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Posted on: October 5, 2013

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Good Saturday to you Widdershins.  I hope the day is turning out well for you.   Today will be another full day of SEC football so Fredster (and I”ll bet Chatblu also) will probably be away at times during the day.  LSU doesn’t play until this evening so after 6 p.m. central time I will be otherwise occupied.  😉  So moving along, let’s take a look at some of the odd or interesting things that have recently caught my eye.  No heavy lifting required today.

So you thought the movie “Airplane” was bad

Bad as in planes being out of control, pilots being disabled and the like.  Meh, not so much compared to real life.  Apparently last month there was a British airlplane flying to who knows where both pilots fell asleep at the same time with the plane being on autopilot.  The plane was an Airbus A330 widebody jet which can carry up to 350 passengers.  It was reported that the pilots fessed up themselves to the British Civil Aviation Authority.

The pilots said they had received little sleep over two nights due to busy flight schedules and planned to rotate taking 20-minute naps, but they discovered they had both fallen asleep at the same time.

A pilot reported “both members of flight crew had only 5 hrs sleep in two nights due to longer duty period with insufficient opportunity to sleep,” according to a report by the CAA.

What is worse is that depending upon how you looked at it with their flying hours, there’s no telling how many hours these two did fly.

“Essentially, we do not know how long these ‘two nights’ lasted. Due to time differences these two nights might have actually been spread over only 36 hours. The pilots could have flown out of the U.K. during the night, arrived at their destination in the afternoon local time, rested for the second night … and then flown back to the U.K. the following morning, all within legal limits,” said spokesman Richard Taylor.

So the next time you fly, don’t complain so much about the legroom.  Instead ask if the pilot had a good night’s rest the previous night.


It seems some scientists were snooping around an ancient burial ground in Turkey and discovered that the brains in 4 skeletons had been preserved somehow.  It appears that an earthquake had leveled a town in Turkey and appeared to have been burned.  They found four burned skeletons and wooden objects but amazingly the brains in the skulls of the four skeletons had been preserved for four thousand years.

…it’s believed that an earthquake leveled the settlement, burying its inhabitants before a fire spread through the rubble. The fire would then have essentially boiled the brains in their own moisture, which eventually would have dried things out and largely removed the presence of oxygen. This combination of the boiling off of the brain fluid and the lack of oxygen helped prevent the expected brain tissue breakdown.

Further, scientists said the composition of the soil played an important part also, being that the soil was made up of potassium, magnesium, and aluminum.  “These components combined with the fatty acids in the human tissue to create something called “corpse wax” (or the more scientific name adipocere), which helped to preserve the shape of the brain.”  Frank Rühli a scientist at the University of Zurich said:

“The level of preservation in combination with the age is remarkable,” he said. As for what we can learn from these findings, Rühli believes that these preserved brains could be studied for pathological conditions like tumors, hemorrhaging, or degenerative diseases. “If we want to learn more about the history of neurological disorders,” Rühil says, “we need to have tissue like this.”

Yeah, well don’t look at me Frank, okay?

So how did you want those chicken nuggets?

Okay again with the scientists or researchers.  This time it’s two researchers at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson MS who decided to take apart some chicken nuggets to see what was inside.  They went out and bought chicken nuggets at two different fast food stores in Jackson and proceeded to take them apart to see what was inside.  Well, it wasn’t pretty as they say.

The nuggets came from two national fast food chains in Jackson. The three researchers selected one nugget from each box, preserved, dissected and stained the nuggets, then looked at them under a microscope.

The first nugget was about half muscle, with the rest a mix of fat, blood vessels and nerves. Close inspection revealed cells that line the skin and internal organs of the bird, the authors write in the American Journal of Medicine.

The second nugget was only 40 percent muscle, and the remainder was fat, cartilage and pieces of bone.

That sort of reminds you of the pink slime that was in some hamburger meat doesn’t it?

Dr. Richard D. deShazo of the U. of M. Med Center had this to say:

“We all know white chicken meat to be one of the best sources of lean protein available and encourage our patients to eat it,” lead author Dr. Richard D. deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, said.

“What has happened is that some companies have chosen to use an artificial mixture of chicken parts rather than low-fat chicken white meat, batter it up and fry it and still call it chicken,” deShazo told Reuters Health.

“It is really a chicken by-product high in calories, salt, sugar and fat that is a very unhealthy choice. Even worse, it tastes great and kids love it and it is marketed to them.”

Now Ashley Peterson a spokesperson for the National Chicken Council (sigh, yes this does exist) did not have kind things to say about the dissection of only two nuggets.

“Chicken nuggets are an excellent source of protein, especially for kids who might be picky eaters,” said Ashley Peterson, vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the National Chicken Council (NCC), a non-profit trade group representing the U.S. chicken industry.


“This study evaluates only two chicken nugget samples out of the billions of chicken nuggets that are made every year,” Peterson said. A sample size of two nuggets is simply too small to generalize to an entire category of food, she told Reuters Health.

Dr. deShazo agreed that the sample size was small and even agreed that some restaurants are making their nuggets out of primarily white meat.  It’s just that they don’t at the two restaurants his team went to.  And by the way, he won’t name the two companies.  Grrrr.

