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Please Promise Yourself …….
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
09 Jul 2015 Leave a comment
On 9 July 1877, the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club begins its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon, then an outer suburb of London. Twenty-one amateurs showed up to compete in the Gentlemen’s Singles tournament, the only event at the first Wimbledon. The winner was to take home a 25-guinea trophy.
Tennis has its origins in a 13th-century French handball game called jeu de paume, or “game of the palm,” from which developed an indoor racquet-and-ball game called real, or “royal,” tennis. Real tennis grew into lawn tennis, which was played outside on grass and enjoyed a surge of popularity in the late 19th century.
In 1868, the All England Club was established on four acres of meadowland outside London. The club was originally founded to promote croquet, another lawn sport, but the growing popularity of tennis led it to incorporate tennis lawns into its facilities. In 1877, the All England Club published an announcement in the weekly sporting magazine
The Field that read:
“The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, propose to hold a lawn tennis meeting open to all amateurs, on Monday, July 9, and following days. Entrance fee pounds 1 1s 0d.”
The All English Club purchased a 25-guinea trophy and drew up formal rules for tennis. It decided on a rectangular court 78 feet long by 27 feet wide; adapted the real tennis method of scoring based on a clock face – i.e., 15, 30, 40, game; established that the first to win six games wins a set; and allowed the server one fault. These decisions, largely the work of club member Dr. Henry Jones, remain part of the modern rules.
Twenty-two men registered for the tournament, but only 21 showed up on 9 July for its first day. The 11 survivors were reduced to six the next day, and then to three. Semi-finals were held on 12 July, but then the tournament was suspended to leave the London sporting scene free for the Eton vs. Harrow cricket match played on Friday and Saturday. The final was scheduled for Monday, 16 July, but, in what would become a common occurrence in future Wimbledon tournaments, the match was rained out.
It was rescheduled for 19 July, and on that day some 200 spectators paid a shilling each to see William Marshall, a Cambridge tennis “Blue,” battle W. Spencer Gore, an Old Harrovian racquet player. In a final that lasted only 48 minutes, the 27-year-old Gore dominated with his strong volleying game, crushing Marshall 6-1, 6-2, 6-4. At the second Wimbledon in 1878, however, Gore lost his title when his net-heavy game fell prey to an innovative stroke developed by challenger Frank Hadow: the lob.
In 1884, the Ladies’ Singles was introduced at Wimbledon, and Maud Watson won the first championship. That year, the national men’s doubles championship was also played at Wimbledon for the first time after several years at Oxford. Mixed doubles and women’s doubles were inaugurated in 1913. By the early 1900s, Wimbledon had graduated from all-England to all-world status, and in 1922 the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, as it was then known, moved to a large stadium on Church Road. In the 1950s, many tennis stars turned professional while Wimbledon struggled to remain an amateur tournament.
However, in 1968 Wimbledon welcomed the pros and quickly regained its status as the world’s top tennis tournament. Notable modern champions include Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer who both won it five years in a row, Pete Sampras who won it seven times in total, Martina Navratilova who won the ladies’ singles nine times and numerous doubles titles, Todd Woodbridge who won nine doubles titles, and Boris Becker who is the youngest winner of the men’s singles title at age 17.
The Wimbledon Championships, the only major tennis event still played on grass, is held annually in late June and early July.
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Having a bad week at work with a smile, I said to my best friend ‘So far its been a very rough week BUT – on a positive note I didn’t need any bail money and didn’t need to hide any bodies’, to which he replied ‘So what you’re saying is you did buy that industrial sized wood chipper?’
So this got me thinking – BUT before you ask, your all safe I have no intentions of hunting you down with any industrial sized machine. Plus how would i transport it? LoL
Anyway … let’s paint a dark picture: You’ve finally snapped and committed the heinous act of murder. The problem is that you let it happen without properly planning things out. Now, you have this nasty little human corpse lying around. How do you get rid of it?
Movies and literature have offered clever ways to get rid of dead bodies for years. In Luc Besson’s Nikita, Victor “The Cleaner” uses acid to dissolve bodies in a tub. In Psycho, Norman Bates mummifies his mother and keeps her around for posterity’s sake. And in the Coen Brothers’ Fargo, Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) feeds Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) to a woodchipper.
Since concentrated acid is hard to come by and I don’t have very good taxidermy skills, this got me wondering: Is a woodchipper an effective way to dispose of a body? (Yes I always have interesting conversations with my best friend – after all that’s what best friends are for – right??)
Woodchippers are specifically designed to break apart large branches and pieces of wood, pulverizing them into wood chips. There are several types of mechanisms used, but the end result is the same: pretty much anything else that is fed through – including leaves, twigs, weeds, or human body parts – gets pulverized.
One of the precautions of a woodchipper use is to not wear loose-fitting clothing as this can snag on branches or other debris and pull a person into the woodchipper. Of course, even only partial damage by a woodchipper can cause serious injury or death. The loss of a limb can result in a person bleeding out with the majority of his or her body intact. Woodchippers are so dangerous that professional grade ones should be built with a feed control bar to stop objects from being fed to the chipper mechanism. This is not always the case with smaller, but no less dangerous, machines you can rent for the home.
I always thought bone was much stronger than wood! Obviously not. Bone is made primarily from calcium phosphate and collagen fibers. They are spongy rather than rigid, which allows bones to withstand strong impacts. Bone is also fairly light weight, making it pound-for-pound stronger than steel. (Yes, I’ve been bizzy reading into woodchippers LoL) However, bones do not fare so well against shearing and torsion forces. In other words, chop at or twist a bone, and you only need (on average) about 9 pounds of force to break it. The forces inside the jaws of a woodchipper happen perpendicular to the length of the bone, which would result in pulverizing the skeleton. And don’t worry — everything else in a body would shred away fairly easily.
After authorities found various clues including a discarded carpet containing Helle Crafts’ blood they arrested Richard Crafts for murder. Because the body had been essentially scattered to the four winds, the prosecution faced a challenge in proving murder without an actual body. During the investigation, detectives uncovered an array of debris, which included blonde hair, fingernails, tooth fragments, bone chips, and a toe. It amounted to only three ounces of human remains, but it was identified as belonging to Helle Crafts.
During the trial, an expert testified that the bone fragments from the skull could not be removed from a person without killing her. Additionally, the state police even recreated the event using a pig, to prove a body could be disposed of in this way. (Don’t worry. The pig was already dead before they put it through the woodchipper.)
During the making of Fargo, the Coens shared this story with Stormare. In preparation for his role, he researched Helle Crafts’ murder, and on the DVD making-of documentary Minnesota Nice, Stormare suggests that he found dozens of accounts of people being put through a woodchipper. Those crazy Scandinavians!
Ultimately, the answer to the question is yes, a woodchipper can get rid of a body to a degree. However, it spreads the evidence all over the place. It also doesn’t get rid of the body at the cellular level, often leaving hair and nails intact, as well as providing the authorities with a nice sampling of blood, tooth fragments, and bone shards to be easily packaged into little evidence bags.
The moral to this whole story isn’t just to not put people through woodchippers. In fact, don’t murder anyone. It makes quite a mess, and it’s way too hard to cover it up.