Bag of Randomness for Friday, April 1, 2022

  • I received that in the mail yesterday. That’s a unique way to drum up the funeral business.
  • I like April Fool’s Day, but have grown a little tired of how businesses have tried to capitalize on it. Years ago, I tried to talk LiberallyLean into posting on each other’s blog as an April Fool’s bit. For instance, if you would have visited his blog, it would be a Bag of Randomness post by me, and you’d see his Random Thoughts here.
  • DaughterGeeding’s teacher emailed her parents, letting us know she helped clean up some spilled Cheerios without being asked. She a softball game scheduled this evening.
  • When the world-wide-web started to become mainstream, I got a kick out how the NCAA promoted during March MadnessI just checked to see if the website is still active. It’s not, and neither is
  • Yesterday, The Hardline talked about the 1976 Chowchilla kidnapping, which was the first I’ve heard of it.
    • The 1976 Chowchilla kidnapping was the abduction of a school bus driver and 26 children, ages 5 to 14, in Chowchilla, California, United States, on July 15, 1976. The kidnappers held their captives in a box truck buried in a quarry in Livermore, California, intending to demand a ransom for their return. After about 16 hours underground, the driver and children dug themselves out and escaped. The quarry owner’s son, Frederick Newhall Woods IV, and two of his friends, brothers James and Richard Schoenfeld, were convicted of the crime. Each received a sentence of life with possibility of parole. By 2015, both Schoenfelds had been paroled. On March 29, 2022, Woods was recommended to be released on parole.
  • DC Police Find 5 Fetuses in Home of Anti-Abortion Activist Lauren Handy
  • Texas power grid, energy sectors facing elevated Russian cyber threats during war in Ukraine
  • Texas A&M offers Ukrainian students full tuition and room and board Texas A&M University System announced it would pay up to $25,000 in tuition, fees and living expenses for its Ukrainian students. So far 14 eligible students have been identified and more are expected.
  • He Teaches Police “Witching” To Find Corpses. Experts Are Alarmed. – At the National Forensic Academy, crime scene investigators learn to dowse for the dead, though it’s not backed by science.
    • Vass, a 62-year-old wearing a blue CSI-Death Valley cap, is teaching his students witching, aka divining or dowsing. It’s a centuries-old practice in which a person walks a straight line holding two bent pieces of metal, or sometimes a Y-shaped twig, until they signal the presence of whatever is being sought underground. Water witches dowse for groundwater. Others use divining rods for seeking precious gems, oil, gold. Or, as in this case, human remains.Dowsing for the dead is not exactly endorsed by scientists or forensic experts. But it is a highlight for some students attending the National Forensic Academy, a 10-week training program sponsored by the University of Tennessee. Since the academy’s inaugural class 20 years ago, school administrators say, more than 1,200 crime scene investigators from agencies in 49 U.S. states and five foreign countries have attended the program, which currently costs students $12,000.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith Seemingly Laughed After Will Smith Slapped Chris Rock At The Oscars, According To New Footage Taken From The AudienceThe footage surfaced online shortly after it was revealed that Will was asked to leave the Oscars following the incident, but that he “refused.”
    • In case you don’t want to read through the fluff in the article, here’s a direct link to the Instagram video.
    • In the video, filmed by someone sitting behind the couple, Jada leans forward in a motion that suggests she’s laughing after Will walks away from Chris, who can be seen and heard joking about the slap.
  • Gosh, he’s still quick.

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