People in Unusual Circumstances

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Yambuku – Ebola virus ground zero and the terrifying discovery (and death) of “patent zero”

// October 3rd, 2014 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

1976 photograph showing two nurses standing in front of Ebola case #3, who was treated, and later died at Ngaliema Hospital, in Kinshasa, Zaire

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 […]

The Dylatov Pass Incident – what slaughtered nine young hikers in the Russian wilderness? (1959)

// June 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Dylatov Pass expedition members preparing to leave for their fateful journey

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 […]

That time Lucille Ball picked up spy communications through her dental work

// April 29th, 2014 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

The beloved Lucille Ball

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 […]

Gambler Archie Karas – turns $50 into $40 million, loses it all, then arrested for marking cards

// November 19th, 2013 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

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 […]

Mademoiselle Blanche Monnier – the girl who who was locked in a dungeon for 25 years

// June 7th, 2013 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Mademoiselle Blanche Monnier held captive in a room for 25 years

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 […]

Emergency ejection results in 40-minute ordeal as pilot is flung about inside a thunderstorm cloud

// May 30th, 2013 // No Comments » // People in Unusual Circumstances

Navy F-8 Crusader jet airplane

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 […]