Many movies have tried to portray how life would be like if one got stuck on an island. For Juana Maria, living on an island alone was not a movie: she spent eighteen years alone on the island of San Nicolas, in the Channel Islands, off the coast of California.
Maria was the last surviving descendant of the Nicoleño tribe during the 1700s to 1800s. She and her people inhabited the island of San Nicolas. By the time she was born, her descendants had lived on the island for almost
10 000 years. …
People have attempted to mail all kinds of bizarre packages in history. Mail carriers would receive packages like coffins, dogs, and even building materials in the early nineteens.
And, babies were not an exception. If you can’t imagine receiving a baby as your mail, read on, these 20th-century families prove and convince you how possible and normal it was to mail a child.
In 1913, the United States allowed domestic parcels. This led to the rise of child mails. The first successful mailed baby was eight months old James Beagle. …
In the days of slavery, it was almost impossible for slaves to get freedom from the masters. But, Henry Box Brown was an exception. Even though Brown was born into slavery, he managed to think of a plan to get freedom — by himself. But what pushed him to try escaping his unfortunate circumstances? Also, what can we learn from his very remarkable success?
Henry Box Brown was born in 1815 on the Hermitage plantation, Louisa County, Virginia. At the age of fifteen, he was already working in a tobacco factory in Richmond. …
When we hear of plagues, we often think of deadly diseases affecting a certain region, leading to many deaths.
But instead of sadness and staying in bed, imagine people dancing and laughing as the main symptom. Yes, the Dancing Plague of 1518 was quite an exception. Many people danced for days to death.
The Dancing Plague started with a German housewife referred to as Frau Troffea.
On one afternoon, in the middle of the year 1518, Troffea stepped out of her house in Strasbourg and immediately started dancing in the streets. She danced all day and the next day, attracting…
On December 15th, 1996, Joseph Roy Metheny was arrested for the death of a woman named Spicer.
Metheny had asked a friend to help him bury the body of the woman. The friend went on to report Metheny, which led to his arrest. But, in his confession, Metheny revealed some very disturbing information.
He claimed that he had killed up to thirteen people, most of whom were female sex workers. He would put some of the victims’ meat in Tupperware containers and store it in the freezer. …
The ancient city of Pompeii is famous for being destroyed by a volcano in just two days. This small town was located in the current Campania region of Italy, southeast of Naples. It was one of the unlucky places to experience the wrath of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption.
In August 79 A.D., the people of Pompeii were unaware of the tragic incident that was about to strike their city. If the people weren’t burnt with the hot volcanic lava from Mount Vesuvius, then suffocation and immense heat would make the kill. Well, they couldn’t escape too. …
It seems like every decade; plane crashes rob the world of amazingly talented people. When you consider the death of young artists like Aaliyah, it feels like musicians have not been favored by airplanes. This is unfair since they have to tour the world using air travel. In remembrance and honor of these icons, here are music stars who died in a plane crash.
At approximately 12:30 pm, on November 22nd, 1963, a former Marine sharpshooter fired three shots that changed the world. One of the bullets pierced straight through the head of John F. Kennedy (D-Massachusetts), the American President.
The shooting unfolded the following events:
At 2:40 am on August 31st, 1994, the authorities received an emergency alert about a car tire theft. Upon arrival, the cops were about to experience a very rare incident. A teenage boy named David Hahn was loading his nuclear reactor into his car. The cops searched his vehicle thinking they would find a bomb. Instead, they found an unusual and dangerous nuclear reactor. It astonishingly measured 1000 times the average background radiation.
This is the story of an intelligent child whose ambitions went wrong. But, what kind of background did Hahn grow up in? …
In late 1822, hundreds of eager settlers sailed for a paradise, Poyais, to live out the rest of their lives. The settlers were mainly Scottish people, most of them being older men and women. To the people’s knowledge, Poyais was an amazing territory located in the Mosquito Coast.
With this earthly paradise came along remarkable features, including:
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