Twenty-six year old Ana Lucia da Silva of Itaguai, Brazil mentioned to a neighbor that her husband, Lourival, have been instructed by a medium to sacrifice her to the demon "Exu" "in order to be recompensed with plenty of money to be gained in the lottery." Mrs. de Silva said Lourival had obtained the necessary paraphernalia: a "virgin" dagger, a large ceremonial pot to be filled with blood from the "lambs" heart, and several quarts of Cachaca - potent Brazilian rum, "required in any rites involving the demon Exu" When neighbors expressed concern for Ana Lucia's well-being, the latter told them that a faithful wife cannot disobey her husband, "especially when he is under Exu's orders." Nevertheless, police were notified. They broke into Lourival's home and arrested him as he was about to lower the knife into Ana Lucia's chest. She immediately straightened up the room; put away the dagger, sacrificial urn, and the cachaca bottles; took a bath to remove several dozen magic symbols Lourival had painted all over her body; then cooked a meal and took it to the jail, "in case Lourival might be hungry or dislike the prison diet" Brazil Herald
Ecstatic Hindus the world over claimed in 1995 that statues of the Hindu God were drinking milk.
The Misdeeds of Ralph Reed - Ralphie invited every single GOP presidential hopeful to the annual Christian Coalition conference except for Senator Arlen Specter, who is jewish. Led the Coalition on a nationwide series of seminars on how to win a seat on a school board. One of the suggestions was to avoid confrontation: "Smile as much as you can." Other tips included using Sunday School classes as a pool of potential campaign contributors and answering accusations of zealotry with a witty quip like, "As far as the teachers' union is concerned, everyone to the right of Karl Marx is radical right" And: "Don't wear your religion on your sleeve. You may be religious-but you must stay focused on school issues. Talk their language-they don't understand yours."
The Mile High Rabbis - Two Hasidic rabbis were charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old girl on a flight from Australia to L.A. Rabbi Israel Grunwald, head of a New York congregation and his assistant, Rabbi Yehudah Friedlander, who were returning from a conference on morality, were accused of groping the girl under a blanket while the cabin lights were dimmed for a movie during the long overnight flight. The girl claimed Grunwald engaged her in conversation, reached across an empty seat, placed his hand under her shirt and fondled her breast. He then let his horny pal tag in and the two rabbis switched places of Rabbi Friedlander could force his hand under her clothing to repeatedly touch her breasts and parts south. The girl protested vigorously throughout the incident and finally began sobbing and ran for the lavatory. They denied the charges saying, "It is impossible that an Orthodox Hasidic person would even speak to a female, much less touch her."
Word comes out of Southern California today that convicted serial killer Charles Manson has been receiving royalties on the Beach Boys song, "Good Vibrations" for many years. Turns out that Manson helped write the song one night during a wild, dope-laden party at Dennis Wilson's Topanga Canyon home. Sort of puts a whole new spin on the term, "good vibrations"
The Promise Keepers held a large rally in downtown Roanoke, Virginia this weekend and all took a solemn vow on Reverend Jerry Falwell's Bible to not wear skirts, carry purses or wear large purple triangles on their heads.
A Ugandan cult, the Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments of God, based in Kanunga, burnt 470 of their followers in some kind of doomsday suicide event. This was, of course, after a most impressive slaughter (3 full sized bulls) and feast (70 soda crates, etc. etc.) Estimates actually range between 235 and 470 cult members terminated, dead in a self-started church fire which charred all bodies beyond recognition. The blessed Virgin Mary promised an appearance to them on the 17th, but there are no survivors remaining to tell us if she made a cameo.