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.
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.
80-year-old Iranian Amou Haji has not bathed in over 60 years, giving his skin and clothing an earth-tone that allows him to blend into his surroundings. Believing that cleanliness will only make him ill, the only water he comes into contact with is the 1 ½ gallons of water he drinks each day from an old, rusty oil can. And his curious lifestyle choices do not end there…
Mad Jack Churchill – the eccentric military hero who fought World War II with a sword, bow, and arrows
In a war that featured formidable weapons such as grenades, machine guns, and armored tanks, one eccentric young soldier decided early on to buck traditional convention and stick what he was most comfortable with. Thus, John Malcolm Thorpe Fleming Churchill, who came to be known as “Mad Jack,” fought in World War II using a sword, bow, and a quiver of arrows, an arsenal that proved quite effective and earned Mad Jack two Distinguished Service Orders, a Military Cross, and a promotion to commanding officer.
Vladimir Demikhov’s illustrious career provided many interesting advances in the Russian medical science field. In 1937, at the young age of 21, Demikhov designed the first ever cardiac-assist device, a pump mechanism which was capable of taking over a heart’s cardiac function for a full five and a half hours. In 1946, Demikhov became the first to perform a heart transplant on a dog. For a while, his work was renowned and respected in the medical community. But today, Demikhov is scarcely remembered for anything other than his more bizarre works of science – the creation of living, breathing two-headed dogs.
Long known to be an odd and eccentric character, famous British celebrity Jimmy Savile was accused of sexually abusing hundreds of children and raping more than thirty people during his tenure as Britain’s popular media personality. The abuse, in which nearly 75% of the victims were children, spanned a period of six decades from 1955 to 2009 and was carried out at children’s hospitals, schools, and on the sets of television productions.
Most people are familiar with Bram Stoker’s infamous book – Dracula. What you may not know is that Stoker’s famous writing was based upon a real-life character. Although Bram’s Dracula was indeed quite forbidding, the real life Dracula is the epitome of evil.
In 1864, Hetty Green, the ‘Witch of Wall Street’ inherited 1 million dollars from her father when she was 30 years old. Hetty, who could read the financial pages when she was 6 years old, didn’t hesitate to exercise her aggressive style with her newfound riches.
Howard Hughes was born in Texas in 1905. Raised by an overly obsessive mother who forced him to endure strange cleanliness rituals, douse himself with mineral oil daily, and forced him to stay away from other ‘germ ridden’ children, Howard had no other alternative than to be different.
On May 17, 2006, a man dressed nicely in a stylish black jacket, white shirt and tie was found dripping wet near the ocean on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent (about 5 miles east of London). The man spoke not a word. All labels had been removed from every item of clothing that he wore. He had no identification. It was discovered that he was a virtuoso piano player.
Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1965 in Gary, Indiana. He was the 7th of nine children. Michael Jackson and four of his brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon), at the encouragement of their father, performed in a talent show when Michael was six years old. They won 1st prize. Motown Records signed the brothers in 1968 and the Jackson Five was born.