These WWII workers are modeling safety gear for female workers, including the plastic breast protector.
Guanajuato, Mexico is home to El Museo De Las Momias, a unique museum where the mummified remains of over one hundred 19th century cholera victims are on display.
The cholera epidemic gripped the city of Guanajuato in 1833, causing large numbers of deaths in a short period of time, causing new cemeteries to be opened. Years later local taxes made it quite costly to keep the remains interred, so families began to remove them. The naturally mummified bodies were stored in a building which eventually became this museum.
Strange Children’s Books
Mom, little Bobby’s drunk again! The first two pages of this book are about Bobby just trying to stand up. Yes, these are real books. The strangest book of the lot, Don’t Make Me Go Back, Mommy, A child’s book about satanic ritual abuse, is truly creepy.
This is a book about a child who doesn’t want to go back to daycare because she is a victim of “satanic ritual abuse.” It turns out the daycare is run by a group of young witches who are torturing and molesting the children for religious reasons. The book includes signs for parents to look for. If a child actually experienced this, I don’t think reading a book would help. Perhaps a lifetime of therapy. I am not sure what these authors were thinking or how these books got published in the first place.
acid attacks in Pakistan.
This is one of the most famous ghost pictures ever taken. In 1959, Mabel Chinnery was visiting the grave of her mother in a British graveyard when she took a picture of her husband, who was waiting alone in the car.
It wasn’t until Mrs. Chinnery had the film developed that they realized her husband hadn’t been waiting alone after all. The picture shows a person wearing glasses sitting in the back seat, and Mrs. Chinnery immediately recognized the figure as being her mother — the mother whose grave she had just visited.
A photographic expert who examined the print determined that the image of the woman was neither a reflection nor a double exposure, even going so far as to stake his reputation on the fact that the picture is genuine.
Chuck Close paints portraits using only his fingerprints.
Entitled Fanny/Fingerpainting, this giant portrait was created in 1985, and depicts the artists’s wife’s late grandmother, Fanny. The oil on canvas artwork was executed using a technique developed by Close himself which involves the direct application of pigment to a surface, with his fingerprints. By adjusting the amount of pigment used and the pressure applied on the canvas with his fingers, Chuck Close managed to capture every crack and crevice of the subject’s face, just like a high-definition silver-toned photograph.
Ling Chi (death by thousand cuts) – execution by slow cutting – was practiced in China until it was outlawed in 1905. In the execution, The criminal is fastened to a rough cross, and the executioner, armed with a sharp knife, begins by grasping handfuls from the fleshy parts of the body, such as the thighs and the breasts, and slicing them off. After this he removes the joints and the excrescences of the body one by one-the nose and ears, fingers and toes. Then the limbs are cut off piecemeal at the wrists and the ankles, the elbows and knees, the shoulders and hips. Finally, the victim is stabbed to the heart and his head cut off.
The “Last House Standing”, home of Pam and Warren Adams in Gilchrist, Texas, left standing among debris from Hurricane Ike September 14, 2008.
Gateway of the Mind
In 1983, a team of deeply pious scientists conducted a radical experiment in an undisclosed facility. The scientists had theorized that a human without access to any senses or ways to perceive stimuli would be able to perceive the presence of God. They believed that the five senses clouded our awareness of eternity, and without them, a human could actually establish contact with God by thought. An elderly man who claimed to have “nothing left to live for” was the only test subject to volunteer. To purge him of all his senses, the scientists performed a complex operation in which every sensory nerve connection to the brain was surgically severed. Although the test subject retained full muscular function, he could not see, hear, taste, smell, or feel. With no possible way to communicate with or even sense the outside world, he was alone with his thoughts.
Scientists monitored him as he spoke aloud about his state of mind in jumbled, slurred sentences that he couldn’t even hear. After four days, the man claimed to be hearing hushed, unintelligible voices in his head. Assuming it was an onset of psychosis, the scientists paid little attention to the man’s concerns.
Two days later, the man cried that he could hear his dead wife speaking with him, and even more, he could communicate back. The scientists were intrigued, but were not convinced until the subject started naming dead relatives of the scientists. He repeated personal information to the scientists that only their dead spouses and parents would have known. At this point, a sizable portion of scientists left the study.
After a week of conversing with the deceased through his thoughts, the subject became distressed, saying the voices were overwhelming. In every waking moment, his consciousness was bombarded by hundreds of voices that refused to leave him alone. He frequently threw himself against the wall, trying to elicit a pain response. He begged the scientists for sedatives, so he could escape the voices by sleeping. This tactic worked for three days, until he started having severe night terrors. The subject repeatedly said that he could see and hear the deceased in his dreams.
