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That time in World War II when Japan used a hot air balloon to bomb Oregon and kill six people

It may surprise you to find that there were actually six civilian casualties in the 48 states during World War II. The incident occurred in 1945 when a Japanese balloon bomb floated into the United States where it killed six people in rural eastern Oregon. They are the only World War II U.S. combat casualties in the contiguous 48 states.  Up until their deaths, U.S. officials kept news of the deadly weaponized balloons from the public in order to avoid panic. The death of Elyse and five children in Oregon On May 5, 1945, as the United States and Japan were locked in the final stages of World War II, Reverend Archie Mitchell and his wife were driving five young teenage students to a Saturday afternoon picnic.

That time President George Bush’s plane was shot down and he narrowly avoided being eaten by cannibals

When the horrific details were finally revealed to the American public in 2003, it came to be known as the Chichijima Incident (or the Ogasawa Incident) when in late 1944, Japanese soldiers tortured, killed and ate eight American airmen on the Chichi Jima island leaving one sole survivor – 20-year-old Lt. George H. W. Bush Sr. Chichi Jima Island Lying 700 miles south of Tokyo and part of the Bonin Island Group, Chi Chi Jima island was small, only five miles by three miles in size, but critical to the Japanese communications services who used the island as a strategic radio relay link. By the end of the war, it was defended by 25,000 Japanese troops when the United States began routine bombing raids to neutralize its

Mysterious “ghost ships” arrive on Japan’s shores full of decomposing bodies and skeletons

During the months of October and November 2015, at least eleven decaying, wooden “ghost ships” have been found drifting in the Sea of Japan carrying a disturbing load – the decomposed, skeletonized bodies of dozens of dead people. All bodies on the boats were “partially skeletonized", two bodies were headless and one boat contained six skulls. The first ghost boat was found in late October, then in November ten more were discovered floating aimlessly in the Sea of Japan. Japan’s Coast Guard are unsure where the ships came from but given markings on some of the boats, believe they may have arrived from the waters of Korea.

Pacific Coast fishermen provide proof (photos) that Fukushima is contaminating U.S. fish with radioactive material

  Tumors on Pacific Coast fish cause concern for local fishermen When Hirasaka Hiroshi caught this terrifying large fish in the waters off northern Japan (see photo above), the catch added substance to Japanese fishermen’s concerns over the effects of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident on local fish populations. Now, just days after we learned that radiation from the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant is much worse than expected (exposure at the plant can kill a person in less than an hour), a geoengineering researcher reports that fishermen from the United States Pacific Coast are growing increasingly alarmed as they catch more and more fish filled with bloody, cancerous tumors. The situation is concerning because unlike people, tumors are rarely found on fish. In fact, up until the past

Radiation at Japan’s failed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant much worse than expected – can kill a person in under 1 hour

It has been revealed that readings at Japan’s failed Fukushima nuclear power plant taken in September 4-25 2015 checks are far higher than expected. Deadly radiation levels of up to 9.4 Sieverts per hour have been recorded at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant – enough to kill a person in less than one hour. According to JIJI Press (citing Tokyo Electric Power Co – TEPCO) the readings were taken at the point where a pipe leads to the containment vessel of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant using a remote robotic measuring device. The 9.4 Sievert measurement is 23.5 times higher than the radiation level recorded in 2011 shortly after the plant exploded. The plant exploded after a magnitude 9 earthquake triggered

Japan’s abandoned island of Hashima – experience the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse

Hashima Island began life as a vibrant coal mining facility.  At one point, with a population density of over 83,500 people per square kilometer, it was the most densely populated piece of land on the planet. About 9 miles from Nagasaki, where the second atomic bomb was dropped (and reportedly shook buildings on tiny island), Hashima is only 16-acres, barely 2/100 of a square mile, and is lined with multi-story apartments, business offices, and manufacturing facilities. Today, aside from rats and a few feral cats, the population of the island is zero and visitors to the deserted land mass say the abandoned and undisturbed buildings look like the shocking aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. History of Hashima Island Less than an hour boat ride from the shores

Ghost caught on security cam in Japan – woman walks through it (circa 2011)

