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Amazing! Scientists awake patient from 6 years in coma like state.

In 2007, 21st century, amazing story, coma, coma patient, health, Life, Living, Medical Science, new york, News, People, science, Science & Technology, Society, surgery, technology, United States, US News, USA, World News on August 2, 2007 at 1:04 pm

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In what could be a major breakthrough, scientists from the United States have been able to wake a man from a near vegetative state, and he can now talk to his family, watch TV and chew.

The 38-year-old from Ohio had been in a coma like state for 6 years, after being mugged and bashed, but when neuroscientists from New York and News Jersey used a pacemaker and two electrodes to send impulses into a part of the brain regulating consciousness, the mans quality of life was dramatically improved.

Media reports:

Unable to chew or swallow, the Cleveland patient, who has been identified only as an artist with two brothers, was fed by tube and could communicate solely through slight movements of his eyes and fingers.

Although he still does not initiate conversation, the surgery has allowed him to respond to questions with answers of up to three words. Several weeks ago, he recited the first half of the U.S. oath of allegiance without help.

The patient has also regained some movement in his limbs.

Electrodes were inserted into his thalamus, the region believed to be key in consciousness, to boost its speech and movement signals.

His mother said: “My son, as well as the entire family, had little hope of further recovery. Now he can eat, express himself and let us know if he is in pain.

“He can cry and he can laugh and, most importantly, he can say, ‘Mommy’ and ‘Pop’ and he can say, ‘I love you Mommy’. I still cry every time I see my son but it is tears of joy.”

The story is detailed HERE in the journal of Nature.

See related story on Jan Grzebski who suddenly woke up from a 19 year coma earlier this year.

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The meaning of sex: It’s lust stupid! Or is it?

In 2007, adult, amazing story, American News, Crazy news, Health News, hottie, Humour, Life, love, News, Odd News, psychological, psychologist, sex, Sex Research, Society, study, Texas, Uncategorized, USA, Weird News, World News, Worlds most on August 2, 2007 at 2:36 am

 

You’re all crazy!

Ask yourself this highly philosophical question…

Why do we have sex?

Is it for the procreation of the species? Is it because everyone else is doing it?

Or is it because ‘it feels goooood?

Well someone has taken the time to get to the bottom of this; researchers from the University of Texas and elsewhere in the US have had sex on the brain for quite some time now.

Teams of Psychologists have come up with some new studies on sexual behaviour, finding that the ‘hormone pumping’ young get their freak on for all the same reasons… “I was attracted to the person, ” But when it came to the older demorgaphics they do it “for all sorts of reasons”.

In a compilation from 237 reasons for sex, answers ranged from “The person smelled nice” to “I wanted to burn calories”, “I wanted to get out of doing something, and “‘I wanted to give someone else an STD”.

How can a woman get a man to take off his clothes? Ask him.

In all the list compiled from questions asked of hundreds of people, which was then given to college aged students, and that study concluded that ’20 of the top 25 reasons given for having sex were the same for men and women.’

Wacky reasons young people had sex included, “someone offered me money to do it,” “I felt sorry for the person,” “I wanted to punish myself” and, “Because of a bet.”

The findings can be found in the August issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior, published by the International Academy of Sex Research.

More interesting reading on this crazy topic from the New York Times.

And won’t someone feel sorry for me….?

Other hilarious reasons for having sex include;

13. I wanted to improve my sexual skills. 34. I was curious about my sexual abilities.  41. The person was a good dancer. . 65. I wanted to relieve ‘‘blue balls.’’ 90. I wanted to gain access to that person’s friend. 110. The person had too much to drink and I was able to take advantage of them. 119. The person was famous and I wanted to be able to say I had sex with him/her. 181. I felt like it was my duty. 7. I was ‘‘horny.’’

See the full ‘periodic table of why we have sex’ list HERE!

Or you can read the entire 31 page journal report HERE!

Or just talk about the list, here. Like right here. 

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Life sucks being the real Harry Potter, as school teacher ruins the party!

In 2007, amazing story, American News, celebrity, Crazy news, Deathly Hollows, education, entertainment, EU, Famous, Florida, Harry Potter, News, Odd News, party, Uncategorized, US News, USA, World News on August 2, 2007 at 1:50 am

    “Harry who?”

In the classic 1999 movie Office Space there is a character named Michael Bolton, a situation with hilarious consequences.

But in real life it sure would suck sharing the same name with someone well known.

