The oldest house in Paris (51 Rue de Montmorency) was the first home of Nicolas Flamel. Yes, the alchemist mentioned in the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. How quaint is that?
(Photo: Lina Nordin)
Planned Parenthood is having a day.
Sept. 29 saw Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood testify in front of a House Oversight committee to respond to those video tapes.
In response, young adult author Daniel Handler, more popularly known as Lemony Snicket tweeted out that him and his wife would donate heavily to the cause.
Handler is most known for writing the children's series A Series of Unfortunate Events.
Planned Parenthood was very appreciative.
As The New York Times reported, it's been a bit of a circus on Captiol Hill.
In testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the president, Cecile Richards, faced off against conservative lawmakers who are seeking to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood after videos released by anti-abortion activists purported to show officials from the health group trying to sell fetal tissue. It was her first appearance before Congress since the issue exploded in July.
The appearance by Ms. Richards before the House committee underscored a broader fight between the parties over Planned Parenthood as the clock ticks on a government shutdown that will begin on Thursday if a stopgap spending bill cannot be passed. While the funding fight is ostensibly about abortion and fetal tissue, the subtext is politics: Republicans perceive Planned Parenthood as a well-oiled, well-funded machine promoting Democratic candidates.
Tuesday's hearing quickly became contentious as Republican lawmakers assailed the organization as more a political advocacy organization that wastes federal money than a health care group that deserves to receive taxpayer dollars.
It's certainly provided some notable bits already.
It's not October yet, but we can all be pleasantly freaked out by this video of a supposed ghost going HAM all over this quaint Irish home.
Ashy Murphy posted this video and the one below to her Facebook page a couple days ago. Both videos seem to show her standing in the corner of her kitchen while the lampshade freaks out, the bread box opens and a cabinet door swings wide.
But the kicker is this nonsense:
I mean, we don't believe in ghosts or anything, or are at the very least highly skeptical. And all of these things that happen seem pretty easy to reproduce with string and a buddy.
Still, though. This is one of the most compelling pieces purportedly capturing ghost activity that we've seen in a while.
What do you think?
Would you buy me? I'd buy me.
When Special Agent-in-training Clarice Starling found the serial killer she'd been searching for, Buffalo Bill, she probably had no time to appreciate the multi-storied, rural Victorian home where he kept victims trapped in a subterranean well. Well now's your chance!
Retired couple Scott and Barbara Lloyd are now selling that piece of movie history, even though it doesn't include all the facets mentioned in the movie.
The New York Daily News has some details on the story:
Clarice Starling, the FBI cadet played by Jodie Foster, tracks down the former patient of Dr. Hannibal Lecter, played by Anthony Hopkins, in Ohio in the movie. But this home is in Western Pennsylvania in the village of Layton in Fayette County.
The house also doesn't have a deep dry well for taking people captive like the one created in a sound stage in the film. Rather, the three-story 1910 home features four bedrooms, a four-car garage and an asking price of $300,000, according to a listing posted Saturday on Realtor.com.
You can see that house in action right here, and then decide whether you'd like to attend an open house. You can probably leave your night vision goggles at home.
Good thing these bird aren’t the Alfred Hitchcock type.
A guy in Texas came home after running some errands to find a huge flock of birds had infiltrated his home. He captured the chaos in two separate videos (part 1 is above and part 2 is embedded below).
“There are birds everywhere,” he says. “This is fucked up.”
There were upwards of 25 of the animals fluttering around, which he assumes were swallows.
He described the bizarre incident in a post on Reddit:
I opened the front door and heard what sounded like wings… I kind of flipped sh*t. Long story short We got them all out safely. There was a lot of cleanup involved, but all of the birds are fine. We think they got in through the chimney since last summer we thought we could hear birds chirping.
So it’s probably not an evil curse or omen, but he if he comes home to find plague of locusts in the next few days, it might be time to call a priest.