Friday, September 30, 2016
19-year-old Jeremiah Burke from Cork, Ireland, was given a holy water bottle by his mother as he boarded the Titanic. As the ship was sinking, he wrote a note which read “From Titanic, goodbye all, Burke of Glanmire, Cork” placed it into the bottle and threw it overboard. The bottle washed ashore a year later in Dunkettle and was given back to his family. The bottle and note remained in the family until 2011, when they donated it to the Titanic exhibition in the Cobh Heritage Centre.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The bullet ant is considered to have the most painful sting of any insect in the world. According to those who have experienced it, the agony which ensues can last up to 24 hours and has been equated to the feeling of being shot, hence the name. In fact, the pain inflicted by these small creatures is so intense that one particular Brazilian tribe named the Sateré-Mawé even requires that young men must undergo a ritual which involves being stung by bullet ants over 20 times before earning the title of ‘tribal warrior.’
In August 2015, these interlocked skeletons of a mother crouching down to protect her child were discovered in China. They were victims of “China’s Pommpeii.”The story actually gets more interesting than that – they’re not a mother and child at all, and may not even be related. These may have been strangers to each other, taking comfort in at least not dying alone, 4,000 years ago.
This chilling phone call is from “The Original Night Stalker” - an unidentified rapist and serial killer who murdered at least ten people through 1979 to 1986 in the Southern California area. It is believed that this unidentified serial killer began his life of crime with burglary, progressing to rape, and finally progressing to murder. He would prowl middle class areas at night, searching for people that lived in single story homes. He would break in and bind the occupants with ligatures which he brought along. Most often, he would have the female occupant tie up the male occupant. The victims were then bludgeoned or shot to death. He was known to taunt his victims and even the police with phone calls like the one above.