This castle is considered one of the ‘most haunted’ from across Britain for its paranormal activity. When Kevin Horkin downloaded this photo and saw a pale young woman peering from a window on the first floor of Gwyrch Castle in Abergele, he knew something spooky was afoot. The huge Welsh castle has been derelict since 1985 and the floor crumbled away years ago, so no one could possibly have been standing there. Countless sightings, orbs, cold spots and cases of objects moving have been recorded at Gwyrch, said to be the most haunted building in Wales.
Rev Mayers never runs out of the unique ink he uses for his paintings, because it’s 100% his own blood on the canvas. The extreme artist from Sydney, Australia, has the blood extracted from his arm using a syringe, just as a doctor would. He then applies the precious fluid with an airbrush or a standard paintbrush. More detail and depth becomes visible as the art ages. Rev estimates that he has so far used more than 12 prints of his own blood in his paintings, more than most adults have in their entire body.
Heaven’s Gate: committed suicide so that their souls could take a ride on a spaceship.
Heaven’s Gate was a secretive New Age religion. Upon joining the group, members often sold their possessions in order to break their attachments with earthly existence. For many years the group lived in isolation in the western United States. Members often traveled in pairs and met with other members for meetings or presentations they gave to recruit new members. The members of the cult added ”-ody” to the first names they adopted in lieu of their original given names (i.e. “Elaine-ody”). Group members gave up their material possessions and lived a highly ascetic lifestyle devoid of many indulgences. The group was tightly knit and everything was shared communally. Six of the male members of the cult voluntarily underwent castration as an extreme means of maintaining the ascetic lifestyle.
Thirty-eight cult members, plus Applewhite, the cult’s leader, were found dead in a rented mansion in the upscale San Diego community of Rancho Santa Fe, California on March 26, 1997. The mass death of the Heaven’s Gate group is one of the most widely known examples of cult suicide. In preparing to kill themselves, members of the cult drank citrus juices to ritually cleanse their bodies of impurities. Their suicide, conducted in shifts, was accomplished by ingestion of phenobarbital mixed with vodka, along with plastic bags secured around their heads to induce asphyxiation. Each member, for reasons unknown, carried five dollars in quarters. All 39 were dressed in identical black shirts and sweat pants along with brand new black-and-white Nike tennis shoes and purple armbands reading “Heaven’s gate away team”.
The Church of Euthanasia (CoE), is a political organization started by the Reverend Chris Korda in the Boston, Massachusetts area of the United States. According to the church’s website, it is “a non-profit educational foundation devoted to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth.” The CoE uses sermons, music, culture jamming, publicity stunts and direct action combined with an underlying sense of satire and black humor to highlight Earth’s unsustainable population. The CoE is notorious for its conflicts with Pro-life Christian activists. According to the church’s website, the one commandment is “Thou shalt not procreate”. The CoE further asserts four principal pillars: suicide, abortion, cannibalism (“strictly limited to consumption of the already dead”), and sodomy (“any sexual act not intended for procreation”). Slogans employed by the group include “Save the Planet, Kill Yourself”, “Six Billion Humans Can’t Be Wrong”, and “Eat a Queer Fetus for Jesus”, all of which are intended to mix inflammatory issues to unnerve those who oppose abortion and homosexuality.
An Oklahoma driver escaped disaster after reversing his Mercedes sedan through the exterior wall of a parking garage - seven floors up.
When 10-year-old Florence Irene Ford was buried after dying of yellow fever in 1871, her distraught mother Ellen had steps built down to the head of the casket and a glass window installed so that she could comfort her child during her short life. On many nights, Ellen would ride up to the cemetery in Natchez, Mississippi, and go underground to sit with her dead daughter and read or sing to her.
The cat that can predict death.
Oscar the cat has correctly predicted the deaths of over 50 patients at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, by curling up next to them some two hours before they die. For more than two years, he was present in every death in the home. Nurses once placed Oscar on the bed of a patient they thought was close to death, but he immediately went to sit beside someone in another room. The cat’s judgement proved better than that of the medics, because while the second patient died that evening, the first lived for two more days.
Agnes Schmidt from Hamburg, Germany, was known as the “Rubber Skin Girl”. Her skin stretched for 14 inches and could be pierced in any place without pain or drawing blood.
Some Hindu sadhus - such as this gentleman photographed in the 1970s, will bury their heads in the ground for extended periods of time. In 1837, a famous Indian sadhu, Haridas, had survived being buried alive for an unbelievable 40 days without food or water.
When water was used to put out a burning building in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in the late 19th century, the air temperature was so cold that the water quickly turned to ice.
In 1934, a Swedish archeologist discovered hundreds of ancient mummies buried under boats in a mysterious cemetery in a remote desert in the Xinjang region of China. The location, which is featured rivers and lakes thousands of years ago, was lost until 2000, and researchers began to excavate the area in 2003. They found the body of a woman thought to have died almost 4,000 years ago, who has become known as the most beautiful mummy in the world, owing to incredible well-preserved features that even include her eyelashes.
Tollund Man is the naturally mummified corpse of a man (a ‘bog body’) who lived during the 4th century BC during the Pre-Roman Iron Age. He was found in May 1950, buried in a peat bog on the Jutland Peninsula in Denmark, which preserved his body. The head and face were so well-preserved that at the time he was mistaken for a recent murder victim, however, he was later found to have died over 1,500 years ago. Autopsies have shown that the cause of death was hanging – the rope left visible furrows in the skin beneath his chin and at the sides of his neck.