One of Charles Bell’s paintings of a casualty from the Battle of Corunna. It depicts a soldier suffering muscle contractions during the final stages of tetanus. The image was composed after Bell watched 3 soldiers suffer with the same condition
This drawing tells the wrinkled forehead; the elevated brow; the closed eye; the dilated nostril; the rigid masseter; the fixed jaw; the closed mouth; the corrugated lips; the bubbling saliva; the retracted head; the shortened neck; the starting cervical muscles; the turgid veins; the arched spine; the raised chest; the troubled breathing; the catching diaphragm; the heaving abdomen; the separated arm; the squared elbow; the bent wrist; the clenched fingers; the incurved thumb; the extended and separated legs; the bent down toes; the livid surface; the whole figure rigid as wood – a pitiful sight.
(credit: Wellcome Collection)
In Ancient China, there was a form of execution called waist chop. Just like its name, it entails a person being literally chopped in half from the waist.
It was reserved only for the most serious criminals since many people did not die immediately after being chopped.
In 1734, Yu Hongtu (俞鴻圖), the Education Administrator of Henan, was sentenced to a waist chop. After being cut in two at the waist, he remained alive long enough to write the Chinese character cǎn (慘; "horrible") seven times with his own blood before dying. After hearing this, the Yongzheng Emperor abolished this form of execution.
The first democratic governor in Wyoming’s history made, and wore a pair of human skin shoes.
George Francis Warden, a.k.a. George Parrot, a.k.a. “Big Nose George,” was a horse thief and a train robber. In 1878, after a botched hold-up, he and his gang killed a couple of lawmen and fled to Montana. “If he’d kept his big mouth shut he wouldn’t of got caught,” said Ilene Hanson, an assistant at the museum. “But he got to bragging.”
‘The Birds Aren’t Real’ movement says federal government replaced all birds with surveillance drones
In 1947 the C.I.A. was founded, its sole responsibility to watch and survey tens of thousands of Americans suspected of doing communist things. This orchestrated stalking epidemic went on for almost 5 years, and few were found guilty of any real crimes. However, it became clear in the early 1950s that the threat of communism was only going to rise, and a broader system was needed to track any individual who was suspected of such activity. The fears were only encouraged when in 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were wrongly arrested and convicted of espionage against the United States- accused of spying on behalf of the Soviet Union (the big boy communist people.) This highly publicized event gave the government a small window to implement a new program that would place the first CCTV surveillance cameras in areas with a high Russian immigrant concentration.
Around 11 PM on August 21, 1955, eight people showed up at the Hopkinsville, Kentucky police station in a state of panic. “We need help,” one gasped. “We’ve been fighting them for nearly four hours.” They quickly explained that the “them” were aliens — creatures with glowing yellow eyes, silvery skin, and long arms who had swooped in from out of the sky. While it may have sounded outlandish, multiple witnesses soon corroborated the story.
On the evening of August 21, 1955, five adults and seven children arrived at the Hopkinsville police station claiming that small alien creatures from a spaceship were attacking their farmhouse and they had been holding them off with gunfire "for nearly four hours". Two of the adults, Elmer Sutton and Billy Ray Taylor, claimed they had been shooting at "twelve to fifteen" short, dark figures who repeatedly popped up at the doorway or peered into the windows.
There is a very rare type of insomnia when you just don’t sleep. This leads to insanity and death within 18 months
The disease has four stages:
1. The person has increasing insomnia, resulting in panic attacks, paranoia, and phobias. This stage lasts for about 4 months.
2. Hallucinationsand panic attacks become noticeable, continuing for about 5 months.
3. Complete inability to sleepis followed by rapid loss of weight. This lasts for about 3 months.
4. Dementia, during which the patient becomes unresponsive or mute over the course of 6 months, is the final stage of the disease, after which death follows.
Marshall Applewhite was the leader of the UFO religious millenarian cult Heaven’s Gate, whose members committed mass suicide in March of 1997 after drinking applesauce laced with phenobarbital, believing the oncoming Hale-Bopp comet was being trailed by a spaceship that would absorb their souls
On March 26, 1997, 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult were found dead in a mass suicide. Led by a self-described prophet named Marshall Applewhite, followers believed that a heavenly UFO was trailing the Hale–Bopp Comet — and this was their only chance to escape Earth before it was “recycled” and wiped clean. Once they hopped aboard, they would be on their way to a much better planet. And since their human bodies were merely “vehicles,” they could safely leave them at any time and ascend to the “next level.”