Odd Happenings

Computer glitch causes every pyrotechnic in 18-minute fireworks show to go off at the same time.

It was the most spectacular pyrotechnic display ever seen – or the worst. This is what it looks like when a computer malfunction causes an 18-minute fireworks show to be compressed into a stunning five-second display. In 2012, the Big Bay Boom fireworks show was about to begin when thousands of people camped out on San Diego Bay were treated to the show of a lifetime. At 8:55 PM, five minutes before the show’s scheduled start, a sudden burst of fireworks shot into the air. The explosion caused a rumble that could be felt throughout the area. Confused spectators milled around waiting for the rest of the show. A few minutes later, the announcement was made. “Go home, people. The show is over.” The next day, the Port

The Boston Molasses Flood – 21 people killed in Boston streets by tidal wave of Molasses (1919)

The Great Molasses Flood (aka Boston Molasses Disaster) At the time, molasses was a common sweetener and used to produce ethanol for alcoholic beverages and military munitions. It was of course, in high demand. The five-story tall steel tank at 529 Commercial Street in Boston held 2.3 million gallons of molasses weighing an astonishing 26 million pounds. On January 15, 1919, the weather was warmer than normal, allowing the molasses inside the tank to heat up and thin. At 12:30 in the afternoon, persons in the area heard a “sound like a rumble” and the ground shook. The Purity Distilling Company molasses tank had burst, releasing millions of gallons of molasses into the streets of Boston. The tidal wave of molasses that rushed through the streets of

The town that hanged an elephant – the macabre story behind Murderous Mary’s dreadful execution

Red Eldridge joins the circus On September 11, 1916, Sparks World Famous Shows Big Top Circus arrived in St. Paul, Virginia, a tiny mining town nestled in the hills of Clinch River Valley. It was that same day that 38-year-old Walter “Red” Eldridge, a hotel janitor, was hired on the spot as an assistant elephant trainer. Eldridge knew nothing about elephants but felt certain he could wield the hooked elephant stick that was required to keep the beasts in line. Besides, he was a drifter that had already roamed the country in a boxcar – a travelling circus-life with Sparks World Famous Shows would be right up his alley. Sparks World Famous Shows was owned and operated by Charlie Sparks. It was a small travelling circus that

The Salem Witch Trials – mass hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts ends in deaths of 25 people

The Salem Witch Trials (1692-1693) The Salem witch Trials were a series of hearings, and executions, of people accused of witchcraft in the towns of Salem Village (now Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich, and Andover, Massachusetts. The trials began in February 1692 and ran for 15 months before concluding in May 1693. In the end, twenty-five people died, most of them women. Today the trials are considered to be one of America's most embarrassing moments and serve as a vivid, cautionary tale about the dangers of isolationism, religious extremism, false accusations, and lapses in due process of the law. The bizarre events that occurred can best be described as "mass hysteria".  In 17th-century colonial North America, the supernatural was considered part of everyday life.  Many people believed that Satan

GPS from hell leads man down strange, dark highway on most frightful night of his life

Today, an anonymous Canadian writer, we’ll call him “Jeff” for our purposes, revealed a true-life paranormal experience that rivals the terror of any horror movie. In what Jeff would later call a terribly “bad idea”, he followed the obviously errant guidance of his GPS to a T and found himself guided down a road of horrors to a chilling destination in parts unknown. Jeff’s unforgettable journey took place in 2011. Working as a pump tech at the time, he was in the process of moving to the city in order to attend school. The month prior to the move, Jeff made several trips back and forth, preparing the final arrangements for his new home. Still unfamiliar with the area and the drive back and forth, Jeff

The Bermuda Triangle – Devil’s Triangle swallows up planes and ships between Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico

The Media Blitz The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle and Hoodoo Sea, birthed its legend on September 09, 1950 in a strange Associated Press dispatch.  E.V.W. Jones penned an article on a strange anomaly he had stumbled across.  It seemed as if a unusual number of planes and ships had been disappearing in the ocean between Florida and Bermuda. Two years later, in 1952, Fate magazine published an article, Sea Mystery at Our Back Door, by George X. Sand who wrote of a "series of strange marine disappearances, each leaving no trace whatsoever, that have taken place in the past few years in a watery triangle bounded roughly by Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico". In 1974, Charles Berlitz published his infamous book, The Bermuda Triangle.

