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Glen Campbell's Battle with Alzheimer's Worsens: See His Final Song and Video

Oct 16, 2014 -- 3:19pm


It's been three years since Glen Campbell first opened up to PEOPLE about his battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Since then, the "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer, 78, was moved into an Alzheimer's facility full-time in April, and, according to his wife, Kim Woollen, would likely never perform or play guitar again.

In light of the news, Campbell's label has released his final studio recording, a somber ballad called "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," about the decline of his health and a farewell to his family. The accompanying video shows footage of Campbell throughout his prolific career, as well as rare and personal family footage.

Sample lyrics include the lines, "I'm still here, but yet I'm gone," and "I'm never gonna hold you like I did, or say I love you to the kids."

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According to The Alzheimer's Site, Campbell is in the final stages of the disease, and receiving 24-hour care.

"There's a lot of sadness, but we just continue to make the best of every day," Woolen told PEOPLE in May.

Watch the touching video below:  


The Grisly Mummy Museum in Guanajuato, Mexico

Oct 13, 2014 -- 5:23pm



In the 1860s, a silver-mining town in Mexico began burying their dead in a crypt…only to discover 10 years later that they had inadvertently mummified their loved ones.

Beginning in the early 1860s, hundreds of the dead were interred in above-ground crypts in the Santa Paula Pantheon of the silver-mining town of Guanajuato, Mexico. Today, their bodies are on display at a museum in gruesome states of preservation, mouths gaping and hair and clothes still intact.

A few years after the crypts opened, the town passed a law requiring families to pay a burial tax; if they failed, the bodies of their loved ones would be removed. When authorities opened the crypt to take out the deceased whose relatives had defaulted on their fees, they found the bodies had been naturally mummified by a combination of the tomb's cement walls, heat, and low humidity. The first mummy discovered is said to be the body of Remigio Leroy, a French doctor.

Soon after the preserved corpses were unveiled, curious people began paying workers a few pesos for a peek at the tombs. Allegedly, those first visitors even broke off bits of the bodies as souvenirs. For the next 90 years, until 1958, bodies continued to be stored in the mummifying conditions of the original crypt, resulting in a total of 111 mummies. Ten years later, the city of Guanajuato opened an official museum to house them.
Visitors today can view 59 of the mummies in a morbid exhibit at the Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato, which has become the UNESCO Heritage town’s largest attraction. Among those displayed is a woman who died in childbirth, a few small infants, and what's thought to be the youngest mummy in existence—a 24-week-old fetus.

Starting in 2007, an American team of researchers began the first scientific analysis of the mummies to try to find clues to the identities of 22 of the bodies, determine causes of death, and debunk town myths. One of the myths they proved false, for example, was the story that a local woman was hanged by her husband.

But mummified mysteries remain. Researchers also found evidence of embalming, which they've struggled to explain—two infants and the fetus had organs removed and replaced with cotton batting after death. Another young man died from a blow to the head. And one particularly horrific local legend tells of a woman buried alive. As one story goes, she suffered from an illness that caused her heart to stop, and after one particularly long period, her family, thinking she had died, buried her. She was discovered with her arms up over her head, covering her face, and apparently was face-down in her coffin, perhaps using her back to press up on the lid. Scientists are searching for clues to verify the legend that she had been alive at the time of burial, but haven't found data to support it yet.

A mummy museum showcasing the town’s ancestors may seem like a grisly attraction, but in a country that annually celebrates the deceased in full-blown, extravagant fashion during the Día de los Muertos, the preserved mummies of the Santa Paula Pantheon don’t seem that out of place. Though not all visitors embrace death as understandingly. When author Ray Bradbury visited Guanajuato's mummies, he based a short story called “The Next in Line” on the horrors he found there. “The experience so wounded and terrified me, I could hardly wait to flee Mexico,” he later wrote about his trip. “I had nightmares about dying and having to remain in the halls of the dead with those propped and wired bodies.”

Neiman Marcus unveils Christmas Book 2014

Oct 08, 2014 -- 4:33pm


The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is out today and it's filled with holiday gifts for everyone and an assortment of fantasy gifts, like the Maserati, for those with indulgent appetites and deeper pockets. It's the 88th edition of the legendary holiday book by the Dallas-based luxury retailer; the first was published in 1926.

