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Mother and six children held in underground room for 24 years see outside world for first time- the Fritzl case

// March 8th, 2016 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Daughter Lisa, who lived a normal life, Fritzl

When the public found that Josef Fritzl had held a woman and three children captive in a basement dungeon for 24 years, the act seemed unspeakable. The trail of Josef exposed a web of horror, a series of events that surpassed the worst snuff film or penny dreadful, events that would cause permanent physical and […]

Bangladesh Tree Man – rare disease causes tree-like branches to grow from his body

// March 1st, 2016 // No Comments » // Sideshow Anomalies

Bangladesh Tree Man–rare disease causes tree-like branches to grow from his body

In Bangladesh, Abul Bajandra is known as the “Tree Man” because of an extremely rare genetic condition known as Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis, or “Tree Man” disease, which causes large bark-like tentacles, resembling tree branches, to grow from his body.

Niccolo Paganini – the virtuoso violinist rumored to have sold his soul to the devil

// February 1st, 2016 // No Comments » // Strange Persons

Niccolo Paganini on the cover of a program advertising his concert

Born in 1782, Niccolo Paganini was an expert Italian violinist, guitarist, and composer. The most celebrated virtuoso violinist of his time, his technique and abilities were thought to be “beyond a human’s capabilities”. His concerts left attendees entranced and wondering, “Did Paganini make a deal with the devil, or had Satan taken a human form?”

That time President Roosevelt was shot in the chest but went ahead, took the stage, and made his speech anyway

// January 20th, 2016 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Theodore Roosevelt just before the assassination attempt during his 1912 campaign

Any presidential assassination attempt is highly unusual but the attempt to assassinate President Theodore Roosevelt stands head and shoulders above any other. Roosevelt was shot in the chest just before making a speech, but with blood seeping through his shirt and a bullet lodged in his chest, he took the stage anyway and made his […]

That time in World War II when Japan used a hot air balloon to bomb Oregon and kill six people

// January 19th, 2016 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Japanese Fu-Go (Fire) balloon

It may surprise you to find that there were actually six civilian casualties in the 48 states during World War II. The incident occurred in 1945 when a Japanese balloon bomb floated into the United States where it killed six people in rural eastern Oregon. They are the only World War II U.S. combat casualties […]

“Bionic girl”, incapable of tiring, feeling hunger, pain, nor fear – has no sense of danger

// January 19th, 2016 // No Comments » // Sideshow Anomalies

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Doctors have dubbed 7-year-old Olivia Farnsworth the “bionic girl” because a rare chromosome condition (chromosome 6 deletion) renders her incapable of feeling pain, hunger, exhaustion, or fear. Geneticists have said they have never come across the disorder before and it is believed Olivia is the only person in the world with these unusual characteristics.

Interesting official testimony from survivors of the Titanic (Long)

// November 6th, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Interesting official testimony from survivors of the Titanic

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

// October 20th, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

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 […]

In eerie coincidence, hi-speed photo of airshow plane crash captures the very moment wing walker Jane Wicker died

// September 4th, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Wing walker Jane Wicker sitting on the wing of the airplane mere seconds before it crashes

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 […]

10-year-old boy says he is reincarnated Hollywood actor – backed by startling detailed facts

// March 25th, 2015 // No Comments » // Strange Persons

10-year-old boy who says he is reincarnated Hollywood actor backed by startling detailed facts

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 […]

23-year-old man stuck in mind-numbing deja vu loop – relives each moment over and over again for 8 years

// January 22nd, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Creepy red eye

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, […]

He survived! Ex-NFL running back tumbles from boat off Florida coast – swims for 16 hours to reach safety

// January 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

NFL fullback discusses being lost at sea during a news conference covering the ordeal

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 […]

World Trade Center photographer’s last picture before North Tower collapsed on top of him

// January 13th, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Bill Biggart

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 […]

50-year-old homeless bodybuilder lives in a tent and makes the streets of Paris his own personal gym

// January 12th, 2015 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

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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 […]

The history of the Freak Show and the legendary freaks who promoted the popular attractions

// December 22nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Sideshow Anomalies

Freak show in Vermont - 1941

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 […]