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Imaginary friends are, for many people, a childhood rite of passage, giving them their first true friends and confidantes. But be careful who you make friends with, for some creepy imaginary friends come back to you as an adult, if they were even friends in the first place. Though most people write off imaginary friends as simply products of over-active imaginations, the way some adults describe their past imaginary friends suggests something else may have been afoot. Imaginary friends, like many things for children, aren't always as benign as you may assume they'd be.

Whether their imaginary friend was a departed spirit or a malevolent entity from the unknown, listening to adults describe their imaginary friends is always entertaining and a little unnerving. These true Reddit stories go into detail about the creepy imaginary friends people had as kids. If you can relate, you may want to think back on how "imaginary" your friends really were.


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Insisted Karen Be Treated Like A Real Person

From bluethundersix:

"I was an imaginative kid & had several imaginary friends, but my first one was different then the rest. When I was two or three I had an imaginary friend named Karen. My whole family knew about her & I would insist she be treated like a real person, unlike my later fantasy folks. My mom would hear me carrying on whole conversations with her alone & was always a little curious where I had come up with the whole thing, it seemed more complex then toddler pretend. Like I genuinely thought she was a person & that people were being inconsiderate to her by not acknowledging her. Sometimes to humor me my parents would out of the blue be like 'Well, hello Karen!' & I'd glare replying 'She's not here right now.'

We ended up moving & once we did, Karen wasn't mentioned anymore. Since I was young, I don't remember too much, just a warm feeling like an old friend. My mom asked me about it when I got older, and told her I could confidently remember making up my other later imaginary friends (Howard the Duck & his girlfriend Chuck) but not Karen. She told me she always wondered if I was seeing something she wasn't, but no harm ever came of it so she didn't worry.

Well I'm in my 30's now and was reading an article about a case that changed how soon you could report a missing person. As I read I realized it was sort of near where I used to live and the girl was named Karen. I didn't think much of it, it was a city, crime happens. As I read further, I learned that Karen's murderer had buried her body in the town I had lived. At that point, not expecting much but rather curious, I texted my mom for the address of our old house. As it turns out, Karen was murdered then buried about a mile & a half from our old home.

Now, I'm not saying that I'm 100% sure this Karen was my Karen, and the whole thing had happened a little over decade before my parents had even bought the house. My mom had never even heard of the case and it was would have long been out of the headlines. I still haven't found a picture of the girl and sometimes wonder if I'd recognize her even though she died before I was even born. Regardless, the whole thing was a sad story and that young lady didn't deserve such an awful end. If she was my Karen, it's even sadder her spirit lingered and only had a toddler for a friend."


Sarah May Not Have Been So Imaginary After All

From LegoArcus:

"Not imaginary, per se. I used to break into houses as a little kid. I lived in a really run-down part of town with a huge amount of foreclosed and empty houses. So, I would pry off the window screens and if the windows were unlocked, I would crawl inside them. I was maybe like five or six.

Well, in one abandoned house there was always this young Hispanic girl hanging out in the upstairs bathroom. I would go up there, and she would talk to me and we'd play tag and hide-and-go seek and truth or dare. I'd always invite her home for dinner but she said she couldn't leave because she had to wait for her mom to come home. I guess it made sense to me at the time, but when I think back, there was nothing in that house. Not even silverware in the kitchen drawers. The carpets were all mildewed and it was seriously empty. I don't think she could have really been there.

Her name was Sarah. (I don't think she ever told me her last name). She always wore these cut-off tank-top shirts (I really can't remember what of, but I'm fairly certain they were graphic tees) and always these pastel-orange spandex shorts. She had a bobbed hair-cut where the hair was shorter in the back than the front. She was missing a couple of teeth in the front of her mouth. She was a little chubby, especially in the stomach."


He Was A Black Ball Of Energy

From NobodyWhatsoever:

"When my sister and I were young, we both had imaginary friends but we could both sense hers. It was like a black ball of energy.

My sister claimed her imaginary friend told her its - her - name. We played with her outside, and my sister talked our mom into setting a place for her at the table a few times.

Eventually our parents were uncomfortable with how convinced we both were of this imaginary friend, and forbade all mention of her.

Some years later we learned there had been a small group of Native Americans living in that are who had been wiped out about a hundred years before. The name of the group was that which my sister's imaginary friend had said was hers so long ago."


A Bunch Of Creepy Imaginary Pals

From an anonymous Redditor:

"When I was a kid, I had several imaginary friends. My first one was an exact copy of myself, who would follow me around. My second ''friend' was actually a race of thumb sized mutant children with rainbow colored hair, and super powers. They had to leave their home planet because at age ten if they were weak, they were murdered. So they went to earth, and I started to raise them in secret. The two main ones that started this whole elaborate story now teach at a camp made for the survivors, and there is a constant war feuding now."


Skeleton Dog Scared Off Everyone

From epsdelta:

"When I was a kid, young maybe five-to-eight -years-old, I had an imaginary friend that was a skeleton dog. It would race everywhere, and always be beside me when I reached my destination. The animals in the woods around me were afraid of it, of course."


Charlie Was A Little Man Who Went Everywhere

From renob151:

"I had one when I was like four. He was Charlie. My parents always asked what he looked like, and I always said a little man. He went every where with me (single child at the time). It was to the point that I would cry if my mom sat on Charlie while we were eating lunch. When we moved away Charlie didn't come with us. My Mom asked where he was, and I told her that he was going to be a mannequin at Sears. Years later we found out that a little person had committed suicide in our house before we moved in..."


She Lived There Before

From fivedollarcarwash:

"I had loads of imaginary friends when I was a kid, most of which were just personifications of my dolls and my favorite characters from books and TV, but I remember one with a completely unique personality from when I was about nine and living in Virginia. She was called Christine or something similar and as much as I can remember she lived in the house before we moved in, had long pigtails and was close to my age. I didn't think much of this until really recently when my parents and I were talking about when we used to live in that house. My mum told me that she used to hear footsteps and a child's voice coming from the upstairs while I was at school, and my dad told me he once found an old photo of a little girl at the bottom of one of the closets while he was cleaning it. Unfortunately he couldn't tell me if the girl had pigtails."


"Bra And Underpants" Girl

From Johnnypsychotic:

"When I was between three and six I had three imaginary friends, two who were the usual little kid stuff. They were invisible and and friendly and I only heard them in my head.

My third friend, she was not invisible, I could see her. I called her 'Bra-and-underpants girl' because that's all she had on. I can still see her in my mind clear as day, she looked almost black and white, like black lacy underwear contrast with pale skin and what I always thought was dirt around her frazzled blonde hair. I can't even wrap my head around how I had even been able to come up with a friend like that at three. 

While my other two friends were nice, she wasn't; she wasn't mean, just really sad, constantly. If asked where she lived and she'd say 'those woods' (points to forest behind my house.) I'd tell her she could stay in my house but she'd just say 'I can't.' It wasn't a big deal when I stopped seeing her either. Do you think it was something more?"


Tom Followed Him Everywhere

From overdosebabyblue:

"As soon as I could start speaking, I had an imaginary friend. I called him 'Tom.' I would set places at the table for him, talk to him during long bus rides, ask his opinion about things, and basically treat him like an invisible brother even though I had three other siblings. I don't remember any of this. My mum grew concerned that I wasn't developing socially, so she took me to a child psychiatrist. This I remember. They asked me about Tom and why I saw him, if I saw anyone else in the same manner, and asked me to sort out some stuff with puzzles. I stopped talking to Tom after that.

Fast forward ten years. After her divorce, my mum gets really into spirituality. I thought it was a load of bollocks, until she played the recording of a particular psychic reading session with me. The psychic was new and really interested in me for some reason. She said she saw a young dark haired man 'watching over me'. She asked if the name Tim meant anything. She asked if I was a Gemini. She asked if I had a large birthmark on my side. All this is correct.

The psychic inferred that Tom/Tim and I were twins in a past life. The birthmark I carry is apparently how he died, to come watch over me in this life. As a child, I could see him and interact with him, but I lost that gift as I was conditioned not to see him.

I'm skeptical of such claims, but hearing the psychic pinpoint such information made the hair rise on the back of my head. So, I guess if you're there watching over me, thanks twin bro."


Becky Said She Hated Her

From kaleidoscopeeyes907:

"I had an imaginary friend when I was five or six. Her name was Becky Reeder, and she was maybe eight or nine, had curly brown hair, and was slightly pudgy. I had her as a friend for about three years. She and I would hang out in the downstairs of my house and color, play with dolls, and sometimes play outside. She would never come upstairs though and I never found out why. She would just go away when I went upstairs.

One night she invited me to a party, and I was excited because she said I could meet her family. She had a mom and dad, grandparents, an older sister, and an aunt. She told me that the party was by the water (like a 10 min drive from my house), and that it would be fun. I told her I couldn't leave, and she said we could sneak out. I started out the door when my mom heard and came to investigate. She asked what I was doing and I told her that I was going with Becky to a party to meet her family. My mom told me I couldn't go, and I threw a fit because I really wanted to go.

My mom picked me up and went to take me to bed, but I couldn't stop crying so she brought me into her room to sleep in her bed. A while later I calmed down and was just laying there watching the ceiling when I heard the noise by the bedroom door. Becky was upstairs, and she was standing there. I waved at her and whispered 'I'm sorry.' Becky said 'I hate you', and walked out of the room. I never saw her again after that. I've tried Googling deaths in that area or asking around, but nobody knows anything, so it was interesting. I talked to my mom about it when I was older, and she said she was very alarmed because I was so adamant to go to this party, even though it wasn't real."



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Fri, 07 Apr 2017 08:27:37 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/adults-describe-their-creepy-imaginary-friends/amandasedlakhevener
<![CDATA[Fatal Freak Accidents That Befell People In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-freak-accidents/harrison-tenpas

One of the few certainties in life is that one day it will come to an end. The Grim Reaper finds each one of us eventually, and all we can really do is hope it's a peaceful experience at the end of a long life. As we go about our daily lives, however, the specter of death looms everywhere, and if the Final Destination film franchise taught us anything, it's that pretty much anything can be a death trap with a little imagination. 

This list explores the most random, freak accident deaths on record. The poor folks described here had no idea that when they left their homes that fateful day they would meet their deaths in some of the weirdest ways possible. As it turns out, you're really not safe anywhere, and destiny can get far more darkly creative than any horror film. The stories of these people killed in freak accidents will make you think twice before getting out of bed tomorrow.


Fatal Freak Accidents That Befell People In The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time,

A Famous Dancer Was Done In By Her Own Scarf

Isadora Duncan was an American expatriate living in Paris, France, who in 1927 met a breathtakingly tragic demise. A San Francisco native, Duncan had gone to the French city - then the cultural capital of the world - to further her career as a dancer. Her eccentric, bohemian style of choreography garnered praise, and she earned fame throughout Europe.

A devoted communist, Duncan frequently donned a very long red scarf to show her support for the party. On a September evening while visiting the city of Nice, however, that accessory would claim her life in an unthinkable automobile accident. Riding as a passenger in her newly purchased convertible sports car, her scarf got caught in the vehicle's wheel well, which ripped her from the vehicle and threw her to the pavement, killing her instantly. 


A Man Shot A Cactus And Landed In Prickly Peril

The saguaro is a species of cactus that can grow to be an imposing 70 feet in height. These statuesque green monuments dot the American Southwest, and while they sport some rather prickly needles, they aren't generally perceived as deadly in an ecosystem that also boasts rattlesnakes and scorpions. In 1982, however, one Arizona man found out the hard way that a saguaro can claim one's life in the desert just the same.

David Grundman and a friend were exploring the desert near Lake Pleasant one afternoon, where, likely in a fit of boredom, the two were looking for things to shoot with a shotgun. The saguaros of the area made apt targets for the would-be marksmen, and their first victim, a mere 10-footer, went down with ease. It was the second, however, a 27-foot cactus, that fought back. After blasting the saguaro from just a few yards out, a large, heavy arm fell on Grundmen and crushed him to death, proving yet again that Mother Nature always wins. 


A Novelty Beard Brought A Death That Was Weird

Lamentably, really long beards have become a fashionable facial accessory, but the story of Hans Steininger should provide a cautionary tale that may have rustic types reaching for their Gillettes.

Steininger, who lived in Braunau am inn, Austria, was a bit of a local celebrity in the 1500s for having the longest recorded beard in history. Typically, Steininger kept his absurd growth rolled up in a leather pouch, as it naturally got in the way of every day tasks, but one day he neglected to do so, and while fleeing from a house fire, he tripped on his beard and snapped his neck, dying instantaneously. 

For the avid fans of historical facial hair (and who among us isn't?), Steininger's 447-year-old beard is kept on display at the Braunau am inn town museum.


A PE Teacher Got An Up-Close Look At The Business End Of A Javelin

There are fewer more deadly pieces of sports equipment than the javelin. The track and field object is long, heavy, and sharp, so stories of it causing injury from time to time are not that surprising. Death by javelin, however, is a bit more difficult to achieve - that is, unless that javelin passes through the last place you would ever want it to on your body (no, not there - get your mind out of the gutter).

A P.E. teacher in Liverpool, England, got an extreme close-up of a javelin in 1999, and it ultimately took his life. Walking to retrieve the object, which was lodged in the ground and standing upright, 41-year-old Jon Desborough lost his footing and fell on the pole, which jammed right into his eye socket. Desborough passed away after a month-long coma stemming from the accident.


A Flying Fire Hydrant Nailed A Man In The Head

In 2007, an Oakland, California, man was enjoying a casual stroll with his wife when he met his untimely end in what authorities would later describe as "a million-to-one chance." 24-year-old Humberto Hernandez was walking down the sidewalk when suddenly an S.U.V. struck a fire hydrant behind him. The impact of the collision dislodged the 200-pound iron object and sent it hurdling through the air, right into the back of Hernandez's head. The tremendously heavy fire hydrant was traveling with such velocity that it ricocheted off the man, went through a fence, and landed 20 feet away. Hernandez tragically died on the scene. 


A Woman Was Killed By A Slippery Floor And An Open Dishwasher

Ah, that valuable kitchen asset we all know and love: the dishwasher. Say what you want about the printing press or penicillin, but the advent of the dishwasher might be mankind's greatest achievement. Think about it all the disadvantages of doing dishes by hand: you get gross wet food on you, your hands get crinkly and waterlogged, it takes way too long, and more. With all that in mind, the dishwasher is truly a beautiful machine. That is, until that machine acquires a taste for blood.  

In May 2003, a UK woman died in a truly bizarre kitchen accident. 31-year-old Jane McDonald was visiting a friend and milling around in her kitchen, when she lost her balance and slipped on a wet floor. Unfortunately for McDonald, her fall was broken by an open dishwasher door that had several knives in it, pointing upward. She was stabbed on impact, and though she was rushed to a nearby hospital, she died shortly thereafter.

 


A Football Fan Got Hit By A Flying Lawnmower

Being a New York Jets fan is a pretty undesirable lot in life, but even those who claim that unfortunate allegiance don't expect to meet a brutal, freak death while in the stands. In December 1979, however, 20-year-old John Bowen got just that when a halftime exhibition went horribly wrong.

Sitting in the lower stands of Shea Stadium, Bowen was taking in a halftime show that involved a demonstration with various novelty-shaped remote control aircraft (similar to modern drones). One such plane was a 40-pound swirling piece of metal in the shape of a lawnmower. The pilot lost control of this uniquely not aerodynamic object, sending it hurdling into the stands.

On the receiving end of this flying, grass-cutting nightmare was Bowen, who was struck in the head and later died from an accident that witnesses described as similar to being attacked by an axe. 


Eight People Were Washed Away In A Deadly Tidal Wave Of Beer

Alcohol has certainly claimed a lot of human lives. Be it the result of drinking one's self to death, or a fatal drunk driving accident, drinking liquor is known for life-threatening risks. The phrase "drowning in alcohol," however, is typically a figurative one used to describe the detrimental effects of drinking - not, you know, literally drowning. Believe it or not, though, it has indeed happened. 

On October 17, 1814, a particular boozy disaster occurred on the streets of London. A three-story vat containing 570 tons of beer burst and released a tidal wave of suds from the brewery that housed it. The surging current of porter laid waste to what was in its immediate path, and killed eight people in the poverty-stricken tenements it consumed. 


A Woman Got Crushed To Death By A Taco Bell Sign

Taco Bell is a culinary experience that's best reserved for late night drive-through trips after an evening of similarly regrettable decisions, and as such, it's a pretty embarrassing place to die. In the case of 49-year-old Diana Durre, who happened to pass away while answering the call of the border, she wasn't even eating there when it happened, which somehow makes it even worse. 

The Chambers, Nebraska, woman was meeting a couple from neighboring Wyoming at the fast food chain to sell them a dog when an unthinkable accident occurred. While waiting under a massive 65-foot sign - the kind you can see from far out on the highway - the huge structure suddenly toppled, landing square on the cab of Durre's pick-up truck. The crushing impact killed Durre at the scene. 


19 People Died In A Panic Over A Crocodile On A Plane

Airplane travel comes with some surefire annoyances - cramped quarters, screaming children, the occasional barking dog - but an escaped crocodile is a pretty inventive problem to face while cruising at 20,000 feet.

In June 2014, 19 people died when a small plane went down during a routine flight over the Congo. The lone survivor of the crash described the events that led to the plane's fall from the sky, and it's one of the more uniquely strange stories in aviation history. Apparently, a passenger had boarded the aircraft with a crocodile in tow, and somehow the reptile got loose during the flight. As the passengers and crew justifiably panicked, their shifting weight led to the plane's engines stalling, ultimately bringing it down in a fiery wreck. Think about that next you're irritated by a toddler kicking the back of your seat.



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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:59:38 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-freak-accidents/harrison-tenpas
<![CDATA[23 People Describe Cringeworthy Tales Of Spoiled Rotten Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-spoiled-rotten-kids/lea-rose-emery

Spoiled behavior coming from a rotten kid feels definitely ranks as one of the most horrible things you can witness in public. When you see a child giving their parents a ridiculously hard time and they give in to their kid, you realize right then where the rich kids of Instagram were birthed from. It makes you wonder how many spoiled brat stories the enabling parents of the world have in their arsenals, and how they let their kids get that way. But at some point, the kids in these spoiled stories take over as the true villains, showing their true colors for all to see.

The folks of Reddit joined together to share their best spoiled brat stories and there are some whoppers in here. It goes way beyond a kid crying because they want some candy; they may have to do the chores themselves, or they're so over the island their parents took them to on vacation. You'll be glad you learned the power of a hard day's work and really, really wish these kids knew the value of a dollar. Or, in the case of one of them, at least the cost of a d*mn ice cream cone. 


23 People Describe Cringeworthy Tales Of Spoiled Rotten Kids,

I Won't Grow Up

From littleoctagon:

"My now-deceased uncle was married to a woman who adopted a baby boy. She changed his diapers, until he was six-or-seven-years-old. No, he was not developmentally disabled, she just did everything for him."


22-Year-Old Brat

From hgolinowski:

My sister refuses to look for a job and as a result moves back home. She uses my parents vehicle to drive around with her boyfriend and go to parties and sh*t. One day there's a family emergency and the car is not in the driveway for her to use. She throws a tantrum, trashes the house, and runs away with her boyfriend. By the way, my sister is 22-years-old."


Some Motivation

From gingersquad:

"Back in college a girl did quite literally nothing for an entire semester. She got a 0.0 GPA. She got kicked out and went to the community college nearby. Her dad bought her a new Jaguar to 'motivate her.'"


What A Lame Island

From somepeoplewait:

"My friend is a middle-school teacher in a pretty wealthy area. Kids got back from summer break, he asked them how their vacations were. One kid said, 'Lame. We spent two weeks on our island. It's so boring there!'

Though at that age, you kind of just have to feel sorry for the kid. They don't know any better."


It Must Have Been A Good Movie

From Felicity_Badporn:

"When I delivered pizza in a wealthy area I had the following incident. I got the house (big, fancy, etc) I ring the doorbell and no one answers. I knock in case it's broken, still no answer. I call the house, no answer.

As I'm about to call my boss and tell him what's going on, my phone rings and its some lady who reveals herself to be the mother of the kid who ordered the pizza and she said he'd be right to the door in a moment. So I'm waiting for another five minutes, and flying down the street and into the driveway comes a Mercedes G class. A woman frantically gets out pays me (doesn't tip) and apologizes that she couldn't get her son to 'come up from the basement because he's watching a movie' so this idiot woman let her c*nt son do that and she drove all the way from work back to her house to answer her own door and bring this brat his pizza and breadsticks."


How Dare Her Parents

From skizophrenic:

"Went to school with a girl who got a 2012 BMW and literally cried and cussed out her parents because she didn't get a 2015." 


No Civic Here

From banterbandit:

"I knew one wealthy girl whose parents offered to buy her a car when she turned 16. They told her they would buy her a new Honda Civic, manual transmission, so that she had a safe reliable car to get to school and all her extra curriculars, and so she would learn to drive stick. In return she would have to drive her younger siblings around and help run some errands that required a car. They took her to the dealership, and she threw a tantrum in the car dealership, demanding a BMW like her mom drove. Crying, screaming, until her parents (who seemed reasonable up until this point) gave in and bought her one. Also she never drove her siblings around or helped with anything."


It Doesn't Stop

From cupofbutterman:

"My employer's two sons have everything paid for so they never have to worry about cost. They both have everything they want and need. One of them likes expensive shiny things and he's always thrown fits until he got what he wanted from what his dad told me. For Christmas, he wanted a $1200 55" Samsung curved tv, even after his dad stated that his budget is $1000 for each. He threw fits and got mad at his dad and his dad, being the wimp he is, apologized and ended up buying it for him anyway. The son is 21-years-old."


The Spoiled Sociopath

From BetterOffCloudy:

"I was on a school bus as a senior. As we stopped at a house, there was a dead dog by the road. The little girl getting off said to her friend who pointed it out 'oh yeah we got him this weekend. My dad will just get me another one, so it doesn't matter.'" 


Fair Is Fair

From bangersnmash13:

"Friend of mine saved up for an iPod when they first came out. Literally saved for a year to get one. His mom took him and his sister to the mall so he can purchase his. His sister started throwing a tantrum because she didn't have one now. Their Mom got so fed up with her about it she bought the sister one to just shut her up."



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Tue, 07 Feb 2017 09:09:57 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/true-stories-of-spoiled-rotten-kids/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[11 People Who Mysteriously Vanished From Cruise Ships]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cruise-ship-disappearances/juliet-bennett-rylah

Cruises are supposed to be happy, carefree moments of maritime bliss; what could go wrong on a vacation on the sea? In reality, there have been a shocking number of cruise ship disappearances, and over 165 people have gone missing since 1995. Cruise ships traverse the vast oceans and often maintain entertainment options into the wee hours of the night, and there's certainly no shortage of libations flowing for those onboard. Some passengers have fallen overboard, while other guests have disappeared via more mysterious means.

Investigations into such disappearances can often be inconclusive, as missing passengers are frequently never found, dead or alive. And while security footage can sometimes provide clues, some videos have produced more questions than they have answered. For that reason, the families of many cruise ship victims have written about their tragic experiences in an attempt to increase awareness about cruise ship safety. 


11 People Who Mysteriously Vanished From Cruise Ships,

Micki Kanesaki Was Allegedly Murdered By Her Ex

A convoluted case surrounded the alleged murder of Micki Kanesaki, 52, who disappeared from a Mediterranean cruise in 2006. Kanesaki went on the cruise with her ex-husband, California lawyer Lonnie Kocontes (pictured above), 48. At about 1 am, ship officials say she left her cabin to fetch a cup of tea. Her ex later woke up to find her missing. 

Kanesaki's body was discovered days later on the shores of Calabria. Kocontes indicated that Kanesaki, who had been his second wife, may have been suicidal, though her family refuted those claims. For years, Kanesaki's death went unsolved. Kocontes remarried a third, then a fourth time. 

In 2013, Kocontes was arrested for Kanesaki's murder. Prosecutors alleged that he had strangled her and tossed her overboard. Kocontes's third wife, who had testified on his behalf during initial investigations in 2006, did a 180 in 2013, telling officials that Kocontes had killed Kanesaki. His motive, prosecutors allege, had been to inherit Kanesaki's estate. 


Christopher Caldwell Disappeared While On A Trip With His Betrothed

Christopher Caldwell, 36, disappeared from a Carnival Cruise ship headed from Miami Florida, to Cozumel, Mexico, in July of 2004. Caldwell had gone on the cruise with his betrothed.

According to a letter written by Caldwell's family as posted on International Cruise Victims, Caldwell and his fiancée had dinner and drinks before his fiancée decided to turn in, and Caldwell decided to visit the ship casino alone. When Caldwell's fiancée awoke in the morning, she found that Caldwell had never returned. 

Caldwell was last spotted on the ship's deck, talking on the phone. The bartender who saw him said he seemed extremely intoxicated. No one knows what happened next, though it is suspected that Caldwell toppled overboard. 


Russel Terence Rebello Died A Hero

Russel Terence Rebello, 33, died a hero. He was a crew member aboard the Costa Concordia, which crashed into a reef and capsized in January of 2012 off Giglio Island, Italy. A total of 32 people were killed in the wreck, and Rebello stayed aboard to help other passengers get off, giving one of them his lifejacket. 

For months, it was not clear what happened to Rebello. The grim conclusion to the mystery came three years later when Rebello's body was found, still on the ship.


Hue Pham And Hue Tran Vanished While Celebrating Their 50th Anniversary

Hue Pham, 70, and Hue Tran, 65, went missing while on a Carnival Cruise ship heading from Barbados to Aruba in May of 2005. The couple had gone on the cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. They were traveling with their daughter and granddaughter. 

The couple vanished from the ship, leaving behind only their shoes as a clue, which were found on the ship's deck. Though some have speculated the couple committed suicide, their son, Michael Pham, doesn't buy it. He said they were happy and had been planning a trip to Vietnam to see relatives. 


A Mysterious Photo Might Point To What Happened To Amy Lynn Bradley

The disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley is a very bizarre story. Bradley was a 23-year-old woman from Virginia who went missing while on a Royal Caribbean International cruise with her family in March of 1998. On the evening she disappeared, Bradley was hanging out at a club on the ship. She shared a drink with members of the house band after their set, then went off on her own at about 1 am, according to one of the bandmates. Bradley was later spotted by her father at about 5:30 am, and he said she was asleep on the balcony of their cabin. But by 6 am, Bradley had vanished. At the time of her disappearance, the ship had been headed from Aruba to Curaçao, Antilles. The ship docked as the search for Bradley began. A pair of tourists claimed to have seen Bradley in Curaçao, saying they recognized her tattoos, yet Bradley remained missing. 

In 1999, a Navy man claimed to have encountered her in a brothel. He said she told him her name and asked for help, saying she was being held captive there. In 2005, someone said they saw Bradley in Barbados. On an episode of Dr. Phil, Bradley's parents said they had been sent a photo of a woman that could have been Bradley via an anonymous sender. In the photo, the woman is scantily dressed, which adds fuel to the theory that Bradley was kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. 


Fariba Amani Disappeared While On A Cruise With Her Boyfriend

Fariba Amani, a 47-year-old Vancouver, Canada, woman, vanished in February of 2012. She was on a Bahamas Celebration cruise with her boyfriend of eight months at the time, 46-year-old Ramiz Golshani. 

Golshani said he last saw Amani at the ship's gift shop at about 1 am before heading to the casino alone. When he returned to their cabin, she was not there, and he went to sleep. In the morning, at about 7 am, he awoke and looked for her. After an hour, he told the ship's crew that he could not locate his companion. They, too, searched for Amani, but she was never seen again.

Amani’s sister said that her sister's relationship was troubled and that Amani even once considered hiring a private investigator to see if Golshani was cheating on her. However, there is no concrete evidence to suggest foul play was involved in Golshani's disappearance, and what truly happened to her remains a mystery. 


Merrian Carver Disappeared On An Alaskan Cruise

Merrian Carver, 40, disappeared from a Celebrity Cruises ship in August of 2004. 

Carver had gone on the trip alone and disappeared on only the second day of a seven-day Alaskan tour. Though one of the crew members reported that Carver seemed to be missing, the ship failed to respond. When they found Carver's belongings still in her cabin after the cruise had ended, they simply donated them to charity. They never reported her disappearance to police. It was Carver's family who filed a missing persons report after not hearing from her for days. They were not even aware at the time of the filing that Carver had gone on a cruise. 

Royal Caribbean, who owns Celebrity Cruises, ruled the disappearance a suicide, but without a proper investigation, Carver's family will never know. 


Rebecca Coriam Was A Disney Cruise Employee Who Vanished At Sea

Rebecca Coriam, 24, was an employee on the Disney Wonder cruise ship. She disappeared on May 22, 2011 as the ship was sailing off the coast of Mexico. She was spotted on surveillance video talking on one of the ship’s internal phones and appeared upset. Another passenger approached her and asked her if she was okay, to which she appeared to say yes. She then hung up and walked away. 

The most common theories are that she was swept overboard while at the crew pool, or that she jumped or fell from Deck 5. Yet no theory is particularly compelling, and what truly happened remains a mystery. Some say one of her sandals was found near the crew pool, and a rough-enough sea could have swept her overboard despite its high walls. Others say she was in a turbulent relationship and could have been upset, yet her family states that she would have never willingly gone overboard. Even authorities clash over what really happened to Rebecca Coriam, with some stating it was a simple, yet tragic case of someone slipping overboard and others alleging foul play.


Annette Mizener Won A Cruise, Then Disappeared

Annette Mizener, 37, won a Carnival cruise to the Mexican Riviera in December of 2004. She took her parents and her teenage daughter along for the trip. 

On the night of her disappearance, she sang karaoke with her daughter, then hit the casino. Her parents quickly became concerned when Mizener did not show up to play Bingo with them as scheduled later that evening. 

Mizener's purse was discovered on one of the ship's lower decks, near a railing, leading many to believe she somehow fell or was pushed overboard. Yet an extensive search conducted by the Coast Guard and the Navy failed to find any trace of Mizener, and the FBI's investigation was inconclusive. The only camera that might have caught what happened was blocked by a map of the ship.


George Allen Smith IV Disappeared On His Honeymoon

George Smith disappeared from the MS Brilliance of the Seas in July of 2005. He and his new bride, Jennifer, were on a two-week Mediterranean honeymoon cruise and were headed from Greece to Turkey. It is believed that Smith went overboard, but how that happened is a mystery.

The Smiths had dinner before engaging in a long night of drinking. Both were reported to have been very, very drunk. The Smiths' on-ship neighbor said he later heard loud talking, an argument, and a thud coming from the Smiths' cabin. Blood was later found on the canopy beneath the cabin, indicating that Smith had fallen or had been pushed. Jennifer was not with Smith when he went missing. She had wandered off elsewhere and passed out in a hallway. She was woken up and led back to her cabin by crew members in the morning, where neither she nor the crew members noticed anything amiss. Jennifer slept three hours before heading to a massage appointment. She claims to not remember much of the night prior, and to this day, no one admits to knowing what happened to Smith. Some believe he was shoved overboard by men he encountered at the casino, while others believe, in his state of intoxication, he became disoriented and fell.



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<![CDATA[The True Stories Behind Well-Known Scenes of Movie Violence]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/movie-violence-true-stories/lisa-a-flowers

Classic scenes of movie violence often have interesting back stories (and, in some cases, interesting hack stories. As in cleavers). To be sure, artistic license helps itself to varying degrees of influence: Martin Scorsese, for example, is famous for basing his films on real crimes (and for depicting said crimes more or less exactly as they happened). Others, like Peter Jackson (who directed Heavenly Creatures), chose to add idiosyncratic, poetic, and even romantic flourishes to famously bloody scandals.

Then you have filmmakers like the creators of the Child's Play series, who opt to base their movies on IRL murders committed by toys; because, when human influence runs out, dolls are always at the ready. And if you think that's made up to lead you on, you need to read these true stories behind classic scenes of movie violence. Below are films (both darkly hilarious and heartbreaking ones) that made the most of true crime inspiration. 


The True Stories Behind Well-Known Scenes of Movie Violence,

Snatch

Unlike the other entries on this list, this is a case of life imitating art. Snatch's pig-feeding/corpse disposal scene is legendary. In 2013, mobster Simone Pepe, who an article in the Daily Mail describes as "a member of the ’Ndrangheta crime family, which holds a fierce grip on the southern Italian region of Calabria," decided to take that particular method off the screen and into the streets (or pig pens, as it were).

Rumor has it mob-rival Francesco Raccosta was "beaten with iron bars before being thrown screaming into a sty, where he was swiftly eaten by the hungry animals" ... a fate that provides the non-murdering layperson an opportunity to learn some disturbing facts about their daily bacon. According to this illuminating piece on Inverse, "14 lactating sows can disappear a [dismembered] grown man in an hour or two."

But remember the stern cautions of Snatch's Brick Top: “You gotta shave the heads of your victims, and pull the teeth out for the sake of the piggies’ digestion. You could do this afterwards, of course, but you don’t want to go sievin’ through pig sh*t, now do you?” 

No wonder Jules in Pulp Fiction just didn't dig on swine.


Badlands

Terence Malick's first feature, Badlands, is known for putting its young stars Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen on the map. The movie is based on the crimes of one of America's most notorious (and most cinematically poeticized) serial killers, Charles Starkweather, who murdered 11 people over a one-year period, with teenage sweetheart, Caril Ann Fugate, in tow. Badlands's Lolitaesque beginning (Sheen first glimpses freckle-faced Spacek twirling her baton) stand in stark contrast to the brutal, dreamy tone of the rest of the film.

Malick made some puzzling departures from the actual events. In the film, Sheen kills Fugate's father, who's depicted as being an unsympathetic monster who brutally shoots the family dog. In real life, Starkweather senselessly murdered both of Fugate's parents, and her two-year-old sister by strangling and stabbing her. The rest of the killings are shown in more or less accurate detail. 

The film has gone on to inspire many artists, including Bruce Springsteen, whose 1982 masterpiece Nebraska takes its title track from Fugate and Starkweather's relationship. You can also see Malick's influence in films like 1993's Kalifornia, which stars Juliette Lewis as Adele Corners, an along-for-the-ride innocent dominated by her psychopathic, murderous boyfriend (Brad Pitt).


Boys Don't Cry

Kimberley Pierce's heartbreaking, unforgettable debut film, Boys Don't Cry, helped bring the tragedy of transgender teen Teena Brandon (AKA Brandon Teena's) 1993 murder to the public consciousness. It also helped catapult its leading actor, Hillary Swank, to fame.

Set in a bleak, futureless Nebraska sh*thole, the film chronicles the last months of Brandon's life, from his passionate romance with a beautiful, hard-partying, angelic girlfriend (played to perfection by Chloe Sevigny) to his slaughter at the hands of two psychotic homophobes.

As disturbing as the film is, the reality is even more so. Three people were killed in the actual crime, all of them murdered in front of a young child. Tisdel, Brandon's girlfriend, is seen lovingly defending Teena until the end in the film. In reality, the murderers alleged she was outside waiting in a car while the murders went down, and had no interest in helping anyone. Still, the movie remains a great achievement, and its scenes of violence, which are meant to showcase the despicable nature of what happened, pull no punches despite their omissions.


Casino

Joe Pesci getting pissed and stabbing somebody in the throat with a pen, Joe Pesci putting a cheating gambler's head in a vice and popping his eyeballs out, Joe Pesci beating a Blackjack dealer with a casino security phone: Martin Scorsese's favorite sidekick brings it on home yet again, this time as Casino's Nicky Santoro, AKA real life mobster Anthony Spilotro.

According to Chasing the Frog, a site dedicated to extensively detailing the true stories and real people behind movie plots and characters, Spilotoro really did put someone's head in a vice, he really was banned from every casino in Vegas, and he really was beaten to death (not in a cornfield, as depicted in the film, but in a basement; his corpse was subsequently dumped in a cornfield).

In other words, in Casino (a masterpiece of a mob film if there ever was one), the factual apples (or heads) didn't roll far from the fictional tree.


Child's Play

Whoulda thunk? Child Play's homicidal, sh*t-talkin' Chucky is based on an IRL murdering doll. According to iHorror, "Robert," the childhood doll of artist Robert Eugene Otto (whose name, poor thing, sounds like that of a serial killer) was real. Reports state:

"Much like Chucky, Robert is said to have the ability to speak, and Eugene’s parents would often hear him having conversations with the doll, up in his bedroom. They would hear their son talking to the doll and then also hear responses back, in a completely different voice than Eugene’s."

Neighbors and friends also reported that "Eugene’s parents were quite often awoken in the night by the sound of their son screaming bloody murder, and Robert was always found at his bedside, taking the blame for knocked over furniture and other devilish deeds."

So there you have it: don't f*ck with your son's doll (whom you can see here). Or even allow the doll to go on existing, if you can help it. (We all remember what happened when Telly Savalas tried to destroy Talky Tina in that episode of The Twilight Zone).


Heavenly Creatures

Based on the notorious 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case, Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures is an enchanting, visually ravishing story of innocence gone wrong. But its real-life inspiration was far more diabolical. The movie, which marked the film debut of actors Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey, tells the story of best friends Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who bludgeoned Parker's mother to death. Their motive was "liberation" from the elder Miss Parker, who refused to let her daughter accompany Hulme and her family to South Africa, where they were moving (very much against Hulme's will). 

Too young for the death penalty (both were 15 at the time), the girls were imprisoned for five years each; legend has it they never met again. Their obsessive friendship, which was informed by a vividly imaginative fantasy world, was brilliantly chronicled in Jackson's film, 99% of which plays like an adventure story. But, in the end, the director doesn't hesitate to show the actual horror of the crime, blow by blow and splatter by splatter.

Hulme later changed her name, and is now well known as detective novel writer Anne Perry. Make of that what you will.


Monster

Patty Jenkins's Monster chronicles the life of serial killer Aileen Wuornos. The picture galvanized audiences and established star Charlize Theron as one of the most magnificent actresses as all time. Indeed, Theron's veritable channeling of Wuornos, which Roger Ebert rightfully called one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema, left no stone unturned and no act of vengeance undocumented. 

Many believe Wuornos, a prostitute, was a misunderstood vigilante who did the world a favor by ridding it of at least some predators (her first victim, IRL, was in fact a convicted rapist whom she claimed had attacked her). Whatever the truth, Jenkins's film did not flinch from showing both the violence done to Wuornos and the violence she did to (sometimes) innocent people, and the effect is unforgettable.


Isadora (1968) - The Scarf Scene

"Love, love, the low smokes roll from me like Isadora's scarves/I'm in a fright/one scarf will catch and anchor in the wheel," Sylvia Plath wrote in her iconic poem Fever 103. She was referring to the real death of groundbreaking dancer Isadora Duncan, who perished when her scarf got caught in the spokes of a car she was riding in.

Karel Reisz's 1968 biopic Isadora, filmed in a beautifully understated, yet vivid, style that helped usher in the aesthetics of 1970s cinema, stars Vanessa Redgrave as Duncan. Redgrave brings an intense and seemingly unstoppable vitality to the role, which makes the film's final scene, in which Isadora abruptly breaks her neck before a cut to black, all the more ghoulish and shocking.


Goodfellas (1990) - The Rampages Of Thomas DeSimone (Joe Pesci)

Joe Pesci getting pissed because someone thinks he's funny, Joe Pesci borrowing a butcher knife from his mother so he can hack up the "deer" he hit on the road (i.e. the wiseguy he just whacked), Joe Pesci blowing away a bartender he doesn't like - the merriment never lets up in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas. And Pesci, as IRL gangster Tommy De Simone, is the life of the party. 

According to an extensive piece in Den of Geek examining the real people behind the characters in film, 

"Tommy was an associate of New York’s Lucchese family, and his two brothers were associates of the Gambino family. [He was] was married to Angelica 'Cookie' Spione; her brother was gangster Joe 'The Barber' Spione  ...who Tommy killed. Tommy carried his his gun in a brown paper bag on hijackings."

Goodfellas's famous deer scene (above) was apparently based on an actual event. Legend has it Tommy killed gangster William 'Billy Batts' Bentvena with a tire iron and stopped at his mom's house on the way to the local dog kennel, where he disposed of the corpse (he was buried under the kennel, not eaten by the dogs). Whether he borrowed a piece of cutlery from his elderly mother is anyone's guess.


Mommie Dearest (1981) - The (Alleged) Child-Beating Insanity Of Joan Crawford

"NO WIRE HANGERS!"

Who hasn't relished the drama, camp, and ghoulish makeup of Mommie Dearest? The film, based on the memoirs of Joan Crawford's adopted daughter Christina, turned the accusation that Crawford was a child-abusing psychopath into cult classic gold rather than revelatory tragedy.

Whether the scene involves Joan hysterically hacking off her daughter's hair after she catches her trying on her makeup, beating her daughter with hangers (melting cold cream and smeared Joker-lipstick in full regalia), or trying to strangle her daughter on the marble floor of her mansion, the action never lets up.

Many Joan aficionados claim Christina is full of sh*t, and the rampages depicted never happened. There's no way to verify whether the film's events are based on real life or not; it's ultimately mother's word against daughter's. One thing is for sure, though: Faye Dunaway is absolutely fabulous in the lead role. 



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<![CDATA[18 Insane Brawls That Broke Out At Wedding Receptions]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wedding-brawls/jacob-shelton

On the one hand, weddings are great. It’s always special when two people fall in love and want to tell all of their friends about it in a communal space and then feed them. But also – barring some massive wedding fail – if you’ve seen one wedding, you’ve seen them all. Sometimes you need a good wedding brawl to spice things up. Wedding fights are bound to happen in at least one-out-of-every-three receptions. Everyone is wearing uncomfortable clothes; they’re probably drunk; and more than likely, someone is regretting a huge life decision, and they want to punch away their frustration. The following wedding horror stories all feature some good, old-fashioned punch ups between brides, grooms, and the entire wedding party.

There are some instances where you’re more likely to see wedding reception fights than others. Is the bride’s ex-boyfriend in attendance? If so, you will be seeing a fight. Does the groom hate the bride’s mother? If so, a fight in wedding minute one is inevitable. The wedding fails that follow aren’t simply wedding scuffles; they’re knock-down, drag-out, neck-stabbing wedding brawls that people were lucky to survive. If you’re gearing up for wedding season, make sure you read this as a what not to do before putting on your tux or bridesmaid dress.  


18 Insane Brawls That Broke Out At Wedding Receptions,

Philly Keeps Their Vibe Alive At A Wedding

In 2016, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, wedding reception kept its reputation solid when 34-year-old Joseph Mooney and a 17-year-old boy assaulted a police officer at a wedding in the Hilton Garden Inn. According to the police, "20 or 30" wedding attendees were already going HAM and beating each other up when the cops arrived and tried to break up the fight. Authorities said that one officer got caught up in the fray and was almost beaten to death after he fell. 


Buffet Fight Leads To A Broken Nose

Dear everyone that's attending a wedding in the upcoming months and years, there's always enough food at the buffet. Always, always, always. At a wedding in Norfolk, England in 2013, a family brawl broke out over a piece of chicken at the buffet. The whole thing started when the best man pushed into the line for the buffet to get food for his son, and that move got on everyone's nerves to an extreme. The groom, Ben Smethurst, 26, said everything started at the buffet table when his brother reached over to get a piece of chicken, and the name calling started. He said: "Curt thought he was pushing in the queue, and called him "a fat c*nt." My brother just told him there was no need to use that sort of language. The fight got so intense that the bride's sister Krystel Coleman, 29, ended up with a broken nose and two black eyes.


Australian Wedding Is As Intense As You'd Think It Is

Australians are nuts, y'all (if you're from Australia, please don't throw a boomarang towards America because of this story), and the fight that broke out in the street outside a wedding is proof times a million. At about 12 am after a December wedding in 2016, about 25-30 people started beating on each other at a wedding reception at the Conca Do'Oro function centre outside Sydney, Australia. According to the police, a 22-year-old man was knocked unconscious and given heinous mouth and nasal injuries. Crikey. 


Bride's Ex Starts A Fight In The Craziest Way Ever

If you find out that your ex is getting married, and you have a photo of them in a compromising sexual position - delete it. Actually, you know what? Go back in time, and don't even take the photo because everyone involved is going to regret it. Case in point: at a wedding reception in Toronto, Ontario, a giant brawl broke out when the bride's ex-boyfriend placed photos of her mid blowjob on all of the tables. Yikes. According to someone on Twitter, the bride's brother thought it was one of the groomsmen, and things started popping off from there.


Meanwhile In Russia A Bride Is Slap Fighting Her Father-In-Law

Leave it to Russia to take the cake when it comes to wedding party brawls. In 2016, a bride to be known only as "Lena" made the odd decision of giving her in-laws the finger during the wedding reception, setting off a chain of events that she had to see coming. Not only did her father-in-law refer to her as a "freaking cow" and a "witch," but he also threatened to cut her finger off. On a recording of the fight, he can be heard saying, "[what] the heck is this? Put your middle finger on the plate and I cut it with a knife." What the heck indeed. The father-in-law and bride then got into a slap fight before she was dragged away to hopefully sober up. 


They Guy Who Chose His Mom Over His Bride At The Rehearsal Dinner

If you're going to get married, then you've got to make sure that you like your in-laws, because if you don't, you're going to end up in one of the strangest wedding brawls ever. A couple from Manhattan, New York who had been dating for three years got into a huge fight when their in-laws came to blows during the almost half-a-million-dollar pre-wedding party. Apparently, the fight happened, and the wedding was canceled when the bride to be, Amy Bzura, gave Bradley Moss the ultimatum that he had to choose between her and his mother, and he chose his mom.


The Wedding Party That Had To Be Downed With A Stun Gun

At a wedding in 2015 in Ontelaunee Township, Pennsylvania, police say that a royal rumble broke out after a 14-year-old boy got drunk at the reception, sparking a fuse that would ignite three different groups to start fighting each other. Out of all the fighters, the groom caught the worst heat because he challenged one of the officers who responded to the scene to a fight. After that, the cops showed up, and they allegedly had to take a guest down with a stun gun. Another caught the business end of a police baton, but no one was seriously injured. 


Turkish Wedding Ends With A Bang

In 2016, a big ol' fight broke out at a wedding reception in the Dilovasi district of the north-western Kocaeli Province of Turkey. After the guys who were fighting were kicked out of the wedding, the fight continued, and a man only identified as "O.K." got in his car and ran down the guys he was fighting at the wedding. Fortunately, most of the guys made it out of the incident unscathed, but one of the men reportedly suffered "permanent damage" to his face. 


It's Not A Wedding Until Someone Ends Up In The River

A wedding in Gloucestershire, England turned into a frat party when about 20 people started smashing into each other at a post-wedding reception at The Swan in Bibury. The Gloucestershire Police said, “[we] were told that one person had been knocked unconscious, furniture was being hurled about and someone had been thrown in the river." They also reported that guests were treated for head injuries and broken teeth. 


Food Fight Turns Into A Real Fight

In 2014, a wedding in Yorkshire, England devolved into total chaos after the drunken party guests started spraying each other with water guns and throwing pork pies at each other. Chris Sowden, one of the guys who runs the Harold Club (where the wedding was held) told The Telegraph, "[people] had been drinking since 2pm. Apparently there was some tension building for an hour or so before it happened. It all started with a water pistol then a pork pie got thrown. I've worked here for 14 years and I've never seen anything like it. We had to shut the bar at 7pm when it was supposed to be open until 11."



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<![CDATA[Horrible Things United Airlines Has Done To Passengers Flying The Friendly Skies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/united-airlines-passenger-abuses/jacob-shelton

There’s no rule that says corporations have to like their customers, but United Airlines puts all other companies to shame when it comes to client treatment. You don’t have to look very hard to discover multiple United Airlines scandals. The company can’t seem to avoid mistreating their customers and getting into hot water. From killing pets to forcibly removing paying passengers from planes, the horrible things United has done to passengers keep piling up.

Maybe some of these United Airlines incidents would be more understandable if the passengers in question were acting like jerks - but usually they weren't. The amount of United Airlines passenger abuse that’s occurred is as baffling as it is troubling. As if the stress of traveling and extra fees weren’t bad enough, you could be on the receiving end of one of these awful abuses from United.


Horrible Things United Airlines Has Done To Passengers Flying The Friendly Skies,

Baggage Handlers Played A Homophobic Prank On A Gay Couple

Christopher Bridgeman and his husband Martin Borge noticed something unusual when they retrieved their luggage from the baggage carousel after their United flight. In their lawsuit, the couple claimed that their luggage appeared with a purple dildo sticking out and covered with fecal matter. The airline’s attorney argued that United did not believe its employees were responsible for placing the sex toy.


Flight Attendants Left A Blind Woman Alone On A Plane

In May 2010, Jessica Cabot, who is blind, was taking a series of flights. On each flight, an attendant told her to wait for the rest of the passengers to disembark and then someone would help her off the plane. But on her final United flight, Cabot said that she heard the rest of the passengers leave. Then the aircraft door was sealed shut, "and then, just complete silence. And I started calling out with no response."

Cabot was stuck for 10 minutes until she was found by a maintenance crew that entered the aircraft. She was given a $250 travel voucher for her troubles.


Airport Security Forced A Customer Off A Plane

Arguably the worst move by United Airlines to date is the forcible removal of David Dao from one of their planes. Dao, a Kentucky physician, was dragged off a plane after a refusing to give up his seat in order to make room for United employees. Airport security physically, and violently, removed him. His face was bloodied in the incident.

To add insult to injury, after video of the assault surfaced, United CEO Oscar Munoz responded by releasing a statement on Twitter that read: "I apologize for having to re-accommodate those customers."


A Muslim Woman Was Denied A Soda Can Because She Could "Use It As A Weapon"

Tahera Ahmad, an associate chaplain at Northwestern University, was subjected to intense profiling on a United flight. Ahmad wrote on Facebook, "I am sitting on a United airlines flight in the air 30,000ft above and I am in tears of humiliation from discrimination. The flight attendant asked me what I would like to drink and I requested a can of diet coke [sic]. She brought me a can that was open so I requested an unopened can due to hygienic reasons."

The flight attendant refused, on the grounds that staff members weren't allowed to hand out anything that could be used as a weapon. But the argument fell flat when the attendant handed Ahmad's neighbor an unopened can of beer.


A Scorpion Stung A Passenger

In April 2017, Richard Bell was flying United to Calgary. Mid-flight, a scorpion fell from an overhead bin and stung him. According to United, airline crew immediately consulted a physician about Bell's injuries, and medical personnel met the plane when it touched down in Canada. The stings were not life-threatening.


Employees Killed A Golden Retriever

When a Michigan woman was moving from Detroit to Portland she decided to ship her golden retriever via United Airlines. After multiple delays, she was finally able to see her dog - but then he died a few hours later. Her vet determined the dog's cause of death to be a stomach flip, which occurs when blood flow is cut off to the internal organs. The illness is often caused by meal problems, stress, or both.

United claimed that the dog's death was the woman's fault for marking the pet's container as smaller than its actual dimensions, thus resulting in the delays and death.


A Captain Kicked An Autistic Girl Off A Plane

A teenage girl, Juliette Beegle, and her mother, Donna, were attempting to fly from Orlando to Portland, but they were removed from the United flight because the captain was uncomfortable with having an autistic child on the flight. According to Donna, Juliette wasn't having a great day and wanted to eat something, so they flagged a flight attendant down and were able to get a hot meal from first class. Then the captain got on the intercom and told passengers that they would be stopping in Salt Lake City to remove the girl and her mother from the flight.

Donna later wrote on Facebook, "The officer told us, ‘The captain is not comfortable flying to Portland with your daughter on the plane. You have to leave the plane.'"


Employees Broke A Cat's Paw

In 2016, a Redditor posted about a legal battle they were in with United Airlines. According to the author, someone at the airline had broken their cat's paw, and they had also refused to feed the cat or give it water.

The poster wrote: "United has refused to pay on the argument that I took 16 days to file a complaint and they aren't liable after 12. This is wrong as I emailed and called right after I got him him but wasn't given the official, not-listed-anywhere, complaint email until 16 days later after numerous emails and phone calls."


Girls Were Banned From A Flight For Wearing Leggings

In March 2017, a United Airlines gate agent barred two teenage girls from a flight for wearing leggings. A bystander says that the girls were finally able to board after changing into attire that the attendant deemed appropriate. She told the New York Times, "The girl pulled a dress on. But please keep in mind that the dad had on shorts that did not hit his knee - they stopped maybe two or three inches above his knee - and there was no issue with that."

United claimed that as "pass travelers," people who are traveling for free thanks to a family connection with the company, the girls were representing United and therefore had to dress in whatever way that the company thought best. As if that weren't enough bad press, whoever runs the United Twitter account started getting into fights with people online.

 


A Passenger Was Told He'd Be Handcuffed If He Didn't Give Up His Seat

Geoff Fearns, president of a lucrative investment firm, purchased a $1,000 first class ticket home from a conference in Hawaii. He boarded the plane without any issues and waited for take off. But as he was having a glass of juice, a flight attendant told Fearns that he had to give up his seat for a more important customer, and that if he didn't he would be handcuffed and forcibly removed.

Fearns was eventually moved back to economy, where he sat between a married couple who was fighting and refused to sit next to each other.



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Wed, 12 Apr 2017 05:19:55 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/united-airlines-passenger-abuses/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Terrifying Stories Of "Witch-Killing" In Papua New Guinea]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-and-stories-about-witch-killing-in-papua-new-guinea/jonathan-sherman

Papua New Guinea, one of the largest island nations in the world, is also one of the most culturally diverse places on earth. With hundreds of distinct languages across the island's many tribes, and as many, if not more distinct cultures, PNG is a testament to humanity's past and future. While Papua New Guinea continues to become an important member of the modern world and globalized economy, one barbaric ritual plagues its inhabitants across many of the island's villages and tribes.  

Episodes of witch-killing - that is, the vicious murders of women, and sometimes men and children, who are accused of sorcery - are reported often, with some believing the frequency and brutality is actually increasing. The details of the violence are truly harrowing. Learn about the horrifying trend that continues to spread across the island nation.


Terrifying Stories Of "Witch-Killing" In Papua New Guinea,

Women Are The Primary Targets

Women face the brunt of the vicious witch-killing in Papua New Guinea. Victims are often women without male relatives, or widows who have married into their husband’s village and then are left stranded after his death.

In 2013, 20-year-old mother Kepari Leniata was tortured and killed in her hometown of Mount Hagen in front of a mob that numbered in the hundreds. Leniata had been accused of killing a young local boy with sorcery, and as punishment, his relatives stripped her naked, covered her in gasoline, and burned her alive on a pile of trash. Since her death, Leniata's story - and the global outrage caused by her death - has been used as a rallying cry for those who are trying to fight violence against women across the globe.


Victims Are Often Blamed For The Deaths Of Villagers

A woman named Susan cared for her sick cousin, Elijah. Days before his death, Susan had gone to pray with him and to wash his swollen legs. Sadly, her love for her cousin was turned against her when she was blamed for his death.  When pressed about Elijah’s death, Susan responded by saying she believed in God and that her hands were clean. The interrogation saw this as a denial, and so the torture began.

They cut Susan’s ears, stripped her naked, put a rope around her neck, and dragged her along the village road. While being dragged, Susan called to a young man named Oku, who was leading the interrogation, “Why have you done this? My hands are clean.”

Eventually, Susan was dragged to a place where the group prepared a fire. They placed her on a pile of car tires, poured oil over her, and lit a match. While burning to death, Susan could be heard crying, “Oku, Oku, why are you doing this to me? In God’s name, my hands are clean. I am innocent.”

When the fire died down, onlookers took what remained of her body and burned it to dust.


Belief In Witchcraft Is Part Of PNG's Unique And Complicated Culture

Thanks to Papua New Guinea’s numerous mountain ranges and dense, nearly impenetrable jungles, an astounding approximately 850 unique languages separate the approximate 7.3 million people living in Papua New Guinea. Despite this, the word sanguma - meaning witchcraft - resonates across many of them.

In 2015, when a man living in the Simbu Province died, his wife Lucy was blamed. After all, she had been living with her husband in the Simbu Province, which many from the Enga Province (the man’s birthplace) believe to be the “home” of sanguma. Quickly, a witch-killing mob formed. The group threw Lucy in an empty house and locked her inside with no food or water. Lucy could be heard wailing inside the home for 14 days until her cries ceased. When Lucy was presumed dead, people opened the house and disposed of her body in a forest far away from the village. 


Men and Children Are Also Victimized

A 2014 murder was shocking not only for the number of victims (five men and two children), but for the number of people who were set to stand trial for the brutal killings - 122 people were called as defendants, though only 99 appeared in court.

The killers reportedly "painted their faces with black ashes, armed themselves with bush knives, bows and arrows, hunting spears, [and] home-made and factory-made shotguns."

They then “went on a rampage, destroying food gardens and setting alight about 62 houses.”

The mob killed the five men, shooting them with arrows and hacking them with machetes. The two boys (ages three and five) were killed by machetes as well.

All of the victims were suspected of sorcery, even the two young children, who were reportedly snatched from their mothers and killed right in front of them.


Social Media Spreads Terror And Outrage Around The World

Papua New Guinea is truly one of a kind. In 2011, the nation was listed as the 6th fastest growing economy in the world, but thanks to its extreme isolation for thousands of years, age-old customs remain. As a result of of globalization, members of witch-killing mobs have grown accustomed to posting videos of the brutal murders on social media. In 2015, a video was released of the brutal torture women who are accused of sorcery are subjected to. In other cases, the footage has been used to raise awareness, within PNG and across the world, of the terrifying crimes.

Four women from the Solomon Islands had been accused of causing a local man to fall ill. When the women claimed innocence, a group of men tied them up, sliced at them with bush knives, and burned them with hot iron bars. The video of their torture is profoundly difficult to watch. Following the incident, one of the women ran away, two stayed in the village, and one was killed.


PNG Had Laws That Acknowledged Sorcery Until 2013

While it has since been repealed, the infamous 1971 Sorcery Act criminalized the practice of sorcery and recognized sorcery as a defense in murder cases. While the Sorcery Act permitted the use of white magic, it criminalized the black arts.

In 2013, the Parliament of Papua New Guinea voted to repeal the act, and reinstated the death penalty in certain cases in an attempt to reduce the instances of witch-killing. The repeal was a definite step in the right direction, as all local and international organizations that deal with the issue cited the act as a way attackers legitimized their crimes.

In 2013, Helen Rumbali and three of her female relatives were dragged from their home to be tortured after being blamed for the death of a local man who had recently died of illness. The dead man’s grave reportedly bored the marks of black magic, and a swarm of fireflies supposedly lead villagers to Rumbali. Eventually, Rumbali’s relatives were released to police, but Rumbali was not so lucky. She was beheaded by members of her village.


Witch-Killing Isn't New, But The Situation May Be Getting Worse

In 2013, journalist Jo Chandler noted that while there is a history of witch-killing and belief in black arts in Papua New Guinea, the ways in which the accused were being killed had seemingly grown more barbaric over time. He wrote that while in the past, a “witch” might simply be pushed from a cliff, now torture, often brutal and hours-long, is the norm.

In one Highland community, a group of eight “witch hunters” have claimed to have tortured and killed 18 people between them. "A witch hunter just collects information from any village where there is a problem, and then we go in and collect those people who are suspected of being witches," said the leader of the group. "It is part of my culture, my tradition, it's my belief. I see myself as a guardian angel. We feel that we kill on good grounds and we're working for the good of the people in the village." 


The Frequency Of Witch Killings Is Staggering

The incidents are indeed horrific, and shockingly common. The UN has recently estimated that executing witches in Papua New Guinea occurs “on a weekly basis.” The PNG government has said that an estimated 150 people are killed each year in just one of its 20 provinces as a result of accusations of sorcery.


Often Witches Are Murdered So Others Can Steal Their Money Or Land

While the reasons for witch-killing are often reported as individuals suspected of “casting spells” on other members of their community, studies show that property disputes play a large role:

Our work in the highlands with the Human Rights Defenders Network revealed that while in some cases accusations of sorcery are passed from family to family for generations and driven by strong beliefs, other claims are fabricated for financial gain. Recent research by Oxfam found that in 2 in every 3 accusations resulting in a relocation, sorcery accusations were used as a means of repossessing wealth or resources such as land, houses, or businesses of the person accused.


Angry Mobs Can Keep Police From Stopping The Killings

In small villages and communities, where the belief in sanguma may be most culturally-embedded, the lack of access to justice outside of traditional courts is minimal. Policing Papua New Guinea witch murders is incredibly difficult, often made impossible by the witch-killing mobs that form.

In the case of Kepari Leniata, police and firefighters tried to save the young woman, who was burned alive on a pile of tires after the 20-year-old woman "confessed" under torture to killing a neighbor's six-year-old son. Their rescue attempts came up short, however, as the police were chased away by an overwhelming mob numbering in the hundreds.



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 05:55:06 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/facts-and-stories-about-witch-killing-in-papua-new-guinea/jonathan-sherman
<![CDATA[Diners Describe The Worst Service They've Ever Gotten At Restaurants]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-restaurant-service-stories/lea-rose-emery

When it comes to bad restaurant service, one normally thinks of waiting 20 minutes for someone to take your order, not stealing your credit card number or your car. But these Reddit restaurant stories show you just how bad things can get. Because, unless you've been really unlucky, you've probably never experienced the worst restaurant service up there. Scams, phlegm, frozen oranges - it's all there. Even getting a child drunk because, you know, that's a normal thing for a restaurant to decide to do. Given, much of the issues in food service come from customers not understanding the nature of the industry, but these instances defy all logical customer service.

These Reddit restaurant stories will put your dining in perspective - or make you never, ever want to eat out again. As these stories show, sticking to your local restaurant won't even help because management changes, and so does the establishment.


Diners Describe The Worst Service They've Ever Gotten At Restaurants,

A Hefty Tip

From iRedditAllB4

"A friend took me to drinks for my birthday. She paid with her credit card. Before we even left the lounge she was getting notifications from her credit card company about suspicious activity. Turns out the waitress was part of a team of scammers that would steal patrons cc info an immediately order things online. This one ordered an $1,800 television from Walmart. Crazy."


Orange Surprise

From HoneyMooh

"I was on a student trip to Barcelona with my class and two teachers. On the last day of the trip a couple of the girls and the teachers went out for dinner. We found a very small restaurant, that served a three-course meal very cheap. Perfect for young, poor students.

We were quickly seated in the completely empty restaurant, and ordered our food. About 30-45 minutes passed, when suddenly a scooter came in to the backroom (I had view into the backroom). The scooter was parked, and shortly after a 'ding' was heard. Out came our food - first, an appetizer of broth soup. Then 20-30 minutes more waiting, another scooter trip, more 'dings' and out came the main course: Boiled rice on half the plate, beef stew on the other. Definitely bought and thawed from a grocery store.

For dessert we had a choice of two things. A fruit plate or lemon pie. Being the cake-aholic that I am, I chose the pie - the rest chose fruit plate. I got a 'slightly burnt' lemon pie, but the fruit plate was a sight to behold. Out came the small, male waiter balancing seven plates each with an orange rolling around on it and a knife for each. And to top it off; the orange was frozen."


Was It Even A Restaurant?

From Foodstamp_:

"I went to a Mexican restaurant that was completely empty on a Saturday night. Highlights included:

-A clump of hair/dust in the salsa

-Music cranked up so loud that the water on the table rippled

-Empty dance floor, a DJ that came out, stared at us and counted to three in Spanish over and over again in a satanic voice

-A pretty okay enchilada...

-When attempting to pay with a credit card, making sure to get a signature because "the f*cking cops have been around"

-A toothless man wandering around near the cash register with a guitar just laughing and spouting nonsense

-A friend's report that there was a man most likely getting a blow job in the bathroom.

Apparently it was used to front a heroin ring. It was raided by swat two days after."


You're Not Leaving

From joozaff123

"I was once locked in an Italian restaurant in Amsterdam after trying to leave, about 50 minutes after ordering a pizza. About ten people came in after us, ordered, and were served, while we waited and waited and waited.

Eventually I decided that I'd had enough and made a move to leave. At that moment a crazy old Italian woman charged at me, blocking the path to the door, which she then locked. She began to scream at me, about two inches from my face. The other diners were horrified.

Three of her big ass sons then appeared from the kitchen. All very menacing. She threatened to call the police, which I insisted that she did. She didn't, instead choosing to berate me with a series of progressively aggressive, um, cultural statements.

I dug my heels in, refused to pay for the pizza that we'd never been given, and after about 15 minutes made a firm move back towards the door, which I managed to unlock. We were free.

Definitely the worst outcome to a bad case of the munchies that I've ever had..."


Divine Intervention

From LeepII

"Cockroaches fell out of the ceiling and onto our table while eating."


A Horrific Manager

From twistmental

"I was at an IHOP with my then fiancée having our usual Saturday IHOP treat meal. This location was one of the better ones in terms of food quality and service, so we always went there.

That particular day was different however...very different. We had ordered our regular meals (blueberry topped, stuffed crepes for me, and a bacon and ham scrambler for her), and shot the sh*t for a bit while waiting. Everything was great so far, then the food came.

My crepes were cooked badly and cold, her scrambler is not the right one and also cold. We complained, (politely mind you, we liked this place after all) and wrote it off as a new cook. When the food comes out I notice right away that my blueberries are missing and the food is cold again.

We tell the waitress who gets the manager, who apologizes profusely and goes into the kitchen. We were seated in such a way that we saw the cook when the manager opened the door, and I noticed two things right away.

1) The cook is indeed new

2) The cook clearly has a learning disability

The manager comes back to us and explains that the cook used to be the dishwasher but was shadowing one of the regular cooks and trying his best. The regular cook had called in sick that day leaving the special cook to fend for himself. The manager comped us and said that he tried to help but was to busy to constantly be back there. Then this happened.

The manager had one of the wait staff step in to cook while he brought the disabled guy to our table and had him tearfully apologize to us. That caused the manager to tear up as well as my SO. Then the manager fired the guy in front of us! We of course left pronto."


Totally Inappropriate Abuse Of Information

From Kindern

"I was eating with a female friend at a reasonably nice restaurant. Not posh, but expensive. Before we were seated we grabbed a drink at the bar, and while there she signed up to some sort of newsletter at the bar. To be fair it was stuff like this that made me apprehensive to call the place 'posh'.

Anyways, we sit down and the girl I'm with gets a text telling her how beautiful she looks. She ignores it and another one comes through asking her what she's doing later. She hasn't got a clue who it is and ignores it.

We're finishing up our meal and a third text comes through saying she shouldn't be with a guy like me and asking if she wanted dessert with a 'real man.'

Now it's clear someone in the restaurant has her number and we clocked that she had put it down on the application form for the newsletter. Considering the newsletters went into a box behind the bar it was a member of staff. After getting the manager down and having him call the number, it turned out one of the waiters had taken her number and address off this form, written it in his phone and had spent the evening taking pictures of her from behind the bar. The police ended up involved."


The Booziest OJ In Town

From Sh*tFamYouAlright: 

"My family went to a restaurant and my little bro ordered OJ, when he got it he chugged it down because he f*cking loves OJ. 20 min later he was drunk off his ass, they gave him a mimosa. He was nine. When we asked for an actual glass of OJ they gave him another mimosa. We didn't go back to that restaurant."


Goodbye Ruby Tuesday

From SupaKoopa714

"I was at a Ruby Tuesday with my dad and sister. Everything was fine at first: we sat down, ordered our food, and all was good. Well, except for the fact our waiter was this weird dude who kept using Internet-speak like 'So much win!' and 'Epic fail!' And he kept coming back to our table constantly just to stand there and talk, which wouldn't have been as much a problem if the guy wasn't so cringey.

Then an hour passes, and we're sitting there going 'Where's our food?' Suddenly our waiter comes back and goes 'Hey, I forgot to put your orders in. What did you want again?' Now, most people would understandably say 'What the f*ck is wrong with you?', but for some ungodly reason we just rolled with it. Our food eventually came out, and by some miracle we got exactly what we ordered. Still, it was quite a long time before we went to that restaurant again."


A Ghost Fish Appearance

From Georgemanif

"Not my story, but a friend was telling me of finding a fish skeleton in her salad once in a very famous restaurant in our area. The salad didn't have any fish in it, so she had no idea how the skeleton ended up in there."



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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:03:47 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/bad-restaurant-service-stories/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[Parents Describe The Awkward Moment Their Kids Walked In On Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/parents-describe-kids-walking-in-on-them-having-sex/matt-manser

One of a parent's many jobs includes monitoring what their kids see, and parents whose kids have walked in on them having sex learned such oversight is easier said than done. For any number of reasons, curiosity or a desire to save "Mommy from hurting Daddy", plenty of kids walks in on their parents having sex. It's an awkward moment, but many parents will speak of their kids walking in on them having sex as a family joke for years to come. Fortunately, in a couple of threads on Reddit (like this one and this one), parents describe their kids walking in on them having sex, all hilarious tales that sometimes lead to interesting conclusions.

So enjoy these moments when parents talk about their kids walking in while they were having sex. And if you're a parent, here's hoping you can get that alone time you need,even though that could lead to even more kids, who could potentially walk in on you while you do the deed.


Parents Describe The Awkward Moment Their Kids Walked In On Them,

Wrestling Time

From Buwaro:

"I was having sex, and the moment was destroyed by the word 'Mommy?' From right next to the bed. He was four at the time. I am not his dad and his mom and I had only been living together for a few months.So him seeing us, luckily with blankets covering us was awkward, him telling his dad he saw us 'wrestling' was super awkward."


