Summer Recipe: Frozen Charlotte

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Summer Recipe: Frozen Charlotte

The porcelain miniature dolls made predominately in Germany in the 1850s were meant to be bath toys. The stiff dolls became popular in America. American writer Seba Smith (1792-1868) penned the poem “A Corpse Going to a Ball” about a vain young woman named “Charlotte” who refused to bundle up on the 20-mile horse ride to a New Year’s ball. Her date, aptly named Charlie, found her frozen to death. Smith’s inspiration supposedly came from an article he read in a newspaper. Although the dolls were only popular from the 1850-1920s, they’re having a resurgence of sorts. Collectors can purchase online with several Etsy venders claiming to have dolls long buried from abandoned doll factories. (I’ll keep you posted on the two I purchased)

During Charlotte’s popularity, French chef Marie-Antoine Carême (1784-1833) created a decadent dessert while working in King George IV’s Court. His first creation was called the “Apple Charlotte,” named for the King’s daughter, Princess Charlotte. When Carême went to work for Czar Alexander I, he created the “Charlotte Russe,” translated as “Russian Charlotte.” For this creation, Carême made a thick custard circled by ladyfinger cookies. Per legend, he was inspired by the “Charlotte” hat and his love for London. The “Chantilly Charlotte” is flavored with violet.

The modern “Charlotte Russe” means a “dish of custard.” It can be a trifle served hot or cold; a cake, bread, or cookies lined with custard; or an ice box cake. For the hot summer, one should consider making a “Frozen Charlotte.”

For this recipe, follow these directions:

  1. Line a springform pan with ladyfingers, including bottom.
  2. Chill.
  3. Make a frozen mouse or use soft ice cream.
  4. Spoon into the pan.
  5. Freeze overnight.

The original recipe calls for a Bavarian custard; however, the custard is not recommended as it will not freeze. You could make the tradition Bavarian custard cake and merely chill for a cool, refreshing dessert. Enjoy!

Twin Orbs Filmed Over Kansas City

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Twin Orbs Filmed Over Kansas City

Clint Banning filmed 2 and half minutes of twin white orbs floating in the sky. The large balloons were incredibly high in the sky. Banning published the video on June 20.

View here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExfefIOyd2E

The Weather Channel edited the video and added comments and observations: https://weather.com/news/trending/video/strange-sighting-over-kansas-city-sets-off-wave-of-speculation

The sincerity in Banning’s voice and the running commentary from his friends and neighbors add to the video viewing experience.

Although the US government has not commented, there’s most likely a reason for the balloons. Some YouTube users hoped for faster rural Internet connections. The balloons are probably collecting data on weather and not of the extraterrestrial kind. However, the experience seemed positive for Banning and his guests.

Andry Plantation: 10 Facts Before You View Haunted Towns

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Andry Plantation: 10 Facts Before You View Haunted Towns

Season 2 of Haunted Towns, titled “Voodoo on the Bayou” sends the Tennessee Wraith Chasers to the largest slave revolt in American history. (Note: It’s not the largest on North American soil. That distinction goes to the 1739 Stono Rebellion commencing on September 9, 1739—when America was comprised of 13 colonies). The team heads to the Andry Plantation where the “German Coast Uprising of 1811” began.

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10 Facts to Know Before You View:

  1. Louisiana was not part of the Union at the time of the revolt. It was known as Territory of Orleans. It was admitted to the Union on April 30, 1812.
  2. The revolt was coordinated by Charles Deslondes (1780-January 15, 1811). He worked at the Andry Plantation.
  3. Manual Andry built the Andry Plantation in 1793. The main crop was sugar cane. The main house is 3,982 square feet with a separate guest house in back. The plantation is also known as “Woodland.” It makes researching confusing as there is another more well-known and well maintained plantation with the same name.
  4. The main house was built in the French Creole style. The plantation was abandoned in 2004 and is a fixer upper. It was listed for sale in 2016 for $550,000. The owners at that time had the plantation in their family since the 1920s.
  5. The revolt lasted 3 days. It commenced on January 8, 1811 and ended on the 10th.
  6. The path led to New Orleans and included 10 plantations.
  7. Reports vary as to the number of slaves involved. The number sits between 200-500 joining over the 3-day revolt.
  8. Again, numbers vary, but records show that between 20-100 slaves were killed. The heads were placed on poles and displayed. Fifty slaves were captured.
  9. Early Jazz pioneer Edouard (Edward) “Kid” Ory was born in the guest house on Christmas Day 1886.

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Enjoy the episode.

Congress Briefed on U.F.O. Uptick

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Congress Briefed on U.F.O. Uptick

As previously reported, the US Navy continues to investigate credible U.F.O. sightings by military personnel. A spokesperson for the Navy confirmed to media outlets that interested members of Congress were briefed this week on potential threats to humans from unidentified flying objects. The focus remains pilot safety. Although Congress cut off funding in 2007, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program still pursues credible flight hazard threats. This runs the gamut from drones to extraterrestrial phenomena.

Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier Doubles as Ghost Remover

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Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier Doubles as Ghost Remover

According to Twitter user @Shinukosan, the Sharp Plasmacluster is an ionizing air cleaner that exorcizes unwanted ghosts. Shinuko experienced paranormal activity when she moved into her new residence. She purchased the air purifier and noticed that the activity stopped. Instead of considering the obvious—the residence had mold—she maked the leap, crediting the machine. After posting her comment on Twitter, she tagged the Japanese corporation that manufactures the purifiers. Predictably, the corporation responded. (Good for them!) Although they deflected credit for removing her ghosts, they did acknowledge that the machine should work for 10 years.

