The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Real Fake Bounty?

More than a dozen members of a Nova Scotia-built replica vessel are abandoning ship off the coast of North Carolina after getting caught in the high seas brought on by Hurricane Sandy.

Lt. Junior Grade Brendan Salerno, with the U.S. Coast Guard, told CBC News the 17-member crew of the tall ship HMS Bounty had decided to abandon ship after getting caught in 5.5-metre seas off Cape Hatteras.

"We have a Coast Guard Hercules C-130 aircraft on scene with the vessel. Right now the vessel has decided to abandon ship so right now we're working on rescue ideas," Salerno said Monday.

"We're trying to get one of our cutters underway and we're sending out some of our helicopters to try and get people that way as well."

Salerno said the winds in the area are sustained in the 75 kilometre per hour range.

The replica of HMS Bounty, which launched in Lunenburg in 1960, was made famous in a 1962 movie starring Marlon Brando — Mutiny on the Bounty. It has also appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest starring Johnny Depp.
They have been talking about how big this storm was going to be for days and they didn't head for safe harbor? That's just plain stupid. I've been to sea and seen some pretty rough stuff in the Bering. But it wasn't a hurricane and I was on a 378' High Endurance Cutter with 4 engines. No way in hell would you find me on a wooden tall ship in a hurricane.

Hopefully all souls will be saved. Abandoning ship in a hurricane is definitely THE worst case scenario there is at sea.

UPDATE: 2 were washed overboard while trying to enter the lifeboats and are lost at sea. 14 were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter and are safe. SAR Ops are underway for the missing crew members.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Surf's Up!

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake off the British Columbia coast has triggered a Tsumani Warning for Hawaii. The Weather Channel has predicted a minimum 7ft  wave at 10:30 local time. CNN has a 5ft prediction. It does not matter what side of the islands you are on, but it looks like Kahului on Maui's North Shore will take the worst of it.

Evacuations are underway. Local TV (via CNN) advising people to gather gas, cash, food and medicine... but not to horde because that would be rude.


Live local feed:
Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

3:25am- This is starting to look like a cluster***k. There are major roads jammed with traffic heading for higher ground that should have been made one way evacuation routes. Local officials now advising people stuck in traffic in the inundation zones to consider abandoning their cars.

At the same time they are showing people gathering at local beaches to watch the wave. Darwin is standing by...

3:34am- Weird fact: This tsunami is coming from the East. Most emergency planning is for waves coming from the West.

I have the live local feed on my PC and DirecTv's News Mix on. The live local feed is definitely the most interesting.

3:45am- Nothing yet. Officials are still telling everyone to be on guard.

3:55am- Starting to see abnormal waves across the islands with reports of boats on the sand in Hilo Bay.

3:58am- To show nothing was going on they went to a shot of people standing on a dock looking out at the ocean with nothing going on. Meanwhile, evacuate from coastal regions...

4:04am- So far, so good. No dramatic waves reported yet.

Being able to sit here and watch this in real time as it unfolds from multiple sources is kind of eerie. Right now it's all cool, but if something should change this could get real ugly, real fast.

4:26am- Cut to tourists being pissy about mandatory evacuations.

4:52am- Reports of the tsumani hitting with a 6in wave 30 minutes ago.

Best line of the night "It was a nice break from all the campaign ads".

5:06am- The "All Clear" hasn't been officially issued, but it appears the danger has passed. FOX News was quick to find an "expert" to say it was a massive overreaction by the government. Had 1,000's died he would have said it was a massive government fail.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Taunting Panther's Fans Force Marine Amputee Out Of Moosehead Bar and Grill

Taunting Panther's Fans Force Marine Amputee Out Of Moosehead Bar and Grill
On Sunday a U.S. Marine who lost both legs in Afghanistan was forced to leave Charlotte's  Moosehead Bar and Grill along with his wife, parents and friends after another patron at the restaurant became verbally combative and the restaurant staff asked the Marine to leave.

According to the Charlotte Observer: "The incident happened after Garrett Carnes, his wife Courtney, their parents, and friends Brett and Nicole Coburn stopped at the restaurant for dinner after attending the Carolina Panthers’ game against Dallas. Several members of the party, including Garrett Carnes, were wearing Dallas Cowboys jerseys.

