Yahoo Travel has revealed some of the most disturbing places on the planet. How about The Chapel of Bones in Portugal? The walls of this chapel are covered in artistically composed designs of bones from more than 5,000 human exhumed skeletons. On one wall, a child’s dried corpse hangs from a chain. Yikes. And there’s the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. It features a collection of anatomical oddities. And there’s a surgical amphitheater where amputations, tumor removals and hernia repairs were performed without anesthesia. Please. And how about the Chernobyl Amusement Park in Pripyat, Ukraine? The amusement park was built for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers and their families and was scheduled to open May 1, 1986. Unfortunately, five days earlier the world’s worst nuclear accident occurred. No one ever returned. That’s not too creepy, is it? I guess it’s all in good clean fun. Happy Halloween….
Sometimes if it says âextremely graphic videoââ¦ Iâll admit that I have to take a look.Â So Iâm not complaining that there are gruesome scenes showing the capture and death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.... Â Iâm the one who clicked on it, but I didnât enjoy it. Â Times have certainly changed.Â Scenes that were unattainable a few years ago are now everywhere on internet sites and blogs from around the world.Â I can imagine that there are plenty of newsrooms conflicted over whether to air some of this stuff.Â The inevitable technology has brought us a close up view of some exhilarating thingsâ¦ and some awful things.Â Iâm fine with a prime time network show refusing to air lurid video.Â But I believe that anyone over the age of 5 will see it, if he or she wants to. Â Gadhafi was a criminalâ¦ we get it.Â And we seem to have more tolerance for a violent demise, as long as heâs âa bad guy.âÂ But the uncontrolled frenzy, the mob mentality of those who surrounded him in his last momentsâ¦ gave me the chills.
I just want good things to happen to this guy.Â No, I didnât expect him to return to the 49ers this season.Â Heâs been vilified, spit on, virtually tarred and featheredâ¦ and blamed for everything including the Lindbergh kidnapping.Â To say his first six seasons were a little rocky is the understatement of the year.Â But look whatâs happened.Â Sports Illustratedâs Jim Trotter says Alex is âreborn.âÂ With Jim Harbaugh on boardâ¦ and with essentially the same roster as last yearâ¦ the Niners are 5-1.Â I thought if Alex Smith was just decent this year, it would be a confidence boost for him.Â Heâs been better than that.Â And this humble kid (whoâs the same age as Tim Lincecum), still gives credit to his teammates.Â And his guys love him back.Â The other day, Frank Gore said âNumber 11âs coming!Â You ainât seen nothinâ yet.âÂ If Alex keeps this up, heâll be more than the Comeback Player of the Yearâ¦ heâll be Comeback Player of The Decade.Â No, Alex Smith is not Joe Montana.Â The good news isâ¦. he doesnât have to be.Â In this weekâs SI, Peter Kingsuggests that Alex Smith vs. Aaron Rodgers in the NFC title game is not impossible.Â Yes, this is the same Peter King who picked the Rams to win the West.
