A Real-Life Monster
A convicted rapist managed to abduct an 11 year old girl and keep her as a sex slave for 18 years, even forcing her to bear his children, all while being monitored by parole officers who remained clueless to what was going on for nearly two decades. His wife was in on the whole thing.
My Mind Hurts
The number of people older than you never increases.
“Catch Me if You Can…”
The world’s most prolific living serial killer is a man called Pedro Lopez. He was convicted of the killing of 110 girls. But he claims he has raped and murdered over 300. His current whereabouts are unknown.
War is Hell
The astonishing fatality rates that can be found in so many battles in the First World War weren’t accidents or unfortunate byproducts of the technology – they were factored into the battle plans.
By the nature of attritional warfare it was calculated how many men would be lost every week and commanders drew up enough reinforcements to replace them.
This was called “Normal Wastage”.
Please Don’t Go Off Accidentally
The USA has lost 6 nuclear weapons that were never found.
The Rise Before the Fall
Terminal lucidity is the return of mental clarity or memory or consciousness shortly before death. This happens to around 10% of people with dementia.
Cows don’t convert grass directly into protein. They have enormous colonies of bacteria in their stomachs that have population explosions when they eat grass, live, breed, die, and then the cows digest them into protein.
Just One Bite
People with dementia just… forget how to eat one day. They forget how to swallow.
We don’t know if they feel starvation or pain, because they’re too far gone.
Am I About to Have a Heart Attack?
“The symptoms for a heart attack can be a lot milder than what is shown in movies or TV shows. I have seen people coming in with some discomfort and then passing due to a massive infarction when we did the angiogram.”
The Puppet Master
In 1933, a doctor named Carl Tanzler raided the tomb of a female patient with whom he’d become obsessed and stole her body. He lived with the corpse for seven years. As the body fell apart, he attached the corpse’s bones together with wire and coat hangers, and fitted the face with glass eyes. He was only caught when someone saw him dancing with the corpse in front of an open window.
No Tank You
“The mathews and the hart bridges in jacksonville are about to fail, the pilings in the river do not touch bottom. I’m a commercial diver and I refuse to drive on these bridges.”
A Terrible Way to Go
“There were Holocaust survivors that died shortly after being liberated because their body couldn’t handle the increased calories when they were fed by the soldiers that freed them.”
That is Horrifying
Veteran criminals in the gulags would recruit naïve prisoners for their escape attempts called “cows” for the sole purpose of eating them when they ran out of food in the Siberian wilderness.
In the Battle Of Verdun, over a million artillery shells were fired onto a 19 mile wide stretch of land in the first 12 hours. If you were lucky enough to survive until then, the sound alone was enough to drive you insane.
(Un)Luck of the Draw
An injury to the brain can turn you into a completely different person, as well as removing your ability to comprehend that it did. It doesn’t even have to be a particularly bad one either, it just has to hit the right part of your brain. I was thinking about Michael Schumacher recently and this came to mind.