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Cat's Guide to Halloween

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Halloween, done right, has various standards and protocols. Cats are not free of such regimens. In this video, Cole and Marmalade (previously at Neatorama) provide this handy guide for their other feline friends instructing them as to how to navigate their way through this human holiday with kitty self respect and sense of superiority intact. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Speedster Evolution - The Science Of Running Really Fast


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Speedsters aren't born able to run faster than the speed of light, they're the result of an experiment gone wrong which fills them with the energy of motion. Their abilities don't evolve in a natural manner either, and learning to control your fleet feet requires a lot of trial and error and a firm grasp of what your new body can do. Becoming a speedster can be a mighty excruciating experience, but after you grow accustomed to your newfound abilities your life will become one wild ride!

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Ten Howling Good Halloween Themed TV Episodes

Holiday themed episodes are like eye candy to TV junkies like me, and each year we look forward to watching our favorite characters get all dressed up for a Halloween themed episode sure to get us into the spooky spirit.

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Halloween episodes are such a beloved TV tradition that even summer season shows try to squeeze one in, and even if the show is kinda crappy the Halloween episode is sure to be entertaining!

GeekTyrant put together a collection of 10 Awesome Halloween Themed TV Episodes, which includes the absolute best annual Halloween TV tradition- The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. 

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"No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy" I'm right there with ya, Homer!

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What Is America's Spookiest Sound?

What sounds spookier: The theme to the movie Halloween, or Vincent Price’s laugh? An antique toy or a slow knock at the door? Funny or Die is staging an online tournament to determine what you least want to hear alone in the dark. You can listen to each sound effect and make your selections. The tournament is down to the final day of voting in the quarterfinals, with the final four round voting tomorrow. Yeah, it’s a silly idea, but silly can be fun -or frightening, in this case. 

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"Crayon the Grids" Maps are Color Coded by Street Orientation

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Artist and scientist Stephen Von Worley's detailed and ambitious project Crayon the Grids uses color to show the orientation of streets in major metro areas. The images are beautiful as well as visually informative. Thus far, Von Worley has created maps of Paris, London, Berlin, Tokyo, New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Read about Von Worley's process in creating these algorithmic images from start-to-finish here.  

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These Brave People Will Show You How To Quit Like A Boss

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Every employee thinks about quitting their job at one time or another, and these quitting fantasies range from simply not clocking in any more hours to marching straight up to your boss and telling them “take this job and shove it.” 

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Sadly, most employees who quit their jobs do so quietly instead of with a mighty roar, but there are some brave souls who aren’t afraid of quitting in a spectacular manner.

Now, thanks to the internet, we get to vicariously celebrate their victory over employment without quitting our day jobs.

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My vote for grand prize winner- quitting by creating a Super Mario Bros. mini game that announce your resignation with lots of pizzazz at the end of each level, which you can play here!

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The Macabre Romance of a Man and a Mummy

Carl Tanzler was a German immigrant with a wife and two daughters in Zephyrhills, Florida. But when he took a job as an x-ray technician at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Key West in 1927, he called himself Count Carl von Cosel and lived as a single man. Tanzler met a tuberculosis patient less than half his age named Maria Elena Milagro de Hoyos and fell deeply in love. Despite Tanzler’s best efforts, Maria Elena died, and was interred in a mausoleum the Count bought for her. At least for a while. Unbeknownst to Maria Elena’s family, Tanzler retrieved her body from the mausoleum and took it home with him.

Over the years, Tanzler kept Elena “alive” using wire hangers to preserve her frame, stuffing her abdominal cavity with rags, routinely reapplying wax to her face, replacing her decaying scalp with real hair, and constantly dousing her in disinfectants and oils to mask the rotting smell of her body. While attending to the physical demands of his moldering bride, Carl attended to her material needs as well, purchasing her clothing and perfume, and even installing a curtained cloth veil for privacy on the bed they shared (apparently feminine modesty was a prerogative for a man who routinely saw Elena’s innards). This domestic Ed Gein’s style bliss went on for seven years.

Everything was going great, until people inevitably started asking questions. The combination of Carl’s habit of routinely buying women’s clothing, his absence from the mausoleum, and a local boy’s sighting of him through a window dancing with what appeared to be a giant doll, aroused some serious suspicion. The rumors began to swirl that Tanzler was keeping Elena in his house.

