MERCEDES MCCAMBRIDGE: HELL BENT ON HONING HER CRAFT

Mercedes McCambridge was an Oscar winning actress of early radio, stage and later on in her career - film and television. The distinctive raspy voice that made her a star on the airwaves amazed audiences when she hit the big screen. Her ability to personalize a role and make it her own made the ordinary,…

A GARDEN TO DIE FOR

Humans have lived among poisonous plants since the dawn of time. That doesn't mean we've adapted to this coexistence. From the poison hemlock that killed Socrates, to white snakeroot that was responsible for the death of Abraham Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks, poisonous plants have been responsible for countless human deaths throughout history. To this day…

DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES: THE STORY OF EUGENE

On a balmy summer day in June of 1929 a man was discovered deceased in a ditch near the intersection of 3C Highway and Borum Road in rural Sabina, Ohio. He was taken to Littleton Funeral Home where he was examined and embalmed. It was estimated the man was between 50 to 80 years old.…

HOLE-Y COW: THE SMALLPOX TRYPOPHOBIA CONNECTION

Smallpox. A potentially deadly, highly contagious, infectious disease that is caused by the variola virus. The emblematic symptom being the numerous round ulcerated pustules with a center hole referred to as an umbilication. If you find this repulsive, you're not alone. Upwards of 15% of the population suffers an aversion to the sight of repeating…