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Best of the Forum – 29nd June 07
Ok, I'm out of here on holiday, so most likely there shan't be forum roundup posts for the next couple of weeks. They'll be picked up when I get back.

Alien Abduction Caught On Film In Dickinson, North Dakota (Emidawg)
A video has come to light of an alleged alien abduction. Well, when I say ‘come to light’, I mean more that the gentleman involved has sent said film to the director of HBCC UFO Research.
Highlights of the video are said to include a ‘spiraling thing’ and ‘entities’ which remove his blankets. I’m looking forward to the forthcoming release of the film…

Wrestler’s Murder-Suicide of Family (Tah)
Over the course of last weekend, WWE wrestler Chris Benoit tragically murdered his wife and son, then hung himself. The bodies of the family were not found until around 2pm on Monday. However, a little after midnight on Monday morning, someone updated Benoit’s Wikipedia page stating he’d missed a match on Saturday “stemming from the death of his wife Nancy”.
Authorities were looking into this curious incident throughout this week. On Friday, the anonymous user who had made the edits admitted to the changes. He said that the edit was not made with knowledge of the crime, and was based on rumours and speculation. [Entry corrected to say "son" instead of "daughter."]

Evolution of Beauty (Bok)
A short video showing the transformation of a woman from as she naturally is to made-up, photoshopped, altered billboard model.

Japanese toymaker to sell “Air-Guitar”! (David B.)
Takara Tomy Corp are now marketing gadgets to make playing air-guitar just that bit more realistic. The toy can be hooked up to speakers, attached to an MP3 player, or strapped to the wrist to allow music to go along with the motions of playing in a rock band. The item is programmed with ten songs, and will play just as long as the air-guitaring continues.
As a wrestling fan (please don't think less of me for that revelation) and a former wrestling manager, I've been following the Chris Benoit story carefully.

Man, it's weird.

I think you're going to see a lot of defensiveness on the part of Vince McMahon and WWE. The use of steroids by professional wrestlers is an open secret in the business and to those who follow it. The feds have raided Benoit's doctor's office and I'm willing to bet that the doc had several other wrestlers as patients and that probably isn't good for WWE, P.R.-wise.

This story isn't going away and it's going to get very interesting.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Jun 29, 2007  at  09:44 PM
Thanks for the forum roundup, Flora. See you on the flip-flop as truckers used to say on CB back in the Carter administration.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Fri Jun 29, 2007  at  09:45 PM
The phrase is "hanged himself," not "hung himself." You'd think a published writer would know these things, but I guess not.
Posted by J to the T  on  Sun Jul 01, 2007  at  11:11 AM
<a >On "hanged" versus "hung"</a>:

"There is, therefore, historical precedent for using the hanged form for hangings. However, hung is also found in this sense, and has been for hundreds of years; it seems to be becoming more and more frequent."

You'd think an English speaker would consider that English isn't identical all over the world before getting snarky, but I guess not. . .
Posted by Accipiter  on  Mon Jul 02, 2007  at  12:03 AM
I wasn't aware Flora had been published. When did this happen?
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Jul 02, 2007  at  10:52 AM
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