Getting Technical

From MarianneDashwood:

"I was pregnant, and my six-year-old walked in on us. He immediately walked out and shut the door and my husband and I freaked out. I went downstairs and found him coloring at the kitchen table. I sat down and said, 'You saw Daddy and me in a private moment and I just wanted to make sure--' and he interrupted with, 'When you were having sexual intercourse? That's what it's called, SEXUAL INTERCOURSE.'

I was like, 'Yes, and I just wanted to make sure you weren't upset or scared or anything.' He asked, 'You mean because I saw you having sexual intercourse?' I said, 'Yes.' He said, 'No...I'm not scared or upset. Why, were YOU scared or upset?' I said no. He said, 'I'll tell you what I thought. I was thinking, I wonder if she'll get another baby in there and then we can have twin babies!'

But then for like months after that, if anyone would say the word 'private' he would say, 'Some people say 'private moment' when they mean sexual intercourse, which is a penis going into a vagina, and it's how babies get inside the Mom.'"


Good Morning Kiss

From redeyedone,

"My seven-year-old grandson walked in on mom and dad two weeks ago. Dad tells him to get out. Grandson says he just wanted to give mom a good morning kiss. Dad repeats 'get out.' Mom comes out a few minutes later and grandson asks what dad was doing. Mom says he was giving her a kiss. Grandson said 'I know what you were doing and it's disgusting, and now I don't want to kiss you good morning.'"


Ninja Attack

From Ampl1c1ty,

"My girlfriend has a five-year-old. At the time she had a studio apartment. It's later at night and the kid goes to sleep in front of the couch (which acts as a barrier to the bed). So thinking we were safe we start fooling around. One thing leads to another and after about 15 min, I feel something near my feet. It was quick. So I disregarded it. About five seconds later I have a knee jerk reaction to my feet being tickled. I threw her off and what do you know! Kid's sitting there staring at me and laughing. So, basically my feet were tickled by a ninja kid during sex. We ended up just not talking about it with him, and to this day it's a staple funny story between us. Though I'm still mildly weirded out."


Having Surgery

From Legen--dary:

"One day our nine-year-old boy takes the dog for a walk to the park, which means we get just about 20 minutes to do the deed. So we run upstairs, strip, start fooling around, and since no one is home, I get to be as noisy as I want. (I really miss being noisy.) So we're getting to the good part and I hear a knock on the door and a worried 'Mom? Mom? Are you okay?' I yell at the door that it'll be just a minute and throw on my bathrobe all the while saying 'shit' under my breath. I get out to my kid looking really scared, and he says, 'I thought you were having surgery or something.' Long explanation, about sex and how it can feel good and he goes, 'Oh, okay,..because my next guess was you were having a baby.'"


What Were You Doing?

An anonymous user wrote,

"My four-year-old walked in on my wife having a orgasm with me going from behind. I threw a cover over us and told her to leave and then locked the door. After everything was said and done she came back into the room, climbed on the bed and got six inches from my face.

In the most serious tone I've ever heard from a child, 'What! were you doing to My mama!'

I still laugh about it."


College Bound

From Leetleone

"The day my son left for college he walked in on me and my husband. He was sort of frantic and didn't think about knocking. 'Shit! Sorry! Goddamn it! This is why I'm leaving!'

The ride to school was pretty funny."


Horsey Ride

From laineedee,

"The Husband and I were getting busy, and right as I was orgasming the door that hadn't locked properly flew open and my six-year-old daughter jumped onto my back (blankets were over my back, I was on top but had fallen forward at moment of orgasm onto husband's chest) and started laughing and jumping up and down like it was a horsey ride game. I screamed and told her to get out, husband told her to get out.

I'm scarred for life, she thought we were just playing horsey without her."


She Thinks It's Beautiful

From CDC_

"My wife and I have no kids, but her sister comes over and spends the night with us on occasion. My wife's mother remarried kinda late in life, so my sister-in-law is far younger than my wife.

Anyway, she was spending the weekend with us. It was late, her sister was in bed,  and we decided it was time to do the deed... and her 10-year-old sister did that little knock-twice-and-then-pretty-much-immediately-open-the-door maneuver. Fortunately we were doing it under the covers, so she couldn't see anything.

This is more-or-less how the conversation went.

Sister-in-law: 'Fred is outside meowing, can I let him in?'

Wife: 'Yeah, just open the door and make sure you lock it back.'

Sister-in-law: 'Can I bring him in my room?'

Wife: 'If you want to, but he'll probably want out after a little while.'

Sister-in-law: 'Ok.... were you guys having sex?'

Wife: 'Umm... I mean... ... I guess we ..uuhh...'

Sister-in-law: 'Some people would think that's gross, but I think it's beautiful.'

And then she left."


Family Hug

From iammonkeybutter,

"Hubby and I decide to try for a quickie while our six-year-old is distracted by Nick Junior. He's on his back with pants down, I'm on top with my flowy skirt in a circle around us. Nakedness was not obvious, in other words. Mid-coitus the bedroom door slams open, and the crotch-dropping comes racing into the room, hops up on the bed, and flings herself at us, yelling, 'Family Hug!!!! Needless to say, sexy time was over.

We managed to get our revenge when she turned into an incorrigible teenager... we told her the story, she had a horrified and 'Gross, my 'rents have the sex' look on her face. Now when she's annoying, all we have to say is, 'Family Hug!' and she leaves the room.



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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 05:46:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/parents-describe-kids-walking-in-on-them-having-sex/matt-manser
<![CDATA[22 Insane Stories About Andy Kaufman That Prove He's An All-Time Legend]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/weird-andy-kaufman-stories/jacob-shelton

More than any other performer, Andy Kaufman was able to create an air of mystery around himself that never dissipated even after his death. Most, if not all, Andy Kaufman stories feel totally unbelievable until they get so crazy that you feel like they might be completely real. Weird Andy Kaufman performances were the norm in his unfortunately short career, so it’s not hard to make the mental jump to believing that he pretended to kill himself on stage after opening for The Temptations, even though there’s no visual proof of that ever happening. If you’ve only heard about the genius that is Andy Kaufman, or you’re afraid to ask “who is Andy Kaufman?” then keep reading and discover the weirdest stories that he was ever involved in. Like the man who would go on to portray him in film, Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman stories are anything but what you'd expect.

Some of the most bizarre Andy Kaufman stunts weren’t even performed for an audience; his weirdest acts were done in crowds of people with no cameras, and they were never repeated. Maybe. It turns out that Andy Kaufman lied quite a bit in his interviews, and that Andy Kaufman art performances may have been completely staged, with no improvising whatsoever. Are these stories real? Or are they just made up to mythologize an okay performer? You be the judge. 


22 Insane Stories About Andy Kaufman That Prove He's An All-Time Legend,

He Had To Have A Safety Net To Protect Him From Audience Missiles

While opening for Rodney Dangerfield under the guise of Tony Clifton, Kaufman went out of his way to infuriate the audience. But it's not like he was winging it as he went along; the man had a plan. On his third night, he showed up 25 minutes late and said that he wouldn't perform until all of the cigarettes were extinguished. When he finally got on stage, he lit a cigar and blew smoke into the audience and began singing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as people began to throw tomatoes and eggs at him. When someone threw a banana at him, he shouted, "Drop the net!,” and a protective barrier came down to block him from the audience. When someone threw a coin at him, he donned a SWAT helmet and yelled at everyone from the wings. 


He Never Rehearsed On Taxi

Despite starring on Taxi for six years, Kaufman never rehearsed with the rest of the cast. According to co-star Tony Danza, the producers hired a stand in to rehearse with the cast. Danza remembered: "He didn’t rehearse. He never rehearsed. You know. When he did come to rehearsal, he was always late. And, by the way, when his alter-ego,Tony Clifton, did the show - he constantly wanted to rehearse and he was always early. He was a real pain..."


Andy Made The Producers Of Taxi Fire His Alter Ego In Front Of The Cast

One of Andy's conditions for working on Taxi was that the producers had to hire his alter ego, lounge singer Tony Clifton, as well. When Clifton was on the show, Kaufman would only appear in character and would never acknowledge himself. Does that make sense? As Tony Danza told an audience at the Gotham Comedy Club, as much as the cast thought Kaufman was a pain, they hated Tony Clifton. So one day when Clifton showed up with two prostitutes, the cast persuaded the show's producer, Ed Weinberger, to fire Clifton. That's when things got ever more confusing, Danza explains: "Ed Weinberger went to Andy and he said, ‘Andy, or Tony, I have to fire you. I’ve got to let you go. This is not good for the show, to go on.’ And Andy, Andy loved the show. And he was not going to do it. But he could not resist the chance to do something with that. So evidently he told Ed that you can fire me, but you have to do it in front of everybody."

The day Clifton was fired Danza happened to have his Super 8 camera with him and filmed the "wrestling match" that broke out when he was kicked out of the studio, and a week later they watched the footage. 

"We’re all on top of one another, everyone’s in there, the cast, the crew, some of the producers, everybody’s in there. And we’re watching it. And just as this fight is starting to break out, the door opens up and out the door, Andy walks in. It was like the air was sucked out of the room. We’re all standing there. And we watched him - I watched him - watch the film. And then the film ran out. It just ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch. You know that thing, because it was on film? So I reached in, and I turned the film off. And we stood there for a second and Andy went just like this, he shrugged and went, ‘Geez. What an assh*le!’"


Kaufman Worked As A Busboy While He Was On Taxi

The story that Kaufman worked as a busboy is an interesting part of his mythology, but was it actually true? Or was it just one of his lies that went over like gangbusters? Multiple articles say that Kaufman was a busboy, but none of them can agree where he worked. Grantland reported that "[after] he was famous, he took a night job as a busboy at the Posh Bagel restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard, just to see what would happen." But a 1981 People Magazine article said that he worked "one night a week as a busboy at Jerry’s Famous Deli in Studio City." Maybe it never even happened. 


He Let A Group Of Nurses Beat Him In A Wrestling Match

Andy's brother Michael, who has tried to keep some mystique around Andy's life since his death, told a story in a Vice interview about how sweet Kaufman could be - even when he was being super weird. Michael said: "Andy went to visit a girl who was dying. She was a fan of his, and when his plane was delayed in Chicago on its way to Washington, he drove out to Demotte, Indiana, to visit her. Word got out at the hospital and Andy wrestled three people. I have pictures. They were supposedly nurses and maybe one patient's mother. It's the only time he ever lost a match. He let them beat him. And then there's a letter from the mother, thanking Andy for doing that. Seven weeks after his visit, she died. That whole correspondence will be there. Andy never told anyone about that. I only knew about it because I went through the stuff."


Towards The End Of His Life, He Received Psychic Surgery

The story of Andy Kaufman's death is truly sad. According to his friend and the best straight man he ever had, Jerry Lawler, Kaufman died three months after he was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of lung cancer. Kaufman, an early proponent of natural and organic foods, sought out any form of medical help that he could get from chemo to something called psychic surgery.

Essentially, psychic surgery was a hoax perpetrated by a man in the Philippines who would pretend to remove a foreign body from his patient's innards, thus "healing" them. Think reiki combined with slight-of-hand magic. One would believe that Kaufman, a practiced prankster, would be able to note a fake when he saw one, but he still went through with the process and claimed to have been cured. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after going through with the "surgery." Was he actually interested in this, or was he just playing a final prank? 


He Cried On The Dating Game

Before Andy Kaufman was established as the Loki of the comedy world, he was just working out his act in New York City. While he was still working out his "foreign guy" character that would later be fully exploited on Taxi, he was booked as a guest on The Dating Game, and he was 100% amazing. The two hot '70s bros that he was playing against were really into hooking up with a woman on TV, and Kaufman went out of his way to make the audience stew in the awkward soup he made. After the swingin' '70s babe picked dude #2, Kaufman burst into tears and protested that he correctly answered all the questions.


He Once Took An Entire Audience Out For Milk And Cookies After A Show

In 1979, rather than end a Carnegie Hall Show in some old-fashioned, outdated way (by just ending it), Kaufman took the entire 2,800-person audience, which included Tony Danza, out for milk and cookies. And if that wasn't enough Kaufman for them, he invited anyone who was interested to meet him on the Staten Island Ferry the next morning where he continued the show. 


His Brother Thought Andy Ruined His Career When He Appeared On Fridays

After a while, Andy's brother Michael said that he didn't want to know when Andy was pranking people anymore because he didn't like lying to people about Andy's intent. Michael says that at the famous Fridays taping - where Kaufman stopped a sketch, saying on camera that he "felt stupid," acting stoned, and freaking everyone out - he thought that his brother had ruined his career. Michael was in the audience and cautiously went backstage to see how his brother was doing.

"I approached his dressing room with trepidation because I thought he was going to be very angry. I had to open a door to a bigger room before getting to his dressing room, and when I did there was music and a great mood going on. I thought, This is in poor taste. Andy's in there packing up like he's got no career and you guys are having a great time. That feeling lasted about four seconds, because I looked up and saw that Andy was one of the people celebrating. He was high-fiving people and dancing around."


Seeing Kaufman Was A Great Way To Hear F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the late '70s, Kaufman was a regular guest on Saturday Night Live while it was still on the cutting edge of comedy, but even for the show's cool downtown audience, he was a bit too much. One night, rather than performing his "foreign man" character that had become a hit, he came out onstage, spoke with an English accent, and read from The Great Gatsby. When the audience began to boo, he asked if they'd like to hear some music instead, when they answered with an emphatic yes, he put a record on, and it was just his voice reading the words he had just read



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<![CDATA[12 Disturbing Stories Of Dead Bodies Left To Decompose On Top Of Mount Everest]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-about-deaths-and-dead-bodies-on-mount-everest/sabrina-ithal

Mount Everest serves not only as a testament to the majesty of nature's beauty, but as an alluring siren song calling to the heart of every adventurer. Despite the risks, thousands swarm to Nepal every year in an effort to conquer the tallest point on Earth. Many of them never leave.

Over 250 bodies remain on Everest, giving it claim to the title of the world's largest open-air graveyard. While most deaths occur due to avalanches, falls, and exposure to the harsh climate, the area known as the “Death Zone” holds a terribly high body count and comes with its own unique set of problems.

The Death Zone is commonly known as the area above 26,000 feet. When the human body enters this altitude, it slowly starts to die. Then it becomes a race against the clock for climbers to make it from this mark to the peak and back again before their body fails them. Since oxygen at this level is only a third of what it is at sea level, climbers may find themselves sluggish, disoriented, and fatigued. The pressure makes weight feel ten times heavier and causes extreme distress on organs. Because of these severe effects, climbers usually only have a window of 48 hours inside the Death Zone and are strongly urged to use supplemental oxygen at all times.

If someone dies on Everest, it's almost impossible to retrieve their body, especially in the Death Zone. Due to unbearable weather conditions, severe lack of oxygen, pressure on dead weight, and the fact that many bodies are completely frozen onto the mountain face, most corpses are left exactly as they fall. Attempts are sometimes made to retrieve the body of a loved one, but those expeditions can cost upward of $25,000 and are extremely dangerous for the retrieval team.

Overall, standard protocol is to simply let these figures, frozen in the final moments of death, become a permanent addition to the rocky terrain. It would make sense that the mountain's nickname is EVER REST.


12 Disturbing Stories Of Dead Bodies Left To Decompose On Top Of Mount Everest,

A Real-Life Indiana Jones Was Finally Found After 75 Years But His Final Days Are Still A Mystery

“Because it's there.”

With those three words to describe attempting the insurmountable, George Mallory not only cemented his own Everest fame but an entire Western mentality for future generations.

George Mallory was one of the most famous expert climbers of the early 20th century. He was part of the first three British expeditions to the summit and has the morbid distinction of being the oldest known corpse on Mount Everest. A corpse that was missing for over 75 years.

During his third attempt in 1924, Mallory and teammate Sandy Irvine made a push towards the top and were never seen again. Not only was their cause of death a mystery but, for over half a century, no one was certain if Mallory had actually reached the top or not. That would change history as we know it and make him the first known summit.

An investigative expedition was launched in 1999 to find the duo and shed light on the last hours of one of the world's most famous adventurers. The team found Mallory's sun-bleached and mummified body on a low face on the north side of the mountain. Due to severe rope jerk injuries on his torso, the theory is that he was still tethered to Irvine when one of them fell off the mountain and pulled the other man with him.

There was also a golf-ball size puncture wound in his forehead that is thought to be the fatal blow. The team was led to believe that as Mallory slid down the rock face he tried in desperation to slow his descent.  He must have caught on a tilted slab and bounced off the rock, causing it to smash straight into his head.

The mystery still remains to this day if Mallory and Irvine actually summitted. Teams are still searching for a photograph that Mallory was planning on leaving on the peak and a camera that Irvine had brought with them.  Experts for Kodak have confirmed that if found and handled properly, the film could still be developed.

Irvine's body is still missing and, with him, the possible proof of the first ever Everest summit.


David Sharp's Death Outraged The World And Called The “Code Of The Mountain” Into Question

In 2006, an experienced climber froze to death near the summit of Mt. Everest. With nearly one out of every ten climbers perishing atop the mountain on average, frozen corpses have become almost run-of-the-mill.  Yet it was the death of David Sharp that nearly tore the entire climbing community apart.

British mountaineer David Sharp made his third trek to the top of Everest without the aid of oxygen, radios, Sherpas, or teammates. His first two attempts were aborted due to perilous conditions, including ravaging frostbite that took several of his toes. He successfully summitted Everest on the third try and, during his descent, stopped to rest inside Green Boots's cave, mere feet from Green Boots himself. Being disoriented and suffering exhaustion, Sharp drew his legs to his chest, rested his head upon his knees, and never woke up.

However, David Sharp did not perish right away. Over 40 different climbers passed him on the mountain and noted he was still alive but in distress. Outrage poured from around the world at the knowledge that Sharp was left moaning and murmuring to climbers who refused to abandon their quest to the top in order to help him.

Sir Edmund Hillary, who was the first person to ever successfully summit Mount Everest, spoke out against Mark Inglis and his team for allegedly seeing Sharp's distress and continuing on towards the top.

“The whole attitude toward climbing Mount Everest has become rather horrifying,” Hillary said. “A human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain.”

The unwritten code among climbers is to abandon their quests in order to help others in peril. On Everest, many believe that the standard code does not apply due to the difficulties involved in climbing the tallest mountain on earth. Many argue that it's every man for himself and that Everest has become a moral “gray area." This modern mentality has pushed the climbing world into civil war, with Sharp's death only further highlighting the issue.

Inglis and his team attest that Sharp was completely frostbitten, incoherent, and beyond saving when they found him. Claims have been made that many did try to help him but seeing he was too far gone, left him and continued their journey. Others stated that an immobile Sharp was mistaken for Green Boots and overlooked. Many cry out that Sharp was left on purpose, becoming just another victim of climber greed and summit fever.

The sad truth is that it's too hard to save yourself on Everest, let alone rescue others.


The First Shredder on Everest May Still Be Boarding Down Its Face

In 2001, French snowboarder Marco Siffredi became the first person to successfully snowboard down Mount Everest using the North Col passage. Siffredi, who had come from a long line of mountaineers, was disappointed that he was unable to complete his actual goal of boarding down Hornbein Couloir, which he considered to be the true face of Mount Everest.

Siffredi returned in 2002 at a time of year when the Hornbein would have amassed more snow in an attempt to ride down the steepest slope on all of Everest. He reached the summit in a grueling 12 hours with the aid of his Sherpa friend, Phurba Tashi. Upon reaching the top, Phurba was excited but Siffredi did not share his outlook.

“Tired. Tired. Too much snow. Too much climbing,” Siffredi responded.

Being so late in the day with clouds beginning to fill in, the Sherpas urged Siffredi not to make the descent but he refused to pass up a chance to conquer the Holy Grail of snowboarding. That was the last time Marco Siffredi was seen alive.

As the Sherpas were packing up Camp III, they noticed a figure rise and then slide down the mountain along the North Col. This was strange because Siffredi would have been nowhere near the North Col passage and he was the only climber on Everest at the time of year. When the Sherpas investigated the area where they had seen the figure, there were no snowboarding tracks anywhere.

Marco Siffredi is forever shredding the Hornbein with the wind at his back and a smile on his face.


The Most Famous Corpse On Everest Is Used As A Marker To Gauge Distance To The Summit

Climbers taking the North Col route to Everest's elusive summit inevitably end up passing the mountains most infamous landmark, “Green Boots.” While it sounds like a unique protrusion or hidden crevice on Everest's face, Green Boots is actually the frozen body of a fallen climber that earned his nickname because of the brightly colored hiking boots that he was wearing when he died.

While Green Boots's identity has always been hotly contested, he is widely believed to be Indian climber Tsewang Paljor. Paljor was part of a high-class Indian expedition to summit Everest that yielded only one survivor, Harbhajan Singh. Singh recalled that the expedition was marred by mistakes and he had urged the other three men to abandon their quest due to inclement weather heading in.

Singh suspects his men succumbed to “summit fever." Summit fever is a term used when climbers abandon thoughts of safety, and often their own morals, because they are close to reaching the summit and become blinded by the drive to cross the finish line over all else.

“Don't be overconfident,” Singh insisted. “Listen to me. Please come down. The sun is going to set.”

And while the men continued on and eventually did end up reaching the summit, they encountered the terrible blizzard of 1996 on the trek back down. With zero visibility in a fury of wind and snow, Paljor and his two comrades were lost to the brutality of the mountain.

Over time, Paljor simply became known as "Green Boots" and has become a permanent fixture on the North Col passage. For the past two decades, climbers have used Green Boots as a macabre trail marker to gauge how far they had left to go on their own race to the summit.

As of 2014, Green Boots was finally dropped to a lower location over the side of the mountain, where he joined the bodies of other fallen climbers that have been cleared off of the main route.


The Final Hours Of “Sleeping Beauty” Were No Fairy Tale As She Begged For Her Life

Francys Arsentiev and her husband Sergei were avid climbers who sought to conquer Everest in 1998. Francys had a goal to become the first American woman to summit Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen. After two aborted attempts, she finally succeeded but was never able to celebrate her achievement.

Due to their lack of supplemental oxygen, the couple moved slowly and were not able to summit until very late in the day on May 22nd, which forced them to spend another night in the Death Zone. The couple became separated during this final evening and Sergei made his way down to Camp IV, assuming that his wife had done the same. Upon discovering her absence, Sergei raced back to the top with oxygen and medicine in hopes of rescuing his wife.

While accounts vary, on May 23rd, a Uzbek team found Francys half-alive and unable to move on her own. They carried her down as far as they could until their own oxygen ran out and they had to leave Francys and descend to camp. Along the way they passed Sergei on his way up to her. He was never seen alive again.

It was Sleeping Beauty's haunting final hour that cemented her legend. On May 24th, climbers Ian Woodall and Cathy O'Dowd saw a body raggedly jerking in the shadows of the First Step, one of three steps on the northeast ridge. Francys was severely oxygen deprived, frostbitten, and still attached to her climbing line. She kept murmuring, “Don't leave me here. Don't leave me here to die.” The team abandoned their attempt to summit and spent over an hour trying to save her.

Between the perilous location, Francys slipping into unconsciousness, and their own oxygen running out, the team made the painful decision to leave her and return to camp. For nine years, climbers scaled around the frozen beauty who had become a part of Everest's landscape.

In 2007, Woodall returned to the mountain and dropped Sleeping Beauty to a lower face where she can slumber for eternity, no longer a summit marker for other climbers.


This British Pilot Was Determined To Climb Everest With Only The Lord's Prayer

The most bewildering story of death on Mt. Everest is that of British soldier, pilot, mystic, and mountaineer Maurice Wilson, in 1934. Wilson was a fierce proponent of using one's faith to solve the world's problems and was inspired by George Mallory's summit expedition the previous decade. Wilson believed that by using prayer and his faith alone, he would succeed where Mallory had failed.

Wilson's plan was to fly a plane to the upper slopes of Everest and then hike up to the summit. This plan was abandoned when authorities refused to allow him to fly near Everest.  Despite being a poor pilot and having used only minor hikes around the foothills near his home for his mountaineering preparations, Wilson flew into India and approached from the Rombuk Glacier. Having no climbing equipment, he found his attempts at scaling the ice walls near impossible. His inexperience as a mountaineer showed when he stumbled upon crampons (standard equipment for ice climbing) at an abandoned camp and left them behind. 

Constantly losing his bearings and having to retrace his steps in horrid weather, Wilson finally retreated back to the Rombuk monastery with a twisted ankle, snow-blind and suffering from exhaustion. After several more treks marred by bad weather, no climbing equipment, and his lack of experience within a mountain environment, Sherpas Tewand and Rinzing urged him to return to camp. When Wilson did not return from his last attempt, they left the mountain and reported his death.

Maurice Wilson was found in 1935, covered in snow, surrounded by pieces of his wind-blown tent. Many of the details of Wilson's expedition come from his diary that was found in a rucksack near his corpse.


A Mass of Bodies Has Created An Unintentional Palette Of Explosive Colors

Along the Northeast Ridge Route near Everest's summit lies “Rainbow Valley." While the name may suggest happiness and hope, Rainbow Valley is essentially a mass pit of dead bodies. This macabre scene got its name from all of the vibrantly colored jackets and climbing gear that are still attached to the corpses strewn on that section of the mountain.

Climbers along this route can not help but notice this blatantly visible spectrum of color as they take this particular passage. Throughout the years, climbers have been known to push bodies over the mountainside into Rainbow Valley or cut the ropes of mummified corpses so that the way is less hazardous for those embarking on the trail.

According to Nepalese law, Everest is sacred and any bodies are to be removed immediately. However, the dilemma lies in the fact that since it is nearly impossible to retrieve bodies from the Death Zone, the bodies must stay where they are, and Rainbow Valley will only continue to accrue more hues for its palette.


A Japanese Woman Mastered The Seven Summits Only To Die On Everest

One of the darkest times on Mount Everest is considered to be the Spring 1996. The blizzard that roiled over the mountain left devastation in its wake and took the lives of many skilled climbers. It was one of the most infamous disasters in the region, and many have heard tales of the tortured final hours of Rob Hall's expedition team.

Yasuko Namba was a skilled mountaineer who was on Everest to complete the ultimate challenge of conquering the Seven Summits. The Japanese climber had just reached the top and secured the title as well as becoming the oldest woman, at that time, to have summitted. As the 47-year-old was embarking upon her descent, the blizzard of '96 struck the face.

Namba; her fellow climber, Beck Weathers; and several guides became trapped on South Col. The whiteout conditions were so bad that no one in the party was sure where camp was. Namba and Weathers became so weak that they were being completely supported by guides. Namba weighed barely 98 pounds and her small body mass led to her being more susceptible to hypothermia and the harsh conditions.

Shortly after, help came up from Camp IV and started evacuating the trapped climbers. Another guide assumed Namba was dead and left her and Weathers behind as lost causes. A search party sent out the following day discovered Namba and Weathers in horrible condition and were certain they wouldn't make it to base camp. After being abandoned twice over a span of 14 hours, Weathers crawled into Camp IV on his own.

Yasuko Namba died from exhaustion and exposure, all alone.  


Hannelore Schmatz Earned The Dubious Honor Of Being The First Woman To Die On Mount Everest

Hannelore Schmatz was a German mountaineer who successfully summitted Everest in October 1979. On the way down, Hannelore and her teammate, Ray Genet, were overcome with exhaustion and, despite their Sherpa's pleading to continue to Camp IV, they decided to spend the night inside the Death Zone. They set up a temporary camp without any cover, which was basically just sleeping bags.

Overnight, there was a severe snowstorm that left Ray Genet to die due to hypothermia. Shortly afterwards, Hannelore succumbed to exhaustion a mere 330 feet from camp. Her final words were said to be, “Water... water.”

Attempts to retrieve her body in 1984 resulted in the falling deaths of two men due to the extreme winds on the southern slope. For years, climbers at Camp IV would gaze upon Hannelore's body, still leaning against her long-since-deteriorated backpack with her eyes wide open and her hair blowing in the wind. As time dragged on, she simply became known as “The German Woman."

Eventually, the high winds swept Hannelore's body down the Kangshung face.

Hannelore Schmatz was not only the first German citizen but also the first woman to perish on the upper slopes of Everest.


A Google Exec Who Brought Maps Street View To The Mountain Found Himself Lost To Everest

In April of 2015, a massive earthquake rocked Nepal and claimed the lives of thousands. The 7.8 magnitude quake not only leveled ancient buildings in Kathmandu, but caused a monstrous avalanche on Mount Everest. Among the Everest dead was Dan Fredinburg, the head of privacy for Google X.

Fredinburg had started Google Adventure Team, which documented remote mountains, ocean floors, and reefs in the same manner that Google Maps details cities and towns. A mountain enthusiast, Fredinburg had scaled four of the Seven Summits of the world before attempting Everest.  (The Seven Summits is a mountaineering challenge to successfully climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents.)

While Google refused to confirm details, allegedly Fredinburg and three other employees were on this expedition to Everest in order to enable a Street View trek to base camp as well as to bring a Street View camera to the summit.

During the avalanche, Dan suffered major head trauma and died from his injuries. The other three Google employees sustained injuries but were able to be evacuated. Google committed $1 million to the relief efforts and tried to supply updated satellite images to help in recovery missions.  



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<![CDATA[Strange Tales of People Who Faked Their Own Deaths And Almost Got Away With It]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-faked-their-deaths/cristina-sanza

Sometimes when life's problems pile up, it's nice to imagine starting all over again. For some people, getting a fresh start at life is so important they will do just about anything to make it happen - including fake their own death. While it seems crazy, people who faked their own death to avoid their problems - be it impending criminal charges, souring relationships, or piling bills - really do exist. 

These cases of bizarre staged death are surprising, strange, and sometimes pretty funny. But before you start planning your own escape, take a real close look at these criminals who faked their death. While some are more creative than others, in the end they all got caught


Strange Tales of People Who Faked Their Own Deaths And Almost Got Away With It,

Ari Squire Faked His Own Death, Stole A Man's Identity, And Then Committed Suicide

Ari Squire wanted to start over - specifically he wanted to start over as Justin Newman. In 2008, the Illinois man hatched a scheme to murder the real Newman - a friend of his - and assume his identity, all while making it appear as if Squire was the one who was actually dead. He swapped clothes and wallets with Newman, and bought a brown wig and blue contacts to look like him. He then lured him to his house, killed him, and lit his body on fire in Squire's garage, staging it to look like a freak accident.

Authorities originally believed the badly burned body they found was Squire, and so did his family. In reality, Squire fled to Missouri assuming his new identity. But Newman's mother reported him missing, and police ran tests on the burned body's teeth. It wasn't Squire, it was Newman. Police tracked the real Squire down, but before they could arrest him he killed himself. 


Connie Franklin Testified At His Own Murder Trial

In 1929, Tiller Ruminer went to police officers in Stone County, Arkansas with a crazy story. Ruminer told police she and her boyfriend Connie Franklin were captured by a group of men while they were going to get a marriage license. She said the men murdered Franklin, mutilated and burned his body, and then raped her. She identified five men as her attackers, and they were quickly arrested. 

So that's why it was alarming when people reported seeing Franklin around town looking for work. As a murder trial pressed on, authorities eventually identified Franklin and made him testify. Despite this, Ruminer maintained her boyfriend had been murdered. 

It turned out Franklin schemed his own death as an attempt to start over. But this wasn't the first time he'd tried this trick. His real name was Marion Franklin Rogers, a father of four who had escaped a mental hospital. The five men accused of murder were cleared on all charges. 


John Stonehouse Got Caught Because Of Really Bad Timing

Before John Stonehouse tried to fake his own death, he was known as a Labour Party secretary in the British Parliament. He felt he was trapped in an unhappy marriage and wanted to run off with his lover and secretary, Sheila Buckley. In 1974, he went to a beach in Miami and disappeared. Presumed to have drowned, he basically got away with faking his own death. He moved to Australia with Buckley to set up a new life, and used a fake name set up a bank account. 

Things went wrong when another British man disappeared at the same time. The same year Stonehouse faked his own death, Richard John Bingham, otherwise known as Lord Lucan, went missing as well. His wife was attacked, their nanny was murdered, and he was nowhere to be found. His wife said Bingham had attacked her, and a manhunt began. Back in Australia, a teller at Stonehouse's bank started becoming suspicious of him, and suspected he might be Lord Lucan. Police arrested him believing he was Lucan, but quickly determined he was Stonehouse. He was charged with fraud, theft, conspiracy to defraud, and causing a false police investigation. 


Alison Matera Faked Cancer To Avoid Church, Then Attended Her Own Funeral At The Church

Instead of telling her church community that she just wasn't into them anymore, Florida woman Alison Matera decided to tell them she had cancer. In 2007, she pretended to be sick for a year, checking in with the members of her church periodically to give them updates on her health. When she stopped going to church altogether, she told her friends she had checked into a hospice. She posed as a nurse when she called the pastor to inform him of her death.

Alison just couldn't stay away from her funeral, though. She showed up pretending to be a sister and was immediately recognized. Members of the church were obviously hurt and extremely confused, and filed a report with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.


Ken Kesey Faked A Drowning To Avoid Drug Charges

Ken Kesey, author of the classic novel One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, faked his own death in 1965. Kesey - a recreational drug user - was arrested for marijuana possession twice. The more paranoid he got, the more he worried about these arrests. To avoid going to jail, he parked his car near the ocean in Encino, CA, and left a suicide note. His friends helped smuggle him over the border to Mexico, where he stayed for a few months. The FBI, however, didn't believe he had really killed himself and continued searching for him.

He returned to the United States less than a year later, and was sent to jail for five months.


Alfred Rouse Set His Car On Fire With Someone Else's Body Inside

In 1930, Alfred Rouse found himself in a bit of trouble. Facing mounting child support payments for his various illegitimate children, Rouse decided to fake his own death. He murdered a hitchhiker he met while driving down the road, put the dead body in his car, and lit it on fire. As he was escaping, he was spotted by two witnesses. 

After he was arrested, he tried to claim that the car had burst into flames because the hitchhiker was smoking a cigar near gasoline cans. The jury didn't buy it and he was hanged in 1931. The identity of the hitchhiker was never officially determined, but some believe the man was James Brick. Brick, who lived near where Rouse torched his car, was known to be hitchhiking in the area at the time. His family said he disappeared shortly before the incident, and are trying to get DNA testing done to definitely prove whether it's him. 


Michael R. Rosen, Serial Forger, Botched His Fake Death Certificate

Salem, MA, resident Michael R. Rosen was a serial forger, but apparently he wasn't very good at it. He was wanted for credit card fraud and larceny charges, and to get out of his legal battles, he decided to forge his own death certificate which he submitted to multiple agencies including the courts.

The death certificate he turned in was rife with misspellings and he used incorrect medical jargon as his alleged cause of death. It was even missing the raised seal typically found on official documents, but it still almost managed to pass for a real death certificate. Rosen's probation officer had doubts and eventually proved the certificate had been forged. They found him at his mom's house, and slapped a few more charges on him.


Alfredo Sanchez Left His Fingerprints On His Cremation Certificate

British couple Alfredo and Sophie Sanchez found themselves in a lot of trouble in 2004. They had mounting debts they couldn't get under control, and were desperate for a way out. Then, in 2005, they figured out a way to solve their problems. Sanchez, a designer for music retailer HMV, would fake his own death to receive nearly $1 million in insurance payouts.

Sophie called HMV and told them that her husband had died while in South America. She said his body was cremated and offered his death certificate as proof. The company believed her, and all was going according to plan until one of Alfredo's friends tried using his employee discount card at HMV. When the company said Alfredo had died, the friend was surprised. This triggered an investigation by police, who found Alfredo's fingerprints on his death certificate. Both Sophie and Alfredo - who had relocated to Australia - were arrested.


Marcus Schrenker Parachuted Out Of A Plane Before It Crashed To Stage His Death

Marcus Schrenker was a respected Indianapolis money manager who seemed to be living the dream. He had a beautiful $4 million home, had a wife and three kids, and he owned a private plane. But that was all a facade. Behind the scenes Schrenker's life was nothing but a huge mess. 

He was deep in debt, cheating on his wife, and was accused of committing securities fraud. When the state moved to revoke his securities license in 2009, Schrenker hatched a plan to leave his problems behind. He boarded his plane, flew over rural Alabama, and jumped out with a parachute, crashing the plane and allowing him to land safely below. But he made it seem as if he disappeared in the wreckage somehow. He hid out in campgrounds across Alabama and Florida while police searched for him.

Investigators found travel books in the wreckage with the pages for Florida and Alabama torn out, so they had a pretty good idea of where he might be hiding. When they found him, he was suffering from self-inflicted wounds. Apparently, the fake death turned into a very real suicide attempt.


Frank Umbrello Sent A Fax To Police Claiming He Had Committed Suicide

In 2008, Frank Umbrello decided the only way to get out of trouble was to fake his own death. The Canadian man made more than $20,000 through credit card and eBay scams, and when he felt authorities closing in on him, he pretended to commit suicide.  He sent a fake fax to police claiming his body had been discovered, apparently having committed suicide after the death of his mother.

It didn't work. Police found Umbrello alive and well just a few hours after receiving the fax. He was charged for the fraud and sentenced to 18 months in jail



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Fri, 03 Mar 2017 10:13:46 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-faked-their-deaths/cristina-sanza
<![CDATA[Teachers Describe Their Worst Encounters With Nightmare Parents]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/teachers-describe-encounters-with-insane-parents/lea-rose-emery

When teachers vent about parents, you usually hear of pretty shocking stories of terrible people. You can get the normal annoying parents who come in and hover around their children or ask a lot of questions. But the actual worst parents are a totally different beast. Because teachers really see the worst of people. They see the negligent parents, the helicopter parents, and even parents capable of horrible abuse. 

Going far beyond just teacher pet peeves, the more annoying parents can make it straight up impossible for educators to do their jobs. From parents who think children potty train themselves (or that teachers should) to parents who actually threaten teachers for just doing their job, it'll relieve you to know your dad simply asked some embarrassing questions at parent-teacher night. When you see what these teachers of Reddit have to say, there's one thing you'll realize for sure—teachers just don't get paid enough.


Teachers Describe Their Worst Encounters With Nightmare Parents,

Serious Abuse

From Dont_Gild_Me:

"A couple of years back, there was a student who often wrote letters to her teachers thanking them for teaching her. The thing is, she always called them Mom/Dad, and always started the letters with 'Dear mother/father.'

At that time my teacher thought it was just the student joking around, until one day they found out that she had cut herself badly during school in her cubicle. From what she described, it wasn't just scratches, but deep cuts all over her arms and legs, and she was literally overflowing with blood. 

The teacher immediately called the ambulance and her parents, telling them to visit their daughter and help her. However, what the mother told her still disgusts her till this day.

She told the teacher to let her child die, and the earlier the better.

Sadly, she never really told us why and didn't know what happened to her after graduation as she didn't come back to visit the school. Now, she uses this story to teach us how lucky we are to have loving parents."


She Can't Just Let It Lie

From Captain_Steve_Hiller:

"I taught English and one boy was a reluctant reader. No biggie though, all he had to do was read one chapter in a book that was 100 pages or longer. I gave them nine weeks to read the book and put together a project. Basically, a book report.

During the first two book reports the mother asked if I could extend her son's project another week because he didn't finish the book. I denied the request because I needed to put grades in for the report card. She went on to bash me on Facebook, Twitter, and to friends saying how I was ignorant, that I didn't understand because I don't have kids. (Luckily I had some parents of students coming to my defense saying how the project was fair, that I gave deadlines that parents were to sign off on, and that nine weeks is plenty of time).

She complained still about every single assignment I sent home. She continued to complain on social media. She would then turn around and buy me a gift. She would walk into school in the morning while kids were coming off the bench to tell me that I needed to give her child another test because his 86 wasn't a fair representation of what he knew.

Finally, the principal banned her from contacting me directly, and then had the sheriff's office come in to talk to her about her Facebook rants. The sheriff more or less called it slander, and said if she didn't delete each post that I could press charges against her. She did, but by that point the year was almost over."


All The Extremes

From sciencenerd86:

"I have stories from both ends of the spectrum. When I taught second grade I had a parent leave alone her eight-year-old (my student), her four-year-old and an infant for several days when she went on a trip about four hours away. No adults staying, checking in, etc. She told him not to leave the house when she left on Friday, so it wasn't until Monday when we called and no one answered (not unusual) or Tuesday's welfare check that anyone realized the situation. It was terrifying to think of what could have happened. Injuries, fire, what these poor children ate (especially the baby who probably wasn't on solids yet) just to name a few.

The other is a more regular occurrence. I now teach middle school to the most helicoptered children. I have students whose parents check our online grade book and daily webpages eight-to-10 times daily and email their student's teachers nearly daily to check up. These children are 13-years-old and aren't allowed to make any kind of mistake or learn from having any responsibility or self-advocacy skills. It's terrible to think what a disservice this will be as their children are forced into the 'real world' without their moms there to solve their problems."


Friends Til The End

From vogdswagon26:

"My wife has been a preschool teacher for several years now, she has noticed a disturbing trend of parents refusing to punish their children and instead take their side in all situations.

There was one child in particular who would run away from the classroom and hide, disrespect the teachers, and on several occasions even struck teachers and staff. Whenever the mother was confronted with his behavior she would ask what they did to provoke the child and would blame all the child's problems on the teachers. She even went so far as to scream at one of the teachers in front of all the other parents and kids of the class. She yelled at her and said she is failing as an educator and doesn't know what she is doing. The next day her child bit a teacher.

This is the kind of thing that happens when parents are trying to be friends with their children, instead of being parents." 


A Very Important (Nail) Date

From Shiska0423:

"So, I work at a preschool. There's this one mom who drives me up the f*cking wall. She doesn't work. She always posts pictures of her getting her nails done and stuff while her two boys (two and three) are sitting in pre-k so she can have 'her time.' And she will not pick them up until 6:30 PM, which is the latest they can get picked up. Whatever. They're not bad kids. So I don't mind having them here.

But one day, the older one, let's call him Sam, hit his face. I'm not sure exactly what he did, but it was bad. His nose looked awful, lots of blood. They call mom because his nose is definitely broken. She waits until 6:30 PM (this happened in the morning) to come pick him up. She couldn't come pick him up because she was having lunch with her husband (the kids' dad).

So then the mom supposedly sent a picture of Sam's nose (it was awful. Already purple swollen and looked very painful) to a doctor friend of hers who told her, 'It might be broken.' She took this to mean it wasn't broken.

Poor Sam was at school the next day. All of the teachers were pissed. It would have made me cry with how bad it was, much less a three-year-old. But he was a trooper. He played just fine with his friends.

Finally. At around four later that day, I saw her leaving with him. But yeah, parents can be awful."


Daddy Needs His Cut

Form alwayslurkeduntilnow:

"Recently a parent threatened to hospitalize me for confiscating contraband. Sadly this happens often.

We get parents threatening legal action when we confiscate and destroy tobacco products. Recently we had to report a parent as he was selling cigarettes through the railings.

You can frequently see where many of our more troubled students get their behaviors from." 


Can't Have Them Thinking In School

From loisharkins2:

"My husband taught at a private language academy to a group of seven-year-old girls. He was reassigned in the middle of the school year, because a mom found that he made the students 'think too hard'. This being after-school education, he never gave any homework, they get enough of that from their day schooling (and then some). The mom was outraged because her daughter was voluntarily researching topics in her free time instead of whatever she wanted her to be doing. Way to have high expectations for her future." 


Basic Hygeine

From MattyNiceGuy:

"This mom was wondering why we weren't doing more to teach him about personal hygiene and bathroom habits, including proper wiping.

Me: speechless." 


Not Exactly The Socratic Method

From RednBlackSalamander:

"I told these parents their daughter loved asking questions, and they asked me why she didn't already know the answers, just in case anyone's wondering why suicidal depression is Korean students' national pastime."


Who Does Potty Training These Days?

From HoosierDoc:

"When I was a TA, I had to interpret for a mom who couldn't speak much English. Her child was a kindergartner and he had trouble with his bowel movements. Basically, he always pooped his pants. Aside from that, he also displayed some signs of possibly being in the spectrum. So we have mom come in and she comes in in pajamas. Whatever.

As we begin the conference, we asked her how he did at home with his homework. She said, 'I do it for him because he never stops crying about it. I know how to copy his handwriting.' We were all like 'WTF,' but moved on. Finally, we asked her how it was like potty training him, and she said, 'Potty train? I didn't potty train him. Isn't that something we just know how to do?'

Her lazy parenting skills killed me. Folks, don't be a lazy parent."



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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:04:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/teachers-describe-encounters-with-insane-parents/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[Actors Who Were Actually High On Set]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-were-high-on-set/jacob-shelton

People get high for a lot of reasons. Some folks are trying to hide from their feelings; some people like to party; and some people are just super bored. High celebrities are no different. Actors who smoked on set did so for a variety of reasons, and the interesting thing that binds them all together is that none of them really feel bad about it. As much as there’s a culture of shame placed around drug use, the actors high on set that have been included on this list are very straight forward about what they did. Most of them realize that it’s probably not what they should have been doing while they were working, but they’re also not wringing their hands over their life decisions. After all, they’re famous movie stars, and this is how people expect them to act.

Some of the actors on this list are truly going to surprise you, mostly because they’re so darn affable. They’re leading men who are known for their multiple appearances in Disney films, and their strong jawlines. Basically, if they’re doing drugs, then that means anyone can do drugs. Obviously, getting high at work, whether you’re making a movie or teaching a class, isn’t the way you should be getting through the day, and all of these stars have definitely reeled things in since they were getting zonked out of their mind on set (well, most of them anyway). If you’re just dying to know which actors were high on set, put on some 311 and keep reading. 


Actors Who Were Actually High On Set,

Carrie Fisher

The late, great Carrie Fisher has been very open about her past drug use, and while it might bum some people out that Princess Leia was high while saving the galaxy, it makes total sense that someone in a position like Fisher's would need to get high while appearing in the biggest film series ever. She said, "We did cocaine on the set of Empire, in the ice planet. I didn't even like coke that much. It was just a case of getting on whatever train I needed to take to get high."

But then her drug use started to get the best of her, and the only reason she survived is because it was so hard to get coke. "Slowly I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter. If I'd been addicted to booze I'd be dead now, because you just go out and get it."


Dennis Quaid

Hold the phone, the hunky (kind of terrible) dad from The Parent Trap was seduced by the white lady in the '80s? Is nothing sacred? Wow. Quaid wrote about how his addiction almost ruined his career in Newsweek. "By the time I was doing The Big Easy, in the late 1980s, I was a mess. I was getting an hour of sleep a night. I had a reputation for being a 'bad boy,” which seemed like a good thing, but basically I just had my head stuck up my ass. I’d wake up, snort a line, and swear I wasn’t going to do it again that day. But then 4 o’clock rolled around, and I’d be right back down the same road like a little squirrel on one of those treadmills."


Eminem

It's probably not a surprise that Eminem, a man who once rapped: "I been to mushroom mountain once or twice but who's counting/But nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills" was high on the set of his movie where he played himself. According to an interview with Rolling Stone, he was doing Ambien throughout the filming of the movie: "We were doing 16 hours on the set, and you had a certain window where you had to sleep. One day somebody gave me an Ambien, and it knocked me the f*ck out. I was like, 'I need this all the time.' So I got a prescription. After four or five months, your tolerance starts building. You start breaking off another piece of the pill that's supposed to be for tomorrow."


Ethan Embry

Oh no, you guys, can you believe that one of your favorite teen heartthrobs can't remember filming one of the greatest high school movies of all time? In 2013, Embry revealed that not only was he smoking ALL the weed while filming Can't Hardly Wait, but that he also doesn't even know what the movie is about. “I was a smoker and the world’s biggest pot head and probably smelled like a walking ashtray. Maybe that’s what those weird people are saying. I haven’t seen the movie all the way through, and I was stoned. I never read the script."  

But what's the movie about Ethan? “Uh, uh, uh… It’s about a party right? Underage kids drinking and smoking and having underage sex, right?” As long as he still remembers every moment of filming Empire Records, everything should be fine.  


Gunnar Hansen

Gunnar Hansen has alluded to being high while swinging a chainsaw around on camera in multiple interviews, but he saved the actual story of what happened for his memoirs. In his wildly entertaining biography of the filming of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Chainsaw Confidential: How We Made the World's Most Notorious Horror Movie, Hansen explains how he accidentally got so effing high on set. Obviously things got weird when the set caterer brought weed brownies: "I know I ate a couple - or more. They were really good. Smoothed me right out. I don't really know who was stoned. I know I was..." 


Jack Nicholson

Jack Nicholson is the last real Hollywood wild man, so it shouldn't be that much of a surprise that he's been high while working on a film. While filming Easy Rider, Nicholson had to smoke a joint while filming the campfire scene, and you better believe that he smoked a bunch of legit joints.

In a retrospective of the film, Nicholson said, "We were all stoned the night we shot the campfire scene. The speech about the UFOs looks improvised, but it was actually almost verbatim from the script. The story about me smoking 155 joints - that's a little exaggerated. But each time I did a take or an angle, it involved smoking almost an entire joint. After the first take or two, the acting job became reversed. Instead of being straight and having to act stoned at the end, I was now stoned at the beginning and having to act straight, and then gradually letting myself return to where I was - which was very stoned."


Josh Duhamel

In 2016, Josh Duhamel played hard-partying Bill "Spaceman" Lee in the biographical film, and while he knew he was going to be smoking a joint in one of the scenes, he didn't know he'd be smoking a joint. "The truth is the first day, the first shot of the movie, I was rolling a joint. Normally they make fake weed, but nobody told me it was real weed. So I smoked it and for the next several hours I was high and wasn't supposed to be."


Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry has been pretty open about his drug use throughout the '90s, but it's still crazy to think about the fact that he doesn't remember some of the best moments from Friends. He told Larry King that he spent most of the mid '90s taking Vicodin "mostly just to not drink as much as I was.” YIKES! Reading that mostly explains why he forgot half the run of his hit show. When asked what his favorite episode, he responded: "I think the answer is, I don’t remember three years of it, so none of those. I was a little out of it at the time. Somewhere between seasons three and six.” Not even the episode where you were stuck in a box?!


Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. has had a storied history of being completely messed up on movie sets and in life in general, but he says that he didn't start getting high on set until 1987's Less Than Zero, where he played the junkie/future version of himself, Julian. He told The Guardian, "Until that movie, I took my drugs after work and on the weekends. Maybe I'd turn up hungover on the set, but no more so than the stuntman. That changed on Less Than Zero. I was playing this junkie-f*ggot guy and, for me, the role was like the ghost of Christmas future. The character was an exaggeration of myself. Then things changed and, in some ways, I became an exaggeration of the character. That lasted far longer than it needed to last."


Shia LaBeouf

It must be weird to be Rupert Grint. Not only are you the third wheel on the Harry Potter fandom motorcycle (was there a wizard cycle?), but the one movie you do with Shia LeBeouf turns out to be a total mess because your very famous co-star is on a bunch of LSD throughout filming. Grint said that LeBeouf, "smashed the place up, got naked and kept seeing this owl. If anything will make you not do drugs, it's watching that." Not the owl! Anything but that!



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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:53:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/actors-who-were-high-on-set/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[Pilots Relay Their Most Terrifying Experiences They Didn't Alert Passengers Of]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/airplane-close-calls/amandasedlakhevener

Ask any experienced pilot and they'll inform you most airplane disasters often get prevented without the passengers on board ever having to bother a flight attendant. According to airplane statistics, you have a one in 29.4 million chance of being killed in a crash if you only take one flight. That number increases as you spend more time in the air. Recent flying statistics break down the fatalities per one million hours of flight time to 12.25 deaths. Luckily, because of some sky-high finesse from the ones in the control room, most potential airplane disasters end up becoming close calls, albeit ones where the stakes are literally high.

Since your odds of getting killed in a crash are slim, this means the scary things about flying are the near-misses themselves, not the crashes. Here are some Reddit tales from pilots about this very topic, and how they braved turbulance, engine failure, and other scary aspects of flying to get you to your destination.


Pilots Relay Their Most Terrifying Experiences They Didn't Alert Passengers Of,

A Number Of Close Calls

From g1344304:

I fly 737's for a major airline. Scariest incident by far was doing the circling approach to land on runway 08 in Innsbruck, Austria. We do a lot of training for Innsbruck, because it's in the middle of a very tight valley with mountains rising up to 13,000 feet . It is very demanding and we actually require three pilots (rather than two) to go as there is so much to take in. There are three different escape maneuvers if we get into trouble ( as we can't out-climb the mountains) and if we were to lose an engine it would be a bad day out but still something we train for. Anyway, the circling approach takes us very close to terrain on our left, and at the end we basically have to dive down over power lines on a ridge just a few hundred feet beneath the aircraft while turning onto short final (our briefing material actually says 'once clear of the power cables, increase rate of descent to over 1000-feet-per-minute'). When I flew the approach (had only done it once) the winds were crazy, the aircraft was all over the place but somehow we kept it stable and landed. When the aircraft came to a stop my heart was literally pounding in my chest and I was sweating profusely - not a good feeling. When disembarking, the passengers gave lots of good comments like 'awesome approach' and 'great landing' - if only they knew all three of the pilots just crapped themselves! Imagine this with snowstorms, clouds, gale force winds and not being able to see the mountains. The valley is too tight to do normal turns so we have special procedures to perform tighter turns in an emergency or go around

Another time I was flying into Pristina in Kosovo. The airfield there has very basic navigation facilities. We got a massive shortcut from ATC which meant we were very very high - higher than we were supposed to be. To resolve this we pretty much dive the aircraft at high speed with a high rate of descent, a pretty normal maneuver but man we really needed to get down. Pristina also has some very high mountains, right beside the final approach. As we were hurtling towards final approach, in thick cloud, at low altitude (lower than the mountains) trying to catch up with the situation our navigation screens failed and went blank. For about 20 seconds we had no idea where we were (except very close to a huge mountain at high speed) and the air traffic controller pipes up, 'Are your navigation systems ok? You are two miles away from where you should be.' - This was another sh*t yourself moment. We ended up going around (aborting the approach), getting to a safe altitude and landing on the other runway. Again, passengers none the wiser.

Last one - landing in Jersey (UK). Jersey is a very short runway, the shortest runway we land on by far, with one end of the runway leading over a cliff and into the sea. 737's can just about land on it but we are quite limited to certain weights and winds. It is always interesting. We usually use max brakes and max thrust reverse. With head wind it is no big deal really but it's never 100% comfortable. On one particular day we had the maximum tailwind we were allowed to accept (means a longer landing distance due to increased ground speed) at the maximum weight - right on the limits. The captain floated the landing for only half a second but still managed to touchdown just inside the landing markers. I have never been so sure that we would not stop in time, I thought we would end up in the sea. We just made it. The passengers in Jersey are used to braking hard so they were none the wiser. It might sound dodgy but our performance calculations are very precise and it worked out ok."

 


There Was A Total Electrical Failure

From zscn:

"Pilot of an Airbus 320 here. I was flying into a high elevation port in Asia 23,000 feet on descent had a total loss of electrical power. All screens went dark including standby instruments and emergency lighting. To put this into perspective, airbus designed this aircraft with three electrical generators in addition to power supplied by batteries and the emergency generator. It is designed never to be without electrical power even if both the engines failed; you ran completely out of fuel and the auxiliary power unit is in operation. It’s a scenario pilots don’t even train for because its never supposed to happen.

After a partial recovery of our screens, what followed were 12 consecutive warnings associated with different onboard systems. We landed safely, and passengers didn’t notice a thing apart from the lights temporarily going out in the cabin.

The car analogy would be you driving at 100 km/hr on a highway and suddenly all your windows are covered up, you lose your speedometer and all electrical systems, there’s no response from the brake or accelerator. But you can still feel the car going."


Cabin Pressure Failed

From theseblueskies:

"I am a commercial airline captain on a newish Embraer 175. Probably one of the scarier things I have had happen was when one of our cabin pressure control channels failed and we started to rapidly lose pressurization.

Pressurization is important because the air is so thin in the flight levels, specifically above 30,000'. The higher up you get the less 'time of useful consciousness' you have, down to about 30 seconds. So it is a pretty scary thought and it is a problem requiring immediate action, usually a steep emergency descent, during which you will not hear from the pilots because we are super busy.

Our pressure controller has two channels and automatically switches to the second if one fails. We were flying along about to start our descent and briefing our arrival and our ears started popping, like mad. I looked over and the pressurization was climbing very fast. We started a steep, but not quite emergency-level, descent, while I flipped the pressurization switch to manual and then back to auto. This manually switched the channel to the working one and we could continue without problem.

Pretty sure all the passengers noticed were their ears popping. It gave us about 80 seconds of a scare though.

The funniest part was that when we landed our maintenance control wanted us to 'defer' the pressurization channel over the phone, meaning we will fix it later (generally a very safe way to get flights out on time with something minor or redundant broken). I told him I was going to have to insist that someone come over and actually look at the plane to say it was safe to fly.

I would like to add that the mechanics were not being reckless. These channels rarely fail, and having two is already a redundancy. They are absolutely able to defer them with very little concern for safety. I was being overly cautious in my request for an inspection and they accommodated me without question. A few mechanics out there must have very charged relationships with pilots, though this is rarely the case in my workplace."


A Few "Oops" Moments

From tostilocos:

"Private pilot here (I fly an itty bitty little Cessna 172s). I've had a few incidents:

Shortly after getting licensed, I flew my wife's parents to Catalina. With four adults and enough fuel to get there and back (no gas on the island), we were a bit heavy, but well within the plane's limits (I had done all of my weight and balance calculations the night before and even consulted my instructor since I'd only been licensed a few months prior). The flight out to the island was uneventful. We had a nice lunch, walked around a bit, and were heading back in the early afternoon.

Before takeoff I got the WX report and noticed it was a bit warmer than earlier in the day (planes don't take off as well in warm weather). I did the calculations again and we were still well within limits for our weight, temp, and runway length. My instructor had taken me through warm takeoffs, so I was prepared to have a longer than normal takeoff roll.

We line up at the end of the runway, I hold brakes and bring the engine up, then roll out. We're gaining speed, but I can feel the plane isn't getting lighter. We hit our normal rotation speed (around 75kts) and I rotate gently. The nose lifts up, the back wheels pick off a bit, then the plane settles right back down to the runway. At this point my sphincter puckers up and I seriously consider abandoning the takeoff. Catalina's runway ends at a cliff - if you over run you plummet into the ocean. I check the airspeed which is still climbing steadily, so I know we'll be alright. Sure enough we hit about 85kts, I rotate again, and this time we're off for good.

We had a lovely flight home, landed without incident. After we land my family all remark that the whole trip was so smooth and pleasant. I waited a bit before telling my Dad that I just about locked the brakes up and killed the engine on takeoff to avoid running us off the cliff.

The second one wasn't as bad. Took a buddy up a few weeks after getting licensed. We did some sightseeing and then came back to home home airport, where the crosswinds had picked up considerably. You train for crosswinds a lot, but if you're not lucky you don't get to experience them as much as you'd like with your instructor. I knew they were within my personal limits, but they were still stronger than any I had landed in previously. I crabbed the thing in d*mn near sideways (in a x-wind you point the nose into the wind and compensate with aileron, then throw the thing straight just before touchdown), making adjustments the whole way in -  a lot of work and quite nerve wracking. Touched down a little rough and had to correct a bit further through that, but got her in plenty safe. My buddy says 'Man that was a smooth landing!' meanwhile I'm trying to keep my hand from shaking as I bring the throttle down."


The Windshield Shattered While 26,000 Feet In The Air

From AviatorDave:

"My biggest 'oh crap' moment was when my windshield shattered at 26,000 feet. The passengers did know about this one because you could see right into the cockpit from the cabin.

It's very rare to have actual 'oh crap' moments for pilots. Usually it's because of a mechanical malfunction with something that catches you by surprise. I'd say it's strongly correlated to the amount of flight time you have. The more experience you have, the less you say it.

There is a saying in aviation about learning to fly, 'You start out with a full bag of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill up the bag of experience before you run out of luck.'"


They Flew Into Volcanic Ash

From besmircherz:

"Military pilot here. I was on a flight leaving Sigonella, Italy. Mount Etna had been erupting for the past four hours but ATC cleared the southern sector to be free of volcanic ash. We flew directly into an ash cloud at 2000 ft remaining in the volcanic ash cloud for over 20 minutes. We had no luck climbing and punching out of the ash cloud so we ended up doing an emergency descent to 1000 ft to get out of clouds. We started experiencing engine malfunctions and had to secure two out of our four engines. Unfortunately in Europe, ATC is not responsible for obstacle clearance and we received a vector that would have flown us straight into a mountain. We caught the error and navigated back to the field to conduct a two engine emergency landing without incident.

I literally expected every engine to cut out. I didn't expect to make it out of that volcanic ash cloud alive; look up what volcanic ash does to jet engines."


He Missed The Other Plane By Mere Feet

From HarborMaster1:

"Half the passengers in this story had no idea, while the other half likely crapped themselves. My father was a captain for Eastern Airlines and told a story about almost being at takeoff speed when another commercial jet taxied across his runway. He was going too fast to abort so he had to pull up early and cleared the other plane by mere feet (don't remember the exact amount). His passengers had no idea but the other plane's passengers saw everything. I don't know what ended up happening to the other pilot, but my dad got an apology call from him that evening."


The Airplane Started Shaking Like Crazy

From jfrye1:

"I am a pilot with ~300 hours. I own a 1967 Cessna 172 (single engine, four seats), and I absolutely love my airplane. First flight after my check ride, I was flying my mom to visit my dad in another state.

Up to this point, everything is going great. Smooth flight, no winds, not a cloud in the sky. My mom is sleeping in the back seat. We are descending into our destination when the plane starts shaking like crazy. Scanning my instruments, I notice an immediate RPM drop. The airplane is shaking so much I fear the engine will come loose from its mount. Luckily, there is an airport less than five miles away. I land, shut the engine down, and sit quietly, and calm my nerves. It is at this point I hear my mom remark, 'Oh, we're here...' 

Turns out she had slept through the whole thing, and woke up as soon as I shut the engine down. I explained what had happened, and she was rather grateful she had slept through it! For the curious, my engine (a Continental O300) was nearing TBO and had a piston that had begun to disintegrate. $20,000 and an engine overhaul later, we were back in the air."


Terror On Descent

From CriticalMach:

"Airline pilot here, going on four years now. I was flying into a small Midwestern airport in the middle of summer. On approach to the airport, we received an alert by the onboard equipment to climb immediately to avoid hitting another plane. Fair enough, I climb as instructed, see the offending aircraft below us, and decide to continue the approach.

On a three mile straight to the runway, we spot a wall of torrential rain rapidly approaching the field. Looks far enough away that we think that we can beat it to the airport. About 100 ft off the runway the rain hits us and we go complete white out, nothing visible outside of the windshield. Immediately start a go-around, and we get as low as 20 ft before the airplane finally starts climbing. Upon exiting the rain, and at about 500 ft, we finally are able to see again, and get another alert for a helicopter right in front of us. This time we are told to descend.

All in all, the most hectic and terrifying series of events in my entire time in aviation."


Close Call With A Piper Cub

I've piloted, but not certified pilot, but I am a certified A&P mechanic. The scariest moment I had in the air was a little over a year ago, as I was flying from my home in Key West to visit family in Columbus. We were on approach into CMH and everything was going smoothly. All of a sudden I hear the engines get fire walled while the nose pitched up to about 15/20 degrees. It was an extreme enough maneuver that everyone in the cabin snapped alert and started looking around inside to see why. I knew the problem would be outside, so I look outside for clues on the wings.

When I am looking out, I see a small piper aircraft pass about 200 feet off our wing tip and only about 150 feet beneath us going in the opposite direction. How do I know it was so close? I can tell you the pilot was white wearing a blue shirt.

As soon as the piper passed the nose pitched back down, and the engines were throttled down. When I was deplaning I waited to be one of the last off. The pilots were doing the usual thanks for flying. I quickly asked "near midair?" and the pilot got a serious look and nodded, but didn't actually say an answer, then went back to smiling and thanking the people behind me.

They knew something was happening, but I was the only one that I know of looking out the window at the right time. Everyone else was looking around the inside.



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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:48:27 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/airplane-close-calls/amandasedlakhevener
<![CDATA[Scary True Stories That American Horror Story Should Make A Season About]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-stories-for-next-season-of-american-horror-story/lyra-radford

There are plenty of true stories that inspire American Horror Story. They are the stories that resonate and terrify, which is exactly why the creators of the show pull inspiration from their intriguing bits of folklore. The show's creators do an exceptional job at putting their own unique spin on real life atrocities. Each season pulls from multiple sources, unsolved crimes, historical oddities, and chilling legends people have told around campfires for generations can all be found sprinkled throughout the show.

American Horror Story plots inspired by real events have included the Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Bathorythe Axeman of New Orleans, and the haunted Cecil Hotel, to name a few. But what other horrifying stories - fact or fiction - haven't they done that would make for great television? Jack the Ripper? Slender man? Here are some possible options from popular legends and real events that could fit in nicely with the collection of scary stories in American Horror Story.


Scary True Stories That American Horror Story Should Make A Season About,

Alcatraz Penitentiary

Fans have been screaming - well, more like typing in all caps - for an American Horror Story: Prison for quite sometime now. Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, which is reportedly one of the most haunted locations in the country, would be the ideal place to start. They had famous inmates like Al Capone, George "Machine-Gun" Kelly, Arthur "Doc" Barker and the first "Public Enemy #1" Alvin Karpis.

Obviously there would be plenty of vengeful ghosts of some insanely violent individuals. Any earth bound spirits of guards and administrators would be pretty terrifying as well since this facility was known for inhumane treatment of prisoners, back in the '30s prisoners were kept in "hole-cells." There is even talk about the land itself being haunted log before the prison went up.

According to local historians, the land was a Native American burial ground. Complaints of haunting have been going on since opening day.


The SS Ourang Medan

The American Horror Story “Sweet Dreams” trailer seemed to hint at a horror at sea. How awesome would AHS: Ghost Ship be? The historic mystery of the SS Ourang Medan would be a great place to pull inspiration from.

According to legend, multiple ships picked up distress calls from the SS Ourang Medan. The message received was broken up into two parts (with undecipherable morse code between them) the messages said "S.O.S. from Ourang Medan * * * we float. All officers including the Captain, dead in chartroom and on the bridge. Probably whole of crew dead. I die."

When the ship was actually found drifting near Indonesia, the entire crew aboard the Ourang Medan was dead - eyes wide open and mouths gaping.


The Bloody Benders

From 1871 to 1873, John Bender and his wife and two kids ran an Inn and general store in Kansas where the customers usually ended up victims

A Bender family dinner was a pretty brutal affair. It would involve inviting an unsuspecting guest to sit over a secret trapdoor with their back to a curtain so John could pop out and bash them in the head with a hammer. Then one of the kids would slash their throat before opening the trapdoor that led to the basement. They’d bury all the corpses out in the nearby orchard.

Randomly enough, the Benders lived near Laura Ingalls Wilder, (famous for Little House on the Prairie). She even mentioned the family and their exploits in some of her writings and speeches. A creepy family of murders on the prairie sounds right up American Horror Story's alley. 


The Demon House Of Gary, Indiana

The infamous demon house in Gary, IN, made headlines in 2014 when Latoya Ammons and her three children sought out exorcisms to rid themselves of demons. There was extensive media coverage, police involvement, and even members of the Department of Child Services got involved with these claims and witnessed unexplainable horrors in that house.

Footsteps, flickering lights, and strange sounds in the night quickly escalated to a 12-year-old child levitating off a bed, a nine-year-old walking backwards up a wall (in front of a nurse and case manager), and then full on demonic possession of all the members of the family. The family reached out to two clairvoyants, both of whom claimed the house was infested with 200 demons. The Catholic Church to intervene and performed multiple exorcisms.

The demon house has since been demolished by paranormal investigator Zak Bagans. Bagans purchased the house in 2014 to shoot a documentary. and found the place too evil to leave standing. But is it too evil to inspire AHS: Demon House?


Yosemite National Forest

There are some seriously strange stories coming out of Yosemite National Forest. Grouse Lake has it’s own Jason Voorhees haunting its waters. Allegedly, a young boy drowned there and tries to pull swimmers down to the bottom of the lake with him. There’s also an evil ‘water spirit” that lures people to their death near the waterfalls. In addition to Bigfoot sightings, Yosemite is also home to the creatures of legend known as “Nightcrawlers” or “Fresno Alien.” Brutal murders have taken place beneath its dense canopy and mysterious disappearances are a regular occurrence.

There’s a plethora of creepiness in every National Forest in the United States. This could be the perfect setting for all sorts of crazy stories in a new AHS season. 


Fox Hollow Farm

A sprawling, wooded estate owned by an unassuming family man with murderous impulses became a mass burial site for gay men living in Indianapolis. The story itself is rife with twists, creepy dolls, and sex - perfect for AHS.

In this true story, Herb Baumeister was living a double life. He was a married father of three and business owner who was secretly luring gay men back to his own home to strangle them to death in his creepy pool surrounded by mannequins. Then he would burn or bury their bodies in the yard where his children played.

Once his double life had been revealed, Baumeister took off to Canada to commit suicide at Pinery Provincial Park. Prior to killing himself, he set the stage in a ritualistic fashion, building up a sand mound and surrounded it with dead birds as an altar for himself. Then, he positioned himself on it with his arms stretched out, and shot himself.