Coburn said that when the group reached the front door, the fan, who other patrons called Tank, was waiting for them."

“He was standing at the door, and he started harassing us because of the Cowboys jerseys,” Coburn said.

He said Tank told Garrett Carnes, “Don’t use your wheelchair as a crutch.”

According to multiple accounts of the incident, Carnes told the patron – and others who were ridiculing the group for being Cowboys’ fans – that he was a veteran and had lost his legs in Afghanistan.

Members of the Carnes-Coburn party tried to “defend ourselves verbally,” Brett Coburn said.
He said Tank walked toward Carnes in a threatening way, and some other patrons stepped in to break it up.

Neilsen said his employees are trained to separate possible combatants, in an effort to defuse such situations. On Sunday, staff members asked Garrett Carnes and his party to leave, while they took Tank to another area of the restaurant." 

More about Garrett Carnes here and Deadspin picks up the story and takes in national here.  The Daily Mail in the UK piled on this morning here.

Meanwhile the Moosehead Bar and Grill is getting slammed with neg comments on Yelp which is here. Moosehead's Yelp rating has "Tanked" to two stars out of five as Marines from across the nation hammer away at the four star rating the bar had this morning.

Josh Watts, errr "Tank" may want to leave the state, or at least lay low for a few months. But as the following photos attest he just ain't that smart.

The comments at Cedar Posts are pure gold. Since the story broke Josh "Tank" Watts has shut down his Facebook page. So has Moosehead Bar & Grill. Sounds like Moosehead is about to be overrun with Marines and Tank is the guest of honor. They've also uncovered he works security for the Charlotte Bobcats. Here's his LinkedIn in case you'd like to give him a job reference.

Hopefully, The Cowboys organization will reach out to Garrett Carnes and his family. The least they could do is offer luxury suite tickets and VIP passes for him and his family.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Toll Tag Testing

Will your toll tag work at 85mph on TX130? I don't think that's going to be a problem.


They Call It Mellow Yellow

Deleted because of the annoying autoplay.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gangnam Style

Yesterday's Bag of Nothing  featured a Gangnam Style parody video from the cadets at West Point. Being an ex-Coastie, I am obliged under Federal law to point out the Midshipmen at Navy beat them to it by 2 weeks!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Just How Big Are Skunks in Pennsylvania?

NEW SEWICKLEY TWP. — A 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot in the shoulder Saturday night by a family member who thought she was an animal outside a New Sewickley Township home, police said.

New Sewickley Police Chief Ronald Leindecker said the girl, whom he would not identify, was over a hillside around 8:30 p.m. during a Halloween party at 376 Brewer Road.

Leindecker said an unidentified male relative mistook the girl, who was wearing a black costume and a black hat with white tassel, for a skunk and shot her in the shoulder with a shotgun.

The girl was alert and talking when she was flown to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Leindecker said. A report on her condition was not available. Leindecker said he was not sure if charges will be filed. He added that the man had not been drinking.

Officers on Saturday night were still investigating and collecting statements, and they will turn over the case to the Beaver County district attorney’s office, Leindecker said.
Just a couple questions. First, why didn't they release the name of the shooter? Second, why did he shoot at a target he wasn't 100% sure about, especially when there were kids in the area? Granted she was wearing a costume, but still...
9 Year Old Girl

Can you tell the difference?

SNL Recap

The cold open tonight was, as expected, on the Presidential debates with Jason Sudeikis and Jay Pharoh as Romney / Obama and Aidy Bryant as moderator Candy Crowley. Thankfully no F-bombs were tossed as they constantly played up the bad blood between the two and had several funny barbs. The skit also featured a cameo by Tom Hanks.

Host/musical guest Bruno Mars quickly acknowledged his awkwardness as an actor and went to his strong suit by singing the monologue followed by Taran Killam giving Brad Pitt's odd Chanel commercial an inside look. It would become a running skit with various sponsors.

Next Bobby Moynahan played a Mom accused of stealing her daughter's (Mars) boyfriends on the daytime talk show "haters". Thankfully it was a short skit and didn't implode. The acting was funny, but the writing was weak.

