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Cleveland is keeping it classy

Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43744222/ns/us_news-weird_news/ , Cleveland Ohio

An exotic-animal owner who made headlines last summer when one of his bears mauled a woman to death has died after apparently choking on a sex toy, authorities said. Mazzola had a sex toy in his throat, which apparently obstructed his breathing, Miller said. He was also wearing a leather mask with the eyes and mouth zipped shut and a two-piece metal sphere covering his head, the coroner told The Morning Journal .

Keep it classy Cleveland.

created by OhioKimono on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:46:18 am     News     Comments: 17

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Where's the gimp!

posted by slowsol on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:04:41 am     #   3 people liked this

Of course, Fark.com has the discussion.

posted by jr on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:05:21 am     #   2 people liked this

Zed's dead baby. Zed's dead.

posted by dbw8906 on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:22:59 am     #   2 people liked this

that could happen anywhere, has nothing to do with Cleveland. it happened here!!!!

posted by nana on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:30:55 am     #  

Nobody said it couldn't happen here. But it happened in Cleveland, so that's why it's being associated with Cleveland. Nobody's knocking Cleveland.

But it does suck.

posted by slowsol on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:48:48 am     #  

Both of those links include some pretty entertaining comments!

posted by brainswell on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:50:40 am     #  

nana posted at 11:30:55 AM on Jul 14, 2011:

that could happen anywhere, has nothing to do with Cleveland. it happened here!!!!

By "here" I assume you mean in another part of Ohio, which seems to be a state that produces a fair number of weird stories. Toledo has contributed to Ohio's weird story portfolio. Ohio, however, may not be as weird as Florida.

Interview with Fark.com founder Drew Curtis.

Our fair stateís weirdness has given Florida the unique distinction of being the only state to have its own tag on Fark. Curtis spoke with Drift recently to explain how he came to recognize the wonderful Florida-ness of Florida and why itís so nuts down here.

D: What is it about Florida that makes it so weird?
DC: I think itís probably culture clash. Youíve got such a really weird cross section of people running around there. Youíve got rednecks, old Jews, Cubans, Haitians, tourists. Plus weird weather and dangerous animals that can kill you just by looking at you. I guess a lot of people know that Floridaís crazy.

D: People have been asking for a Texas or Ohio tag. Why does Florida deserve to be singled out?
DC: Florida doesnít really have an excuse. There doesnít really seem to be a reason for it. Itís not that theyíre known for anything in particular. Ohio is a close second, but Iím resisting it because Ohio sucks. Not a very interesting state.

Curtis lives in Kentucky.

From Curtis's entertaining 2007 book titled It's Not News, It's Fark: How Mass Media Tries to Pass Off Crap As News

For some reason, Florida is messed up. Florida is without a doubt the number one state for weird news. You'd think California would be at least number two, but so far, from where I sit, the front runners are Ohio and Texas, in that order.

The story that started this thread is probably not a Cleveland thing. It's Ohio.

posted by jr on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:43:47 am     #   1 person liked this

actually, I was meaning HERE Toledo. I was thinking about the guy who auto-asphyxiated himself at...where? the Toledo Club? Inverness? sorry, I'm at work and cant search for the link right now, but I know you know what I'm talking about, jr. :)

posted by nana on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:13:23 pm     #  

Wonder if this will be investigated further. Mentioned he was wearing a leather mask with the eyes and mouth zipped. So this thing was down this throat and the mouth zipper was shut. Plus he was tied down to the waterbed?

Foul play? how did he manage to swollow, zip the facemask, and then tie himself up (or handcuffs, or whatever it was).

Agree with first couple posts, this sounds straight out of Pulp Fiction.

posted by INeedCoffee on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:06:54 pm     #  

Maybe he hired a dominatrix and she walked out on him?

posted by OhioKimono on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:13:42 pm     #   2 people liked this

Jul 15, 2011 Chronicle-Telegram story.

posted by jr on Jul 15, 2011 at 08:03:17 am     #  

ok, now that's just weird.....

posted by nana on Jul 15, 2011 at 02:39:57 pm     #  

wadda trying to say, jr? lol

even Fark misses a few!

posted by BrianInFlorida on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:10:07 pm     #  

BrianInFlorida posted at 05:10:07 PM on Jul 15, 2011:

wadda trying to say, jr? lol

even Fark misses a few!

Since I'm clueless on pop culture, I had to look into the Casey Anthony thing when this Toledo Talk thread was posted last week. That so-called story has been in progress for 2.5 years?? And look at what state this bizarre, media-driven event occurred: Florida.

posted by jr on Jul 15, 2011 at 07:52:32 pm     #  

Florida = Land of the Lost

posted by Linecrosser on Jul 16, 2011 at 10:16:02 am     #  

The guy who asphyxated himself was a tennis pro at the Ottawa Hills Tennis Club.

posted by jimavolt on Jul 16, 2011 at 12:42:03 pm     #  

It was the Toledo Tennis Club, which is located at Indian and Talmadge.

posted by beenthere on Jul 17, 2011 at 04:29:10 pm     #