The 1996 police investigation of the property uncovered 5,500 bones, but more are still being discovered by the current owners today. After his death, Baumeister was also linked to the I-70 Murders. After speaking with his wife, authorities discovered his travels lined up with a series of unsolved murders where the bodies were dumped along I-70. The number of lives he claimed remains uncertain to this day.


Centralia, Pennsylvania, The Real Silent Hill

Between the video game and the movies you’d think Silent Hill was a done deal, but it doesn’t have to be. At least not the real Silent Hill that is…

The story everyone knows was inspired by a very real, extremely eerie small town called Centralia in Pennsylvania. What once had a population of about 3,000 people, is now completely abandoned and has been on fire since 1962. There is plenty of horror fuel in any small mining town setting, but a slow burning fire running through a labyrinth of creepy coal mines beneath the decapitated, densely fog covered town of Centralia is just too good a setting to pass up.


Black River Falls

It seems some dark power fell over the people of Black River Falls, WI, between the years 1890 and 1900. The small mining town experienced a climate change that caused the mines to shut down. Many residents left, those who remained were plagued by illnesses, poverty, murder, suicides, devil-worship, and madness. It seemed the entire town was cursed by some dark, merciless force. It’s thought to be haunted beyond belief and inspired Michael Lesy’s book Wisconsin Death Trip. The photo-documentation is dark, hellish, jarring, and something American Horror Story could build an really interesting season around.


Jack The Ripper

American Horror Story: Ripper has a nice ring to it. They’ve already given the axe man a storyline, why not follow the infamous Jack the Ripper for a spell? An unidentified killer that stalked the impoverished streets of Victorian era London slicing prostitutes with surgical-like precision? It’s pretty shocking they haven’t taken a stab at this story already.

If you're unfamiliar with the Ripper's story, he's considered the first "serial killer" of modern times. He was known for brutalizing his victims, and his identity is still unknown. 


Winchester Mystery House

There may be some Winchester Mystery House inspiration flowing through AHS: Hotel, but there should be a full season dedicated to the real story of Sarah Winchester and her remarkable house. She built an entire mansion with strange doors and staircases leading to nowhere, or perhaps somewhere the living can’t see.

After the death of her husband - heir to the Winchester rifle fortune - and child in the 1880s, Winchester went to see a medium. The medium told her to go out west and craft a home for the ghosts of those killed by Winchester rifles. So she did, continuously adding rooms, windows, doors, balconies, and staircases, all to appease the spirits she communicated with in her séance room.  



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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:57:26 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/scary-stories-for-next-season-of-american-horror-story/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[9 Real People With Super Powers Straight Out Of Comics]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-people-with-super-powers-from-comics/jacob-shelton

If you ever wondered what the world would be like with real-life superheroes, you need not ponder any longer. It turns out they exist, but they aren't exactly decked out in spandex saving the helpless from burning buildings. People with real superpowers appeared since the dawn of the 20th century, and their abilities rival even those of some of your favorite characters. One real superhero used their abilities at the Olympics, while another simply climbs whatever structure they find, laws against buildering be d*mned!

The most fascinating aspect about these real-life superheroes on this list is they're largely just normal people with incredible gifts. Sure, a couple of the men and women with real-life superpowers used their abilities to gain fame and fortune, but most of them lead normal lives, albeit with abnormal abilities. 


9 Real People With Super Powers Straight Out Of Comics,

Michel Lotito Can Eat Everything

One superhero that rarely gets love is the classic DC character Matter Eater Lad, a character who could and did eat anything. Perhaps people realized they didn't need a character when they could just watch Michel Lotito, or Mr. Eat-All. Lotito was a French entertainer who grew up with a mental disorder called pica which caused him to compulsively eat non-food items. When Lotito grew up he turned his disability into a paycheck and began eating things for profit. While he was still alive Lotito ate everything from chandeliers to a Cessna 150 Airplane, and that meal took a full two years to complete. 

Mr. Eat-All claimed he never felt any negative effects from gobbling up everything in sight, and before each performance he drank mineral oil and continue drinking a lot of water during the meal. It makes you wonder how he would have done on the modern competitive eating circuit. 


Daniel Tammet Is A Human Rosetta Stone

What would you say about someone who is a mathematical genius, made up their own language, can speak other languages, and who can compute astronomical calculations before you've finished reading this sentence? That they have a super human ability, right? Daniel Tammet wouldn't agree with you, but that's just because he's a sweetie that doesn't want to sound like a jerk in interviews. Tammet was born with the ability to experience a mathematical equation rather than just see it on paper. He told ABC, "The numbers are moving in my mind. Sometimes they're fast, sometimes they're slow. Sometimes they're dark. Sometimes they're bright. That emotion, that motion, that texture will be highly memorable for me." Whatever equation he's given, Tammet visualizes those numbers into a form and transforms them into a new image that suits the solution. 

 


Ben Underwood Could See Sound

Before passing away in 2009 from retinal cancer, Ben Underwood was the real-life parallel to Daredevil, the blind lawyer who could "see" vibrations. After being diagnosed with retinal cancer at the age of two, Underwood had both of his eyes removed at the age of three; through a process called echolocation he learned to detect the locations of objects by making a clicking sound with his tongue. By creating sounds with his tongue or tapping a cane, Underwood was able build a world around himself out of wave forms and lead an incredibly active life. 

 

 


Jyothi Raj Is Gifted With Super Dexterity

Jyothi may not be able to shoot super sticky webbing out of his wrists or sense when danger is coming, but in every other aspect he's a modern day Spider-Man. This wall crawler lives in Karnataka, India and he discovered his uncanny climbing ability while climbing some bamboo scaffolding. He told the Daily Mail: "I discovered my ability to climb in this manner working on the bamboo scaffolding when I started as a construction worker. I could climb at an incredible rate without fear. I began to climb for fun at the weekends and came to the famous fort here at Chitradurga to entertain the crowds, especially on Sundays." Jyothi also says that he learned to climb by watching monkeys and copying the stunts in his favorite films. 


Gary Turner Is Super Stretchy

Mr. Fantastic has nothing on Gary Turner, a man who has skin that's so loose he can turn the skin around his stomach into a flat surface thanks to Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has weakened his skin. Turner said that if you "look at your own skin cells under a microscope, they'd be nice and round and lock in many places. But my skin cells tend to be more jagged, and don't fit together quite so well. The best way to describe it is I'm built rather like a badly woven basket, if you can imagine that, which will pull apart." According to Turner he first noticed that his skin was abnormally stretchy when he was a toddler, and ever since then he's been testing the limits of what his body can do. 

 

 


Dave Mullins Can Stay Underwater For A Really Long Time

In early 2017 Dave Mullins, a New Zealand deep-sea diver, set a record for the deepest dive ever recorded in New Zealand. The 37-year-old swam the length of four swimming pools on one breath, and might have accidentally shown everyone that he's actually Aquaman. While some athletes might be braggy about their accomplishment, Mullins remained pretty chill about the whole thing. "Going down, I just focused on a handful of things which I needed to get right. It sounds really mundane, but it's about relaxing my chest muscles, equalizing, and keeping relaxed all the way down to the bottom." Yeah, no big deal, he just relaxed while allowing himself to sink into the ocean from whence he may have never returned. The next time you lose your glasses while you're swimming, Mullins is the guy to call. 


Usain Bolt Shouldn't Be As Fast As He Is

According to Dr Sam Allen, Lecturer in Biomechanics at Loughborough University, Usain Bolt has no business being as fast as he is. The main school of thought behind Bolt's speed anomaly is that his frame is all wrong, at 6’5 he shouldn't be able to excel at the 100m where rapid turnover and explosive power are crucial. Dr. Allen explains, "What we do know is that elite sprinters need to be able to generate extremely high muscle forces relative to their body mass, in the very short period of time when they’re actually in contact with the ground. All other things being equal, most sprinters spend a similar length of time in the air once they’re at top speed, but better sprinters spend less time on the ground."

Multiple researchers have studied Bolt's body and come to the conclusion that he has longer muscle fascicles and shorter Achilles tendons which allow him to apply force to the ground for longer. But even that doesn't explain his uncanny speed. Dr. Allen continues, "There is no obvious biomechanical reason why height should be either an advantage or disadvantage at maximum speed." So maybe he just straight up has super powers. 


Shakuntala Devi Is A Mathemagician

Born in Bengaluru Karnataka, India to a circus performer, Devi began showing her ability for memorization and calculation before she was even in preschool. According to her biography, her father was showing her how to perform a card trick and she memorized an entire deck of cards after it had been shuffled. Until her death in 2013, Devi amazed audiences with her ability to remember the dates, and perform complex mathematical calculations with nothing but her mind. Not only could she pinpoint the dates of every Monday in a given year, but she could find cube roots of massive numbers that would take anyone else a graphing calculator and a white board. When interviewers would ask her how she did it, Devi simply answered, "It’s a very automatic reaction. . . . I was born with this gift.”

 

 

 


Javier Botet Moves Like A CGI Monster

The name Javier Botet may not be a household name, but if you've watched a horror movie in the last decade you've seen the work he can do with his extraordinary abilities. Botet was born with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that is characterized by tall statures, slender frames, and elongated limbs and digits. Coming in at 6-feet, 7-inches tall and weighing just over 100-pounds, Botet turned his odd condition into a lifestyle when he began working in films like [REC], The Conjuring 2, and Mama. Director James Wan told Bloody Disgusting, "I’ve seen a few critics refer to a Conjuring 2 character as CGI or stop-motion, but is in fact played by the incredible, and very real, Javier Botet. [He] creates amazing movements with his body. Like a living, jittery, stop-motion puppet. All done on-camera."



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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:17:22 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/real-people-with-super-powers-from-comics/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Absolute Worst Ways Kids Found Out Their Parents Were Getting Divorced]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awful-ways-kids-found-out-about-their-parents-divorce/lea-rose-emery

If you need a crash course in how to not tell kids about divorce, check out these stories. Telling your kids about divorce never feels easy— and while there may be no right way to do it, there are certainly some wrong ones. Some terribly wrong ones. 

When it comes down to it, how to tell kids about divorce is one of the trickiest parts. You need to reassure them it's not their fault, but that's easier said than done when you've got resentment issues brewing between you and your partner. Plus there's the fear that the kids might take sides. Folks at Reddit shared their stories of how kids can find out about their parents' separation, and offer some advice on how to tell your kids about divorce. These stories of how kids found out about divorce are entirely unfair, featuring violence, animosity, and straight-up blame towards the kids. Divorce comes with enough baggage, and nobody needs this on top of it. 


The Absolute Worst Ways Kids Found Out Their Parents Were Getting Divorced,

Point Blank

From nikkissippi121:

"My parents aren't divorced, but they separated when I was seven. The way I remember it, I walked into the living room and my mom asked me point-blank who I wanted to live with. I cried. That's all I really remember. My mom says there was more to it, but I think she doesn't remember correctly. I think if they'd sat down with me and explained that they still cared for each other, but just weren't in love anymore, but that they'd always love me, etc., it would have been a lot easier." 


Don't Make Them Choose

From aviary83:

"My parents pretty much did everything wrong. My sister and I went through some f*cked up sh*t...

Nothing feels worse than feeling like you have to choose between your parents, whether it's something big like who to live with, or something relatively small like who to believe about something. My father once said that my mother and him should have lived near each other so they could co-parent more. That would have been a f*cking disaster and I'm glad they didn't. So I guess they got that one thing somewhat right."


Shouldn't Have Been Married At All

From zucc0:

"They screamed at each other until my mother left. I guess it could have been better, but it was the first of a few times in my life where a huge relief came over me. Then began the negotiation, first through the courts and then through me, for visitation and general planning. That is stressful at seven. Especially when your little brother forgets his snow boots or something important and you have to organize an unscheduled meeting. People later, years after the dust settled, would tell me it wasn't about me and that confused me. Of course it wasn't about me, they were both assh*les to each other and had no business being married in the first place."


The Blame Game

From R3solv:

"Well my dad blamed my mom for the affairs that ruined their marriage when he was the cheater and living in his sister's apartment at the time. He felt it make things easier between himself, his sister, his mother who lived downstairs, and us and them, but we all knew the truth. Instead he came off like a huge asshole who was forcing our mother out on the street after everything else he'd done because it was as always about him.

He should have moved out and left us and my mom to care for us; instead we got stuck with him for two years before he moved out and my sister and I took over finances and rent and sh*t at 18 and 16. We never missed a damn rent check or utility bill payment, while he failed to ever pay a thing on time or at all, even when my mom worked three jobs to just put microwave meals on the table."


Attempted Kidnapping

From TheSloth17:

"My dad tried to steal my brothers and me away in the night before my mom got home from work. Lot of violence and police that night. So don't do that."


Blurting It Out

From Rks1157:

"My mom told me we were moving and dad wasn't coming with us, ever. It pretty much f*cked up my day." 


What A Vacation

From jimmy011087:

"I was 14, and my sister was 17. It was my dad's fault (he ran off with his now-wife 13 years ago). I got told while on a family holiday and, well, that trip was basically ruined . I took it as well as I could, lobbed a glass at my dad and broke a window, but calmed down eventually.

"As for the divorce, he then pretended his business was worthless when it was actually worth £1m+, so my mum got royally screwed over as she chose a clean break over maintenance. But luckily she worked extra hard to get a career going while looking after us and we always had food on the table, a decent house and saw them both enough."


During Deployment

From anxiousreader:

"My dad was deployed when they decided to split up, but he was on his way back to the states for his retirement and moved to New Mexico. Before he did that, my mom sat me down and explained that, 'Although Daddy and Mommy loved each other, they decided it would be better off to be friends.' I was nine, I didn't cry, and she honestly answered my questions and I still felt like it was my fault. My five-year-old brother didn't really understand besides the fact that they weren't going to be married anymore, but he didn't really seem to understand that Dad wasn't going to be moving back up to where we lived."


At The Airport

From an anonymous user:

"I was five. I remember one day leaving my mom at the airport. My sister and dad were with me. I had no idea where she was going or what was going on. A few days later I began to ask questions and remember my sister telling me that my dad had 'kissed another mommy'. I didn't see or hear from my mom for at least three years after that.

I finally found out last year the exact reasons. It turned out my dad cheated on my mom, then told her. When she reacted negatively he beat her in front of my sister who was maybe six or seven at the time. It went as far as her locking herself in a room to be safe and him breaking the door to get in and beat her more. She had tried to kill herself on three occasions but never succeeded.

For the longest time it sucked because I didn't understand the gravity of the situation and was angry at my mom for abandoning me. Try to avoid this. If neither one of you are violent and hostile or abusive make sure that your kids spend time with both of you. And don't make your partner out to be the bad guy, no matter how tempting it may be.

Whatever you do, try to have your kids understand the situation, don't have them wondering for more than 10 years what actually went down. Most importantly make sure they understand it isn't their fault."


18 Years Later

From Kthulu42:

"My parents divorced so long ago I can barely remember it, but on my wedding day they still refused to stand together so I could have a photo of my biological parents with me in my bridal gown.

18 years of he-said/she-said, of guilt tripping, of emotional manipulation. I love them both, but they didn't provide me with an emotionally healthy start to life - if one parent hates the other, then it feels like they hate part of you too."



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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:36:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/awful-ways-kids-found-out-about-their-parents-divorce/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[Buckwild And Horrifying Things Robert Downey Jr. Somehow Made It Through]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-robert-downey-jr-stories/elle-tharp

Before he saved the world and earned millions on millions as Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. did a boatload of drugs, and the crazy Robert Downy Jr. scandals that came as a result of this do not disappoint. There are many wild RDJ stories to testify to this fact. Growing up with hippie parents and becoming a part of the '80s Hollywood brat pack, it was only expected that RDJ would like to party. He managed to become one of Hollywood's most promising young actors, while recreationally using drugs. 

His drug use began to spiral, however, in the 1990s, and Downey Jr. went through a dark phase of drug addiction, jail time, and rehab. He hit rock bottom so hard that nobody ever expected him to make the comeback that he did. Now one of Hollywood's highest paid actors, RDJ has been sober since 2003 and has become a role model and fan favorite of the film industry. Some would even say he's become America's cool uncle. Read on to see just how far he's come. 


Buckwild And Horrifying Things Robert Downey Jr. Somehow Made It Through,

He Scrubbed Pizza Pans For Eight Cents An Hour

The Hollywood bad boy faced many reality checks behind bars. In addition to his earlier stay, in 1999, he did a year in a California state lock-up. While there, he faced harsh conditions. He slept on a three-inch-thick mattress, worked in the kitchen scrubbing pans for eight cents an hour, and ended up questioning his sanity. 


He Woke Up In Prison In A Pool Of His Own Blood

RDJ is nothing if not resilient. In 1997, he was sentenced to 180 days in prison after violating his parole by missing drug tests. During the first of his two major jail stints, Downey Jr. was targeted by other inmates for his celebrity status. He was attacked by fellow inmates and twice described waking up in a pool of his own blood, which sounds nothing short of terrifying. Of his time in jail he once stated, "I would never tell you the worst things that have happened to me." 


His Dad Let Him Smoke Marijuana At Age Six

Robert Downey Sr. made a name for himself in '60s and '70s counterculture as a director of irreverent comedies such as Putney Swope (1969), Greaser's Palace (1972), and Pound (1970). In the latter film, a five-year-old RDJ played a puppy, and from a very early age he was exposed to the drug scene surrounding his father's job. He stated that marijuana and cocaine were "always around" and that doing drugs with his father became their own unique form of family bonding. "It was like him trying to express his love for me in the only way he knew how," said Downey Jr. 


Sean Penn And Dennis Quaid Took Him To Rehab, But He Escaped

While RDJ had partied hard during the '80s, in the '90s his drug use spiraled out of control, and he began to use crack and heroin for the first time. During a particularly bad year, 1996, a concerned Sean Penn and Dennis Quaid knocked on Downey Jr.'s door and put him on a private plane to a rehab center in Tucson. 

Three days later, he escaped rehab with only a bottle of water. He called his accountant for a plane ticket home and spent the flight getting drunk.  


He Once Showed Up To A Meeting Two Hours Late And Carrying A Shotgun

In 1997, director Mike Figgis was casting the part of a choreographer with AIDS for the film One Night Stand, and drug-addled RDJ certainly looked the part. He showed up to their meeting in a Beverly Hills restaurant two hours late and barefoot, carrying a loaded shotgun he couldn't explain. He still got the role. 


He Escaped Court-Ordered Rehab Through A Bathroom Window

After the "Goldilocks Incident," as RDJ's nightscapade into his neighbors' home was dubbed, RDJ was ordered to a treatment facility in Marina Del Rey. On his way in, he apparently told the guards he'd have no trouble getting out. Four days later, he escaped through his bathroom window and hitchhiked to a friend's house in Malibu. Security found him after four hours, and this they time hauled him off to jail. 


He Was Arrested For Driving With Cocaine, Heroin, and A .375 Magnum

Robert Downey Jr.'s first arrest came in the summer of 1996, after he was stopped by police on the Pacific Coast Highway. He was found in possession of heroin, cocaine, and a .375 magnum. Not even an A-list celebrity could get out that pickle, and he was charged for the first time. 


He Was Arrested In A Wonder Woman Costume At A Palm Springs Hotel

In 2000, Downey Jr. made headlines weird once again when he was arrested in a Palm Springs hotel room. He was discovered with cocaine while wearing a Wonder Woman costume. As comical as his outfit may have been, the felony drug possession charge was not quite as funny.


He Was Stopped By Police While Driving Naked Down Sunset Boulevard

Shortly after Downey Jr.'s first escape from rehab, he was stopped by police while driving down the Sunset Strip. He was high, naked, and throwing imaginary rats out of his car window. It's a true testament to RDJ's charms that he wasn't charged. This time, at least.


He Passed Out In A Random Child's Bedroom

In 1996, before Robert Downey Jr. had even been charged for his driving bender, he was arrested again just three weeks later. High on who knows what, he wandered into the Malibu home of his neighbors, Bill and Lisa Curtis, whom he didn't even know. He stripped down to his underwear and curled up in their eleven-year-old son's bedroom. Lisa went into the room around 9pm. Thinking her son had gone to bed early, she pulled back the sheets to instead find a nearly nude grown man, passed out. Surprise!

Downey Jr. was charged again for being under the influence of drugs. Miraculously, the Curtis family declined to press trespassing charges. 



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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:08:07 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-robert-downey-jr-stories/elle-tharp
<![CDATA[18 Things You Never Knew About Robert Downey Jr., America's Cool Uncle]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/robert-downey-jr-stories/elle-tharp

Robert Downey Jr.'s life has been many things, but it's never been boring. The son of a filmmaker and an actress, he's been in the spotlight since a young age, and Robert Downey Jr. facts trace how he went from bit parts in '80s Brat Pack films to acclaimed leading roles in the early '90s.

From there, Robert Downey Jr. stories take a darker turn. The actor has struggled with drug addiction throughout his life, and multiple arrests threatened to derail his career entirely. Then, in a twist worthy of his outsized Robert Downey Jr. life, he made a comeback. Downey Jr. was cast in a little feature called Iron Man, and suddenly he was back on top.

In true Hollywood fashion, Robert Downey Jr. has plenty of tales to tell. From weird trivia about a fast food franchise to a career path that included both comedy and ballet, here are a few fascinating things about an undeniably charming leading man.


18 Things You Never Knew About Robert Downey Jr., America's Cool Uncle,

Kiefer Sutherland Was His Roommate

Before they were Iron Man and Jack Bauer, Downey Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland were struggling actors who shared an L.A. apartment. Against all odds, they both made it big, and even ended up starring together in the 1988 film 1969. The duo lived together for three years.


He Was A Cast Member On SNL

When you think of all the greats that started out on Saturday Night Live, you probably don't think of Downey Jr. But he was actually a cast member on the show's eleventh season in 1985. The actor was just twenty years old at the time, and had very little comedic experience. He was not asked back for the following season, but his Hollywood career had begun to take off anyway.


He Only Made 500K On Iron Man

When Downey Jr. signed onto the Iron Man franchise, he only made $500,000 for the first film. But thanks to a sweet little contract clause, he made a whopping $10 million for Iron Man 2. If that wasn't a nice enough pay bump, he received $50 million for 2012's The Avengers, making him one of the highest paid film actors of all time.


He Released A Pop Album

In 2004, as Downey Jr. was getting back into the Hollywood scene, he decided to try his hand at music. Sony Classical released his album, The Futurist, which features eight pop ballads written and sung by the actor, as well as two cover songs.


He Left Jars Of His Own Urine On The Zodiac Set To Protest Overtime

According to director David Fincher, Downey Jr. made his feelings on long work hours known while filming the 2007 film Zodiac. Supposedly, Downey Jr. would urinate in jars and leave them around set as a protest against working overtime. Whether or not the story is true, filming likely took a while - Fincher is known to do dozens of takes of a single scene.


He Almost Wasn't Iron Man

After Downey Jr.'s very public years of addiction, many people in Hollywood feared he was unreliable. Marvel Studios was reluctant to cast him in their intended blockbuster Iron Man, and rejected the idea several times. It was director Jon Favreau who continuously brought up Downey Jr. and insisted on him for the part.

Favreau said he was so sure about the casting in part because the story of Tony Stark mirrored his friend's own journey: "...by studying the Iron Man role and developing that script I realized that the character seemed to line-up with Robert in all the good and bad ways. And the story of Iron Man was really the story of Robert’s career."


His First Role Was Playing A Puppy

At the age of five in 1970, Downey Jr. appeared in his father's film Pound. The movie showed the life of dogs in a city pound, played by human actors. Downey Jr. was a puppy.


His High School Friends Included Rob Lowe, Sean Penn, And Charlie Sheen

Future actors Rob Lowe, Sean Penn, Charlie Sheen, and Downey Jr. all attended Santa Monica High School together and were friends. According to Lowe, he and Sheen were the nerds of the crew.


He Thanked Burger King For Getting Him Clean

In 2008, Downey Jr. credited an unlikely source for helping him sober up. In an interview with Empire magazine, he described driving around with a car full of dope one night in 2003. He stopped at Burger King and ordered a burger and a large soda. Apparently, the burger was so bad that it made him reevaluate his life, and he chucked all of his drugs in the ocean.


He Buried His Clothes To Symbolize The Next Phase Of His Career

After filming 1987's Less Than Zero, Downey Jr. decided he wanted to separate himself from his Brat Pack reputation and move on to more serious acting. So, he took all the clothes he wore during filming and buried them in his yard, as he prepared to unveil his new self in the 1992 film Chaplin.



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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:51:23 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/robert-downey-jr-stories/elle-tharp
<![CDATA[11 Horrifying Childbirth Stories That Will Make You Never Want To Have Kids]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-stories-about-labor-delivery-and-childbirth/elle-tharp

It's one of the most beautiful natural processes in the world. Or sometimes it's hell on earth. These horrific labor stories might make you second-guess whether that cute little baby is worth the turmoil in the delivery room. From delivering a baby in a sinking car to almost losing them on the railroad tracks, these are some of the worst stories about childbirth.

But perhaps the most shocking part is how peaceful and even cheerful some of these mothers sound after surviving some the worst labors and deliveries imaginable. Maybe your birth was quick and easy, or maybe your mom could enter her own story onto this list of the worst stories about having a baby the world over. Either way, call your mom and say thank you - and maybe send some flowers.


11 Horrifying Childbirth Stories That Will Make You Never Want To Have Kids,

This Guy Attacked His Ex-Girlfriend In The Delivery Room

Who you choose to be in the delivery room is a key part of the childbirth process, and that probably doesn’t include your violent ex. In May 2016, a Miami man was arrested for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s delivery room. Not only did he physically attack her current boyfriend, but he also kicked the woman in the chest before being escorted out by security guards.


A Woman Was Allergic To Her Own Hormones - And That Wasn't The Worst Of It

Sometimes everything goes smoothly, and other times, literally everything that can go wrong does. One poor woman experienced the latter. After enduring a C-section, she was told that her cervix "shattered" and ripped all the way down to her vagina, and that there was a kink in her urethra that needed immediate surgery. Only after going under again did her milk start to come in. At this point, she broke out in hives because she was allergic to her own hormones. Job well done, body.


A Polish Woman Spent 75 Days In Labor - Upside Down

Joanna Krzysztonek was pregnant with triplets when she went into labor at just 21 weeks. One of the triplets arrived prematurely, and didn’t survive the birth. Worried about the safety of the other two babies, doctors needed to delay the births. So they came up with the radical and innovative medical solution of: tilting her upside down. Yup, Krzysztonek had to lie upside down in a bed tilted at a 30 degree angle for 75 days, never once moving from the position to eat, bathe, or use the bathroom. "The umbilical cord was tied and put back inside her uterus."

Though she had medication to delay contractions, she was still technically in labor until the second two babies were delivered successfully. Her kids better get her some bomb Mother’s Day gifts.


A Woman's Uterus Came Out After Her Baby Did

In 2011, a mother delivered her happy, healthy baby and all was well. Until, minutes later, she also delivered her uterus. Apparently, one of the crazy potential side effects of giving birth is that your organs can just fall out of your body. Doctors first attempted to remedy this rare condition, known as uterine inversion, by pushing her uterus back into her body. In this case, it was not a two-way street, and she had to be rushed into surgery immediately after the birth. So when they tell you “the hard part’s over,” it might be a lie.

She now maintains a blog, Life After Uterine Inversion, dealing with the condition to help other mothers who gave gone through it.


A Home Tub Birth Got Unexpectedly Messy

Women pooping during childbirth isn’t an often-broached subject, but it’s an unpleasant reality nonetheless. Hospitals are typically prepared for this and help you do your business discretely, but the writer of this anonymous post chose to have an at-home birth in a tub. According to her birth story, during a particularly rousing round of contractions, her colon contracted, and she started releasing liquid stool into the bathtub. And apparently it just kept coming. While her midwives were busy “scooping out and draining,” her kind, sweet husband ran for the pasta strainer. Meanwhile, she was left chilling in a tub of her own sh*t. But sure, childbirth is beautiful.


A Five-Time Mother Gave Birth On A Transpacific Flight

And now for your in-flight entertainment: a woman birthing a child in Row 16. Aida Alamillo was flying from the Philippines to San Francisco eight days before her due date, and someone very bad at making decisions cleared her to fly. She went into a swift labor and delivery about four hours before landing, with help from the flight attendants. Apparently apart from the setting, it was a pretty chill birth for Alamillo, who has four older children. For your average passenger heading to use the bathroom and accidentally spying afterbirth, it was probably not very chill.


A Newborn Birthed In A Train Toilet Fell Onto The Tracks

There's a sentence you don't see every day. Bhuri Kalbi was using the bathroom on a train in India when her baby slipped out. No biggie, just your average toilet baby, right? After popping out her newborn into the toilet bowl, Kalbi fainted for a few minutes. Upon waking, she found that the baby had slipped out of the toilet and onto the train tracks, as most Indian train toilets are apparently just holes exiting the train. So this baby girl had a less-than-sanitary entrance into the world. Railway staff were alerted to stop the train, and fortunately, they found the newborn lying unharmed next to the track.


A Woman Gave Birth In A Sinking Car Following A Crash

There’s a reason so many babies are born in cabs: driving and labor don’t mix. Florida resident Kenyetta Biggs was driving herself to the hospital when she had a strong contraction and crashed her car into a canal bank. She gave birth while trapped inside the partially submerged car.

After over an hour had passed, a sheriff’s deputy noticed Biggs’s head poking out through some tall grass by the canal bank. It wasn’t until he was in the car that he noticed the newborn, placenta, and still-attached umbilical cord in the passenger seat. But perhaps the cord worked as a rescue rope of sorts? Other than a broken leg, Biggs and her daughter Myracle escaped unscathed.


A Woman Who Didn't Know She Was Pregnant Had Rare Twins

An Iowa woman went to the hospital after complaining of stomach pains. We all know how this ends. Shelby Magnani discovered she was 34 weeks pregnant - not just with one baby. but two. The twins were monoamniotic, an extremely rare condition where twins share a placenta as well as an amniotic sac. Both babies survived and were delivered via C-section. So in summation, girl walks in with tummy ache, walks out with two actual, live children.


A Cabbie Kicked Out A Pregnant Woman And Left Her To Give Birth On The Street

When Ana Belis Hernandez knew she was in labor, she hailed a cab in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and headed to the hospital. But then she made the mistake of assuming this cab driver was a normal person, and she told him she was having a baby. Rather than offering his congratulations, the driver kicked Hernandez out of his cab because he didn’t want her “getting blood all over the place.” Oh, and then he drove away, firmly securing his place in hell. Hernandez had to deliver her own baby on the sidewalk, where none of the passing cars stopped to help. Faith in humanity officially lost.



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Mon, 12 Dec 2016 08:19:10 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-stories-about-labor-delivery-and-childbirth/elle-tharp
<![CDATA[10 Stories Of Hardcore Criminals Who Invoked Voodoo To Commit Heinous Crimes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-voodoo-curses/lyra-radford

Terrifying voodoo magic has featured in many Hollywood screenplays, but what about real life voodoo curses? And what is a voodoo curse anyway? Whatever your personal beliefs on the supernatural, remember that voodoo is a very real religion. It was most commonly practiced by people of Haitian and African heritage, but voodoo has spread due to the African diaspora.

The supposed effects of voodoo have been well documented. But when it comes to tales of voodoo curses that worked, anthropologists and psychologists typically agree that the misfortune that befalls the "cursed" is all psychosomatic. If someone believes they are cursed, and those around them reinforce the idea, they will become depressed, stop taking care of themselves, or lash out violently. The curse thus becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the person inadvertently destroys their own life.

This list explores some of the scary voodoo stories that have made headlines over the years. Whether there were dark forces at work here, or all-too-human concerns like self sabotage and murderous impulses, is open to interpretation.


10 Stories Of Hardcore Criminals Who Invoked Voodoo To Commit Heinous Crimes,

A Man Claiming To Be Cursed Committed Murder To Save His Soul

A Florida man named Valdano Riche was convinced a voodoo curse had been set on him. He claimed "nothing good was going to happen to him" because of Dennis Donahue, who had allegedly sprayed Riche with "voodoo water" and stolen his soul. Riche said killing Donahue was the only way to break the curse and restore his soul. In December of 2012, Riche went to Donahue’s home and shot him. He faces a charge of first degree murder.


The Curse Of Julia Brown, The Voodoo Priestess Of Manchac Swamp

In the early 20th century, Julia Brown was a local healer and magic practitioner in Frenier, LA. She would travel all over the village to perform rituals for people, and was known for her magic touch. Unfortunately, the people began to take advantage of her, demanding her help - until she began fighting back. Those she deemed disrespectful and ungrateful would be given terrifying predictions, or she would curse them.

In last few weeks before her death in 1915, Brown would sing her curse for the town of Frenier to herself over and over: "One day I’m gonna die, and I’m gonna take all of you with me." Her death came as she predicted, and the whole town went to her funeral to pay their respects out of fear. As they began to nail Brown's coffin shut, a devastating hurricane tore through the village, killing all but two people. Just as the priestess had promised, the town died with her.

Brown's curse seemingly lives on. Many developers have tried to rebuild the area over the years, with no luck.


Sex Traffickers Reportedly Controlled Their Victims With Voodoo

In the 2000s, Nigerian sex traffickers not only lured women to Spain under false pretenses, but they also claimed to use voodoo to control them. The victims were extremely poor, and the couple leading the operation would cover their travel expenses and promise them jobs in Europe. Once the women arrived in Spain, they were kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

In addition to threatening the wellbeing of their families, the sex traffickers performed voodoo ceremonies and animal sacrifices in front of the women. During these rituals, the women were forced to pledge their loyalty and obedience. They were told that they would go mad and become horribly sick if they failed to obey any orders.

The couple was arrested by Spanish police in July of 2015.


A Father Cursed By Voodoo Killed His Children And Himself

Staten Island, NY resident Frantz Bordes insisted that a relative had put a voodoo curse on him. In late August of 2006, he drowned his two children in a bathtub, and then jumped in front of a train.

Rambling notes written by Bordes in English and Creole were found by his bed and in his wallet. They all spoke of the curse, with Bordes claiming that voodoo had been used against him.


A Cult Leader Performed Ritual Sacrifices To Help Drug Cartels In Mexico

Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo was a cult leader, serial killer, and practitioner of an offshoot of Haitian Vodou. In the 1980s, he gave psychic readings and worked magic for dangerous drug cartels and hitmen. He’d cast spells to bring luck, curse enemies, and was somehow able to keep his clients from getting busted. His rituals involved the sacrifices of chickens, goats, snakes, and even humans.

Constanzo finally overstepped when his followers kidnapped an affluent American student named Mark Kilroy to use as a sacrifice. Police began tracking Kilroy, and eventually found Constanzo's base of operations. When his ranch of horrors was finally raided by police, they uncovered fifteen mutilated corpses and Kilroy's dismembered, brainless body. Constanzo was so determined to stay out of prison that he ordered one of his followers to shoot him.


A Stalker Ex-Husband Tormented His Wife With Voodoo Before Killing Her

"He tried to kill Florence all the time, with voodoo," said Sylvia Saint-Louis, when asked about her daughter’s relationship with her estranged husband.

After Florence Beaulieu of Brockton, MA, left her abusive husband, Jean Michel Beaulieu, he apparently turned to voodoo and stalking to intimidate her. Florence filed a police report and requested a restraining order after finding ritual candles on her doorstep late one night. Tragically, that wasn’t enough: Jean Michel murdered his estranged wife on May 16, 2014. The 37-year-old mother of four was discovered by two of her own children. The following day, Jean Michel was arrested trying to cross the Canadian border.


Voodoo Scare Tactics Disrupted A Miami Election

In the political arena, a certain amount of intimidation is to be expected. However, in the case of North Miami mayoral candidate Anna Pierre, the intimidation was rather unusual. In 2013, Pierre found voodoo artifacts outside of her campaign office. The items were all tied to Haitian Vodou rituals, and included candles, chicken feathers, scraps of food, pennies, and voodoo dolls with pins stuck in them.

Pierre went on record stating she believed someone was attempting to get her out of the race, but would not back down. She also asked the public to pray for her and later claimed that Jesus endorsed her. When Pierre lost the election, she said the people voted for Lucifer.


The Voodoo Hex Murder Of Shelbyville

On March 22, 1957, the body of Simon Warner was found shot to death. Warner considered himself a "crime doctor" with psychic abilities he used to solve or prevent crimes. Unfortunately, he didn’t see his own murder coming when Mose H. Martin walked through his doors seeking healing magic for a stomach issue.

According to Martin, he paid Warner $50 for a cure and his stomach ailment only grew worse. He was convinced Warner hexed him on purpose. He confessed to officer Durwood Thompson, saying, "I shot him because he double-crossed me in voodoo. I would have shot anybody who double-crossed me in black magic like he did."


A Voodoo Curse Allegedly Drove A 14 Year Old To Murder His Little Sister

"It was witchcraft," Ronald Eric Salazar said when asked to explain the brutal murder and rape of his 11-year-old sister, Marina "Estefani" Salazar in 2005. He was just 14 years old when he slit her throat and assaulted her as she bled to death. He covered her body with a Winnie the Pooh comforter, washed the knife, and put it back in the kitchen. Salazar originally blamed two armed men for his sister’s death, but later confessed to the horrific crime himself.

Allegedly, a witch in El Salvador claimed the boy had inherited an old voodoo curse from his father once he left for the United States in 1991. The boy was left behind with his grandparents and his father’s curse. Once Salazar was able to make his way to America, he brought the curse with him and it drove him to kill his sister. Cursed or not, he was sentenced to two life terms in prison in October of 2009.


45 Voodoo Priests Were Lynched For A Cholera Outbreak

A massive outbreak of cholera claimed the lives of 2,500 people across Haiti in 2010. Another 63,500 people were hospitalized, and 121,000 were treated for symptoms. Many Haitians assumed the outbreak was due to a voodoo curse, and began attacking voodoo priests in the area. Mobs lynched at least 45 people, while others were beaten, stoned, and hacked with machetes before being set on fire.



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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 07:55:31 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/real-life-voodoo-curses/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[13 Crazy Stories Of People Who Survived Unsurvivable Situations]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-survival-stories/lea-rose-emery

There are people out there who should be dead - people who have lived truly impossible survival stories. These folks who cheated death have tales that seem to come straight out of a Hollywood film. And, in more than one instance, Hollywood has indeed capitalized on their wild stories.

In some cases, these are simply people who were unlucky but managed to make it out on the other side. In others, extraordinary people showed true grit and indestructible will. These stories show just how far our survival instinct goes, and what some people are willing to do when it's really a question of life or death. When it comes to fight or flight, these people fought - and won.


13 Crazy Stories Of People Who Survived Unsurvivable Situations,

Aron Ralston Cut Off His Own Arm To Save His Life

If you've ever think you're having a bad few days, take a minute to remember Aron Ralston's 127 hours of hell. In 2003, Ralston went hiking near Robbers Roost in Utah, in what should have been an uneventful journey. He was an avid climber and hiker, used to far more treacherous terrain. But then, near Bluejohn Canyon, Ralston slipped and a boulder became dislodged. The 800 lb boulder trapped his right arm, pinning it to the wall of a deep, narrow canyon. He tried to dislodge and chip away at it, but after a day or so, realized that this was impossible. What he would have to do was far more extreme. 

He told The Telegraph

I realised early on that I was going to have to cut my arm off to get free but there was also resistance: I didn’t want to do it. But by the second day I was already figuring out how I could do it, so in the film you see that progression: trying to cut into the arm like a saw, finding the tourniquet, then the realisation that the knife was too dull to get through the bone. That despair was followed by a kind of peace; a realisation that I was going to die there and there was nothing I could do. It was no longer up to me. All I could do was see it through to the end.

Finally Ralston discovered that, although his knife couldn't cut through his arm bone, he could bend the arm and use the boulder to break it, freeing himself.

Ralston managed to use his body weight to violently bend his arm until the boulder snapped his forearm. He then ingeniously used the attachment from his hydration pack – a bendy rubber hose that you use to suck water out of the pack – as a makeshift tourniquet, and began sawing and cutting through the remaining cartilage, skin and tendons with his multitool.

The amputation took more than an hour - and this was after five and a half days of agony. But he survived. He even helped producers make a film based on his ordeal, 127 Hours. Today he continues to do challenging outdoor sports, helps disabled hikers, and works for wilderness preservation. In 2009, he married, and the following year, his son Leo was born.


A Marathon Runner Underwent An Endurance Run Of 9 Days In The Desert

The Marathon des Sables, or Marathon of the Sands, is meant to be long. In fact, the six-day event runs for 233 kilometers. But when Mauro Prosperi ran the event in 1994, a sandstorm meant he lost his way and he ran hundreds of kilometers into Algeria. He was only able to walk in the early morning and evening, seeking shade during the hottest part of the day. He ran out of food and water, spending days surviving on his own urine, raw snakes and lizards, and the blood and meat of bats. After nine days, he was found and taken to a hospital - he was 186 miles off course.

It's incredible that he survived the ordeal, especially considering he tried to take his own life. During his time in the desert, he had attempt to slit his wrists, but he was so dehydrated his blood clotted instead of bleeding out. That's when he knew he had to try to find a way to survive. 

When they weighed me in the hospital I had lost 16kg (35lb) - I weighed just 45kg (99lb). My eyes had suffered and my liver was damaged, but my kidneys were fine. I couldn't eat anything other than soup or liquids for months. It took me almost two years to recover, Prosperi said.


Tsutomu Yamaguchi Survived Not One, But Two Atomic Bombs

How is this even possible? To have lived through the plutonium bomb known as "Fat Man" which fell on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, is horrific enough. But when Tsutomu Yamaguchi lived through it, he had already survived the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima just three days earlier. He told The Times

I didn’t know what had happened. I think I fainted for a while. When I opened my eyes, everything was dark, and I couldn’t see much. It was like the start of a film at the cinema, before the picture has begun when the blank frames are just flashing up without any sound.

Yamaguchi had been in Hiroshima on a business trip, and the day the bomb fell on the Hiroshima was supposed to be his last day in the city. Yamaguchi was badly burned in the blast, and both his eardrums were ruptured.

Yamaguchi made his way to the train station with two coworkers who had also survived, and began the trip for his hometown of Nagasaki, where his wife and child lived.

The journey took them through a nightmarish landscape of still-flickering fires, shattered buildings and charred and melted corpses lining the streets. Many of the city’s bridges had been turned into twisted wreckage, and at one river crossing, Yamaguchi was forced to swim through a layer of floating dead bodies.

Yamaguchi was in the middle of recounting his story to his Nagasaki office when the second bomb detonated. Miraculously, his wife and son also survived. 

Though he suffered from radiation exposure, Yamaguchi recovered and lived until 2010.


Anatoli Bugorski Survived A Laser Beam

Well, he survived a proton beam from a particle accelerator, to be exact, but you get the picture. Anatoli Bugorski was a researcher at the Institute for High Energy Physics in Protvino, Bugorski. In 1978, while looking at a malfunctioning piece of equipment, he went through what can only be described as a worst-case scenario. His head got in the way of a proton beam, which went through the back of his head and out his nose. He described seeing a flash "brighter than a thousand suns," but he felt no pain. 

But, somehow, he lived. Yes, he lost some hearing in his left ear, and the left half of his face eventually became paralyzed, and he suffers occasional seizures. But he lived.

Even stranger, while the right side of his face is wrinkled, as you'd expect for a man of his age, the left side looks just as it did when he was hit by the proton beam in 1978.


A Railroad Worker Was Cut In Two And Lived To Tell The Tale

If there's one thing you'd be pretty sure you couldn't survive, it would be being cut in half. But that's exactly what happened to Truman Duncan, a railroad switchman. He fell off the front of a moving train. "It just felt like a monster," he explained. "I couldn't get away from it, like it was just pulling me in, and I'm pushing away... [and] I was cut in two."

Duncan was dragged 75 feet, and when the train finally came to a stop, his lower body was still entangled in the train wheels. With only one leg was still attached by a single muscle, he somehow still managed to make a 911 call using the cell phone he kept with him. He lost half his blood, but when he was delivered by helicopter to the hospital over an hour later, he was still alive. According to one of his doctors, "He was torn down to just literally one cell layer of tissue between his abdominal contents, his intestines and the outside world."

Duncan lost his legs, but survived the ordeal. 


16 Plane Crash Survivors Stayed Alive 72 Days In The Andes By Eating The Dead

You do what you have to do. In October 1972, a Uruguayan Air Force twin turboprop Fairchild FH-227D was flying over the Andes with a rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay, on board to play a match in Santiago, Chile, when the plane crashed into the mountains. It was, fittingly, a Friday the 13th. Though 12 died in the crash and another 11 after (8 in an avalance), 16 people were rescued over two months later. 

How did those 16 people do it? Well, faced with sub-zero temperatures and no food, they did what they had to do. Using razor blades and broken glass, they took the flesh off of their dead, frozen comrades and ate it to stay alive.

One of the survivors later described it as a "final goodbye to innocence," but at least they survived. Their ordeal was later made into the movie Alive.


A Stewardess Survived The World's Longest Fall From An Airplane

Surviving the longest fall without a parachute may sound like something a thrill-seeker would try on purpose to beat a record, but in reality, it was a stewardess who, against all odds, survived a terrorist attack on an airplane. Vesna Vulovic survived a fall of over 33,000 feet on January 26, 1972, after a bomb planted by the Ustashe Croatian went off. She was the only survivor. While others flew out the the plane, she was wedged into the fuselage by a food cart. Amazingly, she was never supposed to be on the fated flight - a mixup with another stewardess of the same name was the only reason she was there.

She was in a coma for nearly a month and in the hospital for nearly a year. Despite this, she lived until the age of 66 and passed away in 2016. 


The Unluckiest Man Alive Cheated Death Seven Times

Frano Selak has been dubbed the unluckiest man alive, but he may also be the most generous. Why is he so unlucky (or lucky, depending on how you look at it)? Well, it may be the 1962 incident where 17 people drowned after a train derailed until a river, but he survived. Or when a plane door blew open and 19 people died, but he managed to land in a goddamn haystack. Or when his bus went into a river and he survived. Or any of the other times he cheated death, surviving everything from getting hit by a bus to his car's fuel tank exploding.

Oh - and to top it off, after all of these he won £600,000 pounds in the lottery - the first time he ever played! And decided to give most of it away to family and friends, though he did keep back a little to build a shrine to the Virgin Mary to thank her for watching out for him all these years.


Salvador Alvarenga Survived 438 Days Adrift At Sea

On November 18, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga expected to embark on a 30-hour fishing trip. The weather had other plans. A huge storm hit, leading Alvarenga to dump his equipment and head back towards his home port of Chocohuital, six hours away. Which would have been a good plan - until his motor died 15 miles off the coast. With no motor, they rode out five days of storms that wound up depositing them 280 miles offshore. Thus began a journey of over a year, fighting starvation, thirst, and the sun. 

The sun during the day made it feel as if they were being cooked alive. During the cold nights, they would climb inside the icebox and huddle for warmth. Thirst had become an obsession, as had starvation. "I was so hungry that I was eating my own fingernails," says Alvarenga.

Eventually they were able to stay alive by catching and eating sea turtles and birds.

His one crewman died along the way and Alvargenga struggled with isolation. For a time he even kept his former friend's body to talk to. But on January 30, 2014, he finally came ashore on Ebon Atoll on the tip of the Marshall Islands. And he lived to tell his tale. 


A Group of Workers Survived 9/11 Inside Stairwell B

On the horrific day when the World Trade Center came down, death tolls reached the thousands. But those in Stairwell B in the North Tower were, against all odds, saved. A bookkeeper, a temp, an engineer, and a Port Authority cop - along with 12 firemen - were between the 1st and 22nd floors, in a stairwell in the center of the building. When the building collapsed, they survived.

According to survivor Pasquale Buzzelli,  

... as he reached the 22nd floor, the building shook, stairs started to heave. It sounded to Buzzelli like heavy objects were being dropped right above his head. The sound got louder, closer. He dove into a corner. "I felt the walls next to me crack and buckle on top of me," he says. Suddenly, he seemed to be in free fall, and the walls seemed to separate and move away from him... He was atop a hill of rubble in the midst of an endless field of rubble, smoke, and fire, sitting as if in an armchair, his feet dangling over the edge. His bag was gone. He felt numb. The air was thick with smoke and dust. He heard explosions.

Though it's incredible, recovering from the event has been a struggle. Another survivor's wife told NY Magazine, "Everyone else feels like 9/11 was a long time ago. I still feel like we are stuck on September 12, not really able to move beyond it.



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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 07:25:55 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-survival-stories/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[Crazy Experimental Medical Procedures That Actually Worked]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/successful-crazy-experimental-medical-procedures/nathan-gibson

While human treatment of medical problems has a long and sometimes bizarre history, recent history has seen medicine advance exponentially. Nowadays, new treatment options and experimental medical procedures are developed constantly to help combat diseases or injuries that would otherwise be fatal. Researchers all across the world are carrying out studies to find the latest breakthrough that will save countless lives.

Many of these are obvious progressions on the current thinking of health experts, but some are more... farfetched. These breakthroughs often involve insane medical procedures, like new types of surgery or crazy treatments that you wouldn’t believe could work. Yet sometimes, these can actually turn out to be incredibly successful and prove to be a lifesaving measure. Although these treatments might seem outlandish, they are all examples experimental procedures that actually worked, despite all of the odds suggesting they couldn’t.


Crazy Experimental Medical Procedures That Actually Worked,

Operating On A 22 Week Old Fetus In The Womb

One of the worst things that any incipient parents can discover is that their unborn child has a problem in utero. After all, it is incredibly difficult to operate on a fetus in the womb, and any surgery could also pose a significant threat to the mother.

This didn’t put off surgeons in Australia, though, who performed surgery on Leah Bowlen when her mother was just 22 weeks pregnant in order to save her feet from being amputated. Using a 2mm operating telescope and a laser, they were able to cut the amniotic bands constricting her limbs and successfully prevented them from suffering permanent damage.


Cutting The Body Completely In Half

Hemicorporectomy is a type of radical surgery that has only been performed around 600 times throughout medical history. The infrequency of the technique is directly related to its severity. See, the procedure essentially involves doctors removing the bottom half of the human body from a person.

Everything below the waist, including the legs, genitals, rectum, urinary structure, and pelvis, is completely removed. While it is often successful, it is generally only done to stop aggressive cancers that have spread to the pelvic bones and spinal cord.


An Implanted Chip Allows People To Move Paralyzed Limbs

Although it might seem like the realm of science fiction, researchers around the world are working on new techniques to help those with different forms of paralysis walk again. Some of this research culminated in a type of chip, able to be inserted into the brain.

Ian Burkhart underwent this procedure in 2016 when medics at Ohio State University placed a chip in his brain connected to a special sleeve on his wrist. This allowed electrical signals be to sent to his hand when the chip intercepted the neurons sending the appropriate signals. Thus, Burkhart was able to move his hand. 


Man Given An Extra Heart Due To Lung Complication

San Diego resident Tyson Smith was in desperate need of a heart transplant, due to a progressive illness that caused his own heart to enlarge significantly. Unfortunately, a traditional heart transplant wasn’t viable because of his high blood pressure and the fact that his lungs were damaged in such a way that they would likely reject any new heart.

The problem was solved with a new type of surgery that involved joining the new heart onto the old one so that it wouldn’t be rejected by the body, and could also cope with the workload of pumping blood. Miraculously, the procedure was a complete success, adding an extra 10 years to his lifespan.


Special Eyedrops That Provide Night Vision

A group of biohackers known as Science for the Masses have taken it upon themselves to investigate and implement biometric enhancements to the human body. In 2015, they successfully carried out a medical procedure that allowed the trial participant to see in the dark much more effectively using a chemical normally used in cancer treatments.

They inserted the chlorin e6 chemical directly onto Gabriel Licina’s eyes and found that he was able to make out shapes and find objects in the dark at a far better rate than other test subjects. What makes this even more crazy is the fact that none of the people involved were doctors, but rather just a registered nurse and a person who had done some research on the Internet.


Wiping Out A Person’s Immune System To Treat MS

A lot of advanced medical research is focused on treating and curing multiple sclerosis. One experimental procedure that has shown some promise is hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, although it is only available in certain countries due to its... unorthodox nature.

New Zealander Royce Brewer travelled to Russia in 2016 to go through the hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, which involved completely wiping out his immune system with chemotherapy and then implanting stem cells back into the body. The surgery was an apparent success, putting his MS into remission.


Curing Rabies With A Chemically Induced Coma

There is only one medically accepted way of treating someone who has been infected with rabies: injecting them with several doses of the rabies vaccine soon after the animal bite (before symptoms set in). This wasn’t possible with Jeanna Giese, however, as she didn’t receive any medical attention after receiving a small bite from a bat.

By the time she went to hospital, traditional treatment was no longer viable. Instead, her doctors decided to use a brand new experimental procedure that involved putting the 15 year old into a chemically induced coma and pumping her full of antiviral drugs. After six days, she was brought out of the coma. She was released from hospital 31 days later, making an almost complete recovery.  Giese became the first person to recover from rabies without getting the vaccine.


Removing Half A Brain To Prevent Seizures

Jessie Hall was six years old when she was diagnosed with Rasmussen's encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that leads to a variety of severe symptoms. The young girl would often experience seizures, lose the use of her left arm, speak in gibberish, and even lose her sight during her worst times.

After extensive testing and treatments, experts from Johns Hopkins eventually came to the conclusion that the only way to solve the problem was to perform a hemispherectomy, an insane sounding procedure that involves removing the entire right side of the brain. When done properly, the surgery leaves the patient's personality, memories, and motor skills intact. The surgery was a success and Jessie made a full recovery. 


Blasting The Spinal Cord With Electricity To Cure Paralysis

Paralysis is one of the few remaining conditions that doctors have been unable to advance treatment for over the past few decades. This is because it is remarkably difficult to fix the nervous system or perform successful surgery on the spinal cord.

One crazy experimental procedure showed some promise in 2014. It utilized "spinal stimulation." Essentially, the patients have electrodes placed into their spinal cords and current is then passed through them. Combined with physical therapy and exercise, it allowed the paraplegics to regain voluntary movement in their feet and legs.


A Tooth Implanted Into The Eye Restores Sight

In what was a first-of-its kind operation, 60-year-old Sharron Thornton regained her sight when a leading cornea specialist implanted a tooth into her eye. It may sound like the stuff of nightmares, but it's actually an amazing medical advancement. The woman had been blind for nine years when the experimental procedure was carried out, with the tooth helping to treat a potentially life-threatening condition called Stevens Johnson syndrome that destroys cells.

The canine tooth was shaped and had a hole drilled into it so that a tiny lens could be placed inside. Then, the new eye structure was implanted in her shoulder for a few months so that it would bind to the lens correctly. After the structure was fully bonded, it was implanted in the center of her eye. 



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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:31:50 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/successful-crazy-experimental-medical-procedures/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[People Who Surprised Everyone By Showing Up To (Or Waking Up At) Their Own Funerals]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-were-at-their-own-funeral/lee-emjay

When you think of zombies or the undead, you probably think of "walkers" á la The Walking Dead - the exaggerated, lumbering, green-fleshed corpses that still have a hint of agency behind lifeless eyes. But what if, sometimes, the dead really do come back - literally or figuratively - and reenter the world of the living again as if nothing ever happened? It sounds strange, but it's true; there are many bizarre accounts of people waking up in the middle of their own funerals as well as people who attended their own funerals by some bizarre twist of fate.

Whether it's because of a mix-up at the morgue, a narcissistic ploy at eliciting pity from others, or a medical mistake, people have come back from the dead before. Sometimes it's as simple as a case of mistaken identity. Everyone thinks a young man is dead, but he proves everyone wrong by showing up dramatically to his own funeral. Or maybe an older gentleman needs some proof that he'll be missed, so he plans his own funeral just to see who shows up. Or perhaps  - most terrifyingly of all - someone is declared dead and buried, only to "awaken" and show they weren't dead after all.

It can be terrifying stuff, but strange things happen in the world. Whether you think of zombies as movie monsters or not, they are among us, in one form or another. 


People Who Surprised Everyone By Showing Up To (Or Waking Up At) Their Own Funerals,

A Serbian Man Faked His Funeral And Shook Hands With Attendees Afterwards

Faking one's own funeral just to see who'll show up is apparently more common than one might think. An elderly Serbian man named Vuk Peric did so in 1997 - and made it into a bit of an entertaining spectacle. Well, at least for himself. 

After posting a fake obituary and sending out funeral invitations to friends and family, Peric watched from afar as those he knew attended the service. Supposedly pleased with the turnout, he approached the congregation after the service and ever so graciously shook hands with the attendees. 


A Man From China Tested His Friends And Family By Staging A Funeral

In what some may consider a ludicrous cry for attention, a 66-year-old Chinese man once staged his own funeral just to see how many people would show up. In early 2016, Zhang Deyang, a man from China, felt that all of his good deeds and accomplishments in life had gone overlooked by people in his community. According to some Chinese traditions, the dead have many of the same needs as the living, so Deyang decided that he'd just test the waters to see just how much he'd be missed if he were really dead. 

While 40 of those he invited did show up to his fake funeral, it seems he wasn't missed quite as much as he wanted to be - 20 of his friends and relatives were no-shows. 


Certified Dead, An Egyptian Waiter Woke Up In The Middle Of His Wake

Hamdi Hafez al-Nubi, a server from southern Luxor, Egypt, had a heart attack while waiting tables. He was declared dead by local medical professionals, and, in accordance with Islamic tradition, al-Nubi was taken home by relatives, where he was thoroughly washed and prepared for burial. However, when the doctor came to officially sign the dead man's death certificate, she noticed something was off - al-Nubi's body was still warm. 

She discovered he was, miraculously, still alive. When told the news, al-Nubi's mother fainted in what was surely a combination of shock and exhilaration. Once both were resuscitated, what was originally a time for grief turned to a time of celebration.


A Case Of Mistaken Identity Led A Brazilian Man To Attend His Own Memorial Service

In 2012, the family members of Gilberto Araújo, a professional car washer from Brazil, were busy making preparations for his funeral. They thought he'd been killed in an accident, and that his body had been disfigured beyond recognition.

As it turns out, Araújo wasn't dead after all - it was a case of mistaken identity. The actual body in the casket belonged to someone else, though Araújo's mother and family were unaware. After a call from a friend, Araújo sought to prove that he was, in fact, alive, so he showed up at his own wake to the simultaneous surprise and terror of his family. Some people even fled the service in panic at his seeming resurrection.


A Syrian Man Shocked Friends And Family By Turning Up At The Funeral They Were Giving Him

In 2015, the Syrian town of Douma was bombed by the government. Several people were killed in the market where native Mohammed Rayhan was working that day. After failing to return home, his family presumed he was dead. They planned and held a funeral for him.

While he wasn't dead, he was a victim of the bombing - he'd been trapped for 36 hours under rubble. Eventually, he made it out alive. The funeral lasted several days, and on the last day, Rayhan showed up to the funeral - to the delight of his family. 


A Woman Surprised Her Murderous Husband At Her Own Funeral

The story of Noela Rukundo, a Burundi expatriate living in Australia who married an evil man with a penchant for extreme violence, is one of betrayal, redemption, and sweet revenge. It's almost unbelievable. 

While attending the funeral of her stepmother in Burundi in 2015, Rukundo was kidnapped from her hotel by several armed men. She was taken to a warehouse, where her kidnappers demanded to know what she'd done to her husband Berenga Kalala. They were working for him and intended to kill her at his request. Tied up in a chair and faced with the voice of her husband over speakerphone demanding the men kill her, Rukundo fainted. 

She regained consciousness some time later, still being held by the men. Luckily, the men had a sort of code - they didn't kill women, and they knew of Rukundo's brother. So they let her go. In the meantime, Kalala had told everyone that Rukundo had died in a car accident, and he planned her funeral service. In a shockingly dramatic move, Rukundo showed up to her own funeral, telling everyone the truth. The dumbfounded Belenga thought he'd seen a ghost and admitted to everything. He was given nine years in prison. 


A Teenage Girl From Honduras Was Heard Screaming In Her Tomb A Day After Burial

Being buried alive is most people's worst nightmare. The darkness, the claustrophobia, and the absolute absence of light create one of the worst fates imaginable. This unfortunately happens sometimes - whether on purpose, or as a freak accident. In the case of Neysi Perez, it was the latter.

Perez, a 16-year-old girl from Honduras, mysteriously fell unconscious one night while using the outdoor bathroom at her home. She was three months pregnant at the time and had recently gotten married. Though she was taken to the hospital after foaming at the mouth, she was ultimately declared dead. She was buried shortly thereafter in her wedding dress.

However, the next day Perez's husband was visiting her grave when he heard something strange. Screaming and thuds were heard from inside the mausoleum. She was alive - at least, according to family members. In a panic, the family smashed open the concrete mausoleum with sledgehammers. The glass plate of the coffin was broken, and there were bruises found on Perez's hands. The family rushed her to the hospital still in her coffin. But by the time they arrived, she was dead again. According to one of the doctors on the scene, "We evaluated and tried everything but the girl was dead. They put her back in the coffin and took her away again, back to the cemetery."


En Route To His Own Burial, A Teenage Boy From India Turned Out To Be Alive After All

Kumar Marewad, a 17-year-old boy from a small Indian village, was rushed to a local hospital after being badly bitten by a feral dog. While on a ventilator, he developed a high fever. Certain he would die, doctors sent the boy home to spend his final moments with his family. Professionals told the boy's family "that if he was taken off life support, he wouldn’t survive."

Once it seemed like Marewad had passed on, his family made hasty funeral arrangements and carted him off to the nearby location of his funeral service. While in transit, though, a miracle happened - the boy began breathing quickly and moving his limbs. He was still alive. His family immediately rushed him back to the hospital, where it was discovered he was suffering from a bad infection due to the dog bite but was totally alive and kicking.


A Russian Woman Died From Shock When She Woke Up At Her Own Funeral

A Russian woman named Fagilyu Mukhametzyanov might be the closest humankind ever gets to a real-life zombie. At 49, she was declared dead from a heart attack she suffered at her family home. Naturally, her grieving husband planned the funeral. While being prepared for burial, however, Mukhametzyanov regained consciousness. She wasn't dead.

Unfortunately, however, the shock of attending what was essentially her own funeral proved too much for her and caused the woman to sustain another heart attack. After being rushed to the hospital, she died in the ICU (yet again) after only 12 minutes. 


A Man From Mississippi Was Discovered Alive In His Bodybag - Only To Die Again Two Weeks Later

In 2014, Mississippi native Walter Williams was declared dead at 78 years old. In keeping with standard procedure, Williams was placed in a body bag in the local morgue. According to the coroner, "there was no pulse. He was lifeless." Except there was a pulse, and he wasn't lifeless. 

After being transported to the local funeral home, Williams's body bag began moving. He was alive. An ambulance was immediately called, and he was taken back to the hospital. It was discovered his heart was still beating. He was released not longer after, but - in a deep tragic fate kind of way - died once again in his family home two weeks after his original death date. 



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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:30:34 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-were-at-their-own-funeral/lee-emjay
<![CDATA[Real On-Set Injuries That Made The Final Cut]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-actor-injuries-in-movies/lee-emjay

While it's not terribly uncommon for actors to get injured on the sets of major Hollywood films - more often though, of course, it's the stuntmen getting injured - it's quite rare for those injuries to make it into the final cuts of the movie. Rarer still, actors are occasionally killed on set - but thankfully, the actors on this list all survived their accidents.

Some are major and some are minor, but all of these injuries really happened, and you actually get to see the blood of some of the world's most famous actors onscreen as a result. This list is a testament to the ability of some of these actors to stay in character, even after they've suffered immensely. Often, this makes for an extremely realistic and gut-wrenching scene. Someone give these actors an award!


Real On-Set Injuries That Made The Final Cut,

Channing Tatum

In the sports drama/sort of biopic Foxcatcher, Channing Tatum stars as Olympic champion wrestler Mark Schultz. During a hotel room scene, Tatum's character has a breakdown. He hits himself in the face and smashes his head into the mirror several times. You can see the character's blood in the scene.

Guess what? That's actually Tatum's blood, because he cut his head on the mirror. Though the mirror was coated with safety plastic, Tatum smashed the mirror so hard, he broke all the way through to the wall and broke the wall too. Now that's some good acting. 


Diane Kruger

It's no secret that Quentin Tarantino is a perfectionist. Because of this, it might not come as all that much of a surprise that, during Diane Kruger's death scene in Inglourious Basterds, Tarantino choked Kruger with his own hands, instead of letting Cristoph Waltz do the job.

Of course, that means Tarantino ACTUALLY STRANGLED Kruger. According to her, "you feel it when someone is choking you... it was very strange being strangled by the director." Some sources claim that she actually passes out on camera as well, but this can't be verified. 


Fred Astaire

While filming 1936's Follow the Fleet, famed dancer and actor Fred Astaire took a hard thwap from the arm of his longtime co-star, Ginger Rogers. During the dance scene for the number "Let's Face the Music and Dance," Rogers was wearing a beaded, flowing gown with sleeves Astaire claimed "must have weighed a few pounds each."

During the scene's first take, Rogers did a quick turn, and those remarkably heavy sleeves smacked Astaire in the face, injuring his cheek and eye and leaving him "somewhat maimed." When looking over the film later, everyone thought that, regardless of the injury, it was the best take. So it stayed in the film. 


Jake Gyllenhaal

2014's Nightcrawler is a pretty intense film about violence and ethics, but it becomes much more intense when you learn the level of passion the movie's lead - Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom - put into his character. 

During a scene that takes place in the bathroom of Bloom's apartment, the angry and frustrated photojournalist smashes the mirror. The mirror wasn't supposed to break, and ended up badly injuring Gyllenhaal's hand - he even ended up in the hospital.  He stayed in character though, and you can see his bloody hand in the final cut. 


Leonardo DiCaprio

It takes a good actor to stay in character through difficult moments on set. It takes an incredible actor to stay in character when that actor legitimately injures himself on set. Such was the case with the intense Candyland table scene in Django Unchained. When DiCaprio smashes his hand on the table and the glass breaks, that's really DiCaprio's blood. It was simply too good for Tarantino to cut from the film. 


Malcolm McDowell

Who can forget the image of Malcolm McDowell, eyes pulled open to capacity, in the Ludivco sequence of A Clockwork Orange? Certainly not McDowell given that he scratched his cornea and nearly went blind from filming it. McDowell's injury, along with the real-life doctor they hired to apply his eye drops in the scene, can both be seen in the final cut of the film.


Margaret Hamilton

Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the classic film The Wizard of Oz, suffered a major injury on set that ultimately made it onto film. When the witch disappeared behind a blaze of flames from the scene in Munchkinland, Hamilton had not yet descended through a trapdoor when the flames rose. This resulted in severe burns to her hands and face. The scene remained in the film. 


Martin Sheen

In the opening scene of Apocalypse Now, Captain Benjamin Willard, played by Martin Sheen, is alone by himself in a hotel room. He goes absolutely stir-crazy, falling drunk all over the room, staring blankly for hours at the ceiling fan. At one point, he even injures his own hand and wipes the blood all over his face.

While this seems like some movie magic, the blood was actually Sheen's very own. He stayed in character the whole time. While it's impossible to confirm, some sources have claimed Sheen was also very drunk while filming the scene. 


Sean Bean

During the final climactic scene in Patriot Games, Harrison Ford and Sean Bean's characters have a showdown on a speedboat. During the scene, Ford hits Bean in the face with a metal hook. Well, as luck would have it, the hook actually hit Bean, and that blood coming from his head in the actual film is real. 

Now, Bean has a permanent scar above his eye. Luckily, though, Bean is almost always a bad guy in the movies, so the scar helps with his villainous appeal. 


Viggo Mortensen

There's a highly emotional moment in The Two Towers where, after having ridden up to a pile of smoldering Orc remains, Aragorn and the gang fear that Merry and Pippin have been killed, as well. In response, Aragorn he boots his helmet across the screen and lets out a raw cry of anguish. According to Peter Jackson, the scream Mortensen lets out isn't just great acting - it's legitimate pain because Viggo Mortenson broke two toes during filming. Of course, the take is brilliant, so it had to stay in the final cut. 



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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:04:12 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/real-actor-injuries-in-movies/lee-emjay
<![CDATA[7 People Who Owned Chimps As Pets And Paid The Price]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/pet-chimpanzee-attacks/lee-emjay

On the surface, owning your very own pet chimpanzee seems remarkably appealing; movies tell us they're cute, fun, entertaining, and just like us. Yes, we share 98% of our DNA with them, but there's one key difference between our two species: grown chimpanzees have the strength of five grown men. So, in reality, they're remarkably scary and dangerous animals to keep as pets. No, chimpanzees are not like human children. Though they may be docile at a very young age, they always, always grow up to become aggressive wild animals.

Never mind that it's now illegal to keep chimps as pets in most of the US, it's also incredibly stupid. Pet chimpanzees almost always attack their owners or other people they cross paths with. And they're nothing like the dog-bite attacks you occasionally see. Chimp attacks are horrifying, tragic, and downright shocking. When pet chimps attack humans, it's something worse than your worst nightmare.