A power failure at Pandora HQ forcing an intern (Mars) to karaoke various songs was the plot for the next skit. That was followed by what is presumably the new SNL short film segment. Titled "Sad Mouse", it featuring Mars as a distraught man who was just dumped by his girlfriend of 6 years being hired to play a life size mascot that happens to be a patriotic mouse. Things do not go well as he suffers his breakup on the job. But in the end he finds a distraught female frog mascot (presumably suffering a similar breakup) and they walk away together.

That was followed by Bruno's musical segment introduced by Tom Hanks and a rather weak Weekend Update that was only saved by an appearance of Bill Hader as Stefon with Halloween party recommendations. I love Stefon because he reminds me of a mix between Harvey Korman and Tim Conway. Hader always loses character and cracks himself up in the middle of jokes.

After WU, a skit dug up from from the grave that would have been better off left for dead. The Merryville carnival haunted house ride taken over by animatronic characters after a malfunction. Hanks made another cameo at the end of the skit.

The Wilderness Lodge was the locale for the next skit as two tourists (Sukeikis, Vanessa Bayer) look for Yeti Point. Mars played the one eyed innkeeper and Hader the disturbed caretaker that was sexually molested by a Yeti.

In what may be an SNL first, Bill Hader redonned his Stefon costume to introduce Bruno Mars' second set. Not sure a cast member in character has ever introduced a musical guest before. I certainly don't remember it ever happening.

Donkey Punch the Vote was a weak attempt at humor and shock value as a youth "get out the vote" commercial. Thankfully it was the last bit of the night.

Overall, tonight's episode scores a C. Mars did a respectable job as a first-timer pulling double duty, Stefon made a long awaited appearance and Tom Hanks provided help when needed. But the writing was just plain weak.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Now that's a serious tan

The maker of Banana Boat sunscreen is recalling some half-million bottles of spray-on lotion after reports that a handful of people have caught on fire after applying the product.

Unconfirmed reports say Patricia Krentcil has stockpiled all she can get.

Friday, October 19, 2012

To Vegas, or not to Vegas? That is the question.

I've been contemplating going to Las Vegas for Halloween. Where else but Sin City to celebrate All Hallows Eve?

This trip will be a classic affirmation of everything right and true in the national character. A gross physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country. But only for those with true grit.

And we are chock full of that, man.

Spirit Airlines has some $200 round-trip flights, I've got a comp'ed room thru the end of December at Stratosphere and another at Monte Carlo.

Classic strategy. There is a certain bent appeal in the notion of running a savage burn on one Las Vegas hotel, and then just wheeling across town and checking into another.

Plus, I can do a pretty convincing Raoul Duke.

What's Your Vector, Victor?

It's all over by the :45 mark. But things got real interesting there for a second.

If you follow the comments on YouTube it's debatable who was at fault. The camera gives a false platform from which to judge. But, if you look at the horizon and not the aircraft it appears the tanker zigged when he should have zagged while correcting and nosed over in front of the AWACS when he should have pulled up.

The AWACS pilot reacted correctly, in the nick-o-time, and nosed over hard which resulted in some violent negative G's, but avoided a mid-air collision.

That had to be a wild ride onboard the AWACS. There were injuries and damage to the aircraft reported.

Future Dallas Cowboys Defense Unveiled

It's a Jerry Jones starter kit. Just add some silver pants and a blue star on the helmet.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

On The Radar: Hulu Edition

Kitchen Confidential
Very loosely based on Anthony Bourdain's best selling autobiography, this 2005 FOX series didn't last a season, but it had potential. FOX gave this one the full Firefly treatment, screwing with the schedule and eventually canning the series after just a few episodes before it could build an audience.

Producers Darren Star (Sex and the City) and Dave Hemingson (Just Shoot Me!, American Dad) put together a great cast led by a pre-Hangover Bradley Cooper as Chef "Jack" Bourdain. It also featured Frank Langella as Nolita's owner Pino, and John Cho as Teddy in recurring supporting roles. It was a solid, talented cast infused with several promising new faces.

Unfortunately, Anthony Bourdain didn't do any of the writing for the series. In fact, he had barely anything at all to do with it other than a "based on" credit. Hemingson wrote the first two episodes, then a cornucopia of writers wrote the final 11. Star directed the first 2 episodes then opened the revolving directors door for the remainder which probably explains why the plot wanders from episode to episode.

