The Phantom Of The Opera

For many American film lovers, it is 1925's The Phantom of the Opera that defines horror in the silent film era. Lon Chaney's Erik may not have modern moviegoers fainting as legend says they did when Christine reveals his deformed skeleton-like face, but there's no doubt he holds a special place in horror fans' hearts to this day. The Phantom Of The Opera Synopsis - Spoilers Included The new owners of the Paris Opera House refuse to believe the previous owners' warnings about the holder of box 5--a "phantom of the opera"--even though the phantom's presence is well-known and openly discussed among the opera's performers. The mysterious phantom has eyes that are just "ghastly beads", compared to holes in a grinning skull, explains stagehand Joseph Boquet, who claims to have actually seen the phantom. Over that skull, he continues, is stretched tight yellow skin with only two large holes where his nose should be. Meanwhile, the opera's

Rabies Found In Birmingham, Michigan Cat

Rabid kitten found.
Michigan health officials find rabies in a kitten.

Health officials in Birmingham, Michigan are again reminding pet owners to have their pets vaccinated against rabies. This reminder comes on the heels of a confirmed case of rabies in a cat from Birmingham.

The agency also advises people to stay away from wild animals like skunks, foxes and raccoons. You should also stay away from stray cats and dogs, they added.

So far this year Oakland County has seen rabies in:

  • 4 bats 
  • 11 skunks
  • 1 cat
The press release, which was issued on Friday, did not say whether the family who lived with the cat had to be treated for exposure to the virus.

In the US, rabies in humans is extremely rare. And while it is almost always fatal in humans it is almost completely preventable through vaccination.

In May the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, issued a formal Notice of Temporary Suspension on dogs coming into the US from Egypt. The policy was implemented after 3 dogs from Egypt were found to be rabid in recent years.