Accidental Mummies

Saturday Mark and I went down to the Detroit Science Center to see the Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato.   These mummies are only about one hundred years old, only one in a hundred naturally mummified.   They were discovered when bodies were dug up to be discarded because families were not keeping up on the burial payments.   Nice, huh?   The exhibit includes information on how these people probably lived and what probably killed them.   I was a little disturbed to see them refer to the ones that made it to 50 or 60 as very old.   Unfortunately, photography was not allowed, so I can’t show you pictures, but you can find some here.   There is also a mock up of the cemetery, and some information on the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos).   They show a lot the scientific work on the mummies, including x-rays and scans.   One mummy had cloth inside, that they first thought might be bandaging, but later concluded some varmint moved a nest inside.   The most interesting and creepiest part are the five baby mummies, dressed in finery, one holding a doll, another a stuffed sacred heart, obviously dressed carefully and very loved, now just shells with empty eye sockets, home for worms and weevils.   Never forget:

Don't ever laugh as the hearse goes by
For you may be the next to die.
They put you in a big black box
then cover you up with dirt and rocks.

All goes well for about a week
and then your coffin begins to leak.
The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out
The worms play Pinochle on your snout.

They eat your eyes, they eat your nose
They eat the jelly between your toes.
A big green worm with rolling eyes
crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.

Your stomach turns a slimy green
and puss pours out like whipping creme.
Spread it on a slice of bread,
that's what you eat when you are dead.

The Old Village Halloween Party!

The Old Village Halloween Party was Sunday, and there were lots of costumed little people, this is just a sampling.

pink princess

There were pink princesses,

gold princess

gold princesses,

flower head

flower princesses,

dragon princess

and my favorite, a princess that decided to forgo the prince and befriend the dragon.

pirate two

There were pirates


and heroes


Of all kinds.


There were little bears,

brown bear

wonderful little bears,

butterfly baby

a very little butterfly,


and a very new pirate.

bull dog

Sitting Bull Dog won the pet costume contest…


but this guy should have, the owner assured me it was really a beagle!

Where I stood…

pretty feet

In my new shoes!     Of course they didn’t look like this when I bought them.

plain shoes

They looked like this!   I have been having problems with my feet, and I knew my walking shoes had no padding left and pinched my toes, so I thought new shoes was a good place to start.   I was also pretty sure I would have to spend some real money on them, something that pains me greatly.   I walked into Running Fit, and the sales lady was like no other sales lady I’ve dealt with.   I told her my problems, and she told me how this was gonna work.   I was to take off my shoes and roll up my jeans so she could watch me walk, then she would measure my feet and study the bottoms of my shoe for the wear pattern,   then I would try on shoes.   It turns out I’m a half size to a full size bigger than the shoe I’ve been wearing.   I suppose that alone should help quite a bit.   Then the lady pulled out six pairs of shoes and said “This is how it’s going to work.   You put on two shoes from two different pairs, walk around the store, and one is the winner, and one is the loser.   The loser goes back in the box.   Then we test the winner against another shoe.”   Well, we went on like this through all the shoes and bought the most comfortable pair.   She wouldn’t talk style or price at all.   We just talked comfort.   I’ve never bought anything like that before.   When Mark told her I wanted shoes with skulls on them, she replied “That’s what markers are for.”   So that’s what I did, I decorated the expensive ugly shoes (I think all running shoes are kinda ugly, nothing against this particular brand) with markers.   Oh, and the googly-eyes were the saleslady’s idea!

pretty shoes

Yes, they are helping a lot!!

Liberty Street


I designed a couple of stamps for the neighborhood brewery.

Speaking of such, we have a neighborhood halloween block party on Liberty Street Sunday, the 25th, from 1 th 6.   We close off the street, there’s music, games and costume contests, and you can stop in the brewery and try out the beer.     Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

I'm just wild about Ardi.


The other day I watched a show about Ardipithecus on the Discovery channel, and I am smitten.   Ardi, as she is called, was a woman who lived more than a million years before Lucy.   I call her a woman because right now scientist seem to mostly agree that the definition of human is bipedal mammal.   Old definitions, like ability to use tools and ability to communicate, were applying to too many animals for our taste.   So Ardi was most certainly bipedal on the ground, but she was quadrupedal in trees, using her grasping toes to maneuver.   Judging from Ardi’s teeth, she and her ancestors were not choosing their mates on their ability to beat up other males, but instead perhaps on their ability to carry food long distances, thus getting better quality food.   The canine teeth are not huge and sharp like a chimpanzee, so their society probably didn’t have the males battling it out, but worked together to survive.   At four feet tall and 110 pounds, can’t you just imagine her swinging from tree branch to tree branch, then climbing down and walking off into the wilderness?   Wonderful Ardi, she has surprised us all!