While there are gifts at a variety of price ranges, from the "Irresistible Little Numbers" gifts under $100 to the golden-glazed vintage leather "Deborah Studded" Frye boots, $698, the 10 fantasy gifts are what people get so dreamy over.

This year, there's the his or her Vilebrequin Quadskis (for land or water) at $50,000 each, the Vanity Fair Academy Award Experience at $425,000 and the most pricey one, the House of Creed Bespoke Fragrance Journey, which includes two first-class tickets to Paris and dinner with sixth-generation Master Perfumer Oliver Creed.


British woman has had "How Much is that Doggie in the Window?’ stuck in her head for four years

Oct 08, 2014 -- 4:12pm


Susan Root is begging the public for help now that she has ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ stuck in her head, too. She says it’s the worst at night when it’s quiet — and all she can hear is the music on a loop.

A British woman says she's at breaking point after having the song "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?" stuck in her head for four years.

Susan Root claims she had the phantom 1952 Patti Page novelty tune on her mind non-stop due to severe tinnitus.

And now, the 65-year-old is being plagued by Judy Garland's "Somewhere over the Rainbow" from the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz."

"It's worse at night because it is quieter," the retired school cleaner, from Coggeshall in Essex, told the Mirror. "I am getting really fed up. People think it is funny, but they don't understand — it's hell.

"I just want it to stop. I have to have the TV on when I try to go to sleep to drown out the noise," she added.

Doctors believe Root, who sometimes hears clicking or whistling instead of the music, suffers from "musical hallucinations" — the experience of hearing music when none is being played.

But, so far, doctors have failed to cure her.

Root, who's been married to a retired truck driver since 1974, is now appealing for help from anyone who has combated the condition.


Snopes Says Controversy Surrounding Carrie Underwood's New Song Not True

Oct 08, 2014 -- 4:07pm


Snopes says controversy surrounging Carrie Underwood's new song are FALSE!

There is a story going around various conservative Christian blog sites stating that atheists are trying to ban a Carrie Underwood song, but the articles lack sources, or when they do include them, they point to stories which do not support the claims given. This story is going around social media and is sparking Christian anger at non-believers.

Origins: On 29 September 2014 American Idol winner and country star Carrie Underwood released a single titled "Something in the Water." Soon after, rumors began to circulate that atheists were trying to ban the track due to its Christian themes.

It isn't clear where the notion of atheists trying to ban Underwood's song originated, but it was soon picked up by several blogs:

Atheists are outraged that such a hit-maker as Underwood would dare to sing about Christianity, but Carrie doesn't seem to care.

Former American Idol and current country superstar Carrie Underwood's "Something in the Water" is an overtly Christian song that affirms the reality of God, conversion, and baptism.

No wonder the atheists hate it.

Twitter users quickly began to re-post the claim that atheists were angry about Underwood's track:


It is possible that the idea stemmed from comments the singer herself made back in 2012. Deseret News recently referenced that older interview (with Glamour), during which Underwood was asked about her song "Jesus Take The Wheel" and whether she feared alienating unreligious listeners:

It wasn't a worry to me at all ... Country music is different. You have that Bible Belt-ness about it. I'm not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith (or) any of that, and I won't be the last. And it won't be the last for me, either. If you don't like it, change the channel.

Claims that atheists are trying to ban Underwood's song "Something in the Water" are faulty on multiple levels. No atheists have complained about the song's content; and Underwood's remarks implying otherwise were made years prior to the track's release and in response to a completely unrelated question.


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Steven Tyler To Record Country-Influenced Solo Album

Oct 08, 2014 -- 4:06pm


Steven Tyler says he's working on a new solo album and heading down to Nashville to do so. He dished on the news during a video Q&A with Twitter Music at Twitter's headquarters in San Francisco.

"I'm going down to Nashville [in] January, February, March, April to write and see what we get," he began.

"You know, doing an album is kind of like panning for gold. You get so much sand and dirt until you find a little nugget and you work on the nugget. I always go backwards, you know? 'Living on the Edge,' why? Or 'Janie's Got a Gun,' why? Who's Janie? And then it works. You fill in the blanks."

He also talked about including some of his country influences on the LP.

"[T]here's a piece of me that just loves country so much. And I'm not sure what kind of country that is, but it's got the fifth harmony, and anyone who knows who the Everly Brothers is — it's those kinds of melodies that are just so, so good."

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