David Carradine's death, a missing plane and other mysteries

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Just when you thought things couldn't get much weirder ... It's weird enough that Barack Obama is now the President — weird in a way I'm OK with, but still kind of weird and taking a while to get used to. But does everything else seem to be getting weirder, or are we  just paying too much attention to news reports?

Lately, we've seen a Scottish woman with learning disabilities and an angel's voice become an international star, only to then see her carted off to a mental health clinic because of all the pressure. That was weird enough, not to mention pretty sad. Then we saw Dick Cheney, who was nowhere to be found while he was Vice President, showing up all over the news, defending — what else? — torture. Actually, Cheney's recent TV stardom was two weird things in one: Cheney showing his face at all, and an actual former VP defending the use of torture, for God's sake. OK, now we've got the Air France airplane that disappeared over the Atlantic without a trace. Oh, wait a minute, you say, they did find traces of the plane; in fact, they hauled in debris from the plane yesterday. Sorry to tell you, but now — and this is what makes this already weird story even stranger — it turns out that the recovered debris isn't from that airplane (Cue Twilight Zone theme). You know what this means: If they don't find the plane, we'll never hear the end of it from conspiracy theorists, Bermuda Triangle types, UFO nuts, and other people for whom real life apparently isn't interesting enough.

And now one last thing: Actor David Carradine was first reportedly found dead by hanging yesterday in Bangkok. Now, authorities there say their first reports weren't exactly right. It turns out, see, that Carradine not only had a rope around his neck, but also had another one tied to his genitals, and then the two ropes were tied together. You know, at this point, I don't even want to know. Things have gotten weird enough.

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