Dead Pool 24th March 2019
Another slow week where you’d be pardoned for not knowing who the listed are. A bad week for mathematicians it seems, but listing them would have been as useful as me trying to figure out Pi to twenty decimal points using only a pencil and paper.
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Mary Warnock, Baroness Warnock, 94, British philosopher.
- Kenneth To, 26, Hong Kong-born Australian swimmer, FINA Swimming World Cup overall winner (2012), Youth Olympics champion (2010).
- Andre Williams, 82, American R&B singer and songwriter (“Shake a Tail Feather“), colon cancer.
- Dick Dale, 81, American guitarist and surf music pioneer (“Let’s Go Trippin‘“, “Misirlou“), heart failure.
In Other News
Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey has been arrested on suspicion of sending “malicious communications” during a live-stream. The singer was taken to a hospital after threatening to self-harm. He did not suffer any injuries. “At approximately 18:09 on Thursday, 21 March police were alerted to man threatening self-harm,’ the Metropolitan Police said. “Officers subsequently attended an address in Walthamstow to complete a welfare check. A man in his 40s was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications. Following a mental health assessment at hospital, the man has been taken into police custody where he remains. He did not suffer any injuries.” Harvey spoke about financial struggles and said he has been living on benefits on the live-stream. The footage also showed the police arriving at the property and arresting Harvey. In a previous video, Harvey discussed his battles with his own mental health, saying he had not left his house for years. “I’ve been a prisoner in my own home now for about five years. Four to five years,’ he said. Well, he’s now had a little trip to a cell in the centre of London.
Global warming has contributed to greater numbers of bodies of dead climbers emerging from thinning snow and ice on Mount Everest in recent years, authorities have said. Since it was first conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 almost 300 people have died during the attempt. Removing bodies from the mountain is difficult and very expensive, so the vast majority of those who have died while trying to reach the summit remain on the mountain. Around two-thirds of the corpses are currently believed to be buried beneath ice and snow. But Ang Tshering Sherpa, the former president of Nepal Mountaineering Association said that “the ice sheet and glaciers are fast melting and the dead bodies that remained buried all these years are now becoming exposed”. He said: “We have brought down dead bodies of some mountaineers who died in recent years, but the old ones that remained buried are now coming out.” This was backed up by a government officer who worked in the region, who said: “I myself have retrieved around 10 dead bodies in recent years from different locations on Everest and clearly more and more of them are emerging now.” Several studies have indicated the Himalayas are in the grip of considerable loss of ice from glaciers and the trend is forecast to accelerate.
And finally, twat of the week goes to a woman in China who almost died after injecting herself with a cocktail of more than 20 different fruit juices. In an effort to improve improve her health the 51-year-old from Guiyang County in Chenzhou, Hunan province, gave herself an intravenous infusion by drip. After injecting herself with the mixture, the woman had itchy skin and a rising temperature. The woman, who was interested in unconventional health treatments, suffered liver, kidney, heart and lung damage and was put into intensive care for five days. “I had thought fresh fruits were very nutritious and it would not do me harm by injecting them into my body,” she said. “I had no idea that would get me into such trouble.” Doctors at the Affiliated Hospital of Xiangnan University in Hunan removed toxins from her blood using dialysis, injected clotting agents and gave her antibiotics. After five days her condition improved and she was transferred from intensive care to the hospital’s kidney unit and eventually discharged.
On This Day
- 1603 – James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England and Ireland, upon the death of Elizabeth I.
- 1896 – A. S. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history.
- 1944 – World War II: In an event later dramatised in the movie The Great Escape, 76 Allied prisoners of war begin breaking out of the German camp Stalag Luft III.
- 1989 – In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (38,000 m3) of crude oil after running aground.
- 1999 – A lorry carrying margarine and flour catches fire inside the Mont Blanc Tunnel. The resulting inferno kills 38 people.
- 1603 – Elizabeth I of England (b. 1533)
- 1776 – John Harrison, English carpenter and clockmaker, invented the Marine chronometer (b. 1693)
- 1905 – Jules Verne, French novelist, poet, and playwright (b. 1828)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Michelle Monaghan (43), Keri Russell (43), Catherine Keener (60), Marin Hinkle (53), Hope Davis (55), Amanda Plummer (62), Joanna Page (41), John Wayne Bobbitt (52), Chaka Khan (66), Reese Witherspoon (43), William Shatner (88), Lena Olin (64), Carter Wong (72), Andrew Lloyd Webber (71), Sonequa Martin-Green (34), Gary Oldman (61), Timothy Dalton (73), Matthew Broderick (57), Jaye Davidson (51), Rosie O’Donnell (57), Ruby Rose (33), Holly Hunter (61), Freema Agyeman (40), Spike Lee (62), David Thewlis (56), William Hurt (69), Carl Reiner (97), Bruce Willis (64), Glenn Close (72), Ursula Andress (83), Harvey Weinstein (67), Brad Dourif (69), Luc Besson (60), Vanessa Williams (56), Irene Cara (60), Kurt Russell (68), Rob Lowe (55), Gary Sinise (64), John Boyega (27), and Patrick Duffy (70),