Sunday, July 03, 2011

A couple back-to-blogging stories: Horse drinks and revivals

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Two horses playing

To celebrate my triumphant return to blogging (snerk), I thought we’d start off with something relatively light-hearted. In that, your heart will float right up your throat once you read this [links removed for brevity]:

We'ere not exactly sure how someone goes about concocting an apple-infused horse semen shot, but apparently they are all the rage at Green Man Pub in Wellington, New Zealand. The shots were created as the pub's entry in the 14th annual Monteith's Beer & Wild Food Challenge.

The horse semen is proving more popular with women, although "a couple of them were worried they might bear children with long faces," chef Jason Varley told The Dominion. Men have been less enthusiastic about the beverage, though one brave male described the semen to be "like custard."

Horse semen isn't new to New Zealanders. This past March, the Hokitika Wild Foods Festival offered the drink as it came, or in cherry, licorice or banoffee pie flavors. "It is sort of quirky, I suppose," a festival organizer told AOL News.

The pub pays $300 for 20 vials of semen, which could be a pricey investment if people keep wanting to sample the drink. "No one's addicted to it, lets put it that way," said Varley.

Too disturbing? Okay, then, let’s go with something a little less upsetting [links removed for brevity]:

Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov (left) and Fagili Mukhametzyanov (right)
Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov (l) and Fagili Mukhametzyanov (r)

A woman has reportedly died from the shock of coming to life at her own funeral.

Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov, 49, was wrongly declared dead by doctors, but she actually died after hearing people pray for her soul in Kazan, Russia, according to the Daily Mail.

She was taken back to a hospital where she was declared dead, this time for good.

"Her eyes fluttered and we immediately rushed her back to the hospital but she only lived for another 12 minutes," her husband, Fagili Mukhametzyanov, said, according to the Daily News.

Mukhametzyanov said he plans to sue the hospital, which says it is conducting an investigation of the incident.

Her final cause of death was heart failure, according to reports. Her "first death" was also heart-related, a suspected heart attack.

Man, I just can’t seem to find good stories today, can I?

(funeral death story via @radleybalko)