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Feed Your Brain With These Fascinating Facts

August 10, 2017 | No Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Slash has had a defibrillator implanted since age 35. Years of drug and alcohol abuse had given him congestive heart failure, and he was given as little as 6 days to live in 2001.

Duff used to drink a gallon of vodka per day. He then ‘cut that back’ to 10 BOTTLES OF WINE A DAY.

His pancreas swelled up to the size of a rugby ball and was told that if continued drinking he would die soon. He’s been the picture of health ever since.

 

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The Last Letters Of Kamikaze Pilots

August 9, 2017 | 2 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Kamikaze translates as “divine wind” and was the Japanese practice during World War II of sending young men in planes loaded with explosives on suicide missions. The vast majority of kamikaze pilots were under the age of 25, conscripted into the army sometimes against their will. The letters, poems, and diary entries of kamikaze pilots and other special attack force members constitute an important primary source of the feelings and opinions of these men prior to their suicide attacks. Here is a collection of letters from kamikaze pilots written just before they flew their final missions. 

On January 6, 1945, Lieutenant Junior Grade Tadasu Fukino piloted a Suisei dive bomber (Allied code name of Judy) that crashed into the heavy cruiser Louisville (CA-28) in Lingayen Gulf off the coast of Luzon Island in the Philippines. The suicide attack killed 36 men and wounded 56 others.

Tadasu Fukino wrote the following last letter to his mother after he had arrived in the Philippines and before his final mission:

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This Is What The Artwork of Adolf Hitler Looked Like

August 9, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Before putting his hand to the executive order that lead to millions of innocent individuals being killed, nearly destroying the Western world as we know it, Adolf Hitler was an upcoming (re: unsuccessful) artist.

He actually applied to the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, only to be turned down not once but twice due to his “unfitness for painting” – it’s not hard to see why.

It’s hard to believe that before he instigated the rise of Nazi Germany and appointed himself Supreme Ruler Of The Reich, he was actually painting flowers, buildings and monuments.

Ironically enough, it was those very scenes and landscapes which were ultimately laid to waste by his future actions.

These artworks provide an eerie glimpse into the mind of one of the most evil and dictatorial individuals in modern history, even amongst colourful scenic landscapes are images of German tanks from WW1 littering a barren wasteland, still smouldering.

“Smoking Tank” (1916)

'Smoking Tank” (1916)

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Diary Of A Hiroshima Survivor On August 6, 1945

August 8, 2017 | 3 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

August 6, 1945 – the sun rose into a clear blue sky over the city of Hiroshima, Japan promising a warm and pleasant day. Nothing in the day’s dawning indicated that this day would be any different from its predecessors. But this day would be different, very different. This day would change the world. On this day a single bomb dropped by a single airplane destroyed the city, leading to the end of World War II and introducing mankind to the Atomic Age.

Dr. Michihiko Hachiya lived through that day and kept a diary of his experience. He served as Director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital and lived near the hospital approximately a mile from the explosion’s epicenter. His diary was published in English in 1955

 

“The hour was early; the morning still, warm, and beautiful. Shimmering leaves, reflecting sunlight from a cloudless sky, made a pleasant contrast with shadows in my garden as I gazed absently through wide-flung doors opening to the south.

Clad in drawers and undershirt, I was sprawled on the living room floor exhausted because I had just spent a sleepless night on duty as an air warden in my hospital.

Suddenly, a strong flash of light startled me – and then another. So well does one recall little things that I remember vividly how a stone lantern in the garden became brilliantly lit and I debated whether this light was caused by a magnesium flare or sparks from a passing trolley.

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A Damn Fine Collection Of Fascinating Photos And Videos

August 8, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Interesting |

A Five Generation Journey

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Fascinating Photos Collected From History

August 3, 2017 | 6 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

Clyde Barrow, of Bonnie & Clyde fame, poses with his car and guns in Joplin, Missouri 1933

fascinating historical photos

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Diary Of A German Soldier Fighting In Stalingrad

August 3, 2017 | 4 Comments » | Topics: Interesting |

In July 1942, the Germans resumed their advance into the U.S.S.R. begun the previous summer, seeking to conquer Stalingrad, a vital transportation center located on the Volga River. Germans and Russians battled with dogged ferocity over every part of the city; 99 percent of Stalingrad was reduced to rubble. A Russian counteroffensive in November trapped the German Sixth Army. Realizing that the Sixth Army, exhausted and short of weapons, ammunition, food, and medical supplies, faced annihilation, German generals pleaded in vain with Hitler to permit withdrawal before the Russians closed the ring. On February2, 1943, the remnants of the Sixth Army surrendered. More than a million people-Russian civilians and soldiers, Germans and their Italian, Hungarian, and Romanian allies-perished in the epic struggle for Stalingrad. The Russian victory was a major turning point in the war.

William Hoffman

DIARY OF A GERMAN SOLDIER

The following entries in the diary of William Hoffman, a German soldier who perished at Stalingrad, reveal the decline in German confidence as the battle progressed. While the German army was penetrating deeply into Russia, he believed that victory was not far away and dreamed of returning home with medals. By the end he is starving to death as is everyone around him.

Today, after we’d had a bath, the company  commander told us that if our future operations are as successful, we’ll soon reach the Volga, take Stalingrad and then the war will quickly end. I believe that the Fuhrer will carry the thing through to a successful end.

July 29 1942. . . . The company commander says the Russian troops are completely broken, and cannot hold out any longer. To reach the Volga and takeStalingrad is not so difficult for us. The Fiihrer knows where the Russians’ weak point is. Victory is not far away. . . .

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A Few Answers To Questions You Always Wondered About

August 2, 2017 | 1 Comment » | Topics: Answers, Interesting |

What is the most excruciating way anyone has ever died?

Scaphism, otherwise known as “the boats” is possibly one of the darkest and grossest ways of ending someone’s life. Scaphism was developed by the Persians and described by the Greeks who were normally the intended victims of the procedure.

So this is how it worked: the poor person to be killed would be securely tied between two wooden canoes (or hollowed out tree trunks) with their head and legs protruding. So the trunk of their body was basically encased and sealed in a wooden box. The executioners would then force feed them milk and honey until their bowels were ready to scatter violently. More honey was then applied to any sensitive areas to attract insects. At this point they would take the suffering man to either float on a stagnant pond, or just leave him out in the sun.

The victim’s more than swift bowels would quickly fill the container he was stuck in with excrement allowing insects to breed and feed on his living flesh. Gangrene would set in as burrowing insects started to interrupt blood flow.

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