Police Find Frozen Cougar in Florida Man’s Freezer!

Shocking news came out of Florida this week when a man was found to have a dead, frozen cougar in his freezer. No, we’re not talking about Ashton Kutcher having a psychotic break with his estranged wife Demi Moore (who for the record IS alive, so please no lawsuits). We’re talking about Palm Beach County resident, Gene Stimmler.

Police were called to his house when they received allegations that Stimmler, 73, had made lewd comments towards a 15-year-old boy. Joseph Valenzuela, the boy’s father, had been living with his son in a trailer on Stimmler’s property at the time of the offense. Valenzuela, an employee of Stimmler, also told Deputy Bryan Hack that Stimmler had a “large wild cat” that was “hidden in a freezer in the garage.” The frozen animal, Deputy Hack noted, “was brown in color and frozen in a live state, eyes open.” When the police opened up the freezer, they found themselves staring face-to-face with the frozen feline. It was surrounded by a large stock of mangoes and a couple of dead parrots (don’t worry, no Monty Python “Dead Parrot” jokes here).

When questioned by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer, Stimmler claimed that he couldn’t remember how the animal died. “It just died,” Stimmler said, adding that he did not have the money for a necropsy. Asked if he had shot the cougar–as alleged by Valenzuela–Stimmler replied, “No.”

As well as the cougar, Stimmler has kept many wild and exotic animals on his 30-acre property such as a monkey, lemurs and exotic birds. Although he was not been charged with keeping any of these animals, he was busted last month when he allegedly stole Valenzuela’s pet chihuahua. Although I cannot confirm this, it was not found in his freezer next to his dead kitty.

I can relate to this story a little. My sister once kept a dead squirrel in our freezer. My family knew a taxidermist and he had promised to stuff it for her. Yes, that’s a tad strange. There’s nothing quite like fishing around for chicken nuggets and coming up with a dead squirrel. But I just can’t fathom freezing an entire cougar. There’d be no room to store ice cream.

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A Stroke Turns Rugby Player Gay?

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Can a stroke turn you gay? If you ask Chris Birch, a former 266 lbs rugby player, that very question he’s likely tell you yes. After surviving a horrific broken neck and stroke, Birch, a 26-year-old Welshman, woke up and found himself being attracted to men instead of women. Prior to the accident he was engaged to be married to his fiancee and had a job as a banker. Today he’s employed as a hairdresser and lives above the salon with his 19-year-old boyfriend.

Before

Tragedy struck Birch during a gym training session in 2005 when he befell a horrible accident after attempting a back flip when horse-playing in front of his friends. He suffered a broken neck and stroke and was immediately taken to intensive care. Birch recalls experiencing his first attraction to his own sex during his rehabilitation period. He told the London Mirror that he encountered his first homosexual feelings while watching a TV show featuring a handsome male actor.

“I felt my stomach flutter and the same feelings I used to have for pretty girls came across me,” Birch said.

Birch’s lifestyle has changed dramatically. Whereas he used to be found hanging out with his mates watching sports, today you’re more likely to find him hanging out in gay night clubs. He has shed 110 lbs and has traded in his skinhead hairstyle for a fashionable new ‘do.

“Suddenly, I hated everything about my old life. I didn’t get on with my friends, I hated sport and found my job boring.

“Everyone said I was more sarcastic [after the stroke], behaved differently and that even my mannerisms had changed, but to me the way I felt was natural. So I started avoiding seeing my old friends who wanted me to be someone I wasn’t,” he said.

This is quite the bizarre case. There have been reports before about stroke victims exhibiting out-of-character traits following their ordeals. Sometimes people become more artistic, others may experience shortened tempers, and there was even one case of an English-speaking woman who mysteriously became fluent in German. The brain is a funny thing. Perhaps Birch had a repressed feeling of homosexuality in his brain only for the stroke to open it up to him. Whatever the deal, it’s an interesting story!

Ghoulish Russian Genius and His House of Corpse Dolls.

It’s been said that’s there is a fine line between genius and insanity, and a news item that recently came out of Russia goes a long way to proving this theory. Anatoly Moskvin, a well educated man who speaks thirteen different languages and is a respected historian, is at the heart of a bizarre police investigation of grave robbing crimes. But make no bones about it, Moskvin is the culprit here as he has been caught red handed. Inside his apartment in the city of Volga River, in Nizhny Novgorod, police discovered 29 exhumed corpses who had been ritualistically dressed and placed around each room. A little weird, eh?

