Article Round Up: Bizarre, Offbeat, WTF, Wacky Facts and Tales

7/19/2011 09:07:00 PM ·

I was looking through the archives-they do go back pretty far, and discovered I had built up an eclectic and bizarre mix of topics. I decided to dig down deep, as archaeology students tend to do, and collect the stories.

I’m a sucker for bizarre, offbeat, and wacky facts and tales, so I have chosen some of the most popular posts, and some of my favorites, from the past.

Note: Please be advised that a few of the pieces were previously published on third party sites.

Extra Terrestrials Have Invaded Roswell Where Capitalizing on Conspiracy is a Way of Life

I will admit, believing that we are not alone in this life is an interesting thought. The only evidence I have ever seen has been in movies, pictures posted in newspapers and online, and National Enquirer magazines stating the Alien impregnated my sister.

Extra Terrestrials Have Invaded Roswell Where Capitalizing on Conspiracy is a Way of Life

Five Sexual and Psychological Experiments

No one really knows what drives scientists or psychologists to partake in sexual and psychological experiments that are warped to the normal bystander, but completely revolutionary to a bright young scientist trying to have their work published for the fame and gratification.

Five Sexual and Psychological Experiments

Urban Legends: Facts You May Not Know About the Stories You’ve Heard

Throughout history, society has played with the idea of amazing phenomenon's that they think is true. I know we’d all like to believe that all of these mysteries are true and some of them are, but most urban legends are just that, legends. They have been passed down from generation to generation.

Urban Legends: Facts You May Not Know About the Stories You’ve Heard

The Number 23: A connection

The number 23 is a connection that may have caused the mass suicide of 39 people, including Marshall Applewhite (Leader of the Heavens Gate Suicide Mission) in 1997 and it is also associated with the newest form of UFO Religion called the Unicarious Cult.

The Number 23: A connection

Cachtice Castle, Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory, and the Murders of Vienna

Cachtice Castle is situated in the illustrious Carpathian Mountains in Slovakia. Originally it was constructed as a guard post on the thoroughfare to Moravia. Cachtice Castle gained prominence when it became the home of Elizabeth Bathory, otherwise known as the “Blood Countess” or the “Bloody Lady of Cachtice”. 

Read More: Cachtice Castle, Blood Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Murders of Vienna @ Factoidz

Azande Poison Oracle: Testing Witches

The poison oracle is the preferred way for the Azande of Central Africa to determine whether a particular mishap is due to the action of a witch. The operator uses certain mechanisms to discover hidden truths. In the case of the poison oracle, a poisonous substance known as benge is administered to a chicken by the operator. Following the administration of the poison, a series of questions is posed by the questioner to determine the results.

Coral Castle Revealed at the Ancient Digger
The story behind this site is quite intriguing, especially considering the owner, Edward Leedskalnin, stated that he knew the secrets of the pyramids and he used this information to construct a castle using no mortar at all.
Read more: Secrets of the Pyramids

Pee Eww: Cow Dung Art

Pee Eww! What's that smell? Believe it or not, these cow dung creations were created by Enrique Ramos of Mexico City, and Enrique will paint on almost anything.
Pee Eww: Cow Dung Art
36 Ridiculous Metaphors That We All Use or Maybe Not
"A metaphor is an analogy between two objects or ideas; the analogy is conveyed by the use of a metaphorical word in place of some other word."
Some are stupid, some are smart, and some are truly considered art. I humbly apologize for any unnecessary rhyming, PG profanity, and blatant silliness, but I needed a break. lol Enjoy!
Read more: 36 Ridiculous Metaphors That We All Use or Maybe Not

Weird and Wonderful Objects From The First Ripleys in St. Augustine Florida
Robert was an eccentric man and an avid traveler, obsessed with the inner workings of anthropology and archaeology. He took the world by storm visiting far off lands and unblemished territories and cultures. Places like India and the Orient were unconventional areas for the American traveler during the 19th century, however Ripley's obsession drove him to these areas to study the local customs and speak with people in the area.

The Wildly Wacky Fartiste from the Moulin Rouge
Le Petomane, “the Fartiste” performed some imitations, using the simple, honest format of announcing and then demonstrating. He displayed his wide sonic range with tenor, baritone, and bass fart sounds. He imitated the farts of a little girl, a mother-in-law, a bride on her wedding night, the same bride the day after, and a mason. He imitated thunder, cannons, and even the sound of a dressmaker tearing two yards of fabric.

The Ripley's World Famous Redwood Log House 

The Ripley's Redwood Log Cabin is a 1900 year old Redwood tree that once stood over 247 feet high and 14 feet in diameter. This log used for the cabin was the fourth cut from the tree in 1938, measuring 33 feet long and and 8 feet long. The section of trunk used to construct the house contains more than 11,000 feet of lumber, enough to build a five bedroom house.

Read more: The Ripley's World Famous Redwood Log House @ This Site

Chihuahua dancing Flamenco

If a Chihuahua dancing Flamenco doesn't bring a smile to your face and a trip to the bathroom after laughing so hard, I don't know what will!

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Robert Hansen: Alaska Murderer

Robert Hansen was born in 1939, in Estherville Iowa. He was an odd child growing up, being bullied and taunted by his classmates because of his stutter. He was destined to become one of those school spree killers. In 1963, Hansen moved to Anchorage, Alaska where he became a champion hunter and successful businessman. However, with that power came greed. Hansen desired control and wanted to experience the terror of a person being hunted for sport.

Read More: Robert Hansen @ This site

Ed Gein The Wisconsin Grave Robber and Butcher of Plainfield

In 1957 rural Wisconsin, the press was plastering the nightly news with stories of the boogieman. A psychologically flawed individual was practicing cannibalism and robbing bodies from local cemeteries. On one occasion, as noted by one of his neighbors, Ed Gein shared fresh venison he had shot and killed the day before. Although, much to their surprise, it wasn’t venison at all.

Read More: Ed Gein The Wisconsin Grave Robber and Butcher of Plainfield @ Socyberty

The Infamous and Bizarre Vampire of Brooklyn Albert Fish

Albert Fish, the notorious “Vampire of Brooklyn”, was born May 19, 1870 in Washington DC. His father died when he was very young and he ended up at an orphanage. He witnessed gruesome beatings, and although he should have been terrified, he enjoyed watching young boys getting whipped.
Read More: Vampire of Brooklyn Albert Fish @ Socyberty
The Bizarre and Twisted Evolution of HH Holmes Castle of Horrors

Like many troubled youth, being tormented by other children was a way of life. The bullies surrounding HH Holmes once took him to the doctors office and fondled him with a skeleton; however, the situation was gratifying and exhilarating to Holmes. He continued through childhood experimenting on kittens, dogs, cats, and rats, maximizing the suffering by using his own hands and instruments of torture.
Read More: HH Holmes Castle of Horrors @ Socyberty

Serial Killer Jane Toppan

Jane Toppan, born Honora Kelly in 1857, was history's most prolific female serial killer. She had inherited evil from her father who went insane, as well as her sister, and so it was inevitable that she would experience some sort of breakdown in her life. In 1863, her father turned her and her sister over to a Boston orphanage where at age five she were adopted by the Toppans.

Read More: Serial Killer Jane Toppan @ This Site

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