Particularly if that someone is a fictional character, a character so popular that you couldn’t escape being asked the same question by almost everyone you met.

It might even be so bad that you might want to consider changing your name, if it wasn’t for the fact that you had your name first, years before a certain wealthy British author was even conceived!

In this case it’s a man sharing the same name as boy wizard Harry Potter.

News Reports:

Each time a new Harry Potter book or movie comes out, Florida resident Harry Potter gets phone calls from children, interview requests from TV networks and autograph requests.

“The kids want to know if I’m Harry Potter,” he said with a chuckle. “I tell them I’ve been Harry Potter for darn near 80 years!”

The real Harry Potter said he has not had time to read any of the J.K. Rowling books or see the hit movies. But the retired U.S. Defense Department employee gets his fun out of Pottermania.

“When Harry talks to the kids, they’ll ask about the owl and he’ll say, ‘Oh, he came by and brought the mail,'” said his wife, Jan. “Then, when they’re done, the mothers come on and say thank you for talking to the kids. He gets a big kick out of it.”

But meeting a real Harry Potter can be a little puzzling for the kids.

“They look at you, give you the once-over,” he said, laughing. “They can’t relate the one in the book to the one they see here. I guess I could buy me a pair of Harry Potter glasses.”

I wonder what he thinks of the petition to save Harry Potter?

Meanwhile, in Harry Potter related crazy news…

The Daily Mail reports:

A headmistress at a school in England is in big trouble with the pupils.

At a end of school semester assembly 400 children aged under 12 were shocked as Carolyn Banfield took the latest Harry Book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, and read from the last page.

Parents and kids alike are now outraged, as many had intended to read what is expected to be the last in the series of books to have swept the world.

 Louie Swift, nine, said: “I don’t know why she read it. She’s not usually a spoilsport. She didn’t even mention she had the book.

“She just picked it up and started reading it to us.”

Jordan Ashton, ten, complained: “It has spoiled the book for me.”

The parent of an 8-year-old was fuming when she talked to the tabloid.

 “He’s read the last three books but there’s no point reading this one now.”

Another mother, who declined to be named, said: “It’s appalling. My son was going to read a book instead of playing on his computer and I was going to have some peace and quiet. “

Those poor kids, they’ll be scared for life!

Oh, the humanity.

No word as to the motivation of reading the final page to the kiddies, but I suspect she had one of two reasons.

1- She wanted to be seen as ‘cool’ by all the kids, which has clearly backfired, in spectacular fashion.

OR

2- She wanted all those kids to have a miserable holiday break, forcing them to go outside and get exercise in the dreaded outdoors.

 What an evil woman…..

Sounds like something out of a Harry Potter novel!

Maybe the kids could occupy themselves with the craziness of the Potter Puppet Pals !

 
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Boss kills employees because they ‘asked for a pay rise.’

In 2007, amazing story, American News, Cars, court, Georgia, law and order, Odd News, police, Rolandas Milinavicius, Society, United States, USA, World News on August 1, 2007 at 1:01 am

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Smirk of a killer- Lithuanian native Rolandas Milinavicius dosn’t seem to like pesky employees much at all.

 Asking your boss for a pay rise can be a daunting task at best, and it seems especially so for those working in the car dealership industry.

So if you thought your boss was a bit of a psycho, spare a thought for Inga Contreras and Martynas Simokaitis.

Police in Georgia, USA, have charged Rolandas Milinavicius with the murder of his two employees after they questioned him over not being happy about the pay.

He has confessed to shooting the pair.

Local media reports:

Milinavicius, who was having financial problems, told police he shot the two Thursday after they kept asking for more pay.

“As I understand, the employees were not really happy about the pay, and they had questioned him about it over the course of time,” a police spokesman said. “That morning he said he just snapped.”

Contreras and Simokaitis were cremated and an informal memorial service was held at Simokaitis’ cousin’s apartment over the weekend. The remains were to be flown to Lithuania on Tuesday.

“It doesn’t make any sense,” the cousin, Jaunius Simokaitis, of Fayetteville, said Monday. “If he was having money problems, these two would have been the ones to help him get out of debt. They would have helped him make that money.”

He was denied bail by a judge.

Video story from local Atlanta News..

Let this be a lesson to us all….

Never work in a car dealership.

Better yet, join a union before you ask for a pay rise.

Even better yet, don’t ask for a payrise at all.

Who needs money right?

Better yet, take some good advice on how to handle workplace politics from our friends at CNN Living: Four co-workers you should befriend.

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