7 People Who Owned Chimps As Pets And Paid The Price,

Chimps CJ And Buddy Wrecked Havoc On An Entire Las Vegas Neighborhood

Buddy and CJ were two chimps who lived in Las Vegas under the care of Tammi DeRosa and Lee Watkinson, a professional poker player. Like so many other stories of chimpanzee pet tragedies, both chimps were taken in at a young, docile age while they still acted like human children. And, like all pet chimpanzees, CJ and Buddy grew to be strong and dangerous wild animals. 

One day in 2012, CJ and Buddy escaped from their cage. Buddy, in an apparent furious fit from being caged, ripped the metal bars from the attached concrete and broke through a padlock on a nearby fence. Both chimps then proceeded to a neighbor's house, where they pounded on a window, breaking part of it and terrifying the neighbors in the process. One resident, fearing for the life of his family, grabbed his gun. 

Eventually the chimps left the house and proceeded through the streets. Tragically, Buddy was shot by a heavily armed police officer. CJ was tranquilized and re-captured but was shipped away to a zoo. The pair of escaped chimps struck fear into the hearts of the entire neighborhood and spelled tragedy for the chimps' owners, who treated them like children.

Though it has been years since the terror, Nevada is still one of the states in the US with the loosest exotic pet laws.


Sueko Ran Loose In Kansas City And Destroyed Police Property

In 2010, a 300-pound chimpanzee named Sueko broke out of its owner's house in Kansas City, Missouri. On that seemingly pleasant Fall day, Sueko set fear into the hearts of an entire neighborhood.

In the hours that Sueko ran free, the chimpanzee attacked numerous vehicles along Kansas City roads, jumping on the roofs of civilian cars - one victim was quoted as saying she was terrified because "[Sueko] was on the roof screaming bloody murder" - and even punched out the window of a police car. To end the rampage, Sueko was shot with a tranquilizer before she was ultimately guided back to her cage by her owner.

The owner incurred a decent fine and ultimately lost possession of the animal.


Travis The Chimp Tore Off A Woman's Face And Hands After Taking Xanax

Travis the chimpanzee grew up with the Herold family in North Stamford, Connecticut. By all accounts, he was remarkably human-like for a chimpanzee. He brushed his teeth, dressed himself, watched baseball on TV, tracked down ice cream trucks, used keys to open doors, and even posed in ad pictures for the Herold's towing company. He was especially loved by his keeper, Sandy Herold.

Over the late 1990s and early 2000s, Travis was responsible for a few alleged attacks around the North Stamford area. A woman accused Travis of biting her finger, and a man accused Travis of chasing him around after escaping the family car. But still, Sandy Herold thought him docile and harmless, incapable of truly hurting a human. But that all changed in 2009.

In February of 2009, Travis managed to get out of the house with Sandy's car keys. Sandy's friend Charla Nash came over to help get Travis back home. But when Nash exited her car, Travis immediately attacked, biting off her face and hands. Police believe the aggression may have been triggered by a dose of Xanax that Travis had recently taken or Nash's new haircut. Sandy Herold tried to help her friend by calling 911 and even went as far as striking Travis with a shovel and stabbing him with a knife. This was all for naught, however. Travis was killed at the scene. When police officers pulled up, Travis approached one of the patrol car doors and was shot dead on the spot.

For her part, Nash had to go through face transplant surgery, as well as surgery to reattach her hands. She was rendered blind for the rest of her life.


The Owners Of Moe The Chimpanzee Suffered Probably The Worst Animal Attack Ever

St. James and LaDonna Davis were high school sweethearts. They'd planned to get married fresh out of high school - that is, until St. James left LaDonna at the alter and scooted out of town on a boat headed for Africa. Eventually, he came to his senses and came home. Except he wasn't alone - he brought Moe, a chimpanzee he'd rescued from the wild, back home with him. Not long after, he and LaDonna finally married.

Over the years, the human couple and their chimpanzee son - at least, that's how they saw him - lived harmoniously in their small California town. They ate together, slept together, and watched TV together. The couple knew that chimpanzees grew up to have the strength of several grown men and that they could get more aggressive as they got older. But they didn't care. They loved Moe like a son.

When Moe was in his 30s, he began to display the trademark aggressive behavior of older chimps. He got loose from the house and even bit a woman's finger. After a raid by police and animal control, Moe was eventually taken away by the state. Many legal battles ensued, and Moe was eventually granted the right to stay at a sanctuary for apes, where his "parents" could visit him.

One fateful day, St. James and LaDonna were visiting Moe at the sanctuary for his 39th birthday. Tragically, two chimpanzees got loose from their cages. Jealous of the Davis's attention over Moe, one went directly after LaDonna, biting her thumb off after an attempted tackle. St. James jumped in to save his wife, and he became the main victim of the attacking primates. Before the sanctuary manager could step in and shoot the apes, they bit off part of St. James's face, his lips, teeth, buttocks, fingers, and genitals. St. James was left massively disfigured and wheelchair-bound from the incident.

Despite everything, the couple continued to visit Moe until he ultimately disappeared from the sanctuary, never to be seen again.


In Montana, Connor The Chimp Bit 6-8 Inches Of Skin Off A Local Woman

Jean Rizzotto, a resident of Carbon County, Montana and a real estate agent, raised two chimpanzees from birth like they were her own kids. The chimps - Connor and Kramer, both about six years old at the time of the incident - lived securely in Rizzotto's home, and even had their own beds and a set of pajamas each. It was a beautiful interspecies family - until one day when disaster struck.

Allegedly, a group of vandals approached Rizzotto's residence one evening in 2008, breaking the locks to the chimps' cages and setting them free on the population of the county. Kramer was quickly rescued by Rizzotto's son, but Connor wasn't as lucky - he attacked a woman, leaving her badly injured.

Chimp bites, like human bites, can transmit diseases such as herpes and tetanus, among others. Ultimately, Rizzotto lost possession of her chimp "sons" and, according to town gossip, she also lost out on a development deal over the incident.


Timmy The Chimpanzee Attacked A Police Officer

Missouri is, strangely enough, responsible for a large percentage of domestically kept chimp attacks. A year prior to the chimp Sueko's rampage through Kansas City (and a month after the attacks of Travis the Chimpanzee in Connecticut), a nine-year-old chimp named Timmy went berserk in Winston, Missouri. Except this one ended in an even more intense tragedy.

Somehow Timmy, who was only nine (but possessed the strength of several grown men) broke free from his cage in his owner's back yard. He roamed the neighborhood and was eventually approached by police. Timmy was afraid and attacked an officer - only to be shot dead.

The incident led to the proposal of a law in Missouri to ban the ownership of exotic animals. You could say this owner paid for more than just his crimes - not only did he lose a pet and a dear friend, but he also brought into question the legality of all family-owned chimps in the state of Missouri.


Even West Virginia Was Terrorized By A Pet Chimpanzee

One may not expect West Virginia to be a haven of pet chimpanzee ownership, but it's actually been the location of several ape attacks. In 2014, a chimpanzee owned by a Sprague, WV resident escaped its enclosure and bit two people. Not long before, the same chimp had escaped and attacked a postal worker's vehicle.

This particular attack may have paid the highest price of all attacks - at least in the state - as it led the WV Legislature to pass a bill preventing the ownership of exotic animals, called the Dangerous Wild Animal Act. This bill also furthered the national debate over chimpanzee ownership, thus endangering the right of anyone to keep chimpanzees as pets - or, as many see them, as family.



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<![CDATA[20 People Share Their Creepiest Encounters With Humanoid Beings]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-of-encounters-with-humanoids/amandasedlakhevener

Fear of the unknown fuels many a person's horrors, but what happens when the unexplainable looks a little familiar? Not merely frightening, humanoid creatures fascinate people just as much as they scare them. For ages now, different accounts claim to have run across creatures that resemble humans, yet are anything but. Are they from this Earth or even this dimension? And what exactly is their business waltzing around on two legs? That's a human privilege!

The Reddit stories here, which range from humanoid aliens to man-like demons, discuss these unsettling and strange encounters with things that look kind of like you. 


20 People Share Their Creepiest Encounters With Humanoid Beings,

Pale Skinned And Dark Eyed Humanoids

From sniggity:

"An investigation/shamanic group on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (Oglala Lakota - South Dakota) was called in to investigate and bless a home. The incidents began when two sisters observed a black-eyed boy outside the home. Not long later, a group of ashen-white skinned children with black eyes were seen congregating around the property, in an attempt to interact with the other children living there. The first two occasions, there were only two of them and they asked to be let inside the house to get food. The third time, a third one showed up and this time they asked for blood. They were never granted access to the house. The children described their voice as 'not normal,' 'robotic and monotone.' Pets also went missing around this time around the property. The parents of the children recalled seeing these spooky children, too. They also claimed to have noticed strange events around their home, including poltergeist activity and the sighting of, on at least two occasions, strange entities that they later thought to be alien."


Three Humanoids In Mom's Living Room

From lime007:

"This happened in the middle of the night at my mom's house some years back in Northern California. I was asleep on the floor in the living room. Next to the living room is a room that can be seen through two large windows and French doors. We call it the 'middle room.' Next to that was my mom and stepdad's bedroom. The light in the middle room was left on, partly dimmed, at nights.

I woke up and saw three short grey aliens walking around in the middle room. They were about five feet tall, had long, skinny arms, and were wearing dark colored jumpsuits. The arms stood out to me the most because of how thin they were with no muscle tone like you would see in a human. The eyes looked solid black and were larger than a human's, though not as large as shown in some depictions. I don't remember about the nose and mouth other than those features were small and not noticeable. I don't remember any details about the hands. I was able to sit up partway as I was watching them, but I had no energy to do anything else. They didn't seem to notice that I was watching them. Within a couple of minutes, I fell back to sleep. I'm guessing that they transmit something to keep everyone passed out, but sometimes it doesn't always work 100%.

Here's the kicker. In the morning, my mom walked in and said the aliens were there the night before. I then told her that I saw them too and I asked her how many there were and what they looked like. Her description matched what I had seen. She's had other alien encounters, but this was the only time there was a witness (me)."


A Crawler Inches From His Face

From CrushedNewt:

"So, this encounter happened around two years ago while I was living with my parents in Texas. At the time I was waking up from a short nap and did not see it as anything unusual. I just figured it was some kind of partially dream or something of the like.

I was napping on my bed (at the time I had a futon so I wasn't too far off the ground) in the middle of the day. I can't remember the exact timing of when this took place to save my life. As I opened my eyes I saw, for only a second, the image of some white humanoid creature kneeling on its hunches looking at me. It couldn't have been that tall since its eyes where only a inches above my bed. I could see the top of it's knees which it was resting it's head against. While I can't remember many details about it's face I knew, somehow, that it wasn't entirely 'right,' for lack of a better term. I can't remember if it even had any hair on it's head, or the color of its eyes, but I can remember that it's skin was very pale and it looked as if it were just skin and bones.

I don't know why the image of this creature was so vivid even though I only saw it for a second but even to this day it stands out. I've only recently been able to give a name to this thing since I saw a post on this sub describing these types of creatures as 'Crawlers'."


Weird Encounter While Camping

From BadReputation2611:

"When I was camping with my family several years ago, my father and I were out walking in the dark with a flashlight when we heard a kind of chirping noise, like a person doing a sh*tty imitation of a bird call. We stopped and shined our flash light around and then up into the trees. The beam landed on something, maybe three feet tall standing up, humanoid, crouching with its hands holding on to the branches. It was hairless and very pale skinned, pretty much white. It's head was abnormally large, with two huge eyes and bat like ears. We only saw it for a split second because my dad jerked the flashlight away when he first saw it and when we tried to find it again with the flashlight it was gone without a trace. I asked my dad if he had seen that and he had, we were both very perplexed by it.

When I've told other people this story they speculate that it could have been an owl or some other animal, but my dad and I are both fairly experienced outdoors and sportsmen and we've never seen anything that looked like that before or since. I went back and double-checked with my mother, and she's fairly certain this took place at a campground near Stanley, Idaho at Lola creek campground. She also told me that we left early because there was something moving around the campsite at night that spooked my dad, which I only learned just now."


Brother Mistook A Demon For His Pet Dog

From mainrift:

"This happened to my brother, not me. but I remember the night it happened and it still gives me chills to this day. I can still remember the sound of him running up the stairs screaming, 'no, no, no.' The look on his face, and him shaking uncontrollably. It happened about 15 years ago, and this is exactly how he still explains the story to this day.

Our parents' old house had a den, which had a few couches a bathroom a TV and a laundry room. My brother and I had all our video game stuff down in the den, our computers, etc. It was basically a room that only we used. One night, after a late night of video games we both took a couch and watched a little TV before calling it a night. I fell asleep, woke up later, and went up to my room, leaving my bro still sleeping on the other couch.

The couch he was lying on was against a wall; while laying back on the couch, you could see the TV and, if you looked straight over your feet, you would see a very small, hallway and the bathroom door, which was open at the time. We had a dog, 'Candy,' a small springer spaniel. My brother said he woke up to a noise in the bathroom, the lights were all off in the house, only streetlamps and moonlight preventing it from being pitch black. He told me that the noise was a growl, and he knew it wasn't the dog, but in the moment, he so hoped it was.

He said he quickly shot up from the laying down position and could clearly see a small black shadow running in circles on the bathroom floor. The bathroom floor was tile and you would definitely be able to hear the dogs claws as they touched the bathroom floor, especially at the speed it was running in circles, but my brother said he heard nothing. So, he then called out the dogs name, hoping that it was her, and that it would stop doing whatever it was doing. 'Candy!' he yelled, and as soon as whatever it was heard that, it stopped immediately.

He then heard what he explains as a gerguly growl. At that point he knew what he already knew: it wasn't the dog. What ever it was started growing, larger and larger. Soon, taking up the whole bathroom with its size. It's funny now but, my brother explained the creature looking like Doomsday, from DC comics. Not to discredit the whole story by saying he looked like a comic book villain, but to a 14-year-old, this was his best comparison to what he saw.

He said that he didn't remember how he was able to move so quickly but he ran up both flights of stairs, screaming 'no, no, no!' He woke up the whole house. Sometimes it still keeps him up all these years later. He was never visited by the creature again. Me, being into this sort of thing I was never able to find something that could possibly be what he saw. It had to be supernatural, it was in the house and then disappeared. My only explanation is it was a demon of sort. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks."


It Was A Shadow Human

From _Pebcak_:

"So, this happened a long time ago. I must have been at least 18, no older than 20. 

I was sleeping on my back in my bed in my parents' house where I lived, when I suddenly woke up from a deep, dreamless sleep. I opened my eyes and a male, humanoid shadow seemed like it pushed itself up from laying on top of me. It seemed surprised that I woke up, interrupting whatever it was doing. It wasn't anything sexual; if anything it was, not sure how to describe it; 'feeding' or 'scanning me' makes the most sense, though I know both of those are sort of at odds with each other. It swooped back at me in a rush and I fell back asleep instantly. I woke up about two hours later than my normal wake-up time and I felt okay, just a little sluggish. I never saw it again."


An Encounter With Gnomes

From Slothinator69:

"I don't remember it completely, but my grandpa once told us a story about an experience he had while he used to live on a small ranch in Mexico. He was with his older brother (so think my grandfather was about 12-14 at the time) and while he was with his brother out in the ranch they heard something behind some bushes that he said sounded like singing. He and his brother both went to investigate it and when they looked behind the bush they saw a couple of little people. 'Duende' is what they called them in Mexico. They didn't see my grandpa or his brother and his brother suggested that they both get out of there before they were seen. They returned home and I'm not sure if they ever saw them again after that."


Weird Creature In The Middle Of The Road

From spaceycarchasey:

"I'm from Indiana, and a couple years back, my mother was driving my sister and I to school. To set the stage, it was a foggier morning, and it was on a stretch of road with forest on one side, and a cornfield on the other.

Out of the blue, this creature that we couldn't identify ran across the road, causing my mom to slam the brakes. It looked about the size of a grown man, and was covered in dark hair. It was bipedal, but was loping really oddly.

Needless to say, it wasn't a coyote, and I've never heard of bears being in central Indiana. Admittedly, it was foggy, so I could have misidentified it."


Abducted While Camping

From Will123423:

"Three months ago I was camping with a friend in a very remote part of Northern California. I’m a massive wilderness junkie. I’ve been camping all my life and I spend much of my free time hiking, rock climbing, hunting, etc.

A buddy of mine who also enjoys the outdoors wanted to head up to the Sierras for a weekend and asked me to go with him. It was our second night and we were sitting up by the fire. We weren’t staying at a campsite. We had hiked about 10 miles from our cars to a clearing with a beautiful view he had stayed at once before.

At around 10 pm, my buddy got tired and went to sleep in his tent and I wanted to stay up for a while. About 45 minutes after he went to bed I saw this object coming up from the valley below. It was a basic flying saucer shape with multiple circular lights rotating around the edges that changed colors over and over. I was absolutely shocked.

I watched it for maybe 15 seconds then decided I had to wake him up so he could see it and wouldn’t think I was crazy. I stood and when I looked back towards it, the thing was gone. I called out his name and that’s when everything got really f*cked up.

I didn’t hear my own voice when called out. Everything was completely silent. I could move my eyes around but couldn’t move my body. I remember seeing the fire had completely frozen, and everything looked like a picture, like time had stopped or something. Then there was a flash of light and I blacked out.

I woke up later just as the sun was starting to rise. I was outside laying in the dirt shivering next to fire that had long gone out. I felt like I had been drugged, totally in this haze. I sluggishly yelled out my friend's name a couple of times and he came out of the tent. He was really confused to say the least. I tried to explain what happened but my memory was really foggy and I just couldn’t articulate it. We left within 30 minutes. I was totally silent on the car ride back falling in and out of sleep for seven hours. He dropped me off at my house and I passed out for basically an entire day. A few weeks later I was messing around with an amp and it released this static ‘oooooooo’ sound when I unplugged my guitar. For some reason this sound somehow triggered my memory and I remembered everything.

When I came back into consciousness I was suspended laterally in this circular mechanism in a position very similar to Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man. These clear glass-like shackle type restraints were holding me in place. I was completely nude and standing above me were your three typical aliens. They were around four fee tall and were wearing white spandex-like suits. Two were just standing there observing the other who was extracting blood from a vein under my armpit with this weird looking syringe. Although they didn’t show any real reaction I could still tell that they were surprised that I was awake.

I couldn’t move at all except for my eyes and lips. I was absolutely terrified, in a sort of ‘fight or flight’ mode, my heart pounding from an influx of adrenaline. I can’t even begin to tell you how scared I was but I also felt total rage. I wanted to kill them, wanted to rip out of this device and completely destroy them. My brain went totally primal, just animal instinct and I could just tell that they could sense my anger because they all stepped back, simultaneously. I’m 6’3-185 and I was hoping I looked as threatening as possible which is silly because I was totally paralyzed and therefore completely harmless.

Two of them disappeared from my view and presumably left the room. The other one was just starring at me void of any emotion. I wanted so badly to just shut my eyes but I forced myself to just stare right back at it, trying my hardest not to blink.

Then the two others came back and now they weren’t alone. I honestly couldn’t believe my eyes. Standing behind them were two very tall, very human looking beings. A male and female, they looked like Norse Gods, with bright golden hair and massive eyes. The males were dark blue and females were violet.

I suppose they are what the UFO community refers to as Nordics. This was quite bizarre to me. My family descended from Sweden and I am very Nordic-looking: blonde hair, blue eyes, the works.

I know this is cliché, but I heard a feminine voice in my mind. For some reason I could understand what she was telling me although it wasn’t like she was saying anything in English. She told me something like 'Be calm, you are not in danger.'

I relaxed and asked her what they wanted with me. She said that they were just 'Checking up on me.' I practically blacked out after hearing that. I asked her what she meant. She said that they had 'Saved me when I first came into being.' I immediately knew exactly what she was talking about.

I was born practically two months premature. My mother was horribly sick during labor. We both had fevers of 104. The strange thing is, the doctors had absolutely no idea what was wrong with us. I was given two spinal taps, my mother three. I spent four nights in that bubble housing ICU thing. There was a decent chance I was going to die. Then one day I started getting better and made a full recovery. The doctors were very worried that the whole ordeal might have permanently damaged my body and possibly my brain but I was totally fine.

I asked her 'why did you save me?' This time I heard a deep male voice stating that 'this is a conversation for a later time.' I asked them if they are human. He said no. I was confused considering that they looked quite human. I asked him if man had come from them. He said yes. That they had come here 200,000 years ago and created mankind by combining their DNA with that of our primate ancestors.

I wanted to know why they looked especially similar to me more than other humans. He stated that many males of their kind found female humans attractive and mated with them. This directly passed on some of their physical features to Nordic peoples.

I wanted to know more but they declined and said it was time for me to go back. I blacked out instantly and woke up by the extinguished campfire, clothes on and shivering.

I understand that this sounds absolutely ridiculous and very impossible. But it happened. I don’t know what to do. I’ve been completely lost since the encounter but I already feel a bit of relief after posting my story here."


It Let Out A Screech

From totalhhrbadass:

"I've never had an experience myself but do believe in this and similar phenomena. I had never spoken with my girlfriend about this sub, unknown humanoids or any paranormal occurrences for that matter.

On Friday night she and I were at a friend's house and decided to leave at around 1 am. It's very foggy outside being that we live near rivers and creeks in rural Illinois. She goes to the gas station on her way home to the rural town where we both live about a block away from each other. I get home and don't hear from her for a bit until she calls me very shaken up and crying.

She says on her drive home she saw something crouched in the road on the right side. It looked to be fairly small possibly a child. She rolled her window down and asked if they were okay, and got no answer, only continued sobbing. She pulls over and gets out of the car walked up to whatever this was and attempted to ask if it needed any help. The thing stands up on two feet at over six feet and lets out a god awful screech and runs off of the road into some pretty dense woods near a tributary of the Kaskaskia river. She can't say it was a boy or a girl but can say she's never heard something like that before. She's pretty jarred by the experience."



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<![CDATA[20 People Describe The Horrible Backstories Behind Houses Up For Sale]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-things-people-discovered-about-houses-up-for-sale/amandasedlakhevener

The next time you go house-hunting, be sure to thoroughly look into the backstory of the house you're interested in. These properties might have been inhabited by serial killers, used by members of the adult film industry, or contained the "essence" of the former (now deceased) owners. Real estate agents must, by law, disclose the truth about these potentially haunted houses, but some may not even know what happened there unless they speak to the neighbors. 

These Reddit accounts detail what went down in homes before their current owners purchased them. Turn all of the lights on and remember that home isn't just where the heart is; there's plenty of horror, too.


20 People Describe The Horrible Backstories Behind Houses Up For Sale,

Former Resident Was A Child Pornographer

From youdirtynetwork:

"So two years ago my step dad was charged with some child porn offenses, not a great time, 0/10 would recommend. More to the point of this story, flash forward to this October and the police contact my sister wanting to ask some questions. As it turns out, he had little creepy cameras all over the house and had been filming her since she was in Grade 9 until she moved out! Needless to say my mother is selling the house. I feel bad for the next people who buy and possibly come across something the cops missed!"


Someone Committed Suicide In One Of The Rooms

From ControlYourPoison:

"When we were looking to buy a house we looked at one in which the father of the family committed suicide in. You could tell which room it was because it had clearly recently been sheet-rocked and painted. It didn't really bother us though and we didn't get any creepy feelings. We chose not to put an offer in because the rest of the house needed a lot of work.

And no, the realtor did not tell us that someone had committed suicide in it. I happened to know because it is very close to the house I grew up in and it's a very small town."


Old Tenants Locked Their Kids In The Closet

From JaytheFarmer:

"My parents were realtors, and also flipped houses. When I was growing up I used to help them a lot, usually by cleaning. When I was 12, I was helping with a house that was infested with roaches. I noticed the closets were smeared with shit and children's hand prints, with fingernail scratches on the insides of the doors as well. I asked my parents why this was the case. They told me the old tenants used to lock their toddlers in the closets for days."


They Dug A Basement

From _old:

"My grandma sells/rents houses in the Denver area. A few weeks ago I had to help her evict a few college bros from one of her properties. This is a cottage-style home, no second floor, no basement. These guys literally dug a hole in the wood floor and made a basement where they've been throwing trash away for the last year. Like it's a living room, complete with a tv, a couple arm chairs, and a giant hole in the ground filled with ice cream wrappers, pizza boxes, and cigarette butts."


A Lack Of Hobbies

From stuisthebest:

"My aunt is a realtor and was selling a house that a lady owned but had been renting out to her college-aged son and a few of his friends.

When they went to do the first walk through so my aunt could take pictures and such, it was apparent the lady hadn't been in the house in ages. Every single room had a tv, a chair, a box of Kleenex, and a bottle of lotion. They were literally just jacking it with each other all over the house all the time.

The lady was so embarrassed."


Two Homes With Previous Occurances

From WillSmiff:

"I photograph homes. It's normal, people die in homes. I've photographed a few homes where the reason for sale was a recent suicide in the home. I photographed a new home that the builder killed himself in the garage just before the project was complete.

The weirdest one was mostly very creepy and suspicious. I photographed a billionaire's compound where the guy had and absurd fascination with flesh. There were well over 50 heads mounted on walls from water buffalo to elephant. Five-to-10 large cats, stuffed. Chandeliers made from the feathers of rare birds. Stools made from elephant feet/legs. Paintings and abstract photos of oily skin, 'veiny' muscles of humans and animals etc etc. I looked for his kill room, but I never found it. In general I find billionaires don't behave like normal people, but this one was particularly weird."


Asked About A "Water Leak"

From tiberion:

"The lady next door to me died, and wasn't found until she was, well, more liquid than solid on her living room carpet. The family couldn't pay back taxes or something, and the house went to HUD to auction. HUD paid for some cleanup, but not to replace the carpet, only to steam clean it.

So it finally sold, and was talking to the guy who is flipping it. Before I could mention the death, he asked if the house had a water leak under the foundation, because when they ripped up the carpet and pad to put down the laminate floor, it was really dirty and got all over them and their clothes. I told him what happened and how HUD went cheap on what to fix before the auction; he got green as a pea and started puking right there on his side of the fence."


A Killer Of A Deal

From Yup4545:

"When I was looking for my last house, I went with my wife and realtor to look at several houses. We went to look at one house in particular because it didn't seem like the price they were asking for could be real: a huge house sitting on tons of land with outbuildings, going for millions under market value.

We got there, and the realtor said 'Oh, I should mention, a serial killer lived here and when he was put away cops found 11 bodies on the property.' Oh, well that'll do it."


A Porno Was Shot There

From Grandmastrgusto:

"An old friend of mine bought a nice house in a quiet neighborhood. The place is beautiful and has a really nice deck outback with a hot tub. About three weeks after closing he was cleaning out some previously owner junk in one of the closets and found an old DVD. It was a Bridget the Midget porno with a hot tub scene on the cover. His hot tub. It was epic."


A Converted Victorian Era Asylum

From Zutsky:

"Not a realtor, but I used to rent an apartment that was in a converted Victorian asylum. It was rumored to be haunted, but I never heard or saw anything whilst living there.

When I met with a leasing agent to hand the keys back at the property, and for him to run through a final inspection he asked if we had been 'happy' there. I said something to the effect of yes, but we were only moving as the landlord had it up for sale. It became clear he was after some kind of ghost story as he explained that none of his colleagues liked going to any apartments in the building because when taking photos to market one of them, the red eye detector kept triggering on his phone when no one was in frame!

The poor guy looked nervous as heck the whole time we were there."



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<![CDATA[Horrifying Tales Of American Women In Sex Slavery]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/american-women-in-sex-slavery/katia-kleyman

When people think of women being sold into sexual slavery, they don't picture it happening in their own backyard. But sex slavery in the US is a very real threat for many women in the US. According to FBI estimates, over 100,000 children and young women are sold into the American sex trade every year. The average age of these victims is just 11 years old.

Collected here are the stories of American women who managed to escape from their enslavement, no easy task considering victims can be treated like criminals themselves when they dealing with authorities. Each of their tales serves as a reminder that a woman of any background is at risk. We warn you the content is disturbing and that you proceed with caution.


Horrifying Tales Of American Women In Sex Slavery,

Lured By The Promise Of A Modeling Career

Miya was a 19-year-old girl working at a sunglass shop in a mall in Phoenix, Arizona when she was approached by a couple with a lucrative offer of a modeling career.  Intrigued, Miya met with the couple, who then treated her to getting her hair and nails done, which appeared to Miya a sure sign that they were legitimate scouts. It was when they took pictures of her with a cheap disposable camera Miya started questioning their authenticity. Despite the red flags, Miya agreed to go with them to California under the pretense that they would provide her with an actual photoshoot with real equipment. When she arrived in California, the couple showed her that the photos they took were actually used on an escort site.

From then, Miya was being dragged from city to city across California, being sold to men who responded to the ads on the site. Eventually, Miya was able to escape early morning from the couple’s motel room. She had no idea that she was in Union City, California when she approached a truck driver and asked him where she was. She was finally able to call her distraught parents, who were finally able to breathe a sigh of relief.

The man who held her hostage was eventually brought to justice.


Barbara Was Trafficked On The Streets Of New York City For 10 Years

Barbara Amaya ran away from her home in Virginia when she was 12-years-old due to the continuous abuse she faced. She ended up on the streets of Washington D.C. when a couple approached her and offered her help. They fed her and cared for her and then shortly thereafter they began selling her body. When they grew tired of her, they sold her to another trafficker named Moses. Moses took her to New York City, where Barbara was sex slave for ten years.  

Barbara developed an addiction to heroin to help her cope with all the pain she was going through on a daily basis. She went through hell during her ten years as a sex slave. She had an 85-year-old man die on top of her when she was 16-years-old. She was stabbed, shot, beaten and continuously raped all before she was 18. As she got older, her pimp let her go because he could no longer afford her drug habit, and she was no longer considered a “hot commodity” in her early-twenties.

It took her years to recover, but today Barbara works as an advocate, and has helped get legislation passed regarding sex crimes, including the Safe Harbor bill.


Runaway Jill Was Kidnapped And Turned Into A Sex Slave For Sadistic Clients

Jill Brenneman was born in the ‘60s into an affluent family in New Hampshire. However, that family held a dark secret. When Jill was just five-years-old, she accidently walked in on her mother and her mother’s boyfriend having sex. As punishment, Jill’s mother told the boyfriend to rape Jill and “make it hurt.” This went on for years until Jill was forced out of her home when she finished her freshman year of high school.

Jill ended up hitchhiking to Cincinnati, and lived the life as a homeless teen until she met Bruce. Jill found Bruce attractive and charming and when he offered to help, she cautiously accepted. But as soon as she got into Bruce’s car, he blindfolded her. He took her to a rural part outside Cincinnati to his home, where he proceeded to beat her and rape her. He informed Jill that she was now his slave. Bruce was very heavy into BDSM and had his own dungeon full of torture devices. After weeks of “training” Jill on this equipment, he sold her out to clients as a “submissive slave.”

Remember that scene from Game of Thrones where Ramsey first met Theon and convinced him that he was trying to help him escape, only to make it part of a larger mind f*ck torture game? Yeah, that happened to Jill. Bruce told one of the clients to tell Jill he wanted to rescue her, when Jill went along with it, the client took her to a safe house where Bruce and several other men were waiting for her.

Jill eventually got free after Bruce was arrested on an unrelated charge. Now Jill works as a motivational speaker and a founded a non-profit that helps sex workers.


Kidnapped From Her Driveway And Kept In A Dog Crate

“Debbie” (not her actual name), was just 15-years-old when she was sold into the sex-trade. She isn’t what people would consider a “typical” target. Her parents had a background in the Air Force. She grew up in a good home in suburban Phoenix, Arizona. She did well in school and avoided trouble. One night, a “friend” of Debbie’s named Bianca stopped by Debbie’s house along with two older male companions. Debbie went out in the driveway to chat with Bianca. When Bianca said that she and the men were leaving, Debbie went to give her a hug and Bianca pushed her into the car.

They held Debbie at gunpoint and proceeded to bound and blindfold her. After driving around for hours in order to disorient her, Debbie was taken to a home only 25-miles away from her own. There she was drugged and continuously gang raped.

For over 40 days, Debbie was kept in a dog crate and sold to countless men who showed up at the disheveled apartment after reading an ad about her on Craigslist.

Eventually police received tips on where she held, and they raided the apartment and saved Debbie from her captors. Debbie and her family decided to leave Arizona so Debbie would have a chance at a fresh start.


'Snow White' Was Pimped Out By Her Parents

This is a terrible case of a mother and step-father selling their own children into slavery. “Snow White” (this is how her mother described her in the online chatrooms she used to pimp her out) grew up in a broken home. Her mother started to pimp her out to her “uncles” when she was five-years-old. It started with them paying the mother to let Snow sit on their laps, but quickly evolved into much more heinous things.  Snow tried to tell teachers and school counselors about what was happening at home, but they always made the mistake of speaking to her parents about her confession before contacting authorities. Snow was beaten nearly to death by her parents for confiding in those adults.

She was sold time-and-time again by her parents. They tried to get someone to pay a large cash sum to “marry” her in order for them to take her off their hands. Eventually, Snow escaped the grasp of her abusive parents by letting herself be sold, thinking that any situation was better than the one she was already living in.

She was paid just $5,000 to live with a man who treated her like garbage for three years. At the same time, he wanted to keep up appearances and have Snow attend college so that she could be more impressive when he brought her around to his affluent friends. There Snow met a man she fell in love with. When her “master” found out about the romance he kicked her out of the house.


Jasmine's 'Boyfriend' Used Craigslist To Sell Her

When Jasmine Marino-Fiandaca was 19-years-old, she entered into a relationship with a man she thought was her boyfriend. But shortly after they began the relationship, he started grooming her into a life of prostitution. He promised her wealth, the prospect of owning her own business, and the hope to one day have a family. But in the end, he only saw Jasmine as a money-making machine.

He coerced her into working as a sex slave in Maine, as well as in Hartford, Connecticut. He forced her to work at several brothels, as well as putting up ads of her on Craigslist. When she finally got out from under his grip after five long years, she became heavily addicted to drugs to numb all the trauma she went through.

Now clean, Jasmine helps spread awareness about human trafficking.


Holly Experienced The Worst Two Days Of Her Life As A Sex Slave

The summer before 14-year-old Holly Smith would attend her first year of high school, she met Greg. Holly was unhappy at home because her mother was battling breast cancer. Greg was nice and gave her the attention she was lacking at home. Two weeks later, Holly agreed to go to Atlantic City with Greg and his friend Nicky, a woman in her 20s. She was lured there on the promise that they would go to a club and have fun, but she quickly realized that she was there to be pimped out. She was dropped off at a hotel and forced to have sex with several men that night.

The next morning, Greg forced Holly and Nicky back out on the street. Luckily, a cop spotted the very young-looking Holly and she used the opportunity to tell him she was underage. Holly was arrested, but no charges were filed. She was taken home to her parents.

Her experience in the sex trade was short lived, but one that still haunts her today.


Carissa Was Enslaved By A Pimp After Getting Kicked Out Of Her Home

Carissa Phelps did not grow up in a good home. At 12-years-old, her mother kicked her out and Carissa was forced to wander the streets of Fresno, California. One day Carissa was out when she spotted a badly beaten prostitute who needed help. Carissa invited the woman back to her motel room to help her out. The prostitute immediately called her pimp who came to the room and threatened to kill Carissa if she didn’t work for him too.

Carissa was continuously pimped out, beaten and raped by this pimp, and she was not even a teenager. After two weeks of this, while soliciting for sex on the streets the police brought Carissa in for being underage. Instead of seeking help for her, they sent her to juvenile detention for 30 days. Once released, she bounced from group home to group home, and was thrown back in juvie for six months for stealing a car. While there, a counselor took interest in her and motivated her to change her life.

Carissa ended up earning an MBA and law degree from UCLA. She is now a lawyer and motivational speaker who educates people about sex trafficking in America.  


Gwen And Alicia Were A Package Deal Sold To A Pimp

Gwen, then 18, was introduced to Brian Forbes by her aunt Lucy in Hartford, Connecticut. Gwen grew up in rural Vermont, where heroin had rampaged the town. By the time Gwen met Forbes, she was already addicted, which made it easier for Forbes to “groom” her. He built up her confidence, bought her nice things, and acted like he was in love with her. It was only when Forbes introduced Gwen to his “girlfriend” did she begin to realize what her aunt got her into. While still in the grooming period, Forbes asked Gwen if she had any friends who might want to be with them in Connecticut. She thought of her friend Alicia back in Vermont, a girl who was also addicted to heroine and came from a broken home.  After driving eight hours to pick up Alicia in Vermont and take her back to Hartford, Forbes took them both back to a hotel where a man was waiting to have sex with them.

Gwen’s aunt was given just $1,200 for the lives of these two girls. But luckily for Gwen and Alicia, their testimonies led to Forbes and the others involved with their enslavement being locked away for a long time.  


Shauna Newell Was Drugged At A Sleepover, Raped And Sold Over The Internet

16-year-old Shauna Newell made friends with a girl she met in her high school in Pensacola, Florida. The two became very close, and all Shauna wanted was a fun sleepover at her new friend’s home. Shauna tried to convince her mother, Lisa Brant, for weeks to let her sleep over her friend’s. Finally, Lisa gave in and agreed to let her sleepover the girl’s house if she could first meet the girl and her parents.

So, the girl went over Shauna’s home with a man who pretended to be her father. Everything seemed in order to Lisa, and she let Shauna go over the girl’s home for a sleepover. However, the man was not the girl’s father, but a convicted felon with charges in relation to prostitution in Texas.

When Shauna arrived at the home, the girl’s “father” left. Shauna asked for a glass of water, and from there everything was a blur. Shauna was roofied by her friend, and when she came to, she was being raped by the man who pretended to be the girl’s father.

When Shauna was left alone for a moment, she got a hold of her cellphone and called her mother. All she could say was “Mommy, help me,” before the phone died. Her panicked mother immediately called the police, who told her that she probably ran away and that they couldn’t file a missing-person report for 72 hours.

Determined to find her daughter, Lisa started her own search party. Out of sheer luck, Shauna’s brother was part of one search party that stopped at a local gas station to get a drink. He spotted his sister in the back seat of a vehicle. She was rescued, but the kidnappers got away. Shauna’s brother spotted her just in the nick of time, because her captors told her she was on her way to Texas to be given to a man who paid $300,000 for her.



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<![CDATA[All the Drugs, Murder, Adultery, and Disaster Around Eric Clapton's Layla]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-derek-and-the-dominos-layla-facts/lyra-radford

You know "Layla," the hit single from Derek and the Dominos, but do you know the wild '70s rock star tales behind its creation? Drug-fueled insanity, hedonism, and death all left their mark on this now-classic song, and you can even say its release marked the end of '60s idealism. Right at the middle of this musical maelstrom sit two legendary guitar players: Eric Clapton and George Harrison. The crazy truth of the matter is that "Layla" - and the bulk of the material on the lone Derek and the Dominos album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songswas inspired by Clapton’s obsession with Harrison’s wife, Pattie Boyd.

Harrison and Clapton were best friends at the time the rock legend penned the song about unrequited love, and the results were far from what he’d hoped for. While "Layla" has become one of Clapton's greatest hits, the album didn’t see success until about two years after the band broke up. Derek and the Dominos seemed doomed as well, as each of its members fell on hard times.

From drug abuse to plagiarism to murder, read on to discover the tragic Derek and the Dominos stories associated with "Layla."


All the Drugs, Murder, Adultery, and Disaster Around Eric Clapton's Layla,

Duane Allman Died In A Motorcycle Accident

In 1971, almost a year after the release of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs release, 24-year-old Duane Allman died in a horrific motorcycle accident. Allman swerved to avoid colliding with a truck, and ended up being thrown from his motorcycle.

Allman's death became further fuel for Clapton's depression. In his memoirs, he described Allman as the "musical brother I'd never had but wished I did."


Jim Gordon Might Have Ripped Off That Piano Melody

The famous four-minute piano coda that closes "Layla" was credited to drummer Jim Gordon. It later came to light that Gordon may have swiped the melody from his ex-girlfriend, singer Rita Coolidge. She left him for assaulting her. According to Coolidge, Gordon once "hit [her] so hard that [she] was lifted off the floor and slammed against the wall on the other side of the hallway."

Coolidge says she was working on a song called "Time" while still living with Gordon. The couple worked on it together and even played it for Clapton at one point, but her portion of the melody was slipped into "Layla" a year later without her permission. When she confronted Robert Stigwood, Clapton’s manager at the time, he blew her off.


Jim Gordon Murdered His Mother

Derek and the Dominos drummer Jim Gordon spent the 1970s fueled by booze, heroin, and cocaine, and struggling with acute schizophrenia. During this period, he began to hear his mother’s voice, among others. He stopped sleeping and eating properly and couldn’t even play the drums anymore.

Multiple physicians blamed his substance abuse, and he was treated for alcoholism instead of schizophrenia. His paranoia spiraled out of control in June of 1983, when he became convinced that his 71-year old mother was evil. Gordon bludgeoned her to death with a hammer and stabbed her with a butcher knife. He was sentenced 16 years to life in prison and has been denied parole several times.


Clapton And Harrison Had A Guitar Duel Over Boyd

During a party hosted by Robert Stigwood in 1970, Clapton admitted to Harrison that he was in love with his wife. Harrison was furious and demanded Boyd choose then and there; she ended up going home with her husband. Clapton later described himself as "a jealous Lancelot in the Camelot world of The Beatles," and said one evening he and Harrison actually whipped out their guitars and "dueled" for two hours straight.

But another man vying for his wife’s affection apparently wasn’t a wake-up call for Harrison to treat her better. Boyd later confessed in interviews and in her memoirs that she was deeply depressed in her marriage to Harrison and had considered committing suicide.


Harrison And Clapton Shared Romantic Partners

Clapton dated Boyd’s sister Paula at one point. Harrison suggested that he and Boyd go out with the couple one evening, and that they could switch partners. Clapton found he couldn’t go through with it and stopped the swap from actually happening.

Another time, one of Clapton’s ex-girlfriends came to stay with Harrison and Boyd post-breakup. Boyd considered the woman a friend, but Harrison had other ideas. He sent his wife to go stay with some friends so he could have a fling with the ex in private. Once he’d had his fun, he phoned Boyd to tell her the girl had gone and she could come home now.


Eric Clapton Formed The Band To Serenade George Harrison's Wife

In 1970, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, and Jim Gordon formed the supergroup known as Derek and the Dominos. Despite the formidable talent assembled, the band was seemingly doomed from the start; even Clapton calls them "a make-believe band."

Clapton went on to confess that his motivation for starting the group was to create a cover for his love songs about Pattie Boyd, George Harrison's wife. "I had to come out and admit that I was being me. I mean, being Derek was a cover for the fact that I was trying to steal someone else's wife."

George Harrison of the Beatles married model Pattie Boyd in 1966. But Harrison was a womanizer, and marriage didn't seem to curb his wandering eye. He took a trip to India, and when he came home he explained to Boyd that he needed concubines because he’d decided to model himself after the god Krishna. He began a string of affairs, regardless of Boyd's feelings on this turn in their relationship.


Harrison's Affair With Ringo Starr’s Wife Was The Last Straw For Boyd

Harrison's womanizing continued, but it seems the breaking point concerned Maureen Starkey, the wife of Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. Harrison began an affair with her and Boyd had had enough. Not only had she considered Starkey a friend, but he claimed to be in love with her.

Boyd found photographs of the two of them in her home together while she was out of town. Once, she even found them locked in a bedroom together. Harrison finally opened the door, chuckling as he told his enraged wife that Maureen was "just a bit tired so she’s lying down."


Clapton Finally Got His Dream Girl And Wrecked It All

Clapton finally kicked his heroin addiction, and in 1974 Boyd left Harrison to run off with Clapton. They were married in 1979, and somehow the trio remained friends - the two men even began referring to each other as "husbands-in-law."

But after all the dreaming, wooing, begging, and drowning in depression that Clapton went through to get Boyd, he still cheated on her. After 14 years together, Clapton got another woman pregnant and seemed to trade in his heroin addiction for alcoholism. Boyd divorced him in 1988.


Drug Use Tore Derek And The Dominos Apart

Derek and the Dominos only released the one album; the group fell apart while attempting to lay down tracks for their second LP. But between the band’s shady origins and its initial commercial failure, it’s no surprise that Derek and the Dominos called it quits. The rampant drug use of its members contributed to the band's rapid dissolution as well.

"It frightens me to think about it," Clapton recalled in an interview. "It was cocaine and heroin and it wore the band down and a hostility was released that hadn’t been there before. When drugs or medication enter the picture, something happens to relationships. They just dissolve. Whatever held us together got thrown out and the atmosphere was so bad you could cut it with a knife."

The dark cloud seemed to linger over the band’s former members once they went their separate ways. The years of substance abuse took their toll, too: in 1980, bassist Carl Radle died from a kidney infection associated with excessive drug and alcohol use. He was 37 years old.


After Clapton’s Album Flopped He Went On A 3-Year Heroin Binge

The Derek and the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was released in November of 1970, but this declaration of love didn’t deliver the results Clapton had hoped for. Not only was the album unsuccessful with the public (largely due to the anonymity Clapton insisted on), but it didn’t stir the emotions he’d hoped for with Boyd.

She was touched by the song "Layla," but remained married to Harrison. According to Boyd, after she refused to run away with Clapton, he produced a bag of heroin and threatened to take it if she didn’t come with him. She still said no, and Clapton sunk into a depression-driven heroin binge that lasted about three years.

In Clapton’s autobiography, he estimated that he spent the current equivalent of about $16,000 a week on heroin, in addition to the copious amounts of cocaine, alcohol, and marijuana he was already regularly using.



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Wed, 25 Jan 2017 01:58:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-derek-and-the-dominos-layla-facts/lyra-radford
<![CDATA[20 Crazy Stories About People Who Actually Saw The Future In Their Dreams]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/reddit-stories-dreams-that-came-true-premonitions/amandasedlakhevener

You need not be a superhero, an actual psychic, or anyone with any type of premonitory powers to experience a psychic or prophetic dream. Stranger vessels than you have predicted the future, so don't sell your intuition short. Some people dream about a feeling or a weird scene that reemerges when they're awake; others remember seeing a loved one die or hearing them say "goodbye" only to find they've done so in the real world. These weird dream premonitions can be surprising and even upsetting, especially the moment when you realize they've come true. 

Below are some Reddit true stories about prophetic dreams people actually watched come true. They might shock you with their specificity of detail, with different dreams predicting both public and personal experiences, but know there are some gifts people may never understand.


20 Crazy Stories About People Who Actually Saw The Future In Their Dreams,

She Was Not Pregnant

From Lovekats29:

"Several years ago a friend of mine was trying for her first child. A couple months after 'trying' she developed all the symptoms of early pregnancy - missed period, breast tenderness, heightened sense of smell, food cravings - the whole nine yards. She took an early pregnancy test and it was inconclusive. We were both totally convinced that she was with child. She made an appointment with her doctor to confirm.

The night before her appointment I had a dream about her. She came to me and told me she was not pregnant. It was so vivid and real. I told her about it the next morning and we laughed - because we were both so sure she was preggers. She went to the doctor and sure enough - she was NOT pregnant. She had a fairly large ovarian cyst that was causing all the symptoms. Neither she nor I knew that cysts could cause pregnancy symptoms. But my dream was correct and timely.

She went on to have a healthy baby girl a year later."


A Weird Moment In Time

From WilsonKeel:

"I went to high school in Antioch, CA, and graduated from Antioch High School in June 1986.

Antioch's nearest neighboring town is Pittsburg, CA, home of Pittsburg High School. As of June 1986, I had never attended Pittsburg High, didn't know anyone who went to Pittsburg High, and had only set foot on the campus of Pittsburg High once in my life (attending a football game in my junior year).

In the weeks following graduation, still in June 1986, my then-girlfriend and I were house-sitting for a friend. One night, I dreamed that I had auditioned for the play, The Crucible. In the dream, my girlfriend and I were leaving her father's business office and driving to Pittsburg High School to see if I had been cast in the play. We were going to Pittsburg High because that's where the cast list was going to be posted.

When I awoke, I told my girlfriend about this strange dream. It was very lifelike, but it made no sense. I had been active in drama in high school, but all the other elements were out of place in typical dream fashion. After all, I had just graduated high school, and never attended Pittsburg High anyway, so why would I be doing a play there now? The Crucible was one of my favorite plays, but I didn't know of anyone producing it at the time, Pittsburg High or otherwise. My girlfriend's father's office was in Pittsburg, but it's not like either my girlfriend or I worked there. I probably only told my girlfriend about it because it was such a vivid dream.

Time passed. I moved away from Antioch for a month or so, but moved back in September 1986. By then, my girlfriend was attending the local junior college (Los Medanos College, in Pittsburg). One day while escorting her to class, I saw a flyer on a bulletin board announcing auditions for the fall play. The play was The Crucible. (Of course, at this point, I wasn't consciously thinking about the dream from months before.) I auditioned. As it turned out, the college's theater was too small to house a full-stage play, and Pittsburg High's drama teacher was directing the play for the college. So, naturally, it was being staged at Pittsburg High School...

So there we were, several days after the auditions. I'm in the car with my girlfriend, and we're leaving her father's office (where she had started working in the months since the dream) to go to Pittsburg High School to look at the cast list of The Crucible and see if I made the play! It was exactly like the dream!!

And thing that separated this from your typical deja vu is, I had a "witness." My girlfriend had been with me when I had the dream, and I had told her about it right after I dreamed it. Then, months later, she was with me again when the events seen in the dream occurred, and she remembered my telling her about the scene months before. And all of the elements of the dream that made no sense at all in June 1986, turned out to make perfect sense in September 1986.

So I didn't just have some vague feeling that I'd seen some event in a dream. I knew I'd seen it in a dream, I remembered when the dream had been, I had told someone else about the dream at the time that I'd had it, that person remembered me telling her about the dream, and that person was also with me when the events of the dream took place in real life.

Just to make sure I hadn't subliminally seen an early flyer for The Crucible months before, I checked with the drama dept. At the time of my dream in June, no flyers had been made, the play had not been chosen, the director had not been chosen, and the venue had not been chosen. So there's no way I could have just seen this somewhere and worked it into a dream."


The Neighborhood Mom Grew Up In

From Electroniclog:

"I used to have reoccurring dreams all the time about driving through a neighborhood that I had never been to before. When I was about eight, my mom took me driving to show me the neighborhood she grew up in. I grew up in Arizona and we were in Chicago, and this neighborhood was exactly as it was in my dream. I was freaking out, but nobody believed me. She showed me my grandparent's first house and everything was spot on as I dreamt it. Still gives me the willies to this day."


Dreamed Granddad Died

From acates:

"I had a dream when I was about six-years-old about my granddad dying. In the dream I was with my dad walking towards the hospital my granddad was at (he had heart troubles and I went every weekend to see him in the hospital). While we were walking up, my aunt and uncle are walking towards us and my aunt is crying. She tells us he's gone. A week later that exact thing happened. I didn't tell my dad about that dream until I was about 17."


Tripped In The Woods

From Kubrick_Fan:

"I had a dream once when I was in the woods, tripped over something and smashed my teeth in. I was an air cadet at the time, and there was an optional night exercise that was due to happen in my local woods in the same week that I had the dream in.

I chose not to go. One of the more senior cadets did go on the night exercise. He tripped over something in the dark woods and smashed three teeth out."


A Bag Of Chips And A Stomach Ache

From antyone:

"I remember having a dream as a kid.

I was in my family car on a certain road near the house I was living in and I remember I was eating a bag of chips, then I remember my stomach ache. Fast forward some time later and the exact same thing happened on the same road, same time my stomach started ache and same bag of chips in my hands.

It was mind-blowing to me as a kid."


The Columbia Crash

From oesjmr:

"I've only had one premonition-type of dream and it came true within hours. In the dream, I was standing in a field, looking up into the morning sky, watching a fireball fall with a smoke trail behind it. Pieces of it were breaking off here and there. I was with a handful of other people, who I did not know, and we were all looking up in amazement. A radio was on and there was a man stating, 'Do not touch any pieces of the space craft that may crash to earth due to potential radiation contamination,' and things of that nature. We all stood looking into the sky for a few more moments before I woke up.

When I woke from the dream, I noticed it was still dark outside, so I looked at the clock. It was 2:35 am (EST). I got up, drank some water, laid back in bed and thought about the dream for a while. I was having trouble going back to sleep, so I turned on the radio and eventually drifted back to sleep.

I woke up in the morning, and to my disbelief, I was hearing the same voice from the radio in my dream hours before on the radio now, saying similar things. I thought, "What the hell is going on?!" I turned on the TV, switched it over to a news channel, and saw this video on the screen. Space Shuttle Columbia had just disintegrated during re-entry. I get goosebumps even today thinking about it."


It's A Gift

From fiverrah:

"I'm a little late for this but, I have had precognitive dreams for my entire life. Most of the time they are about inconsequential things but now and then, they are important. My feeling about them is that they show how interconnected we all are and that time isn't a straight line. You may be interested in reading about Bells Theorem.

I pay attention to these dreams and tell family about them. I actually saved my niece's life once after dreaming about her being in danger. I think that lots of people have this ability, some more than others. Just like some people can make music better than others. It's a gift."


Dreamed About A Fight

From greasymonkee:

"I lived in a small town growing up and there was just one mechanic who had a shop. I hung out there a lot just because I love cars, and he did quite a few repairs for me. I actually developed a decent relationship with the guy. I had a dream that we flat-out had it out as if we were about to fight each other, but I blew it off thinking that it was absolutely absurd. Fast forward a little less than a year and he ripped me off and lied to my grandpa about what happened. We have never spoken a word to each other since and he gives me a death stare every time I see him."


It Was A Parable

From romeoprico:

"I dreamt I was flying, high up in the air, across fields and valleys. It felt wonderful in my dream. There was a lady next to me also flying. We continue flying for awhile and all of a sudden we come up to a mountain.

The mountain was enormous. It was so high up that its peak was covered in clouds. It was colossal in size. The lady and I descended and perched ourselves unto a rock to observe the mountain. Then the lady points to something, high up in the face of the mountain, where an entrance to a cavern could be seen.

So I fly towards the entrance of this cave but no matter how fast I flew, the further it got away from me. It was unreachable. So after a futile event, I flee back to the rock where the lady was waiting for me, smiling.

Then she says, 'Once three men got stuck in the cave but they were able to get out. You could reach the cave, if you really wanted.' And I woke up. It was a strange dream and stranger still that I would remember it. I had nothing to do that day. I decided to visit a bookstore and buy a book to read.

So I visited this used bookstore store and the only book that got my attention that day was a copy of the Koran. Now, mind you I'm not a Muslim and I know absolutely nothing about the religion. I have been raised a Christian my whole life. I bought the book for nothing more out of curiosity.

I go home and glimpse through the book, but I couldn't understand any of it. I got bored with it and was about to put it down but then I remember the dream I had the night before and I decided to Google it to see what came up. And wouldn't you know it, I came across this following legend out of the Koran. Weirdest dream ever."



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<![CDATA[9 People Who Have “Seen" Heaven… And Made A Career Out Of It]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-made-careers-out-of-seeing-heaven-v2/amanda-beadlescomb

It’s not easy figuring out what you want to be when you grow up. In addition to traditional careers, technological advancements have given rise to an endless litany of opportunities that would've been impossible before the smartphone era, from putting taxi drivers out of work or being a child slave in a cobalt mine to turning someone's personal life into a pointless mystery for bored commuters to consume while stuck in traffic. And then you've got your professional afterlife consultants.

Um, what? Indeed. There are people who've made careers out of seeing heaven. What does this mean? Well, these individuals purport to have passed from this life into the next and had the good fortune to spend time in heaven. However, such professional heaven visitors didn't die, at least not permanently. Upon returning to the land of the living, they were able to parlay their experiences into piles of cash by sharing what they saw and felt. 


9 People Who Have “Seen" Heaven… And Made A Career Out Of It,

Eben Alexander

In 2008, Eben Alexander contracted bacterial meningitis, a disease that attacks the brain that controls thoughts and emotions. He claims this part of his brain was completely shut down while he was in a seven-day coma. During those seven days, he entered the afterlife (he calls it heaven). There, he met with deceased relatives and got the chance to speak with the “Divine source of the universe.” Then he woke up.

Before his experience, Alexander was a neurosurgeon with no belief in souls, God, or an afterlife. Since returning from his alleged vacation in the heaven, he changed his career focus to proving consciousness is separate from the brain. To that end, he wrote the bestselling book Proof of Heaven (spoiler alert: he doesn't have it), and a follow-up, The Map of Heaven, to assist in this mission.

Alexander has also managed to parlay his experience into media stardom for himself, having appeared on Oprah, Larry King, and World News with Diane Sawyer. Profiles have been published in Newsweek and Esquire. If you're a fan of Alexander's research, you can donate to The Consciousness Initiative, the organization through which he receives funds. These donations go through the Marion Institute, a non-profit. 


Plane Crash Survivor Dale Black Turned To Christian Cancer Coaching

At age 19, Dale Black was the lone survivor of a plane crash, after which he drifted in and out of a coma and claims to have gone to heaven. The crash radically altered the course of his life. Though Black suffered amnesia for a few months after waking up, he eventually recalled his trip to heaven in vivid detail, turned to ministry, and built a life on the back of his religious experience. 

Since rejoining the people of Earth, Black has written two books, Flight to Heaven and Life, Cancer and God, and recorded one audio book, Messages from Heaven: How God Heals. He also started a Christian Cancer Coaching program, and travels the country doing speaking engagements. For only $800, you can receive four over-the-phone spiritual consultations on dealing with cancer.

To quote Black's website: "We are a spirit, we have a soul, and we live in a body—and we believe all three parts must be in health to permanently overcome sickness and disease. No one on our staff is medically certified, and we do not offer medical advice."

What surviving a plane crash has to do with helping people overcome caner remains unclear, though for an initial consultation fee of $89, you can find out. If you buy the $1,495 package, Black's organization will magnanimously waive the initial consult fee. Consultation is given by Black's wife, Paula, co-author of Life, Cancer and God and an ordained minister who "successfully reversed cancer using the Body–Soul–Spirit Approach."


Mary Neal Was Forced To Leave Heaven To Watch Her Son Die (But She Got Her 15 Minutes)

During a kayaking excursion in Chile in 199, orthopedic surgeon Mary Neal was pinned beneath a waterfall and drowned. She went 30 minutes without oxygen and, she says, spent 30 minutes in heaven. Neal recalls being eager to pass through heaven’s gates, after which  there's no turning back. She experienced deep disappointment when told she had to return to her body for the sake of her children, but she came back with divine information - her eldest son would die young.

Neal’s condition for coming back to Earth was that she must tell the world about her experience, and she’s made a bustling career out of doing just that. She wrote a book, To Heaven And Back. On the day she finished writing it, her son was killed in a car accident. Her story appears all over the web, including Oprah's website, and Neal has appeared on TV shows such as Dr. Oz and Fox and Friends

Ultimately, the details of Neal's story are somewhat confusing. She didn't want to return to life, but her return was conditional. What's more, she was sent back specifically to care for her children, yet told one of them would die senselessly. 


Tamara Laroux Went To Hell, Then Heaven, Then Her Own Christian Radio Show

Tamara Laroux, depressed at 15, decided to take her own life with her mother’s .38 revolver. In the shower, she pointed the gun at her heart and pulled the trigger. She was suddenly enveloped in complete, painful darkness she calls hell. After enduring hell’s agony, the hand of God scooped her up and took her to heaven. Moments later, she was returned to her body. Turns out she missed her heart by less than a quarter of an inch.

After she recovered from her hell-to-heaven journey (and bullet wound), Laroux’s pastor encouraged her to write down what she remembered. These scribblings became a book called Delivered, which includes a very vivid description of her journey. As per the book, she spent the moments leading up to her suicide attempt regretting what she had yet to do (shoot herself) and pleading to God and Jesus to forgive her. She writes of experiencing "an indescribable explosion of indescribable pain" after arriving in hell, where it felt as though "a massive high pressure hose sprayed acid to make sure it hit every molecule of my being."

Laroux went on to become an ordained minister, Christian speaker, and co-founder of Life Change International, an organization “committed to sharing the uncompromised truth of the Gospel.” She and her husband, Rodney Laroux, make a living with their speaking engagements, radio show, and, as per their website, the power of God's love. 


Julie Papievis Visited God And Her Grandmother In Heaven And Became A Motivational Speaker

On May 10, 1993, Julie Papievis suffered a severe brain stem injury when a teenager ran a red light and careened into her car. She was comatose for six weeks, during which time she was given a glimpse of heaven, complete with a visit from God and her grandmother, who both told her it was not yet her time. Though her doctors didn't think she would make it, Papievis came back to the world of the living after God and her grandmother cast her out of heaven. 

Papievis's near-death experience and glimpse of heaven spurred her into a career as a national lecturer. She’s wrote the book Go Back and Be Happy about her time in heaven and subsequently copyrighted the title, much to the chagrin of all those who would like to go back and be happy without litigation. Papievis has appeared on The 700 Club, CNN, and Lifetime TV’s Beyond Chance.


Don Piper Spent 90 Minutes In Heaven, Heard Some Great Music, And Wrote A Bestselling Book

On January 18, 1989, minister Don Piper collided with a semi-truck and was pronounced dead at the scene. For 90 minutes, he says he experienced the glory of heaven. He was reunited with his beloved grandfather and beheld a heavenly choir. He describes the music in heaven as "beyond spectacular."

Meanwhile, back in the world of the living, another pastor prayed over Piper's lifeless body. Quite suddenly, Piper went from enjoying the company of loved ones and beautiful songs of praise to being back in his body, in the middle of a car wreck. He decided to share his experience in heaven in book, 90 Minutes In Heaven, which was a New York Times bestseller for five years. In 2015, it was made into a feature-length film starring acclaimed Star Wars thespian Hayden Christensen in the lead role.  

As per his website, Piper is something of an expert on heaven, and fields questions on the subject. In response to "Are there animals or pets in Heaven?" his site claims 

"When Don arrived at the gates of Heaven, the people who greeted Him were the people who spiritually influenced him on earth. He did not see any animals or pets in Heaven. That does not mean they are not there. In the Bible’s creation sequence, found in Genesis 1, God created animals before he created humans. Following the creation of these creatures, he said they were very good. Indeed, they are good, and they bring us encouragement and companionship. It is hard to believe God would create something so majestic and beautiful and not have them in Heaven. The book of Revelation tells us when Christ returns, he will come on a white horse.  Many theologians such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley and C. S. Lewis have postulated the presence of animals in Heaven. Don also believes animals will be there."


Jesus Allegedly Sent Betty Eadie Back To Earth And It Gave Her Purpose

While in recovering from a hysterectomy, Betty Eadie recalls her spirit leaving her body  and going through a tunnel toward a bright light. She believes the bright light was Jesus Christ’s embrace. She suspects she may have been in heaven as long as four hours. She writes:

"There was no questioning who he was, I knew that he was my savior, and friend, and God. He was Jesus Christ, who had always loved me, even when I thought he hated me. He was life itself, love itself, and his love gave me a fullness of joy, even to overflowing. I knew that I had known him from the beginning, from long before my Earth life, because my spirit remembered him.

All my life I had feared him, and I now saw - I knew - that he was my choicest friend. Gently, he opened his arms and let me stand back far enough to look into his eyes, and he said, "Your death was premature, it is not yet your time." No words ever spoken have penetrated me more than these. Until then, I had felt no purpose in life; I had simply ambled along looking for love and goodness but never really knowing if my actions were right. Now, within his words, I felt a mission, a purpose; I didn't know what it was, but I knew that my life on Earth had not been meaningless."

Since her trip to the other side, Eadie has written four books, the most popular of which, Embraced by the Light, was a number one New York Times bestseller. She has appeared on Oprah and started her own publishing company. 


Crystal McVea Found God In A Tunnel Of Light After Giving Up On Faith And Wrote Two Books About It

Complications from pancreatitis had Crystal McVea flatlining in the hospital in 2009. She remembers drifting off to the sound of her mother weeping, and waking up in a “bright tunnel of light,” which she knew instantly to be heaven (which begs the question: where does the tunnel go?). She felt immediately at peace and overwhelmed with joy in the presence of what she calls God.

Years before her visit to the afterlife tunnel, Crystal had given up on God - she believed a higher power either didn't exist or didn't love her. She reached this conclusion after being molested as a child and having an abortion as a teenager. "After that abortion I thought, 'I've done it now - if he was real, he could never love me now,'" she says.  

According to Crystal, God gave her the choice of staying with him or returning to life. McVea says she chose God at first, but changed her mind, returning to life for the sake of her mother. She has since written two books, Waking Up In Heaven and Chasing Heaven. She also travels the country doing speaking engagements at churches, women’s events, conferences, and pregnancy resource functions. 

To quote Crystal's website: "Crystal weaves together humor and heartache to bring the audience along on a journey that walks through brokenness and breaks through into beauty. Her story brings the message of hope and love that the world is desperate to hear."


Dean Braxton Met Jesus, Who Sent Him Back To Earth To Speak Of His Heavenly Revelations

In 2006, Dean Braxton went into surgery for a routine kidney stone removal. When an administered antibiotic proved resistant to the bacteria in his system, he started dying on the operating table. After flatlining, Braxton claims, he went to heaven, where he met Jesus. Of the experience, he wrote

"When I first arrived in heaven and knelt before Jesus, all I could do was say, 'YOU DID THIS FOR ME?!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU!!' I could have said this for the next 3000 years or more and still would have wanted to keep going......I know EVERYTHING - IS - RIGHT, where Jesus is, and THERE IS NOTHING WRONG!!"

After an hour and 45 minutes spent hanging out with Jesus, Braxton's doctors brought him back to life, and he’s since made a full recovery. In an alternate version of the story, his wife, Marilyn Braxton, led a successful effort to pray Dean back to life. This effort was aided by Jesus, who apparently said "No, it is not your time. Go back!" to Braxton as he was groveling before Christ.

In 2009, Braxton published his first book, In Heaven! Experiencing the Throne of God, and has since appeared on multiple TV and radio programs. He makes a living speaking about his heavenly insight (which hopefully extends beyond "YOU DID THIS FOR ME?!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, and THANK YOU!!") and his organization, Dean Braxton Ministries, has an app, so you can get heavenly knowledge and stay up-to-date on Dean's daily activities on-the-go.



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<![CDATA[The Most Metal Stories About The Members of Slipknot]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/wtf-slipknot-stories/jacob-shelton

Slipknot be crazy. If you need more evidence than watching nine masked Iowans in jumpsuits pumping out death metal riffs, drumming on trash cans, and screaming lyrics such as "People equal sh*t," read these true stories about the maggot-loving, corpse-huffing, drug-and-alcohol vacuums in Slipknot. The band has been a mainstay on the metal scene since the late '90s, when they appeared out of the American heartland like a real-life extreme metal horror freak show version of Devo, screaming about how much they hate everything until they were coughing up blood. True Slipknot stories more than live up to that description. 

Somewhat improbably, Slipknot hit the zeitgeist; the band obliterated nu metal peers by making real metal cool again before the New Wave of American Heavy Metal swept in and changed the landscape of heavy music. The band's members were unapologetically aggressive and hateful; you can practically hear the winds of despair blowing through dead wheat on the outskirts of small-town, meth-riddled Iowa in the hopelessness and violence of their first two albums. Their music is pure catharsis in the form of metal.

The first lyric on Slipknot's debut album is "Pain! Here comes the pain," and the album sold two million copies in the US alone. It was also voted the number three metal debut of all time by Metal Injection readers, and was embraced by legitimate, established death metal musicians as much as it was by Korn and Kid Rock fans whose favorite movie was The Fast & The Furious

Slipknot has continued its assault on mainstream music ever since its debut. If you think the band members are getting soft more than two decades into their career, think again: these WTF stories show their proclivity for setting things on fire, drinking stuff you’re not supposed to drink, fighting with knives, and rubbing one another with sh*t. If you think the masks, screaming, and anti-social nihilism is an act, you'd be dead wrong. 

Most wacky celebrity facts involve an A-lister enjoying weird food or having a collection of 50 sombreros. That’s not the case with these stories about Slipknot. It seems like the only things these guys enjoy doing is trying to one-up each other with their legitimately crazy behavior. Some gonzo stories about Slipknot will trigger those of weak constitution, so if you have issues with people eating a rotten bird corpse or drinking puke, you may want to read some less crazy celebrity stories. If you’re still here, you’re ready to dive into the infernal swamp of Slipknot.  


The Most Metal Stories About The Members of Slipknot,

Clown Hired A Drum Tech Because The Guy Drank Piss, Puked It Up, And Drank It Again

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Slipknot's Clown revealed that he hired is drum tech based on his ability to swallow anything. "I told him, 'Drink this piss,' He's like, 'How much?' I give him a hundred bucks, he downs the piss. Then he's like, 'Another seventy-five dollars to puke and re-drink it?' Sure. He rolfs, re-drinks it — 'See you guys later.' That's why he works for Clown."


A Competitive Relationship With Marilyn Manson Led To Corey Taylor Drinking His Own Vomit

During the Ozzfest 2001 tour, as Slipknot was blowing up worldwide, vocalist Corey Taylor managed to shock the shock master himself, Marilyn Manson. He told Rolling Stone

"I do remember throwing up in a cup and drinking it in front of Manson and he kind of freaked out. He didn't really know how to take it. And then he ran into our dressing room in tighty-whitey underwear and kind of danced for us and kind of ran back out, and we were like, 'What the f*ck just happened?'"