One of my favorite shows is Real Sports on HBO, which seems to pop up once a month.Â Investigative pieces, player profiles, behind the scenes stories.. theyâre always top notch, and well worth finding.Â But this monthâs commentary by Bryant Gumbelon the status of the NBA lockout is whatâs drawing a lot of heat.Â He made reference to NBA Commissioner David Stern as âa modern day plantation overseer.âÂ Yikes.Â Are you kidding?Â A slavery reference?Â You obviously knew that would light a fire.Â Well, if you just wanted to get Real Sports some attentionâ¦ you certainly got your wish.Â I donât suppose this discussion will die down anytime soon.Â Shaun Powell of ESPNNewYork.comwrites, âYou can disagree with his tactics and his strategy and his idea of what makes for a financially stable NBA.Â But you canât, under any circumstances, compare the most progressive commissioner in sports to a slave owner.â
I know, youâve heard about the overblown Harbaugh-Schwartz incidenta hundred times this week.Â But I realized that the Handshake and ensuing melee, which took all of about 12 secondsâ¦ is a microcosm of what the 49ers have done to most of their opponents this season.Â They get under your skin, and thereâs nothing you can do about it.Â Getting beat by a bunch of no-names is so humiliating that afterward you chase them across the field and yell, âYou ruined my day!âÂ They not only refuse to apologize.. theyâre laughing all the way to the locker room.Â
IndyCar racing star Dan Wheldon is gone, following one of the worst crashes in the history of the sportâ¦ at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.Â He was a husband, a fatherâ¦ a champion and friend to many.Â Along with millions, I love the sport of auto racing.Â Of course, thereâs risk and danger.Â And some will say that any race track is an accident waiting to happen.Â But there have beenserious doubtsabout the safety of the steeply banked Las Vegas layout for years.. that itâs too fast, too dangerous.Â When someone as experienced as Dario Franchitti says, âIndyCars shouldnât be racing hereâ..Â someone should listen.Â
Letâs face it, the 49ers shockedthe Detroit Lions, the team the rest of America has been fawning over for weeks.Â Most of the NFL reporters wouldnât know Delanie Walker from Delaney and Bonnieâ¦ and yet that fourth down slant play to the 49ers tight end sealed the deal in a thriller.Â But all anyone wants to talk about is The Handshake. Hilarious.Â Hereâs what I saw:Â Americaâs darling got punched in the mouth by a bunch of no-names.Â Well, they do have names.Â Like Anthony Davis, Chilo Rachal, Aldon Smith and Teddy Ginn.Â And Lions coach Jim Schwartz?Â I knew you were in trouble when you implied that the 49ers were intimidated by deferring the kickoff.Â From what I can gather, youâre a cocky loudmouthcoach who even trash talks other players.Â Oh, you heard an obscenity?Â Get over it.Â A hard back slap?Â Wow.Â After having your ass kicked for four hours, youâre lucky thatâs all you got.
I wouldnât wish this on anyone.Â Well, actually I would.Â How about this unlikely scenario for this Sundayâ¦ It would be the ultimate challenge for those giddy Detroit fans, who are obviously basking in all this attention.Â The Tigers fall to Texas, and miss out on their chance at World Series glory.Â Within 15 minutes, the upstart San Francisco 49ers stick a dagger in the heart of Americaâs new darlings, and shock the Detroit Lions.Â Immediately following that, the new owner of the Motor Cityâs NBA franchise announces heâll be relocating the team to the West Coast.Â After the lockout ends, theyâll be known as the Huntington Beach Pistons.Â Eat that.Â Well, at least you still have the Red Wings.
You canât make this up.Â A crook in Delaware handed a bank tellera demand note for cash.Â When the clerk couldnât make out what it said, she slid it back and demanded he re-write it and submit it again.Â Instead, he bolted out the doorâ¦ and was arrested a few blocks away.Â I guess he should have invested in a laser printer.Â Thereâs a scene in Woody Allenâs Take The Money and Run,where Woodyâs character attempts to rob a bank.Â The teller canât read the demand note and argues over the sentence.. âIâm pointing a gun at you.âÂ The teller says, âThat looks like âgub.âÂ It doesnât look like âgun.ââ
Waitâ¦ didnât Terry Francona and GM Theo Epstein help the Boston Red Sox win two World Series after they hadnât sniffed a Championship in a hundred years?Â Oh well, anyone can have a good decade.Â Rick Adelman was there for the Kingsâ best years.Â Letâs run him out.Â Steve Mariucci?Â The last guy to take the 49ers to a playoff win.Â Weâre making some changes. Â Bill Neukom?Â Ten months after The Parade down Market Streetâ¦ who does he think he is?Â I know, you raise the bar so highâ¦ expectations change.Â Everybody gets hypercritical.Â Fans, sportswriters, the big wigs.Â Even Christopher Columbus, after opening the door to the New Worldâ¦ was shackled and sent to prison.Â I guess the more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Yeah, the three highest payrolls in baseball are done.. finished for the season.Â And though Alex Rodriguez took it like a man, to see the highest paid guy in the universe make the final out somehow felt righteous to the Yankee Haters.Â And the Red Sox collapse?Â Please.Â Well, Terry Francona mustâve gotten stupid.Â You wonât have him to kick around anymore.Â Oh, and the Phillies?Â I get the impression theyâre still bitter that the San Francisco Giants embarrassed them last year.Â The Giants had to have been a fluke, as if they stole their rightful crown.Â So this year would be differentâ¦ Philadelphia put together the best starting staff in baseball.Â All that got you is a seat on the sidelines.Â How do you like the view?Â Now itâs down to the Tigers, Rangers, Brewers and Cardinals.Â To be World Champions, just about everything has to go right in October.Â For only one of them, everything will.
