In the climate debate it appears that the major role of the sun is overlooked and now that sunspot activity has decreased earlier than anticipated, NASA scientists warn that the planet is facing a grim, mini ice-age.
After the end of the Civil War in America, society did what it usually does after war and bloodshed, which is to revel in activities that are whimsical if somewhat morbid. Such was the creation of the Vampires' Club.
A hundred and twenty years ago today, London was not done with horrible murders. It had been barely ten years since Jack the Ripper had terrorized Whitechapel.
On October 29, 2018 renovations were being carried out in the Vatican close to the Villa Borghese. Builders were restoring a floor in the janitor's lodge. Considering the age of the buildings and the grounds, this type of work is commonplace, but not what was found which was a human skeleton.
Loretta Lynn Chaisson Lewis was 28 years old when she was found dead on May 20, 2005. The scene was a canal in rural Jeff Davis parish in Louisiana, and she was seen alive only 72 hours before.
The year is 1940, the place is Rockland, Maine and one day Pauline Young, who is only 16 years old, inexplicably disappears on Halloween Day, and despite an intensive search for her she is not found, until one day.
The United States had been independent less than 50 years, when it found itself again battling Britain in the War of 1812. England had been raiding American ships and even pressing sailors against their will to serve on English ships. The American Navy was aided by licensed private vessels that were captained by privateers who were authorized to detain and seize enemy ships and their goods. One of these ships was the Dash which sailed from Freeport, Maine, a merchant ship which was hurriedly outfitted with guns.
Construction workers are used to finding unusual things in the walls of older buildings, but in Valdosta, Georgia they were dumbfounded when a secret stash of hundreds of human teeth were found buried inside of a second-floor wall which was cracked during renovations.
At this time of the year, people actually pay to visit a supposedly "haunted house" and of course hope that they will walk away with their own, special, first hand encounter with "whatever" or "whoever" has given the house its creepy reputation. All of this is good and fine, because just like when you see a horror movie at the theater, where after the horror part, the lights go up and you go to live in your safe home. The point is everything changes when it comes to actually buying and then living in a house that's stigmatized either by murder, suicide or an actual haunting.
How or why the number thirteen has acquired a connection to bad luck is not quite clear, but this superstition dates back hundreds of years to the Vikings, the Romans and even to present day when many buildings don't have a 13th floor. However at the end of the 19th century a club was formed whose purpose was to fly in the face of all superstitions including the dreaded number 13.
Caracas has become the murder capital of the world. In the heart of this city where poverty and violence are experienced by those living there on a daily basis is a shrine. The altar is not populated by recognized religious statues but by colorful cap-wearing images with brightly-colored trousers and cigarettes hanging from their mouths. It is to these dead gangsters that the desperate come to pray for protection.
In March 2017, Franklin county officials found a grisly scene when they arrived at a house on U.S. Highway 64. Eighteen-year-old, Oliver Mauricio Funes-Machado had beheaded his own mother with a butcher knife. He was still holding her head when they responded to the 911 call that he himself had made. He told the dispatcher that he had stabbed his mother "like eight times" and that he had committed the atrocity "because I felt like it". He had been released only a week before from a mental health facility, based on a court order.
In November 2017, a sphinx head standing six feet tall and weighing over three pounds was unearthed by six archaeologists. It's not thousands years of old, it's not even 100 years old. It was left behind in 1923 when Cecil B. DeMille filmed the silent movie “The Ten Commandments” on the sand dunes on the central California coastline.
Wyoming Frontier Prison is known as The Old Pen, with a reputation of being the most haunted prison in the state. Of all the inmates that were held there, one of the most grisly and psychopathic was Andrew Pixley who was executed in the gas chamber in 1965. Not surprisingly he has not moved on from where he met his demise and justice was served.
Hurricane Michael blasted through Florida's panhandle only two days ago, and rescue units are now transitioning to searching, as it's feared that thousands of persons that have informally been reported missing are deceased. It's hoped that friends and relatives that haven't been heard from are just unable to get a call out since many of the cell phone towers are down in the area. So far the toll for Hurricane Michael stands at 17 deaths.
Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has established a "delivery ministry" to rid people of demonic attacks, and he warns that reiki and other healing modalities can be a gateway to evil spirits.
A couple is arrested transporting plastic-wrapped body parts in a baby carriage. Further investigation finds that they might be responsible for at least 20 other murders of mostly single mothers.
It was after 1912 that the first houses were built overlooking Benedict Canyon in Beverly Hills. A spacious, Bavarian-style house was constructed at 9820 Easton Drive sometime during those years, meant to house a member of the newly minted Hollywood elites, but why death was to become a familiar visitor there remains a mystery.
Tim Berners-Lee has recently unveiled his radical, new plan to decentralize the web and by extension tech giants like, Facebook, Google and Amazon.
Roughly one hundred years ago more than 33% of the world's population, about 500 million souls, were infected with a deadly disease that could kill them within the first 24 hours. Of those infected 50 million did die, and strangely this illness targeted young adults versus the aged or children.
It was 1915, and on the outskirts of eastern Austin Texas, the Metz Elementary School was built. Nearly a hundred years later it was slated for demolition, its hallways empty and full of graffiti, but someone or something was intent on standing in the way of the school's destruction.
There is a 200 square-mile area in Eastern Massachusetts known as the Bridgewater Triangle as well as the more ominous-sounding The Black Triangle.
Archaeologists had previously found a few hundred skulls in the the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan the site of present day Mexico City, however new research has found that this was only the tip of the iceberg and the human sacrifices numbered in the thousands.
Over a hundred years ago, a frail nun who lived in a remote Michigan village was murdered and buried in a shallow grave in the very basement of the holy grounds where she lived and worshipped. What was uncovered during the subsequent trials spoke of lies, sexual trysts by those holding holy office and the attempt to spare the Catholic Church embarrassment even if it meant covering up a murder.
Sitting off the northwest coast of Martha's Vineyard in Buzzard's Bay is a small island that was possibly visited by Vikings as early as 1003. Throughout the years explorers in the area made a stop there, Giovanni da Verzzano in 1524, Jehan Alfonce in 1542 and Bartholomew Gosnold in 1602.
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