Dozens of Michigan hearse enthusiasts will show off their casket-carrying cars during a parade through Hell.
The procession Saturday is part of the 13th annual Hellfest celebration in the hamlet 45 miles west of Detroit. It follows an all-hearse car show.
The Hell-based car club called Just Hearse ‘N Around is hoping to reclaim a Guinness World Records mark it set in 2011 when 51 vehicles made the parade. A 107-strong hearse contingent in the Netherlands shattered that record a year later.
Just Hearse ‘N Around co-founder Frank Hendeen told the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, of Howell, that some funeral homes will take part.
But the retired police officer says, “most won’t, because they think we’re a bunch of — well, we are weird people.”
Clemson University is requiring students to reveal how many times they’ve had sex in the past month and with how many partners.
“They’re upset. They’re paying this astronomical tuition to come here, and they’re talking to their parents about these questions, and their parents are getting upset about having to spend this kind of money at Clemson where their students are being asked these kinds of questions.” Tweet This
In screenshots obtained exclusively by Campus Reform, the South Carolina university is asking students invasive and personal questions about their drinking habits and sex life as part of what they’ve billed as an online Title IX training course.
“How many times have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks one question.
“With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last 3 months?” asks another.
In a campus-wide email, the South Carolina university announced that all students, faculty, and staff would be required to complete a mandatory, one-hour long Title IX training course by November 1.
“We believe you’ll enjoy the assignment,” the email, provided to Campus Reform, reads. “It is an engaging and informative online course, created with students for students. It will provide you with useful information regarding sexual violence and relationships. The course promotes a healthier and safer campus environment.”
Although the email said that the course—which also asks if a student is a part of Greek life or an athlete—was “created by students,” it is actually a product of CampusClarity, “[a] Title IX and Campus SaVE Act education program that combines sexual assault and substance abuse prevention in a comprehensive online training program.”
Many students are concerned about privacy issues surrounding the third-party site. While some questions do include a green “anonymous” bar across the top of the screen, Clemson students are still required to log in to the course with their student IDs and include their first and last names, email addresses, and housing information.
“It’s not that I have an issue with being trained on Title IX,” one Clemson student told Campus Reform in an interview. “I have an issue with the personal questions that are asked, and the fact that I’m told it’s anonymous, but it’s clearly linked to my name, and it’s obviously through a third party so not only is my information that I’m going to be filling out—incredibly personal information regarding my sex life that I have issues with speaking about—it’s not only going to the university, it’s going to a third party company that I don’t know.”
“I don’t know what they’re doing with the data, but I’ve been told time and time again that the data that they are collecting, they aren’t analyzing or using the data for anything, so then I don’t understand why they’re asking the questions either,” the student, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from the university, went on to say.
Roger Clinkscales, a senior accounting major at Clemson, agreed with the student and as a former member of the school’s student government, is calling on the current student government to pass a resolution demanding surveys and trainings to include the state, federal, or accreditation code which deems it mandatory.
“Does the university need to know if I had oral or normal sex in the last three months after I’ve been drinking alcohol or using drugs recreationally or if I used a condom during?” Clinkscales toldCampus Reform. “They don’t need to know that for a gender equality questionnaire.”
Clinkscales is set to graduate in December but has not yet taken the quiz as the university has not responded to his inquiry about why the training, with the questionnaire, is mandatory.
“The questions are a part of the training so that you may get a sense of the behaviors and experiences of other Clemson students,” an email from the university to one student, obtained byCampus Reform, said. “Often, students have an exaggerated perception of the behaviors of their peers, so these questions are in hopes of clarifying those misconceptions.”
Jerry Knighton, Director of the Office of Access and Equity, told Campus Reform that the mandatory course is to comply with requirements from the Office of Civil Rights to ensure that federally funded colleges are educated on Title IX. Knighton said other institutions may have different approaches.
The email also said that students can choose whether or not to answer the questions truthfully. Dr. J. David Woodard, a political science professor at Clemson, told Campus Reform that he had heard from several students who had simply made up answers to the questions.
“I don’t understand why the university has a right to mandate this as forcible information when it’s so private, it’s personal, and no one should have to give that up,” Woodard told Campus Reform in an interview. “It’s so much of a disconnect from what we know this campus to be.”
In an email to one student that was obtained by Campus Reform, the school says that failure to complete the course will be a violation of the “Student Code of Conduct, General Student Regulation 8: Failure to Comply with Official Request.”
The link provided in the email did not specify what punishment students could face, but instead said that “a student may be subject to disciplinary action when such behavior is deemed detrimental or disruptive to the mission, purposes and/or goals of the University and may not be provided for herein.”
The Campus SaVE Act does require that colleges provide “primary prevention and awareness programs” for new students and employees. However, those programs do not require higher education institutions to collect data of students’ sex lives.
Faculty have thus far been unable to access their version of the mandatory course. Priscilla Harrison, a senior consultant in Clemson’s Office of Access and Equity, told Campus Reform in an email that the faculty version of the course will be available next week. Faculty will still need to complete the one-hour training by Nov. 1.