Despite the weirdness of this scene, Taylor calls Slipknot's relationship with Manson one of mutual respect and friendly competition.

"We don't really try to f*ck with each other, and when we do, it gets really weird," he continues with a laugh. "At the same time, there's a positive competition there that we both respond to. When we play with him, we watch him tear it down every night, and that just makes us want to tear it down every night, too. So there's a mutual respect that goes along with that positive competition that will make for great shows no matter where we are. To me, that's the best respect that you can show a fellow artist, especially someone you really enjoy what they do."


Guitarist Mick Thomson Had A Public, Drunken Knife Fight With His Brother

Mick Thomson, the gargantuan guitar player (6'4" and about ten feet wide at the shoulders) otherwise known as #7, proves the adage "you can take the boy out of Iowa, but you can't take the Iowa out of the boy." In 2015, he and his brother got into a knife fight on the front lawn of a residence in Clive, IA. When cops showed up, they found the intoxicated (duh) guitarist covered in non-life threatening, but kinda serious, stab wounds. The brothers refused to press charges against one another, but were charged with disorderly conduct. In case you're wondering, Thomson was 42 at the time. 


Vocalist Corey Taylor OD'd When He Was 15 And His Friends Tossed Him In A Dumpster

What's the craziest thing you did when you were a teenager? If it wasn't ODing on coke and amphetamines and you're trying to become one of the most famous metal singers on the planet, you need to seriously rethink your dreams.

In various interviews, Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor has describes his time living in a trailer park near Waterloo, IA in a way that brings to mind Harmony Korine's Gummo, but with more dumpsters:

"At a place like that, there's only two things to do, really - you take drugs, and you f*ck. Crank was just starting, and I was a total speed freak and really into coke. I remember waking up one morning in a dumpster. And, instead of taking me to a hospital, they took me somewhere and dumped me in a trash can, thinking I was dead. So I come to, I've got no shoes on, I've got no T-shirt, I've got blood on my face. I'm 12 miles from my house, and I proceeded to walk from there. The whole way home. I was like, I've gotta get out of here."

Good call. 


The Band's Official Scent Is Camel Dung

Even in the metal world, if you don't have your own official scent, you're nothing. Ever benevolent, Slipknot wanted to give something special to fans attending their inaugural two-day Knotfest, so they created a signature scent for the event: camel dung. "But why?" You foolishly ask.

According to percussionist Shawn Crahan (the clown):

"We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful... A very distinct smell. You can't huff it, but it's got this smell. And it's not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but it's not necessarily the worst thing, it's just remembering thoughts — it's gonna be a re-occurring thing.

Since we're not a band anymore — we're a culture, everybody needs to get used to that real quick — that culture has to have a smell. You have to be able to be somewhere in the world, maybe be in a little pain, and then all of a sudden smell that and feel good again."


Before The Band Blew Up, Clown Kept A Decomposing Crow In A Jar To Huff Before Shows

Every performer needs to get into the right head space to achieve purity in his or her art. This is especially true of musicians, whose job requires manual dexterity, athleticism (for drummers, at least), and showmanship. Some stretch before a gig, some do vocal warm ups, some skateboard or job.

In the early days of the band, the members of Slipknot had their own special way of getting into the mood before a show. Clown (percussionist Shawn Crahan) kept a dead crow in a jar, which he was allowing to "ferment" (decompose). Before each show, he took a big whiff of its terrible scent and passed it around to his bandmates. Wouldn't you know it, fans wanted in on the action, and they ended up eating the rotting bird. 

Said DJ Sid Wilson of the ritual:

“We had a dead bird in a jar. Clown kept it in there for a long time. We’d bring it out on stage and take big deep breaths out of it, see what death smelled like, have that inside you, gets you int hat dark place. It would make you throw up immediately, vomit in your mask. He had it in there for so long it started getting this gelatinous liquid in the jar as it decayed."


The Recording Of Slipknot's Second Album Was Fueled By Drugs, Depression, Hatred, And Suicidal Tendencies

While recording Slipknot's second album, Iowa, vocalist Corey Taylor was in such a terrible place he self-harmed during vocal takes. "I was cutting myself while recording songs in the studio. I was bleeding everywhere. I just wanted something, I didn’t care what it was." 

The intro to the album, a track called (515), consists of layered, anguished screams and white noise. The screams were taken from recordings of DJ Sid Wilson having an emotional breakdown in the vocal booth because his grandfather had just died.

While the band was recording Iowa, its manager, the now-deceased Steve Richards, was creating unnecessary tension between members. As Mick Thomson recalls:

"I should dig Steve Richards up and beat his fucking corpse. Every once in a while I think there may be a God that put a cyst on his brainstem and caused him to be a fuckin’ zombie. The dude just stepped into our lives and tried to cause rifts between band members because, as long as you’ve got them occupied, you can be raping them and stealing from them and they’re not noticing because they’re too caught up in stupid shit to see a bigger picture."

Clown recalls similarly depressing memories about making the record:

"It was a disaster because the world got in. Drugs, women, just listening to, 'You guys are gonna be huge.' Everybody wants our money. So I hate the album, but it is brutality at its finest. People are like, “Do another Iowa.” And I’m like [extends middle finger], 'Sit on this! You know why? We almost all died.' 

It was bad. There were chemicals. I was probably the worst, man. My wife was very ill during those times. I felt really isolated because I couldn’t be with her. So out of the sadness of not being together, there’s that frustration and anger, too, that she’s taking care of three kids and we’re being lied to about money and we’re still broke. I was just anti-everyone in the band, coming for everyone in the band."


Clown Almost Drowned Partaking In Ritual Self-Harm He Likens To Blood Letting

Even if you've never heard Slipknot's music, you've no doubt seen pictures of them, and can probably surmise they get nuts on stage (they've been known to burn things, destroy pieces of venues, and attack fans). One of the band's wildest stage stunts almost killed percussionist Shawn Crahan, more commonly known as Clown: 

"I went headfirst into this barrel on Ozzfest and I didn’t realize it was half full of water. I got stuck in that thing for about 35 seconds and I remember thinking, ‘You’ve done it, you f*cking went somewhere you shouldn’t have gone and now it’s going to get you.’ Then I got pushed over, came out of the bin and I was spitting out water. It was pretty serious dude.

From that day on I realized that, if I was going to go into that zone, I had to at least pick my battles. At first, though, I didn’t care about the harm I was doing myself, in fact personal harm was invited. It felt good; it was like blood letting."


The Band Brought Mayhem To The 2000 Kerrang! Awards, Including Lighting Its Table On Fire

Anything a band does to spice up the typically stodgy, masturbatory atmosphere of awards shows is welcome. Especially if it involves fire. At the 2000 Kerrang! (a British heavy music magazine) Awards in London, Slipknot won three awards. When band members stood to take the stage for one of these awards, they smashed their chairs on the top of their table, breaking the chairs and lots of glass. During his acceptance speech, Corey Taylor spoke about puking on himself, told the audience to kiss his ass, and broke the microphone.

On the red carpet, guitarist Mick Thomson was asked whether there was anything he wouldn't consider doing on stage. He replied: "Gay sex. No gay sex for me. You'll have to ask the other guys." At some point during the show, the band managed to set its table on fire. Congratulations on the three wins, y'all!


In The Early Days, Clown Kept His Own Sh*t In Snapple Bottles And Rubbed It On Himself And His Bandmates

Every group of friends has that one person who's kind of gross. In Slipknot, it's Shawn Crahan, the band's mastermind and clown percussionist. According to guitarist Jim Root, on a 1999 European tour, Crahan would

"... put his sh*t in, like, a Snapple bottle and leave it on the speaker during the set. Then he'd smear it all over his drums and himself and Mick's back and, I think, mine, too. It just reeked — I was dry-heaving while we played. I mean, it was summer in Madrid — the last thing you need is a fat guy's hot, cooking sh*t rubbed on you."

Ah, summer in Madrid. 



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<![CDATA[16 TMI Facts About Vanessa Hudgen's Sex Life]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/vanessa-hudgens-sex-facts/jacob-shelton

Vanessa Hudgens might be the most normal of the grown up Disney stars; she makes out with her famous boyfriends in public, goes to the grocery star while being followed by paparazzi, and has a creepy stalker. Okay so maybe she’s not normal like you’re normal, but she seems to have a good head on her shoulders. Even so, Vanessa Hudgens's sex-life stories are still as scintillating as you can imagine. In this list of facts about the sex life of Vanessa Hudgens, you’ll find out about her preferences when it comes to kissing onscreen, why she’ll never do another sex scene, and how she handled things when her nude photos were released. Also, there’s some much needed Vanessa Hudgens dating advice.

 

If you find Vanessa Hudgens sexy, which of course you do because you’re a human, you’re going to want to read about her favorite things to do with the person she’s dating. Just a heads up, if you’re not into committing serious federal crimes you may not be Vanessa Hudgens boyfriend material. One thing that you’ll notice from this collection of stories about Vanessa Hudgens is that she’s just like every other young woman in America, she’s just trying to have a good time while fending off phone calls from Zac Efron. If you want to find out about all of the super sexy stuff that the star of Spring Breakers and High School Musical gets up to, then keep reading.  


16 TMI Facts About Vanessa Hudgen's Sex Life,

One Sex Scene Is Enough for Hudgens
 

#selenagomez #ashleybenson #vanessahudgens #springbreakers

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If you saw Spring Breakers (and you still can; the movie hasn't been deleted from the world), then you were likely to have seen Hudgens's one-and-only sex scene. The scene, for those of you that didn't catch the film, features Hudgens and Ashley Benson completely demoralizing James Franco while sort of having sex. It's great but kind of intense. The actress told Glow: "It was very nerve-racking for me. I told my agent that I never want to do it ever again."


Hudgens Accidentally Showed Everyone Her Butt At The Grocery Store
 

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Who hasn't worn a tiny romper to the grocery store and been caught flashing their butt to everyone while they reach for a bottle of something green? While Hudgens was shopping in 2016, some weirdo followed her into the store and snapped a quick picture while the young woman was just trying to run everyone's least-favorite errand. Honestly, this is the problem with wearing a romper. Also with creeps who follow everyone into grocery stores. Stop doing that, creeps! 


She Got Caught In A Sex Shop
 

Flashback to some blondnessss. #fbf

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Not to dissuade people from going to mom-and-pop sex shops, but if you're a celebrity, then maybe you should just shop for your sex stuff online. In 2008, while she was out with Efron shopping for whatever it is you buy in a sex shop, she ran into a fan who took pictures with both of the stars and busted their love of perusing penis-shaped novelty items


Some Of Her N00dz Are Online
 

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Oh no you guys, ya girl Vanessa Hudgens had her phone hacked, or accidentally sent pictures to the wrong person, or however naked photos of celebrities wind up on the Internet. But because Hudgens is a little more grounded that most celebs, she was pretty cool about the whole thing. Although she admitted that it was weird to have to talk to her parents about the leak and even weirder to have to talk to her legal team. "The more embarrassing thing is talking to the lawyers and attorneys about it but, whatever, you deal."


She And Zac Efron May Have Been Having A Lot Of Post-Break Up Sex
 

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After Hudgens and longtime boyfriend/super hunk Zac Efron broke up, they did what a lot of couples do - they kept on banging! Multiple sources caught them hanging out together a little more than broken up couples usually do, so much so that it seemed like they hadn't broken up at all. One anonymous source said: “They are still in love, are great friends and trust one another, so it’s totally not surprising they still can’t get enough of each other.”


While Filming Gimme Shelter She Really Got Into Giving Birth
 

Oh hey girl. Shot from my Washington Post article ❤️. #newsstandstomorrow

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While filming the true story of a pregnant teenage runaway, Hudgens got super into her role, especially the whole giving birth thing. While discussing the challenges that came with the role to E! News, she mentioned how she hurt herself while pretending to give birth: "Probably the most physical and emotionally draining scene was my birthing scene. I've never shot a birthing scene and I ended up popping blood vessels in my face."


There's No Sex Tape
 

When you don't swim but be in a pool �� @nataliesaidi

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At one point, there were a lot of rumors floating around the internet that someone had leaked a tape of Vanessa Hudgens and some bro getting down and dirty. Was it true? Had the Disney star really allowed herself to be filmed having sex? No. No she had not. 

 


She Wants To Be A Mom By 30
 

I'm such a lucky girl. My man is the best wrapper in the world. And present giver. Lol

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Vanessa Hudgens has done it all: she's been in a hit Disney series and a Harmony Korine film, and she even has a few singles under her belt. But the one thing she doesn't have is a small human made up of half of her genetics. While speaking with the magazine Shape, she said: "I hope by the time I’m 30 to have a husband and maybe a baby." And when she does, how's she going to treat it? She continued, "I would have a blast spoiling them.”


Vanessa Hudgens's Stalker Has A Great Penis
 

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Every celebrity has a stalker, but only Vanessa Hudgens is lucky enough to have a stalker who has a magical penis. The stalker, Junior Kabongo, sent Hudgens multiple emails detailing some pretty creepy stuff. The emails read: "Hello, I love you and want to marry you," and "God gave me a penis to make you feel like you never did everytime when we’ll make love.” WOOF! But Kabongo isn't just a pretty penis, he also has a job. Another email explained, "I WRITE SCREENPLAYS. I wanna become a movie star." It's like a real-life La La Land


She's Cool With Kissing Another Gal
 

Throw back to this bomb lip color ��

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In the Harmony Korine EDM freakout that is the movie Spring Breakers, Vanessa Hudgens has a big ol' makeout scene with co-star Ashley Benson. When asked if she would have rather been making out with James Franco, she had an incredibly honest answer that probably hurt Franco's feelings. "I'd rather kiss Ashley than kiss James to be honest - because she's a girl and I was close to her and I felt comfortable. So I was like 'Yeah, I'll kiss Ashley!'” 



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Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:12:04 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/vanessa-hudgens-sex-facts/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[13 People Describe What It Feels Like to Be Bitten by a Venomous Snake]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-describe-being-bitten-by-a-cobra/justin-andress

Across the world, there are more than 700 different species of venomous snakes. About 1/3 of these fellas are capable of killing a human being with a single strike. The number of victims these killers have claimed in the US alone would surprise you.

Yep, snakes are everywhere, and poisonous snakes are so common it seems every continent has their own brand of feared serpent. Hopefully, you’ll never have to worry about coming into contact with one of these beasts, but if you’re curious about what is it like to be bitten by a cobra, viper, or rattlesnake, you’re only human. Though a lot of the people who come into contact with venomous snakes might not make it out alive, some have survived to discuss what it’s like to be bitten by one of the world’s deadliest snakes. 

What happens to your body when a poisonous snake bites you? Read on to find out.


13 People Describe What It Feels Like to Be Bitten by a Venomous Snake,

To Survive, You Might Have To Treat Yourself

Nurse Ann Wakefield didn’t even feel a lot of pain when she was first bitten by a taipan in 1995. It was as though the highly venomous snake had simply touched her leg. However, 10 minutes later, the symptoms kicked in.

She recounted, “blurred vision, like looking through perspex with water running on it; and an unbelievable headache. It took 20 minutes to reach the hospital. By then, I had awful stomach cramps and could hardly breathe. There was no pain at the bite for about 4 hours. When it began, it was awful, very intense. It lasted for 6 weeks.”

The thing that probably saved Wakefield? Her ability to critically analyze the situation and treat herself in her moment of panic: "I had tied my shirt as tight as I could, round my leg above the bite. I had sat down and was prepared. Warwick (my husband) came down with the Toyota. 'Get in', he said. I said, 'No, bandages first'. When the bandages were on, I got in the car which was right beside me."


You Might Begin Bleeding From The Bowels And Peeing Blood

In 1957, despite being offered medical attention after being bitten by a boomslang, Dr. Karl Patterson Schmidt turned treatment down in favor of cataloguing his symptoms. Apparently, he didn’t think he would die, a thing about which he was completely wrong.

After being bitten in Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History, Schmidt wrote of nausea, massive blood loss, chills, uncontrollable shaking, bleeding from his gums and in his bowels. He recalls peeing blood.

After a brief respite from the pain, Schmidt became exceptionally ill before dying shortly thereafter in the hospital.


You Can "Die" Multiple Times From A Taipan Bite

In 1949, an Australian man named George Rosendale was bitten by a 7-foot-long taipan snake after disturbing it by moving the logs it was hiding beneath. Because of the extreme rurality of the town, there was no anti-venom on hand to give Rosendale. However, thanks to quick intervention from locals, who bound the leg and then cut the bite site so the venom would slowly seep out, he didn’t die immediately. That state didn't last, though; over the course of his life-saving treatment that fateful night, he was "pronounced dead" a total of four times.

After becoming unconscious, he was transferred to a hospital where blood was flown in by a volunteer. The airstrip was lit by car headlights so the pilot could land. Rosendale was kept in the hospital for 20 days and was unable to regain the weight he’d lost for several months. 


It Can Cause You To Simply Drift Off Into Oblivion

In Gaza in 2004, a traveler was bitten by a king cobra. He describes the pain as immediate, even though more symptoms didn’t develop for more than half an hour.

Once they did, though, the tourist remembered: “I became drowsy, developed a banging headache... about half an hour after that I lost the ability to move my leg and then I lost consciousness...apparently I had some kind of fit... After two days I still couldn't move my leg but I slowly got movement back as the swelling went down and I spent two weeks learning to walk” again.


Toxins In Venom Can Block Signals Between Your Brain And Body

After being bitten on the semi-urban trail she hiked almost daily, Lorraine Jonsson wrote, that “[by] the time I heard the snake shaking its tail, the three-foot serpent had already sunk its fangs into my ankle. Twice. Within seconds, I started feeling the effects: blurred vision, jelly-like legs, and a horrifying sense of panic.”

And the real kicker for the unfortunate Jonsson was that the rattlesnake that bit her packed more than the standard "blood-thinning, tissue-bursting hemotoxin" of most rattler bites. Her snake also injected "a rare and more powerful neurotoxin that quickly interfered with [her] brain’s signals to [her] respiratory system." Although Jonsson survived the bite, living to write her tale, she did spend three weeks in the ICU recovering from organ failure and massive swelling.


It Can Make Your Face Bleed Even If That's Not Where You Were Bitten

In February of 2016, a brown snake - the second most venomous snake in the world - bit Janice Taylor in the foot in Perth, Australia. But the extremely lethal venom didn’t actually take effect right away. As Taylor recalled, it was only after she drove herself home that she realized she was in trouble, tumbling from her car onto the ground:

“My head was spinning, my brain was spinning, I couldn’t move my legs.”

The brown snake’s venom caused her face to swell and thinned her blood to the point that it was seeping through the pores in her face, which, coincidentally, is what allowed doctors to pinpoint the source of her condition.


You Can Survive Multiple Bites

Jim Harrison is the director of the non-profit Kentucky Reptile Zoo. He's been bitten by venomous snakes at least 12 times. When he was admitted to the University of Kentucky hospital after sustaining a king cobra bite, Harrison was suffering from “blurred vision, problems with numbness in his face, difficulty moving his tongue, severe headache and crushing chest pain."

Harrison said he was bitten by a king cobra he’d been treating for pneumonia, and he would've liked to continue the treatment since the snake ended up dying from its illness. However, he felt compelled to seek treatment since about 1/3 of king cobra bites are fatal.


You Might Have To Have Your Limb Amputated

Lian Blue was working in a garden when she happened upon a rattlesnake. She writes, “instant pain, like an animal trap snapping shut on my hand. I screamed and pulled my hand out to see two small bloody marks on my knuckles.”

Unfortunately, Blue and her boyfriend were visitors to the Arizona locale and thought the ER was close - they were hopelessly lost. Her hand turned blue and her arm swelled to twice its normal size within an hour. Blue called it “agony.”

It took 22 vials of antivenom and three days of intensive care before she was cleared. Her arm gained 15 pounds of fluid. She nearly had to have her arm taken off.


Your Blood Might Feel Like It's Boiling

In March of 2016, Mitzi Hazell had venom spat in her eyes by a Mozambique spitting cobra. Fortunately, a neighbor rushed her to the hospital in time to spare her. Then, two weeks later, Hazell was bitten by a black mamba.

Said Hazell, “Within minutes I knew I was in trouble. I felt a terrible burning, like pins and needles, in my leg. It felt like my blood was boiling. The pain was radiating up my leg; I was battling to breathe and started feeling weak.”

Hazell was rushed to the hospital by the same neighbor who’d previously saved her life only to discover that there was no anti-venom onsite. Then, another neighbor sped her to a second hospital where she was able to be saved. Thank goodness for helpful neighbors.


You Might Not Hear A Rattler Rattling Before It Strikes

For rattle snakes, tattling is a sign of fear not aggression. Ergo, if a rattler is pissed off at you, it’ll strike without warning. One survivor of a rattle snake bite explains: 

Rattlesnakes' "first line of defense is to blend in with their surroundings. Many people who are bitten either step on a snake, like I did, or they accidentally put their hand on a snake."

Rattlesnakes are found in 46 different states in North America; however, their venom isn’t often lethal. It’s just super duper painful.



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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:37:06 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-describe-being-bitten-by-a-cobra/justin-andress
<![CDATA[12 Terrible And Creepy Things That Have Happened At The Cecil Hotel]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-about-the-history-of-the-cecil-hotel/cat-mcauliffe

The Cecil Hotel has been the site of so many gruesome suicides, grisly murders, and unexplained deaths that it inspired Ryan Murphy to set the fifth season of American Horror Story in the creepy hotel. In addition to the number of guests who have died while visiting the Cecil, at least two serial killers have stayed at this notorious hotel during their killing sprees, making it the kind of place where you just might sleep next door to a murderer. However, it wasn't until the LAPD released a disturbing video of a young woman who was later found dead on the roof of the hotel that the Cecil reached a level of infamy that required the owner to change the name to Stay on Main.

Regardless of its name, this hotel is definitely the sort of place where you might check in, but you never check out.


12 Terrible And Creepy Things That Have Happened At The Cecil Hotel,

The Night Stalker Lived At The Cecil While He Was Killing His Victims

Richard Ramirez, a serial killer and rapist known as the Night Stalker, terrorized Los Angeles and San Francisco from June 1984 to August 1985, murdering at least 13 victims in little over a year. A practicing Satanist, Ramirez brutally killed both men and women, using a variety of weapons to take the lives of his victims, including a hammer, a tire iron, handguns, knives, and a machete.

During the time Ramirez was breaking into homes in and around L.A. and assaulting, murdering, raping, and robbing the occupants, he was a guest at the Cecil Hotel. Ramirez stayed in a room on the top floor, and he paid just $14 a night for a place to return to after committing unspeakable acts of violence, often throwing his bloody clothing into the Cecil's dumpster. 

By the time he was apprehended, Ramirez had finished his stay at the famed hotel, but his connection to the Cecil still lives on.


A Hotel Resident Known As Pigeon Goldie Was Raped And Murdered

On June 4, 1964, retired telephone operator Goldie Osgood, known to the locals as "Pigeon Goldie" because she loved to the feed the birds in Pershing Square, was found viciously murdered in her room at the Cecil.  Osgood had been strangled, stabbed, and raped, and her room had been burglarized. 

Soon after the retiree's brutalized corpse was discovered, officers arrested 29-year-old Jacques B. Ehlinger, a young man who had been seen walking through Pershing Square covered in blood, was an acquaintance of Osgood, and admitted to being near the hotel at the time of the murder.  While he seemed like an excellent suspect for the killing, he was cleared of the crime and released.  Sadly, the person responsible for Osgood's murder has never been caught.


A Woman Jumped To Her Death And Landed On The Hotel's Marquee

On October 23, 1954, Helen Gurnee, a middle-aged woman from San Diego, committed suicide by jumping from the window of her room on the seventh floor. Instead of plummeting to the street below, Gurnee's body landed on the marquee of the Cecil, and a witness to the frightening incident, 26-year-old Melvin Hinkley, was so disturbed by the woman's death that he had to be taken to a nearby hospital.

Gurnee, who had been staying at the hotel for a week prior to killing herself, had checked into the Cecil under another name. Following her suicide, the press publicized the unit Gurnee was staying in at the time of her death, making room 704 a popular request of particularly ghoulish guests.


A Woman Threw Her Newborn Out The Window Of Her Hotel Room

In September 1944, 19-year-old Dorothy Jean Purcell was awakened by severe stomach pains while staying at the Cecil Hotel with Ben Levine, 38. Careful not to wake Levine, who was sleeping in the bed beside her, Purcell went to the bathroom and to her surprise, gave birth to a baby boy. The teenage mother was completely shocked, having no idea that she had been pregnant for several months. 

After Purcell delivered the infant, completely alone and unaided, she thought the child appeared to be stillborn, and she panicked and tossed the boy's body out of the window. The newborn landed on the roof of a neighboring building where it was later discovered.  Purcell was charged with homicide, but a jury found her not guilty by reason of insanity and she was sent to a hospital for psychiatric treatment.


A Suspected Murderer Was Arrested While Hiding Out At The Cecil

On the afternoon of July 6, 1988, the body of 32-year-old nurse Teri Francis Craig was discovered by her brother in the Huntington Beach house the young woman had shared with her boyfriend, 28-year-old salesman Robert Sullivan.  Craig had been brutally stabbed multiple times, and police began to suspect Sullivan was responsible for the murder when he failed to return home to the house he and the deceased woman had lived in together for seven years.

More than two months later on September 6, 1988, Sullivan was arrested at the Cecil and charged with murdering Craig, making him yet another person who sought refuge in this notoriously dark hotel.


An Austrian Serial Killer Stayed At The Cecil While He Killed Women In California

Johann “Jack” Unterweger, an Austrian journalist and author who had been released from prison after murdering a teenage girl when he was a young man, stayed at the Cecil Hotel in 1991 while he was researching a story about crime in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to authorities in Austria or the United States, following his parole from prison, Unterweger killed a number of women in Europe, and during his visit to California, he murdered three sex workers while he was a guest at the Cecil

Unterweger, who had once served as a shining example of the power of rehabilitation, was eventually arrested and convicted of killing several victims, including the three women he murdered while visiting Los Angeles. Unterweger was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, but he hanged himself in his cell the night he received his sentence.


A Passerby Was Killed By The Body Of A Falling Woman

On October 12, 1962, a 65-year-old man named George Gianinni was walking past the Cecil Hotel when he was hit by the body of Pauline Otton, 27, who had jumped from the window of her ninth-floor room. Following a fight with her husband, Otton wrote a suicide note and leapt 90 feet to her death, not knowing she would also end the life of a complete stranger. 

The passerby, Gianinni, was killed instantly, proving that even walking past the Cecil Hotel can be deadly.


Elisa Lam's Dead Body Was Found In The Hotel’s Water Supply

In January 2013, Elisa Lam, a 21-year-old Canadian tourist who was staying at the Cecil Hotel, went missing. Nearly three weeks passed before the young woman’s nude body was found floating in a water tank on the building’s roof. Disturbingly, a maintenance worker discovered Lam’s corpse because he was investigating complaints from guests at the hotel who had reported poor water pressure; others stated the water had a strange smell, color, and taste. 

Following the recovery of the young woman’s remains, the LAPD released video footage from the hotel that showed Lam behaving strangely prior to her disappearance, leading some people to believe she may have met with foul play. However, officials determined the 21-year-old died of drowning, and they think Lam, who was being treated for depression and bipolar disorder prior to her death, may have experienced mental health issues that caused her to crawl inside the tank and accidentally drown.


A Young Woman Fell From Her Hotel Window And Got Tangled In Telephone Wires

In March 1937, 25-year-old Grace E. Magro died as a result of either falling or jumping from the window of her room on the ninth floor of the Cecil. Instead of hitting the sidewalk below, the young woman landed on the the wires connecting the telephone poles next to the hotel, and her body became entangled. Magro was taken to a nearby hospital, but she eventually died from her severe injuries.

The police were unable to determine if the young woman's death was an accident or a suicide, and M.W. Madison, the sailor Magro was sharing the hotel room with, couldn't explain how or why his 25-year-old companion plunged from the window.


Many People Have Committed Suicide While Staying At The Hotel

In November 1931, a 46-year-old man from Manhattan Beach, W.K. Norton, was reported missing, but not long after he disappeared from his home, he was found dead in a room at the Cecil.  Apparently, Norton had checked into the hotel under an alias and committed suicide by ingesting capsules filled with poison

While North was the first person to kill himself while staying at the Cecil, he certainly wasn't the last, earning him a ghoulish place in the hotel's dark history.

Almost a dozen people have committed suicide in the hotel, including one man who slashed his own throat with a razor and at least three people who jumped out of the hotel's windows.



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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:11:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-about-the-history-of-the-cecil-hotel/cat-mcauliffe
<![CDATA[12 People Who Were Right All Along, But No One Listened To Them]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-were-right-no-one-listened-to/katherine-ripley

If Abraham Lincoln had heeded the warnings that his life may be in danger, the course of history may have been very different. In fact, if you look back through history, you'll find that there are almost always warnings history ignored, as well as times people who were right went disregarded. This unheeded advice from great minds could've changed the course of some of history's most horrific events. 

Many of these people took stances that surprised their colleagues. Many were ignored because their predictions were assumed to be impossible. Lo and behold, however, all of them were vindicated later. But by the time everyone realized they were actually right, it was too late.

The take away? Just because an idea seems crazy, doesn't mean it's wrong.


12 People Who Were Right All Along, But No One Listened To Them,

Alexander Fleming

The man who discovered penicillin, the world's first antibiotic, also predicted that bacteria could become immune to antibiotics. After receiving the Nobel Prize for Medicine, Alexander Fleming gave a lecture in which he warned that microbes can become "resistant" to antibiotics if they were exposed to "non-lethal quantities of the drug."

Granted, Fleming didn't specifically predict the outbreak of super bugs like MRSA, which are resistant to nearly all antibiotics, but you would think his colleagues and successors would have listened more closely to his warnings about antibiotic resistance. Just one year after Fleming gave this speech, the first strain of penicillin-resistant bacteria appeared in London.


Cofer Black

Ever since 9/11, more and more evidence has come out that President Bush and other major members of his administration were forewarned about the possibility of a terrorist attack but took no steps to prevent one. Cofer Black was the chief of the CIA's counter-terrorism unit back in 2001 - he was the main man who issued a strong and serious warning to the president.

On July 10, 2001, Black and his colleagues at the CIA had a meeting with Condoleezza Rice. They warned her that "significant terrorist attacks" would occur in the US in the a matter of months or weeks.

Inexplicably, nothing happened. The July meeting between Black and Rice was completely left out of the 9/11 Commission's official report, as if they wanted to pretend it had never happened at all...


George Washington

George Washington was an incredibly intelligent leader, and most of the time, when he spoke, people listened. But the one piece of Washington's advice that everyone decided to ignore was his warning about political parties.

To really demonstrate this commitment, Washington remained nonpartisan throughout his entire presidency. In his farewell address, Washington said the following of partisan politics:

"It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another."

Any of this sound familiar?

Essentially, Washington worried that political parties would become too powerful, rob the people of their control over their own government, and distract everyone from what they should really be focusing on. It's been 250 since his presidency, and maybe people are finally starting to listen.


Roger Boisjoly

Roger Boisjoly knew that the Challenger space shuttle might fail catastrophically and tried to stop its launch, but NASA refused to acknowledge his objections. Boisjoly was a rocket engineer who worked for a company that NASA contracted with. Boisjoly noticed that the Challenger's booster rockets had a major design flaw: their elastic seals had a tendency to stiffen and unseal in cold weather.

The Challenger was scheduled for a winter launch, and Boisjoly knew that the temperatures would be too low for the booster rocket seals to handle, even in Florida. Boisjoly convinced his colleagues at his engineering company to formally recommend NASA delay the launch. However, NASA ignored that recommendation.

Sure enough, the seals failed, leading to the explosion of the entire shuttle less than two minutes after it launched.


Harry Markopolos

Harry Markopolos exposed the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme years before it blew wide open. Markopolos worked as a financial analyst for an investment company in competition with Madoff's. In his quest to figure out what Madoff's strategy was, he realized that Madoff had to be ripping people off.

Markopolos, who describes himself as a math geek, uncovered the scheme simply by crunching the numbers and realizing that Madoff's returns were mathematically impossible. Markopolos took his findings to the SEC in 2001 and contacted several journalists. But nobody took him seriously, and he had to go on living "in fear of his life."

Markopolos thinks the folks at the SEC dismissed him because none of them had expertise in finance, so they couldn't see what he was seeing. Imagine how embarrassed they felt in 2008.


Charles Colchester, The Man Who Told Lincoln To Watch His Back

Charles Colchester was a British clairvoyant who warned Abraham Lincoln that his life was in danger just weeks before his assassination. 

However, Colchester was a shady character. It's unclear whether he was an actual clairvoyant, or if he just had inside information because he was actually friends with John Wilkes Booth. Colchester became close with Mary Todd Lincoln after "communicating" with her deceased 11-year-old son. But he later tried to blackmail the First Lady.

In any case, Colchester did get one thing right. He warned President Lincoln that his life may be in jeopardy. But Lincoln was skeptical of Colchester's "abilities" and didn't heed the warning.


David Bernays And Charles Sawyer, Who Were Exiled For Trying To Save A Town

David Bernays and Charles Sawyer tried to save the residents of Yungay, Peru from the huge avalanche that completely destroyed the town in 1970.

Bernays and Sawyer were American scientists exploring the region in 1962. They were climbing the nearby mountain, Mt. Huascaran, when they noticed a lot of loose bedrock under a glacier. The two scientists knew this region was prone to earthquakes, so they tried to warn the town that a deadly avalanche could be on its way.

The government was so outraged by Bernays's and Sawyer's warning that they ordered the scientists to take it back or go to prison. The two scientists fled the country and were proven right several years later, when an avalanche killed most of Yungay's 20,000 residents.


The Crew Of The Mesaba, Who Radioed The Titanic About Icebergs

The Mesaba was a ship that attempted to warn the Titanic's crew about icebergs in the area. The Mesaba sailed through the same waters that the Titanic was heading for several hours before the fateful iceberg collision and sent out a warning about icebergs to every ship in the area, including the Titanic.

The crew of the Titanic did receive the message, but the radio operator who received it didn't think it was important enough to deliver to the captain. This was probably because the Titanic's radios had broken, and all the operators were overwhelmed with transcribing messages and hand-delivering them to individual passengers. One would think that a message about an unusually high number of icebergs would have gone into the "high priority" pile, but, of course hindsight's always 20/20.


Robert Heinlein, Whose Stories Predicted The Cold War

Robert Heinlein was a science fiction author who predicted the nuclear arms race of the Cold War.

In 1941, two years before President Roosevelt authorized the Manhattan Project, Heinlein wrote a short story called "Solution Unsatisfactory," which described the United States's race to build a nuclear weapon. The story foretold the danger of a world with nukes, in which anxiety builds, nations engage in the arms race, and the possibility of mutual destruction always looms.

It's unclear whether Heinlein was specifically trying to issue a warning with his work of science fiction, or whether he just wanted to explore ideas. Either way, his story turned out to be scarily accurate.


George Seiber, Who Called The Palestinian Terrorist Plot

George Seiber predicted the Palestinian terrorist plot that was carried out at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. Seiber was an established police psychologist who was hired by Olympics organizers to predict what could go wrong at the Munich games in order to give the organizers an idea of how they should beef up security.

Seiber produced 26 predictions. The 21st was the one that would come true. This prediction envisioned 12 Palestinians breaking into the building where the Israeli athletes and coaches were staying, killing one or two people and taking the rest hostage. He said the Palestinians would make two demands: that prisoners be released from Israeli jails and that they be given a plane to fly back to the Middle East.

As it turned out, this is pretty much exactly what happened. The only discrepancy is that there were eight terrorists, not 12. They were able to break into the building pretty easily because security was so lax - the Olympic organizers had ignored Sieber's warning. The authorities tried to rescue the Israeli hostages, but they all died during the rescue operation.

Given how scarily accurate Seiber's prediction was, you have to wonder whether someone told him about the attack ahead of time. That's a question left to the ages.



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Fri, 30 Dec 2016 01:13:51 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-were-right-no-one-listened-to/katherine-ripley
<![CDATA[11 Horrible And Unexpected Consequences Of Stretching Your Ears]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/ear-stretching-gauges-side-effects/jacob-shelton

Remember when gauging your ears was super cool and every bad boy with a pair of drain pipes and a Hot Topic gift card was stretching their earlobes to lengths not seen outside of the jungles of South America? If you never stretched your ears, it’s probably a good thing because there are a lot of side effects of ear stretching that no one deserves to go through. Aside from the possibility for intense pain, one of the main ear stretching side effects is a torrential amount of pus streaming from your ears. Yeah, no thanks. Similar to the awful tattoo horror stories we've all heard, there are scary piercing side effects that happen specifically to people who are trying to stretch their ears. As you’ll soon find out, even if you take excellent care of your ears, there are still ear gauge side effects that are completely out of your control, like rogue amphibious creatures and strange men with padlocks.

Most people who had that one friend who carried a skateboard everywhere has heard a few ear stretching horror stories, but none of them are likely to compare to the nightmares that have been collected here. If you have a weak stomach, you should munch on some dry toast while you read about all of the gross ear plug side effects that are listed here. If you have any issues with snakes, things being split in half, or infectious diseases, these ear plug horror stories are definitely going to trigger you in one way or another. If you’ve got gauges that you take care of and just want to gloat at a bunch of dummies who don’t know how to clean out their ears, then these stories are for you too. 


11 Horrible And Unexpected Consequences Of Stretching Your Ears,

Can You Deal With Deformed Ears?

If you're getting any kind of body modification you have to prepare yourself for the consequences of the thing you're doing to your body looking not great, or not turning out the way you want it to. Apparently no one briefed "Kathleen" on this whole thing because after she had a bunch of tissue removed from her earlobes with a process called "earlobe scalpelling" in order to make space for her jewelry she had immediate buyer's remorse. She wanted to fix her ears because she believes they're keeping her from being successful at her job in the service industry. 


Forcing Anything Will Lead To A Liquidy And Gross Future

It's been said before, but that doesn't make it any less true: if you don't think that your ears are ready to be stretched, then don't do it. And if you're prone to infections then maybe stretching your ears isn't for you, but Redditor seinlait isn't having any of that helpful information and they're not going to let a "liquidy and gross" earlobe stop them.

"I lubed up my silicone taper and pushed it through. It hurt like a bitch, but since I needed the taper to stretch my left ear, I put a silicone tunnel in. I didn't manage to do the left one until the next day because it was too painful (I know I should have stopped once the pain became too much but I just got too excited). Today my right ear was extremely painful. The entire lobe was red. towards the end of the day, I realized that it was all liquidy and gross. I went to the bathroom and noticed a ring of white/yellow pus oozing out from the flared ends of the tunnel." 


If You Go Too Fast, It Will Hurt SO Much

An anonymous user on BME.com shared a story about the many painful weeks that they put themselves through by stretching their ears out incorrectly and at too quickly of a rate. The worst mistake that this ear person made was by using a set of tapers to stretch their ears from a six to a zero on their own. Their novella length blog post makes it sound incredibly painful. "I pushed and I twisted for about ten minutes until I was all the way through. My ear hurt so badly. I waited the rest of the forty minute car ride to do the other. As soon as I got home, I went to the bathroom, cleaned off what I could of my right ear with saline and massaged it a bit with animal byproduct oil. And then I started on my other. It didn't seem as bad as my right ear did. But again it still was probably up in the top ten of the worst pains I'd ever felt."


A Python Got Stuck In This Woman's Ear Gauge

So what's the scariest thing you can imagine happening to your ear? How about a python getting stuck in your ear gauges? That's probably up there. In early 2017 Ashley Glawe, a 23 year old woman from Portland, Oregon (of course) posted a selfie that featured her pet python, Bart, stuck in one of her ear spacers. Initially she thought that the snake was trying to attack her, but when she found out that she was safe from attack she tried to squeeze the snake out with cooking oil. When that didn't work she called the fired department, and then she went to the Portland Adventist Hospital’s emergency room where doctors had to cut her ear a little to make some space for Bart the snake. No. Nope. No thank you. 

 


When Your Ears Start To Ooze, You Need To Cool It With Your Gauges

It might not be what you want to hear, but if you're shoving stuff into your body then there's a high probability that you're going to get an infection. One Yahoo user isn't going to let a little ear infection get in the way of their totally sick body modification. "Today it was extremely swollen so i took it out. along with it came a sh*itload of what I'm guessing was pus and blood. i cleaned it with h2ocean and it stopped oozing. I'm thinking tonight i will sleep with it out then tomorrow I'll put in a smaller size. Does this sound good?" No it does not.


You Become Vulnerable To All Kinds Of Pranks

Who doesn't love a good prank? Tom Matthews, a fellow from England, is probably the one guy who doesn't care for your shenanigans, at least not since someone padlocked his ear to a fence while he was having a cigarette. He wrote on Facebook: "Literally having a fag out back literally they came out heard a click turned round realised theyre [sic] was a padlock on my ear and tried to chase em." According to Matthews he was able to finally get the lock off with a pair of bolt cutters. 

 


You Could Wake Up On Any Random Morning With Swelling, Scabs, And Pus

In 2014 a Redditor woke up to a super gross ear infection that showed up out of nowhere. When they woke up one of their ears was scabbed up, bloody, and wet with pus - that's not what you want in an ear. He wrote on Reddit: "It's also very swollen and starting to scab over on both sides although I keep opening them out of fear of it closing and having to stretch back up from a smaller size." If ths is how your ear game is going then you might want to give it up altogether. 


You Could Accidentally Rip Your Earlobe In Half

This happened in 2015 when a young woman filmed herself stretching out her earlobes. Instead of turning off her recording device when her earlobe began to tear, she forced the 2.2cm taper into her earhole and ripped the lobe in half. This is one of the many cases where someone goes the DIY route when they should have just spent the money to have a professional do the job correctly. Learn from this girl, unless you want to split your ear in two - that's a fun look, right?


Wooden Plugs Can Carry All Sorts Of Bacteria Into Your Body

Back in 2010 YouTuber "WorkingClassBeauty" found out the hard way that you shouldn't jam wooden ear plugs into your piercings because they may contain bacteria. There's always that possibility that if you wear them in water they'll expand and let outside bacteria into your precious body. But that's not exactly what happened to WCB. She woke up one morning with wild ear pain and thought that it might be a blowout (where your ear turns inside out) and when she took out her wooden plugs her ears "puffed up," which is the number one sign that something is infected. Yikes. 


If You Go Nuts And Dry Plug Your Ears, You Could See Disastrous Results

Dry plugging certainly sounds painful, but it's probably even more painful if you don't wait until your ears heal before jamming new plugs into your lobes. Don't do this. According to Kelsey on the bodycandy blog, if you get too excited and start trying to jump sizes without listening to your body then you're going to be in trouble. "I purchased a pair of metal plugs, flared on the front and secured on the rear by an o-ring. When I went to put this in, my ear was less than happy to stretch, straight up refusing to.  Instead of expanding and wrapping around the new piece of jewelry like before, I ended up 'damaging' my ear with the sharp metal lip on the back of the plug. Simple as that you can blow out an ear."



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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:11:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/ear-stretching-gauges-side-effects/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[9 Women Who Were Convinced They Were Carrying A Demon Baby]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/antichrist-stories/lisa-a-flowers

Finding stories of satanic pregnancy, locating those vocal and proud women who truly believe that they've carried Satan's spawn, is more difficult than it might seem. The world will always welcome kaleidoscope-eyed acolytes in peasant smocks and Manson-following concubines with swastikas carved into their foreheads, it's true, but bearers of the antichrist don't always get so lucky.

Some Rosemary Woodhouses IRL hail from the colonial era when Satan was basically a household name. Some come from present-day tribes stuck seven centuries back in the time continuum; others are just goths in love with the smolderingly tormented glamor of the Dark Lord. But all claim to have, or have had, one thing in common: a womb that's played host to a cloven, mauling, fanged little bundle of joy.


9 Women Who Were Convinced They Were Carrying A Demon Baby,

Tales of the Jersey Devil

Horned, taloned, bat-winged, and snarling, the New Jersey Devil is as American as apple pie. However, his mother, Deborah Leeds, was a Brit. According to reports, she and her husband, Japhet, lived in the Pine Barrens of NJ in the early to mid 1700s. They had 12 children, and by the time the 13th was conceived in 1735, Deborah Leeds (who by then was past what most people would consider reasonable childbearing age) was in no mood to give birth to it. Some accounts even have her declaring "may it be a devil" when she learned of her unwelcome condition.

There are multiple versions of what happened on the night of the birth. Some claim that "Mother Leeds," as she was called, believed from the outset that her 13th child would be a demon because the number 13 was cursed. Others claim that she invoked the devil during her delivery, thereby dooming the babe. The most popular variation, however, claims that the infant ...devil or not... was born deformed, and that Mother Leeds cared for it until she died of old age, whereupon it flew off into the swamps.

Whatever the case, in the centuries since the New Jersey Devil's birth, there have been numerous sightings of the creature all over southern New Jersey.


Mother Joan of the Angels

Mother Superior Jeanne des Anges (AKA Joan of the Angels) is famous for having been seduced and impregnated by a demon masquerading as a priest masquerading as an angel - basically your classic mix up.

The infamous drama began when a gentleman known as Urbain Grandier became parish priest in Loudun, France. In addition to being good-looking and charismatic, he was said to have been a rabid womanizer who regularly disregarded his "vows of celibacy."  Jeanne, who had become obsessed with Grandier, alleged that he was a devil who had appeared to her in the guise of a radiant being. She also said that Isacarron (the demon of debauchery), had gotten her with child, and she went through a long psychomomatic pregnancy that was rife with shrieking, convulsions, and babbling in tongues.

A group of nuns soon joined her in her accusations, and after a lengthy "investigation," Father Grandier was summarily tortured and burned at the stake. Jeanne (who never did bear her demon child) lived more or less piously ever after, and the whole debacle was the subject of two excellent films, Ken Russell's The Devils and Jerzy Kawalerowicz's Mother Joan of the Angels.


Juanita Gomez, Bearer Of A Late-Blooming Antichrist

The realization that one has borne (or is about to bear) a demon child doesn't always come early. Some evil spawn are late bloomers... or so one Juanita Gomez appeared to believe. In August of 2016, the 49-year-old Oklahoma mother made headlines when she murdered her 33-year-old daughter with a crucifix. The Huffington Post reports that:

"Officers arrived and found [the] victim... lying in the home with a large cross/crucifix upon her chest. Blood was visible, and she had suffered severe trauma around her head and face... Juanita Gomez said she believed her daughter was 'possessed by the devil,' and was attempting to 'rid Satan' from her body.'"

Specifically, it seems, Gomez forced a crucifix and religious medallion down her daughter's throat before cleaning her up and posing her body in the shape of a cross.  

Gomez does not seem to have expressed any particular interest in the crime after the fact; her main preoccupation nowadays appears to be with her bowels. She has accused officials of providing her with inadequate toilet paper, allegedly complaining (in court) that she "had to use that plastic from the food they give me to... wipe my bottom.” Perfectly apropos, for a person who seems destined to spend eternity in the hottest bottom-most regions of the underworld.


Rashida Chowdbury, Mother Who Sacrificed Her Satan Spawn

Superstitions and phobias about demons and witches are legion, but some people don't hesitate to take them to (and pitch them out of) disturbingly literal levels. Such was the case with 21-year-old Rashida Chowdhury, who allegedly tossed her newborn son out of the 4th story window of her apartment because he was the spawn of Satan. 

Chowdbury's apparently non-interventionist family confirmed that she'd indeed been actively harboring a belief that her child was possessed. Moreover, four adults and two - presumably demon-free - other children were in the residence at the time, which made the set-up even sketchier.

In any case, Chowdbury was charged with both first and second degree murder... even though she told the NYPD that she'd had "no other choice" but to hurl her offspring into the symbolic flames below. 


Isabella Miroslav, Texas-Born Mama Of Satan

One of the most recent progenies of Satan (but can there be more than one divine inheritor at a time?) had the honor of gestating in the womb of a certain Isabella Miroslav of Texas. According to reports, the encounter came while the avowed Satanist was saying her bedtime chants - all of a sudden the Dark Lord appeared in the room, ordered her to remove her clothing, and then "bred" her.

Miroslav's plans to name the child after his father seem predictable enough, but there are some inconsistencies in her report that are more troubling. For one thing, if her son is really supposed to become president at age 12 and create “a one world government,” how do you explain the Trump administration? Orange-faced competition, be gone.


Suzanne Connors, Demon Vessel Who Was Cut From The Inside

A 28-year-old Utah mother, Suzanne Connors, made headlines when she gave birth to a screeching entity, whom she just as promptly made the sign of the cross over and cast out. Connors, who said that her pregnancy felt like "being cut with razors from the inside," claimed that she'd decided on adoption because she wanted "no part in raising the Antichrist."

Reports state that doctors apparently opted for a C-section, and found Connors's uterus and amniotic sac "completely ripped to shreds." One would assume that the infant then scuttled off, It's Alive style, but the babe is apparently being evaluated at a nearby pediatric hospital, which is surely draped in black crepe and hung with upside down crosses.


Ana Feria Santos, Mother Of A Fire-Breathing Devil

According to the ever-reliable (and colorful) Daily Mail, one of Satan's sons is alive and well in Colombia. At a mere 4 weeks old, the demon child (who has apparently not been named) could already "walk by himself and produce fire"... or so his aghast mother, Ana Feria Santos, says. She also attests that her son "frequently hides around the house, cackles in an 'adult' way for hours on end, and has an 'intimidating' pair of eyes." (Though, really, that could describe any robust 4-week-old ... couldn't it?).

The article claims that Santos's neighbors, in fear of their lives, have begun pelting the residence with stones, but area lawyers, social workers, and psychologists aren't so sure, and sources say that the mother is being investigated for possible child abuse. (Of course, the same thing happened to Naomi Watts in The Ring II when her son got possessed... so it seems to be par for the course).


Camille, Mother Of "The Devil Baby of Bourbon Street"

Born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, legendary "voodoo queen" Marie Laveau was renowned for her powers as a sorceress and a healer. One of her acquaintances was Camille, the daughter of a prominent Creole family, who allegedly angered one of her Creole suitors by "throwing him over" for a Scotsman.

The story goes that Camille's spurned beau approached Laveau and begged her to avenge him by cursing his would-be bride and her child. Shortly thereafter, Camille became pregnant and began having recurring nightmares about her unborn baby being possessed. She died in childbirth, but, just as she'd feared, the infant"

"Was not a plump and blushing human baby, but a grotesque and lurid imitation... a horror, a curse. Wails filled the room when the thing was exposed, and all could see that where light tufts of hair should be were two lumps – the early roots of horns to come. Where little hands and feet should have been were the claws of some wild animal, like a possum or a raccoon. There were scales upon its body."

What really happened is anyone's guess, but the babe lives on in infamy as "the devil baby of Bourbon Street," and some of Marie Laveau's history was recently chronicled in American Horror Story's "Roanoke" installation.


Otty Sanchez, Mother Who Dismembered Her Demonic Offspring

In the summer of 2009, San Antonio police stumbled in on a scene that "was so gruesome investigators could barely speak." According to official reports, a 3-week-old infant: 

"Lay dismembered in the bedroom of a single story house, three of his tiny toes chewed off, his face torn away, his head severed, and his brains ripped out... officers found the boy's mother, Otty Sanchez, sitting on a couch with a self-inflicted wound to her chest and her throat partially slashed, screaming 'I killed my baby! I killed my baby!' She told officers the devil made her do it."

Enough said. Physician Patrick McNamara, writing in Spirit Possession and Exorcism: History, Psychology, and Neurobiology (from which the above report is taken), claims that believing that one (or one's child?) is possessed by Satan is "all too common in schizophrenics with religious delusions." Ripping your spawn apart like a human threshing machine is another thing altogether, however.



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Thu, 29 Dec 2016 03:37:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/antichrist-stories/lisa-a-flowers
<![CDATA[9 Gut-Churning Cases Of Self-Cannibalism]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-self-cannibalism/amber-fua

Cannibalism has been an existing taboo for millennia. The consumption of human flesh by other human beings is generally frowned upon as barbaric and immoral. But what happens to this perspective when the person consuming human meat is eating parts of their own body?

As depraved as cannibalism is, bizarre cases of self-cannibalism are almost worst. What is self-cannibalism? It's gruesome self-inflicted wounds where people choose to eat themselves. The desire to taste human flesh is already pretty strange, adding the element of eating yourself makes this type of fantasy even darker. 

Check out these horror stories about self-cannibalism and decide for yourself.


9 Gut-Churning Cases Of Self-Cannibalism,

Man Makes Meatballs From Liposuction Fat

Artist Marco Evaristti took fat removed from his body by liposuction, mixed it with ground beef to make meatballs, and fried them in olive oil. They were displayed in a public gallery as 13 cans of meat placed on a long table. The work is supposed to reflect Christ's last supper, while illustrating the modern obsession that is the imbalance of food and weight. Evaristti had 12 people eat the meatballs alongside him when the work was displayed in Chile. 

 


Motorcyclist Tastes His Amputated Finger

David Playpenz of Colchester, Essex damaged his hand in a motorcycle accident. When he showed it to doctors days later, one of his fingers was black. After its amputation, Playpenz asked to take his finger home. Though cannibalism is illegal, Playpenz realized no one could arrest him for eating his own flesh, so out of curiosity he decided to boil and eat his amputated finger. He has kept the bones in a box ever since.

 

 

 


Man Cooks And Serves Guests His Severed Genitalia

Mao Sugiyama, a self-proclaimed asexual, underwent surgery to have his genitals removed in 2012. He brought his frozen penis and scrotum home before offering them as a meal on Twitter. His tweet attracted so much attention that an event was organized in Tokyo where portions of his severed genitalia were cooked in front of dining guests. Each portion was garnished with mushrooms and parsley. Five of the diners paid $250 to try his bits, which he cooked himself. Police launched an investigation into the incident, but ultimately declined to press charges. 


Prisoner Pulls Out His Eye And Eats It

Texas death row inmate Andre Thomas killed his estranged wife and two kids in 2004. While behind bars, Thomas gouged out both of his eyes on two separate occasions. His popped out his left eye and he ate it, leaving himself blind. He was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia after exhibiting strange behaviors - including eating his own eye, attempting suicide, and talking about demons. This led to a debate about whether Thomas should be executed or not. As of February 2017, he doesn't have a scheduled date of execution. 


Artist Boils Damaged Hip Bone And Eats The Leftover Meat

When Alexander Selvik Wengshoel needed to have his damaged hip replaced, not only did he manage to get the surgery on video, but he was also able to retain the still-fleshy bone (as a souvenir of sorts). Upon taking it home he boiled it, scraped off the meat, and decided on a whim to try a piece. Then he decided to enjoy it all with potato gratin and wine. When asked about its flavor, Wengshoel stated, "It was goaty." When asked why, he claims that it was for art.


Scientist "Tastes" Own Leg Through Biopsy

BBC presenter Greg Foot couldn't help but wonder what his own muscle might taste like, so he conducted a bizarre experiment to find out. Foot removed a portion of his thigh in order to compare it to animal meats. He cooked the biopsy of his thigh, smelled it, and then created a burger comparable to what his own flesh would taste like - through smell. According to researchers, the aroma accounted for about 80 percent of the actual taste. When asked about the taste, Foot replied, "It's pretty beefy,  a bit lamby."


A German Man Agreed To Cut Off His Penis And Eat It With His Lover

In 2001 German man Bernd Jürgen Brande offered himself up to be eaten alive in an online forum. Soon after meeting with Armin Meiwes, Brande agreed to let Meiwes cut off his penis. The two attempted to eat it raw, but found that it was “chewy.” Meiwes then fried the penis up in some of Brandes’s fat, but charred it beyond edibility. In the end, Meiwes fed chunks of it to his dog before eventually killing Brandes and eating 44 pounds of his body.


Victim Eats Ear In Self Defense

Brendan Higginbotham feared for his life while at the mercy of violent criminals. He was ambushed at a vacant property in County Kildare, Ireland. The men tied a rope around his neck and bound his arms and legs before beating him with a sledgehammer and iron bars. They also sliced a portion of Higginbotham's right ear off and forced him to eat it. He lost half of his right ear and had to undergo plastic surgery.


PCP User Chews Off And Swallows His Finger

Jargget Washington of Jersey City was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center for evaluation in 2012 after stripping naked and trying to pull a driver out of a car. Soon after, he ate his medical bracelet and attempted to free himself from handcuffs by chewing on his wrists. While being transported to jail, he defecated in the police cruiser - probably to make room for this next bit. Once Washington got into the jail, he gnawed off one of his fingers and swallowed it. It is believed that he was high on PCP.



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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:29:24 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/bizarre-self-cannibalism/amber-fua
<![CDATA[15 People Describe Horrifying Phone Call Experiences]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/creepy-stories-about-prank-phone-calls/isadora-teich

Prank phone calls are a horror movie staple for a reason. Like sex or entering abandoned buildings, prank calls can result in unplanned and perilous situations if one is too reckless. There are a lot of weirdos out there with a lot of strange things to say and nothing makes it more obvious than these unsettling prank phone call stories from Redditors.

From perverts to bizarre strangers to friends with a cruel sense of humor, some of these scary prank phone call stories are truly terrifying. The threats, messages, and sounds people on the other end deliver are rarely things that anyone wants to hear. Some of these Reddit users even feared for their lives.  If you want to get spooked, check out these horrifying prank calls gone wrong. 


15 People Describe Horrifying Phone Call Experiences,

A Crazy Ex

A local number kept calling me and all I heard was heavy breathing and sniffles like someone had been crying. A quick Google search revealed the number to be from an ex that had been stalking me for five years.


Like Something Out Of A Horror Movie

Throughout the summer after second grade, I received a handful of calls at home from a man. Each time he called, it would be in the daytime, when no one was home except for me. I would answer, and he would creepy laugh, describe what I was wearing, and what he would like to do to me.

On the last call I answered from him, he deviated from routine. He called at night. My parents weren't home, but my brother sure was. As the creeper went through his usual routine, I motioned to my brother to take the phone. My brother, thinking it was a telemarketer, wouldn't take it. I made the mistake of speaking out loud to my brother, telling him there was a bad man on the phone. The caller hung up. My brother heard nothing.

As a kid, I was pretty shaken up. I would lock all the doors, isolate myself in the living room, and lower the window blinds whenever I was left alone at home. I never let go of an adult's hand whenever we went out. I never told anyone in my family what happened, and I refused to pick up the phone for a while.


I Start Fires

I was about 12 and living in Baker City in Oregon. There had been a series seemingly random housefires that were popping up all over town over about a week.

I was at the neighbor's house. She was a nice lady and used to hang out with us kids.

Anyway we were listening to some new music, Rancid I think, and out of nowhere she stops the music and said, "Hey, check this out, somebody left this message on my machine today," and presses play on the answering machine.

A voice came out of the answering machine that sounded unlike anything I had heard before. It was a shrill, high pitched voice that aounded kind of like Doom from Roger Rabbit. The voice said "I start fires!" Then click, and that was it. It gave me goosebumps, and made it a little hard to sleep over the next few nights.

They never caught the dude though.


I'm Going To Kill You

I was 16 and baby sitting my little cousins at their house. It was dark, probably 9 - 10 pm, and I got a call on the house line. I picked it up figuring it's my aunt checking up on things. A male voice I didn't recognize simply said "I'm going to kill you" and hung up.

Freaked the f*ck out, and called my aunt and the cops. They came and inspected the property, and found no signs of anything. I never got a similar call again, but still f*cking creepy though.


A Creepy Kid

I would occasionally get calls at work, a video-game store, from a very eerie-sounding child that couldn't have been more than five or six-years-old.

The conversations would start normally, them (wasn't sure if it was a boy or girl) asking about one game or another, specifically Pokémon. There would always be this really weird pause before he spoke after I did.

Two of the most notably creepy conversations: the first one involved them asking me about trading Pokémon, something with which I am intimately familiar. I would explain it to them and they would keep asking me the same fucking questions. So I eventually gave up and asked if they had a computer, because they could easily look it up online. They said they weren't allowed to use the computer. I told them to ask their mom and dad for help, to which they replied "my mom and dad are dead." 

The second and arguably most creepy encounter was when they called and asked about something I don't remember. But when I asked "anything else?" to try and get the f*ck off the phone with them because they were wigging me out, they started asking me questions. I forgot many of them, but the gems include "Do you have children?", to which I told them "no, I'm still a kid" and their response was "No, you do have children and they miss you." Another good one was "Are you afraid to die?" and when I said no without thinking because I was so unnerved they replied with "You should be."


It Was Empty

The bar I work in has three floors and a phone on each floor. To get an external line you have to dial nine, if you want to call one of the other floors you dial 21 (cellar), 22 (bar) or 23 (kitchen). A call from outside the pub rings twice, like a normal phone, you know ring ring, ring ring. An internal call is one slow ring, pause, slow ring etc.

One night it had been busy as hell and I had end-of-week accounting to do in the cellar. I sent the staff home after they'd cleaned up around half-past midnight. I got done at about 3 am and was on my way up the stairs when the phone rang. I was going through the door so I wasn't really paying attention and it was only when I got to the bar that it dawned on me that it was an internal call, the slow, single ring. I picked up the receiver and I swear I could, very faintly, hear breathing. I hung up and realised that I'd have to go check the kitchen, as I'd just been downstairs and there clearly wasn't anyone in the bar. I got a broom (the best thing I had to hand) and went upstairs. First I checked the toilets, just in case anyone was hiding out there and then tried the kitchen. The door was locked. Practically shitting myself I took out my keys, unlocked the door and pushed it open. It was pitch black. I reached for the light switch and...

Nothing, it was empty. No one but me was in the pub. I was pretty happy with that. It's happened maybe twice since and I just pick up the phone, say "go f*ck yourself" and hang up now. But that first time was not fun.


The Prank That Resulted In A Manhunt

Not a phone call but I had a two-mile walkie talkie when I was a kid. I got these dope-ass talkies for Christmas so whenever my dad would be doing his patrols nearby, he'd talk to me. I brought them over to my grandma's to show off to my punky cousins. I was like eight, so of course all my new toys resulted in the younger family having a pissing contest.

Well, I went out in the backyard by myself, and forgot the talkie was on. I heard the chime that someone had said something. I pulled it out and turned it up. Then, some creepy voice said he's going to get me and kill me, and then he starteed to describe me. I freaked the f*ck out looking around and the guy told me he's in the woods watching me. Now, the woods were around 200 yards or so out. Then, the creepiest part, he told me to look over at the neighbors tree and I find a noose tied up in it.

I sprinted inside and got my dad who then got the family who then got their guns and went for a man hunt.


A Strange Pattern

Before my wife and I were married, we lived together while we were in college. Maybe once a week or so, we'd get a call, often in the middle of the night. As soon as we said hello, they'd hang up. This is before cell phones or caller ID, so we had no idea who it was, and when your phone rings at 2 am, it's usually something important, so you answer it. If we just picked up the phone, the caller wouldn't hang up, but we could hear a TV or music in the background. Then as soon as we said something, they'd hang up.

She graduated a year ahead of me, and I was living in a different place at school, and I started getting the calls. I also got a couple over the summer when I was at home. Then we got married, got our own place in a different city from where we lived and where we went to college, and the calls started again. Then I got a job back in my hometown, so we moved, and the calls started again. They started in 1987 and continued into the mid-'90s, right around when caller ID started becoming popular.

We never figured out who they were from.


My Master Told Me To Call You

I got call a few years ago from some girl and all she said and kept repeating was "My master told me to call you."


Get Out Now

When I was about 11 I got up around 3 am to go to the bathroom. I walked in, peed, started walking back to my room, and as I walked through the living room I heard the telephone ring. This was the mid-90s so it was a landline.

Confused and slightly startled, I walked over to the phone, picked it up, and heard someone screaming. It was distorted, almost sounded like radio static that was trying to talk to me. I kept saying "what?" and "huh?" Finally after trying to make out what it said, the static got really loud, and through it I heard, very clearly, very loudly "Get out now!"

I just hung up the phone really quickly and ran to my mom's room and told her what happened. She was too tired to really say much. She had a little cot in the room and I just slept with her that night. Never really thought about it again until today.



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<![CDATA[13 Of The Most Insufferable Gwyneth Paltrow Moments]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/elitist-gwyneth-paltrow-stories/evan-lambert

When Gwyneth Paltrow wakes up every morning in her 5000-thread-count sheets on her bed in her castle made from imported Hope Diamonds, we can only imagine what goes through her head. "Thank God I'm not a poor. What's my housekeeper's name? Did I remember to get the milk last night? LOL I meant did my housekeeper remember to get the milk last night"... are just a few things she might be thinking. 

It's true that Gwyneth lives in a different, better world than the rest of us common folk. As hard as she tries to prove otherwise, she will never fool us. Thankfully, we choose to laugh at her privileged naivety instead of marching upon her mansion with pitchforks in a Les Mis-style revolution. Sometimes, however, the Gwyneth Paltrow hate is so strong that the only cure is to make a list about it.

Some people might find Gwyneth Paltrow annoying or take offense to her clueless statements which betray her extreme privilege. Others may be in complete awe at the irresponsible health advice she has bestowed upon the millions of women who read her lifestyle blog, GOOP. But this list will lovingly recall all of Gwyneth Paltrow's most holier-than-thou moments in a 100% snark-free, VERY sympathetic way that is completely devoid of satire. Read on to rehash some truly crazy Gwyneth Paltrow stories that will make you wonder why she ever talks to the press at all. 


13 Of The Most Insufferable Gwyneth Paltrow Moments,

She Got Stung By Bees To Make Her Skin Glow

Gwyneth is no stranger to expensive, outrageous healthcare treatments, but this one takes the gluten-free cake. In 2016, she confessed to the New York Times that she participates in apitherapy, which is a fancy way of saying she injects bee venom in her skin to rid herself of inflammation and scarring. It can also prevent arthritis, or something. 


She Complained That Her Parents Cut Her Off When She Quit College

When confronted by Glamour about her fondness for uber-expensive wellness products, Paltrow attempted to course-correct by likening herself to a hard-working, self-made, started-from-the-bottom-now-we-here embodiment of the American Dream. She claimed she was "self-made" because her dad cut her off when she quit school to become an actress:

“It’s the most motivating. People think, ‘She’s just a rich kid.’ Until I was 18, I was. Then I was broke. I’ve never taken a dime off my parents. I’m completely self-made."

Her dad was a rich and successful TV producer and her mom is Blythe Danner. Her first acting role was on her dad's TV show. 


She'd Rather Smoke Crack Than Eat Cheese From A Can

One of Gwyneth's most famously pretentious moments was her 2011 assertion that she'd "rather smoke crack than eat cheese out of a can." Wait. . . what's so bad about crack?


She'd Rather Die Than Let Her Kid Eat Cup-A-Soup

Continuing the theme of threatening extreme personal endangerment when faced with the prospect of eating food one can buy at a normal grocery store, Gwyneth once told the media that she'd rather die than feed her kids Cup-a-Soup. Seriously? Cup-a-Soup has gotta be better than "brain dust," which is an actual listed product in one of Goop's featured holistic cleanses.


She Admitted To Needing A Full Body Cleanse Every Time She Flies Commercial

Still reeling from the groundbreaking 2016 announcement that Gwyneth Paltrow occasionally flies commercial, America barely heard G-Wiz's next statement: That she visits saunas after every flight to cleanse the germs of poor people from her body.


She Got "Consciously Uncoupled"

Being a beautiful rich lady with an Oscar, Gwynnie obviously couldn't just get a "divorce" from hubby Chris Martin like a common plebeian. Instead, she opted for a "conscious uncoupling," which is actually $38K and can only be imported overnight from Mongolia. 


She Compared Facing Internet Backlash To Defending Our Country During Wartime

After GP likened the experience of reading anti-Paltrow Internet commentary to the "dehumanizing" effects of fighting in a war, John McCain's wife, Cindy, lashed out on Twitter and called her a "joke." "Perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers," said McCain. "Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!"


She Suggested That She, Like, Invented Yoga

While talking to The Cut about her wellness routines, Princess Paltrow graced us with these pristine words of wisdom:

"I remember when I started doing yoga 20 years ago, and people thought I was super weird and didn’t know what I was doing. It’s the same way with organic food or acupuncture. I was always the one saying “Hey, this is cool,” and people being like, “You’re super weird.” And now, yoga is… [Gestures big]."

Yep, yoga was definitely invented twenty years ago. We checked Donald Trump's Twitter account.


She Rented An Airbnb For $40K A Week

While on vacation in Mexico with her boyfriend Brad Falchuk (co-creator of American Horror Story), she rented a $30 million Airbnb that had eight baths, two master suites, three guest suites, and a back garden bedroom.


She Confirmed That She Does Not, In Fact, Make Just $25K A Year

In 2009, Paltrow told Elle UK, "I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year." This forever changed our perception of her. Before this moment, we all thought she acted like someone who made $25,000 a year.



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<![CDATA[15 Horrifying, True Tales Of People Who Woke Up In A Morgue]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/real-people-who-woke-up-in-morgue/amy-robleski

Waking up in a morgue - it sounds like something straight out of a horror move, doesn't it? Strangely even in this day and age, it's more common than you might think. Why does this happen? How can doctors not realize a "dead" body is actually a living person?

