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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Mode of Suicide (1906) 
New York Oct 15 - A Rio Janeiro dispatch published here says that Viscount Almeida, a well-known member of society, committed suicide in a novel manner. He invited a number of his friends to dinner and afterward led them to a cage of lions that he had hired from a traveling menagerie. When all were watching the animal and chatting, the Viscount opened the door of the cage and entered. The lions pounced on him and he was fatally mutilated before he could be dragged out. It is said he was overwhelmed by gambling debts. - The Hartford Herald (KY), October 17, 1906,


Tuesday, December 09, 2014

A FALLEN STAR - A Once Famous London Actress Picking Coal in Kansas City (1873) 
The Kansas City Times says: The recent arrest of a number of poor coal pickers in West Kansas City, resulted in the discovery of the identity and the present home of a once very popular actress, who made her debut in, and for a season drove the play going public of London, wild over her beauty and power of delineation. Mrs. Caroline Whittlesey, or, as she was better known, the "Brighton Pearl" appeared on the stage in Drury Line about twenty years ago, and after a brilliant season of favor and popularity suddenly – faded from the London stage, and for several years was lost to the public eye. When next she appeared before the footlights, it was as Mrs. Whittlesey in the Theatre Royal, Hull, Yorkshire.

These brief outlines of this woman's remarkable history were given by herself to a neighbor, who has by kindness and attention to the child of this gifted and eccentric woman – a little girl of thirteen years, who was caught by a railroad watchman a few days ago, in the act of filling her little basket with coal from the cars of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Mrs. Whittlesey appeared in behalf of her child, and her calm lady-like manner, and pale, careworn face, was all the eloquence required to release the little girl from the watchman's grasp. This man, to test the woman's word as to her poverty and destitution, visited her shanty, a rude, unplastered hovel in the bottoms near the rail road track. The contents of the home of this once brilliant woman is a vivid contrast to her fine palatial residence, furnished her while the mistress of the late Lord Denbigh. A clean but humble bed, a few chairs, a table, a number of relics of the stage, such as play bills, portraits, etc, and a sewing machine, comprise all her earthly possessions. Although poor and pinched by poverty this woman preserves all the dignity of a queen Elizabeth, a character she has no doubt filled to perfection some day, long, long ago. She came to Kansas City about five years ago and has lived here since the death of her husband in 1870, by her own exertions as a seamstress. She wears upon her finger a handsome ring with the Denbigh coat of arms engraved thereon. She says, when she left the stage in 1853 she did so to become the wife of Lord Denbigh, with whom she went as his wife, to Geneva and thence to Florence, where they lived in retirement several mouths. On his death her claims as his wife were set aside, and having neither money nor friends she abandoned her claims and again returned to the stage, and for several years was a popular provincial favorite in England, Australia and Canada. While in England in 1860 she married a young Englishman named Whittlesey, with whom she lived many happy years in domestic quiet. She says she has been compelled to send her child to gather coil, to assist in ekeing out the scanty support won by her needle.

Among the curious mementoes of her early life Mrs. Whittlesey preserves nothing with such jealous care as a folio of play bills giving her "cast" in plays for several years in England, Australia and Canada. This lady still retains some trace of that remarkable dash and beauty which made her the favorite star of the London stage twenty years ago.

-The Leavenworth Weekly Times, November 6, 1873.


Monday, December 08, 2014

Satanic Ritual Trial 


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Legendary Nibelung Treasure May Have Been Found By A Guy With A Metal Detector 
Maybe. Still cool.


Monday, January 27, 2014

'Stone Age' Sweden's 'Atlantis' relics uncovered  


Sunday, January 26, 2014

DNA test of 7,000-year-old tooth overturns popular image of light-skinned European hunter-gatherers 


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Roman head hunters in England: Researchers analyze skulls with gruesome results  


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Ronald Reagan and the occultist: The amazing story of the thinker behind his sunny optimism  

Mystery of Earthquake Lights Traced to Electrical Charges in Rocks 

Bremen UFO 'looked like a plane but was louder'  

New Zealand Shipwreck Points To 18th-Century Race To Colonize Island 


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Have We Found the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island? 


Monday, December 02, 2013

Uncovering New England’s Viking connections  

The Lake Monsters of America  
Cool map from Atlas Obscura.

4,000 year old skull discovery shows young women were sacrificed in ancient China  

Strange Creature Spotted In The Mekong River  
Interesting. With crappy video.


Sunday, December 01, 2013

Is this the oldest theater in the United States? 
Newly discovered photos may prove that a small-town Kansas theater is the oldest in the US.

