Mondo Bizarro Sep 11 2009
BRAIN FREEZE
A rush of blood to the head.

Is it art? We we wouldn't presume to judge, but it’s certainly weird enough to be pulp. The prestigious National Portrait Gallery in London has just acquired British artist Marc Quinn’s unique sculpture “Self,” which Quinn created in 1991 from nine pints of his own frozen blood. When originally exhibited the piece triggered both revulsion and admiration, and soon became a symbol of the BritArt movement, as well as something of a sensation outside art circles. Its notoriety grew even more when a rumor circulated that it had melted after its storage freezer was accidentally unplugged, but Quinn has refused to confirm or deny that particular tale. Even if it had thawed, the sculpture is allegedly designed to be refrozen if needed, which means the original “Self” and three others Quinn has created over the years to embody his essence and chart the course of his aging all survive in the hands of various collectors and museums. Quinn’s incandescent genius has inspired us here at Pulp Intl. to create a piece that embodies our essence. We’re thinking of a liver made from frozen beer. 

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January 23
1912—International Opium Convention Signed
The International Opium Convention is signed at The Hague, Netherlands, and is the first international drug control treaty. The agreement was signed by Germany, the U.S., China, France, the UK, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Persia, Portugal, Russia, and Siam.
January 22
1946—CIA Forerunner Created
U.S. president Harry S. Truman establishes the Central Intelligence Group or CIG, an interim authority that lasts until the Central Intelligence Agency is established in September of 1947.
1957—George Metesky Is Arrested
The New York City "Mad Bomber," a man named George P. Metesky, is arrested in Waterbury, Connecticut and charged with planting more than 30 bombs. Metesky was angry about events surrounding a workplace injury suffered years earlier. Of the thirty-three known bombs he planted, twenty-two exploded, injuring fifteen people. He was apprehended based on an early use of offender profiling and because of clues given in letters he wrote to a newspaper. At trial he was found legally insane and committed to a state mental hospital.
January 21
1950—Alger Hiss Is Convicted of Perjury
American lawyer Alger Hiss is convicted of perjury in connection with an investigation by the House unAmerican Activities Committee (HUAC), at which he was questioned about being a Soviet spy. Hiss served forty-four months in prison. Hiss maintained his innocence and fought his perjury conviction until his death in 1996 at age 92.
1977—Carter Pardons War Fugitives
U.S. President Jimmy Carter pardons nearly all of the country's Vietnam War draft evaders, many of whom had emigrated to Canada. He had made the pardon pledge during his election campaign, and he fulfilled his promise the day after he took office.
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