after an explosion wrecked her home told her rescuers she was "only making a cup of tea".

The blast, thought to have been caused by leaking gas, destroyed Dorothy Bland's terraced house in the north-eastern English city of Newcastle, The Daily Telegraph reported on Tueday.

She was left standing in the remains of her kitchen surrounded by flames, her hair singed and her pinafore smouldering.

She was reported still in intensive care with burns and head injuries, as engineers prepared to demolish her home from which the entire rear wall had been blown off.

The blast damaged neighbouring houses and four parked cars. Four households were evacuated.

DPA
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:52 pm
Man bites dog
November 14, 2004


US police say a man bit an officer and his dog after refusing to pay a cab driver's fare in Kansas City, Missouri.

Police Captain Rich Lockhart said the suspect broke the skin on an officer's hand when he bit him. The man then nearly bit the ear off a police dog.

Lockhart said a cab driver told a police officer at 2.15am that someone had refused to pay a fare.

When the officer found the man nearby and got out of his car and to stop him, Lockhart said, the man spun around and punched the officer.

The officer used a remote control to release his police dog from the patrol car while scuffling with the suspect. During the fracas, the man bit the officer and the dog.

The officer was treated at a hospital, while the dog's ear was reattached by a veterinarian.

AP
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:55 pm
Why I like my coffin
November 2, 2004


British factory worker Kay Groom says she tries to take some of the mystery out of death by lying in her own coffin.

Ms Groom, 42, keeps the made-to-measure pine box, lined with red satin, in a bedroom at her home in Swaffham, Norfolk.

"I had it made because I want to be ready when the time comes and to get an idea of what lying in it is like," said Ms Groom, who has a 24-year-old daughter.

"It's very comfy - although I don't like it with the lid down because I'm a bit claustrophobic.

"It's the coffin I'm going to be buried in and I had it made about four or five years ago. I had to go for a fitting. It cost £200 ($500).

"I also thought it would help my family if I bought my own coffin because funerals are expensive.

"I keep it in the spare bedroom. I don't lie in it a lot. Just now and then. If someone comes and sees it and asks me to lie in it I will."

Ms Groom said she had been fascinated by death for about 15 years. She has a collection of more than 300 ornamental skulls, a skeleton and would like to be an undertaker.

"People think I'm mad, macabre, and some think I'm a witch," she added.

"But I'm not. I'm quite happy-go-lucky. I just find the idea of death fascinating. I think it's a subject we should talk about more."

PA
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 08:57 pm
Sticky problem
November 2, 2004


A Romanian father-of-five needed medical help after he superglued a condom to his penis.

Ananova said the father of five, Nicolae Popovici, 43, told doctors he didn't want any more children. But sadly the condom he bought was too big so he stuck it on with glue.

After sex, the man realised he couldn't remove it and went to a clinic for help.

A nurse said: "He thought the condom could be used several times and he wanted it stuck on his penis so he could use it again. We barely managed to remove it."

Agencies
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 09:06 pm
Sneezing woman prompts church fight
AFP
November 07, 2004

BERLIN: Police in western Germany were called to a city church Friday after two women began fighting outside because one of them could not stand the other's incessant sneezing during a service.

A 28-year-old woman began insulting another lady whose cold could not be controlled at the church in Kaiserslautern, city police said.

The second then exposed her buttocks to her accuser, despite her illness, and the two eventually came to grips outside.

Witnesses at the scene pulled the two apart. The woman with the cold received a minor eye injury in the fracas.

AFP
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msolga
 
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Reply Thu 18 Nov, 2004 09:14 pm
Well, I've done my best, but it doesn't feel the same, somehow ..... Sad
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SCoates
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2004 07:35 pm
Looks more like Madonna to me.

The OTHER Madonna
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Region Philbis
 
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Reply Sat 20 Nov, 2004 09:58 pm
ms olga, give us a chance to warm up to you as the Mistress of Human Intress...
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 12:11 am
Schniff.



(but I mean the schniff, schniff..)
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Lady J
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 02:36 am
msolga,

You are to be highly commended for your brilliant and beautiful human interest stories. Smile

Like you, I do miss the Col Man as well though. Maybe he just went walkabout and will return to us soon. He is quite the world traveler after all.

In the meantime, I am very happy to read your posts. Quite amusing they were. Smile
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Thok
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 02:44 am
Actually I would make a bold assumption: He is banned from A2k.
At drom_et_reve we don't know it until a statement and maybe it's here the case too.
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Lady J
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 03:39 am
Thok wrote:
Actually I would make a bold assumption: He is banned from A2k.
At drom_et_reve we don't know it until a statement and maybe it's here the case too.


What the hell? You're joking, right? Like thought that maybe this was the "Let's Start a Rumor" thread instead of what it is?

I would have a hard time imagining Col Man banned from here....

Sad Shocked
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J-B
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 04:37 am
Sad

If Col has been banned, i won't be surprised, some of our members have already banned. But what do surprise me is why he was banned?
But i miss him so much indeed Sad
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msolga
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 05:15 am
SCoates wrote:
Looks more like Madonna to me.

The OTHER Madonna



Could you please explain this mystifying comment, SCoates? Like, what does this mean? Confused

Thank you, Lady J! Some one has to do this job till CM returns! :wink:

Should our dear Col Man not return very shortly, I'm afraid I'm just going to have to continue with these little oddity stories .... but there's nothing stopping the rest of you posting in the same spirit! Very Happy
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cavfancier
 
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Reply Sun 21 Nov, 2004 06:07 am
I'll play along, for sure. Wink

Mom's Dying Secret Yields Corpse, Possibly Dad's
Nov 19, 9:31 AM (ET)

SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Reuters) - A mother's deathbed confession led police on Thursday to a dead body in a storage locker freezer, and officials said the corpse may be that of the woman's husband whom she murdered more than a decade ago.

The woman apparently told her children as she was dying that their father had not died in a car crash as they thought but that she had in fact killed him and that his body was in a rental storage facility in Somerville, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston.

Family members then contacted police, who searched the facility and found a large freezer wrapped in duct tape and giving off a strong odor. Inside, they found the remains of what they think was a man.

Local prosecutors said the man may have died as a result of a domestic homicide that took place more than a decade ago in California. The body was thought to have been shipped from California to Massachusetts, where it has been in storage since at least 1998.

Middlesex District Attorney Martha Coakley's office did not identify the woman, who has since died.

Coakley's office said it would contact law enforcement authorities in California as part of its investigation.


Are You Kidding Me?
Nov 19, 9:19 AM (ET)

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thieves have stolen scantily clad garden gnomes from a gnome peepshow in an eastern German amusement park, park manager Frank Ullrich said on Thursday.

"The gnomes display naked body parts -- the same ones you'd expect to see in a human peep show," Ullrich said of his missing stars.

The adults-only attraction at Dwarf-Park Trusetal, where visitors peep through keyholes to see the saucy German miniatures in compromising poses, was smashed open early on Thursday morning.

Ullrich said he feared the gnomes would not be traced.

"I doubt they're standing in someone's garden, they'll have to have been hidden inside."
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