The Impenetrable Oak Island Money Pit

Located on the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, there is a grouping of 360 small islands in an area known as Mahone bay. Amongst those islands is a 140 acre piece of land known as Oak Island. Sitting only 35 feet above sea level, the island’s history tells of an impenetrable cache of treasure located in a “vault known as the Money Pit. Since as early as the 1700’s, adventurers have tried to infiltrate the Money Pit and lay claim to the bounty. Many of died while trying and o date none have succeeded. In 1795, Daniel McGinnis, who was 16 years old at the time, discovered a circular depression in the ground on the southeastern side of Oak Island. Hanging from a nearby tree

Skinwalker Ranch – few will argue that this plot of land is the strangest place on Earth

The history of Skinwalker Ranch In northern Utah there exists a “ranch” so strange, so bizarre, that the National Institute for Discovery Science (owned by Las Vegas businessman and billionaire Bob Bigelow) purchased it solely for scientific research purposes. Located in the Uintah Basin near the town of Fort Duchesne, paranormal phenomenon such as strange creatures, bizarre objects, flying black triangles, animal mutilations, and telepathic messages, have been reported on the 480 acre Skinwalker Ranch for hundreds of years.  It is estimated that over half the population in the area surrounding the ranch have witnessed unusual paranormal activity on, or near what became known as the “Strangest Place on Earth”.  Even the local Ute Indians believe the land to be cursed - and tribe members are strictly

The sordid (and scary) history of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Long Island

In Gardiners Bay, off the eastern end of the North Fork coast of Long Island, there lies an island that is classified as one of the most dangerous places on the planet. It is not shown on most maps. Under high security and guarded by the Department of Homeland Security, the three mile long island is home to the Plum Island Animal Disease Center, a Level 4 Laboratory, the highest security rating granted by the United States government. In this lab, the most dangerous viral and bacterial agents are produced and tested. It has been long believed that the lab is one of the most lethal, and unsafe, bio-warfare facilities in the United States. History of Plum Island Plum Island was named by the Dutch after noting the

The Zone of Silence (Zona de Silencio) – science cannot explain why radio waves are unable to penetrate this desolate desert area

Introduction In a Chihuahuas desert patch near the Bolson de Mapimi in Mexico, there exists an eerie area of land called Mapimí Silent Zone (La Zona Del Silencio) or the Zone of Silence. In this area is the home of several rare, mutant species of animals including the purple cactus and a malformed version of the desert tortoise. The area's name derives from an odd anomaly that prohibits radio waves from transmitting inside the zone. Just 400 miles south of El Paso, Texas, the Zone of Silence gobbles up radio and TV signals - and has a documented history of UFO activity. Since the mid-nineteenth century, farmers who worked the parched land told of “hot pebbles” that fell to the earth from the sky. Many reports of extraterrestrial

Dead bodies on Mount Everest

  Dead bodies abound on Mount Everest It is estimated that over 200 people have died in their attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The causes of their death vary as widely as the weather at Mount Everest’s peak. Climbers face the dangers of falling off the mountain, tripping into huge crevices, asphyxiation from low oxygen levels, avalanches and falling rocks, and weather that can unexpectedly change drastically in mere minutes. At the summit, winds can reach hurricane strength literally blowing the climber off the mountain. Oxygen levels leave the climbers gasping for breath while their oxygen deprived brains leave them unable to make rational decisions. Some climbers stop for a brief rest only to slowly drift into a deep sleep, never to wake up. All dangers