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Titanic Premonition

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There was an article in the paper this week about Lillian Asplund, the last Titanic survivor. She died at the age of 99 having outlived 710 other survivors from the sinking ship.

Many strange stories surround that notorious ‘night to remember’. One such story comes from Winnipeg, Manitoba – about as far away from a coastline as you can get. The Reverend Charles Morgan, minister of the Rosedale Methodist Church was taking a cat nap in his study the evening of April 14th, 1912, when he fell into a trace like sleep in which he heard the crushing sounds of water and cries for help. Above the noise he heard strains of an old, seldom sung hymn. He asked the congregation to sing that hymn in his church the next morning. The opening lines were: “Hearing Father, while we pray to Thee, / For those in peril on the sea.” It was one day later that the Winnipeggers discovered that the Titanic had hit an iceberg on the evening of April 14th and the ship’s chaplan was giving an evening service at the time. After they had hit the iceberg, the ship’s chaplan lead his congregant passengers in the singing of “Hearing Father, while we pray to Thee, / for those in peril on the sea.”

The Mysterious Mind

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This is so cool! The mind really is a powerful mystery. It can read this weird message:

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid aoccdrnig to rscheearch taem at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Such a cdonition is arppoiately cllaed “Typoglycemia”

Point of View

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Mysteries are a paradoxical topic for me. While I abhor violence and injustice, I love a good puzzle and examples of how the world we live in is determined by point of view. Here’s a cute story about just that.

Candid Camera Robbery

While setting up for a “Candid Camera” segment in a bank one day, Peter Funt (the show’s host) was astonished to find himself in the middle of an actual robbery. As Funt looked on dumbfounded, the staff – naturally assuming that the robbery was a practice run of a practical joke – began clapping. So astonished was the robber that he actually dropped his gun and raced out of the bank!

Brand New Mystery Blogger & Oak Island

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Hey Mystery Fans,

I am a brand new blogger, initiated by THE Technology Evangelist, Robert Sanzalone, at an S.C.C. session this morning. It is so exciting! Now I get a chance to share all the mystery jokes, quotes and anecdotes I have been collecting and always on the watch for. Today in the paper I saw that the search for treasure at the infamous Money Pit on Oak Island is about to be started again. Over two hundred years ago, two boys saw a depression in the grass on this tiny island off the coast of Mahone Bay NS and the events connected with that discovery make the Da Vinci Code look like a walk in the park!

About Juanita

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Juanita Rose Violini

MeJuanita grew up in Banff, Alberta, with Ukrainian-Italian parents and absolutely no interest in skiing. Her first short story, read aloud in a University of Victoria writing class, brought her peals of laughter and the idea that writing could be fun. Her life has taken her through occupations as diverse as artist, Parks Canada outhouse cleaner, taxi driver, and teacher’s aide for disabled children. In the late 1980s, she was the production manager for an event entertainment company, which mainly involved cutting down trees and putting up teepees for wilderness nights, then dressing up in rabbit-skins. Whenever the company put on a murder mystery event, she thought I can do better than this. Masterpiece Mysterys was born.

Juanita has written, directed and produced over 50 murder mystery event scenarios, all featuring her own sense of humour; her latest offerings include Dying For Chocolate, Gin Joint, Virtual Vixens, and Drop Dead Disco. Combining a mystery story and clue-trail with uplifting entertainment is an area that Juanita has considerable knowledge in. Masterpiece Mysterys has performed for groups ranging from 20 to 200 people, from 12 to 70 years old. Juanita is considering putting together a course outline to teach others how to develop their own mystery parties. She has been a frequent contributor to since 1997 in their "Party Games and Murder Mystery Parties" discussion areas.

She also writes mysteries with her husband, Tony Berryman. Together they have finished one novel in a Banff History Mystery series and have published one short story, The Rapture Café, in Mountain Heritage Magazine. They are currently enjoying the research for a series of smut detective fiction short stories.