Moskvin, 45, a supposed expert on cemeteries in the area, had chosen each corpse, dug them up and taken back to his place of abode where he would wrap their hands and faces with cloth and would then dress them in brightly coloured clothes and head scarves. Police even found instructions written by Moskvin on how to make these dolls. He only chose the corpses of younger women, generally aged between 15 and 29. I’m guessing that was quite the shocking scene to walk into.

Due to Moskvin being a cemetery expert, police originally had consulted with him on these crimes, thinking he could help them get into the mind of the grave robber. I’m sure this must have amused Moskvin to a certain extent. But it was the police that had the last laugh as Moskvin was caught red handed leaving a cemetery carrying a bag of bones. The original lead came from Moskvin’s parents who had recently discovered the grisly scene of skeletons upon visiting their son.

Well I’m going to spew out a couple of my now cliched phrases. “Truth is stranger the fiction” and “It takes all sorts to make this world go round”. I think both are very apt in this case. What an incredible tale. It reads like something out of a Stephen King novel. And it really does make me wonder how much bizarreness like this goes on under our noses every day. This guy was a supposed genius and look at all the mischief he was getting up to. There’s a phrase that says “It’s usually the quiet ones” and this tale does nothing to debunk that theory.

Real Life Gay Penguins Raising Eyebrows…

They say that penguins mate for life. A male and a female penguins pair off and spend their lives together raising children. Awww, how sweet eh? It’s a tale as old as time (or at least since penguins were invented) and I’m sure it’ll continue forever. But a penguin couple in the Toronto Zoo are raising some eyebrows with their coupling habits. Buddy and Pedro are a same-sex couple.

“They do courtship and mating behaviours that females and males would do,’’ one keeper said.

These include the practice of “braying”, a sound like that of donkeys, as mating calls. They defend each others territory, they preen each other and stand alone together for hours on end. These two little bird brains are inseparable. And it’s not the first rime homosexual tendencies have been noticed in penguins. In fact, a children’s book has been written about this very subject, “And Tango Makes Three”, and it’s based on the story of Roy and Silo, a pair of male penguins that exhibited mating habits who were observed trying to hatch rocks together. With their interest piqued, the zookeepers experimented by giving the same-sex couple a real egg to hatch out to see if the could manage it. It turned out they could and the product of which was a female chick called Tango.

This story doesn’t have a happy ending though. Due to Buddy and Pedro belonging to the endangered African penguins species, zookeepers plan to split them up and pair them off with females penguins in order to protect the species. Poor things.

Internet users have been weighing in on this topic and it’s drawing the kind of comments you’d expect. They range from gay rights activists to people condemning the act of penguin homosexuality. My opinion is that they are obviously displaying signs of a relationship (or “pair bonding” as they call it in zoo speak) but at the same time I can see the need to split them up. After all, the zoo is trying to protect the species. But it’s an interesting tale.

As as an aside note, my dad once observed same-sex tendencies in racing pigeons. My dad has kept pigeons for most of his life and he recalls a pair of male pigeons that would always try to shack up in the same nest box together. It was a funny tale to me as a young boy, but I can definitely see the parallels today…

“Find a Pox Party in Your Area” Controversy!

A Facebook page named “Find a Pox Party in Your Area” is currently under-fire by the media and medical experts alike over it’s unethical practices. What is a “pox party” I hear you ask? Well it’s a community of parents who try and willingly infect their children with chicken pox by exposing them to belongings of children that are currently infected by the illness. The FB users request items such as used lollipops/suckers covered with infected saliva, items of clothing and even wet rags covered in infected saliva. Yuck!

The theory is that by allowing them to contract the illness naturally, it will help increase their immune systems. Vaccines are available for the illness, but some parents are choosing to let them catch it the old fashioned way because they believe giving kids too many vaccinations is bad for them. The problem is, by mailing people the virus they’re actually breaking the law. Here are a couple of posts left on the page’s wall:

One post reads: “I got a Pox Package in mail just moments ago. I have two lollipops and a wet rag and spit.”

A mom chimes in: “This is a federal offense to intentionally mail a contagion.”

Another woman offers up some advice, “Tuck it inside a zip lock baggy and then put the baggy in the envelope :) Don’t put anything identifying it as pox.”