Only a day later, the subject began to scream and claw at his non-functional eyes, hoping to sense something in the physical world. The hysterical subject now said the voices of the dead were deafening and hostile, speaking of hell and the end of the world. At one point, he yelled “No heaven, no forgiveness” for five hours straight. He continually begged to be killed, but the scientists were convinced that he was close to establishing contact with God.
After another day, the subject could no longer form coherent sentences. Seemingly mad, he started to bite off chunks of flesh from his arm. The scientists rushed into the test chamber and restrained him to a table so he could not kill himself. After a few hours of being tied down, the subject halted his struggling and screaming. He stared blankly at the ceiling as teardrops silently streaked across his face. For two weeks, the subject had to be manually rehydrated due to the constant crying. Eventually, he turned his head and, despite his blindness, made focused eye contact with a scientist for the first time in the study. He whispered “I have spoken with God, and he has abandoned us” and his vital signs stopped. There was no apparent cause of death.
An anonymous author’s novel written on the walls of an abandoned house in Chongqing, China
The Torture and Murder of Junko Furuta
In November of 1988, a college student, Junko Furuta, was kidnapped by four youngsters and kept in captivity for 44 days in the house of one of the youngsters parents. To prevent persecution, one of them forced Furuta to lie to her parents, saying she fled home but was safe in a friend’s house. Beyond that, she was also obliged to lie and say she was the girlfriend of one of her captors. The parents of the youngster had thought that it was lie, but there was nothing they could do since one of the abductors was a member of yakuza and threatened to use his connections against them if they said anything to anybody.
Day 1: Abducted; maintained in captivity; obliged to show herself as the girlfriend from one of the boys; raped (over 400 times in the total); hunger and malnutrition; made to eat cockroaches and drink her own urine; forced to masturbate; forced to undress in front of others; burned with lighters & cigarettes; objects inserted in the vagina/anus.
Day 11: She was beaten countless times; face pushed against the concrete; hands tied to the roof and body utilized like a punching bag; dumbbells played on her stomach; she vomited when she tried to drink water (her stomach couldn’t accept it); tried to flee and was punished with cigarette burns on the arms; flammable liquid was poured over her feet and legs, burning them; bottle was inserted into her anus, causing wounds.
Day 20: Was unable to walk right, due to grave burns in the legs; beaten up with bamboo sticks; fireworks were introduced into the anus and inflamed; hands crushed by pesos and nails cracked; beaten up with golf club; cigarettes inserted in the vagina; beaten up with iron bars; spits of grill chicken inserted in the vagina and in the anus, causing bleeding.
Day 30: Hot wax was poured on her face; eyelids burned by lighters; needles inserted into breasts; pulled off her nipple with pliers; hot light bulb inserted in the vagina; shears inserted in the vagina, causing grave hemorrhage; incapable of urination due to this; such grave wounds that she was delayed more than an hour to crawl the stairs to the toilet; eardrums seriously damaged; extreme reduction of the size of the brain.
Day 40: She asked her torturers to “kill me and finish soon with that”.
Day 44: The four boys mutilated her body with an iron bar; she bled from the mouth and nose; burned her face and eyes with a candle; then they spilled lighter fluid on her legs, arms, face and stomach, and afterwards it burned. The final torture lasted two hours.
Junko Furuta died of shock later in the day, in pain and alone. But nothing could compare to the 44 days of suffering that passed. When her mother heard the news and the details of what had been happening to her daughter, she lost it. She had of be submitted to a psychiatric hospital. The boys alleged they didn’t know how injured Junko was, thinking that she were pretending. They concealed the body in a cylinder of 55 full gallons of cement, ridding of it in Koto, Tokyo. Finally, the boys were tried as adults and imprisoned, but their identities were kept a secret from the public, thanks to the Japanese Law concerning crimes committed by minors.
An unexpected effect of the Pakistan floods in 2010 were spiders forming nests in trees due to the higher water level. The trees literally became huge nests for all the spiders.
Skydiving from Space
On August 16, 1960 Joe Kittinger ascended to 102,800 feet (31,300 M) above the Earth’s surface. He was, essentially, touching outer space and then….he jumped. In free fall for 4-1/2 minutes he reached a speed of 612 mph (988 kmh) - nearly the speed of sound. Kittinger had no protection and no human has ever gone faster without a machine surrounding and protecting him. Joe Kittinger set records for the highest jump, the longest free fall, and the fastest human speed without a vehicle.