Dead Sexy 

The Mystery of Dimes Appearing From Nowhere and Other Strange Phenomenon 

REVERSE-ENGINEERING A GENIUS (HAS A VERMEER MYSTERY BEEN SOLVED?) 

Pursuing Immortality 

Pyramid Schemers 

Was King Arthur Scottish? 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Ancient Hieroglyphics 

A corespondent of the Wichita Eagle writes as follows:

On the south side of the Smoky Hill river, ten miles west of the present site of Ellsworth, and near Cedar Bluff, is a cave in the sandstone rock, where in 1860 the writer discovered on the side of the cave, among ancient hieroglyphics and nearly overgrown with moss, the name and date, "TVREDORE, 1786," neatly cut in Roman characters. This name was supposed to have been cut in the rock by one of a party of Spaniards who in the latter part of the last century attempted to reach the Missouri river from the ancient Spanish settlements in New Mexico, to treat with Missouri Indians and found a Catholic mission. Their motives being misunderstood, the party were ambushed when near their destination and entirely destroyed.

-Neosho County Journal (Kansas), September 14, 1872


Friday, November 08, 2013

New hammerhead shark species discovered  

Man Buried Alive In Brazil Rises From Grave, Gives Mourner Quite The Scare  

Russian Scientists Grow Pleistocene-Era Plants From Seeds Buried By Squirrels 30,000 Years Ago  


Thursday, November 07, 2013

Angler stunned after hooking rare unidentified fish in South China Sea near Malaysia  


Thursday, October 24, 2013

NECROPANTS NECROPANTS OMG NECROPANTS 

The Kinderhook Creature and other Monsters of New York  

BIGFOOT IS MY NEIGHBOR! 

Tears of Blood: Strange Health Condition a Medical Mystery 

How cold sores could unlock the mystery of human migration: Mutation of herpes virus mirrors movement of ancestors out of Africa 

Could mystery hum be amorous fish?  

Mystery of the panther  

Scientists finally unravel mystery of why kettles whistle 

Gatton murder cold case solved author Stephanie Bennett 115 years  

Oarfish mystery: Earthquake rumours over beached giant snake-like fish in California 

Mystery of the Yeti solved by Oxford Academic 

Wilkie Collins: The mystery of the first detective novelist  

Baby-snatchers or scapegoats? Mystery girl case shines spotlight on Roma 

Archaeologists unearth a 6,500-year-old mystery 


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Prehistoric Code Found In Clay Balls From Mesopotamia May Represent First Data Storage System 


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Isaac Newton Died A Virgin And 9 Other Facts About The Brilliant, Bizarre Physicist 

30,000 year old Brazilian artifacts throw wrench in theory humans first arrived in Americas 12,000 years ago  


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Rare Tommy Johnson 1930 Blues 78 Rpm Record Goes for $37,100 on Ebay 


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nazis ‘offered to leave western Europe in exchange for free hand to attack USSR’  


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Music score may have secret code leading to Nazi gold, filmmaker says  

Jack the Ripper mystery solved by top detective after 125 years 
Sure it is.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Once-Majestic Cities That Sank Beneath The Ocean 
Great photos.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Century-old message in a bottle found in Tofino  


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Iron Age Massacre Uncovered; Victims Slaughtered, Defleshed By Mystery Attackers  

Bigfoot in Nebraska 


Friday, September 06, 2013

That mummy found in a German attic contains human bones 

Meet the mysterious men behind Oklahoma's monument to Azathoth 

5 Hikes To Ruins In Los Angeles  


Thursday, September 05, 2013

Mysterious Amazon Web Tower Baffles Scientists  

Cthulian Food Helmet Sustains You With Algae  

Declassified spy photographs reveal lost Roman frontier 

Ciudad Juarez, Mexico Bus Killings Allegedly Committed By Woman Seeking Revenge For Past Sexual Violence 


Wednesday, September 04, 2013

MI6 and SAS 'united in Princess Diana death plot'  

"Walkie-Talkie" skyscraper melts luxury car in London  


Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Was this African American cop the inspiration for the Lone Ranger?  


Saturday, August 03, 2013

Disposable Spy Computers Are Disturbingly Easy and Cheap to Make 

A Visual Anthropology of the World's Last Living Nomadic Peoples  


Monday, July 29, 2013

Hikers capture footage of mysterious 'Bigfoot' figure in the Canadian wilderness  
With video, but I couldn't get it to load. So here it is:



Sunday, July 28, 2013

JFK Second Shooter? New Documentary Makes Radical Claim 

15 Gorgeous Photos Of The Old Cincinnati Library 
Fantastic.

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