This video surfaced around 2011 and sparked much discussion. Years later, the consensus is still out – hoax or real? In the video, which was captured via a security cam on the streets of Japan, you will see a woman walking down the sidewalk (top-right side of frame). As she approaches a man standing stationary on the sidewalk, she turns her head to look at something on the opposite side of the street. By all appearances, she is about to walk right into the man. Instead, she walks right through him. Check out the video below. We’ve added additional post-processing zooms and slow-mo’s. Woman walks through ghost on Japanese street

Unexplained – Cherry tree seeds sent to space station grow into mutant plants on earth

As part of an educational program for Japanese children, several cherry tree stones (the hard inner layer that contains the seed) were carried to the International Space Station by Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata in November 2008. Once returned to earth, the seeds were planted in various locations throughout Japan with expectations that the cherry trees would mature and blossom several years later. Surprisingly, and with no scientific explanation, the plants somehow blossomed years earlier than expected - and with a bizarre mutant flower formation that nobody has seen before. The cherry tree stones were collected from dozens of trees across Japan with a carefully timed plan in place. Once the seeds returned to Earth (after eight months orbiting in space), the children would replant them and

Japan’s Yakuza mobsters launch new, public relations website

Japan’s biggest organized crime syndicate, the Yakuza, has launched its own website, the content of which, is not what you would expect. Spurred by a poor public image, membership in the Yakuza fell to an all-time low in 2013, slipping below 60,000 members for the first time. The Yakuza’s new website is an attempt to counter their image as “antisocial forces” and instead, show it as a friendly, neighborhood organization bent on improving the quality of life for Japan's citizens. The new Yakuza website does sport a pretty face (albeit with a amateurish design) and contains footage of Yakuza gangsters making their new year pilgrimage to a religious shrine, video of the crew pounding rice for a new year festival, and pictures showcasing the cleanup Yakuza

Mutant jaw-dropping brilliant blue crab baffles scientists

This beautiful lavender-colored crab was caught off the coast of Russia in the Bering Sea and subsequently shipped with a batch of red crabs to Hokkaido, Japan.  Scientists are not sure what caused its brilliant-lavender hue but believe it is either a result of a unique diet component or some sort of mutation.  Meanwhile, the online community is brimming with theories including an assumption that the peculiar mutant color is a result of radiation contamination from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. The beautiful creature is not being served up for lunch.  It is being kept alive and on display at Marusan Ocean Foods.

Video captures massive mudslide and huge boulder narrowly missing passing car

The video below was shot via a dashboard camera during Tropical Storm Kong-Rey near Keelung, Taiwan. In the video you will see a heavy mudslide rain down from the roadside mountain followed by a gigantic boulder that comes to rest mere feet from a car trapped by the debris. The boulder weighs hundreds of tons and would have been catastrophic to the automobile if the massive mudslide had not shoved the car to the opposite side of the roadway. The incident occurred in northern Taiwan, on Beining Road, which leads from the Zhongzheng District of Keelung City to New Taipei City's Ruifang District. A nearby tropical storm caused heavy rains in Taiwan which likely loosened the soil on the mountainside seen in the video. Several large

Large mass of dry-land granite found in Atlantic Ocean suggesting lost continent of Atlantis may have existed there

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and the Brazilian government announced today that a large mass of granite, normally only found on dry land, has been discovered on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Rio de Janeiro.  Also found in the area was a large quantify of quartz sand, which is also not formed at sea.  A Brazilian official noted that the discovery is strong evidence that a continent used to exist in the area where the legendary island of Atlantis, mentioned in antiquity by Plato in his philosophical dialogues, was supposedly located. The finding was made using a Shinkai 6500 manned submersible operated by the Japanese agency in an area located next to an underwater cliff called the Rio

Giant squid finally caught on film by team of Japanese scientists

A Japanese team of scientists from Japan’s National Science Museum have captured the first live images of a giant squid.  The images, taken from a video, of the silvery, 10-foot-long cephalopod nearly one kilometer below the surface, were taken last July near the Ogasawara Islands, about 620 miles south of Tokyo, Japan.  The scientists have been searching for the legendary creature for several years.  The giant squid is thought to have accounted for the mythical 40-foot “kraken” sea monsters of giant proportions said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland in the 13th century. An anonymous author of the Old Norwegian scientific work Konungs skuggsjá (circa 1250) described in detail the physical characteristics and feeding behavior of these beasts. The narrator proposed there must