28 November 2007

Croatian Dead Man Rides on the Tram All Night Long

This from the "Oddly Enough" section of the Reuters News Service:

...A Croatian man who boarded a night tram and died in his seat rode through the city for more than six hours before the driver discovered he was dead, a Croatian daily reported Monday. The 61-year old, identified as Tomislav K., boarded a tram shortly before midnight Friday. He soon fell asleep and died as the tram...

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24 November 2007

Polish Coma Patient Awakens 19 Years Later

This from NPR's Morning Edition:

...Back in 1988, Jan Grzebski was hit by a train. He fell into a coma, and if that wasn't enough, doctors found cancer in the Polish railroad worker's brain. Doctors said they couldn't do any more for him, so his wife took him home. She cared for him for 19 years — until he woke up. She noticed Jan Grzebski trying to talk earlier this year. When he was last awake, Ronald Reagan was...

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20 November 2007

Teaching in the Wireless Classroom

This from Marjorie Perloff of the Digital Humanities Group:

...“If it doesn’t exist on the Internet,” Kenneth Goldsmith, the conceptual poet who founded and administers UbuWeb (www.ubu.com) recently quipped, “it doesn’t exist.” As scholars and teachers of literary and cultural studies, many of us will scoff or at least wince at these words: we define ourselves, after all, as people who read and write books, essays, reviews. Our status in the profession still depends primarily on...

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