Find out what happened to Tanzler, and to what was once Maria Elena, when the story became public at Atlas Obscura. Be warned that the story is gruesome and may be disturbing. 

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Whiskey Elements Filters & Flavors Cheap Whiskey So It Tastes Expensive

What distinguishes a cheap whiskey from a good one? How long they've been barrel aged and what kind of wood was used in the barrels are the two main differences as a fine oak barel can help filter the whiskey while adding a more complex flavor profile. But the team from Time & Oak realized that there has to be a faster way to filter out those impurities and enhance the flavor.

After a number of prototypes, they created Whiskey Elements, a small oak stick that can be used to filter and flavor a cheap bottle so it tastes like a quality bottle of booze.

Read more about how Whiskey Elements work and where you can get your hands on one at Homes and Hues: Whiskey Elements Make Your Spirits Taste More Expensive

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Celebrity Ghosts

The following is an article from Uncle John's 24-Karat Bathroom Reader.

They may be gone, but they’re not forgotten. Come to think of it, are they really even gone? Ghost lovers claim that many of the famous dead are still among us …in spirit.

KURT COBAIN (1967-94)

In the days after Cobain committed suicide at his Seattle home, a handful of fans who gathered there for a vigil claimed to have seen the spirit of the Nirvana frontman in the window and on the roof of the house. In August 2000, a bartender in Essex, England, told reporters that Cobain’s ghost had taken up residence in her laptop. She claimed Cobain’s face materialized on the screen one night, begged for her help, and then asked her to kiss him. She kissed the screen, and the image vanished. The laptop crashed and never worked again.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-90)

Franklin helped established the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia in the 1740s. His papers are housed there, along with, according to some staff members, his ghost. Employees claim that Franklin hangs out in the library and likes to peruse its shelves. Aside from one nasty encounter with a cleaning lady, who claims he attacked her after hours, he’s usually in high spirits.

BUGSY SIEGEL (1906-47)

Mobster Siegel helped build Las Vegas …and he seemed determined to stay there. Guests and staff at the Flamingo Hotel, which he’d opened in 1946, reported seeing Siegel’s ghost, dressed in a smoking jacket, lingering in the Presidential Suite.

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Baby Who Looks Like Elvis Born


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Has the King been reincarnated? Time will tell as George Georgious of London grows up. When he was born, George had over an inch of hair on his head. When it’s combed, it stands up. He’s also growing sideburns, so this baby looks a lot like Elvis Presley. His mother reports that even strangers point out the resemblance. 


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“Thriller” Sung in 20 Different Styles

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Anthony Vincent of TenSecondSongs performs Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in the styles of twenty different singers. Well, not all of them are singers, but the ones that aren't are still appropriate for a Halloween-themed video. Each style is distinctive, and most of them will be familiar to you. He does those voices well! -via Tastefully Offensive


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10 Terrifying Stories Behind Infamous Movies

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It is Halloween week, so I am bombarding you kids with scary stuff. This is the time of year my PTSD from watching The Exorcist resurfaces in me, so anything I can find out about that movie and the true story behind it, I find. This year, I found this list of 10 Terrifying Stories  Behind Infamous Movies, and wouldn't you know it, The Exorcist is on there. Or should I say, the movie that was influenced by the true story of the exorcism of young boy named "Roland Doe." I would love to tell you I am just kidding, but I am not, as the list touches on.

Oh, and that image above? That is the doll that Chucky was based on from Child's Play. Yes, an actual possessed doll, too. So essentially, a list full of nightmare fuel.

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Grand Theft Mario - Video Game Thug Life


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Mario had always lived on the fringe of society, which is why he originally chose to go underground. His life had revolved around magic mushrooms, brawling and demolition, but then he met Peach and tried to leave that ruffian plumber's life behind. He was a changed man, no longer concerned with chasing coins and taking mind expanding drugs, but when he woke up to find Peach had been kidnapped he knew the battle was about to begin again. The sewer life had drawn him back in, forcing him to take a stand in the name of love...

