Oktubre 2013

At the table, silence is golden, especially in noisy New York. That’s the gamble a young restaurant owner is taking with patrons, who are prohibited from talking during four-course meals.

The project, launched a month ago at Eat in Brooklyn’s fashionable Greenpoint neighborhood, has created a buzz in a city where restaurants are often so noisy that they trigger routine complaints.

Customers have to reserve days in advance for the privilege of eating without speaking or hearing a word on Friday or Saturday night in the small room that seats 25.

“I want to provide the opportunity for people to experience the food with a kind of intention and attention to the experience that isn’t usually afforded by a loud meal, especially in New York City,” manager Nicholas Nauman told AFP.

Customers who dare break the golden rule during the $40 prix fixe meal are forced to finish their plate on a bench outside.

Sitting at long, wooden tables adorned with stoneware, the clients play along while tasting a menu based on local organic ingredients.

For an entire hour, they savor the food, watch one another and don’t say a word, as though cut off from the hustle and bustle of the outside world.

Cell phones must also be turned off. Some struggle to keep serious in the face of an experience that is the polar opposite of the constant frenzy prevalent in New York, the city that never sleeps.

Accolades from all around

“We’re bringing our own intentionality to it as well,” explained the restaurant’s chef Elsa Schmitt, using a philosophical term for the mind’s power to stand in for things or concepts.

“We know what is about to take place so we’re bringing our own energies to it.”

As the dinner ends, after dessert, the silence ends.

Nauman, 28, breaks the silence first with a “thank you guys,” and is greeted by applause from his customers.

“It was very enjoyable,” said chemist Kevin Stokely.

Morgan Yakus, who like most clients was in her 30s, spoke of the almost transcendental experience as an “internal dialogue of your mind, saying all kids of things.”

“I wanted to laugh. You’re going through stages but by the end, you’re in a really zen, relaxed stage,” she said.

Alison Wise came with her boyfriend, and the couple was won over as well, though for different reasons.

“It was a really nice way to spend time together without any of the pressure of coming up with anything to say,” she said.

At first, Nauman had hoped to organize one silent meal per month. But his haven of silence in a hub of sound was so popular that it quickly became a weekly affair.

source: http://ph.news.yahoo.com/york-restaurant-serves-silent-treatment-035422203.html

A Chinese porn addict is now recovering in hospital after undergoing intensive surgery to extract a giant live eel that had gnawed its way up his digestive tract after he shoved it up his anus.

The 39-year-old man from China’s southeastern Guangdong province had reportedly rushed himself to a local hospital after his attempts to recreate a kinky scene he saw in a porn video went horribly wrong. At the hospital be pleaded with medics to help save him from the 20-inch eel chewing up his intestines

“Please, please help me. The eel is moving through my body,” he said, according to The Sun.

After enduing all-night surgery, doctors successfully extracted the 20-inch Asian swamp eel from the man’s body.

According to Huffington Post, the eel reportedly gnawed through the man’s colon, perforating his large intestine, and became stuck in his body cavity.

Members of the medical team explained that the eel, was “simply trying to find its way out,” according to The Sun.

“It was still alive when we got it out but it died soon afterwards, which was probably a mercy,” the medical team member said. “This was a particularly idiotic stunt and could have caused him a serious injury. Eels have small but very sharp teeth.”

However, the nightmare isn’t over for the 39-year-old porn addict. According to The Sun, a police spokesman said authorities plan to interview the man over alleged animal cruelty.

Source: http://www.counselheal.com/articles/4851/20130411/porn-addict-hospitalized-trapped-giant-eel-gnaws-through-digestive-tract.htm



A two-year-old boy from Huaxi, has undergone an operation to give ‘birth’ after doctors diagnosed him as ‘pregnant’.

Xiao Feng, was brought to hospital after his stomach had become so distended that he had begun to suffer breathing difficulties.

Once admitted, doctors took x-rays and MRI scans and discovered that Feng was carrying the undeveloped foteus of his own twin inside his stomach and they rushed him to surgery.

The removed foetus measured 20 cm in width and had a fully formed spine and limbs, including fingers and toes.

In a church in Ivor, Virginia, clothing is option for everyone from the pastor to the congregation. Members in this church worship in the nude taking the statement “Come as you are” very literal.  People who attend Whitetail Chapel don’t have to worry about finding something to wear on Sunday Services. Pastor Allen Parker defends that God doesn’t care if the believers wear clothes while they pray to Him. “If God made us that way why can that be wrong?” says the pastor, according to The Run Down. Members of the church also explain it has nothing to do with being sexual but being free from societal judgments. “There is no pressure to be anything other than who you are,” says one of the congregants. The Whitetail Chapel is part of the Whitetail Nudist Resort.


source: http://endtimeheadlines.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/days-of-lot-nude-church-in-virginia-pastor-and-congregants-naked-as-they-worship-god/