Who doesn’t love a good ghost story — aside from ghosts, possibly, and people with heart conditions? Well, news of a good ghost story that involves the late Princess of Wales is making the rounds and it has some people desperately trying to discern fact from fantasy.
Here is the story, as reported in the Toronto Star.
Tourists from China were visiting Scotland and stopped by an old church in Glasgow to look around. While inside, they did the usual thing with their cameras and shot some video before leaving. Once they had returned home and began replaying their vacation video, the Chinese tourists spotted a familiar image in one of the stained glass windows.
Was it Princess Diana, wearing a tiara? It certainly looks that way, though the princess’s visage was not evident when the tourists were actually in the church. “It might be a bizarre optical illusion, but then again, it could be a ghost,” said paranormal expert Michael Cohen, who loves a good ghost story as much as anyone. “Ghosts often appear in places connected to their lives and families.”
The Chinese video is being examined by ghost researchers even as we write, says Cohen.
This is not the first time images of Diana’s ghost have been supposedly spotted. Another recent one was at the wedding last spring of her son, Prince William — all of which suggests, if true, that dear Diana remains as obsessed with the camera in death as she ever was in life.
Lincoln cashes out
Numerous ghost stories about Abraham Lincoln have circulated over the years as well, but the latest spot of news about America’s 16th president don’t concern what he’s done since he died but, rather, something he did while still alive.
A bank employee in Ohio has discovered a personal check Lincoln wrote the day before he was assassinated on April 14, 1865. He made it out to himself for $800.
According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, several other historical curiosities were found in the Columbus headquarters of the Huntington Bank. Among them, checks signed by George Washington, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Thomas Edison. They will be put on display at Huntington Bank branches throughout Ohio.
Life is a puppet show
Creative people, these folks in Ohio.
When the news department at a TV station in Cleveland learned a judge had banned cameras in the courtroom for a high-profile corruption trial of a local politician, a brilliant strategy was put in place: they would visually report on the trial using puppets.
Look, folks, we don’t make this stuff up.
The trial has all the unseemly aspects of a colorful life: hookers, gambling and sexually transmitted diseases. In one puppet scene, a furry hand can be seen stuffing cash down the shirt of a puppet prostitute.
“I’m horrified,” an anchorwoman said after a segment shown last week on WOIO, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland.
Titled the Puppet’s Court — well, truth be told, the puppets more resemble muppets — it was the brainchild of the station’s news director, Dan Salamone, to give viewers a glimpse of what’s happening inside the courtroom. Other stations are relying on boring old artist sketches and video footage of Democratic Party power broker Jimmy Dimora walking into the courthouse to tell their stories. Dimora, a former Cuyahoga County commissioner, has pleaded not guilty to bribery and racketeering.
Beware low-flying moose
“Pilot On The Mend After Moose Stomping”
— Headline in the Arizona Republic over a story that suggests it’s never a good idea to piss off a moose, no matter where you are
It’s gone, Jim
A "Star Trek" fanatic spent 10 years turning his apartment into a replica of the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Now he’s being told he has to strike the set — by his soon-to-be ex-wife.
According to the Sun newspaper, Tony Alleyne says he is “gutted” by the order.
The resident of Hinckley, England, built the bridge himself over 10 years and suggested it would cost $150,000 to do it all again somewhere else. Nevertheless, who future ex owns the apartment and wants to sell it. She figures a starship bridge in the living room won’t be a keen selling point. “I admit there were tears,” said Alleyne.
Music for the masses
Performers everywhere have expressed annoyance when a cell phone in the audience starts ringing. The New York Philharmonic recently stopped a performance cold when a cell phone’s melodious tones filled the concert hall.
A Slovakian violinist took a different approach.
Lukas Kmit was playing a concert in the town of Presov when a listener’s cellphone began ringing. Kmit responded by playing the tune back on his violin. According to the New York Daily News, the audience loved it.
No prowling allowed
A school district in Salt Lake City has decided against using “Cougars” as the name for the sports teams at a new high school because of its negative connotation in popular culture.
The name “Chargers” was chosen instead, reports Newsday.
At least three other schools in Utah, including Brigham Young University, still use the cougar as a mascot.
Finally, Lloyds of London has built its reputation for insuring body parts — from Betty Grable’s legs to Bob Dylan’s vocal cords— but these days it’s breaking fresh ground in that regard. According to the New York Post, Lloyd’s has underwritten $1 million worth of coverage on the, um, penis of Los Angeles porn star Keiran Lee.
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