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 […]
People in Unusual Circumstances
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.
At the age of 15, after a violent fight with his father, Archie Karas ran away from home then hopped on an international ship taking a job as a waiter. By the time his ship reached America, he understood not only what it took to survive, but had the wherewithal (and intelligence) to grow rich while doing what he loved. Considered by many to be the greatest gambler of all time, he once had the longest documented winning streak in gambling history. Known simply as “The Run”, Karas took $50 and in a little more than 2 years, turned it into $40 million. He then lost it all the following year.
Blanche Monnier, a French girl, was kept captive for 24 years in a padlocked, shuttered room where she was forced to live amidst pests, rats, human excrement, and filth. Her discovery occurred on May 23, 1901 after the Paris Attorney General received an anonymous letter indicating a woman was being held captive in a home located on a “21 rue de la Visitation” street in a wealthy neighborhood of Poiters, France. The address noted in the letter was the abode of a well-known, wealthy family, noted for their generosity and high virtues. How could this be?
The next time you feel like complaining about turbulence while flying aboard a commercial airlines, consider the situation Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Rankin survived after ejecting from his F-8 jet fighter that was flying Mach .82, at 47,000 feet, above a thunderstorm. To date, Rankin is the only known person to survive a fall through a cumulonimbus thunderstorm cloud. He paid one heck of a price for his adventure.
It seems almost too bizarre to be true, something straight out of a Tarzan movie. But cases such as this have been documented before and a professor of psychology at Bucknell University who specializes in feral children has studied the case and found no evidence that she is lying. Marina Chapman, after the encouragement of her grandchildren, published her memoirs in her new book, “The Girl with No Name”, in which she revealed that at four years old, she was kidnapped and abandoned in a Colombian jungle where a troupe of capuchin monkeys, who are known to bond easily with humans, found her and adopted her as one of their own.
in a small, rural East Texas town, people grumble that a Baptist minister flew an airplane one year before the Wright Brothers and should have rightly taken their place in the history books.
On May 26, 1828, a boy wondered into the town square of Nuremberg. Although it was a Monday, there weren’t very many people around since it was a holiday. George Weichmann, a local cobbler, discovered the boy. He took note of the fact that the boy was poorly dressed, well built, and walked in a strange manner – with legs stiff and straight.
Bruce (later named David) Reimer and his twin brother were born in Canada on August 22, 1965 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After several months, the parents became concerned with the way the boys were urinating. Their family doctor suggested a standard procedure: circumcision. The method used in the circumcision was not as conventional though. Rather than using a surgical knife to remove the foreskin, the doctors used a new method whereby the skin was burned off with a electrocautery needle. The surgery did not go as planned and sadly, David’s penis was burned beyond repair.
Joe Stack, a displaced software engineer and owner of the company, Embedded Art, hit the end of his rope on February 18, 2010. After spending quite some time drafting his suicide letter (or manifesto as some have called it), Joe Stack set his home on fire (his wife and two children escaped unharmed) and boarded a small Piper airplane on route to infamy. He drove 25 miles from the airport and dove his plane, at high speed, into a IRS building just north of Austin, Texas. He died instantly as did one IRS employee.
The Hatfield-McCoy feud was a long standing feud that lasted from 1878 until 1891. It involved two warring families of the West Virginia-Kentucky backcountry along the Tug Fork River, off the Big Sandy River. The feud reached an epic scale and state militias were called in to restore order with Kentucky even threatening to invade Virginia.