Add some edge to your geeky wardrobe with this Grand Theft Mario t-shirt by Naolito, and show the world that Mario is cool whether he's playing the good guy or the anti-hero!

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Why Every Newborn Has the Same Blanket

If it seems all your friends are having babies at the same time, or you just like to look at babies on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you might have noticed they all appear to be wrapped in the same white blanket with blue and pink stripes. It’s called the Kuddle-Up blanket, and it’s made by hospital supplier Medline, a company founded by A.L. Mills in 1910.

In the early 1950s, receiving blankets were usually made from dull beige cloth. Mills, ever the innovator, wanted to do for blankets what he had done for scrubs. “He asked the women in the office what they would do differently to spice it up a little bit,” says Abrams. They went through a number of iterations and finally settled on the blue- and pink-striped version because, as you might have suspected, it’s good for both girls and boys. The pattern is strangely appealing—before I knew that 99% of newborns are wrapped in identical blankets, I thought it was handsome. It never appears dated or cutesy or Disney. It is truly a classic.

Clearly, many people agree. Sixty years later, Medline sells 1.5 million Kuddle-Up blankets in Candy Stripe every year (the other patterns, with elephants or ducks, are less pervasive). At the HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston, NY, for instance, the housekeeping staff buys 3,100 100% cotton blankets a year, and often uses four to five of them for each newborn.

But few people realized how ubiquitous the blanket was until social media gave parents a platform for showing off their newborns even before they leave the hospital. It’s very possible that three or four generations of families have been swaddled in a striped Kuddle-Up. Read the history of the blanket and see some adorable newborns in an article at Quartz. -Thanks, Daniel Kim!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter-Filled Pretzels

For a baking contest, Jessie Oleson Moore made preztels filled with a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter. Using a recipe by Elizabeth Bennett, Moore first shaped canned breadstick dough into pretzel forms. She filled these with a combination of peanut butter, cocoa, whipping cream, and egg yolk. Moore then sealed the pretzel forms and baked them to make these delicious-looking snacks.

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Interstellar Movie Review

Let's none of us play any games right now, okay? I think we ALL know that Interstellar looks like the best movie of the forthcoming holiday season. You take a little bit of the genius of Christopher Nolan, and you add a dash of McConaughey swagger. You mix it all together, have some of it take place in outer space, and what do you have? The recipe for the next big movie that everyone wants to see.

But is it any GOOD?

Well...click play and find out (what IGN thinks about it, at least).

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Don't tell me what they said. I want to eventually pass judgement on my own. My early prediction is that it will be very pretty with some massive holes most of the public will ignore because we love pretty things. In other words, another Christopher Nolan movie.


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Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape

The communication gap between humans and our cats is huge. That’s because cats are not human, and don’t perceive or learn our attempts at communication the same way infant humans, or even dogs, learn them. Nick Stockton talked to OSU veterinarian Tony Buffington about the way cats see us.    

You hear the unmistakable sound of claws on couch. You snap, shout, squirt water, and maybe even throw a pillow. It’s all futile, because eventually he’s at it again. Your cat isn’t ignoring you, Buffington says. He just doesn’t know how to connect your negative reinforcement with his behavior. This is because cats evolved as solitary hunters with little need for reading social cues, especially those for behavior modification.

“How the hell is your cat supposed to know that you’re yelling at him because you want him to stop scratching the couch?” Buffington says. Without the cognitive ability to connect your outburst to their scratching, cats see only chaotic aggression. “To the cat, you’re this crazy primate who is attacking him for no reason,” he says.

Of course, the cat is right: we are crazy primates. Buffington offers an alternative to “attacking” your cat, plus some other tips on getting down to a cat’s level. While my cats have learned to tell us exactly what they want in ways we humans can understand, they still haven’t figured out what we want from them -or maybe they just don’t care. Read more about a cat’s inner thoughts at Wired. -via reddit

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The Making Of Michael Jackson's Thriller

As long as I live I will never forget the premier of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. I was young. So young in fact, I was not allowed in the room. Mind you, like any cunning kid, I slid up behind the couch and watched with one eye. The lesson I learned that day was that dancing zombies are only a little less scary than regular zombies. It also helped reiterate that there was a time when Michael Jackson was really cool. I know he got weird, but one thing that never changed, his talent. He was undeniably talented. Nothing reminds people of that quite like Thriller.

