I just can’t help thinking there has to be an irony in here somewhere… a Far Side card from Mark David Chapman… Most of us don’t need any introduction to the Far Side… an all to familiar and relatable cartoon / illustrative offering that revealed the uniqueness that routinely disguises itself as the subtleties we take for granted in day to day life… launching in 1980, the Far Side was the original take on “The Show About Nothing” … Seinfeld would take that crown some 9 years later… but in 1980, the Far Side was an evolution in culture and humour… whereas the introduction of Chapman into a world spotlight may be forever remembered as the decline of culture and humanity.
In that same year that the Far Side made it’s first appearance, a single individual would also make himself known for reasons at the other end of the spectrum, the world would come to know the name Mark David Chapman as the man who silenced an icon, the man who silenced John Lennon.
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Remember that time a serial killer won The Dating Game?
Despite his status as a convicted rapist and registered sex offender, Rodney James Alcala was accepted as a contestant on The Dating Game in 1978.
Upon browsing through the internet, one will find that the practice of human sacrifice by several different cultures or religious groups throughout the world to appease the gods, or God, flies in the face of religious idealism.
Unfortunately, in Iran the act of stoning is cloaked in religion since it specifically falls under the dictates of “God’s law” for the purpose of fulfilling or abiding by God’s will, which makes it a human sacrifice.
Stoning is a recognized form of execution under Iran’s penal code, which is based on Islamic Law. Considering that the Quran does not mention stoning as a prescribed method of execution, the practice finds its legality under Iran’s debatable interpretation of Sharia law, which is considered by Muslims to be God’s law.
So how is stoning carried out? After the convicted individual, who is a female in the vast majority of cases, is wrapped in a white shroud from head to toe and buried in a hole up to her breasts, rocks are then thrown at her head until she dies. Article 104 of Iran’s Penal Code specifically states that the appropriate stones for carrying out the killing “not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes; nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones.” According to reports, anywhere from ten to thirty minutes of pelting the victim’s head with rocks by a group of citizens usually accomplishes the goal.
One of the most famous cases is that of Sakineh Mohammedie Ashtiani, a forty-three-year-old mother of two who was convicted of adultery by an Iranian court and was sentenced to death by stoning in 2006. The international publicity, generated through her children, led to numerous diplomatic conflicts between Iran’s government and the heads of certain western governments. As a result, her execution has been stayed indefinitely.
Perhaps the most intriguing story surviving from the visit of Halley’s Comet in 1910 concerns the Oklahoma virgin who was nearly sacrificed to save the world when it came in contact with the Comet’s tail. The sheriffs arrived just in time to prevent the sacrifice of a virgin by demented Americans calling themselves “Select Followers.”
The story first appeared on May 19, 1910 in at least two newspapers far from the alleged scene of the action in Aline, Oklahoma. However, data didn’t match concerning the young lady’s age, the place where she was found, and the clothes that she was wearing (or lack thereof). The position of the Oklahoma Historical Society is simply stated. “None of the above considerations confirm or deny the Jane Warfield story.”
It is difficult to prove that something DID NOT happen, but when ALL of the existing evidence is negative, then we can be fairly positive that it did not, but the rumor is in the air.
The custom of burying infant children in the foundations of new buildings – a sacrifice to “ground” the building and assuage the gods of earthquakes, floods, and other misfortunes – was well established in ancient and even medieval times. However, nowadays we run into this extraordinary legend about the nineteenth-century Chinese and Russian railway.
According to the legend, as the Siberian Railway approached the northern boundaries of the Chinese Empire, a great amount of excitement was produced in Pekin by the rumor that the Russian minister had applied to the Empress of China for two thousand children to be buried in the roadbed under the rails in order to strengthen it.
The “rumor” can probably be brushed gently to one side, though it says a lot about nineteenth-century China that such a rumor could grow to maturity. Or is this just Russians barbarizing the Chinese with tall tales?
This crazy-haired boxing promoter was known for throwing his weight around, literally. King has killed two people, Hillary Brown and Sam Garrett. He was charged with murder for shooting Ms. Brown in the back, but got off on self-defense. For the stomping death – that’s right I said stomping death – of Mr. Garrett, who owed Mr. King some money, he was merely convicted of “non-negligent” homicide and served less than 3 years behind bars. It’s good to be King!