“If it’s anything like the student version, I can assure you…I’m not going to take it,” Woodard said.
Woodard speculated that he would be written up in his permanent personnel record if he failed to take the training. Such a write-up affects faculty raises.
Knighton said they his office will follow up with the supervisors of employees who do not complete the course.
“This is not reflective of anything about campus awareness,” Woodard said. “All it is is just brainwash, it’s propaganda.”
Woodard confirmed to Campus Reform that some students and their parents have begun talking to attorneys.
“They’re upset. They’re paying this astronomical tuition to come here, and they’re talking to their parents about these questions, and their parents are getting upset about having to spend this kind of money at Clemson where their students are being asked these kinds of questions,” he said.
“Requiring students to divulge personal information about past intimacies and relationships is an egregious violation of students’ privacy,” Attorney Brad Dacus, President of the Pacific Justice Institute, told Campus Reform in an interview.
The training also makes the claim that one in four women will be sexually assaulted while in college, which according to one student Campus Reform spoke to, instills an atmosphere of fear on campus. According to the latest crime statistics provided by Clemson, two forcible sex offenses were reported in 2012, four in 2011, and two in 2010.
A university official did not respond to a request for comment from Campus Reform inquiring into the cost of the survey.
UPDATE, 1:17 a.m. — Clemson University has suspended the mandatory training until further notice due to the content of certain questions.
A Seattle prosecutor has charged 26-year-old Chantae Gilman with second-degree rape after a man reportedly awoke from a deep sleep and found her on top of him in his bed.
The unidentified, 31-year-old man said he awoke at 2 a.m. on June 17, 2013 to Gilman straddling him and having sexual intercourse with him. Police say he told the 240-pound suspect to get off, but she allegedly refused and told him to be quiet. He was able to break free from underneath her and said he pushed her out of the apartment.
The victim said he’d gone to sleep following a night of partying and a “long day.” He didn’t know Gilman but recognized her as a “drug user in the area,” a detective told The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Local hospital staff performed a sexual assault examination later in the day. The DNA collected during the case matched Gilman’s this year.
Gilman told police that she didn’t remember the incident or being in his home. She described herself as mentally ill.
Seattle police acknowledged to KOMO-TV that an arrest of a female rapist is unusual.
“From a statistical standpoint, yes, it is atypical to have a female aggressor,” SPD Det. Drew Fowler told the station. “But we work to hold all people responsible for their actions. The law is specifically written to be gender-equitable and we will charge anybody with a crime that they’ve committed.”
KOMO has more:
Gilman is a mother of four who is eight months pregnant with her fifth child, said Elwin Hartfield, a friend who answered the door at her last known address in Seattle. Hartfield said Gilman was in treatment in Eastern Washington, and that she’d been treated for mental health issues and drug abuse in the past.
Don’t you hate when you walk back to your car after shopping, pop the trunk to put the groceries inside, and come face to face with the corpse of your neighbor? That will ruin your whole afternoon! And it’s what one woman in Los Angeles says happened to her at a local Walmart.
The body was reportedly found inside a gold Lexus GS300. Although the woman says she discovered the body after opening the trunk, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office said the victim was likely killed where the woman lived. Which would make sense as KCAL also reported the woman told witnesses she knew the victim as her neighbor.
Sgt. Dave Amador of the Riverside Police Department told the news channel that he found the circumstances of the case to be unique. It doesn’t seem like people discovering dead bodies in their trunks is exactly commonplace.
It’s very unusual, it’s one of a kind. I mean, we do get bodies in trunks. But to open it up and say they know him. And didn’t know they were in there, that’s unusual.
So, if the man in the trunk was killed back in Pomona, where the woman lives—why didn’t she notice? Well, she apparently told police she had smelled something funny in the car, and yet it appears she never actually felt the need to investigate.
Now, I’ve never had a dead body in my trunk, but I imagine some pine scented air fresheners are not going to make that smell tolerable enough for me to put it off while I visit the local big box store. Just sayin’.
Back in 2008, during the early days of the Android mobile operating system, there were only a few hundred apps to choose from in Google’s marketplace. A ton of those apps were variations of fart sound effect generators. Which meant, inevitably, a sh*t ton (pun intended) of fart apps proliferating in both the Android and iOS marketplaces.
But out of the storm came one brave developer, who chose to add purpose to digital pooting: with the Fart Code app.
We knew that wearables could be way more fun.
We scanned a bottle of hickory-flavored barbecue sauce and were surprised to get a “Gross” fart rating, with the culprit ingredient being fructose.
Fart Code, it turns out, is more of an analyzer than a toy. It uses your iPhone’s camera to scan the barcodes of food products. It then checks the ingredients and tells the user what kind of fart it will likely produce, and what’s in the food that causes it. Types of farts are ranked on a scale from “Stinky” to “Toxic,” and the ingredients are explained.