So I thought, what better time than Halloween to bust out some classic making-of Thriller footage? I owned this on VHS, so there is a real sense of nostalgia here. It is amazing to see how one of the greatest music videos of all time came to be. It could also be said there is a real sense of tragedy behind the childlike wonder you see in him here, only because we all saw how he ended up.

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Watch part two here, and part three here.

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Portraits of Veterans Injured in the Civil War


Pvt. Samuel H. Decker, Company I, 4th US artillery. Double amputation of the forearms for injury caused by the premature explosion of a gun on 8 October 1862, at the Battle of Perryville, KY. Shown with self-designed prosthetics


More men died fighting in the Civil War than in any other U.S. war: an estimated 600,000 to 750,000. Many more soldiers were left with permanent, physical reminders of the battles they fought. Amputations were frequent, estimated to account for more than 3/4 of wartime operations. Sterile environments for such a medical procedure were usually impossible. Some amputations were performed without anesthesia. Often the procedure left the amputee with terrible pain from the severed nerves.

The pictures included here are from the Flickr page of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. As the referring article warns, this archive is "not for the faint of heart." Yet it's one way to see photos of the brave and often incredibly young (an estimated 100,000 Union soldiers were boys under 15) soldiers who fought in such horrifically bloody Civil War battles.

-Via Dangerous Minds | Images: National Museum of Health and Medicine


Robert Fryer. Amputation of third, fourth, and fifth metacarpals. PVT, Company G, 52nd New York Volunteers. Wounded March 25, 1865 at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia



Jason W. Joslyn. Excision of head & 4 inches of shaft femur, prosthesis in place. PVT, Company I, 7th New York Heavy Artillery. Injured at 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor


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Heather Boggs's The Shining Hats

Heather Boggs of Madision, Wisconsin knits hats with patterns that reflect the costumes and scenery of Stanley Kubrick's iconic horror film The Shining. She does an excellent job of matching wardrobes, carpets, and paint schemes that appear in the Overlook Hotel and the people who survive in it.

Her model doesn't quite have the Sad Etsy Boyfriend look, but his showmanship really brings out the tone of these crafts.

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Can Bad Memories Be Erased?

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Is it possible to erase bad memories? Some people who suffer from mental problems after going through traumatic experiences, such as war veterans with PTSD, could possibly benefit from such a mental deletion. AsapSCIENCE takes on the question as to whether it's possible in their latest video. -Via Laughing Squid


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Star Trek in Mayberry

A backlot known as “the 40 acres” in Culver City, California, has been the setting of so many movies and TV shows that it takes an extensive website to cover all of it. It was owned successively by RKO, Desilu, and Paramount, among other owners. The lot contained the entire town of Mayberry used for The Andy Griffith Show, but that wasn’t the only use for the fake town. It was built long before Andy Taylor and his family inhabited it. You might recognize the buildings when you watch old reruns of Superman from the 1950s, because the town was also Metropolis.

Hardcore Star Trek fans already know this, but casual fans might be surprised to know that a couple of episodes of the original series were filmed on the Mayberry set: "Miri" and "The City on the Edge of Forever.” They didn’t even change the name of Floyd’s Barber Shop.



They should have used some of the Mayberry characters, too, as imagined by this image manipulation by Brian Hague. See his Thelma Lou T’Pau as well. -via Metafilter


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Otter Cub Trio is Acutely Adorable



These three Asian small-clawed otter cubs were born in September at Newquay Zoo in the U.K. The trio joins a group of 19 other otters at the facility. Zoo Director Stewart Muir said,

“The cubs are impossibly cute. Asian small-clawed otters are incredibly social animals compared with other otter species, so visitors will be able to watch how the cubs’ siblings play an active role in teaching them how to cope in the strange new world outside the nest."

Asian small-clawed otters are the smallest otter species in the world and are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to habitat destruction, water pollution and over fishing in their native Southeast Asia. The IUCN estimates that the population of the species has been reduced by up to 30% in the past 30 years.

Read more about the otters and see an additional photo at Zooborns.