Experts have this to say on the subject:

“If you have a young child over to your house specifically to get chicken pox, I don’t think anyone would like to really consider what would happen if that child ended up being hospitalized,” Elizabeth Jacobs from the University of Arizona

College of Public Health said.“This is dangerous,” Dr. A.D. Jacobson, the chief of ambulatory pediatrics at Phoenix Children’s Hospital said. Dr. Jacobson added that chicken pox is extremely contagious and that it’s unwise to send it via mail.

It really is a strange story. I think as a society today we tend to wrap up our children in bubble wrap and shelter them from germs too much. When I was a child I was always playing in the dirt and getting messy. And I’m sure it made me sick from time to time. Heck, I even had chicken pox as a kid and I believe I’m better for it. As a vaccine-trigger-happy society I think we’re opening up problems to today’s young-uns to where they may have weaker immune systems when they grow older. I’m not basing this on any particular medical study, this is just how I see things.

But I have to admit that the idea repulses me. Sending viruses in a jiffy bag? Shoving secondhand lollipops into a child’s mouth that has been slobbered on by a sick kid? No thanks! I think their hearts are in the right place, they’re just a little misguided.

Jealous Man Feeds Steroids to Wife!

Love is blind, right? Well this is apparently the case when it comes to married couple Dalwara Singh, 41, and his 37-year-old wife Jaspreet Singh Gill of Leicester, England. Have you ever been in a relationship where your partner became controlling? Maybe they’d get jealous when he/she saw you talking with a member of the opposite sex. Well Dalwara Singh is now estranged and restrained from his wife after taking his jealousy a step too far…

Whereas most wives enjoy the freedom of socializing, having freedom of clothing choices and getting their own jobs, Singh’s ideal set-up was to keep his wife locked away at home. Not in the prison cell sense of the term “locked up” though, more that he made her ashamed to leave the house…by lacing her food with STEROIDS!

In an attempt to “ugly-her-up” he would crush steroids into powder and sneak it into her food. This started in 2009. Among the symptoms they gave her were excessive weight gain, acne, and hair started sprouting out of her face and back. She was ashamed to be seen in public and that’s how Singh wanted it. It all came to a head when Singh’s teenage daughter caught him in the act of crushing and preparing more steroids to administer to his wife. The couple are now estranged and Mrs. Singh has a restraining order against her husband.

Jaspreet said: “I’m happy, I don’t want him near me. I forgave him for 17 years but won’t do that any more.”

What a wicked man. I can’t believe any man would treat the love of his life like that. Sure, he didn’t beat her (as far as I know) but he made her grow a freaking beard for crying out loud! What a pompous jerk. Sure it’s great for a family to have old fashioned values, but this guy is a joke! They should make him get boob implants as a punishment. See how he likes it.

95-Year-Old Threatens Neighbour With Pocket Knife (Kinda)!

This story should be filed under the “Awwww Bless…” section. A story made the news this week of a pair of Panama City pensioners and their escalating feud. The Florida neighbours have apparently been on bad terms for a while now and unfortunately this has resulted in an act of (attempted) violence.

This dispute started three years ago when Joe Taylor, 95 (not 97 as the police report states), accused Charles Woolard, 75, of stealing his walking cane. It’s not a proven fact that he did but that would definitely be grounds for a blood feud in my opinion. The police were first drawn into this spat when Woolard reported his nonagenarian neighbour had taken swings at him. He was able to block them, but still, Taylor had exhibited violent behaviour. But it gets better…

This past Monday, the police were called out again when Woolard reported that Taylor had pulled a out pocket knife on him. Well, kinda. He definitely pulled the pocket knife out, but not in the traditional sense. Taylor, who has limited strength and dexterity in his hands, was unable to unsheathe the blade from it’s handle. It was the intent, not the act. Right?

Woolard said he was “concerned he might have to act if he actually get the knife open.”

Many years ago a saw a movie called “Grumpy Old Men”. To me this just seems like a real-life version of that. And although I shouldn’t, I couldn’t help but smile when I read this story. True, Taylor probably had some bad intentions when he produced the knife but at the end of the day it’s just an amusing story to me. Am I wrong for thinking like that?

The Texas Child Abuse Viral Video Controversy.

