Sun October 9, 2011
Around the Nation

Ashes To Ammo: How To Reload Your Dead Loved One

Thad Holmes and Clem Parnell's company Holy Smoke takes your loved one's ashes and turns them into ammunition.

Courtesy of Thad Holmes

When a loved one dies and is cremated, family members face a tough decision on what do with the ashes. Some want the final resting place to be spectacular — spread in the Grand Canyon, launched into space, sprinkled in Times Square; others just keep Aunt Jane's remains in an urn at home.

"The ashes get put on the mantel, stay there for a couple of years, and then a couple of years later, they get put in the attic," says Thad Holmes. "A few years later, the house gets sold and, 'Oh gosh, we forgot the ashes!'"

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Sun October 9, 2011
Middle East

At Least 19 Dead In Egypt Riots

Clashes between Coptic Christian protesters and the Egyptian military in Cairo on Sunday left at least 19 people dead and more than 100 wounded, according to official counts. The violence erupted after the Christians were marching to protest what they claim was an attack on a church in southern Egypt by radical Muslims.


Sun October 9, 2011
Music Interviews

Bjork's 'Biophilia': Interactive Music, Pushing Boundaries

Bjork's new album, Biophilia, is also an interactive multimedia project.

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

The title of Bjork's new album came to her after she read a book by neurologist Oliver Sachs about the mind's empathy for music.

"He called it 'musicophilia,' she says. "Obviously, I make music, but I wanted to do a project about nature. So I thought, if I call it Biophilia, it's sort of empathy with nature."

So there are song titles like "Solstice," "Dark Matter" and "Crystalline." The lyrics actually touch on processes in nature — for instance, how crystals grow.

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Sun October 9, 2011

Caterpillar Fungus: The Viagra Of The Himalayas

Caterpillar fungus in the ground, partially exposed.

Daniel Winkler

In the produce aisle at your local grocery story, button mushrooms go for about $4 a pound, Shitakes cost about twice that, and black truffles can run $800 a pound.

But that's nothing compared to a rare Asian fungus that sells for $50,000 a pound.

In English, it's called caterpillar fungus. But it's better known throughout Asia by the Tibetan term, yartsa gunbu, which means "summer grass, winter worm."

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Sun October 9, 2011
Strange News

Florida Family's Antique Legacy: Pickled Cucumber

Originally published on Sun October 9, 2011 6:39 pm

James Boyle's great-great-grandmother bottled this pickle in 1876, and the family has been passing it down ever since.

James Boyle

Here's a partial list of things that happened in 1876:

It was, of course, the nation's 100th birthday. George Armstrong Custer met his fate at the Battle of Little Bighorn. Alexander Graham Bell made the first phone call. A giant squid, 18 feet long, washed up on a beach in Newfoundland.

And James Boyle's great-great-grandmother grew a very special cucumber in her Illinois garden. She put the sprouting vine in an old medicine bottle, so the cucumber grew inside it.

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Sun October 9, 2011
Middle East

Riots Over Church Attack In Egypt Kill 19

Massive clashes that drew in Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims, and Egyptian security forces raged over a large section of downtown Cairo Sunday night, leaving at least 19 people dead and more than 150 injured, Health Ministry officials said. It was the worst violence since the 18-day uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.

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Sun October 9, 2011
Author Interviews

Quest For The Holy Doughnut, And The First Dessert

OK, forget the vegetables. It's time for dessert.

And not just any dessert ... the oldest dessert in New York City. No, not those rock-hard doughnuts from the corner coffee cart. We're talking about the kinds of sweets people would have been eating 500, 1,000, even 2,000 years ago.

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Sun October 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Danville Blowout Creates Camaraderie

Two teams from Danville High School spent weeks crafting the perfect privy to race in the Penn’s Store Great Outhouse Blowout Saturday. But an hour before the first heat, coordinators deemed both vehicles unfit for action due because their front wheels were not properly fixed. Never fear — turtle team to the rescue.


Sun October 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

Veterans Honored with Free Tour

Ernest Snowden surveyed the scene at the World War II Memorial Thursday. Snowden fought in the South Pacific and was wounded twice.
Rachel Parsons/The Winchester Sun

“He’s my hero,” Frank Farmer said of fellow World War II veteran Ernest Snowden. Thanks to the Bluegrass Chapter of Honor Flight, Snowden and Farmer, along with 17 other central Kentucky veterans, were honored for their service to their country. Any interested veteran was provided the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., Thursday to visit the World War II Memorial, and other war monuments, free of charge.


Sun October 9, 2011
The Commonwealth

State Police Target Scam

A financial scam involving online dating sites led to the discovery of electronics, clothing, jewelry and other goods Friday at a home on Sextons Creek in Clay County, according to Kentucky State Police. The New York State Police called the Kentucky State Police to ask for help investigating a credit card fraud case. Kentucky state Trooper Nick Metcalf went to the home allegedly receiving the fraudulently obtained goods and discovered that they were being reshipped from there to Africa, police said in a statement.