Image: Newquay Zoo

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Here's An Upside Down Clown To Give You Nightmares

Meet Brian- he's a great father, beloved NeatoShop artist ambassador and one heck of a nice guy, but during the Halloween season he becomes the stuff of nightmares.

Brian enjoys putting a fear of dark places in folks who pay him a visit at his terrifying home away from home- Spooky World's Nightmare New England.

Spooky World's Nightmare is New England's premiere haunted destination, located in the otherwise sleepy town of Litchfield, New Hampshire.

If you're brave enough to endure attractions like Brigham Manor, the plantation home of the murderous Bishop family, the hellish labyrinth called The Colony, or the neon circus nightmare Freak Show in 3D you might run in to Brian or one of his ghoulish buddies.

But hurry- Spooky World's Nightmare attractions will disappear back into the mists come November 8th!

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The Infected Rick - You Won't Like Him When He's Angry


The Infected Rick by CoDDesigns

Rick hadn't felt right since the world had gone to hell and the dead had gotten up and started walking again. It didn't help matters that he'd woken up in a hospital, unknowingly one of the last living humans on Earth, but no matter how far he came he always felt like something was missing. One day Rick came across a chem lab where scientists had been hard at work on a cure for the virus, but as he gathered up as many of the chemicals as he could carry he was bitten by a hulking walker. Unsure what would happen, yet unwilling to lie down and die, Rick drank the formula he'd found and almost immediately felt his body transforming into something incredible...

Bring some rotten zombie flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this The Infected Rick t-shirt by CoDDesigns, it's the perfect attire whether you're running from walking corpses or simply watching them on TV.

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Homemade Mystique Costume

Redditor drbonedaddy posted a picture of his girlfriend’s Halloween costume. She is the Marvel character Mystique, as portrayed in the X-Men movies. The process of constructing the costume went like this:

Wasn't easy at all. The spandex suit had to first be landmarked, then painted. Each side took three to four hours and had to be allowed to dry overnight. Applying the latex for the scales on her face and painting it took two to three hours as well. She dyed her hair for the costume which was another hour. So in total it was roughly a 10 hour process over the course of a few days. I'm sure there are some very intricate costumes posted on here, but it really was a painstaking process to make it come together

She even dyed contact lenses to make her eyes yellow! And what did drbonedaddy select for a costume? He was also an X-Men character, the lesser-known Gambit.

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The Soothing Light of the Flickering Computer Monitor

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The weather is perfect, so let's stay inside! Natural sunlight and unconditioned air have a certain appeal, but it's hard to watch Netflix from outside and I have to keep careful track of how many people have liked my status update.


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Ten of the World's Deadliest Tourist Destinations



Acapulco was a wildly popular tourist destination from the late 1920s and peaking in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The warm, beautiful waters, inviting temperatures and interesting sightseeing remains a draw for tourists today. 

Yet today, Acapulco tourists risk the high crime rates of the city, which are nearly 30 times higher than the average in American cities. In 2013, the murder rate was 142 in 100,000; in January and February of that year, there were 200 murders. Also in 2013, six Spanish female tourists staying in a vacation home together were raped when masked gunmen broke into the property and tied up the men present. 

The United States Department of State’s Mexico travel warning is strict, and the U.S. government will only allow its employees to stay in two Acapulco hotels, and bans people from leaving them after dark. How sad it is that such a beautiful place is so fraught with risk. 

Read about other dangerous tourist destinations here.

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Whodunit: Death by Chocolate

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

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The four finalists lined up in the hotel ballroom, all smiling for the photographers and all wearing knee-length aprons, each custom-made apron proclaiming "The Great Dessert Bake-Off." Bob Bullock's smile was genuine. His entry, "Death by Chocolate," had been a runaway favorite in the preliminaries. And the others knew it.

"I'm going up to my room for a nap," the lanky Texan drawled as he folded his apron and tucked it under his arm. "See you gals at the finals."

One of the three "gals" smiled back with a murderous gleam. "Not if I can help it." She waited five minutes, then wiped her sweaty palms on her apron and headed for the elevator.

An hour later, a maid found the body. Bob Bullock was laid out on his bed, still dressed in his cowboy shirt and jeans, his head smashed in by a cooking mallet. Blood was splattered everywhere.

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