Scuba Claus, Cave Santa and Other Weird Ways to Visit the Jolly Man for Christmas

Scuba Claus, Cave Santa and other weird ways to visit the jolly man for Christmas

If you visit Ruby Falls, Tennessee during the holidays, you will find a Sugar Plum Fairy Village, elves and Santa Claus himself in the depths of America’s deepest commercial cave. In Kennebunkport, Maine Santa parades around town with elves in lobster costumes for Christmas. At the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, you’ll find the jolly fat man in scuba gear swimming with the fishes.

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Morbid Christmas special with medical historian Lindsey Fitzharris

Under the Knife Morbid Christmas Special with Dr Lindsey Fitzharris

Under the Knife puts a morbid twisted on the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

Serial Killer Trivia Board Game

Serial killer trivia board game

If you’ve ever had the urge to slaughter your friends in a friendly board game, you need the Serial Killer Trivia Game from Culture Heroes, Inc. Players choose from Richard Ramirez, Aileen Wuornos, Ed Gein, Albert Fish and Ted Bundy as their game pieces, and embark on a murderous rampage to be the first to claim five victims.

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New Weird Species of Bone Worm Discovered

Photo of a typical Osedax bone worm

There is no shortage of weird and horrific creatures living in the isolated depths of the Earth’s oceans. The genus Osedax, discovered in 2002, certainly falls into that category.

Commonly called the bone worm, zombie worm, or bone-eating snot flower, Osedax devour the carcasses of whales by secreting acid to dissolve the bone. The male worms are microscopic, living their entire lives in a harem of hundreds inside the female. They reproduce continuously.

A recent discovery at a depth of 2,296 feet, however, has revealed a new species of bone worm produced as a result of males escaping the confines of their female host and growing full-size. Researchers are calling it a rare example of “evolutionary reversal” in the animal kingdom, because the genes required to produce full size adult males should have deteriorated due to disuse.

This new species of male bone worm has evolved into a tool to accomplish a single purpose – mating. They are able to extend their bodies up to ten times their contracted size to reach distant females.

They have been dubbed Osedax priapus, after the mythical god of fertility.

via Tech Times

Court Battle Over the Coffin of Lee Harvey Oswald

The coffin of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is the subject of a case being heard in a Texas Court.
The coffin of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald is the subject of a case being heard in a Texas Court

48 hours after he gunned down President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963, assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was shot himself by a distraught local while being transported by police. Robert Oswald, Lee’s older brother, made funeral arrangements and buried him on November 25th in a No. 31 Pine Bluff coffin.

The coffin was exhumed in 1981 to confirm the identity of the remains inside. After medical tests confirmed it was, in fact, the JFK assassin and not a Soviet imposter as conspiracy theories suggested, Oswald was returned to the grave in a new coffin. The original remained in storage at Baumgardner Funeral Home in Fort Worth.

In 2010, the funeral home sold the rotting pine box for $87,468 through a Los Angeles auction house, along with the embalming table and Oswald’s death certificate.

Robert Oswald, now 80 and in failing health, recently became aware of the sale. He is petitioning a Texas court to block it, claiming it is “ghoulish” and in bad taste. He just wants the coffin destroyed as he thought it had already been.

Funeral home owner Allen Baumgardner Sr., who assisted in the 1981 exhumation, insists it is “part of history” and his right to sell it since it was never claimed.

via New York Times

Update: Judge makes a decision in case of Lee Harvey Oswald coffin