If that’s not enough to for you, Fart Code also mimics the sound of the fart, and vibrates to match the effect said fart would have on your digestive system. For example, we scanned a bottle of hickory-flavored barbecue sauce and were surprised to get a “Gross” fart rating, with the culprit ingredient being fructose. All this time, we were blaming the pounds of grilled meat.
And yeah, maybe the thing is meant for “education,” as the grownups will tell you: so says Margaret Johnson, executive creative director and partner at the GS&P advertising group. “It’s a fun and engaging way to get kids to think about what they are putting in their bodies,” Johnson said in a press release. But we adults are having fun with it, too.
There isn’t a version of Fart Code for Android yet — ironic, given their history of fart apps — so only iOS users will be able to scan and predict what will come out of their can. If you have an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, it’s a freebie. Consider it a better time investment than Yo.
A “low, slow, silent, see-through triangle” was videotaped in the sky above Leland, North Carolina, on the night of May 13, 2014.
The man who taped the event — an alleged military combat instructor who prefers to remain anonymous — reported it in August to MUFON, the Mutual UFO Network, where it’s listed as case #58923 and is still under investigation.
Here is part of the witness description as reported to MUFON:
I was looking through [night vision] goggles and noticed a ‘plane’ coming toward me from the north, heading south. It was relatively low, 5,000 feet or a little less. I’m pretty good at estimating distances, I’m an experienced skydiver and long-distance shooter. I thought it was a little weird that I wasn’t hearing it coming toward me, so I started recording on the PVS-14 [night vision monocular].
As I’m watching it, I notice that as it’s passing stars, I could see stars through the craft! I saw stars through the ‘fuselage’ of the craft! Later, I confirmed this when I reviewed the video.
Watch the object in night vision here. The witness description continues below.
The craft was in the shape of a triangle. There were two lights at the rear of the vehicle, circular, with a blinking light, also circular, almost between them, just a little above the two rear lights. The light in front was shaped like a triangle itself, with a small, round light right behind it. So all together: five lights. This thing was low and slow and silent!!
The last weird thing that I noticed was that, when I took the goggles down for a second to get a bearing as to where it was in the sky, I couldn’t see any of the lights, not the fixed lights, not the single blinking light. I couldn’t see it without night vision goggles.
So, what, exactly, are we to make of all of this?
“What struck me was that I have seen this before. This is very likely none other than an aerial refueling operation at night,” MUFON chief photo and video analyst Marc Dantonio told Open Minds TV.
“I have seen this exact same thing flying right over my house at night,” Dantonio said. “What surprises many people is that large aircraft also aerially refuel as well as fighters and this is even more odd-looking. If you notice in the video in this case, the aircraft following behind is a regular full size jet aircraft showing normal navigation lighting, and the forward aircraft has its lighting on as well, minus strobes, which is probably an anti-glare procedure of some sort for the aft pilot so he can maneuver to the fueling boom.”
In the following composite image, a star can be seen moving through what could be mistaken for the fuselage of the aerial object, if it’s a single aircraft. The red arrows show the position of the star as the object moves in the sky.
What would account for the video appearing to show some stars moving through the aircraft fuselage, or the fact that the witness didn’t hear any sound during his sighting?
“As far as sound, these two jets were much higher up than [the witness] thought, and this explains the lack of sound,” said Dantonio. And as far as the stars passing ‘through’ the aircraft, they can clearly be seen passing between them, but if you end up thinking that this is one large object, then one might think you are seeing stars passing through a transparent, larger object.”
To get some further opinion on this case, HuffPost reached out to Ben Hansen, president of NightVisionOps.com.
“[Marc and I] agree that it looks as if the object was filmed ‘in-camera.’ What’s being alleged as stars do appear consistent with what stars look like,” Hansen told HuffPost.
Hansen didn’t agree with Dantonio’s idea that the video shows a refueling operation, because it appears that the objects turn approximately 180 degrees during the course of the video.
“I spoke with a guy who was in the Air Force with advanced degrees in aeronautical science, and after showing him the video, he said you have 30 seconds to connect a plane that’s being refueled to the refueler, and protocol is to maintain straight and level flight while you’re refueling. Both he and I agree that it makes no sense, and would probably be impossible for this to be any type of plane that’s refueling while doing a turn,” Hansen said.
According to Dantonio, while the video appears to show the craft (or more than one craft) turning in the sky, he believes this is the result of the videographer actually turning the camera on his tripod, to keep the objects in view. In that scenario, Hansen would be correct in saying that the aircraft were most likely going in a straight line during a refueling operation. He also shared his own similar encounter with a flying triangle.
“In May of 2013, I witnessed a triangular craft in California which, I believe — if I would’ve had my night vision — it would’ve looked very similar to what [this North Carolina eyewitness] filmed. The underside of the triangle looked exactly like the sky above in color. I didn’t see stars through it, but I have an open mind that some form of cloaking technology may already exist.
“Even if it’s not ours,” Hansen added, “if this is a full-scale craft and not some type of a remote controlled model, this exhibits unconventional maneuvering and cloaking capability that’s quite extraordinary.”