Month: December 2014

The history of the Freak Show and the legendary freaks who promoted the popular attractions

The history of the freak show Freak shows were popular attractions during the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries until changes in societal attitudes towards handicapped persons and tightening of local laws prohibiting “exhibition of deformed human beings” led to the decline of the freak show as a form of entertainment. Featuring attractions such as deformed humans and animals, unusual physical performers, “pickled punks” (abnormal fetuses preserved in glass jars), and occasional hoaxes (e.g. “bouncers” - fake pickled punks made from rubber), the freak show has captivated audiences since as early as the 16th century. The 1600's  thru 1800's By 1600, severe physical human deformities and animal abnormalities were no longer deemed bad omens or manifestations of evil spirits residing within the person’s body and the public display

Bones, balls, people, and more – what’s with all the anomalous objects spotted on the surface of Mars?

As quickly as NASA publishes unbelievably detailed photographs of the Martian surface, people back home find odd and unusual objects within those photos. Of course NASA always discounts the newfound anomalous objects as “natural rock formations”. Matters were clouded in early 2014 when observant researchers found “before and after” photos proving that NASA occasionally “cleans up” some of their photos (and videos). NASA calmly explained that in some instances, camera imperfections must be corrected using software – like Photoshop. Still, despite NASA's proven manipulation of the Mars photographs, eagle-eyed researchers continue finding unusual anomalies in the photographs of the Martian surface and ask “Have you *ever* in your life seen a natural rock formation on Earth that looks like that?” Here are a collection of some

Woman with craving for toilet paper maintains a diet of one toilet paper roll per day

The condition is called pica, and like a pregnant woman who hungers for unusual food combinations, 25-year-old Jade Sylvester’s cravings cause her to consume toilet paper at a rate of about one toilet paper roll per day. Jade, who hails from England, says her cravings began during her pregnancy over a year ago and notes the bizarre eating habit began slowly, with just a few nibbles.  She insists that taste is not really the reason she enjoys eating the powdery paper.. "Two months into the pregnancy, I started craving toilet roll. I still don't know why. I like the feeling of the texture in my mouth, rather than the taste. I like the dryness.  At first I used to eat a couple of squares at a time,

NASA webcam captures mysterious beam of red light shooting towards Earth

NASA video cams captured an intriguing, and bizarre, occurrence on December 5, 2014 – a mysterious beam of red light shooting from an unknown red sphere down to Earth (see screenshot above). The red light beam occurred around 9:20 AM GMT and was captured by a live webcam that’s placed on the outside of the International Space Station.  And this isn't the first time the strange beam of light was spotted in space... The source of the beam of light is unknown but it’s obviously not a natural occurrence. One viewer thinks it's NASA using a red laser to "mess with our heads" wile some have suggested it is a UFO probing or communicating with something or someone on earth.  Others however, think the video may

Bizarre cloud formation in Australia prompts citizens to wonder: Has the end drawn near?

It’s a rare weather phenomena called a “fallstreak hole” that occurs when the water temperature inside a cloud drops to freezing but the water vapor itself cannot freeze because there are not enough “ice nucleation particles” – and man, does it look freaky. Last month citizens of Wonthaggi, Australia (100 miles southeast of Melbourne) were treated to the spectacular sight of a fallstreak hole (also called a fallstreak cloud or punch hole cloud) which had many worried about what was occurring in the skies above them. The strange cloud formation, which looks like an alien ship or portal to another dimension, occurred on November 5, 2014 above the seaside town of Wonthaggi. Panicked residents (thankfully) snapped photos and called local radio stations seeking an explanation for the

Internet’s most disturbing photograph begs question: Who was Jeff the Killer?

Known as Jeff the Killer, he became one of the Internet’s most disturbing legends and favorite bogeyman. His picture shows a pale, nose-less person with soulless eyes and an odd, almost Joker-like grin on his face. The creepy picture spawned several horror fiction stories, YouTube videos, and even a Jeff the Killer video game. But what is the true origin of the eerie 2008 photograph that appeared suddenly on the Internet with little or no explanation striking fear and wonderment in all who viewed it? The origin of the Jeff the Killer legend Jeff the Killer appeared on the Internet sometime during or prior to 2008 with no explanation. The photo spread fast and theories spilled forward as quickly as the photo circulated throughout the Internet. As

Series of mysterious loud booms and explosions reported throughout UK, Belgium, France, Denmark, Australia, and eastern USA

Twitter lit up on Saturday (November 29, 2014) as hundreds of witnesses reported hearing a sequence of mysterious and inexplicable loud bangs and booms that continued echoing throughout the United Kingdom for up to 30 minutes. Around the same time, reports of a similar strange noise began arriving from France, Denmark, Belgium, Australia and the eastern United States leading many to suspect the booming noise was the sound of a “pulse detonation engine”, the power source behind the United States’ top-secret Aurora aircraft project. Days after the event, there was still no official explanation for the mysterious noises. Brits begin reporting odd series of “booms” At around 10:00 PM local time, hundreds of Twitter users from Aberdeen to Devon in the United Kingdom began reporting “explosions” which

UFO in Port Charlotte, Florida stops traffic as stunned witnesses watch humming white orb fly overhead

Witnesses in Port Charlotte, Florida reported seeing a large, white orb encapsulating a black-metallic UFO that proved to be such a magnificent sight, it stopped traffic on the streets. The sighting occurred at 6:34 PM on November 30, 2014 along Midway Boulevard. One witness, who said she lived near a military base and was familiar with conventional military aircraft, described the experience: “I came to a stop behind a few cars in the middle of the road. People were looking up to the north. I head a low humming and saw a pretty large white orb. Inside was a small pill-sized and shaped black- metallic UFO. It was changing colors, moved abruptly up and down, east and west, and then it hovered for a half a

The horrifying sound of an Aztec Death Whistle will make your skin crawl

For decades, archaeologists thought the ancient Aztec Death Whistles were nothing more than disturbing skull-shaped toys for Aztec children. They studied how they looked, how they were made, and where they were found. But nobody thought to blow into one. When they did, they found that the disquietingly-decorated skull-shaped clay objects made a spine-chilling noise described by one archaeologist as “the scream of a thousand corpses”. Yeah, they’re that creepy. The ancient Aztec Death Whistle is typically shaped like or decorated as a human skull. They were first associated with Aztec death rituals after two samples were found in the skeletal hands of a sacrificed 20-year-old male in a temple at Tlatelolco. Scientists are unsure what they were used for but some believe they were used