It's still a fast paced, funny look at life inside an upscale kitchen with a talented but dysfunctional staff. Worth checking out when you get the chance. All 13 episodes (most of which were never aired) are available on Hulu.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Grease City Burger Co.

Maybe I just caught them on an off night. But when you pay damn near $10 for a burger and onion rings there had better be no "off" nights. It's been several months since I ate at Rock City Burger Co in Bridgeport, but from what I remembered they were pretty freakin' good. They won the Best Burger in Wise award for 2011-12. Usually good eats.

Tonight, a much different story. There were only 2 customers there when I pulled up. I thought it was good timing. Instead, it was probably a sign that things have gone way downhill in a hurry and I would be better off going to Sonic.

I ordered a single meat cheeseburger with grilled onions, jalapenos, mushrooms and onions plus an order of onion rings. Yeah, I like onions. What I got was a single greaseburger with a patty so thin you could read a newspaper thru it and all the fixins lumped in the middle. The onion rings were undercoated and undercooked. Even the Dr. Pepper was weak.

Now, I love a greasy cheeseburger as much as the next red blooded American. Herd's in Jackistan is the best I've ever had. But this was much different. It was like they added extra grease with each ingredient.  I wound up throwing over 1/2 the meal in the trash. It was that bad.

I walked in expecting a killer meal. I walked out having survived a meal that tried to kill me. Maybe they need to concentrate less on the Jeep videos and more on the kitchen.

Now where's my Lipitor?

One Take?

Those Old Spice fantasy commercials are pretty entertaining. But I was shocked to find out they did it in one continuous shot.

h/t H8torade

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Christina Applegate Fits Right In as SNL Host

I was expecting a lot from the SNL cold open. Naturally they went with the VP debate and Biden's over the top expressions. What I wasn't expecting was an F-bomb from Kate McKennon as moderator Martha Raddatz directed toward Jim Lehrer that wasn't funny and just plain mean that drew a stunned reaction from the audience. It took a lot away from what would have been a funny bit with Jason Sudeikis and Taran Killam that included a cameo by Usain Bolt.

Host Christina Applegate displayed her singing skills during the monologue then followed it up with a great performance in the recurring skit "The Californians". Next she hosted "Tech Talk", a bit that will make any iPhone user cringe as experts complained about the flaws with iPhone 5's and Chinese factory workers responded to them with their living and working conditions. When asked if the Chinese workers had any complaints about American products, they responded "Good question. What does America make? Does diabetes count as a product?".

Christina was also in a video parody of a blockbuster action movie trailer entitled "Give Us All Our Daughters Back" as Uma Thurmon. The bit was funny and gave Jay Pharoh and Bill Hader a chance to show off their considerable impersonation skills as Denzel Washington and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Bobby Moynihan also pulled off a very funny Steven Segal.

Following a performance by Passion Pit, Weekend Update tore into the debates including a visit from Nasim Pedrad who nailed it as Arianna Huffington. Expect to see much more of Arianna in the future. Kenan Thompson then brought back his Top French Def Jam comedian Jean K. Jean to comment on Lance Armstrong. He commented on everything but.

Up next another appearance by Christina as leader of a Siren trio in the Aegean Sea singing 90's pop songs to Odysseus that featured some high tech special effects. Then a skit about the "Booker T. Washington High School Hell-oween Ball"  featuring Christina as school librarian Miss Schrader dressed as "the ghost of the Haunted Library , not the KKK Fairy as some students suggested".

Following another performance by Passion Pit, a final skit with Christina as an over the top dance studio instructor the students can't understand.

You can tell when the host has talent and can work on the fly, they're in more skits. Tonight there was barely anything that didn't feature Christina. I predict she'll be back numerous times after tonight where she melded right in with the cast and had a flawless performance.

I give tonight's show an A-. A majority of the credit going to Christina and her excellent performance. You would have thought she was a veteran cast member.

This was her second time hosting SNL. The first was during her Kelly Bundy days back in 1993 on the episode when Chris Farley debuted loud-mouthed, thrice-divorced, government cheese-eating motivational speaker "in a van, down by the river" Matt Foley.

Let's hope it's not another 19 years before she gets another shot.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

On The Radar: Hitchcock

Good Evening

I hadn't heard a peep about this film until I ran across it on Bag Of Nothing. From what the trailer reveals, I'm very intrigued. 