I’m trying something a little different today. Normally I like to dig up some tasty piece of offbeat news for your reading pleasure, but today I would like to comment on a mainstream news item. It’s the child abuse case that has come out of Dallas, Texas where a 2004 video shows a sixteen-year-old girl, Hillary Adams, being whipped within an inch of her life with her father’s belt. The father, Aransas County, Texas, Court-At-Law Judge William Adams is being investigated over these charges.

If you haven’t seen the video, it’s very harrowing. The daughter has allegedly been caught downloading illegal MP3s, among other things, and her the father is infuriated. He commands his wife to go get his belt (“the big one”) then starts to lash her with it. As she screams in pain he keeps telling her to lay down face-first on the bed so he could “get a lick in”. Basically he wants to whip her across the bum. And when he gets done, her mother comes into the room and gets a “lick” in herself. What the heck, people?

It’s a totally disgusting video. And I for one am totally against the hitting of children in the first place. I’m originally from England but I now live in the United States. In England, there are some very strict laws in place against hitting children. And I believe that’s the way it should be. Children need protection from idiots like Mr. Adams. It was quite a shock to me when I first came to America and started hearing people talk about the practice of “whipping” their kids. It’s disgusting. Some parents find it acceptable to beat there children as punishment. There’s the method of having the child choose a “switch” from outside (basically a long, thin tree limb) with which the parent will then whip the child with. I’m totally against this. Another practice (as seen in the aforementioned video) is to whip children with a belt. Wow! Are you kidding me? Needless to say I found this all quite shocking when I first came over here.

Now let me get this straight, I’m not accusing all of America with this. I’m just commenting that I know these practices really do happen. It’s commonplace in some areas and I think it needs to be stopped. All you have to do is watch the video to see that. It was going on in 2004 and it’s still going on to this day. Get a grip people, it’s wrong!

When it comes to disciplining my six-year-old niece, I use the method of time-outs. She does something wrong, she gets a time-out (she has to sit there quietly for a few minutes). And it works a treat. She hates having her wings clipped. The secret is not to threaten punishment then not go through with it. All the time I hear parents telling their children “You’d better get over here before I count to three! 1…2…2 and a half…” This nonsense sends mixed signals to children. If you want to impose authority on them, the best thing to do is to stick to your guns. If you say something, you have to mean it.

There’s a science to raising kids the right way. And this Texas douche-bag is an absolute idiot. Give me five minutes with him and make sure you bring me his “big belt”.

Click here to view the video. Be forewarned though, it’s quite disturbing…

Violent 9-Year-Old Charged With 4 Felonies!

Aren’t children lovely these days? Well, not all children. Especially this nine-year-old girl who made the news today after being arrested for four felonies. And what was the cause? A bag of candy.

The Florida girl, unnamed due to legal reasons, was eating candy on the way home from the Fort Myers’ Royal Palm School yesterday when the bus driver asked her to stop doing so. Not an unfair request in my books. The rules are the rules. But instead of packing her sweeties away in her school bag, she instead went on a tirade against bus driver, Robert Middleton. There’s nothing quite like having respect for your elders, eh? But the fun and games didn’t end there. After threatening the other kids on the bus, the classy fourth-grader then spat on Middleton as she exited the bus. When outside the busshe then continued her verbal tirade against the driver while throwing asphalt into the vehicle.

“F— you! F— you!” she yelled, “Shut the f— up. I will f—–‘ kill you.”

What a lovely wee lass. When Lee County police arrived on the scene, instead of her simmering down things just became more escalated. She is said to have hurled an “aluminum patio chair” at one of the deputies then continued on with her verbal tirade. A cop then restrained the child but the girl attempted to bite his arm, yelling “I am going to kill you, get off of me!”

It’s reported that this tiny-terror has been charged with battery on a public school employee, resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, and throwing missiles into an occupied vehicle.

What a little bugger. There is a right way to bring kids up and there’s a wrong way. I think the parents have clearly let this child down. There’s absolutely no excuse for this behaviour. However I’m in no way defending the actions of this little scoundrel. We should all take blame for our own actions, and it’s plain to see this little girl might possibly be a lost cause. Was she acting in a way that she might have seen played out in a movie? Perhaps. Whatever the reason, somebody needs to step in and nip this in the bud. Otherwise, she’s going to be a lost cause.

The girl was released into her parent’s custody last night and placed on home detention for 21 days.