Doctors are people, and they aren’t perfect. When doctors think someone has died, they check the patient’s pupils, breathing, heartbeat, and pulse. Sometimes patients may have signs of life that are just too faint to be detected. Another explanation is Lazarus Syndrome - when a person who can’t be brought back to life suddenly regains circulation. No one knows why – or how - this rare situation occurs.  

Hospitals and morgues are creepy places where strange and unexplained things sometimes happen. Patients coming back from the dead is definitely one of the strangest.  

For the people who were declared dead - and then not - the experience can be confusing and frightening. Morgues aren’t meant for living people. People experiencing this real-life nightmare often wake up surrounded by corpses or locked in their own tiny metal drawer. They may feel as if they’ve been buried alive.

The feeling is similar to someone who is conscious during surgery. You’re lying there helpless at the mercy of medical staff, hoping they’ll realize what’s going on and save you. 

The unbelievable stories of real people who woke up in the morgue are sure to leave you hoping it never happens to you. 


15 Horrifying, True Tales Of People Who Woke Up In A Morgue,

Woman With Cataplexy Woke Up In A Morgue Three Times

June Burchell should be quite familiar with the inside of a morgue - she’s woken up there three times. Burchell suffers from a condition called cataplexy, which affects a small percentage of people with narcolepsy. This condition causes her to become paralyzed but conscious. Strong emotions often bring on episodes.

The first time this happened to her she was a teenager. She didn’t appear to show any signs of life, and doctors pronounced her dead. They put her in the morgue, surrounding her with dead bodies. She could move and speak again hours later.

Burchell said she fears being buried alive more than she fears death. She has one of the world’s worst cases of cataplexy. Burchell shared her story with the television series My Shocking Story.


Dead Russian Man Shocks Friends By Coming Back To Party

In 2015, an unidentified Russian man got so drunk he passed out - and everyone thought he was dead. His friends called an ambulance. First responders also thought he was dead, and took him to the morgue where he was placed in the freezer.

The man woke up in the middle of the night, shocked to be in a room with dead bodies. He started pounding on the doors and got the attention of a guard.

After doctors checked him over, his first stop was back to his friend’s house. There, his buddies were still drinking and mourning him. One of his friends was so shocked at seeing him that he fainted. The mourning party quickly turned into a celebration.


A Man Started Moving Around In His Body Bag

Think being mistaken for dead can’t happen in the United States? Think again. In 2014, Walter Williams, a farmer from Holmes County, MS, was pronounced dead. The next day, morgue workers saw his body bag moving - Williams was kicking it from the inside.

The 76-year-old man was taken to a hospital and released to his shocked family a few days later. He lived two more weeks before actually dying of natural causes.

One possible theory for the incident is that William’s defibrillator restarted his heart while he was in the body bag.


A Grandmother Came Back To Life Twice

In 2011 retired cook and grandmother Lyudmila Steblitskaya was hospitalized for health problems. When her daughter called to check on her, the hospital said her mother had died. It was a Friday night. Steblitskaya was taken to the morgue, where she was to remain until the funeral Monday morning.

When her daughter came to get her body on Monday, doctors said her mother was alive, and brought her to Steblitskaya’s hospital room. Steblitskaya had survived the whole weekend under morgue refrigeration.

“I have a vague recollection of real cold,” Steblitskaya said. Her skin was peeled from her body because of the frigid temperatures. Her daughter and other family members, who had spent the weekend planning for her funeral, were ecstatic to have her back. “It’s a miracle I’m still here,” Steblitskaya said.

In October 2012, she apparently died again during another hospital stay. This time, however, doctors were able to bring her back around within a few hours.


A Bad Hangover Becomes Even Worse In A Morgue

In 2016, a 25-year-old Polish man named Kamil was out drinking vodka with friends when he suffered a heart attack. He collapsed outside a pub and was taken to a hospital. Unresponsive, he was pronounced dead.

Several hours later, a guard heard noises inside the mortuary refrigerator. The guard thought kids had broken in, but was surprised to find Kamil. The naked “dead man” asked the guard for a blanket.

After getting checked out by doctors, Kamil headed back to the pub.


91-year-old Woman Spent 11 Hours In Cold Storage

A Polish woman named Janina Kolkiewicz was declared dead after she was found unresponsive in her home. She was taken to the morgue and family members started planning her funeral.

Eleven hours later, a morgue worker was bringing in another body when he saw her body bag start to move. Kolkiewicz was inside, cold, but unharmed. The elderly woman, apparently unfazed, asked him for some hot tea.

I was sure she was dead,” said the doctor who’d examined her. “I’m stunned.”


A Morgue Worker Discovered A Baby Preparing For Cremation Was Actually Alive

In China, a father named Jin Hua Lu took his premature newborn baby to the hospital. The baby showed signs of discoloration. Doctors told the father his son’s heart had stopped, and declared the baby dead.

Fifteen hours later, morgue staff were preparing to cremate the child. They took him out of refrigeration only to find he was crying and moving. “I thought I heard noises,” a morgue worker said. “I opened the container and saw him moving.”

The boy likely only survived the cold because his father had wrapped him in several blankets.


A Baby Came Back To Life After 12 Hours In A Refrigerated Morgue

In Argentina, a premature infant was declared dead just 20 minutes after her birth. Twelve hours after she was placed in a refrigerated coffin, her parents went to the morgue to hold their child and say their last goodbyes.  

When her mother held her, the baby let out a little cry. Her mother thought it was her imagination, but doctors soon confirmed her baby was actually still alive. The astonished parents called their daughter Luz Milagros, which means “Miracle Light”.

The baby lived up until a few months after her first birthday, when she died of health complications.


Man Woke Up During His Own Autopsy

In 2007, Carlos Camejo was in a severe car accident. The 33-year-old Venezuelan man was declared dead at the scene, and then taken to the morgue. He didn’t wake up until a medical examiner started his autopsy by cutting into his face. “I woke up because the pain was unbearable,” Camejo said.

His wife came to identify his body and was shocked to find he was still alive. Camejo still bears the scar from his own autopsy.


Daughter Tasked With Identifying Her Mother's Dead Body Discovers She's Actually Alive

In 2011, Rosa Celestrino de Assis was taken to the hospital for pneumonia. The 60-year-old Brazilian woman had no vital signs, so the doctor pronounced her dead.

Medical personnel put her body into a plastic body bag and took it to the morgue refrigerator. Two hours later, her daughter came to identify the body. As she was giving her mother a hug for what she thought was the last time, she realized her mother was breathing.

"I screamed out - my mom is alive!” her daugher said. “And they all looked at me like I was crazy."

The doctor that pronounced her dead has resigned, and a nurse working under him was fired.



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<![CDATA[18 Emergency Room Janitors Share Their Most Disgusting Experiences]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/emergency-room-janitors-gnarliest-stories/amandasedlakhevener

When you think of dirty jobs, janitors generally are the first to come to mind. But have you ever considered how much worse it must be for those janitorial servants who must clean the grime and gore of a hospital?

Hospital janitors spend their days cleaning up emergency rooms, bathrooms, patient rooms, and hallways - all of which can be covered in both human and hospital waste. The gnarliest sights described by them include blood on the ceilings, human debris in unimaginable places, and repulsive bodily fluids. All of the tales are from real emergency room janitors, as shared on Reddit. Stifle your gag reflex and read on!


18 Emergency Room Janitors Share Their Most Disgusting Experiences,

Chew Your Food!

Someone threw up in the sink and no one was called for a few hours. It nearly hardened and I had to scoop it out with my hands. They barely chewed their food.


16-Year-Old Shooting Victims

Worst I ever dealt with was a 16-year-old gang-shooting victim who died in the trauma room in the ER. There was a lot of blood and we had to clean up the floor before the staff came back to bag and tag the kid. So there he was on a metal table, chest open, dead. I tried to clean the floor and ignored him as best I could.

He and another teen had shot each other but only one survived. Made me wonder just what in the heck two 16-year-olds really have to shoot each other over.


Had To Clean Up The Bathroom After A Stillbirth

I had a friend who cleaned a hospital a few years back. He had two pretty gruesome experiences. The first was having to clean up a bathroom after a woman gave birth to a stillborn. The second was being there when an ambulance brought a woman in after a botched suicide attempt. She tried to shoot herself in the head and ended up shooting her jaw off. Yes, just like the South Park episode with Brittany Spears. Needless to say there was a lot of blood.


Human Fat Was On The Walls

I was a janitor at a hospital, mostly cleaning offices, which included a plastic surgeon's office. Whoever usually cleaned up to the point where they wouldn't have to give me biohazard pay was slacking that day I guess, but this time it looked like the lipo hose thing got turned on reverse all over the room. I noped the heck out, and my boss hit the tiles with a razor blade while calling me a weenie.

 


Looked Like A Crime Scene

Cleaning an operating room after a hysterectomy.

By that time I'd been doing this a month or so, and had largely gotten used to the blood and whatnot. It was rough sometimes because it caused nightmares about Iraq. Mostly it was blood, you rarely found tissue. Then came The Day.

It's hard to describe how bad it was. Parts of the OR genuinely looked like a serial killer had been through there, other parts were fine. And the hardest thing to clean was the blue dye they use in surgery - that stuff gets everywhere. So I don't know if it was a rough surgery, a bad surgeon, or a combination of things, but it was a mess in there. I found blood and tissue in places we are trained to check, but that I didn't think it was possible for it to be at. Like on top of the lights. Up on the bottom of the table. It was everywhere.

This being a busy military hospital for soldier and dependents, we had five minutes to sanitize a room. I begged for and got ten. Still, I'm not sure with three of us in there that we got it all.

That job was a holdover until I was able to save gas money to drive out of state to look for better work. I'm teaching now. It's only a little harder than being in Iraq most days.


Found A Random Finger Tip

I used to volunteer in an ER before med school. One time I was cleaning a trauma room and I found a random finger tip. I remember the nail was still intact and painted bright red. Anyway, when I asked a tech what happened he told me, "Dog bite. She didn't want to bother with reattachment, trash it." So I trashed it.


Crusted Crap On The Wall

I used to be a janitor at the local state hospital and the worst I ever cleaned up was a room for one of the most violent extremely developmentally disabled patients we had. It took seven guards to drag him out of his room so we could clean it.

When I got in the room, he had covered the walls and floors in poop and they dried solid... even the mobile pressure washer wouldn't take it off.


Brain Bits On The Floor

I used to work as a janitor in an hospital as a student job and the worst I cleaned up was in the ambulance room. It was a parts of a human brain on the floor, they already had washed up part of it when I arrived!


The Slushy Dead Body

When she was a teen, my mom worked as a janitor at a hospital.

You know what's bad? When they bring in a body that has been in the river for two months and the bag they are hauling it in bursts all over the floor. I guess two-month-old river carcass has a bad smell. Enough to evacuate a wing of the hospital. She didn't have to deal with the body slushy itself, but there was still plenty of scrubbing to do in that corridor after the "body" was removed.


Afterbirth Spilt On Shoes

I work as a hospital housekeeper and one of my jobs include taking a (anatomical waste) bucket of afterbirth from a fridge into a freezer where it is then picked up and shipped away. One time I went to get the bucket and whomever put it in the fridge had left it sitting on the edge. Now the afterbirth is sealed and tied in a bag, and some of it was not this time for some reason (likely a lazy nurse). On a side note the buckets are not sealed until I take them and do it myself.

So I reach over to get the bucket. I always wrap my hand behind it and pull it towards me then I grab the handle and place it down on the ground to then seal it. However since this bucket was on the edge and I took no notice it immediately dropped to the floor and some of the loose bags of afterbirth opened up and fell onto the lower parts of my scrub pants, shoes, and some got on my right hand and the lower part of my arm around my wrist.

It was just really bad luck and I was having a bad day to begin with. Thought about just cleaning myself up and saying good bye to the job.



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<![CDATA[14 Holocaust Survivors Tell Haunting Stories of Life In Concentration Camps]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/everyday-life-in-concentration-camps/philgibbons

Nazi death camps have received a great deal of attention in film and popular culture. Accounts of Holocaust survivors and life in concentration camps have been the basis of compelling stories factual and fictional. Yet the relative scarcity of true Holocaust stories underlines the difficulty of survival in the face of evil. Because so few survived a system designed to deliberately exterminate them, there were hardly any concentration camp survivors. 

There was a distinct difference between camps like Auschwitz and Treblinka, which were extermination camps designed to systematically murder most prisoners upon arrival and camps like Buchenwald, Dachau, and Bergen-Belsen, which were meant to imprison political and social enemies of the Reich (many of whom were Jews, and were worked to death). Despite the monumental death toll of the camps, enough detail survives in accounts from any tenure in these places to paint a harrowing, disturbing portrait of the reality of what life was really like in a Nazi concentration camp.        


14 Holocaust Survivors Tell Haunting Stories of Life In Concentration Camps,

Prisoners At Mauthausen Forced To Climb Stairs Of Death For No Reason Other Than To Die

Mauthausen was the main political concentration camp in Austria. Although not an extermination camp, it's estimated 100,000 people perished at Mauthausen between its inception, in 1939, and May 5, 1945, when it became the last camp liberated by the Allies. The most notorious aspect of the camp was its proximity to a rock quarry, and its infamous Stairs of Death described by many, including this account from a prisoner of Mauthausen in 1939: 

"Inmates were given light clothing and wooden (clogs) and put to work in the stone quarry. This involved carrying heavy stones up 180 steps, known as the 'staircase of death' because of the beatings, shootings and fatal accidents to which the crowded mass of inmates was exposed to there. The food was totally inadequate for the heavy labor performed, and a stay in Mauthausen was indeed synonymous with 'extermination by work."   

Sometimes the object of climbing the Stairs of Death was not meaningful work but deliberate punishment and death. A famous incident involved 47 Allied aviators transported to the camp, who were essentially murdered in September of 1944. Maurice Lampe, a French political prisoner, testified at Nuremberg:

"For all the prisoners at Mauthausen, the murder of these men has remained in their minds like a scene from Dante's Inferno. This is how it was done: at the bottom of the steps they loaded stones on the backs of these poor men and they had to carry them to the top. The first journey was made with stones weighing 25 to 30 kilos and was accompanied by blows. Then they were made to run down. For the second journey, the stones were even heavier; and whenever the poor wretches sank under their burden, they were kicked and hit with a bludgeon. Even stones were hurled at them....In the evening when I returned from the gang with which I was then working, the road which led to the camp was a bath of blood....I almost stepped on the lower jaw of a man. Twenty-one bodies were strewn along the road. Twenty-one had died on the first day. The twenty-six others died the following morning...."


Nazis Maintained Calm In The Gas Chambers Through Deliberate Psychological Manipulation

The Nazis exterminated thousands of people when a new train convoy arrived at an extermination camp, and dozens of workers handled the most distasteful aspects of this process. Almost always Jews, these worker groups was known as Sonderkommando; literally, "task force" or "special force." The Final Solution was an unspoken secret even within the Nazi hierarchy, and camp authorities took great pains to ensure no physical evidence, such as photographs of their deeds, existed.

To eliminate witnesses, the Sonderkommando were exterminated every three months or so until late 1944, when Heinrich Himmler, aware Germany would lose the war, suspended transports to, and mass killings, within Auschwitz. Because of this, some Sonderkommando survived, and in the confusion of the last days of the camp, were able to blend in with regular workers before the forced march west, away from the Soviet occupation of Auschwitz.

One of these individuals, Shlomo Venezia, not only survived the Sonderkommando, but also a forced march to Mauthausen concentration camp. In 1992, to combat what he felt to be a resurgence of anti-Semitism, Venezia began discussing his Auschwitz experience. Iin 2007, he published a book. His account was very specific regarding the process that awaited those who had been condemned to die:

"Every time a new convoy arrived, people went in through the big door of the Crematorium and were directed towards the underground staircase that led to the undressing room. There were so many of them that we saw the queue stretching out like a long snake.

As the first of them were entering, the last were still a hundred yards or so behind. After the selection on the ramp, the women, children and old men were sent in first, then, the other men arrived.

In the undressing room, there were coat hooks with numbers all along the wall, as well as little wooden planks on which people could sit to get undressed. To deceive them more effectively the Germans told people to pay particular attention to the numbers, so that they’d be able to find their things more easily when they came out of the 'shower.'

After a time, they also added an instruction to use the laces to tie shoes in pairs. In fact, this was to facilitate the process of sorting out when the things arrived at the Kanadakommando. These instructions were generally given by the SS standing guard, but it sometimes happened that a man in the Sonderkommando could speak the language of the deportees and transmit these instructions to them directly.

To calm people down and ensure they’d go through more quickly, without making any fuss, the Germans also promised then they’d have a meal just after 'disinfection.' Many of the women hurried up so as to be first in line and get it all over with as quickly as possible – especially as the children were terrified and clung to their mothers. For them, even more than for the others, everything must have been strange, eerie, dark and cold."


The Initial Selection Process At Auschwitz: Either The Gas Chamber Or Slavery

Jacki Handali and Rita Weiss survived transport and imprisonment in Auschwitz. Their selection experiences were similar; each describes a quick, methodical process designed to create as much compliance as possible. Deportees were forcibly removed from freight cars, told to leave their luggage behind, and quickly separated by sex.

SS doctors had the groups form one line each and began separating the lines by motioning individuals the left or right. Left meant death in the gas chamber, right meant assignment to a work detail in the camp. Until 1944, when massive transports were processed on a 24 hour basis, trains would typically be emptied in the middle of the night or early morning, the timing meant to disorient victims as much as possible.

Resistance or questioning of authority was met with assaults with whips, rifle butts, and dogs. Children and relatives were forcibly and quickly separated, frequently with families unaware of what had happened to their loved ones until much later. A woman who refused to give her baby to a camp guard was sent into the gas chamber with her child in her arms. 


Anne Frank Ran Into Old Friends At A Concentration Camp, One Of Whom Lived To Tell Of It

Anne Frank and her family were arrested in Amsterdam on August 4, 1944 and deported to Auschwitz on September 3, 1944. Roughly half of their transport survived initial selection, including every member of the Frank family, although Anne's father, Otto, was separated from the other Franks, and they had no idea what happened to him. Anne and her sister, Margot, were transported to Bergen-Belsen in October, 1944. Their mother remained in Auschwitz, where she died of starvation. At Belsen, Anne encountered several high school friends, all of whom were shocked by her skeletal appearance.

One, Nanette Konig, a classmate who was present at Anne's 13th birthday party, at which Anne received the gift of a blank diary from her parents, recalled: 

"I am the only one in that class who met her again in Bergen-Belsen. I was in camp seven and she was in camp eight. I met her several times and it was from Anne that I learnt what was happening in Auschwitz. She told me about her diary and that she wanted to use it for a book after the war, she never wanted to publish a diary. We talked about her going in to hiding, how hard life was in the hiding place. We were dreaming and we had to hope we would make it through.  It was part of our survival. We were mature - the circumstances made us like that. We had all lost family and didn't know if we'd see them again. Everyone wanted to survive, nobody wanted to die willingly.

I saw Anne shortly before she died, Bergen-Belsen wasn't a death camp but the conditions eliminated people. It's very emotional. She didn't make it and I did. I still see her in front of me." 

Like many interned at Belsen, both Anne and Margot contracted typhus in the late stages of the war. They both died of the disease. Their exact dates of death have never been determined, but they are believed to have possibly lived as late as March of 1945, only a month before the camp's liberation.

Nanette Blitz's entire family, who were Jewish, were sent to Belsen in 1943. Only Nanette survived. After the war, she met future husband John Konig and emigrated to Brazil, where she still lives today. 


Concentration Camp Tattoos Were Done With Crude Writing Instruments And Regular Ink

Maria Ossowski was a Polish member of the Resistance imprisoned in Auschwitz in 1943. She later recalled about the first few minutes of captivity and the tattooing process in the camp:

"Eventually we were herded into what was to be our washing room. It was a huge barrack, with the water running, cold water I must add, from the top, there were men in already prison garb, which we never seen before. We were made to strip, we were made to go in front – each one of us – in front of that man, that man or the other one, they were all standing in the line, and we were shaven – we were shaven – our heads were shaven, our private parts were shaven and we were pushed then under that water. And after a while we were pushed out of it into another part of that big block, where the huge amount of terrible-looking – and already smelling terrible – clothes were prepared for us.

What we actually got was one dress which you had to put over your head. The dress had sleeves, but not long, like three-quarter sleeves, and when we have had this on, we were marched again to another part, where the girls this time – prisoners obviously – were sitting by the little tables,and that, and then where we were getting our numbers tattooed on our arms. It was done with simply – [ballpoint pens] were not invented then – so it was just implement with which you write letters in those days, and it was put into the ink and the point was made on your arm ‘til it had the shape of the number." 


Jewish Slaves Had To Rip Gold Teeth From Gas Chamber Corpses Then Burn Them

The real tasks of the Sonderkommando began after a German officer determined the inhabitants of the gas chamber were all dead. Shlomo Venezia describes the gruesome aftermath of this process:

"When he was sure that everyone was well and truly dead, he opened the door and came out right away, after starting the ventilation system. For twenty minutes you could hear a loud throbbing noise, like a machine breathing in air.

Then, finally, we could go in and start to bring the corpses out of the gas chambers.

A terrible acrid smell filled the room, we couldn’t distinguish between what came from the specific smell of the gas and what came from the smell of the people and the human excrement.

When the job of cutting the hair and pulling out the gold teeth had been completed, two people came to take the bodies and to load them onto the hoist that sent them up to the ground floor of the building, and the crematorium ovens.

All the rest, the undressing room and the gas chamber, was underground. Depending on whether the people were big, small, fat or thin, it was possible to load between seven and ten people onto the hoist.

On the floor above, two people collected the bodies and sent the lift back down, the hoist didn’t have any door, a wall blocked the one side, but when they reached floor level, the corpses were unloaded on the other side. The bodies were then dragged and laid out in front of the ovens, two by two.

In front of every muffle, three men were waiting to place the bodies in the oven. The bodies were laid out head to foot on a kind of stretcher. Two men, either side of the stretcher, lifted it with the help of a long piece of wood slipped underneath it. The third man, facing the ovens, held the handles that were used to push the stretcher into the furnace. They had to slip the bodies in and pull the stretcher out quickly, before the iron grew too hot.

The men in the Sonderkommando had got into the habit of pouring water onto the stretcher before disposing of the bodies, otherwise these remained stuck to the red-hot iron. In cases such as that, the work became very difficult, since the bodies had to be pulled out with a fork and pieces of skin remained attached.

When this happened, the whole process was slowed down and the Germans could accuse us of sabotage. So we had to move quickly and skillfully."

Any member of the Sonderkommando who stole valuables from corpses or who even mistakenly neglected to remove all of the gold from a body's teeth would be shot by an SS guard on the spot.


Zyklon B Took 10 To 12 Minutes To Do Its Job, During Which Nazis Stood Around Waiting

The Sonderkommando were present at all times during the gassing process, frequently conversing with the victims in their native languages. Shlomo Venezia described what unfolded once the victims undressed and were bolted into the chamber behind a hermetically sealed door:

"Once they had taken off their clothes, the women went into the gas chamber and waited, thinking that they were in a shower, with the shower heads hanging over them. They couldn’t know where they really were. A woman would sometimes be seized by doubt when no water came out and went to see one of the two Germans outside the door. She was immediately beaten and forced to go back in; that took away any desire she might have to ask questions.

Then the men, too, were finally pushed into the gas chamber, the Germans thought that if they made thirty or so strong men go in last, they would be able, with their force, to push the others right in. And indeed, herded by the rain of blows as if they were so many animals, their only option was to push hard to get into the room to avoid the beating.

That’s why I think that many of them were dead or dying even before the gas was released. The German whose job it was to control the whole process often enjoyed making these people, who were about to die, suffer a bit more. While waiting for the arrival of the SS man who was going to release the gas, he amused himself by switching the light on and off to frighten them a little bit more.

When he switched off the light, you could hear a different sound emerging from the gas chamber; the people seemed to be suffocating with anguish, they’d realized they were going to die. Then he’d switch the light back on and you heard a sort of sigh of relief, as if the people thought the operation had been canceled.  

Then, finally, the German bringing the gas would arrive, it took two prisoners from the Sonderkommando to help him lift up the external trapdoor, above the gas chamber, then he introduced Zyklon B through the opening. The lid was made of very heavy cement. The German would never have bothered to lift it up himself, as it needed two of us.

Sometimes, it was me, sometimes others. I’ve never said this before, since it’s painful to admit that we had to lift the lid and put it back, once the gas had been introduced. But that’s how it was.

Once the gas had been thrown in, it lasted about ten to twelve minutes, then finally you couldn’t hear anything, not a living soul. A German came to check that everyone was really dead by looking through a peephole placed in the thick door – it had iron bars on the inside to prevent the victims from trying to smash the glass."


Catholic Priest Maximilian Kolbe Volunteered To Die At Auschwitz To Save A Man's Life

Before it was turned into an extermination camp, Auschwitz was a concentration camp and main German repository for Polish dissidents and undesirables. It employed the "extermination through work" policy and instituted extremely harsh conditions. Prisoners were made to stand through long head counts known as the Appell, during which inmates who served as supervisors (kapos) endlessly counted and recounted prisoners to ensure all were present. These counts could start as early as 3:30 am and would last for hours, regardless of rain, snow, extreme cold, or heat.

Prisoners were repeatedly told the punishment for escape was death by hanging, and for each prisoner who escaped, 10 men would be sent to the disciplinary block, where they received no food or water until dead. In late July 1941, it was announced that a prisoner escaped. Karl Fritzsch, Deputy Commander of the camp, began to personally select 10 men from a group of assembled prisoners for fatal punishment.

Polish prisoner, Jan Szegidewicz, who survived Auschwitz, described what happened next:

"After the group of doomed men had already been selected, a prisoner stepped out from the ranks of one of the Blocks. I recognized Father [Maximilian] Kolbe. Owing to my poor knowledge of German I did not understand what they talked about, nor do I remember whether Fr Kolbe spoke directly to Fritzsch. When making his request, Fr Kolbe stood at attention and pointed at a former non-commissioned officer known to me from the camp. It could be inferred from the expression on Fritzsch's face that he was surprised at Fr Kolbe's action. As the sign was given, Fr Kolbe joined the ranks of the doomed and the non-commissioned officer left the ranks of the doomed and resumed his place in his Block; which meant that Fritzsch had consented to the exchange. A little later the doomed men were marched off in the direction of Block 13, the death Block.

The non-commissioned officer was Franciszek Gajowniczek. When the sentence of doom had been pronounced, Gajowniczek had cried out in despair, 'O my poor wife, my poor children. I shall never see them again.' It was then that the unexpected had happened, and that from among the ranks of those temporarily reprieved, prisoner 16670 had stepped forward and offered himself in the other man's place. Then the ten condemned men were led off to the dreaded Bunker, to the airless underground cells where men died slowly without food or water."

Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest and Franciscan friar, led his fellow prisoners in hymns and prayer for two weeks before most of the condemned were dead. Polish prisoners who worked in the bunker area witnessed his last days. On August 14, 1941, the SS finally murdered Kolbe, one of the last surviving members of the group, by lethal injection, in his prison cell, a feeble prayer on his lips in his last moments.

Maximilian Kolbe was beatified and canonized by his fellow Pole, John Paul II, on October 10, 1982. Pope John Paul named him the patron saint of the 20th century. Kolbe is one of 20 modern martyrs memorialized on the facade of Westminster Abbey. His canonization ceremony was attended by Franciszek Gajowniczek, the man he saved, who died in 1995, at the age of 93. There are hundreds of Catholic churches named for Maximillian Kolbe, including one in Westlake Village, CA.  

 


David Olere, A Member of the Sonderkommando, Related His Experience Through Art

David Olere was a French Jew arrested in 1943 and sent to Auschwitz. He was assigned to work in the Sonderkommando, but because he was an artist, he also was used by the SS as a translator and illustrator, decorating letters they sent home to loved ones. He is unique in the annals of Auschwitz in that he survived the Sonderkommando and provided drawings of what he witnessed while a prisoner. He began these drawings in the later stages of the camp's existence and survived the forced march to Mauthausen, living in France until 1985, when he died at the age of 83. His art serves as a tremendously powerful first hand account of life in a Nazi extermination camp. 


The Four-Day Train Ride To Auschwitz, During Which 80 People Rode In Each Cattle Car

When the Nazis decided Auschwitz would serve as the focal point for the extermination of Jews and various other groups, they were faced with the logistics of transporting millions of people to southern Poland, some from as far away as the Netherlands, France, Italy, and Greece. Transportation was done by railroad, typically in cattle cars, but occasionally in passenger trains, in which wealthy Jews were encouraged to bring as much of their wealth with them as possible.

A typical journey is described in the book Perfidy, written by Ben Hecht and compiled from transcripts of the trial of Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Jew tried for collaboration with the Nazis in Hungary:

"The Jews are deported to Auschwitz daily, on schedule. They leave from the ghetto embarkation depots, on schedule. Conductors signal, 'All aboard.' Brakemen wave lanterns. German and Hungarian guards shoot a few reluctant travelers, club and bayonet a last group of mothers into the compartments. The engineer opens his throttle. And the train is off for Auschwitz, on schedule.

Eighty Jews ride in every compartment. Eichmann [said] the Germans could do better where there were more children. Then they could jam 120 into each train room. But 80 is no reflection on German efficiency.

The 80 Jews must stand all the way to Auschwitz with their hands raised in the air, so as to make room for the maximum of passengers.

There are two buckets in each compartment. One contains water. The other is for use as a toilet, to be shoved by foot, if possible, from user to user.

I wonder here, why the water and toilet buckets? One water bucket, one toilet bucket for 80 despairing men, women and children plastered against each other as in a packing case, and riding to death. Why? One water bucket, one toilet bucket are not enough to relieve the misery of these barely living ones. Jammed together, how can they use any buckets? They must urinate and defecate in their clothes. They must continue to burn with thirst until they arrive at the gas ovens. But the buckets are there."

These transports typically took four days to reach Auschwitz. One infamous transport from Greek island Corfu took 18 days. Upon arrival, all of its inhabitants were dead.



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<![CDATA[14 Gnarly Stories Of People Who Survived While Isolated From Civilization]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-survived-while-isolated-from-civilization/daveesons

Throughout history, countless individuals have found themselves totally alone - cut off from the rest of humankind - marooned in isolation, either by chance or by choice. However, this kind of aloneness in no way equals a death sentence for those who find themselves in it; in fact, there are many tales of  people who survived in isolation. Amazingly, a handful have survived to tell harrowing tales of survival, and many of their stories make it to the big screen. 

And the people who've managed to survive this way might surprise you. From an elderly woman in Siberia to a young boy in the Ugandan jungle, the tales of harrowing (and sometimes really pleasant) forays into the un-humaned world demonstrate the incredible resilience and endurance of the human body and psyche.


14 Gnarly Stories Of People Who Survived While Isolated From Civilization,

Juana Maria, The Last Of Her People, Survived On An Island All Alone

Juana Maria was not her real name, but the woman who would eventually be referred to as such spoke a distinct dialect known only to the Nicolenos people who lived on San Nicolas Island off the coast of San Pedro, California. 

In 1853, Juana was found by locals who had heard about a tribe of Native American people living on the island who had encountered Spanish friars earlier in the 19th century. Instead of a whole tribe, though, the locals found only Juana. When found, Juana was clad in animal pelts and bird feathers and had built an abode of whale bones. Reports from the time state that she had managed to survive on her own for a long time by hunting marine mammals and fish. 

She was taken onboard a ship and brought to the Spanish mission in Santa Barbara and baptized in the Catholic Church. It was there that she received her name. 

Likely due to exposure to diseases that she had no immunity against, Juana died within weeks of arriving in California. Even more tragic was that her native language was unknown, and because no one could understand her, key details about her life and circumstances disappeared with her passing.


John Ssebunya, The Boy Who Lived As A Feral Child To Avoid Domestic Violence

John Ssebunya's childhood was gruesome, extreme, and tragic. But it offers an explanation for why John Ssebunya willingly disappeared into the Ugandan jungle when he was only two years old. 

After witnessing his father brutally murder his mother, John fled into the forest near his home. Out of sheer terror, the small boy quietly disappeared into the jungle and was not heard from until a few years later in 1991 when a local woman crossed paths with the then-five-year-old child. 

The woman who told the story added that John was not in good physical shape and was followed by a troop of green vervet monkeys. 

It was not until a childcare organization took him in and raised him that John began to explain the terror of his family tragedy and how he was, quite literally, raised by monkeys in a much sadder version of a Jungle Book type tale. 


Ho Van Thanh And His Son Survived In The Vietnamese Jungle For Forty Years

War and conflict are constantly uprooting and displacing people - sometimes even entire populations - causing years of hardship and heartache. 

Ho Van Thanh, his son Ho Van Lang, and the rest of their family found themselves caught in the chaos of the Vietnam War. Initially trying to wait out the war, the son and father tragically lost the rest of their immediate family (mother and two other sons). To protect his two-year-old son, Ho Van Thanh took him and fled into the jungle, journeying until they reached safety. Safety also meant that the two had reached extreme isolation from the raging conflict around them. For forty years, the father and son resided in the forest, living off the land and producing garments made from the natural resources around them. 

In 2013, locals who were gathering fruit and other items saw the two men. Van Thanh was, by now, in his eighties, while his son, Van Lang, was a middle-aged man in his forties. The two were encouraged to emerge from their jungle abode and were brought to their pre-war family home, where they began living in peace.


Tom Neale Willingly Chose His Tropical Island Paradise Isolation

Some individuals have willingly and enthusiastically chosen to detach themselves from society and travel to distant places to live alone, far away from the noise and congestion of their human brethren. The charm of running away to an uninhabited tropical paradise and living a leisurely jungle life is probably a fantasy that many across the world have contemplated. For New Zealander Tom Neale, this became a reality and a successful undertaking. 

Born in 1902, Mr. Neale, of Wellington, was enthusiastic about striking it out and surviving in the wilderness and chose to live in the Suwarrow Atoll, which is part of the Cook Island chain. Making his home there, he built a small house, fished, explored and spent the rest of his life there. In all, it seems he spent six years there consecutively while returning to New Zealand temporarily on a few occasions. 

He passed away in 1977 and a successful book, An Island To Oneself, about his experience was published nine years earlier. 


Will, The Pirate Marooned On Isla Juan Fernandez

Englishman William Dampier was a 17th-century sailor, pirate, and author who knew both Alexander Selkirk and another interesting individual, a Miskito Native American simply named ‘Will’ from Nicaragua. Decades before the Selkirk adventure, Will was also marooned on Mas a Tierra Island

Little information survives about Will, but Dampier remarkably knew both Will and Selkirk and rescued both of them on separate occasions. Being an author, he recorded these adventures, which influenced not only Daniel Defoe, but also Jonathan Swift. 

The Miskito man named Will, according to Dampier, had also been in a shipwreck and managed to swim or drift ashore Mas a Tierra. 

It is not certain for how long Will lived on the island, but he was likely able to survive in similar ways to those that Selkirk employed many years later. Odds are he ate a lot of goat meat, fished, and foraged. 


Agafia Lykova Survived Alone In Siberia For Decades

The early Soviet government isn't exactly known for its openness and acceptance of nonofficial belief systems, something Agafia Lykova knows very well. Early on, the Soviets began a campaign of persecuting specific religious groups throughout its territory. One group, a conservative Russian Orthodox sect called the "Old Believers," was particularly marginalized. Priests were rounded up and many were imprisoned in a gulag or executed. 

Fearing the worst after his brother was executed by the communists in 1936 at the start of Stalin’s political purges, Karp Lykov took his family and moved out to the Siberian wilderness to hide from the Communist regime. In 1943, Karp’s wife Akulina gave birth to their daughter, Agafia, one of four children. Amazingly, Agafia and her family survived World War Two and most of the Cold War with absolutely no contact with any other people. 

In 1978, several Russian scientists spotted Agafia’s homestead and made contact with the remaining members of the family Lykov for the first time since 1936. Sadly, within ten years of their isolation, Agafia’s father and her siblings passed away leaving her as the sole survivor. Her isolation was so extreme that during the first contact in ’78, it was reported by eyewitnesses that the language Agafia and her family spoke had not evolved with the rest of the Russian language, as they used words and phrases that were old fashioned or out of date. But, regardless of old-fashioned language, Agafia survived for decades completely by herself in the Siberian wildnerness (AKA one of the harshest environments in the world).


Marguerite de la Rocque Was Abandoned By Her Own Cousin

Roughly 162 years before Alexander Selkirk’s voyage ran afoul, a young noblewoman from France named Marguerite de la Rocque joined an expedition sailing from France to what is now Canada along with her cousin, Jean-Francois de la Rocque, who had recently been named Lieutenant-General of the French colony. 

Along the trans-Atlantic journey, Marguerite took a lover, and Jean-Francois discovered the torrid affair, which (unfortunately for Marguerite) he couldn't ignore because it put his professional reputation on the line. With his rep at stake, Jean-Francois forced Marguerite and her lover off the ship and left them, along with another female servant, on an island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. 

Once stranded in Northern Canada, Marguerite, her lover, and her servant, Damienne, were forced to live off the land with limited provisions. To make matters more dire, Marguerite was pregnant and gave birth to a child. Tragically (but perhaps unsurprisingly), her child did not survive infancy. 

After some time, Marguerite’s lover as well as Damienne, both died of unknown causes, leaving Marguerite totally alone in a land completely alien to her; she had no choice but to continue on. Several contemporary accounts suggest that she was able to survive partially by teaching herself to shoot with a musket she had been left with when marooned in the gulf. While the exact dates of key points in her life are only guesswork, Marguerite eventually managed to be rescued by fishermen and brought back to France. 

In addition to Marguerite’s own account, her survival in the Canadian wilderness was preserved on paper by Queen Marguerite de Navarre and Andre de Thevet, a Franciscan friar and historian. 


Hiroo Onoda Surrendered 29 Years After WWII Ended

Former Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara once called the WWII Pacific Theater of Operations, ‘One of the most brutal wars in all of human history’ and it certainly left a profound psychological impact on all of those whom it affected. Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army is one notable example. 

Born in 1922 in Wakayama, Japan, Hiroo Onoda joined the Imperial Japanese Army, commonly known as the IJA, in 1942 and was trained in guerrilla fighting tactics. 

His last post was in the Philippines near the island of Corregidor where he stayed until 1945. Cut off from civilization with only a few other soldiers, he and his comrades noticed that airplanes began dropping leaflets declaring the war to be over and encouraging any remaining imperial forces in the field to surrender. He and the soldiers with him believed this to be an allied trick to get them to come out of hiding. 

Onoda remained concealed in the jungle for 29 years, hunting and trapping animals and living off the land while still in his uniform. One after another of his comrades either surrendered to the local Philippine constabulary or were killed in post-war skirmishes. Onodo, though, stuck to his oath to not surrender. 

Then, in 1974, he was found by Norio Suzuki, a student who didn’t believe the official line that Onoda was dead. Initially, Onoda refused to return to civilization and still believed this to be a trick by allied forces, Suzuki gathered information to prove that the war had ended 29 years earlier. He returned and convinced Onoda that World War Two had been over for decades. Meanwhile, to be sure, the Japanese government sent Onoda’s former commanding officer to personally assure Onoda. 

The two emerged from the jungle and Hiroo Onoda officially surrendered and turned over his arms to the president of the Philippines. Soon afterward, his story of survival exploded in every newspaper. 


Ada Blackjack Lost Her Exploration Companions But Made It Back To Civilization

Wrangel Island is an isolated landmass that sits in the Siberian sea just over the Russian side of the Bearing Strait Meridian. This crazy, intimidating location, however, did not stop a small expedition from venturing to the island in 1921 in an attempt to claim it for Canada. Ada Blackjack, an Alaskan Native American seamstress, joined the expedition to earn money she planned to then use to pay for a doctor to treat her son who was very ill. 

Initially meant to be traveling for six months, Ada, 23, and four others became trapped on the island with supplies running critically low. Three of the four explorers attempted to find help while Ada was tasked with taking care of the ailing fourth explorer. Soon though, the man succumbed to his illness, and Ada was left alone on the island with no companions and no where to go. Worst of all, the supplies remaining were almost entirely depleted. For two miserable years, Ada survived alone on the island. In one especially life-threatening moment of her isolation, she was almost killed by a polar bear. 

Finally, in December of 1923, Ada was rescued and returned to civilization. 


Scotsman Alexander Selkirk Survived Alone On Mas a Tierra

Alexander Selkirk was born in 1676 in Scotland and is one of the most overlooked castaways in history. Those familiar with Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe may not find it surprising that Selkirk’s story of being marooned on Isla Juan Fernandez played an inspirational role in Defoe’s masterpiece. 

Selkirk, the wee son of a cobbler, left Scotland around the age of 19 due to a family feud with legal implications. In the process of fleeing, he joined the crew of a chartered privateer vessel and set out to begin raiding Spanish ports and merchant vessels. After several particularly dangerous battles with the Spanish, Selkirk began butting heads with the ship’s captain. It's not clear whether he voluntarily went ashore or was forced off the ship, but the young Scotsman soon found himself left to his own devices on the island of Mas a Tierra, one of several islands making up the Juan Fernandez Island chain of Chile. 

The year was 1704 and Selkirk was thousands of miles from home with only a few provisions with him. Amazingly, Selkirk made the best of a seemingly bitter experience and collected many animals as pets and as food. He built himself a shelter, hunted and fished and ended up surviving for about five years until, in 1709, he spotted a British ship. He was able to start a fire to signal the ship to shore and was rescued. Unbelievably, one of the sailors that made contact with him once ashore, had been on Selkirk’s privateering voyage.

In a strange twist of events, being stranded on the island for five years may have been one of the best experiences he could have had. He later learned that the privateering ship he had originally set out on had been attacked and sunk. The entire crew, with the exception of his captain, had drowned, and his captain had been jailed in South America by the Spanish. 

Selkirk joined the crew of the vessel that had rescued him and took part in their own privateering adventures, eventually becoming very rich as a result. He returned to Scotland and was reunited with his family. Around 1713, he recorded his adventures privateering, being marooned on the island and being rescued on paper. His story then caught the eye of author Daniel Defoe. 



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<![CDATA[18 Plane Crash Survivors Share Their Harrowing Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/plane-crash-survivor-stories/amandasedlakhevener

Survivors never enter situations aware they are about to cheat death; instead, they emerge with an experience few of us can, or ever even will, comprehend. Given the fact that plane crashes are literally a one-in-a-million possibility, these survivors bore witness to a rare phenomenon that nevertheless still occupies many peoples' waking thoughts

Now, instead of wondering what it feels like to endure a plane crash, thanks to Reddit, you can read first-hand accounts of people who faced that reality. 


18 Plane Crash Survivors Share Their Harrowing Stories,

An Engine Exploded While The Other Overheated

I was a paratrooper and instructor in the army. One day I decided not to jump as I had flu and was feeling off.

After the stick left the plane, an old DC-3 Dakota, we turned around to return to base when the one engine exploded. As we flew the old bird's other engine started overheating.

It was only myself, the pilot and copilot. The pilot struggled to keep the thing airborne whilst the copilot rushed out of the cockpit and came back with a dozen beers. Apparently they had a secret fridge somewhere stashed with a few crates.

We strapped in and cracked open some beers. With the runway in sight we went down, around 1.5 kilometers from the runway in a lush green cornfield.

We weren't injured at all apart from a few black and blue bruises. The plane was a total wreck and so was the poor farmer's field. When we eventually ground to a halt the pilot burst out laughing and the co pilot got another crate of beer.

By the time the fire truck and ambulance manage to struggle through the field to reach us, we were pissed out of our skulls, with two beers left. The first think I did after stepping off the plane was to take a huge pee.

I flew with those chaps often after that and always made sure I got onboard with a dozen-or-so beers.


The Engines Caught Fire Mid-Flight

We were flying to the Cayman Islands, and one of the engines caught on fire. It caused a lot of panic because you could actually look out the window and see a flaming engine. There was a woman across the aisle from me screaming bloody murder. She said her husband worked for the airplane and had told them the plane had engine problems but the airline used it anyway - who knows if that was true. You heard more crying than screaming, though. I was surprisingly calm about it, as I've been flying very frequently my whole life. It was kind of a "Well, nothing I can do about it, might as well try to finish my book."

No one was really calling or texting loved ones, I think it was just before the time that everyone had a cell phone on their person at all times. You just heard a lot of muffled crying and families/friends who were flying together hugging and saying 'I love you's. We managed to make an emergency landing at some small Florida airport, lots of bumping and skidding but luckily no one was killed. They had ambulances and fire trucks waiting on the runway that took a few people to the hospitals, but I think they were all minor injuries. The airline bought a bunch of people bus or train tickets home if they wanted, but my family just found another flight and continued our vacation.

You'd think it would be super dramatic with screams and people running up and down the aisles, but I think when death seems imminent and there's nothing you can do about it, you just kind of calmly accept it. I honestly just sat there reading my book, bouncing around in my seat and swatting the oxygen masks out of my way, because what more could I really have done right then?


We Hit The Ground Hard

When I was around 12/13, I was flying to a ski resort with my dad and some of his friends. Even then I was a frequent flier, so I wasn't anxious at all.

The first sign of trouble was when we were on the ground. The captain was making an announcement and the plane lost all power. We all sat in darkness for about a minute before it came back. The captain made another announcement and said, "No need to worry, the ground crew just pulled out a plug by accident."

We then sat there for about 20 minutes while an awful lot of mechanic-looking people did all sorts of things to the plane.

The flight was pretty much without incident, until we were around 15-20 minutes from landing. All of a sudden, all of the lights went out, (which made it pitch-black inside as it was 11pm-ish), and the engines fell completely silent.

The only sound was the wind rushing past the fuselage. Everyone's stomachs began to rise into their chest and still it was silent. I quite enjoyed it as I had faith in one of the world's largest carriers; everyone else around me (father, friends) seemed fairly nonplussed as well. We could see the lights of the city below outside the windows coming towards us at a fairly rapid rate.

Still not a sound from inside the cabin. A lot of people put their heads between their knees like on the cards. By this point, 10 seconds had passed. 10 seconds that, even to me, felt like hours.

We all heard what sounded like an engine stalling, and before we knew it, the lights came back on and we could hear the engines again. One sole cabin crew member sprinted from the front to the back. No one made a sound. The captain didn't even make an announcement.

We glided in the direction of the runway and it happened again. Everyone had the same response. By this point we were very close to the runway (I assume). Just as we were all expecting to make impact, the lights came back on and we could hear the landing gear drop.

We hit the ground far harder than any other flight (200+) I've ever had. The wheels never stopped screeching until we came to a halt. We sat at the very end of the runway (honestly yards from the lights/grass at the end) for a few minutes before the front door opened and a manually-operated set of stairs was waiting, alongside a couple of buses, and a sole ambulance and fire engine. The cabin crew played it off so nonchalantly, it made my dad and his friends (one of whom is married to a hostess on the same airline) laugh. Captain didn't make a "Thank you for flying" announcement though.

We had all of our luggage in our carry ons, so we got on the bus, got our rental car and off we went. We later found out that the other passengers had to wait something like three hours before they got their luggage.

Sure there wasn't explosions, but something very bad happened on that flight, and to this day I don't know what.


Grandpa Flipped The Plane Onto Its Side

I'm late to the party here, but my grandpa never tires of telling the story of when he crashed the plane he was piloting with my grandma, mother, and aunt and dog on board.

For time context this was the mid '80s, my mom and aunt were teenagers, but they were used to flying in the plane. They'd take it to the beach fairly often.

That's what they were doing this time as well, but for some reason as they were preparing to land in this tiny little airport. It was nothing more than a piece of flat grass land. The tower wouldn't contact them back (grandpa claims they were both out to lunch, but idk how true this was) so they just decided to land anyway. I think they didn't have the fuel to try and make it to another landing strip.

They manage to land but after about 3 seconds of taxi-ing down the runway, the front wheel hits this spot where the sod is torn up and the sand is exposed. The plane almost immediately flips and rolls over onto its side.

Luckily everyone aboard was smart enough to buckle up before hand, so no one was seriously hurt besides the dog that, grandpa claims, went flying and smashed into the windshield. The dog was apparently never "right" after that.

Everyone walked away shaken but fine, and as far as I know, no one has any fear or trepidation of flying in small craft now. They all handled it pretty well.


The Plane Started Sinking Into The Water

When I was in school, my head football coach, and his brother, who was also my science teacher had gotten a new boat. They were on the lake and a small plane with two passengers came to do a water landing.

Something went wrong and the plane flipped over when it hit the water and started sinking. My teacher and coach boated over and the coach jumped into the water and was able to pull a woman out of the plane, but I think the man who was in there died. My coach was pretty upset about it. 


A Friend Cartwheeled His Ultralight Plane

My friend had engine failure in his ultralight airplane. The back-seat passenger, who had never been in a small plane before, panicked and jammed his feet on the rudder pedals. My friend tried to turn the plane to land in a swamp (it was on floats), but because the rudder was jammed (didn't realize until too late), he caught a wing-tip and cartwheeled it. Totaled the plane, but everyone got walked away with minor injuries.


Heard A Loud Pop And Saw Smoke

I was taking lessons out of Yakima, WA to get my private pilot's license, and it was only my fifth hour up. We were flying into some heavy, gusty winds in a 1940s Luscomb, which was apparently struggling.

I remember pulling out of a bank and hearing a loud pop, and then seeing smoke billowing as the plane lost power. The instructor simply said, "Oh. My airplane." I had no idea what to do, or what I could do. I just took the two minutes or so (as we were gliding down) to text my mom and girlfriend, and wait. It was so surreal accepting that I might not walk away, and that gave me some closure and let me focus on the present.

We made it over a few small hills and an orchard before crash landing in an alfalfa field, at which point we quickly got out and asked if each other was alright. Not a whole lot of words exchanged throughout, but the feelings-train plowed me with a little bit of everything it had.


Dad Was Left Hanging Upside Down

My dad told me about the only crash he had during the 15 years he flew.

Right after he finished his flight training, he and a friend flew to a job interview in his friend's two-seat tail dragger. On the way back home they decided to land at a friend's farm. When they landed, the field was quite wet, and when they got back to the plane to depart, they found the tail wheel sunk into the mud. They thought about walking it to the road and taking off from there, but the pilot thought they would be okay if the farmer held the tail up long enough for them to start rolling. Once they get moving it was apparent they didn't have enough speed to takeoff before the fence line. They slowed down, turned to the right, and then hit the throttle again.

They got enough speed they got in the air, but they didn't realize they were in ground effect. They crossed over an eight-foot drainage ditch, which killed the lift. The wheels hit the muddy field on the other side, sunk in, and the plane flipped over it's nose onto it's back. It flipped slowly enough that when the pilot's seat belt broke, he wasn't injured. My dad was hanging upside down from his belt. Apparently his belt didn't break but stretched, and his head hit and broke the Plexiglas roof. They were no worse for wear, and were laughing about the crash. This happened in 1959, when he was 23. My dad still stays in touch with that guy.


A Plane Almost Hit The House

I haven't personally been in a plane crash, but I lived right on the side of a forest in California, and from our backyard we were watching a small green plane with two people in it flying dangerously close. It crashed a close distance from our house, almost hitting us. Firefighters had to rush to the scene and police had to keep reporters from getting in the way in our own backyard. It was terrifying. It turned out that two pilots in their early 20's were learning how to fly. You can still see the cross that the family put on the impact site. Still makes me sad.


The Tail-End Of It

It wasn't quite a plane crash, but I suspect it counts as close enough. I was taking off on a Southwest flight from San Diego. There was a big thud as we took off, and 15 seconds later the pilot announces we had a tail strike and would be emergency landing at LAX. All the passengers assumed that meant we hit a bird. In reality, we took off at too steep an angle and banged the tail on the ground.

The landing was rough as hell - someone hit his head on the roof. I understand tail strikes don't usually cause significant damage but this one did. We disembarked to see seven feet of stuff hanging out of the fuselage that didn't belong there, promptly freaking everyone out.



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<![CDATA[10 Behind-The-Scenes Horror Stories From Reality TV]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-behind-the-scenes-reality-television-stories/alexandra-plesa

By now, we should all know that reality TV often has little to do with actual, real reality. A lot of juicy moments are staged; people act surprised when they’ve known for a while what’s going to happen; and the audition to get on a famous show is often a long and daunting process. If you don’t believe it, there’s a Reddit thread that backs these claims right up. But despite all this, a lot of reality shows are still unbelievably addictive and incredibly entertaining to watch. Even (and maybe especially) when things go horribly wrong.

While for the average viewer an episode of The Bachelor, Survivor, or The Biggest Loser can look fairly enjoyable from afar, contestants often have a much more difficult time on set than they let on. The public scrutiny and desire to succeed can have devastating effects on their psyches. 

From participants forced to film long hours to people who died on reality shows or committed suicide after the fact, the list of horrifying behind-the-scenes stories from reality TV gets pretty grim. Here are the most unsettling behind-the-scenes reality TV stories. 


10 Behind-The-Scenes Horror Stories From Reality TV,

The Price Is Right Has Been Accused Of Mistreating The Models

The Price Is Right has received a long series of complaints over the years - including sexual harassment, racial discrimination, wrongful termination, and emotional abuse and intimidation.

Former host Bob Barker was sued by model Dian Parkinson. She claimed that she had been forced to have sex with Barker in order to keep her job before she was wrongfully fired, but she eventually dropped the suit. Another model, Holly Hallstrom, sued Barker claiming that she was fired from the show for gaining weight.

Deborah Curling, a contestant screener, filed a suit against Barker and the producers claiming racial discrimination, as well as sexual and mental harassment and abuse. After Barker’s departure in 2007, the complaints didn’t stop. In 2010, model Brandi Cochran sued the show, claiming she miscarried her child due to harsh treatment by producers who discouraged models from getting pregnant.


The Inclusion Of A Sex Offender Ended Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in 2014 after reports surfaced that June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo’s mother, was dating her ex-boyfriend, a man convicted of child molestation.

The man was convicted of aggravated child molestation of an 8-year-old in 2004. Moreover, Shannon's eldest daughter confirmed that she is the child who was molested by McDaniel 10 years earlier. Shannon denied the relationship.


Some Biggest Loser Contestants Approached The Brink Of Death During Filming

There's always been a lot of controversy surrounding The Biggest Loser - from viewers claiming that the trainers are too rough to critique revolving around what the contestants are allowed to eat and whether or not they take any supplements. Adding in the fact that most of the contestants go from being completely sedentary to immediately overwhelmed by exercise, things become problematic at best.

Over the years, several former contestants opened up about how rough they really had it during production:

  • “I was eating baby food. I’d wrap myself in garbage bags to sweat. We’d use the sauna for six hours a day. We stopped eating and drinking and would work out for four hours a day. People were passing out in the doctor’s office,” Suzanne Mendonca, who was on the show’s second season, said.
  • “My hair was falling out. My period stopped. I was only sleeping three hours a night,” Kai Hibbard, another contestant, claimed. She explained that the weight loss became detrimental to her health, but she was still being pushed to lose the pounds. She added that the series is a “fat-shaming disaster.”
  • The first Biggest Loser ever, Ryan Benson, said he was so malnourished after the show that he was urinating blood. Other contestants also claim that they often sustained injuries that weren’t shown on-screen.
  • Contestants are also cut off from their families and aren't allowed to be part of the outside world. Some also complained about unfair editing.

Models Were Treated Poorly On America's Next Top Model

Former America's Next Top Model contestant, Angelea Preston, sued Tyra Banks and the show in 2014 after she never received her grand prize. It turns out she won the contest, but she was disqualified for having been an escort. She also claimed that the show withheld medical treatment for at least 10 minutes during an anxiety attack in order to make for better television and that the show didn’t pay her minimum wage or provide meal and rest breaks.

Another contestant confirmed that shooting days are very long: “We’d get up at five in the morning, get home at midnight.”


A Lot Of Former Reality Contestants Commit Suicide

At the beginning of 2016, Lex McAllister, a competitor on Jake Pavelka's Bachelor season, was found dead after reportedly overdosing on pills. The death came only a few years after another contestant from the same season, Gia Allemand, hanged herself in August 2013. Julien Hug, who was a contestant on Bachelorette, also committed suicide in 2010.

Moreover, according to an article in the New York Post, 21 reality stars committed suicide in the span of a decade. The list includes former contestants on shows like Kitchen Nightmares, Storage Wars, and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.


A Contestant On Megan Wants A Millionaire Hung Himself After Allegedly Killing His Wife

Megan Wants a Millionaire was a short-lived dating show starring Megan Hauserman, in which 17 wealthy, single men competed for her love. Amongst the 17, however, was Ryan Alexander Jenkins. A man who, after Hauserman’s show had aired just three episodes, was accused of the murder of his wife.

Jenkins and swimsuit model Jasmine Fiore met after Jenkins finished filming for the reality show and got married two days after. She was found dead a few months later when her badly beaten body was discovered in a suitcase inside a dumpster. Jenkins was charged with Fiore's murder and an arrest warrant was issued, but he managed to elude police for a few days. He eventually hanged himself in a motel room.

If was later confirmed than Jenkins placed third in the dating show. However, Megan Wants a Millionaire was canceled shortly after the accusations were made.


The Discovery Channel Has Some Killer Military-Themed Shows

Four people have died during filming for Discovery Channel military-themed shows. A woman passed away in 2012 after being hit by 150mph smoke bombs at her husband's rifle range, which was the set of a TV show. The smoke bombs were used to create a haze, but they accidentally detonated and started flying through the air. The woman’s family filed a lawsuit for wrongful death, but it was later dismissed.

In 2013, three people died following a helicopter crash near Los Angeles while filming for a military-themed reality television show for the same channel. The crash occurred on a large ranch, just outside Angeles National Forest.


A Star of MTV’s Buckwild Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

MTV’s Buckwild was a reality TV show that followed nine people who did their best to enjoy life in the hills and hollows of West Virginia. After a pretty successful first season in 2013, the network decided to renew the show for a second installment. However, production was halted when the series’ star, Shain Gandee, was found dead along with two others in a car in West Virginia.

Gandee reportedly left a bar late one Saturday night with the two others to go “four-wheeling,” or “mudding,” an activity featured several times on the show. The three were found dead in a Ford Bronco that was partially submerged in mud. The truck’s muffler was completely covered in mud, and the three died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. The MTV show was canceled.


Helicopters Crashed, Killing 10 People During Filming For A French Reality Show

In 2015, two helicopters carrying French sports stars filming for a new reality show, Dropped, crashed in a remote part of Argentina. The helicopters collided in midair, after which an explosion occurred. Ten people were killed, including two Olympic medal winners and a sailing champion.

The show’s premise was to drop celebrities into a hostile environment and leave them to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, producers took the "drop" part of the process way too far. Needless to say, the show was canceled.


Two Contestants Died While Filming French Survivor

Back in 2013, a season of the French version of Survivor was canceled after one of the contestants actually died while filming. The contestant was only 25 years old. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gerald Babin died after suffering cardiac arrest during the first day of filming. He was part of a group that jumped from a boat and participated in a tug of war. He started complaining of cramps shortly after these actions were filmed and was airlifted to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away shortly thereafter.

But the horror story doesn’t end there. It seems like the doctor who was supervising the contestants committed suicide following Babin’s death. “These last few days my name has been smeared in the media. Unjust accusations and assumptions were uttered against me. Having to rebuild this destroyed reputation seems unbearable to me, so this is my only possible choice,” the doctor wrote in his suicide note. Production of the show later resumed, and Koh-Lanta is still on the air.



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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:15:52 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/horrifying-behind-the-scenes-reality-television-stories/alexandra-plesa
<![CDATA[10 World Leaders Who Were Outrageously Abusive To Their Staffs]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-historical-leaders-who-treated-their-staff-terribly/stephanroget

Power does interesting things to people. Whether power truly corrupts, or whether positions of power just happen to attract terrible people, time and time again we see historical figures who were terrible bosses and treated their staffs terribly. History is littered with dictators, despots, and military strongmen who terrorized their people, their countries, and the rest of the world.

However, it isn’t just the dictators who abuse their positions of power. More mundane world leaders can express their power in some very interesting ways, ranging from the petty to the outright dickish. As the unfortunate individuals who live to serve these world leaders’ every whims, the staff and servants are often the ones who suffer the most directly from their bosses’ predilections towards prickery. One can find all sorts of examples of powerful people who couldn’t help but mistreat their own staffs, as if gaining power over an entire country wasn’t enough confirmation of their self worth. It seems that no level of personal accomplishment can truly satisfy a bully.


10 World Leaders Who Were Outrageously Abusive To Their Staffs,

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is well-known for emancipating the slaves and initiating the Civil War, no doubt a product of his time but also a pretty progressive seeming fellow. Nobody expects Lincoln to have modern views on race, but some would still be shocked to discover exactly how the President expressed his views. Lincoln didn’t exactly treat his black servants or employees with respect, as he was known to frequently direct the N-word at whatever and whomever he pleased. Lincoln may have freed the slaves, but he still wasn’t a great boss for a black person to have.


Benjamin Netanyahu

Lots of world leaders have mistreated their servants, but few have actually been officially reprimanded for it. Benjamin Netanyahu, the current Prime Minister of Israel, is controversial for his actions against the Palestinians, but his wife is controversial for her abuse of their staff. Sara Netanyahu was charged with frequently raging against household staff and “creating an abusive work environment,” and she was found guilty. Israel’s government had to foot the bill in the settlement for her abuse, and it didn’t exactly help Netanyahu’s popularity in the polls.


Christian VII of Denmark

Christian VII was the King of Denmark in the late 1700s. Although he had lots of peculiarities - showing signs of "mental illness - from a young age, he had a really strange way of mistreating his servants. Christian VII had a habit of randomly slapping people, including his advisors, servants, and anyone else he felt like slapping. Nobody could really do anything about this or Christian’s other habit of compulsively masturbating all over the place. Not the best boss to work for in history.


Frederick William I of Prussia

King Frederick William I of Prussia is not a household name, but he ruled the empire for over 50 years. He was known as the Soldier King and perhaps he took that nickname a little too seriously. Like an ill-supervised child, Frederick had some toy pistols fashioned that fired hard chunks of salt, which he just loved to run around shooting people with. Anyone present in the King’s palace was fair game for his target-shooting, meaning his own servants were often covered in welts and forced to put up with his surely intolerable giggling.


Herbert Hoover

President Herbert Hoover and his wife might just take the cake for the weirdest abuse of their staff. While they occupied the White House, the Hoovers expected their servants to be as "invisible" as possible. This didn’t mean they simply wanted them to be quiet; it meant they wanted them to literally hide whenever they heard the Hoovers coming. Staff had to jump into closets and hide under tables whenever the President and his wife came into a room, which couldn't have made for the most comfortable working environment.


John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy is generally beloved. He’s one of America’s most popular Presidents and was one of the first true "celebrity" politicians. JFK’s tragic assassination sealed him as a national icon, but it's also resulted in the overshadowing of some of his less-inspiring traits. JFK was a notorious ladies’ man, and his sexual adventures directly affected his staff. The women of both he and his wife’s staff were almost all the targets of the President’s insatiable lust - he's remembered to have said "If I don’t have sex every day, I get a headache” - and the men had to work double-time to cover everything up.


Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon Johnson isn't remembered for his acts of kindness. As the man who had the misfortune of succeeding JFK (AKA one of the most popular American leaders ever) and the responsibility of presiding over the majority of the Vietnam War, he had a lot on his plate, and being Mr. Nice Guy just didn't make the cut. However, there are definitely some more personal reasons for LBJ’s reputation as a jerk.

Johnson liked to establish dominance over people - including his staff and White House reporters - in some peculiar ways, including pulling his penis out at random and forcing folks to meet with him while he pooped. This didn’t involve a stall, mind you, but one or more people standing right beside the President as he sat on his throne.


Saparmurat Niyazov

Saparmurat Niyazov is one of the lesser-known dictators of the world, sort of like a D-list Vladimir Putin. Niyazov, who ruled over Turkmenistan until 2006, was certifiably insane, and while he committed several actual war crimes, he also expressed his terribleness in some downright annoying treatment of his employees. Niyazov wrote a book that he was particularly proud of, so he made it a requirement of all government servants to memorize every word of it. They had to do this while also keeping up with his increasingly bizarre demands, which included the construction of an ice palace in the middle of the dessert.


Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill is a beloved wartime leader of Britain, but no one can accuse him of being an overly handsome man. That’s why it’s especially disconcerting that Churchill often forced his employees to watch him walk around in the nude, fresh from a bath, while he dictated notes to them. Churchill apparently felt at ease letting it all hang out around the office, but it’s hard to believe anyone else shared his comfort with it. Even President Roosevelt saw him naked during an infamous and surely awkward chance meeting.


Anna Ioannova Ran Her Servants' Lives Like A Soap Opera

Unlike some other bad bosses, Anna I, Empress of Russia, really seemed to enjoy her servants. That was kind of the problem - Anna really enjoyed them too much. Anna made her servants do all sorts of stuff for her amusement, including arranging fights between them that resembled modern professional wrestling. She even forced her servants into arranged marriages with each other, like some sort of fan of reality television who manages to become directly involved in the outcome of the show. She managed to do all of these things was when she wasn’t busy releasing live animals into her palace for her to shoot, woman of many passions that she was.



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Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:47:00 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/famous-historical-leaders-who-treated-their-staff-terribly/stephanroget
<![CDATA[14 Insane Stories From The Strange Life of Werner Herzog]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/insane-werner-herzog-stories/anncasano

Despite the thousands of tales about the lengths to which filmmakers go over the course of a production, there's no doubt Werner Herzog is among the most insane movie directors in the history of cinema. Here you shall find a few of the most buckwild Herzog tales ever told.

Herzog considers filmmaking a contact sport. He demands his crew be in tip-top shape and willing to risk their lives. He doesn’t like to work in a studio, he wants the perils of a dangerous environment to invoke spontaneity. He lives for the challenge of the elements, feeling a controlled environment kills an actor’s performance. The unhinged German auteur makes films he believes are meaningful, ones that criticize humanity and force the audience to question everything.

Many of Herzog's films created so much behind-the-scenes movie drama they deserved their own making-of documentary. From plotting to kill one of his actors, to filming a volcano about to erupt, to hypnotizing his entire cast; wildman Werner Herzog will stop at nothing to finish a film.

There are so many legendary, confirmed tales about the prolific German director. Read about all the crazy Werner Herzog stories below, then let us know your favorites in the comments section.


14 Insane Stories From The Strange Life of Werner Herzog,

He's Way Into WrestleMania, Calling It "Evil Uninterrupted By Commercials"

It's a mistake to think true artists use their free time to nothing but arty stuff.

We all know the WWE is nothing more than staged fighting and scripted feuds between hulky, athletic actors in a roped cage. And perhaps this is why Herzog is fascinated by professional wrestling. He compared WrestleMania to a Greek drama during a 2002 interview with The Austin Chronicle:

"It's fascinating because something very crude, something very raw is emerging. A very raw, primitive form of new drama is being born, as primitive and crude as it must have been in the earlier Greek times before Sophocles and before Euripides, when something like this emerged for the public eye. I do believe that what is fascinating about WrestleMania is the stories around it: the dramas between the owner of the whole show and his son, who are feuding, and his wife in the wheelchair who is blind, and he is then showing up in the ring with four girls who have huge, fake boobs, and he is fondling them.

This is almost sort of an ancient Greek drama -- evil uninterrupted by commercials. So, what does it say? It says that this sort of thing is more important that the fight itself (which of course is all staged and all manipulated). And that's very interesting to me because apparently the emergence of a new drama has been understood by these people who invented WrestleMania."


He Was Obsessed With The Anna Nicole Show And Forced Roger Ebert To Watch It

You might not expect an artist like Werner Herzog to get wrapped up in the minutia of popular culture, or be a fan of reality television. But he really dug The Anna Nicole Show. In fact, Herzog got so caught up with the reality program insisted Roger Ebert start watching it, too.

During a sit down with Interview Magazine, Herzog explained his fascination:

"That was one of the reasons why I insisted that Roger Ebert, whose judgment and whose caliber I love–I love this great soldier of cinema more than I can even tell you–I said to him, 'Roger, you have to watch the Anna Nicole Smith show.' There's something big about it, a big shift in the wider public's concept of female beauty, in how vulgarity is invading everyday life more than ever before. And he said, 'No, never in my life.' But then he watched it."


He Got Shot During An Interview And Quipped "It Is Not a Significant Bullet"

During an interview with British film critic Mark Kermode, promoting his film Grizzly Man on top of a scenic overlook in Los Angeles, Herzog was shot by an air rifle bullet. Instead of reacting like a normal person with total shock and fear, Herzog barely reacted at all, calmly asking, "what was that?"

Of course, most would cringe and maybe even go to the hospital in such a situation. But this is Herzog, who refused to stop the interview. While showing off the fresh wound on this stomach, Herzog belittled the air rifle stating, "it is not a significant bullet." The director even requested the crew doing the interview not bother to chase the shooter.


He Threatened To Shoot Kinski Then Himself If The Actor Walked Away From Aguirre

Here's another Herzog/Kinski battle royale from My Best Fiend. During the incredibly difficult production of Aguirre, the Wrath of God, about an insane Spanish soldier (Kinki) in search of gold, Herzog was not getting the performance he wanted out of Kinski. The director thought the best way to find gold in Kinski's art was to rile the performer up before shooting a scene.

