Tuesday, May 26, 2009

For Your Information...

Fette Sau Dry Rub

1/3 cup garlic powder
1 1/2 Tbsp ground cumin
2 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup ground cinnamon
2 cup ground coffee (espresso grind)
2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup ground black pepper

Enough rub for enough meat for 4 people.

The rub can be used on any cut of meat, on a BBQ or in smoker.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Man sucks on dogs nose.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A man said he saved his dog's life after sucking venom from a rattlesnake bite out of the animal's nose. Bobby Jenkins said he began feeling ill after getting his dog, Tank, to a veterinarian. He went to the hospital and received a dose of antivenin.
In all, Jenkins needed four vials of antivenin at a cost of $3,500 per vial.
Meanwhile, Jenkins said his dog's head swelled up to three times its normal size. Tank had been bitten after running under some equipment on the family ranch.
The dog also received antivenin and both Jenkins and his dog have recovered.

Dude smokes weed out of skull. Gets high.

HOUSTON - At least three teenagers admitted to using a severed human head as a bong to smoke marijuana -- after digging it up from a gravesite, a newspaper reported Thursday.

According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, 17-year-old Kevin Wade Jones told police about the incident while the teen was being questioned about some recent vehicle burglaries in the area.

At first, authorities said they didn't believe Jones' pot-smoking story because it was so morbid. They also believed it was a diversion tactic to draw attention away from the vehicle burglaries.

Later, however, police realized the story's truth after visiting one of Jones' cohorts. Officials said when they questioned 17-year-old Matthew Richard Gonzales about the incident, the boy vomited in a plate of food he was eating.

Jones, Gonzales and another teen are accused of digging up the corpse of an 11-year-old boy and using his head to smoke the marijuana. However, it wasn't clear whether the teens actually decapitated the body.

The corpse belonged to a young boy named Willie Simms, who died in 1921. Authorities confirmed that the boy's grave was found vandalized, but the head used to smoke pot had not yet been recovered. The little-known cemetery, where the child was buried, is believed to have been reserved for black military veterans and their families during the first half of the 20th century.

Police are looking to question a fourth person about the incident, but it wasn't clear whether that person participated in the actions.

The other three teens are charged with abuse of a corpse -- a misdemeanor. Each of the boys reportedly gave written and verbal confessions, in which they claimed to have dug up the boy's body during a two-day period.

Authorities are trying to find living relatives of the boy. They said their ultimate goal is to put the child's body back to rest.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Zombie Fire Ants

It sounds like something out of science fiction: zombie fire ants. But it's all too real.
Fire ants wander aimlessly away from the mound.
Eventually their heads fall off, and they die.
The strange part is that researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M's AgriLife Extension Service say making "zombies" out of fire ants is a good thing.
"It's a tool — they're not going to completely wipe out the fire ant, but it's a way to control their population," said Scott Ludwig , an integrated pest management specialist with the AgriLife Extension Service in Overton , in East Texas .
The tool is the tiny phorid fly, native to a region of South America where the fire ants in Texas originated. Researchers have learned that there are as many as 23 phorid species along with pathogens that attack fire ants to keep their population and movements under control.
So far, four phorid species have been introduced in Texas .
The flies "dive-bomb" the fire ants and lay eggs. The maggot that hatches inside the ant eats away at the brain, and the ant starts exhibiting what some might say is zombie-like behavior.
"At some point, the ant gets up and starts wandering," said Rob Plowes, a research associate at UT.
The maggot eventually migrates into the ant's head, but Plowes said he "wouldn't use the word 'control' to describe what is happening. There is no brain left in the ant, and the ant just starts wandering aimlessly. This wandering stage goes on for about two weeks."
About a month after the egg is laid, the ant's head falls off and the fly emerges ready to attack any foraging ants away from the mound and lay eggs.
Plowes said fire ants are "very aware" of these tiny flies, and it only takes a few to cause the ants to modify their behavior.
"Just one or two flies can control movement or above-ground activity," Plowes said. "It's kind of like a medieval activity where you're putting a castle under siege."
Researchers began introducing phorid species in Texas in 1999. The first species has traveled all the way from Central and South Texas to the Oklahoma border. This year, UT researchers will add colonies south of the Metroplex at farms and ranches from Stephenville to Overton . It is the fourth species introduced in Texas .
Fire ants cost the Texas economy about $1 billion annually by damaging circuit breakers and other electrical equipment, according to a Texas A&M study. They can also threaten young calves.
Determining whether the phorid flies will work in Texas will take time, perhaps as long as a decade.
"These are very slow acting," Plowes said. "It's more like a cumulative impact measured across a time frame of years. It's not an immediate silver bullet impact."
The flies, which are USDA -approved, do not attack native ants or species and have been introduced in other Gulf Coast states, Plowes said. Despite initial concerns, farmers and ranchers have been willing to let researchers use their property to establish colonies. At the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Fort Worth in March, Plowes said they found plenty of volunteers.
By Bill Hanna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


I know this is a year old... BUT...

Dustin put a link to the blog in an email 90 seconds ago... so I'm tossing this video up... see you tomorrow...
..and yeah.. it's really him...