The brief chicken nugget exploration was not meant to be an exposé of the chicken industry or fast food generally, but to remind consumers that “not everything that tastes good is good for you,” deShazo said.

Yeah we already know that doc, but we still want to know about those two fast-food joints your team went to.

And finally I saw this cute video of a cat and a vacuum cleaner.  I don’t know if it was shot in Russia or what.  There is a Cyrillic text there but the cat sure loves this vacuum.  Maybe if DYB drops by he can splain it to us.  Wonder if any catnip got in there?  I had a cousin who was like that with her bong.  Just would not let that damned thing alone.  😆

Okay Widdershins, let me know below how your day is going or how it went.  I’ll be back and forth in here until the LSU game comes on

Allons les Tigres!


28 Responses to "SATURDAY LIGHT FARE"

Wow. After reading this, I am off flying, chicken nuggets and vacuum cleaners for good.

And for my team, in my native tongue, “Y’all get ’em now, ‘Dawgs! Hear?”

I agree with Chat about being off flying, chicken nuggets, and vacuum cleaners now. I do still like the Muppets though.

We are playing Penn State in the rain. It’s the half. I don’t know why Penn State is even allowed to have an athletic program anymore. ( Well, I do know – it’s about $$$.)

I know you all love football season but I’m glad college basketball is about to start.

I like basketball also.
But not nearly as much as footbawwwwwl.

Okay, before the McNugget makers get to them, I say we call the transplant hotline and let them know there are 4 brains available for immediate placement with the Tea Party. Four down, just 76 to go. Of course, they are unable to do the higher math to figure out how long the wait is.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend.

Prolix@4: What a great idea! 4t thousand year old brains sound perfect for those 80 T.P.’s. I have to insist that Michelle Bachmann be first in line, followed by Marlin Stutzman of (hey Beata – Indiana!!!)

Marlin doesn’t know it yet but he’s going to be famous because of this:

We’re not going to be disrespected,” conservative Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind., added. “We have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

I like what Charles Pierce said about ole Marlin:

Have a cookie, Marlin. Have a cookie and go play with your toes. 😆

Better yet, go do this Marlin:

About those pilot stories….last week my friend was on her way home when the pilot suffered a heart attack. The plane was diverted to Detroit to let the poor man off, but apparently he died. Quite shocking!

MB@7: Oh I think I read about that one! There were a couple of docs on the flight and they tried working on him didn’t they?

Fredster, chicken nuggets are exactly like pink slime. Did you see when Jamie Oliver did the demo for the kids?

@5: I refuse to claim Stutzman as a Hoosier. He must have been born in another state. Probably Kentucky. LOL.

@10: I just looked at Stutzman’s bio. I knew he wasn’t a real Hoosier. He’s from Michigan.

SophieCT: Jamie says thankfully chicken nuggets aren’t made that way in this country, but does he mean in the U.S.? Still, after the two scientists did their thing I’ve got to think twice about any fast food nuggets. Maybe I could find some in the grocery that aren’t as bad.

Sorry Beata, he’s all yours, miniature brain and all. 😆

@Beata: I stand corrected. Still though, he chose to infect uh move to your state. He’s yours now by adoption.

Watching Ga and Tenn, I know that our Chat is hiding behind her couch!

Check this out: Boston Dynamics is at it again. They do a lot of work for DARPA. If you go to youtube and search for Boston Dynamics you’ll see a number of incredible artificial “critters”. LOL!

Big toys for big boys.

Boston Dynamics’ Big Dog. (Not Bill!)

OMG. i m too old for these games.

I know you had some scares there in the 4th qtr.!

By history, whenever we beat Sc and LSU, we lose to UT. It took a last second TD, a funble and OT, but we may have broken that curse, too.

Fredster @12, in this video he says chicken nuggets aren’t made that way, BUT in the original aired version of that episode, that portion wasn’t there. AND, your quoted material above found exactly in the tested nugget what Jamie made in his!

SophieCT@20: That’s what was confusing. I think I’ll just forget the ones in the fast food places and see what I can find in the stores, carefully looking at the “ingredients”. LOL!

Chat, from last week y’all seem to have kicked the curse on having College Game Day there. 😉

@21: It’ll be interesting to see who plays receiver and running back next week. That funny smell may be from burning red shirts in Athens. I may have to punt for the ‘Dawgs. They were dropping like flies on ocky Top. Thank heavens for Murray’s arm.

@chat: LSU is really having to work against Miss. State. Shouldn’t be that way with them. Not happy here. 😦

Post big-game letdown, all the way around. At least neither of our teams had a plane crash prior to kickoff like UF did.
And delightfully, OSU is struggling with NW

@24: I thought you meant that figuratively about the plane until I searched it! 😯

Luv, luv, luv it about NW. 🙂

Fredster, my friend was a bit vague on the details. She got home at 1 am that evening after traveling for over 11 hours (normally a 6-hour trip). She was rather shell-shocked.

That chicken nugget thing is really gross. I have not had them recently, and now I think I won’t indulge again. 🙂

I switched over to the Wash. game and forgot to put this up.

MB: Yeah I think they’re off my menu also after reading that stuff.

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