The air purifiers start at $249.

Crime and Cults: Supposed “Reptilian” Sentenced to 15-40 Years in Jail

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Crime and Cults: Barbara Rogers Sentenced to 15-40 Years

Last week, convicted killer Barbara Rogers, age 44, was sentenced to the 2017 killing of her boyfriend, Steven Mineo. At the time of the killing, Rogers and Mineo, age 33, were having a tiff with an online cult. The cult leader, Sherry Jan Shriner, called Rogers a “vampire witch Reptilian super soldier.” Wow. That’s a lot to unpack.

As a lawyer, I’m fascinated with criminal justice. I don’t practice that segment of law. I binge watch shows on ID (Investigation Discovery) Channel, especially their new show People Magazine Investigates: Cults. The Rogers’ story would be a great profile case.

Mineo was a member of Shriner’s cult. Not sure of the official name; however, Shriner posted 243 videos on her YouTube channel, which started 11 years ago. (Note: Don’t watch the videos and give them any viewership.) All was good until Mineo began dating Rogers.

Shriner was very upset about the relationship. She began to make comments linking Rogers to Reptilians and calling her names. Reptilian humanoids are humans possessing characteristics of reptiles. Conspiracy theorist David Icke claims they are aliens who can shape-shift in order to take control of the human race. Shriner referred to the “New World Order,” where Reptilians would take over Earth. Further, Shriner called out several politicians as being Reptilians in disguise.

Shriner must have thought that by calling Rogers a vampire-witch-Reptilian would end Mineo’s relationship with Rogers. It didn’t. In fact, it led to Mineo criticizing the cult. Mineo and Rogers were publicly ousted from the online cult.

On July 15, 2017, Mineo held a .45 Caliber semi-automatic Glock to his head and commanded Rogers to pull the trigger. She did. Mineo died of a single gunshot wound to the head. In March of 2019, Rogers was found guilty of 3rd-degree murder and was finally sentenced last week.

The story should end here. But, it does not.

Sherry Shriner died less than a year after Mineo died. She was 54 years old. Reports are she died of natural causes; however, no official obituary from her family was ever published. Shriner, herself, was an oddity. Her YouTube channel has 20,000 followers. The 243 videos have a total of 3 million views. She’s hardly the level of cult leader as Jim Jones or Marshall Applewhite, but she’s a shady character.

First, there are her videos. They’re really audio recordings. Shriner used a high school photo for publicity. There are very few current images of her.

Second, her education is questionable. Articles claim she received three degrees from Kent State: Journalism, Political Science (has several tracks), and Criminal Justice (not the actual name of the degree). It is highly unlikely that Shriner received degrees in three distinct programs.

Third, is her supposed 32nd rank of Freemasonry. The Freemason do not accept women. There is a branch in the United Kingdom that does; however, there are no lodges in the US.

Finally, there is her trademark for Orgone Blasters and Orgone rocks. For a hefty price, you can defend yourself against aliens by purchasing these items. Note that it’s a trademark and not a patent.

I said finally, but there is so much more. Her GoFundMe campaigns; the Twitter account; her supposed genealogy. You get the picture.

It’s interesting how a seemingly run-of-the-mill murder turned into a conspiracy theory fueled fight leading to a couple of suspicious deaths. Goes to show: The story is never what it seems.

1976 Hair Sample Not Bigfoot, But from Deer Family

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1976 Hair Sample Not Bigfoot, But from Deer Family

Peter Byrne, Director of the Bigfoot Information Center and Exhibition, wrote Jay Cochran, Assistant Director of the F.B.I., in 1976 asking for a hair sample to be tested. Mr. Byrne believed the sample was from a Bigfoot creature. Testing was conducted with the results conclusive. The sample belonged to an animal from the deer family. This minor setback did not deter Byrne.

In 1976, Byrne was contacted by two U.S. Forest Service Biologists to discuss a strange encounter. The men spotted an upright, bipedal creature lumbering through the woods. Byrne arrived and found a tuft of hair. Having read a New York Times article about the F.B.I. performing non-criminal analysis by special request, Byrne exchanged several letters and then shipped off the sample only to wait 40 years for the answer.

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Byrne, now 93-years-old, received the news via newly released documents uploaded to the F.B.I.’s Vault website. This resource contains documents requested through F.O.I.A. (Freedom of Information Act) requests and deemed appropriate for public viewing. Some information is redated; however, most of the documents contain a plethora of information on a wide range of topics.

Even though Mr. Byrne found the response “disappointing,” he believes it would not have deterred his lifelong mission to find evidence of the existence of Bigfoot creature.

“Mysterious Elf” Actually a Human

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“Mysterious Elf” Actually a Human

On June 6, 2019, Vivian Gomez of Colorado Springs, Colorado uploaded a video of a “mysterious” creature to her Facebook account. She asked: “[W]hat the heck??” Gomez captured a prankster dancing on her security camera.

The 10-second video failed to show where the person went. Instead, Gomez cropped the video to merely show the backside of a human walking down her driveway. Had she let the 15 million viewers who have watched the video see the ending, she would have given up the joke.

Watch the video here: https://www.facebook.com/vivian.gomez.35977/videos/10216790852937217/

Although Gomez probably wasn’t in on the joke, she should not be so cynical about whether the mystery will be solved. It has. Someone in flip flops came to her house and decided to dance away.