Anthony Hopkins probably wouldn't have been my first pick as Hitch, but it's not a bad one. On the other hand Scarlett Johansson is perfect as Janet Leigh. Toss in Hellen Mirren as Lady Reville, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles and James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins and you might have a decent flick.

My spidey senses are tingling!

It's Like Zombieland, But With Water Bottles

Only 1 man can save us...

Why do I suspect this guy has a bigger Twinkie fetish than Tallahassee?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

No Reservations? I Beg To Differ!

I don't usually go to speaking engagements featuring celebrity chefs (or anyone else for that matter), but this sounded too good to pass up. I'm a big Tony Bourdain fan. I like his "Gonzo" style of writing, his snarky razor sharp wit and his approach to life in general.

Getting Eric Ripert on stage at the same time? Bonus! They will only be doing 3 shows together and Bass Hall is one of them.

This should be a very entertaining event and I snagged some killer seats. Tickets are still available for their Nov 9 appearance at Bass Hall.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Get Lost Maze

Shouldn't that be Maize Maze?

Why haven't I heard about this before? Sounds like a blast! I bet it could get pretty spooky after dark with the fog and performers.

Blue Bell in Spaaaaace!

Among the important cargo onboard the SpaceX Dragon capsule is material to create Silly Putty as well as ice cream.

The ice cream tagging along on the space flight that launched Sunday night from Cape Canaveral, Fla is none other than our beloved Blue Bell. The capsule is expected to reach the International Space Station on Wednesday.

The Blue Bell will be stored in GLACIER, or General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator. Primarily used to preserve science samples that require temperatures between -301 and 39 degrees Fahrenheit on the way to or from the space station, it makes a dandy ice cream transporter. The mini-fridge sized freezer previously flew aboard the space shuttle.

All space station crew members, regardless of their home nation, spend time training for their expeditions at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and everybody knows Blue Bell dominates the market in Texas.

As such, the Blue Bell Sundae Ice Cream Cups should be especially welcome by Expedition 33's commander, NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, as well as flight engineers Yuri Malenchenko of Russia's federal space agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

Blue Bell isn't a space rookie. Far from it. In 1995, astronauts aboard the space shuttle Atlantis first took Blue Bell along for the ride. In 2006 it made it's first visit to the ISS delivered by, ironically, Atlantis.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

SNL: Big Bird Steals The Show

I normally try to give you an SNL critique, but this Stackjack pretty much sums it up.

The show's highlight came when a "very tired" Big Bird joined Seth Meyers during "Weekend Update" about "seven hours past his bed time." The iconic "Sesame Street" character learned he was mentioned in the debate after "getting a million tweets" but passed on making any statements on the election or Mitt Romney's vow to cut federal funding for PBS because he didn't want to "ruffle any political feathers." Needless to say, the eight-foot tall Big Bird towered over Meyers as they sat together behind the anchor desk. 

You have to love Big Bird. Even when attacked, he turns the other cheek. He just wants to be your friend. A touching moment came in the closing credits when Bobby Moynihan got to hug Big Bird goodbye. You could see the 6 year old kid inside Bobby.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Even More Oldies

Remember these classic 60's TV shows?

Neither do I. And I watched a LOT of TV as a kid.

Well to be completely honest I remember one of them, The Defenders with E.G. Marshall.

On the other hand, I do remember several of these one season wonders:

But not the James Garner/Margot Kidder gig. Who gave that the greenlight?

The Coolest Song Ever Written

You remember him as Rampart General Hospital's laid back, friendly and competent Joe Early, M.D.
I prefer to remember him as the author of one of the coolest song ever.

Don't believe me?

Ya nailed it Bob. Your Honor, the defense rests.

Movies You've Watched 1000 Times

I was watching The Daily Show the other night and during an interview with Liam Neeson the subject of movies you watch whenever they're on and you're up was raised. You know what I mean. It's 3am, you can't sleep and that movie is on. For Liam it was Midnight Express. Not a bad pick, btw.

