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Dead of Night

by on Jul.07, 2014, under Crime, Family, Health

Politics make strange bedfellows, and so does a successful marriage. When Marcel H died at the age of 79, his 69 year old widow was devastated. She wanted him to remain at her side, so she didn't report the death. marcelh01 It is believed that he died from an asthma attack in November 2012. His doting wife continued to sleep with the corpse despite the smell of decomposition. marcelh02 Neighbors didn't report any unusual odors, but authorities were called after the landlord claimed that the couple hadn't paid their rent since 2012. When they entered the apartment, they found Marcel's mummified remains. marcelh03 Philippe Boxho, pathologist at the Forensic Center of Liege explained,“A body can mummify in a dry, warm environment. It takes at least a week to reach such a state. In this case the body had rotten in the bed and his internal organs had melted and liquefied.” marcelh04 “This liquid would have spread and the bed would have been swarming with insects as the body rotted, this would have been a real shame. Even though the smell of human decay is quite specific, many people equate that smell to the smell of garbage and once the body has become rotten the smell does decrease significantly.” death_maiden “This is not the first time I have made a discovery of this kind, I've been faced with two or three other occasions where people have continued to sleep with the corpse of their partner.” said Boxho.
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Bearly Awake

by on Feb.17, 2012, under Animals, Nature

If you go out in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise. If you go out in the woods today, You'd better not go alone. It's lovely out in the woods today, But safer to stay at home. Some people driving through Vesper, Wisconsin thought they saw two eyes shining in the dark along the road in Wood County. So they did what anyone who has never seen a horror movie or read a book would do. They stopped to investigate. They were lucky, and their curiosity was rewarded by the sight of a black bear, interrupted from his hibernation. Bears aren't as picky about their sleeping arrangements as literature would have you believe. A drain pipe isn't too hard, or too soft. It's just right. Black bears remain active and alert during their four month hibernation period and may forage for food in mild weather. This one went right back to sleep after the brief encounter.
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Between the Sheets

by on Aug.18, 2011, under Health, Kids

Night terrors are a fairly common childhood sleep disorder, affecting about 3% of the population. It can be frightening to both children and parents alike. The sufferer feels extreme terror while sleeping, and is usually unable to wake up fully during the experience. You may see your child screaming, howling, and crying with his eyes wide open, while he's really still asleep. Night terrors usually occur when the child is in a non-dreaming state, and there is rarely a scary dream, circumstance, or object as the actual cause. Nightmares and night terrors are entirely different things. Nightmares, of course, occur during a dream state and are often based on something in reality. Some children outgrow the problem, while others suffer with it for years. Lewis Pitcairn, a nine year old from Langford, Bedfordshire, UK had night terrors for five years. He woke up exhausted each morning after developing the disorder when he was three years old. He would wake thrashing and screaming and had trouble concentrating at school. His mother Jo Fletcher, 36, had no idea what to do until a friend told her heat could be triggering the terrors. She bought some dermatological sheets that wiped away sweat so helping to control body temperature - and suddenly Lewis's terrors stopped. "The first time it happened," she said, "I had no idea what was going on. It is so scary from a parent's perspective when you cannot do anything for your child - I felt helpless. Lewis was sitting bolt upright in bed with his eyes wide open in fear. I just cuddled him to try and stop it. I was terrified, but what was strange was that Lewis didn't remember anything about it. It did, however, make him really tired the next day." "Since we bought him the new sheets Lewis has slept through every night and now he never goes away without his sheets."
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