…Verrrrry Sleeeeeeepy

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I wonder, does hypnosis really work?  Maybe some of you have been hypnotized before.  I’ve had people who supposedly knew what they were doing try to hypnotize me…but it sure never seems to have worked.  You see it over and over on TV (especially on the show, The Mentalist).  They make it all see so simple.

Of course, few things in life are as simple as they seem.  So much for the person pulling a watch out of the pocket, swinging it in front of another’s face and saying in a calm, soft voice, “You are getting sleepy….very sleepy!”

I don’t know, but when I saw these two mannequin heads, I thought their eyes looked like they were in the middle of being hypnotized and that their eyes are getting heavy.  Look at them closely…either that, or these mannequins are on drugs!  On second thought, maybe they’re the latest in designer zombies!!!!

Why did they make them this way?  Is it supposed to look sultry?  I’m not sure, but I thought that these heads were about ready to fall off the shelf upon which they rested!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1898, a disgruntled city engineer in Skagway, Alaska, murders “Soapy” Smith, one of the most notorious con men in the history of the West.

Born in Georgia in 1860, Jefferson Randolph Smith went west as a young man, landing work as a cowboy in Texas. He eventually tired of the hard work and low wages, though, and discovered he could make more money with less effort by convincing gullible westerners to part with their cash in clever confidence games.

One of his earliest rip-offs was the “prehistoric man” of Creede, Colorado. Smith had obtained a 10-foot statue of a primitive looking human that he secretly buried near the town of Creede. Soon after, he dug it up with great fanfare and publicity and began charging fees to see it. Wisely, he left town before the curious turned suspicious.

Smith earned his nickname “Soapy” with a more conventional manner. Traveling around the Southwest, Smith would briefly set up shop in the street selling bars of soap wrapped in blue tissue paper. He promised the credulous crowds that a few lucky purchasers would find a $100 bill wrapped inside a few of the $5 bars of soap. Inevitably, one of the first to buy a bar would shout with pleasure and happily display a genuine $100 bill. Sales were generally brisk afterwards. The lucky purchaser, of course, was a plant.

In 1897, Smith joined the Alaskan gold rush and landed in the frontier town of Skagway. Short on law and long on gold dust, Skagway was the perfect place for Smith to perfect his con games. He soon became the head of an ambitious criminal underworld, and he and his partners fleeced thousands of gullible miners.

Smith’s success eventually angered the honest citizens of Skagway, who were trying to build an upstanding community. They formed a vigilante “Committee of 101” in an attempt to bring law and order to the town. Undaunted, Smith formed his own gang into a “Committee of 303” to oppose them.

On this day in 1898, Smith tried to crash a vigilante meeting on the Skagway wharf, apparently hoping to persuade them that he posed no threat to the community. Smith had failed to realize how angry the vigilantes were. When he tried to break through the crowd, a Skagway city engineer named Frank Reid confronted him. The men exchanged harsh words and then bullets. Reid shot Smith dead on the spot, but not before Smith had badly wounded him. The engineer died 12 days later.

The funeral services for Soapy Smith were held in a Skagway church he had donated funds to help build. The minister chose as the text for his sermon a line from Proverbs XIII: “The way of transgressors is hard.”

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Between 30% and 60% of cocaine users combine the drug with alcohol. This concurrent use is the cause of nearly 75% of cocaine-related fatalities in the U.S., and a cocaine user is 25 times more likely to experience sudden death when combining it with alcohol.

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3 thoughts on “…Verrrrry Sleeeeeeepy

  1. You are probably right, but I, too, remain skeptical. But then, I tend to be somewhat skeptical by nature. I wish I wasn’t, but I am…

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