During the United States Senate Inquiry into the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic on April 15, 1912, many survivors provided testimony describing their last moments on the ship. Below is a sampling of those testimonies.
14-year-old George Stinney – youngest person ever executed in the U.S. – required a booster seat in the electric chair
At only 14 years of age, George Junius Stinney, Jr. was the youngest person executed in the United States. Weighing only 90 lbs., Stinney was so small, he required a booster seat to reach the headpiece of the electric chair that took his last breath. With no physical evidence in the case, the all-white jury convicted Stinney in less than ten minutes.
In eerie coincidence, hi-speed photo of airshow plane crash captures the very moment wing walker Jane Wicker died
It’s a common thought – what happens at the precise moment we pass from this life to the next. However, it’s an extremely rare event when that moment is captured in a photograph. Such was the case on June 22, 2013 at the Vectren Dayton Air Show in Dayton, Ohio when an eagle-eye noticed that one small section of a spectacular hi-definition, high-speed photograph of a plane crash froze in time the instant a female wing walker, Jane Wicker, met her end.
At four years of age, Ryan began waking in the middle of the night, tortured by nightmares. His dreams were detailed, vivid visions in which he was always in the body of another man. His mother explained: “His stories were so detailed and they were so extensive, that it just wasn’t like a child could have made it up.” Ryan’s dreams seemed more like memories.
23-year-old man stuck in mind-numbing deja vu loop – relives each moment over and over again for 8 years
It’s a fairly rare occurrence but something all of us experience from time to time. That unusually strong sensation that you’ve been there before or already experienced what you’re doing (or reading) in the present time – it’s called déjà vu. For most people, the feeling passes quickly leaving us slightly frightened and more often, confused. But not so for a 23-year-old British man who researchers say has become victim to one of the strangest cases of déjà vu ever recorded in modern medical history. For the past eight years, he’s been “trapped in a time loop”, feeling as if he was reliving every moment of his life – over and over again.
He survived! Ex-NFL running back tumbles from boat off Florida coast – swims for 16 hours to reach safety
Former Miami Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad has quite a tale to tell his grandchildren after an unusually dangerous situation presented itself to him on January 7, 2015. He was nine miles off the east coast of Florida when a wave knocked him out of his boat into the frigid Atlantic waters. Despite being circled by sharks and stung by stingrays, Konrad swam nearly 30 miles for a grueling sixteen hours, to reach the shore’s safety. His story of survival is miraculous.
54-year-old William G. Biggart first heard about the World Trade Center terrorist attacks from a passing taxi driver. News that a plane had just crashed into the World Trade Center prompted Biggart to rush to his apartment near Union Square and grab three of his cameras – two film and one digital. He then walked two miles to the center not knowing the next couple of hours would be the last moments of his life.
50-year-old homeless bodybuilder lives in a tent and makes the streets of Paris his own personal gym
50-year-old Sayagh Jacques has lived on the streets of Paris for many years, scrounging for spare change and nuggets of food just to stay alive. He spends his nights sleeping on the street in a tent that he has patched and insulated with pieces of cardboard. His two dogs help keep him warm. However, his unfortunate circumstance doesn’t stop Jacques from working out, striving to reach his goal of becoming an American bodybuilder.
Freak shows were popular attractions during the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries until changes in societal attitudes towards handicapped persons and tightening of local laws prohibiting “exhibition of deformed human beings” led to the decline of the freak show as a form of entertainment. Featuring attractions such as deformed humans and animals, unusual physical performers, “pickled punks” (abnormal fetuses preserved in glass jars), and occasional hoaxes, the freak show has captivated audiences since as early as the 16th century.
The condition is called pica, and like a pregnant woman who hungers for unusual food combinations, 25-year-old Jade Sylvester’s cravings cause her to consume toilet paper at a rate of about one roll per day.
The Ebola saga began in 1976 in a small village in Congo called Yambuku and the news leaking out of the area was terrifying – lifeless bodies of feverish birds falling from the sky and human bodies piled by the roadsides formed impressions of the apocalypse in the minds of medical professionals. When samples of an infected Flemish nun’s blood arrived in Belgium, scientists immediately recognized they were dealing with an unknown viral invader– and that it was extremely dangerous.
21-year-old Florida woman obviously misunderstands men’s motiviations – adds third breast to make herself unattractive
21-year-old Jasmine Tridevil (I’m guessing this isn’t her real name) says she was rejected by 50 plastic surgeons before one cosmetic surgeon (licensed?) agreed to perform an unusual surgery to add a third breast in between Tridevil’s two natural breasts. At a cost of $20,000, the surgeon’s only condition was that she sign a non-disclosure agreement to protect his identity.
30-year-old Victoria Wild had great aspirations. She wanted puffy pouty lips, gigantic breasts, and huge eyelashes so she could look more like an inflatable sex toy. Wild went through several operations to obtain size 32G breasts followed by rhinoplasty, bottom implants, lip implants, and botox injections. $50,000 dollars later, it looks like she accomplished her goal.
Nine seasoned hikers die inexplicable deaths One January 25, 1959, nine hikers from the Soviet Union’s Ural Polytechnic Institute set off from the city of Sverdlovsk (1,200 miles east of Moscow) on a three-week cross-country skiing expedition to the nearby Otorten Mountain range. Led by enthusiastic 23-year-old Igor Dyatlov, the group boarded a train in […]
Lucille Ball, the zany comedic redhead that starred in popular television shows such as I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Here’s Lucy, was one of the most influential comedic stars in U.S. history. As portrayed in her popular television series, life with Lucille Ball was never mundane, as evidenced by a true-life encounter she recounted during a live 1974 appearance on the Dick Cavett show, during which Lucy told how Japanese spy Morse code transmissions had been picked up by her dental work.