This wasn’t one of those weird coincidences where a place where people eat just happened to be named after someone who eats people, as if that happens often, but rather it was completely on purpose!
The cafeteria is named the Alfred Packer Restaurant & Grill. Alfred Packer, if you haven’t heard of him, is probably Colorado’s most famous cannibal.
During the late 1800’s, with the country in the midst of a gold rush, Packer decided to set out with some friends to find some gold for himself in Colorado. Unfortunately they were hopelessly lost.
After some of the original party split off, they discovered Packer next to a dead man with pieces of his flesh roasting! While he denied the charges and said he found the meat there, he was not believed and was sentenced to 40 years in prison, the longest sentence at the time!
Boulder, for some reason or other, seems to have taken a liking to Packer. Their cafeteria’s slogan? “Have a friend for lunch!”
Before you get any crazy ideas about trying to turn your own skin blue, know that this particular family changed color because of six generations of inbreeding! Now we obviously all want to be Smurfs deep down, but this family actually came pretty close!
Beginning in 1800 and continuing until the 1960s, the isolated Fugate family living near Troublesome Creek, Kentucky were so incestuous they developed a blood condition called methemoglobinemia.
This means that a recessive gene was being paired with itself to alter the composition of their blood, which turned brown instead of black. In fact, the great-great-grandfather on one person’s mother’s and father’s side was the same person!
These recessive genes caused a mutation, resulting in a blue tint entering their skin! If you don’t believe in the story, look to the right for proof in the family picture!
When one thinks of bizarre actors, there are few who wouldn’t put Christopher Walken near the top of the list.
With a vast array of movie, TV, and stage roles under his belt, being a lion tamer almost sounds normal for the legendary star.
Born Ronald Walken, Christopher aspired to be an actor from day one, but getting there was the problem. After appearing with his brothers on television in the 1950’s, Walken began to pick up odd jobs to support himself.
The strangest was by far a lion tamer in the circus. During his teenage years he would spend time with the lions and the outlandish assortment of people in the circus. He quickly abandoned this job as he got older and auditioned for musicals, which eventually launched his career!
A celebration and cake go so hand-in-hand today we don’t even think about it. This tradition actually goes back to the Ancient Greeks and has to do with mythology.
The reason we eat cake is because it honors the goddess Artemis, who is the deity of the moon, which is also why cakes are round. If they saw us now they would most likely be horrified.
Honoring a goddess with a holy moon-shaped offering is a far cry from a phallic shaped cake for a bachelorette party, but hey, they’re delicious and who doesn’t want an excuse to eat something terrible for your whenever you can?
The reason candles are on cakes also has to do with the moon. The Greeks tried to emulate the glow of the moon. This is also why we make a wish when we blow them out.
While the Greeks would get on their knees and do some serious praying before blowing out the candles, the tradition stuck and turned into a semi-serious tradition of making a wish on a birthday.
So next time you’re eyes are snapped shut and you’re hopelessly wishing for Justin Bieber to walk through the door, remember that four thousand years ago someone was probably doing the same thing for Artemis!
The Gaza strip makes headlines daily for the drama that erupts consistently, so when people hear there was a cover-up at a Gaza City zoo they think calamity.
And while this story might not go down in history, it certainly draws attention! It begins like most things in Palestine, during a war. Two zebras were neglected during the Israel-Hamas war and died of hunger.
Zebras are relatively expensive animals, so the zoo was distraught and were unable to procure the funds to buy a new pair. That’s when their genius kicked in.
No zebras? Just put a couple donkeys in there and paint them! Who could ever notice? Unfortunately for the zoo, the keen eyebrows of zebra observers everywhere were raised in disbelief.
Looking at the picture to the right it isn’t too apparent that the zebras are donkeys, and the zoo says that’s all that matters. For little children, so long as they see the black and white striped animal their desire is quenched, and the zoo says they actually prefer the Gaza version!
For any true zebra enthusiasts that find themselves in Palestine, we suggest you try a different zoo before you get your hopes up!