O-Bits: Ghosts In The Matrimony Edition

Here’s a wedding that doesn’t happen everyday. Amanda Sparrow Large, a 45-year-old Irish woman who works as a Jack Sparrow impersonator, married the spirit of a 300-year-old Haitian pirate.  They met, according…

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O-Bits: Abby Normal Edition

Shades of Young Frankenstein! As part of a survey of human-error incidents in mortuaries throughout the United Kingdom, it was discovered at an undertaker put the wrong brain back into a body…

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O-Bits: Walls and Bridges Edition

It’s the day after Martin Luther King’s birthday, and here’s a story that gives us an idea of just how much further we need to travel to get to the color-blind world…

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Gloomy Tunes: Abraham Martin and John

Martin Luther King would have turned 83 today. It would be nice to think that, if he was alive, he could look toward a nation that was still progressing, that the arc…

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O-Bits: Gloom and Taum Edition

“The past,” William Faulkner wrote, is never dead. It’s not even past.” That quote, from “Requiem For A Nun,” is brought to mind by today’s New York Times story on how the…

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O-Bits: Keeping It Together Edition

We’ve heard of body snatchers—where would horror movies be without movies like “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”?—but coffin snatchers? That seems to be what happened in Rockhampton, Australia, where the family of Janice…

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Gloomy Tunes: David Bowie, “Blackstar”

David Bowie made many transitions during his career, but none was as carefully stage-managed as the last—the move from the life to death. There had been rumors of his illness, of course,…

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O-Bits: Looking For The Good Death Edition

Mentioning  “San Diego” and “Death Diaries”  in the same sentence could easily be the West Coast response to W.C. Fields’ epitaph, “On the whole, I’d rather be in Philadelphia” (an urban legend,…

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