Johnny Depp arranging HST’s Blastoff

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Go Johnny Depp. I wonder if he will help arrange for me to be consumed by wild animals after I die?

May 27, 2005 | Aspen, Colo. — Organizers of a memorial for Hunter S. Thompson plan to erect a 150-foot structure – courtesy of actor Johnny Depp – to shoot the gonzo journalist’s ashes onto his ranch near here.

Friends and acquaintances gathered Thursday to discuss the Aug. 20 invitation-only service, which will be six months after Thompson shot himself in his Woody Creek home.

Jon Equis, the event producer working with Thompson’s family, said the tower will be 12 feet wide at the base and 8 feet wide at the top, where a cannon will be placed.

Depp, who portrayed the author in the movie version of Thompson’s book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” will pay for the tower, designed to resemble Thompson’s “gonzo fist” emblem.

As Thompson requested, his ashes will be shot out of the cannon onto his property.

Equis said the tower will be constructed far from Woody Creek Road and covered with a black drape before the service to discourage tourists. A public event is expected to be planned later to commemorate the writer’s life.

The August event will consist of “spoken word and live entertainment,” Equis said. The cannon will be fired around sunset.

The event organizers must get the plans reviewed by the Pitkin County Community Development Department, but Thompson’s widow, Anita Thompson, was supportive. She said the event will be a celebration.

On this Day in 1959 Monkeys Flew to Space

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Monkeys survive space mission
Two monkeys have become the first living creatures to survive a space flight.

Able, a seven-pound female rhesus monkey, and Baker, a one-pound female spider monkey, were fired 300 miles into space in the nose-cone of a Jupiter missile AM-18 from Cape Canaveral in Florida. The complete story here on BBC

Fetus Found in Yard

not a fetus

Okay, everyone is making a huge thing about this on the radio and in the papers. Apparently on channel four news too. They are calling it an unattended death….strange…I picture some poor hippie girl having a miscarriage and burying the fetus because she can’t afford the bills that come with hospitals and funeral parlors…God must have been shocking for the poor lady who found it though…

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Landlord finds fetus while gardening

A human fetus was found yesterday afternoon in the yard of a Kalihi home.

Police said a landlord discovered the fetus while gardening at about 1:23 p.m. in Kalihi.

Police had classified the case yesterday as an unattended death.