Friday , 19 December 2014

Category Archives: Weird

North Brother Island

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North Brother Island is a small island in the East River situated between the Bronx and Riker’s Island, New York City. Once the site of a hospital, it is now uninhabited and designated as a bird sanctuary. The island was uninhabited until 1885, when Riverside Hospital moved there from Blackwell’s Island (now known as Roosevelt Island). Riverside Hospital was founded in the 1850s as the Smallpox Hospital to treat and isolate victims of that disease. Its mission eventually expanded to other quarantinable diseases. The island was the site of the wreck of the General Slocum, a steamship which burned on June 15, 1904. Over 1,000 people died either from the fire on board the ship or from drowning before the ship was beached on the island’s shores.

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Fire on the Grandeur of the Seas

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Cruise ship “Grandeur of the Seas” left Baltimore on Friday with more than 2,200 passengers aboard. A fire broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship on Monday morning but was extinguished about two hours later with no injuries reported.

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Driver Crashes His Ferrari

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A 41-year-old driver from Germany has crashed his Ferrari 430 Scuderia at 190 mph (300 km/h) because its tire burst unexpectedly. The driver and his wife walked away uninjured.

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Bin Laden’s Mansion in Florida

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Welcome to Bin Laden’s Florida mansion that is located just round the corner from Disney World. Khalil Bin Laden, brother of Osama, bought the mansion for his wife back in 1980. And it is even thought that Osama himself may have stayed at the property while visiting his brother.

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Syria in Ruins

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Syria will never be the same. On February 13, 2013, the United Nations put out an estimate of 70,000 that had died in the civil war. March 2013 has been the bloodiest month since the beginning of the war in 2011. More than 6,000 people have died.

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