Well, almost.Â I got the dreaded âJury Summons,â.Â This is my week to be available, so I had to check the court websiteevery day to see if I had to report downtown.Â I kept watching my number slide into the next box, until ultimately.. my service wasnât needed.Â Yes.Â Joy.Â Relief.Â Thank You. Itâs not that I tried to avoid jury service, but I didnât exactly volunteer.Â The last time I got called, Iâd barely had time for a cup of coffeeâ¦ and Iâm in the box for a murder trial.Â Yikes.Â Iâll tell you, it was a fascinating, learning experience.Â I saw first-hand how much work goes into prosecuting and defending someone whose life is on the line.Â Â And it doesnât all wrap up in 44 minutes, like on TV.Â Well, itâs hard not to appreciate the systemâ¦ and the judges, prosecutors, defenders and police who toil in it.Â It's not lost on me.Â Â Maybe I'llÂ catch you next time.
Well, it turns out I didnât know squat.Â Once again, I gladly enrolled at the University of Ken Burns.Â After watching his stunning 5 Â½ hour Prohibition documentary about a remarkable chapter of Americaâs history, I realized Iâve been uninformed at best.Â At worst, I must be a complete dunce.Â The story of alcoholism, morality and values spans more than a hundred years, so the ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment didnât happen overnight.Â Prohibition was supposed to be the answer to so many of our problems.Â It wasnât.Â Law-abiding citizens became criminalsâ¦. and thugs not only got rich, they became celebrities.Â Catch this excellent film if you can.Â Youâll see why Prohibitionis a lot more than machine guns and Al Capone.Â And why weâre still asking relevant questions about the role of government in peopleâs lives, and who is â and who is not â a real American.
Lots of people like to go rock climbing.Â The great outdoors, fresh air..Â the exhilaration.Â But after seeing Alex Honnold scale the face of a mountain, calling it climbing seems ridiculous.Â Lara Logan featured Alex on 60 Minutesâ¦. and it was fascinating, jaw-dropping and more than a little scary.Â Alex, whoâs 26, is from Sacramentoâ¦ and heâs the Leonardo da Vinci of climbers.Â What he does is called free-soloing.Â He climbs mountain faces and rocks without ropesâ¦ no climbing gear, no hooks, harnessesâ¦ no nothing.Â Of course, one little slipâ¦ one loose rock and youâre gone.Â I know, itâs insane.Â Heâs the first person to free-solo climb up the northwest face of Half Dome, 2,000 feet straight up in Yosemite.Â Heâs climbed rock walls people wouldnât tackle WITH ropes.Â Alex, Iâd rather you not do this anymore.Â Iâd like you to see age 30â¦ but I donât suppose youâll take my advice.Â Lara Logan.. thanks for the story.Â Â
Oh the 49ers didnât do much.Â They only came from 20 down midway through the third quarter to upset the Philadelphia Eagles on the roadâ¦ and are now an unlikely 3-1.Â Yeah the Eagles, known as The Dream Team, amassed a staggering 500 yards on offenseâ¦ and Michael Vick is as dangerous as advertised.Â So how in the world did this happen?Â Thatâs what Philly coach Andy Reid is wondering.Â His tight-lipped post game comments were pricelessâ¦ he was STEAMING.Â Did the Eagles aid in their embarrassment?Â Of courseâ¦ two field goals missed and a couple of big fumbles.Â But the 49ers took advantageâ¦ and with every first down, every completed pass, every dive into the end zoneâ¦. their confidence grows.Â And it looks like DeSean Jackson likes to trash talk before the game's over.Â You know what that makes you?Â 1-3.Â Hilarious.