Herzog's agitation pushed Kinksi over the edge and, in a state of tremendous agitation over noises crew members and extras were making in a nearby hut, the actor grabbed a gun and fired three bullets, one of which blew off the top joint of an extra's finger. He then declared he was done with the movie. Herzog picked up a gun (maybe the same one, maybe another, why are there so many guns on this set?) and told the out-of-control actor if he left he would shoot him and himself. The ultimatum worked; the pair went on to complete the masterpiece, which Roger Ebert called, "one of the great haunting visions of the cinema."

The story is obviously legendary. But would Herzog have shot Kinksi if the actor walked away from the production? The German director confirmed just how serious the threat was in the DVD commentary section of the film. "I would have shot him, there was no doubt and the bastard understood it was not a joke. I just out-gutted him and was more determined than he was. After that he behaved for like ten days."


He Walked 425 Miles From Munich to Paris In An Attempt To Save A Friend's Life

We all do something to help friends when they're sick. For most, it's bringing them hot soup or keeping them company. For Herzog, it's walking from Munich to Paris, a distance of about 425 miles, in the heart of winter. Why not take a train or car? The director felt his intense three-month journey would help bring his severely ill friend, 78-year-old film critic Lotte H. Eisner, back to good health.

Herzog carried basics with him and stuck to back roads. He even kept a diary to record his treacherous 1974 journey through rain, ice, and snow. He later turned the diary into a book called Of Walking in Ice. Here's an excerpt, in which he curses the weather:

"Then snow, snow, rainy snow, snowy rain; I curse Creation. What for? I’m so utterly soaked that I avoid people by crossing sodden meadows, in order to save myself from facing them. Confronting the villages I stand ashamed. Confronting the children I change my face to look like one of the community."

In the book Herzog on Herzog, the director wrote about his philosophical love of walking. 

"Traveling on foot has nothing to do with exercise. [W]hen I am walking I fall deep into dreams. I float through fantasies and find myself inside unbelievable stories. I literally walk through whole novels and films, and football matches. I do not even look at where I am stepping, but I never lose my direction.”

Perhaps Herzog's arduous trek made a difference. Eisner didn't die until 1983; she lived nearly 10 years after Herzog's journey.


His Plot To Murder Friend And Collaborator Klaus Kinski Was Thwarted By A Dog

Herzog and legendary German actor Klaus Kinski (who appeared in more than 200 films) made five movies together, despite an extremely contentious relationship. Herzog admitted in his documentary My Good Fiend (1999) that he planned to set fire to Kinki's house because he had grown so enraged by the actor's abusive, diva-like onset antics. His plan was thwarted, however, when Kinksi's dog attacked him.

Herzog tried to explain their tumultuous relationship during an interview after the premiere of his Fiend at the Cannes Film Festival. "We had a great love, a great bond, but both of us planned to murder each other. Klaus was one of the greatest actors of the century, but he was also a monster and a great pestilence. Every single day I had to think of new ways of domesticating the beast."

It seems Herzog wasn't the only one who had issues with Klaus:

"My crew would almost mutiny when they heard that Klaus was on board. They would say, 'How could you do this do us? We can't take this man a minute longer'. I don't like the term wild man, but Dennis Hopper was in the kindergarten compared with Klaus. I remember scenes where Klaus was attacked, and how the other actors used to take such pleasure in punching and kicking him. He was often quite badly hurt.'"


He Hypnotized Actors For Heart Of Glass To Achieve "Collective Madness"

In 1976, Herzog wanted to try something totally new and strange. Naturally, he hypnotized almost the entire cast of his drama Heart of Glass, a film about the importance of art. He explained the method behind his madness: "This will be done for reasons of stylization and not for reasons of total manipulation...this use of hypnosis could give us access to our inner state of mind, starting from a new perspective.”

Herzog felt the stylization fit the theme of the movie, which he described as "collective madness." The simple plot of the film, about a glassmaker who takes his secret of how to make ruby glass to the grave with him, is rather pointless. There isn't a beginning, middle, or a proper end to the narrative. 

Famed critic Roger Ebert, who gave the film four stars, described the zombie-like characters in his review for the movie:

"The dialogue which they repeat under hypnosis is pronounced with a dread certainty. It lacks life and individuality. Is this how hypnotized people speak? Not necessarily. Usually they speak more like--themselves. Eerily, it occurs to me that what we may actually be hearing are the intonations of Herzog's own voice as he hypnotized them and told them what to say. He is acting through them. He removes all individuality from the performances. He removes all self-awareness. These are not 'characters,' although they have distinct characteristics. They are men who have had their souls taken from them by the failure of their work. With nothing to do and nothing to hope for, they no longer have the will to survive."

Despite the melancholy of the movie and the fact that it lacked a cohesive plot, it received a very favorable 89% critic rating from Rottentomatoes.com. Herzog and Alan Greenberg, a young filmmaker who also worked on the project, wrote a book about the making of Heart of Glass in 2012 called "Every Night the Trees Disappear: Werner Herzog and the Making of Heart of Glass."


His Crew Pulled A 360-Ton Boat Over A Mountain On A Shoot Where Someone Lost A Foot

There really is no level of sacrifice Herzog isn't willing to make for his art, even if it means risking his life and those of his crew. In Fitzcarraldo (1982), shot on location in South American jungles, a madman (Klaus Kinski, unsurprisingly) completely obsessed with opera, decides to build an opera house in the middle of the jungle. The only way he can succeed is by dragging a large boat over a mountain so he can cross a river. The plot is more complicated than that, there's rubber plantations and other colonial aspects at play, but suffice it to say, for opera he must do the ship. 

There are a number of ways Herzog could have filmed the scene of Fitzcarraldo and a thousand natives dragging the boat over the mountain. He could have used special effects, or filmed in a studio lot. But this is Herzog, and he wanted the film to appear as authentic as possible, so if that meant actually dragging a real 360-ton boat up a steep slope in the jungle, then that's what he would do. Special effects be damned! 

Like many of Herzog's films, the making of Fitzcarraldo (which spent three years in pre-production) was so interesting it warranted its own documentary, Burden of Dreams (1982). In the doc, viewers learn all about just how difficult and scarring the experience was for the film's cast and crew. One crew member lopped off his own foot with a chainsaw after being bitten by a deadly snake. There's also a story about how there was a 70% chance the cables holding the boat would snap while it was getting pulled up the mountain. Even though dozens of lives were at stake, Herzog went along with the plan anyway.


He Ate His Shoe After Losing A Bet And Made A Short Film About It

Have you ever said you'll eat your shoe if something crazy happens? For example, "I'll eat my shoe if Donald Trump actually gets elected president." While the expression may be just a saying to most, it got literal for Herzog. The director is friends with Errol Morris, who wanted to make a documentary called Gates of Heaven, about a pet cemetery in California. Herzog made a bet with Morris that meant eating his own shoe if the movie ever got made. 

It's important to note Morris was a student at the time, and Herzog thought he was extremely talented. The bet was more about lighting a fire under Morris, to convince him do whatever he needed to complete the project. The incentive worked and Morris completed Gates of Heaven in 1978.

In turn, Herzog decided to make a documentary about the bet called Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. In the 20-minute film, Herzog flavors his leather shoe with some herbs and puts it in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes at one of the first screenings of Morris's doc. He then eats the shoe in front of an audience. It's a surreal and humorous  short, and even includes a rant about the perils of television shows like Bonanza, against which he believes filmmakers should declare holy war. 


He Hypnotizes Chickens And Fears "The Enormity Of Their Flat Brains"

Werner Herzog doesn't mind telling you exactly how he feels about chickens. He finds "their stupidity just overwhelming." But that doesn't mean he won't hypnotize them. "By the way, it's very easy to hypnotize a chicken. They're very prone to hypnosis," he says. 

During a Reddit AMA with fellow filmmakers Joshua Oppenheimer and Errol Morris, who Herzog collaborated with on the The Act of Killing (2012), the director explained his process of hypnotizing fowl. "Calm the chicken down. Put its beak on the floor, and then, with determination, draw a line of chalk away from it. Release the chicken, and you will see it will be hypnotized."



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Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:32:27 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/insane-werner-herzog-stories/anncasano
<![CDATA[9 Valuable Pieces of Artwork That Were Found Being Used As Everyday Items]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/artwork-used-as-everyday-items/josh-wingo

People randomly come across valuable items all the time at garage sales or in relatives' attics – popular shows like American Pickers and Antiques Roadshow are built around this exciting prospect. Sometimes, though, a significant item can go unnoticed, and you can suddenly find out that the thing you've been using to fix that wobble in your kitchen table for the past decade is a lost piece or artwork or history that’s hundreds, maybe thousands of years old.

But what’s actually more impressive? An artifact existing for a thousand years in some stuffy museum or one that makes it through a couple years of not falling off your mantle or getting chewed by your dog?  Maybe we should all be grateful not just that there are forgotten pieces of priceless art out there that survive the test of time, but that there are antiquities that somehow manage to survive the rigors of everyday home use.  

Read on to go on a global tour of the most shocking and valuable pieces of art to have been found in the most unexpected, unassuming places.


9 Valuable Pieces of Artwork That Were Found Being Used As Everyday Items,

The Long-Lost Painting Used As A Prop in Stuart Little

Gergely Barki was watching Stuart Little with his daughter in 2009 when he noticed a familiar looking painting in the background of the set. Though being a researcher at Hungary’s national gallery in Budapest did give Barki an advantage over the average parent, it's reasonable to wonder whether he had to question if he actually saw what he thought he saw, or if Stuart Little had finally driven him insane. 

The painting was Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Róbert Berény, a Hungarian artist, and it had been missing since the 1920s. It resurfaced when a set designer for Stuart Little found it for “next to nothing” at an antiques shop in Pasadena, California. Barki was able to finally get a hold of the set designer, who had been hanging the painting on her own wall before eventually selling it to a private collector. The painting has since been returned to Hungary for auction. 


The 17th-Century TV Chest

A French engineer, after taking up residence in London, bought an antique Japanese chest for £100 at a private sale in 1970. He put his TV on top of it and used it to store drinks - pretty convenient, eh? He owned the chest for the rest of his life and even took it with him when he retired back to France in 1986. 

When the man died, the chest was cataloged with the rest of his belongings that were being cleared out for auction. That was when someone noticed that the chest looked an awful lot like another chest, one that had been missing for about seventy years.   

It turns out the engineer’s TV stand was built in 1640 by a Japanese master craftsman; there are only ten others like it in the world.  It was built on commission for the Dutch East India Company and passed through the hands of cardinals, dukes, and a famous poet before disappearing in 1941. It finally re-emerged almost three quarters of a century later in the living room of an unnamed Frenchman.  It now resides in Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, after being bought at auction for a cool £6.3 million.


The 1,000-Year-Old Bowl Bought For $3.00

Browsing a garage sale in 2007, one New York family came across a nice looking ceramic bowl that they bought for $3. They took the bowl home and displayed it on their mantle, where it sat for several years until someone noticed that it looked rather old and decided to have it appraised. The family was probably pretty excited to find that this was no ordinary $3 bowl. It was from the Northern Song Dynasty in China and 1,000 years old, one of only two now known to exist in the world. 

If you are wondering whether or not history like that has a price, it does. The bowl was auctioned in 2013 at Sotheby’s in New York, and purchased for $2.2 million by Giuseppe Eskenazi, an Oriental Art dealer in London. 


The Ancient Egyptian Bronze Cat Used As A Fireplace Decoration

Doreen Liddell kept a small bronze bust of a cat next to the fireplace at her home in Cornwall. Her family assumed that it was a cheap imitation, and when Doreen died, they were going to throw it in the trash. However, David Lay, an auctioneer that had been hired to clear out the house, noticed the cat and decided to take it back to his office for a closer look.

After closer examination, it was discovered that the bust was a 2,500 year old Egyptian relic. Amazingly enough, it survived all those years next to the fireplace. When Lay took the news to the family, it was discovered that Doreen’s late husband had at one point been the managing director of Spink and Son, a historic art dealer in London. This connection led some to believe that the bust may have once belonged to Howard Carter, who discovered King Tut’s tomb, as Spink and Son had been responsible for the sale of Carter’s estate in 1939.


The 18th-Century Scottish Bust Found Propping Open A Shed Door

In 1998, Scottish Highlands Councilor Maxine Smith was looking for an old provost's robes on an estate when she was directed towards an old shed. She discovered the shed door propped open by a nice looking bust. Smith immediately noticed that it was an oddly expensive-looking thing to be holding open a shed door, and she reported to other members of the Scottish Highlands Council “that there's a bunch of stuff that looks like it's worth a lot of money” in the shed, worried about someone stealing it. 

Smith turned out to be right. They soon found that the bust was Highland laird and MP Sir John Gordon, carved in 1728 by a French sculptor named Edme Bouchardon. Initially, it was said to be worth about £200,000, but it's more accurately valued at £1.4 million. It's also on display at the Louvre, a far cry from its humble origins.


The 3,000-Year-Old Canopic Jar Used As A Garden Gnome

When a Dorset, England man’s uncle passed away, he received a few of his belongings. One of those items was a terracotta jar that the man regarded as nothing more than “a lump of stone.” The jar then spent the next twenty years alternating between the front porch and a garden shed. However, twenty years in an old man’s garden is nothing when you consider that the jar had come from Egypt and was actually over 3,000 years old.

After all of that time looking at the “lump of stone,” Mr. Dorset finally started to notice that it had a face on top and that it looked “a bit Egyptian.” So he took it in to have it valued and discovered that his garden gnome was older than Jesus Christ. In fact, it dated back to the era of the pharaohs - it was an Egyptian canopic jar that would have been used to store organs for mummification. 


The 3,500-Year-Old Dagger Used As A Doorstep

A farmer in the UK was plowing his field around Norfolk when he dug up a bent piece of metal. It must not have looked that significant, but it was at least interesting enough for the farmer to decide to take it home and use it as a stop for his office door. Twelve years passed this way, and for one reason or another, the farmer finally decided to throw the thing out but not before his friend suggested that he get it checked by archeologists. 

Luckily for history nerds everywhere, the farmer did have it looked at, and he discovered that his doorstop was actually a 3,500 year old ceremonial dagger. There has only been one other dagger like it found in the UK and only six in the rest of Europe. The researchers believe it was bent on purpose as part of a ritual and would not have been used in actual combat. The dagger is now on display at the Norwich Castle Museum.


The 2,400-Year-Old Persian Cup Used For Target Practice

John Webber’s grandfather was a scrap metal dealer in Taunton, England. When John’s father died in World War II, he and his mother went to live his grandfather, and it was around that time that grandpa gave John a metal cup. John thought that the brass cup was worthless, and it was mostly used as a target for his pellet gun before being stuffed into a shoebox under his bed.

Sixty years later, while moving, John rediscovered the cup and decided to take it to an expert at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire to have it examined. There, the cup was tested, and researchers concluded that it was from the Middle East and nearly 2,400 years old. They also found that the former pellet gun target, previously believed to be made of brass, was actually made from a solid sheet of gold. 


The 2,700 Year Old Egyptian Statue Being Used As A Bike Rack

No one would find it shocking to stumble across an ancient piece of history in a museum. (Unless you’ve made a series of terrible decisions and are literally stumbling over an ancient piece of history, that is.) You might be surprised, however, to discover – as happened in the case of a museum in Southampton, England – that you're leaning your bikes against a valuable piece of history.

An old statue sat in the cellar of the God’s House Tower museum for almost a century, used by the museum’s staff as a makeshift bike rack. It had been there so long that no one really knew where it had even come from or what it was. When two Egyptologists paid a visit to the museum they noticed the figure behind a row of bicycles and decided to have it checked out. What they found was that the staff’s “bike rack” was a 2,700 year old carving of the Egyptian king Taharqa. The statue has since been moved, hopefully to a museum where people take the bus.



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Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:37:25 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/artwork-used-as-everyday-items/josh-wingo
<![CDATA[Flight Attendants Describe Their Worst In-Flight Experiences]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/flight-attendant-stories/amandasedlakhevener

Flight attendants do more than serve pretzels and small cans of soda: they inform passengers of safety measures, break up mid-air fights, and handle a number of other delicate tasks while dealing with turbulence at 30,000 feet. All of this results in some interesting tales about life working up in the friendly skies.

These flight attendant stories, as chronicled on Reddit, include some of the scariest things that these vital employees have witnessed. After reading the flight attendant stories here, you'll think twice about slamming that button for service.


Flight Attendants Describe Their Worst In-Flight Experiences,

Broken Nose Over An Armrest

I am a flight attendant for AA. A few months ago, two men sitting next to each other started getting very physical over the arm rest. It escalated quickly and one guy ended up having his nose broken. As if this weren't stressful enough, there was a pregnant women near them that obviously was in danger of a stray punch. On the street, you can just walk away, but its quite terrifying when everyone looks at you to sort it out!


The Police Had To Be Called

Very long story short, we had to board and deplane the same group of 183 passengers four times on three different planes over a span of six hours. The problem was when OPS canceled the flight at one point only to reinstate it even though passenger bags had already been sent to baggage claim.

As we were boarding the last time it took too long because of the logistics of it, that the flight attendants timed out. The second time it canceled passengers were irate, throwing their bags, breaking seats, swearing, crying; it was so bad that the police had to be called. Before the police showed up we started to deplane yet again. As each person walked past us I was afraid they would throw a punch at us. I couldn't sleep right for two weeks because I felt so horrible and stressed over the whole situation.


Another Plane Was Shot Down While In Flight

One of my best friends is a flight attendant, and she was flying to Dubai (so was somewhere over the Middle East) when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over Ukraine. They cut all the news channels, and customers were asking about it. Then all of the crew were called to meet and they were just told "a plane has been shot down, we don't know much but in case any passengers have found out and ask we didn't want you to find out through them."


An Unscheduled Landing Took Place

I'm a pilot, but I was deadheading and sitting in the jump-seat while hearing cockpit warnings going off, until the captain called the FA on inter phone and told her we're making an "unscheduled landing."

They were getting low oil pressure indications for one of the engines, it ended up being rather uneventful, but at the time, only having been at the airline a few months, it was both exciting and stressful.


All In A Day's Work

I think what scared me the most was passenger medical emergencies. Sure, we're first aid trained, but when you're in a little metal tube, hurdling thousands of miles through the air, there's only so much you can do. I think the worst I've dealt with was a heart attack, but thankfully we had a doctor on board. In fact, for nearly every medical emergency I've dealt with, there was some kind of medical personnel on board to assist. Not sure if I'm just lucky or there's a hell of a lot of doctors, nurses, and paramedics out there.

The scariest thing that happened to me might have been hitting the ceiling during unexpected turbulence. Just to be clear, turbulence doesn't scare me while I'm strapped into my seat, but it can be a little nerve racking without a seatbelt. Thankfully, I just came out with some bumps and bruises, but I have friends who have gotten serious spinal and/or head injuries from similar situations.

Other than those, I've had bird strikes, lightning strikes, hydraulic leaks, landing gear issues, engine failures, aborted take-offs, missed approaches, smoke in the cabin, passenger disturbances, and I'm sure many more things that I can't remember at the moment. But it's all in a days work.


Fumes In The Cabin

When I flew in the Navy (was Aircrew, not pilot), we had smoke and fumes in the cabin. One of our batteries was pouring smoke out of it, while we were over the Pacific about halfway to Hawaii. Luckily we caught it in time to prevent thermal runaway, but just barely.

We were preparing to drop the battery out of the radio access door on the bottom of the plane by dropping to below 10,000 feet, where I'd strap in using a harness specifically for that task, and drop the battery out of the hatch. By that time we had already made it to Hawaii. Never have I seen so many emergency vehicles in one place. The emergency crew ran over, yanked the battery out, and threw it in a big barrel of water.


The Plane Was Struck By Lightning

Once during a very turbulent and stormy flight the captain had just asked us to take our seats when our plane got struck by lightning. There was a loud thump and I saw a flash of light that didn't come through the window. I knew that this usually doesn't cause any problems but it was scary. I sat on my jump-seat and recited all my procedures and commands in my head until we landed (which thankfully was in maybe 15 minutes).


Grandma Was Dead The Whole Time

My mother was a flight attendant for 26 years, and the strangest thing that happened to her (besides the frequent "sir, please, you have to stop masturbating") was an elderly woman who got rolled on the plane with her granddaughters (in their 20s).

My mom immediately noticed something was off, as people in wheel chairs need to be taken on to the plane ahead of time. The granddaughters would not leave her, not so weird, but the grandma was asleep so she couldn't answer questions. Eventually, they try get her on the plane, with much convincing from the daughters. Turns out, halfway through the flight, they discover the woman is dead. When the plane landed everyone got interrogated to make sure she died "naturally," and it turned out the granddaughters knew the whole time and we're just trying to get her to America cause moving dead bodies internationally is difficult. They almost got away with it if it wasn't for those meddling flight attendants.


Weather Delays Cause Problems

Honestly, my most terrifying moments on the job are when things go a little crazy with weather and delays. I'm then strapped into a seat with a large amount of angry, sometimes aggressive, and possibly rude passengers. Most are great, but I can't describe the feeling of knowing one of them is about to become a sh*t-starter. I get nervous every time and start going over what I'm going to do and say when they get out-of-hand. I've yet to actually remove anyone, but I've asked people if they are fit to continue to fly or if they need to get off the plane.

Other than that, it's usually dandy.

I did once have to divert mid-flight because a super large (300+ lbs and 6'4 or so) 74-year-old-man decided to fly a week after having a heart attack. He also suffered from COPD. Needless to say this situation turned into what I described above with many people being upset about the medical emergency delay. Sigh. At least the guy lived.


Ice Was Built Up Behind the Propellers

There was freezing rain in Ottawa one night and due to the direction of the rain it fell behind the prop covers. Freezing there overnight, it was missed during de-icing. As soon as we took off I felt the entire plane rattling. I watched my coffee cup dance as it sat in a cup holder in front of me. I remember the plane leveling off very quickly, and then the blinking red light came on and EMERGENCY lit up on the panel.

We went through the TEST briefing and the captain sounded incredibly stressed, though he did say it would be a non-emergency landing.

We landed without incident, and later found over two pounds of ice built up behind the props, and four oz. was considered bad for balancing.

I was two weeks on the job, and I remember being so calm and accepting in the air. On the ground, after debriefing, however, I finished a pitcher in five minutes.



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Wed, 13 Apr 2016 09:53:24 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/flight-attendant-stories/amandasedlakhevener
<![CDATA[18 Hotel Employees Reveal What Really Happens Behind The Scenes]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hotel-employee-behind-the-scenes-true-stories/matt-manser

If you've ever been on a vacation, a business trip, or needed a place to spend the night with someone you're not supposed to, chances are you've been to a hotel. But do you know what really happens at hotels? For instance, how well do they really clean your rooms? And are they secretly going through all your stuff? Some hotel workers decided to spill the beans online, and when hotel employees tell all, we get to pass the best ones onto you.

So if you want to know why you should bring a black-light on your next hotel visit, check out these true stories from hotel workers. 


18 Hotel Employees Reveal What Really Happens Behind The Scenes,

Housekeeping Works Even Harder Than You Think

Housekeeping works their ass off.

We had a high turnover one Saturday and they asked people to come in to help strip rooms (take all the sheets off and put them in bags with the towels to be cleaned) to make it quicker for them to get the cleaning done. I work in conference sales & services but went in on my day off to help, and I wanted to cry within an hour.

I was sweaty, tired, and even with gloves I felt gross. My whole body was sore. We literally were doing such a small part of what housekeeping does every single day. Even as a hotel employee for many years now I truly had no idea. Tip your housekeepers, please, they work so hard.


Word Of Bad Guests Gets Around

Hotels talk to each other. I'm not sure if this is a thing in all cities, but in the city where I used to work if you're a belligerent SOB and need to be kicked out or if you were a nuisance and asked to extend your stay and we just happen to be 'sold-out,' once you leave we send out a mass email to all hotels in the city with your name and a description of your appearance. When I used to work at a hotel front desk we would get 'reports' from other hotels weekly.


"Do Not Dusturb" Is Taken Seriously

If you have a 'do not disturb' sign on your door, we technically are not allowed to even knock on your door, even if you just called down and asked us to bring you something.


They Know A Cheater When They See One

We know you're cheating on your wife. Don't get me wrong, we don't care. But don't bother making up a back-story when you're paying in cash one-to-two times a week in the town you live in.


They Know What You're Watching

I wish people understood how detailed the pay-per-view TV systems are.

"OH? You want to dispute that $15 charge because you didn't even watch it? Let me see.... oh yes... You ordered Debby Does Dallas and watched for 35 minutes the first time... and then 17 minutes the second time..."


Those Curtains Haven't Been Cleaned In A While

We wash the duvets every month and only wash curtains every quarter. If someone urinates on the bed we'll clean it and then lay it out in the sun to air out/kill bacteria.


The Bell Desk Isn't Going Through Your Stuff

I run the bell-desk at a hotel on the strip. No one ever goes through your belongings. Ever.

People usually misplace their items and blame my team member who helped them but after looking at surveillance video and seeing nothing out of the ordinary, that usually prompts people to take a closer look and they usually find what they had misplaced.


They Keep Notes On You

We keep extensive notes on you. Occupation, kids, anything we can use to tailor our interactions specifically to you.

We also keep extensive notes on every dick-ish thing you've ever done. Scream at me or my coworker? I'm writing a long-ass note in your profile while you're still yelling at me. Then when you try to spin it in your post-stay survey, I can point my manager to the detailed and objective note I wrote about why you're an a**hole.

But we also put in the nice comments. :)


They Know The Dirty Sh*t You're Up To

We know you're looking at porn. You're not going to sit there and tell me that you just kept ordering Disney movies by accident. You kept going through the pornos and couldn't decide which one to jerk-off to.

Pro tip: the internet. You can watch free porn on the internet

When I worked night audit, I used to call them out on it. "Well sir, I see you watched Back-Door Sluts 9 for 15 minutes. Unfortunately, if it was more than three minutes in, we cannot issue a refund."

Or, I had a guy who would just meet up with call girls all the time. But he didn't want us to judge him, so he'd actually go to the atm and take out cash with her, and then pretend to have conversations with her like "It was good seeing you again! Let's have lunch tomorrow" or something. As if to say, "Nah, that's not a hooker. We're totally good friends and I, uh, owe her $200, in cash."


Your Room's Sexual History Is Not Completely Erased

Lots of disgusting sex has happened in your room. While we clean the sheets and vacuum, hotels rarely are going to do deep cleaning on carpet. You are stepping on dried fluids.



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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 09:52:17 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/hotel-employee-behind-the-scenes-true-stories/matt-manser
<![CDATA[12 People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-fell-to-their-death-and-survived/nathan-gibson

Falling is one of humans' deepest, most primordial fears. And it's a worthy thing to be afraid of, given that the impact from any fall of significant height is likely to cause serious injuries and could even lead to death. This reality is likely the reason why people are so scared of heights, yet it's actually possible to live through even the most traumatic falls – as people who have fallen off of buildings but lived to tell the tale prove.

There are all types of situations whereby someone might accidentally plummet from a great height. They could fall from the side of a cruise ship in rough seas or have their parachute fail to open during a skydive. Whatever the case, it's perfectly clear that falling from anything high would be a truly terrifying ordeal. Just take heart from the fact that such incidents do not always equal death.


12 People Who Fell from Ridiculously High Heights, But Managed To Survive,

Bear Grylls Almost Died In An SAS Training Mission

Before he became a popular television personality and adventurer, Bear Grylls spent a short amount of time in the armed forces. During this military service, he was involved with the SAS Territorial Army and took part in a training exercise over Zambia. During a skydive, his parachute failed to inflate. Thinking he had time to fix the problem before he hit the ground, he chose not to open the reserve chute and instead fell 16,000 ft and landed on his parachute pack. Although he narrowly avoided severing his spinal cord, he did break his back, which required him to go through 12 months of 10-hour-a-day physiotherapy.


James Boole Stayed Alive During A Skydive Gone Wrong

James Boole is an incredibly experienced skydiver who completed some 2,500 jumps during his lifetime. However, all of this experience did not prevent him from falling 6,000 ft in Russia when he opened his parachute too late for it to fully inflate. He hit the ground with a tremendous amount of force, leaving a one-yard crater in the snow. Somehow, Boole was able to survive, sustaining a broken back and ribs. This allowed a miraculous recovery whereby he could walk after just a week of the accident.


Alan Magee Lived Through A Plane Crash

WWII Air Force Sergeant Alan Magee was part of a B-17 Flying Fortress crew that was hit by German fire during a mission. The airman not only found himself plummeting towards the planet’s surface in the wreckage of his plane, but he had also been hit by gunfire during the attack. Yet, miraculously, he still managed to eject himself from the aircraft. Falling through the air, Magee found that his parachute wouldn't work as it had been damaged, meaning he was in free fall when he crashed through the glass ceiling of a train station. Bizarrely, this glass ceiling actually managed to save his life, cushioning the fall enough so that he only had some minor injuries.


‘Miracle Man’ Joshua Hanson Survives Fall From City Hotel

Joshua Hanson astounded doctors when he survived a 200 ft fall from a hotel that would almost certainly have killed anyone else. The accident happened when Hanson ran from an elevator in January 2007. He lost his balance and fell through a window, plummeting from the 17th floor of the building onto an overhanging roof. From there, he fell to the ground, somehow landing on his feet. The 29-year-old suffered a myriad of serious injuries, including internal bleeding and multiple broken bones but was lucky to simply stay alive.


Juliane Koepcke Lived After Her Plane Was Struck By Lightning

Juliane Koepcke was a passenger on a flight traveling over Peru on Christmas Eve in 1971 when the plane began to experience heavy turbulence. After several minutes of passing through the storm, an engine on the wing was hit by lightning, and the aircraft plummeted towards the ground. Juliane was the only survivor out of the 91 passengers on board, and the 17-year-old landed in the jungle with a broken collar bone, one shoe, and only a few sweets for food. She spent 10 days in the Peruvian jungle before she was rescued. The leading theory for how she survived is that the heavy vegetation softened her fall while the row of seats she was strapped in acted as a makeshift glider.


Christine McKenzie Fell 11,000 Feet Onto Power Lines

August 2004 was not a good month for South African skydiver Christine McKenzie. The 23-year-old was in free-fall when her parachute failed to open. This prompted her to try her reserve chute, but this too malfunctioned and became tangled as it partially inflated. The incredibly rare occurrence meant that McKenzie hardly slowed before she smashed into a series of powerlines before hitting the ground. Those powerlines saved her life, though, absorbing most of the energy from the fall and drastically reducing her impact. Despite the fact that literally everything that could go wrong in her jump did go wrong, McKenzie managed to survive with just a broken pelvis and some bruising.


Vesna Vulovic Holds The Record For The Highest Fall Survived Without A Parachute

In January 1972, Vesna Vulovic was on a flight over what was then Czechoslovakia as a flight attendant for Jugoslavenski Aerotransport. The aircraft broke up in midair when a bomb exploded onboard, killing everybody with the exception of Vulovic. She fell an estimated 33,333 ft before landing on the ground and somehow managed to survive. She was seriously injured from the accident, however. She spent 16 months in the hospital and was in a coma for 27 days, as well as having dozens of broken bones. However, she went on to make a full recovery.


Felix Baumgartner Survived A Jump From Space

Unlike many of the entries in this article, Felix Baumgartner did not fall from a great height by accident. Instead, his plummet was a stunt performed in partnership with Red Bull in October 2012. The Austrian jumped out of a balloon at a staggering 128,100 ft and reached a maximum speed of 833.9 mph during the descent. Although the parachute deployed as planned in the last few seconds of the 10 minute drop, Felix did run into trouble twice. While heading down into the final part of Earth’s atmosphere, his visor began to fog due to a malfunction, and while he was dropping he began to tumble rather than remain in a special delta position. Fortunately, he managed to recover and was completely unharmed upon landing.


Steve Fossett’s Hot Air Balloon Was Destroyed By A Storm As He Crashed To Earth

Steve Fossett was an adventurer who made several attempts to travel around the world in a hot air balloon. In one such attempt in August 1998, he suffered a catastrophic accident as his balloon crashed into a storm front. Hail tore apart the structure and sent his small capsule tumbling towards Earth. After falling almost 30,000 ft, Fossett woke up to discover he had not only survived the ordeal but was also completely unharmed. The capsule had landed in water and protected him from injury, though, he did have to spend 10 hours at sea before he was rescued.


Teen Survived Suicide Leap From Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge has become a hugely popular location for those attempting to commit suicide. The 200+ ft fall kills 98% of all of those who jump on impact, and the icy cold waters below make it even harder to survive. But survival is possible. This is exactly what happened to a 16-year-old girl who jumped from the bridge in April 2011. Precisely how she survived is not known, but research suggests that the younger and fitter a person is the more likely they are to manage to live through the ordeal. 



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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 05:09:35 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-who-fell-to-their-death-and-survived/nathan-gibson
<![CDATA[14 People Who Died From Their Hoarding Addictions]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/hoarding-addiction-deaths/jacob-shelton

What’s the difference, really, between having an intense VHS collection and having an addiction to hoarding? How do experts define having a "problem" with discarding possessions? Don't most people have mental and emotion attachments to the things that they own? In large part the result of shows like the wildly popular Hoarders, television viewers have come to see this frightening form of mental illness as something that only happens to completely crazy people living in rural areas. But the truth of the matter is that hoarders exist in so many different varieties that many would-be hoarders might not even know that they're a single purchase or a lingering piece of mail away from being formally classified as suffering from the condition.

Sure, most people – even if they are avid collectors of some peculiar item – aren’t stacking up newspapers to their ceilings until they fall over and crush them, but, according to experts, collecting something until it physically crushes you isn't the necessary precondition for being considered a hoarder. A hoarding addiction can come from out of anywhere; some people are natural shut-ins, while other hoarders are dealing with an intense trauma that they never received treatment for. The unfortunate truth is that some hoarders who aren't receiving the proper care, might be heading towards a horrible death.

According to hoarding statistics, around 19 million Americans currently suffer from severe hoarding. And hoarding is linked to homelessness, house fires, and other mental disorders like OCD. Some receive treatment for hoarding addiction, but the majority of hoarders go undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in the horrific – and often long undiscovered – deaths of hoarders each year.


14 People Who Died From Their Hoarding Addictions,

The 40 Year Old "Box Man" Who Died Above A Restaurant

After diners at the East Village restaurant Spiegel Cafe began to complain about the smell of dead rat in 2016 that seemed to be pervading the premises, the corpse of a man in his 40s was discovered rotting above the establishment. Known to his neighbors as "Box Man" (so-called for the amount of boxes full of stuff he was seeing carrying into his apartment daily) was discovered decomposing in his apartment above the restaurant. The odor of the dead body was made made even more pungent by the fact that New York City was in the middle of a crazy heat wave, which sped up decomposition. Only a few days after Box Man's discovery, almost a dozen bags of trash had been removed from the apartment. 


The Millionaire Brothers Who Were Found Dead In Their Hoarder Mansion

Homer and Langley Collyer were a pair of millionaires who liked two things and two things only: creating bomb booby-traps to ward off intruders and living in a mansion full of garbage. In the 1940s, these two brothers lived amongst their piles of trash in a Manhattan row house, with Langley caring for his blind brother Homer. Langley believed that the key to restoring Homer's sight was vitamin C, so he fed his older brother 100 oranges a week to try and restore his vision. (Apparently old Langley wasn't aware that it's carrots that turn your eyes into night-vision goggles.) Good-hearted Langley also kept piles of newspapers around, assuming that one day his brother would want to catch up on current events after his eyesight returned. And then something crazy happened – the Collyers were killed by one of their own booby traps in 1947. 

After receiving a tip that someone had died in the Collyer home New York City, police went to Manhattan where they had to break in through a second floor window to gain access. From there commenced a three-week long manhunt that began in the piles of old newspapers, phone books, and furniture boxes in the home and took police all the way to Atlantic City in search of the brothers. When they finally re-searched the home, police found the brothers buried no more than ten feet away from each other, beneath mountains of their hoarded trash. 


The Mother Who Lived With Her Son's Decaying Corpse

In 2016, it was revealed to an elderly, legally-blind Brooklyn woman named Rita Wolfensohn that she had been living with the skeletal remains of her son for almost two decades. The oedipal discovery was made by a relative who stopped by the house to pick up some things for Wolfensohn, who was in the hospital at the time. On the wildly cluttered second floor the visitor discovered a fully intact skeleton wearing jeans, socks and a shirt, lying on its back on a thin mattress on the floor. Police believe that the woman didn't know about the death of her son because the room looked as if "a garbage truck had dumped its load" and stank of rotting food. To her credit, Wolfensohn also probably didn't smell the corpse because, according to police, it was so decayed, it didn't even stink anymore.


The Hoarder Sisters Who Lived In The Haunted House

What's the weirdest thing you've ever done with your sibling? If it wasn't living with their dead body for over a year, then you're nowhere near as strange as the Waldman sisters. This duo lived in a Grey Gardens style home in a suburb of Boston that was known to the neighbors as "the haunted house."  The dead body of the younger Waldman sister was discovered by a visiting cousin who found the 67 year-old woman buried under a table in a mass of clutter. Police had to inform the older sister of her sibling's death despite the body's advanced stage of decomposition. 


The Connecticut Hoarder Whose Home Required A Backhoe To Unearth The Body

In 2014, Beverly Mitchell, a 66 year old woman from Cheshire, Connecticut died from accidental asphyxiation after she was crushed by her own crumbling floor while in her basement. The first floor of her home was so heavily stacked with the items Mitchell had spent years hoarding, that it simply gave way. Mitchell's body wasn't discovered until a week after her death when local police and fire units cut a hole in the side of her house, and began using a back hoe to remove the debris from her home. Following Mitchell's death and exhumation from  her home, officials deemed it "unfit for human occupancy" and boarded it up with plywood.


The Hoarder Who Burned His House Down To Stick It To The Man

When Dean Verboven discovered that social workers were going to be cleaning out his hoarder's have (AKA his home), he did the one thing he could to control the situation: he set everything on fire. Hours before social workers were scheduled to clean up his house in Greenwich, Connecticut, he started a blaze that not only claimed his life, but also left his elderly, invalid mother with severe burns. Verboven's neighbors said that he and his mother were "sweet, well liked people," but they had been in a slow decline for the five years prior to the conflagration.


The Spanish Hoarder Who Suffered From A Rare Condition Before He Was Crushed

A 51 year old compulsive hoarder in Spain died in early 2016 when one of his piles of garbage collapsed around him. His body wasn't discovered until a friend who lived in the Canary Islands became worried after not hearing from his hoarding buddy for a while and called the police. The mass of trash that had been collected was so substantial that firefighters had to be called in to help remove the body. An officer on the scene described it as "something out of the ordinary." 

Uniquely, the man suffered from a condition called Diogenes Syndrome, which, although related to hoarding isn't something all hoarders are formally considered having. Diogenes Syndrome is a particular manifestation of hoarding that some elderly hoarders experience in which they not only hoard but they also routinely refuse offers of help and personal care and show extreme social alienation.


The Suspicious Hoarder Death That Rocked A Community

Chillcothe, Ohio played host to a suspicious death in late 2016 when a "badly decomposing body" was found in a home that the police were checking out. According to one of the officers, the house was so full of trash that it took a while to find the body. This isn't really surprising, considering there were "[roughly] four feet of garbage throughout the entire house in the pathways, and outside of that there was garbage stacked floor to ceiling." Neighbors of the man claim that, although the man rarely left his home, they did see him around once in a while. But, this time, he hadn't been seen for a solid six months. Neighbors also claimed that random drug addicts had been using the home as a place to get high, which created an aura of suspicion surrounding the circumstances of the man's death. 


The Hoarder Couple Who Died In A Fire

Roger Firestone and his wife Maureen were a pair of hoarders who died in March 2016 after one of their many cardboard boxes caught on fire and ignited their curtains, which then spread the blaze to the rest of their home. Witnesses say that Roger was seen trying to stomp out the burning box on his lawn before running back inside the house to save his bedridden wife. Post-mortem examinations showed that Roger and Maureen died from smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, and local officials opted not to treat the blaze as suspicious. However, while the couple both perished, two care-providers who worked for the family were able to escape the blaze.


The Hoarder Who Died In His Own Hamster Nest

Eight months after his death, the decomposed remains of Denis Walsby – a known recluse to his neighbors in Southampton, England – were discovered in his living room after police barged in and realized that he had "created a small nest for himself." What was left of Walsby's body was found under a ceiling-high stack of paper at the bottom of his stairs, but, like a lot of hoarders who die beneath piles of their own design, even getting to his body took a considerable amount of work. Police said it was so cluttered that they couldn't even step inside the door when they first arrived at the house. The flies buzzing around the premises were their first signal that something was likely seriously amiss.



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Tue, 17 May 2016 11:12:36 PDT http://www.ranker.com/list/hoarding-addiction-deaths/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[People Talk About Their Most Embarrassing Medical Emergencies]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/people-talk-about-their-most-embarrassing-medical-emergencies/amandasedlakhevener

Sometimes the worst traumas we experience are, ironically enough, entirely self-inflicted. Whether it's swallowing objects that should never be in your mouth, nearly putting a screwdriver through your hand, or sticking things up your nose, these tales from people on Reddit will make you cringe and possibly adapt a new sense of wariness towards everyday actions and objects.

Some of these awful stories end with trips to the hospital, while others are, thankfully, resolved without a lot of medical intervention. All that matters is that they were shared publicly, for both your entertainment and your safety. 


People Talk About Their Most Embarrassing Medical Emergencies,

Got Her Tongue Caught In A Mixer

From user inyourcargovan:

"In high school, a friend and I were making some dessert that required a mixer. My parents' mixer had a short in it and we had to wiggle the cord to get it to work. Of course, I had the bright idea to lick the mixers while they were still connected to the device. The mixer was still on, and had just shorted out. The mixer turned on, and my tongue ended up caught in between the mixers. It started bleeding. It wasn't as hilarious then as it is to us now, obviously." 


Put A Magnet Up His Nose

From user devilbird99:

"When I was little, I got a magnet stuck in one nostril and then used another to try and get it out, leading to two nostrils clogged with magnets. Lots of sneezing later, one came out. After a visit to a parent's friend who is a doctor, the other came out with tweezers."


Accidentally Swallowed A Guitar Pick

From user catawompus:

"I was chewing on a guitar pick, medium-sized and Dorito-shaped. I laughed, sucked my breath in, and lodged the pick in my throat. I managed to swallow it, and I immediately drank three cups of fiber. My mom had to call the doctor. I didn't feel it come out, and ass far as I know it's still inside me.

The best thing was the doctor's reaction. He acted like this happened often, saying 'Oh yeah, if you don't notice it in your stool or anything, just assume it's passed.'"


Plaster Halloween Cast Stuck To His Face

From user blatant-disregard:

"I once tried to make a plaster cast of my face for a Halloween mask, and figured a bunch of Vaseline would keep it from sticking to my beard, mustache, and eyebrows.

It was totally ineffective.

The plaster dried completely and enmeshed in my facial hair, fusing the cast to my face. My eyes and mouth were covered, and I had placed drinking straws in my nose to breathe. Minor panic ensued. I debated calling for help (roommate was out of town), but was too embarrassed to do so. Finally, after stumbling blindly around the apartment for a while, and trying various methods to remove the cast (including a hammer - ouch) I figured out that water and pliers would soften and crush the plaster. I spent the next two hours in the shower painstakingly removing it all."


Squished Sister In A Sofa Bed

From user Beatrixie:

"Once, when I was 12 and my sister was 10, we were home - without parental supervision - during winter break. It was about 11 in the morning and we were still in our pajamas, and spending the morning watching movies and playing Yahtzee. At one point, we pulled out the bed on our fold-out couch. We were horsing around and then my sister laid on the bed and told me to fold her into the couch.

So I folded the bed, and attempted to push it down into the couch, and was able to push it partly back down into the couch hole. The pressure from the folded bed basically started crushing and squishing my sister (of course), and she couldn't breathe. I tried to pull the bed back out, but it was suddenly too heavy. So she was stuck, folded up in the bed, with the air being squeezed out of her. She started saying, "Call 911! Call 911!" as I kept using all my strength to pull the bed up.

I didn't want to call 911, though, because I was embarrassed that our apartment was messy, we were still in our under things, and I was afraid of some fire department guys coming in here and seeing what we'd gotten into. So I kept tugging and eventually was able to pull the bed back out of the couch.

Sort of dodged a bullet there."


Stapled His Thumbs Together

From user R3m3mb3rM3:

"I stapled my thumbs together. After three minutes of painful hand spinning, I used my teeth to pull it out.

I was fiddling with a stapler in my hands while watching my brother playing some PC games when I suddenly felt pain in my thumbs. Though it began to hurt like crazy, I kept quiet because I didn't want my brother to see how stupid I am. After I pulled that thing out, the two tiny red dots on my thumbs didn't bleed, but they burned like fire."


Swallowed A Bobby Pin

From user INeedAShower:

"I used to have fairly long hair, and used a lot of bobby pins because of it. One morning I had the bobby pins between my lips while I stick them in my hair, and without thinking, put my head back and a bobby pin promptly slid down my throat and got stuck.

I didn't want to call for an ambulance or anything because I felt really stupid, so I decided to call my best friend. At the time we had this nasty old phone that lived on the ground, and I started to cry as I went to pick it up. The mixture of a sob and leaning over brought it up again, in a little mix of spit and blood."


Brother Choked On A Lego

From user neurofluxation:

"When I was about 10 and my brother was seven or eight, he was left on his bed sucking a Lego brick (4x2). This promptly got lodged in his throat and he went blue. I was like "oh no," and hit his back bloody hard and it came out. I still haven't told mum 'n dad, 18 years later."


Played Russian Roulette With His Leg

From user Zstrick741:

"When I was about six or so (just before my parents taught me gun safety) I found my mom's snub-nosed revolver. I had learned about Russian Roulette recently, so I took all but one bullet out. After playing with the gun for a while pointing at random things in the house and pulling the trigger, then spinning the cylinder and doing it again, I decided I was too good at this game and started to point it at my leg. But at the last moment I decided it wasn't my turn and pointed it at this ugly cat statue we had and said "Your turn!" I pulled the trigger and BAM the statue vanished. I'm glad I decided it wasn't my turn and demolished a statue instead."


Pumpkin Carving Incident

From user bartonar:

"When I was a kid, I was carving a pumpkin and the knife got stuck. I tried to cut further, but nothing happened. I tried to pull back, nothing again. 

So, I braced my feet against the table legs, gripped the knife with both hands, and pulled with all my strength. The knife twisted in my hands as it came out, and went straight into my face. I had a knife stuck 5cm under my left eye. It bled a lot but wasn't deep enough to need stitches or anything. I had a scar for about two years. Still, it was really close to my eye."



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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 06:02:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/people-talk-about-their-most-embarrassing-medical-emergencies/amandasedlakhevener
<![CDATA[15 Horrifying Facts About Our Founding Fathers You Probably Didn't Know]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/founding-fathers-horrifying-facts/isadora-teich

Everyone grows up learning about George Washington's apple tree and Benjamin Franklin's kite-and-the-key experiment. It turns out that a lot of the things "everyone knows" about our Founding Fathers are either slightly or completely wrong, and the things most people don't know are actually terrifying. There are a lot of strange and shocking details about the Founding Fathers that were probably left out of your history textbooks on purpose. 

Who were the Founding Fathers? They were some of most influential people in American history, and almost all of them were way more drunk and morally questionable than most people can remember. And while we often look back at our American Revolution with rose colored glasses, the truth is these men weren't always so noble. It's not easy creating a nation from scratch, and nothing proves it quite like the dark American history surrounding these Founding Fathers. 


15 Horrifying Facts About Our Founding Fathers You Probably Didn't Know,

Sarah Henry's Secret Mental Illness

While everyone knows the words "Give me liberty or give me death" not everyone can tell you they were said by Virginian Patrick Henry as we headed toward our revolution, just weeks after the death of his wife. Even fewer know about the tragic decline of his wife, Sarah Henry. Patrick and Sarah Henry were childhood sweethearts with an ideal marriage until she became afflicted with what scholars think was post partum depression. After the birth of her sixth child she withdrew from her family and began a violent and unpredictable downward spiral into insanity, allegedly even trying to drown one of her own children.

During the time of our Founding Father's many considered mental illness to be a sign of evil, and there was little available in terms of care. What was available mostly revolved around imprisonment and torture. In order to protect his wife from this fate, and possibly even his own reputation, Patrick Henry kept Sarah locked in their basement in a makeshift straight jacket for years under constant supervision, to make sure she didn't hurt herself. She lived that way for four years before her death. It is thought that she committed suicide. 


The Forgotten Founding Father Who Died The Grossest Death Ever

Many of our Founding Fathers died poor, ill, alone, or in other tragic ways, but few died in as strange and painful way as New York Senator Gourverneur Morris. This financial expert who planned the US coinage system drafted the preamble of the Constitution and had a peg leg. Morris allegedly got this peg leg leaping out of the bedroom window of a married woman he was sleeping with to avoid her angry husband.  

Morris died in 1816 at the age of 64 after trying to cure a urinary tract blockage in the most horrifying way possible. He decided to try clearing the block by jamming a piece of wood up his own urethra. Talk about a painful way to go.


The Skeletons In Benjamin Franklin's Closet

Usually this expression is figurative, meaning someone has a dark past full of juicy and terrifying secrets to hide. In Benjamin Franklin's case it's literal. In 2016 a pit was discovered in his old London home containing more than 1,200 human bones. These ranged from the bones of babies to the bones of older adults.   

While on the surface it seems like Ben Franklin may have been Hannibal Lecter-ing it up in London, it seems far more likely the Founding Father was supporting an underground anatomy school by helping smuggle corpses from the graveyard and gallows. Back in the day, studying dead bodies was considered morally reprehensible, and early pioneers in the field often had to steal corpses in secret to do their studies.


John Adams Was Basically Considered Darth Vader

Our second president John Adams had big shoes to fill. George Washington was popular and beloved across the country, making it even harder for the way less charming Adams. His political tone deafness did him in from the very beginning. As vice president under George Washington, he made a bad impression by suggesting the president should be referred to as “His highness, the President of the United States of America, and Protector of the Rights of the Same.” The people and government considered him an egotistical monarchist, and it only got worse when he became president. 

John Adams is one of the few presidents to only serve one term. His administration created some of the least popular legislation of all time. They passed the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made criticizing the government illegal. Needless to say, a whole country of people who had just left what they considered to be the clutches of a tyrannical ruler were pissed off by this. 


The Hunt Of 'Honest John' Hart

As the oldest signer of the Declaration of Independence, 65-year-old "Honest John" Hart faced some terrible consequences for his patriotism. In 1776 he began to lose everything. Within months of signing the Declaration his wife of 36 years died, and he and his 13 children were forced to flee when British forces came close to their New Jersey home. He sent the youngest children to live with neighbors.

According to legend, Hart spent a year hiding from the British as they hunted him by living in caves, open fields, and the forest. It is more likely that his time as a fugitive lasted about a month, which is still a lot to handle for a man in his mid sixties in the middle of a New Jersey winter. While Hart was in hiding the British looted his property, killed all his livestock, and partially destroyed his home. 


The Founding Father Who Was Poisoned

Judge George Wythe, signer of the Declaration of Independence died a terrible death, poisoned by his own grandnephew after he threatened to cut him out of his will. Minutes after his slave poured coffee for herself, Wythe, and 16-year-old Michael Brown, they all developed horrifying stomach pains. Wythe died within days. While his slave, Lydia Broadnax, claimed she saw his grandnephew throw a piece of paper into the coffeepot before she served it, Virginia law prevented black people from testifying against white people in court, so he was ultimately acquitted. 


George Washington Used Loopholes To Keep Slaves

George Washington, who inherited his first slaves at the age of 10, used legal loopholes to keep people enslaved throughout his life, even as abolition took hold throughout the north. While living in Philadelphia, he found a way to get around the Gradual Abolition Act of 1780, which stated that any slave who lived in the state of Pennsylvania for more than six months was free. Washington would secretly send his slaves on trips outside state borders every six months to constantly reset the clock and ensure they would not be legally free. 


Our Founding Fathers Were Constantly Drunk

While your high school history teachers likely told you all about how revolutionary and inspiring our Founding Fathers were, there's a good chance they left out that these men were basically drunk 24/7. So, how drunk are we talking? Well, your modern day American averages about two gallons of alcohol down the hatch per year. Back then, your average colonist guzzled seven gallons per year and was a few beers into the day by lunch.    

There are a number of theories as to why our forefathers spearheaded a revolution while drunk, other than founding a country is stressful. These range from the scarcity of clean water, to a carry over from English culture and the widespread belief that water was bad for you, to the idea that only poor people drank water. Back in the day, beer and cider also were not considered alcohol. This all contributed to our Founding Fathers being excellent candidates for intervention.


The Scattering Of Thomas Paine's Remains

Thomas Paine, the Founding Father famous for his pamphlet "Common Sense," died a lonely alcoholic in 1809. Less than 10 people attended his funeral of the once famous Paine, who lost popularity for opposing the church. As he was next to broke when he died, he was buried in a modest grave on his farm and all of his burial wishes were ignored.

Ten years later, William Cobbett dug up Paine's remains and wanted to take him back to London for a more respectful burial, but this unfortunately did not work out. Paine's remains ended up being passed down to Cobbett's relatives and scattered all over the world after being sold off piece by piece. While devotees of Paine have wanted to give him a proper burial in New York for years, finding all of the pieces of his body is an impossible task. It's said that today Paine's head is in Australia and the rest of his body is at the four corners of the world. 


Dr. Benjamin Rush's Controversial Yellow Fever Treatments

In the summer of 1793 yellow fever swept the city of Philadelphia, killing thousands of people. While the city's doctors were some of the best in the world, their lack of basic understanding of how the disease was contracted and what was needed to fix it caused horrible suffering. Signer of the Declaration of Independence Dr. Benjamin Rush, among the most respected medical pioneers of his day, believed that purging the body through bloodletting and forced vomiting would cure patients.  

This was highly criticized by his peers, and historians debate to this day whether he should be criticized for failing to recognize that his treatments weren't working, or celebrated for doing the best he could for the people of Philadelphia. Even with an international community of physicians openly critiquing his practices, Dr. Rush wouldn't stop bleeding his sick patients and forcing them to vomit.  



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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:45:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/founding-fathers-horrifying-facts/isadora-teich
<![CDATA[People Confess The Most Embarrassing Place They've Ever Thrown Up]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-places-people-have-vomited/lea-rose-emery

If you don't have a strong stomach, stay away from this list of the worst places people have vomited—because sh*t gets real, real fast. While you may think the worst places to throw up involve a stranger's house or an inconvenient outdoor location, it turns out it can get so much worse. The people of Reddit have provided these real puking stories, and they make your last bout of food poisoning look downright tame. Have you vomited on a stranger's head? On a radiator? Straight up on someone's vagina? 

Nope? Well, then these people who thew up in the most non-ideal places can teach you a thing or two about what it means to be sick. Truly, revoltingly sick. In fact, some of these stories may make your stomach churn (*cough* the one about eating your own vomit *cough* *cough*) so if you're really ready to take them on, then keep a bucket handy. You might need it. 


People Confess The Most Embarrassing Place They've Ever Thrown Up,

No, Just... No

friend of mine who, while on a train, threw up in her hands.

She didn't know what to do and was so embarrassed that she put her hands back up to her mouth and f*cking drank it all up before going to the bathroom to clean up. I have no idea how she kept it down, I feel like puking just thinking about this story.


Work-Related Incident

I work in a call center and usually go in if I'm feeling a little sick because it's not hard work. So that morning I was feeling a little nauseous but I came in anyway, grabbed some orange juice on my way in, and got to work.

Halfway through my shift I took half-a-point to go home because the orange juice was really hitting me weirdly and my stomach is not happy. I got up to go home and stopped in the bathroom because I know the puke was comin'.

I got to the stall and just let loose with vibrant orange puke. Hardcore, I didn't know how I puked so much, but I just emptied my body into and onto the toilet, coloring it orange and making a putrid smell fill the room. I was panicking because I felt so bad and immediately stumbled out of the bathroom after cleaning myself up a bit to rush home.

Next morning my boss spoke to me, complaining about the people they just hired on and how one of them puked in the bathroom and didn't clean it, like some sort of savage. I was like "Yeah, why do new people always seem to do that sort of thing?" and scurried away.


Not So Happy Meal

I once threw up inside McDonald's, but not because of the food. My friends and I were hammered after drinking five bottles of vodka - there were six of us and we were only 14. I puked on my own cheeseburger and almost my friend's head because he was leaning over the table trying to sleep. We then rushed out of the place and I somehow managed to also puke on the windows of a fancy bag shop (fortunately, it was closed at night).


That's Devotion

I threw up in my grandmother's hands once when I was little. She saw I was about to get sick, so she cupped her hands in front of me and let me puke into them. That's either proof of how much she loved me, or how much she loved her carpet.


Acid Rain

As a teenager, I used to walk to work in a very small town. I threw up on the sidewalk, and I walked by it for months before the sparse summer rains washed it away. At that point it was too late, and the acid had burned a mark in the sidewalk. I had to see the outline every time I walked by there for years.


Enjoy Your Meal

At a Sushi restaurant with a coworker having lunch. I sneezed and caused a piece of wasabi to fly into my sinus cavity. My pain threshold was almost instantly maxed out and I ended up spewing yellowtail all over the table in front of me. From an outside perspective it looked something like this.

"ACHOO!

"Ah! AH! AAAAH!!

"HOOOOOORK!

And as you turn around to look you see a loudly crying and vomiting man rushing to the restroom as fast as possible.


Going Down Town

I went down on my GF for some sexy time, and proceeded to vomit whilst down there. Let's just say we're not together anymore"


Double Trouble

My family and I had a bad bout with food poisoning. While puking into the toilet, bent over, I sh*t on the counter next to the toilet. After turning around to quickly sh*t in the toilet, I puked on the wall when I saw my sh*t everywhere.

I started crying; when my mom comes she pukes when she sees everything. It was like it was out of some comedy, only it was actually hell.


What A Debut

On-stage during a play.

Thankfully my character was being tortured, interrogated, and beaten, so I just worked it into the show. Since I made it to a trash can, many audience members just thought it was staged.

Nope. There were four Krystal burgers that made their theatrical debut that evening.


Not The Cheesy Bread!

In the biscuit bowl at Red Lobster when I was 7.



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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:18:54 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-places-people-have-vomited/lea-rose-emery
<![CDATA[21 People Reveal Shocking Secrets That Would Ruin Their Lives]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/shocking-secrets-stories/amandasedlakhevener

It's easy to share dark secrets with strangers on the Internet, especially when you can hide behind a screen name. These creepy stories, pulled from Reddit, contain shocking secrets that the contributors never shared with anyone else. Included in these horror stories are secrets about hearing voices, deadly thoughts, and even a confession of murder. Read on to see what other secrets are being hidden. 


21 People Reveal Shocking Secrets That Would Ruin Their Lives,

The IT Guy Knows All Of Your Secrets

IT guy here, it's amazing what people will do on their computers and say in their emails despite having to sign a waiver that all computer activity at work is monitored and recorded.

I have half the company's banking, social media, and personal email account info and passwords. I know who is secretly banging who at the office behind their spouse's backs. I know who is cybering at work and jerking it in the bathroom almost daily. At least they tell their sex chat partner they're running off to the bathroom to jerk it, I personally haven't felt the need to check the validity of that one.

I know when people are having martial problems, financial problems, I even know one person here had their children taken away because a social worker found cocaine in their house. I know who is embezzling money, I know when people get fired for completely bullshit reasons (like they just want to replace them with someone younger and nicer on the eyes), and I know who my boss is buying Xanax and Vicodins from.

Basically I have a treasure trove of my coworker's secrets. I won't actively do anything with this info, but it's nice knowing I have the ammunition there if something were to ever happen.


He Lives In A Bunker - On Someone Else's Property

Two-and-a-half years ago I was in dire financial straights, so I sold my home to keep my struggling business afloat. I neglected to tell the owners that they have an 800 sq. ft. bunker on the property that I built about seven years ago. The bunker that I've called home since I sold it. The entrance to it is well-hidden, but I still come and go very early/very late in the day.

I'm a single man who keeps to himself. I'm now in a situation where I could move somewhere else, but I love this hidden paradise so much.


The Accidental Murderer

I accidentally killed seven people.

I put a rag into a new water heater exhaust to keep debris out and installed it in a rental.

I get a call a week later, there's been an accident. I show up and there's a ton of ems and police. They ask me where the gas shutoff is, and I go down to shut the gas off and see the end of the rag I forgot sticking out of the top of the heater.

Ripped the rag out, shut the gas off and head upstairs only to be told all the tenants were DEAD.

I drink all day now and sleep. It's killing me from the inside every single day, but if I say anything my family is ruined; we have a bunch of rental properties and we'd be shut down.


Her Brother Is Her Daughter's Father

My daughter turns five next week. If anyone knew the truth behind her parentage, I could probably lose her forever.

I grew up in foster care, never knowing my parents or siblings. In my senior year, I met an older guy and we dated for almost a year. I got pregnant about seven months in. One night while we were watching tv, the subject somehow came around to our real parents (he had been adopted as a young child). Turns out the man I was seeing, the father of my daughter is my half-brother, and we share the same mother. Our relationship didn't last, and he is not in her life, per his own choices.

My daughter is extremely smart, beautiful, and well-rounded. She'll never know the truth, her father and I made a pact to never tell her. I just hope she never needs a kidney or something.


Fraudulently Running A Cake Business

I run a cake business, charging people hundreds for wedding cakes. Every last one is made using Pillsbury cake mix I buy for a dollar-a-box at Walmart.

I suck at baking. Every time I've ever tried to make a cake from scratch it sucked. But baking is, somehow, my whole deal. My friends all call me the cake girl. It's like my whole life is a lie. People compliment my cakes all the time. Telling me how delicious they are. Telling me it's so much better than box mix cake. Telling me they could never bake a cake so delicious.

Well guess what? For $1, they too can make a cake just as delicious. Just add oil, eggs and water. In my defense, I love cake decorating. I make all of the frostings and fondant from scratch. I just hate baking cakes! I base my prices mostly on the decoration of the cakes and not of the cake itself of that makes sense. Still, no one knows about this except my husband. Even my best friends think I slave over the oven mixing and baking these damn cakes. I have been doing this for YEARS. If anyone knew my business and reputation would be in the toilet for sure. I keep telling myself I have to learn how to make the cakes without the box mixes, but I never do it. I feel like such a sham sometimes.


Abandoned Blind Brother

Not life ruining but makes me feel like shit every time I think about it. As I've told Reddit before, I have a blind brother. When we were young, I used to get so frustrated at all the extra attention he received and how I had to be more responsible with my sibling than my peers. So, when my brother and I would go play, go to the store, or just generally go anywhere without adults, I would abandon him somewhere unfamiliar to him. Then, I would stand off quietly and watch the anxiety set in as he tried to figure out where he was and what was going on.

Also, I was really intelligent as a child and knew that was my ticket to attention. When I would "help" my brother with his homework, I would teach him all the wrong answers, so that I could continue being the smarter sibling. Today, my brother is my best friend. He goes to college and lives by himself. He's become one of the most intelligent men I've ever met. I'm trying to make it up to him now by being the best big sister ever, but I still feel so guilty at how I found him to be a burden when I was a kid.


Almost Killed His Classmates

I came very, very close to committing a school shooting.

I was picked on A LOT in high school. I think it was because I tried so hard to be cool and everyone saw right through it. There were these four cowboy-jock types that gave it to me the worst. After being publicly humiliated and beaten in front of a girl I liked (as she laughed/cheered), I decided that none of it was worth it anymore. I had no support at home being an only child and having parents that worked constantly, and cutting and burning myself didn't make me feel better anymore. So I got my dad's handgun out of the gun-safe (he uses the same combo for everything, the idiot) and brought it to school with me the next day.

I can't adequately describe to you guys how ready I was to kill these four. I had absolutely no fear or doubt in my mind. I wanted nothing more than to show everyone what happens when you push someone over the edge like they did. I had the gun tucked in my waistline. I was wearing this baggy pair of cargo shorts that i wore a couple times a week that day. I remember walking towards the cowboy's table, so goddamn ready for it to be over, when the gun fell out of my waistline, down my left short leg and made the loudest fucking sound as it hit the cafeteria floor. I tried my best to grab the gun real quick, but people saw what it was and screamed, and one of the instructors tackled me to the ground.

They eventually concluded that I had brought the gun to school to impress people with badassery, and had no intention of using it. I was expelled and sent to live at a youth ranch in Idaho until I was 18. I did have the intention of using it though. I was going to kill all of them. I'm 24 now, and I still think about it all the time. I have not recovered from high school. I'm still terrified of people in general, and avoid having relationships because of what I fear I'm capable of.

I'm not looking for pity. I know that what I did was wrong, it just feels good to tell the story. Thanks, Reddit.


Fake College Degree

I faked the last two years of college education. My parents put so much pressure on me I couldn't handle it (I was suffering from severe depression and anxiety) so I faked it all. Lied to everyone. Made up fake transcripts. I just got my foot in the door in my desired field thanks to a friend as they hired me as a subordinate. This place only hires college grads but no one double checked my credentials since I was recommended.

My hopes is that if I need to find another job I'll have been at this place long enough to get it by experience alone (I work for a very prestigious company). I'm not bad at my job. I'm actually quite good. But my fear is eventually I'll hit a wall and the lie will come to light. No one has known this for the better part of a decade.

It's a relief to finally say it "out loud." I can't even tell those I love. My silence is my prison.


Night With His Drunken Sister

When I was 15 my parent's were going through a divorce. My mom worked night shifts and my dad lived with a friend of his. One night my sister, who was 19 at the time, came home pretty drunk from a party. She was acting goofy and fell on the couch next to me. She started grabbing my leg and laughing and we started fondling. We ended up having sex right there. When we woke up the next day she had no recollection of the night before so I just kept my mouth shut.

Fast forward to when I'm 18. Sister is home from college and dad is over for a visit. They get into an argument and in a fit of rage my dad announces how he has never forgiven her for the abortion she got when she was 19 and subsequently killing his grand-child.

I then realize the baby she aborted was in fact mine.....and as far as I know, I am the only one who knows since she has never mentioned that night.


Snooped Around The House Looking For Juicy Secrets

I once helped out a female friend's family by taking care of their cat for a week. Every day for a week, I would go over there and snoop around their house. I found my friend's diary, and proceeded to read the entire thing. I used this information to get her to like me, and she is currently my wife.



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<![CDATA[16 People Reveal Their Most Cringeworthy Bikini Wax Horror Stories]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/awkward-bikini-waxer-stories/lea-rose-emery

Of all possible awkward occasions, awkward bikini wax moments probably induce the most cringing. Anyone who's endured a wax themselves knows how strange it can get. Waxes already bring about some awkwardness—you've got your genitals on show to a stranger in all their overgrown glory. But you add the possibility for every single bodily fluid under the sun to get involved and things can get pretty ugly. At the very least, it's minorly uncomfortable for everyone involved. At its worst, it's total carnage. 

These bikini wax horror stories come straight from Reddit, where bikini waxers themselves bare it all, no pun intended. If you ever wanted to ask your waxer in the middle of a session what their worst day at work was, but felt too embarrased to ask, Reddit has you covered. Poop, tampons, and just plain screaming bloody murder—bikini waxers have seen it all.


16 People Reveal Their Most Cringeworthy Bikini Wax Horror Stories,

Get Home To Her Dad

When I was in beauty college, I had an obese woman come in for a Brazilian. As she was paying for it, (payment first, service after) xhe mentioned that her father was paying for this. Okay, no big deal, my dad gives me money for pedicures and I use it to wax my legs on occasion instead, so he probably doesn't know specifically what she's doing.

As we walk back to the wax room, she continues talking about her dad paying and how he prefers that she gets this done. Uh okay, so he knows...whatever.

She immediately yanked off her pants and panties and jumped on the bed. I had to ask her to get up so in order for me to wipe it down and put down paper. When she got up there was already a sweat mark on the leather. I gave her some wipes and asked that she clean the area as best she can. I caught a glimpse of the towels and they were gold from I'm assuming not drinking enough water, causing her urine stains to be super dark. The whole process took an hour, due to stopping between flaps, changing gloves and the occasional gag. Her go-to conversation topic was how I should get with a black man, why hot Cheetos with hot nacho cheese was a amazing midnight snack, and how she can't wait to get home to her dad. I'm still confused over the entire thing.


Was There An Accident?

As an esthetician, honestly everyone's junk starts to kind of look the same. I have waxed many obese people, and honestly its not the biggest deal, larger people tend to deal with the pain better and for that reason are easier to wax.

The worst story I have is probably the second Brazilian wax I ever did, while I was still learning in school. At school, the public can come in for services at a low rate with the understanding that the person working on them is still a beginner. This attracts some weirdos.

This woman who came in tried to get me to give her a Brazilian wax while she was on her period. Normally if the client is wearing a tampon, this can be done without issue: not this time.

I left the room to allow the woman to put on the disposable underwear and lie down on the bed. When I came back, the disposables, the paper on the table, and her own hands were soaked with blood. Naturally, I kind of freaked out and asked if she had been injured.

"Oh don't be silly, it's just a little mess." 

That's right, this is what she said to me.

Luckily we have the right to refuse services and I was able to get an instructor to come in and explain to this woman why this wasn't going to be able to happen today and to rebook for another day. She seemed confused and surprised, but left without a fuss and I luckily was never booked with her again.


Call Security

My waxing lady told me about a woman who use to come to her. For religious reasons she had to get her body waxed before her period every month.