Not sure I could nail it down to THE one, but I've got a short list that I don't stray far from (in no particular order):

  1. The Right Stuff
  2. Blood Alley
  3. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  4. Blazing Saddles
  5. Last American Hero
  6. They Were Expendable
  7. Hud
  8. The Blues Brothers
  9. Strategic Air Command
  10. 12 O' Clock High
Now that by no means is my Top 10 movie list, although it probably makes up a good chunk of it. But if I'm up and one of those movies is on, I'm probably watching it (and quoting lines from it).

I'm also a sucker for old TV shows. Channel 49 has been filling the gap with The Rockford Files, Emergency!, Hawaii Five-0 and more on my DVR. But starting this month they decided to begin using local programming and scrapped Five-0 and Emergency! among other MeTV shows.

Sheesh, couldn't they have axed Bonanza and The Wild, Wild West instead?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My take on: The Presidential Debates

Just bullrush the old school polite moderator and out talk your opponent with press releases instead of answering questions.

If you don't follow the rules, there can be no winner or loser. Jim Lehrer should have nutted up and made the candidates debate within the guidelines instead of letting the inmates run the asylum. This was dueling press conferences.

I don't think anyone learned anything about either candidate tonight.

What they need to do is set up a scoring system just like debating in school. You wander off topic you lose points.
You would see some politicians sweating like a whore in church on Judgement Day if this was implemented.

Why I should stay away from auctions

I went to the big Ritchie Brothers auction last week in Lake Worth and found a brush hog that looked decent. I would up winning the auction for $500. Not bad (or so I thought).  When I got it home I figured out why it was auctioned off. The 2 piece sliding drive shaft was rusted up and it took about half a can of WD40 to get it freed up enough to budge with a hammer, a BIG hammer.

Once I got the drive shaft connected I gave it a test run and found out there appear to be some teeth missing in the gearbox or it has a full race cam. I went back to double check the auction description and nowhere did it say "brush hog with redneck gear box". For the record, I'm not a complete idiot. I did look under the mower to make sure everyting was hunky-dory and spun the driveline by hand before I bid on it to make sure it wasn't seized up. But I didn't spin it enough to go all the way around the gear. Fortunately I have another old mower laying around that I can cannibalize, but for a couple hundred bucks more I could have bought a brand new one.

Then there's the forklift...

I was trying to do a friend a favor and bid on a forklift for him. I had him on the phone telling me what to bid on and how much. Problem is I have some pretty severe tinnitus and hearing loss. Mix in speakers blaring the auctioneer at 100db+ and what we have here is failure to communicate. I don't like it any more than you do...

I wound up the winning bid, but it was a 3 piece lot. I didn't know which one he wanted from the lot and couldn't hear him on the phone so I took the most scientific approach possible in a pinch: eenie, meenie, miney, moe.

I picked meenie when it should have been eenie. So I wound up buying a forklift that neither of us wanted. Hopefully, I can get my money back when I run it back thru their next auction in the spring. But there's still taxes, fees, transportation, ect...

Oh well, I can always just go pick some more cash off my money tree with my new forklift...

Hi-Yo Silver!

Not much too it, but here's the first official peek at Disney's upcoming The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Let's just say it ain't Jay Silverheels and Clayton Moore.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Do you know what "nemesis" means?

NSFW: Language (in case you didn't already know)

Bandon, Oregon-  Oregon authorities know only two things for sure about the death of 70-year-old farmer Terry Vance Garner: He died Wednesday and his hogs ate most of him, according to news reports.

A relative found Garner's dentures and pieces of his body in the hog enclosure after Garner didn't return from feeding his 700-pound animals that morning on his farm in Riverton, near the coast, the Associated Press says.

The Coos County district attorney's office said today that one hog had either bitten or been aggressive with Garner in the past. District Attorney Paul Fraiser told The Register-Guard that Garner may have had a heart attack or other medical emergency, or perhaps knocked down by the hogs. But investigators aren't yet ruling out criminality by humans.

Last year, one of the large sows bit Terry Garner after he had accidentally stepped on one of the piglets.

“He said he was going to kill it, but when I asked him about it later, he said he had changed his mind,” Michael Garner said.

John Killefer, who heads the Animal and Rangeland Sciences Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, called the incident involving Terry Garner both “very unfortunate” and highly unusual.

The local press says that a forensic pathologist examined Garner's body Saturday, and that a forensic anthropologist from the University of Oregon will also examine the remains.