Clearly this woman wasn't the best with dealing with pain because she would scream bloody murder, hysterically crying and flapping about like a mad woman. And it wasn't just her lady bits, every time she would get a whole body wax! Her screaming was so loud and so crazy that people would call mall security; once even the police turned up. But still without fail she would be back every month for her next round of torture.


The "Parts Down Below" Got Ripped Too

I'm a big hairy dude, and had to get waxed for charity last year. The wax was really viscous and when they were doing the strip down past my belly-button tons of it went down past my waistband and into my pubes. I was too embarrassed to say anything, and when they ripped it off the parts down below got ripped too and I don't think I've ever roared as loud.


Balls Deep

I used to get my balls waxed, until I one time where everything just went wrong.

First, I needed to use the bathroom. After I was done and tried to flush, it got clogged up. God bless the waxer, she came in and unclogged it for me.

Then it got to the actual waxing. There was blood, and pain. I was recovering from drug addiction (oxy) and was extra sensitive to pain.

After I got smooth, I went to get myself redressed. As I grabbed my pants, my pocketknife fell out, opened itself, and almost stabbed my poor waxer in the foot.

I ended up tipping that woman all the money and had and never returned.


Friends With (Waxing) Benefits

I had a friend who wanted to get a full Brazilian wax. Having all just started college and were making new friends, another girl expressed interest as well. They went together and found a cheap place.

As the story goes, the place didn't do the full job for liabilities and my friend was unable to wax herself down there. Without skipping a beat, the other girl jumped in waxed my friend's box with zero f*cks given. They had maybe known each other for days days.

They continued to be good friends all through university after a bonding experience like that.


Just A Bit Of Paint Cleaner

My bikini waxer lady told me a horrific story from her worst waxing experience. At the very first salon where she was hired, somebody filled the calming aloe vera spray bottle with an industrial strength paint cleaner used to clean hair dye stains from the floor. They did not label the bottle and she then sprayed it on a customer that just got a fresh Brazilian wax. The customer started complaining and an ambulance was called. Ouch!

 


Projectiles

When I was doing his (yes his) assh*le, he clenched and accidentally projectile-sprayed little bits of poo at me.


A Rogue Tampon

A friend of mine was in beauty school in the middle of her practical exams, where she would wax whoever the clients were that day; once done they would mark her out of ten for stuff like quality of the job, etc.

She had a woman come in, told her to drop her pants, hop on the table, and get ready. She put the first strip on, smoothed down, and..

RRRRRIP

THWACK

As she tore the strip off, it went flying from her hand and stuck to the wall, spider-leg hair poking out from the sides, and a tampon hanging from the bottom.

Both of their jaws dropped, and she left the room so the woman could sort herself out. She came back, finished off, certain of her failure.

Perfect 10/10 on everything.


Dingleberries For Days

I dated a girl who was an aesthetician. I'll never forget the story she told me of an overweight girl who came in to wax her bush. She told me the girl was so overweight she had to use one arm to hold up all the fat just to see her vagina while using her other hand to actually wax her. There were also a lot of dingle berries involved.

After hearing that I told her I was no longer interested in her work stories.



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<![CDATA[19 McDonald's Employees Reveal The Worst Things That Went Down In The PlayPlace]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-mcdonalds-playplace-stories/lea-rose-emery

McDonald's may feel like the ultimate treat when you're a kid, but these McDonald's PlayPlace horror stories will make you see it for what it really is: the final circle of hell. Let's be honest, you probably already realized they were pretty awful, full of little kid germs, puke, and all other random things that come out of little kids. But it's worse. Way, way worse. 

Maybe you've never felt sorry for McDonald's employees before. Maybe you've even gotten angry at them for not serving breakfast when all you need in your life is a hashbrown. But when these McDonald's employees share PlayPlace horror stories it may change your tune. Because nobody deserves to deal with this sh*t (yes, so much literal sh*t) at work. You'll never bring your kids there again, for their own sake as well as the employees'.


19 McDonald's Employees Reveal The Worst Things That Went Down In The PlayPlace,

Layers Of Fun

Kids literally take their Happy Meals in ball pits and forget. Heavier things are always at the bottom (cheeseburgers) then there is a layer of chicken McNuggets and such. 50% of the ball pit is in fact edible, 25% balls. 25% poop.


A "Supersized" Happy Meal

Our PlayPlace got replaced with videogames and a giant crawl-in Happy Meal box quite a few years back. Hosted inside a glass room, the place is disgusting. Children leave food in there, puke, and even go to the bathroom. Also, quite a few employees have hooked up in the giant Happy Meal box.


Roach Shakes

I can recall one time our shake machine wasn't running well, and contents would come out very slow and take forever to fill the cup. It was like that for quite a while. When they finally brought someone in to take it apart, he discovered a cockroach stuck in the shake tube. All of the shakes we had been serving were filtered through that roach.


The Sh*t Slide

Some f*cking kid climbed all the way to the top slide and took his goddamn pants off and slid down the slide. Problem is, he sh*t the whooooole way down, leaving a f*cking trail of sh*t spanning the entire second-half of the slide.

We only found out because some other f*cking kid slid down that slide and came out covered in chunky-liquid sh*t and crying uncontrollably.


An Unexpected Sauce

An old couple were with their grandchild, sitting at one of the tables underneath a tube. Their kid pissed in the tunnels above, which dripped down all over the old people and their food.


Running And Pooping

Not at McDonald's, but I worked at an indoor playground where we had a big version of the PlayPlace complete with a ball pit and inflatables. A seven-year-old was running and pooping at the same time, leaving a long streak of half-solid excrement across the arena. This was made worse by the fact that we were having a dance party, which resulted in little mud tracks leading to every part of the facility.

Another time we our toilets backed-up due to a clog in the main line. When the plumber opened up the drain to check it out, a sh*t-geyser proceeded to erupt about 3 feet in the air and flooding the bathroom with about 2 inches of standing sewage. Not to mention this was the women's bathroom. When asked to clean it, both employees quit. Being manager, I was left to deal with the aftermath.

I have countless stories involving every form of human excrement at this place. We even had a death occur when a mother smothered her baby while breastfeeding. After that, employees always rumored about 'the spirit of the baby' which would cry at night if you stayed long enough and would move around toys. We had all of these incidents caught on camera, but I no longer work there for obvious reasons.


A Trash Nightmare

This actually was at Burger King, not McDonald's. In the South, these are all simply called "playlands."

A few years ago my kids and I were eating at Burger King and of course we had to eat in playland because, you know, kids. Burger King at this time had installed talking garbage cans in there, probably intended as a way to get kids to throw their own trash away so employees wouldn't have to do it so much. Whoever designed those things knew nothing about children.

When you put trash into the talking trash can, pushing your garbage in past that plastic spring-loaded flap which says THANK YOU on it, the trash can would say "Thanks for the garbage!" or something like that. You know, things a talking trash can would say.

Any parent could tell you what would happen next. Children know that trash cans do not actually speak. So each successive child, having been congratulated by the trash can, would do the obvious thing, and put his head inside the trash can to see who is in there.

Then the spring-loaded THANK YOU flap would swing shut and grab the children by the neck in the manner of a squirrel trap. There would be flailing and muffled screaming, and they would have to be rescued by their mom.

This happened over and over and over. Kids of a certain age will put their heads in a talking trash can even if they just saw the last kid get garroted by it. It kind of makes them even more curious. Just one kid after another getting choked by this evil instrument of torture. "Thanks for the trash!"

By far the best thing I have ever seen: kids leave, new kids take their place, new victims for the magic trash can. I never got tired of it. Next time we went to Burger King they weren't there any more but I hope someday they will come back for another try.


Adult Supervision Is Recommended

A lady left her two young children in the PlayPlace for four hours while she went to the thrift store to shop. Eventually a nice old woman came and told me they were there and didn't seem to have a guardian present. So of course I called the cops. When she finally returned she admitted that she does it a few times a week.

Another time I was getting ready to lock up for the night and I noticed smoke coming from under the door of the PlayPlace. Imagine my surprise at finding four older men smoking pot and cigarettes, sliding and giggling.


A Proper Smear

Some kid smeared his sh*t on the inside of the tube, and I had to call in a cleaning company to take care of it.


Beware The Ballpit

Not an employee, but I found a pair of rusty scissors in the ball pit when I was six. Gave them to a staff member and got free ice cream!



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<![CDATA[9 Corporations That Have Sold You Beyond Questionable Meat]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-sold-fake-meat/becca-bleznak

If Rick Ross is to be believed, he hustles every day. No matter how profound Rozay believes his hustle to be, ain't no hustle like a megalithic corporation's hustle, because a megalithic corporation's hustle is unchecked by basically any authority. Because of this, throughout the history of mass-produced fast food, there have been companies that sold fake meat, or at least hawked questionable animal carcass. From pink sludge at McDonald's to a lethal bacteria infecting Jack's box, these places that have sold fake meat are strewn across the American landscape like soot in a chimney sweep's lungs. 

The Internet has created a world in which speculation runs amok, and where everyone can spread rumors about fast food joints peddling fake or questionable meat or scamming customers with altered meat products. Almost every well-known fast food and restaurant chain has faced adversity from the competition, customers, and even the government, at times. How they handled these roadblocks, which range from fake meat controversies to questionable farming practices, varies greatly. Needless to say, not all press is good press. 

Curious as to whether you've accidentally put a questionable tube of meat in your mouth? Have a gander at which corporate food behemoths haven't been forthwith about what's in their meat (not as sexual as it sounds). Have your say on which handled its meat problem (or scandals) best, and which failed to get ahead of a PR disaster and sunk in a swamp of fetid flesh, in the comments below. 


9 Corporations That Have Sold You Beyond Questionable Meat,

Burger King

McDonald's less popular younger brother (but with kitsch appeal), Burger King has faced plenty of scrutiny over the years. In 2012, it was discovered Silvercrest Foods, an Irish meat supplier contracted with Burger King (and numerous other companies), was selling beef laced with horse meat. Burger King became embroiled in the scandal, though testing on its facilities and products show the chain never sold beef with horse in it (though the plant showed traces of horse DNA). 

After the discovery, Burger King switched meat suppliers, and issued a statement declaring that, during transition, some items on their menu may not be available. This swift reaction, and the results of beef testing on BK products on facilities, resulted in a major win for the company and its public image. 


Chipotle Mexican Grill

Few restaurants take promises as seriously as Chipotle. The Mexican food chain is unique for several reasons: It has a very simple menu that's completely customizable, there's no drive-thru option, and, it's... actually sort of healthy? Chipotle prides itself on its farm-fresh ingredients, which are locally sourced when possible. The chain has also claimed to only work with the best, most discerning meat distributors.

The world learned what this meant in 2015, when Chipotle abruptly stopped serving carnitas. Company representatives explained they discovered their pork supplier was treating pigs inhumanely, or not to Chipotle standards. The company took the moral high ground, and didn't serve carnitas again until months later, after supposedly having found a new, better supplier. 

Just when the restaurant thought it was in the clear, Chipotle served up two fresh E. coli outbreaks. As per the Centers for Disease Control, the problem was cleared up quickly, and Chipotle went to great lengths to assure customers it would never happen again. Still, business suffered at the time. 


Jack in the Box

In 1993, a Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak in the Pacific Northwest affected close to 400 customers over a period of a few months. A February 6, 1993 article from the New York Times paints a grim picture:  

"The 60 Jack in the Box restaurants in the state have been barraged by anonymous telephone callers accusing them of being baby killers. Customers are scarce. And local newspapers have carried advertisements by lawyers offering to represent poisoning victims."

The outbreak was lethal: Four people died from eating Jack in the Box or coming in contact with someone who did. It was a nightmare for the company, which blamed its supplier and slaughterhouse. Inconsistencies with government oversight of the fast food industry may have contributed to the outbreak, as state and federal laws differed on cooking temperature for meat. Some good came of the tragedy, as new regulations were put in place, to preventing it from happening again


KFC

Kentucky Fried Chicken, more commonly called KFC after rebranding efforts, was once accused of shifting away from its original name because it doesn't use chicken mean, but rather "genetically manipulated organisms." Snopes shut this rumor down fast, but the fried chicken brand wasn't off the hook.

KFC uses Asian meat supplier Shanghai Husi Food Co. for its restaurants in China. A 2014 report revealed some meat from this distributor was handled poorly, and even dropped on the ground. Though KFC suffered the brunt of the scandal due to its huge presence in China, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut were also affected (all three are owned by Yum! Brands). 


Taco Bell

Ah, the halcyon days of 2011. The deaths of Steve Jobs, Osama Bin Laden, King Jong-il, Muammar Gaddafi. The Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The Taco Bell scandal. Remember that one? 

In that year, Alabama law firm Beasley Allen filed a lawsuit against the Tex-Mex food chain, accusing the corporation of lying about its meat. According to the suit, Taco Bell taco meat was only 35% beef, which isn't a high enough percentage to truthfully be labeled meat under USDA regulations.

Taco Bell fought back, claiming its meat was 88% beef. The company released videos (including a parody) of its production process, offered information to refute the attorney claim, and even shared a full list of ingredients for its beef, the first ingredient in which is beef (which, yay? Maybe? Shouldn't it be? Since that's what it's called?).

Still, this doesn't mean it's good for you. Associate Slate editor LV Anderson points out, "Most fast-food meat is very low quality—one study of fast-food hamburgers found that they contained connective tissue, blood vessels, peripheral nerves, adipose tissue, cartilage, and bone along with muscle tissue." Anderson suggests Taco Bell (and other fast food brands) use less meat and more filler for a healthier final product. 


Tesco PLC

We-do-it-all retailer Tesco began as a small grocery chain, and has since expanded to include banking services, gas stations, and telecommunications. In 2013, the chain came under fire when several of its burgers where found to contain horse meat, which is illegal in the UK.

At first, the scandal was mostly speculation. Tesco representatives refuted the claim that its frozen Everyday Value Beef Burgers contained a significant amount of horse meat. However, DNA tests showed some packages of the brand's microwave Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese contained 60% horse meat. The company reacted quickly, pulling the product and others from its shelves, but the damage was already done. Tesco has encountered its fair share of scandals over the years, but the brand lives on. 


Wendy's

In June 2014, the Los Angeles Times ran an article entitled "Is there wood pulp in your burger or taco?," in which it was explained how Wendy's, Taco Bell, McDonald's, and Carl's Junoir use trick semantics with ingredients lists. According to the article, cellulose, a common ingredient in products from all those restaurants, is a food additive made of tiny pieces of wood pulp and plant fiber. Burger King uses it in buns, tortillas, tacos, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and pancakes, among other items, and at Wendy's, you can find it in shakes, cheese shreds and cheese crumbles. 

McDonald's loves cellulose the most, using it in shredded cheese, fish fillet patty, biscuit, sausage and scrambled egg mix, smoothie base, syrup, ice cream, barbecue sauce, sweet 'n' sour sauce and honey mustard sauce. According to the FDA, cellulose is safe for consumption in certain instances, but generally cannot be digested by humans, and is therefore does your system no good.  


Whitbread

In January 2017, UK restaurant chain Whitbread was caught in a questionable meat scandal when it was caught selling a dish called beef lasagne that contained pork. The mislabeling was disconcerting for Jews and Muslims, whose religion forbids eating pork. 

Whitbread representatives claim the menu item was supposed to read "meat lasange" after change in the recipe included the addition of 4.5% pork, more than a third of the total meat contained in the dish. Representatives insisted this was an honest mistake. The company has since changed the label, but a company whistleblower stated he had alerted management as to the problem months prior to it going public. 


McDonald's Has Had A Cornucopia Of Fake Meat Controversies

McDonald's is like the Yankees of fast food restaurants. And everyone wants to beat the Yankees. The company's ubiquity has led to a slew of PR nightmares, not the least of which were pink slime allegations, which accused McDonald's, along with various other companies, of using lean beef trimmings, a rubbery, pink substance produced by whipping beef trimmings (bits left over after the good cuts of meat have been removed from a cow's carcass) around in a centrifuge to remove fat and gristle. 

The company has also come under fire for its chicken nuggets. Some claim they're the chicken equivalent of pink beef slime, others say there's no way something so cheap can be pure meat. McDonald's "debunked" myths about its nuggets in a video of their production, though as Lindsay Abrams points out in Salon, the video skips a key part of this process:

"Skipping straight to the processing plant also allows the video to ignore what should be the most controversial ingredient: growth-promoting antibiotics. Routine use of the drugs is standard practice for many of the United States’ major poultry producers, a recent Reuters investigation revealed, contributing to the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. Tyson is no exception — according to the documents uncovered by Reuters, ordered an antibiotic 'for use in the prevention of coccidiosis in broiler flocks, growth promotion and feed efficiency.'"

Despite the bad press, by addressing the public's questions and creating seemingly honest videos, McDonald's persevered through these controversies. Rebranding efforts initiated in 2015 have the chain leaning towards a more upscale, minimalist vibe by tapping into local trends, with new menu items including guacamole burgers and breakfast bowls. 



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Thu, 12 Jan 2017 04:27:02 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/companies-that-sold-fake-meat/becca-bleznak
<![CDATA[The 8 Greatest (True) Robert De Niro Stories Ever Told]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-true-robert-de-niro-stories/jacob-shelton

Ya'll ready for some Robert De Niro true stories? Because it's about to get real up in here. See, Robert De Niro comes from a time when celebrities were mysterious. When the faces on the silver screen were all the audience had of a star. When you didn’t know what everyone was having for lunch. But just because De Niro is enigmatic doesn’t mean there aren’t some great Robert De Niro stories out there. A lot of cool Robert De Niro stories come from his time before he a megastar, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t juicy, more recent, equally as true Robert De Niro stories. After all, when President Obama gives you an award for being you, you’re on to something.

Because De Niro is mostly known for intense dramatic roles, it makes sense to ask, is Robert De Niro funny? If these personal stories, many of which were told by friends, are to be believed, he’s way funnier than any of his characters. If you can’t believe the guy who played Travis Bickle can ham it up, you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you read through these real Robert De Niro stories.


The 8 Greatest (True) Robert De Niro Stories Ever Told,

Harvey Keitel Explains How De Niro Reads Scripts

At the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors, Robert De Niro received what can only be described as a lifetime achievement award to the nth degree alongside Bruce Springsteen, Mel Brooks, Dave Brubeck, and Grace Bumbry. President Obama presented the award.

The greatest story told De Niro that evening came from frequent co-star Harvey Keitel: "One day, Robby comes to me and he says, 'Harvey, you know how an actor reads a script don't you?' I said, 'Yeah.' He says, 'Let me show you.'" Keitel then mimed flipping through a script while saying, "Bullsh*t, bullsh*t, bullsh*t, my part. Bullsh*t..."


He Wants To Punch Trump In The Face And Thinks Obama Gets A Bad Rap

De Niro may be reticent to discuss his personal life in interviews, he doesn't shy away from promoting political activism any chance he gets. He was incredibly vocal against the rise of dum-dum conservatism led by Donald Trump, saying he'd like to punch the orange one in the face.

But De Niro isn't all piss and vinegar; he's soft-spoken when it comes to personal political causes. While speaking at India's Think Summit, he discussed how hard it is for someone like President Obama to make level-headed, sincere decisions: "Obama's heart is in the right place and he has to pick his battles. It's easy to criticize someone like him.... but he is a decent person. Some of the Republicans are just trying to win at all costs.”


He Doesn't Want To Talk To You

Like some other great actors, De Niro suffers the contradiction of loving an art that gets him worldwide exposure while seriously disliking worldwide exposure. For a 1987 Vanity Fair profile, De Niro's former secretary, Trixie Bourne, who also worked for Steve McQueen and Jack Nicholson, explained various ways she diverted those looking to speak to the actor (including the reporter).

"Mr. De Niro is traveling” was Bourne's default response, though she would also use "Mr. De Niro is out of the country,” “I’ll have to get back to you,” or “We’ll see about that.” Apparently, De Niro once accidentally answered his own phone, and mumbled "Yeah, hello . . . this is Bob. I’ll put Trixie on.”

According to a friend of De Niro's, “Bobby never answers his own phone. And he calls you—you never call him.”

Eventually, Trixie had to keep it real with Patricia Bosworth, who wrote the Vanity Fair piece: "Mr. De Niro will probably never talk to you, but he is giving you permission to talk to his friends.”


He Requested A Real Bullet Be Placed In The Russian Roulette Gun In The Deer Hunter

While filming one of the most intense scenes in one of the most intense films ever (The Deer Hunter), De Niro heightened the tension on set when he insisted there be a live bullet in the gun he and his fellow actors were using to play Russian roulette. According to people who worked on the set, the bullet was removed prior to filming any shots were the trigger was pulled. This is a story that could only have happened in the 1970s, and it is amazing and frightening. Robert De Niro, you are a beautiful maniac. 


Bobby Loves Disguises

Move over Austin Powers, Robert De Niro is the real international man of mystery. According to Sally Kirkland, who you've seen in everything from Bruce Almighty to JFK and hundreds of TV shows, when De Niro was first auditioning in New York City he, "had this composite he’d carry around with him to auditions—25 pictures of himself in various disguises. In one he was like an IBM executive, in another a professor with glasses and a goatee..."

But his disguises didn't end there. In Illeana Douglas' memoir I Blame Dennis Hopper: And Other Stories From a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies, she says the first time she met the notoriously shy actor was when she went to a meeting with Martin Scorsese, to discuss her role in Goodfellas. But there was something off about him. 

"[W]ho did I see coming the other way but Robert De Niro. There was no official word that Robert De Niro was in the movie, or even considering being in the movie, so I got a secret little thrill that maybe that’s why he was leaving Marty’s.

I smiled politely at him as I passed by and respectfully and quietly said, 'Hello.' He politely nodded back, said, 'Hello,' and we both kept walking. I did notice that he was wearing large horn-rimmed glasses. Marty opened the door for me, and I said, 'I just said hello to Robert De Niro. Does that mean he’s going to be in the movie?'And Marty looked a little concerned and said, 'You recognized him?'

I laughed, and said, 'Of course. He’s Robert De Niro!' And he said, 'But he was wearing a disguise.' And I said, 'Marty, he was wearing glasses.'"


He Financed A Super Weird Video Game Designed To Compete With Myst

By the time the '90s rolled around, De Niro could do whatever he wanted. He'd made at least five classic films, and his production company, Tribeca, was super successful. So he decided to do what anyone would in such circumstances, finance a video game harnessing the combined talents of Stereocopic 3D champion Buzz Hays, Jim Belushi, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith.

According to Hays, the goal to was make a weirder version of Myst, which is a noble pursuit if ever there were one. Says Hays, "Myst had already had its day in the sun. It was still, in many peoples’ eyes, the finest video game ever to be created. So we decided to try and do a more irreverent version of that.”  

Unfortunately, the game was dead in the water before it was released, but no one seems too broken up about the truly weird experience. "For us it was just this funny nostalgic time when we got to do this crazy thing in this tiny warehouse in San Francisco," said Hays.

"We had such a good time making this thing that at the end of the day, it kind of didn’t matter whether people loved it or not.”


De Niro Goes So Method He Learned Sax And Gained 50 Pounds

If you're wondering why all of De Niro's most famous characters are so brutally intense, it's because he applies Stella Adler's acting method to everything he does, whether it's gaining weight for a role, learning how to shoot, or playing the saxophone.

For Taxi Driver, De Niro went to a gun range regularly, and for his Oscar-winning turn as Jake La Motta in Raging Bull, he spent a year in the ring before trashing his sinewy physique by gorging on pasta and ice cream, gaining 50 pounds for the final portion of the film. He once said, “I feel I have to earn the right to play a part."

Liza Minnelli remembers De Niro’s work ethic while filming New York, New York. “I’d leave the studio around twelve midnight, and I could hear the wail of a saxophone. As a musician he was fabulous. That’s the way he found the character—through the music. That’s the way he put it together.”


He Doesn't Know How to Drive (At Least He Didn't In 1970, At 27)

While filming the Roger Corman film Bloody Mama, De Niro was meant to drive like a maniac through a field in Arkansas. In the finished product, you see the first take of the scene, because everyone was too scared to film a second. In 1987, Shelly Winters explained to Vanity Fair: "In one scene he had to drive us in this car. The cameras roll. Suddenly we’re careening around this field, and it’s like he’s out of control at the wheel. I whispered, ‘Bobby, do you know how to drive?’ and he grinned. ‘Are you kidding? I’m from New York. Why would I know how to drive?'"



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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 04:27:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/greatest-true-robert-de-niro-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[8 Magicians Who Died During a Performance]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/magicians-who-died-during-tricks/lily-rose

Magic offers a twofold thrill: (1) the how-did-they-do-it nature of tricks and illusions; and, (2) the often serious danger they seem to place themselves in. While you may assume much of this danger is for show, there's a sordid history of magic acts that killed the magician. These magicians who died during tricks aimed to awe and delight audiences, and learned the hard way what happens when illusions go wrong. If nothing else, this list proves magic is a dangerous profession requiring extensive knowledge.

Magicians who died performing span generations, and come from many countries and culture, giving a reminder of the public fascination with the medium. Surely that fascination stems, in part, from a general lack of understanding of how tricks and  illusion work. Magician stage deaths surely only increase mass interest in the craft, because they highlight how much danger these entertainers put themselves in, and play to the religious and occult underpinnings of magic's ancient origins


8 Magicians Who Died During a Performance,

Black Herman

Black Herman, known to friends and family as Benjamin Rucker, died of natural causes on stage. Herman was a political radical influenced by Marcus Garvey and similar thinkers of the time, in whose milieu he lived after moving from his native Virginia to New York City. During his show, he played up his African heritage, building a strong sense of African-American identity, while making fun of Klansmen. 

Black Herman was most well known for being buried alive, a trick that could last as long as three days (he wasn't actually buried, it just appeared as though he had been). He performed to mixed race audiences in the North, but was relegated to playing blacks only venues in the South.  

At the end of a show in Louisville, KY in April 1934, Rucker suffered a heart attack and died. Most people believed this was part of his act, a new trick he was trying out, and refused to believe he was dead. His promoters used this to their advantag, charging a fee to attend his funeral and allow attendees to see if he was, in fact, deceased. 


Chung Ling Soo

Chung Ling Soo was the stage name of American magician William Ellsworth Robinson. Robinson performed in yellow face, trading on racist notions of oriental mysticism and ancient east Asian magic, and was most famous for his bullet catching trick, which he called ‘Condemned to Death By the Boxers,’ so it had a nice Chinese ring to it. Robinson performed his trick using a gun with two barrels - one took the real bullet he showed the audience fo effect, the other held a blank.

On March 23, 1918, during a routine performance, Robinson shot himself for real, and by accident, because he was lazy. The thing with guns is, you have to clean them if you want them to work properly. Robison never cleaned his trick gun, and gunpowder built up in the chamber. The day the magician died, the blank lit accumulated powder, which exploded and fired the real bullet in the second chamber. 

The bullet pierced Robinson's lung and, for the first time in his professional career, he spoke in English on stage (he liked using made up Chinese because he felt it added an air of authenticity to his show, which probably wasn't true if there were any Chinese people in the audience): "Oh my God. Something's happened. Lower the curtain!"


Tommy Cooper

Tommy Cooper was an English comedian and magician known for being a terrible at magic. His act consisted of screwing up tricks and mining jokes from his incompetence. It wasn't unusual for him to fall over and lay about on the stage. That's why, during his slapstick routine on Live From Her Majesty's at Her Majesty's Theatre in London, no one realized something was amiss when Cooper keeled over on stage and died from a massive heart attack.

Audience members laughed as Cooper lay before them, dying. The broadcast cut to commercial, Cooper was pulled off stage, and, after several attempts to revive him failed, he was transported to a hospital, where he was proclaimed dead. Video of his death can be seen on Youtube


Amazing Joe Was Crushed To Death Being Buried Alive And It Was Filmed

Joseph W. Burrus was enamored with Harry Houdini and wanted to be even greater than his idol. On Halloween night, 1990, the 64th anniversary of Houdini's death, the 32-year-old magician and recovering drug addict was buried alive in a plastic coffin at an amusement park, before a crowd of onlookers including his own children.

There was little cause for alarm on the day, as Burrus, known as Amazing Joe, had successfully performed the trick a year before. However, at that time, he was buried only by dirt. In 1990, he added cement to the mix, and didn't take into account the extra weight. His plastic coffin was crushed immediately. Rescuers began digging upon hearing the coffin collapse, but Burrus was dead by the time they got to him. 


Karr the Mysterious Was Ripped Apart By A Speeding Car

Professionally known as Karr the Mysterious, South African escape artist Charles Rowan died during a daredevil escape attempt in 1930. A largely forgotten figure in the annals of magic history, Rowan left behind little in terms of personal biography. However, a Reuters report of his death survives.

"A ghastly death befell a traveling magician named Karr here this afternoon, when his oft-repeated stunt of allowing himself to be strapped in a straightjacket and charged by a motorcar failed... a large crowd, including numerous small children... saw a car dash into Karr and kill him... he was struck by the right wheel, which almost severed one of his legs."

Karr. Car. Maybe it was fate?


Gilbert Genesta Drowned In A Milk Can

Royden Joseph Gilbert Raison de la Genesta, professionally known as Genesta, more or less stole his signature trick from Houdini, who first performed it in 1908. The idea was simple yet extremely attractive to audiences - Genesta locked himself in a milk can or barrel filled with water. One fateful day in 1930, the magician failed to make his escape in time. 

When stage hands ascertained something was wrong, the curtain came down, a doctor rushed onstage. and assistants pulled Genesta from the can. He was unconscious but revived and rushed to the hospital, where he died after telling the doctor that, in more than 10 years of performing the trick, he had never failed before. 

Record has it the milk can Genesta used during his final performance was dented. This limited the space he had to contort his body in order to make a timely escape, and may have contributed to his demise. 


Madame DeLinsky's Catching Bullets Trick Only Had To Go Wrong Once

The DeLinskys were a well-known Polish husband and wife magic due who toured Europe in the early 19th century. One of their most sensational tricks involved Madame DeLinsky facing a firing squad and coming away unscathed after "catching" all the bullets. This was achieved by instructing those on the firing squad to load their guns with empty paper cartridges, so no bullets were fired. Madam DeLinsky then showed the audience a handful of bullets she already had on her person. 

In 1820, Madame DeLinsky, pregnant at the time, and her husband were performing a bullet catching trick in Arnstadt, Germany for Prince Shwarznberg-Sonderhausen and the royal family. A member of the firing squad conscripted for the performance accidentally put a real bullet in his gun and shot Madam DeLinsky through the abdomen. Members of the royal family reportedly fainted from the violence. She died two days later, and her magician husband went mad.  


Washington Irving Bishop Was Killed Either By A Fit Onstage Or His Autopsy

Washington Irving Bishop was an American mentalist and spiritualist best known for his ability to read people's minds (which came down to his ability to read body language), and for being the originator of the blind drive, a trick other magicians took up, which was exactly what it sounds like - driving with a blindfold on. 

Bishop was also known for suffering cataleptic fits, which sent him into a catatonic state. Even during a performance, he could pass out at any minute. Because of this, he carried a note in his pocket explaining he wasn't dead, and should not have an autopsy performed on him unless 48 hours had passed and he still wasn't showing signs of life.

On May 12, 1889 Bishop had a cataleptic fit on stage at the Lambs Club in New York City. After being brought off stage, he was determined dead. Physicians John A Irwin, Frank Ferguson, and Irwin H Hance performed an autopsy, declaring Bishop passed away from hysterocatalepsy. Bishop's wife and mother ardently claimed Bishop was in a trance-like state, not dead, after his fit, and was killed by the autopsy. Charges were brought up against Irwin, Ferguson, and Hance, but the doctors were never convicted. 



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Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:13:36 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/magicians-who-died-during-tricks/lily-rose
<![CDATA[23 Garbage Men Describe Crazy Stuff They Found]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-garbage/amandasedlakhevener

What do garbage men find in the trash? It's an intriguing question. Garbage men have an interesting job. They deal with the remnants of people's lives, after all, and see everything that people throw away. Have you ever wondered what the garbage man finds weird about your trash? Maybe they're secretly judging how many pints of ice cream you consume, or noticing how you sort your recyclables (or not).

Of course, those are pretty typical trash situations. But garbage men also find all sorts of interesting things tossed away, from drugs and drug paraphernalia to dead bodies and everything in between. If you're interested in the details, you can either approach your local garbage man for an interview, or do it the easy way and check the internet. Reddit contains countless stories about what garbage men found and decided to share with readers. Keep scrolling to check out their wildest stories, and be especially cautious the next time you pass a dumpster.


23 Garbage Men Describe Crazy Stuff They Found,

Leaking Blood and a Religious Sacrifice

Redditor 98FordContour added:

NYC sanitation worker here. I have seen just about everything you can imagine. Dead animals such as dogs and cats are thrown out like every day trash. We are required to just take them and the police are not notified at all. One time, my partner and I saw huge amounts of blood leaking from multiple trash bags that we had just thrown into the truck. We called our supervisor and he looked at it and just said keep going. It could have been anything. I have also seen plenty of drug paraphernalia being thrown out. Thousands of little plastic bags, scales and plenty of white "powder" all over the place. one single incident sticks with me. Me and my partner were called to a location that was far away from our regular route one day. We met our supervisor at the location. I ask him what's up? He points to a tree we were standing near. He says look up. I look up and see a huge mass hanging in the tree about 20 feet off the ground. I couldn't really make out what it was but it was dark and about 3X3 feet big. Turns out, it was a huge pile of dead rats all tied together in a big mass. The police and fire department showed up about 5 minutes later. The fire department had to use a ladder to get to the branch and cut it down. When it hit the ground with a thud, the smell was so bad that us, the PD and FD all backed up very quickly. Me and my partner had the pleasure of grabbing this thing and tossing it into the truck. There had to be between 50-75 dead rats on this thing. We asked the police what it was all about and they said most likely a form of religious sacrifice. I've been working for the sanitation department for 14 years and that had to be the nastiest thing I have ever seen. I'll never forget the smell. Forgot to mention that it was probably about 90 degrees that day and God knows how long that thing was hanging around.

 


Guns and Antiques

As stated by steve2058:

Never found any body parts in 35 years, but guns and antiques and was requested by the ATF to pickup the trash at one home and pull around the corner and let the "Special Agent in Charge" take the trash bags and put them in his black Chrysler 300 undercover car. This happened for several weeks in a row, never did find out what they were looking for.


Metal War Veteran Grave Markers

Redditor londongarbageman said:

The only thing I brought to the police's attention were a bunch of brass WWI and WWII grave marker medallions I found in the recycle bins. Hopefully they went back to where they belonged.


Expensive Watches and iPhones

According to GoodnightKevin:

My father in law is a bin man here in Northern Ireland. He is forever bringing home stuff he finds on his rounds, most recently a Tag Heuer watch and more iPhones than you could shake a stick at.

Guy even has a huge jar filled with coins he finds – all the guys he work with dump any loose change or notes they come across into it throughout the year, and they split it between them at Christmas.


Part of a Meth Lab

According to Moosepondvacation:

Former Sanitation Department Supervisor - My guys called me frantic one day after an explosion in the hopper of the truck. Thankfully no one was injured, but I called the fire department and police always come on fire calls too. Turns out they had been watching the house we were in front of because the guy was cooking meth. He threw away some of the ingredients and the pressure when it compacted caused it to explode. The best part was the fact that the guy sat out front watching the show in a bathrobe. He eventually got dressed and came back out. When he was arrested he had drugs in his pants. Apparently he didn't own any pants without drugs in the pockets.


Dead Animals and a Prosthetic Limb

This one is from weedandguitars:

I used to manage garbage men in Oakland. Routinely found dead animals, remnants of large marijuana harvests, and weapons. Once we found a rejected prosthetic limb.

Also, pretty regularly, the FBI will have a trash company pick up the trash of someone under investigation so they can go through it.

I spent some years in the trash/recycling industry. I remember a guy at a metal recycling center trying to cash in bronze grave headstones. He was arrested.


A Bag of Arcade Tokens

Contributed by theoptionexplicit:

This was in the 90s... my friend's dad found a big sack full of arcade tokens. Not sure how it is now, but back then the tokens were mostly standardized. My friend was in heaven.


A Choir Book from 1864

From Redditor mvincent17781:

I worked at a landfill for one summer and didn't find anything grotesque but did find a choir book from 1864 in a box in the dumpster. Took that for myself.


A Dead Body

Shared by tiorted726:

I wasn't a driver but a mechanic on garbage trucks for a large municipality. In my 4 years in that department we had to dump fully loaded trucks on the ground 2 times and spread out the load looking for a body; found one once. I decided not to look at it, I think I made the right choice.


Hospital Bio Hazard Waste

Shared by Slambusher:

I ran a large trash hauling company in south Georgia for 3 years. The amount of sketchy things thrown away is innumerable. I can't tell you how many times hospitals threw their bio waste out to save on disposal fees. It got so bad the landfill ended up reporting them. That's just the ones we saw who knows how many weren't caught.

Wasn't criminal but should have been was the amount of good things WalMart and other retailers threw away. You return something due to scratch etc and it doesn't sell they have to throw it away. Tools, tvs, computers, clothes, toys etc some not even out of the box. All of it in working condition but they had to throw it out to write it off is what I was told.



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<![CDATA[Horror Stories About the Worst Teachers of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-teachers-2017/ranker-news

If you think you've had the worst teachers in school, this list of bad teachers in 2017 will surely change your mind. This year's worst teachers made headlines because of unorthodox teaching methods, child abuse, and just purely evil crimes. While some of these cruel educators were stopped right away, others were caught many years into their careers, leaving a trail of young victims.  

Teachers punishing students is an everyday occurrence in schools, but sometimes, the teacher takes it too far. To make matters worse, students don't even tell their parents about what happened due to trauma or fear of more punishments. Reasons like these are why so many horrible teachers, professors, and even principals never pay for their crimes.

This list of the worst teachers of 2017 should make you feel grateful that you weren't a student in their class. If you know of any other teacher horror stories, let us know in the comments.   


Horror Stories About the Worst Teachers of 2017,

Substitute Who Slept with Student Arrested Days After His Child's Birth

A substitute teacher and part-time football coach in Nevada was arrested after he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a student just days after his wife gave birth to their daughter. A news crew happened to be at the birth - their daughter was the first baby in Las Vegas of the new year.

"To be honest, I'm not really surprised because, when I first say him I didn't even know he was a football coach," one student told a local TV station. "I thought he was a student." 


Florida Teacher Got Drunk And Made A 14-Year-Old Drive Her To Waffle House

We've all been there - after a couple of cocktails, you get a hankering for something greasy. But if getting that drunk-food fix means you're doing something illegal, it's probably best to ignore your urges. Unfortunately for high school teacher Terra Virgin, she indulged her hunger and had a 14 year old illegally drive her to a Waffle House. 

To make matters worse, Virgin was drinking an open beer in the car. The 14 year old was her boyfriend's son. She told officers she was too drunk to drive, so she asked the teen to do it for her. 


Teacher and His Wife Sexually Abuse Student

An Indian teacher and his wife were arrested for sexually abusing a minor girl in their custody for six months. According to local news reports, the girl was staying with the family so she could receive a better education.

Anwar Hussain Hajarat Ali Nadaf, 40, and his wife Ruksana, 29, were charged in January 2017. 

The girl lived with the Nadaf family for six months while she attended the school Nadaf where taught. Her family - an impoverished family living in a small village - paid the Nadaf's to keep the girl. 


Elementary School Teacher Caught Distributing Child Porn

A Wyoming elementary school teacher is accused of distributing more than 80 child pornography files. Matt Brandon Bell, a sixth grade teacher, was sending images of young girls through his Gmail account. State law enforcement officials got a tip about Bell, and traced at least one pornographic image to him.

They also found a trove of child pornography on hard drives inside his house. He said he was not producing the videos and never touched his students. 


Assistant Elementary Teacher Throws Rager House Party for Teens

It's one thing to be a "cool teacher," it's a whole other when you throw a 150-plus person rager in your backyard for a group of teens. 

Camilla Barney chose the later, and was arrested after deputies busted the party on January 1. According to an arrest report, Barney, 38, had more than 100 minors in her house who were drinking and smoking marijuana. When officers asked who was in charge, Barney came out of her bedroom.

Barney worked as a teaching assistant at Argyle Elementary School near Jacksonville, FL, but was reassigned to a position where "she has no contact with students," according to the district. 


Business Teacher Embezzles Money from the Student Yearbook

A New York business teacher and yearbook advisor was arrested after he embezzled money from the yearbook's budget. Thomas Coons, 57, stole $3,000 from the club. 

The district said he was on administrative leave and would seek restitution for the theft. You'd think a business teacher would know the ethical (and legal) implications of embezzlement, but apparently not. 


Teachers Play "F*ck, Marry, Kill" Using Their Students's Names

Almost everyone knows the timeless game "F*ck, Marry, Kill" where you choose three people and decide which of them you would have sex with, who you would marry, and who you would kill. And while the game is fun to play, it's not so fun when adults are ranking children - specifically if those children are students and the adults are their teachers. 

But that's exactly what happened in Bangor, MI. Several teachers and school officials were reportedly sitting at a local pub after school playing the game using their students as the examples. They were caught on video by someone also in the bar. 

A lawyer for the school district said two of the teachers involved were suspended and one resigned. 


Former Teacher Who Solicited Sexy Pics Arrested After Blackmailing Scheme

In a story that has two twists - former Florida middle school teacher Andrew Montalvo, 31, was arrested for soliciting sexy photos from a former 16-year-old student. But this isn't your run-of-the-mill nude photo scandal. 

Montalvo was only caught after the 16-year-old was arrested in an unrelated burglary charge. She and an unknown conspirator contacted Montalvo while they were in jail as part of a blackmail scheme.

According to media reports, she threatened to tell police about the pictures unless he paid her $2,000. Upon their release, he met with the two, paid them, and hoped it would all go away. Except it didn't: police intercepted the blackmailing plot and arrested Montalvo. He told investigators he didn't know how old the girl was, which seemed hard to believe since he was her teacher two years prior. 



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Mon, 02 Jan 2017 04:36:03 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-teachers-2017/ranker-news
<![CDATA[18 Unbelievable But True Stories from the Buckwild Life of Wilt Chamberlain]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-wilt-chamberlain-stories/jacob-shelton

Wilt Chamberlain is, without a doubt, one of the greatest players that the NBA will ever see. He’s a literal and figurative giant in the world of basketball, and even though his stats are legendary, there are definitely some things you still didn't know about Wilt Chamberlain. More so than most celebrities, he seems to have a multi-faceted personality, and a collection of interests that seem at odds with one another. Who was Wilt Chamberlain? How did one man have so many unseen sides?

Wilt Chamberlain NBA stories illustrate the many sides of this legendary figure. There’s the one about how the league had to literally change their rules so he wouldn’t be so dominating on the court, but there’s also the time that he helped some delivery guys move some stuff just because he’s a nice guy.

Crazy Wilt Chamberlain stories didn’t all take place on the court. Chamberlain made it a point to hang out with some very famous people, and with that kind of lifestyle, insanity is sure to follow. More so than anything else, Chamberlain seems to be a guy who was always searching for something – be it a new game to play, a new lady to spend the evening with, or a new record to break. There was nothing small about Wilt Chamberlain, and these wild stories from his life are direct proof. 


18 Unbelievable But True Stories from the Buckwild Life of Wilt Chamberlain,

Yes, He Really Did Sleep with Around 20,000 Women (He Says)

Perhaps the most famous Wilt Chamberlain's legend is the story of the 7'1" NBA superstar sleeping with something like 20,000 women. Maybe it was 20,001, maybe it was 19,999, but when you've bedded that many people, who's really counting?

In his book A View from Above, Chamberlain made the outrageous claim that he'd slept with thousands of women, but he made sure to let the readers know that he wasn't trying to break up any marriages: "I made a conscious effort to find out [if a woman was married]. Even as a single man, infidelity has no place in my life."


He Was Kind of Like a Character from Revenge of the Nerds

On one of the Harlem Globetrotters' visits to Russia, some of the guys in their Lenin Stadium dressing room were horsing around and they bumped Chamberlain a little too hard. So, like a character from an '80s snobs vs. slobs movie, he grabbed two of the guys by their shirts and lifted their basketball-player-sized bodies off of the ground. 

 

 


He Was the Coolest Player Ever to Shoot Granny-Style

When you think of Wilt Chamberlain, you might think of his role in Conan the Destroyer, or maybe all those ladies he hooked up with while he was going hard in the paint. But you probably don't think about his free throw style, and if any form of human consciousness exists after we die, he's probably very happy about that.

Despite playing a 100 point game, scoring 36 of 63 shots from the field, and 28 of 32 from the line, he still had to shoot his free throws underhand. While that definitely looked silly, it's important to remember that we're not all great at everything we do - even one of the best players the NBA has ever seen. 


The Hall of Famer Was Known to Pick Up Grown Men

Apparently Chamberlain was so strong that he just liked to carry grown men around wherever he went. That seems like an odd thing to do, but when you're 7'1" who's going to stop you? Pat Powers, a 1984 Olympic volleyball gold medalist, once said that while working out on the beach in the '70s, Chamberlain picked up a guy who weighed around 240 pounds who was walking to the outdoor gym, lifted him over the railing and said, there was “no reason to walk." Is it too late to time travel back to the '70s and make friends with Wilt Chamberlain?


He Could Have Worked as a Delivery Man

Years after Chamberlain retired from the NBA and went on to make waves as a volleyball player he thought about coming back to the league for another shot at greatness. After a visit to Madison Square Garden to meet with the Knicks' front office, he went out to the elevator and bumped into two deliverymen who were struggling with a giant dolly that was covered in boxes. Rather than make the two men deal with their problem alone, Chamberlain supposedly said, "Gentlemen, maybe I can help." Then he picked up the payload, lifted it out of the elevator, and went on with his business. When a witness at the office asked them how much the package weighed, the men noted that it was "close to 600 pounds."

 

 


He Broke a Player's Toe with a Slam Dunk

Many NBAologists have said that the reason Chamberlain faired so well in the league was because he played during a "weak era" of the game. While that's one of the most ridiculous (and disrespectful) things you can say about a group of players that paved the way for the modern era, it might be a little true. According to legend, Chamberlain once dunked a ball so hard that it went through the basket, hit Hall of Famer Johnny "Red" Kerr in the foot and broke his toe. Either Kerr wasn't getting enough calcium or Chamberlain was getting way too much. 


He Was a Daredevil - And So Was His Mom

According to Chamberlain's sister Barbara, the former NBA star was known to run across the roofs of Los Angeles on the hunt for a swimming pool in which he could soak his hulking frame. “He would jump off the roof on top of the garage, or jump from one barn across to another. He had no fear. When we lived in California, he had the highest apartment in the building he built. He would jump off that building and go into the pool. My mom would do it with him and she had to be 60 at the time.”

Did Chamberlain accidentally invent parkour?

 


He Never Fouled Out of a Game

In the modern era of the NBA, where trash talk and super aggressive dudes seem to be the flavor of the week, it's important to remember that Wilt Chamberlain never fouled out of an NBA game. That's crazy. You'd think that because he was so famous when he was playing that guys would just be gunning for him the entire time. Maybe players didn't think that way during his era, or maybe everyone was just too scared of Wilt. 


Wilt Had an Interesting Way of Changing Tires

According to NBA Public Relations Director Haskell Cohen, when Wilt was a teenager working as a bellhop at Kutsher's Hotel, he had a special way to help out patrons who had a flat tire. If someone didn't have a jack handy, the teenage Chamberlain would lift up the back end of the car while the tire was changed. 


At One Point He Was Going to Box Muhammad Ali

This match couldn't have ended well, right? A fight between one of the tallest professional athletes at the time and one of the greatest boxers ever known sounds great on paper, but it would have been a disaster. This almost-fight was going to happen after Ali returned from his three-year exile and needed some cash, but it never occurred because during a press conference for the BOOKED MATCH that was set to take place on July 26, 1971, at the Houston Astrodome, Ali answered ever question with the word, "Timbeeeeer." After a few minutes of this, Chamberlain left the press conference, spoke with his lawyers, and called the match off. 



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Wed, 04 Jan 2017 01:41:18 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/crazy-wilt-chamberlain-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[15 Tales of Supremely Fearless and Totally Bizarre Houdini Exploits]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/badass-harry-houdini-stories/jacob-shelton

Decades after Harry Houdini's death, magic fans and plebs alike are fascinated by the life of one of the world's great entertainers. Born Erik Weisz in Hungary, Houdini made a career out of doing weird sh*t and getting paid for it (before people knew that was a thing you could do). Madman Harry Houdini buried himself multiple times, even though he almost killed himself on his first attempt, and was the first person to fly over Australian soil (as the pilot, not a passenger). There are hella crazy Houdini stories in this buckwild world of ours; some revolve around weird concepts for illusions, others involve him pissing his friends off. He’s definitely not Tom Hanks.

Some of the most awesome Houdini facts center on his search for truth in everything he did. Harry "Badass" Houdini was not a guy to half-ass things. If he was going to chase down so-called mystics and expose them as frauds, he canceled shows, wrangeld a panel of scientists, and debunked you with fury. There are so many tales of badass Houdini exploits, you should just read them for yourselves. Keep in mind, Houdini was a tough cookie - you shouldn’t try any of his feats of endurance or pissy note writing. 


15 Tales of Supremely Fearless and Totally Bizarre Houdini Exploits,

He Wrote a Book with Instructions on Slipping Handcuffs and Breaking Out of Prison

If you were a cop in turn-of-the-century New York City, the last thing you wanted was Harry Houdini publishing a book explaining how to slip handcuffs, escape prison, and do all manner of bad guyery. In 1906, Houdini released The Right Way to Do Wrong, which detailed his criminal exploits, including breaking out of police stations, and contained  stories of some of the men he met in prison. To make sure readers didn't misconstrue the purpose of his book, Houdini included a message: "IT DOES NOT PAY TO LEAD A DISHONEST LIFE, and to those who read this book, although it will inform them 'The Right Way to Do Wrong,' all I have to say is one word and that is 'DON’T.'”


He Gave Silent Film Legend Buster Keaton His Famous Stage Name

Houdini supplied the stage name Buster Keaton used his entire life. In 1895, when Keaton was just six months old, and named Joseph Frank Keaton, he fell down a flight of stairs in his family home. Houdini happened to be hanging out with Keaton's family that night (they were vaudville performers), and picked up baby Buster, who was completely fine, despite his tumble down the steps. He noted Keaton could really take a "buster," or a fall, and from then on, the future film star was known as Buster Keaton.  


He Died Because He Refused to Cancel a Performance, Despite Having Appendicitis

You've probably heard Houdini was punched to death, but that's not the full story. In 1926, he was punched in the gut a few times by a man named J. Gordon Whitehead, but he didn't just keel over and die. The story goes something like this:

Whitehead approached Houdini, asking for permission to punch him, as Houdini previously stated he could withstand any fist to the abdomen. Whitehead got permission and hammered Houdini, who was in a reclined position, before he could prepare for the hit. Despite excruciating pain, he went ahead with his show that night (he was already running a fever and had a broken ankle). 

The next day, Houdini was in awful condition. A physician examined him before a performance and told him he had acute appendicitis that required immediate surgery, but Houdini said, "nah." After the show, he went to the hospital, where he had his appendix removed (it had burst by the time he finally sought treatment, maybe because of Whitehead's punch). He died one week later. 


He Commissioned HP Lovecraft to Write a Manuscript for Him

If you were doing weird stuff in the early 20th century, things like wearing a straight jacket under water or writing about barbarians fighting snake gods, you kinda had to associate with HP Lovecraft, the spookiest writer in America. Turns out at least one manuscript on spiritualism Houdini made available to audiences at his shows was ghost written by Lovecraft. Sort of.

In 1926, Houdini commissioned Lovecraft to write The Cancer of Superstition, a 31-page piece tracing superstition through the ages. To make matters just a little weirder, Lovecraft didn't write most of the manuscript, but instead farmed it out to buddy CM Eddy. Sly dog. 


He Debunked Fraudulent Mediums He Felt Were Taking Advantage of People

Everyone needs a hobby. Houdini's was traveling around the US debunking mediums who insisted they could contact people in the afterlife. He went so far as to cancel shows in order to put mediums on blast who he felt were taking advantage of people. He sometimes brought the editor of Scientific America and a panel scientists with him, to publicize the fraudulent psychic. 

In 1924, Houdini traveled to Boston to meet Mina "Margery" Crandon and prove she was full of sh*t. Crandon, a beautiful and charming woman, made a name for herself channeling the spirit of her brother, a crass jackass who threw random objects at people (including a megaphone, for whatever reason), spoke in a thundering voice, and was able to pass on messages from the dead. In the post-war (Wold War I), post-Spanish flu epidemic America, many yeared to talk to departed love ones. 

The day of the séance, Houdini tightly bandaged one of his legs to make his skin especially sensitive. He suspected he, as a guest of honor, would be seated next to Crandon, and hoped he could use his leg to feel the movements of her body, in order to figure out how she was hoodwinking people. The move paid off, as Houdini, in the dark of the seance, felt Crandon using her leg to pull objects from under her chair to wing them around the room, a ploy to convince customers a ghost was among them. 

Houdini went to a second séance Margery held and caught her "levitating" a table by wearing it on her head. Later, when describing her malarkey, he said it was "The slickest ruse I ever detected." 


He Almost Died Burying Himself Alive Then Did It Again Trying to Perfect the Trick

Of all the "magic" tricks and feats of endurance Houdini performed, he must have really liked burying himself alive, because even though he failed (read: almost killed himself) his first attempt to do so in front of a group of people in 1915, he kept trying to perform the trick.

For whatever reason, Houdini was fascinated with the idea of being buried alive before an audience. After his first attempt, he was chained in a coffin and submerged in a swimming pool, where he stayed for 90 minutes (the coffin was watertight; he used controlled breathing to avoid suffocation). This was done quite publicly in New York City, and apparently done again a few months later in Worcester, MA. 

Still, that wasn't good enough for Houdini, so he devised away to be buried alive on stage, using a glass vault and glass coffin, so the audience could see everything until he was completely covered in a ton of sand. According to the common narrative, he was going to perform this escape in 1926, but died before he could. However, a letter unearthed in 2014, allegedly written by Houdini to fellow magician James S. Harto, attests he performed the feat in September '26, under the name Mystery of the Sphinx. 


He Starred in Four Movies & Holds the Distinction of First Man to Fight a Robot on Film

If you thought Houdini was ahead of his time before, get a load of this: he was the first person to fight a robot on film. 

Houdini had a long affair with film, too deep and passionate to be a fling, neither as committed nor enduring as marriage. He starred in two Hollywood pictures, produced and starred in two more films in New York, and founded a film lab before turning his back on the industry. In The Master Mystery (1920),  Houdini played Quentin Locke, a Justice Department agent who got into a fist fight with Q the Automaton.  

Who else was fighting robots in that era? As Chaka Khan would say, "ain't nobody." 


He Taught American Soldiers to Escape German Handcuffs During WWI

When World War I broke out, Houdini didn't lock himself up in a milk jug until the battle ended. Instead, he decided to stump for the military. He helped sell war bonds and went to Europe to show American soldiers how to escape German handcuffs. On the homefront, Houdini performed reviews to boost morale, including one called "Cheer Up" and another during which he manifested an eagle named Abraham Lincoln from an American flag.  


He Was the First Person to Fly Over Australian Soil and the First Person Filmed Flying

Houdini seems like the kind of guy who would get really into something for a week or two before dropping it to move onto building realistic skeletons or whatever. In 1909, he got so into aviation, bought a French Voisin biplane for $5,000, hired a mechanic, and taught himself to fly. After a minor crash, he dusted himself off and flew around Germany for a few minutes, in front of 100 some odd spectators. A year later, he became the first person to fly over Australian soil, where he buzzed around for almost eight minutes. He filmed that flight, in doing so becoming the first person to ever be recorded flying. After that, he stuck the plane in storage in England and never flew again. 


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Was His Best Frenemy

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the great stoic Sherlock Holmes, was really into magic and spiritualism, so much so he broke up his bromance with Houdini whe the latter started busting up séances in the early 1920s. Before their relationship fell apart, the two were so close they went on vacations together.

Doyle had always believed in spiritualism, but after his eldest son passed away, his interest in the occult became a full on obsession. When Houdini exposed crackpot fake psychic Margery Crandon as a fraud, the author took personal offense and unfriended him the old fashioned way, by telling newspapers they were no longer friends. Houdini retorted, and the once great friends engaged in a print feud. You cold, Doyle.



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Fri, 16 Dec 2016 04:02:29 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/badass-harry-houdini-stories/jacob-shelton
<![CDATA[The Worst Parents of 2017]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-parents-of-2017/ranker-news

Being a good parent is often difficult and exhausting, so mistakes are expected. However, the bad parents on this list take stupidity and irresponsibility to another level. Just reading about the evil acts these parents did to their children will make your blood boil. How do you think these mothers and fathers measure up against the worst parents of 2016

If you are ever doubting your parenting skills, just look to this list of horrible parenting fails. Vote up the ones that you think are the best examples of terrible parenting that gave you reassurance about your parenting. These are surely the worst parents of 2017 and possibly, of all time. 


The Worst Parents of 2017,

Dad Chokes Daughter Over Nude Snapchat Pictures

A Tennessee dad choked out his 14-year-old daughter after he discovered she was posting naked photos of herself on the social media app Snapchat. Christian Amason, 45, was arrested on January 1.

Authorities said Amason and his wife discovered the photos and confronted her about them. When she refused to allow her mother to spank her, Amason slapped her on the face. She retreated back to her room where "more words were generated," according to the New York Post. Amason lost control of his temper and grabbed the girl by the throat.

He was charged with child abuse and neglect. 

 


A Mom Encouraged And Watched Her Daughter Commit Suicide On A Live-Stream

A Florida mother came under fire after investigators said she watched and encouraged her 14-year-old daughter to commit suicide while she live-streamed the entire event. Naika Venant, a Miami teenager, killed herself on Facebook Live in January. Florida Department of Children and Families officials said her mother, Gina Caze, watched and commented on the Facebook Live stream and never alerted anyone her daughter needed help.

Venant was in the foster care system at the time of her death. Officials said Venant complained her mother didn't want her back, and worried whether she would age out of the foster care system. In April 2016, her mother filed a petition to formally release custody of the girl to the state.

Caze wrote, "#ADHD games played u sad little DCF custody jit that's why u where u at for this dumb sh*t n more u keep crying wolf u dead u will get buried life goes on after a jit that doesn't listen to there (sic) parents trying to be grown seeking boys and girls attention instead of her books." 

A month later Caze gave a tearful press conference about the loss of her daughter. She blamed the girls death on the foster system. 


New York Mom Charged With Murder After Strangling Infant Daughter With A Phone Cord

On January 4, 33-year-old Queens woman Shangbo Ziangshengjie was charged with murder after her one-year-old daughter was found dead. 

Police said they were called to Ziangshengjie's apartment where they found the baby unresponsive. It appeared as thought the child had some sort of neck injury, but as of January 5 an autopsy hadn't occurred.

According to the New York Post, Ziangshengjie stranged the child with a phone charger cord and "some sort of religious relic." She called 911 but hung up. Shortly after a roommate called police and they arrived at the home. Authorities said Ziangshengjie recently lost her job and was worried about problems with family members back in China. 

 


Mom Dismembers Daughter As Part Of Rape-Murder Fantasy With Boyfriend

A Pennsylvania mom was arrested in January for dismembering her teenage daughter as part of a "rape-murder fantasy" concocted by her and her boyfriend. 

Authorities said Sara Packer and her boyfriend Jacob Sullivan lured her 14-year-old adoptive daughter Grace to a attic where she was beaten, raped, and tortured by Sullivan while Packer watched. Grace was poisoned and killed before being dismembered in July 2016. Police later found her body in October 2016 but were unsure as to how she got there.

On December 30, 2016, Packer and Sullivan made a suicide pact, suspecting police were closing in on them. They tried overdosing on pills but were unsuccessful after a woman who lived with the couple found them unresponsive.


Utah Mom Kept Son Locked In A Bathroom For A Year

A woman in Utah was arrested after investigators discovered she locked her 12-year-old son in a bathroom for more than a year. The boy was extremely malnourished, and officials said he only weighed 30 pounds. 

"The child looked like he was a victim of a concentration camp from World War II," one police lieutenant said. 

The boy's father discovered him there and later called police.

Brandy K. Jayne, 36, faces charges of child abuse. Inside the bathroom investigators found a single blanket, feces all over the room, empty cans of beans, and a security camera monitoring the room. Two other children lived inside the home but did not show signs of abuse. They said they were allowed to view their brother from their mother's cellphone, which linked to the security camera. 


Father and Son Duo Arrested for Growing Weed In Florida

Nothing like going into the family business - except if that business is illegal, then it might be time to consider an alternate career path.

Unfortunately for Brandon Pollitt, 29, he followed in his 55-year-old father Robert's footsteps and they both were subsequently arrested in January. According to the local news stations, the father/son duo were arrested in Sarasota County, FL, for operating a grow house. Inside their house deputies found 19 cannabis plants. They also found individually wrapped baggies of adderall, heroin, and fentanyl. 

Both face felony charges and Brandon faces an additional four charges of possession of a controlled substance. Father must be so proud. 


Texas Mom Leaves Her Five Children Alone So She Can Party On Her Birthday

A Texas mom was arrested on Jan. 1 after she left her five children ages one to 12 alone to fend for themselves. Deundra Williams was caught after the band of kids was found wandering without shoes on at a Walgreens almost 20 minutes away from their house. 

"This normally doesn't happen," Pflugerville Assistant Police Chief Jim McLean told a local news station. "I've probably only seen this twice in my career." 

Apparently it was Williams's birthday, and she was attending a BBQ thrown in her honor. During that time her kids managed to cross a busy highway, walk to the Walgreens, and open toys on sale in the store. 


Boy Dies In Car Crash After Dad Drives High

A three-year-old boy died after he was in a car crash on January 3. The driver? His dad. 

James Luksza of Bonne Terre, MO, was driving under the influence when he ran off the side of the road and hit a tree. While officials did not say exactly what Luksza had in his system, they said they suspect he was high on marijuana and was in possession of amphetamines at the time of the crash.

In the backseat were Luksza's two sons Chasen and James Jr. Chasen died at the hospital and his brother received serious injuries. Luksza was charged with driving while intoxicated and involuntary manslaughter. 



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Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:29:49 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/worst-parents-of-2017/ranker-news
<![CDATA[8 Times Angry Mobs Got Completely Out of Control and Turned Violent]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-angry-mobs/chuck-stern

Violence often stems from the silliest things, but once it reaches the level of the angry mob, it's less silly and a lot more serious. Mob mentality can cause people to do things they would never consider doing in normal life, things like killing, maiming, and setting things (or people) on fire. Mass violence is a disturbing phenomenon, and yet it's been around since the beginning of time and still exists today.

Often the outrage makes sense - a group of people come together and forcefully demand better treatment - and, in the end, no one really gets hurt. In other cases it's a tragedy over something trivial that leaves people bloodied, beheaded, and burned. Mobs can be very destructive in a very short period of time, and they can exacerbate the situation by preventing necessary help from getting through.

These are some cases of angry mobs who got completely out of control. 


8 Times Angry Mobs Got Completely Out of Control and Turned Violent,

Shoplifting Led to Even Greater Crimes in Malaysia

In July 2015 at least five people were maimed in a mob attack outside Low Yat Plaza in Kuala Lumpur. According to witnesses, seven men who had previously been caught shoplifting at the mall returned the following weekend in retaliation. The group, which soon blossomed to 60 men, gathered after a very public altercation in a cell phone store and proceeded to destroy glass displays, cabinets, and various electronic products, as well as assault patrons with motorcycle helmets. Three members of the media were said to be among the injured.


Packs of Teens Took the Streets of Philadelphia

In October 2016, packs of teenagers numbering between 20 and 100 roamed the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia and beat random people in retaliation for an incendiary social media post. One female student was held down and repeatedly stomped on; another woman endured a black eye after being punched in the face as she walked home with her boyfriend. In total, four teenagers were arrested for their roles in the melee, which included intimidation, punching, kicking, and robbery. Joe Lauletta, father of one of the victims, summed it up rather succinctly: "It's very concerning that you can get a group of juveniles to pull together that quickly and some become violent."


A Referee's Call Led to His Beheading in Brazil

In 2013 an amateur soccer match in Brazil turned violent when a referee stabbed a player to death and was subsequently beheaded. During the game, Josenir dos Santos Abreu took issue with one of 20-year-old Otávio Jordão da Silva's calls. Abreu punched da Silva, who then fatally stabbed him. Just then, an angry mob made up of spectators and Abreu's family descended on da Silva, tied him up, beat him, beheaded him and stuck his head on a spike

WARNING, this video is graphic.


A Mob Destroyed Government Buildings and Banks After Suicide Attacks in Pakistan

Following a deadly suicide attack at a religious procession in Karachi, Pakistan, an angry mob exacted its revenge by destroying government buildings, banks, markets, and vehicles. The attack, which happened in 2009, killed about 30 people.

Following the attack, those in the procession turned their frustration on government workers and journalists at the event. Shooting was reported throughout Karachi, and police used tear gas. Paramilitary soldiers were brought in, and the army was placed on high alert. Protesters beat TV reporters, cameramen, and press photographers. Trains were unable to run, even firefighters were blocked from saving lives.

In total, the city sustained more than 30 billion rupees worth of damage, or about $250 million.


A Boy Was Buried Alive Next to His Victim in Bolivia

After 17-year-old Santos Ramos was identified by police as the suspect in the rape and murder of 35-year-old Leandra Arias Janco, mourners at her funeral grabbed the boy and buried him alive next to the woman. Approximately 200 members of the small town of Colquechaca, Bolivia, took it on themselves to exercise so-called "indigenous justice." Overcome with sadness and anger, the mob seized Ramos, tied him up, tossed him into the same grave, and filled it with earth.


A Muslim Man Was Killed for Eating Beef in India

In 2015, a vicious mob in northern India pulled 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq from his home and beat him to death for allegedly eating beef. For Hindus in India, the cow is holy, so much so that government officials in the past have lobbied to make it illegal to kill cows in the country. Akhlaq, a Muslim, was targeted after two boys at the local Hindi temple said Akhlaq's family killed a cow during the Muslim holiday Eid-ul-Adha. 

The mob went to Akhalq's house, beat him, his elderly mother, his wife, and his 22-year-old son, and fled the area. Ten people were charged in the attack, though villagers protested the arrests by attacking journalists and setting fire to cars. 


An Innocent Woman Was Killed as Police Watched in Afghanistan

In 2015, a 27-year-old Afghan student named Farkhunda Malikzada was accused of burning the Quran in a shrine, igniting a fury among the men standing outside. Her killers filmed as they beat her, hit her with stones, and pieces of wood. Later her attackers posted the footage online. As with so many horrific crimes against women in the region, Malikzada was innocent. Before her attack, she was confronting a man who was selling charms outside the shrine. Angry, the man shouted she was an infidel, and the mob started forming.


A Town Got Revenge for a Crappy Sewage System in Mexico

In August 2016, an angry mob stormed the office of Griselda Sanchez, director of public works for the town of Xochiatipan, Mexico. Furious over months of living without a functioning sewage system and tired of getting the runaround from government officials, the mob pulled Sanchez out, shoved her repeatedly and harassed her. The mob forced her into the street and berated her. Sanchez was forced to sign a document agreeing to the necessary construction, and it was only then that the mob relented.



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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 05:26:37 PST http://www.ranker.com/list/deadly-angry-mobs/chuck-stern
<![CDATA[11 People Who Killed Just to Keep from Getting Caught in a Lie]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/regular-people-who-killed-just-to-keep-from-getting-caught-in-a-lie/lea-rose-emery

Most people have had a lie get out of hand. Maybe you have to pretend you like olives for the rest of your life, or that you don't know how to swim. But it's nothing like the web of lies seen in the stories here. This list is about (mostly) normal people leading relatively normal lives, until the lies they've been telling finally catch up with them. The only solution? Crimes of passion... and straight-up murder. 

What makes these creepy stories so unnerving? They're often about regular people who could be someone you know. Someone having an affair, someone with a gambling debt - we all know people who struggle with the truth or lead something of a double life. But how far would they go if it all caught up to them? We'd like to think, never as far as murder. We'd like to, but the friends and family of the people on this list probably liked to think that none of this would ever happen to them, either. It's amazing what a lie can do. 


11 People Who Killed Just to Keep from Getting Caught in a Lie,

Lovers Murdered Their Spouses and Staged a Fake Double Suicide to Cover Up Their Affair

Hazel Buchanan and Colin Howell may have killed to cover up their affair, but you have to give them credit - they very nearly got away with it. Buchanan was married to policeman Trevor, while Howell's wife, Lesley, was pregnant with their fourth child. 

Both were very religious and when they were discovered having an affair, Buchanan and Howell asked their church and spouses for forgiveness. They promised to end the affair. Lies, lies, lies.

They kept having the affair, but when they got sick of the charade of being married and worried about their lies being uncovered, they took action. Using a hose pipe emitting carbon monoxide fumes from his car, Howell killed his wife before driving to Buchanan's and doing the same to Buchanan's husband. All while her children slept in the next room. They then drove the bodies off to another location and created a suicide scene, complete with family photos, church music, and a letter that Lesley had written previously threatening to take her own life. The deaths were found to be a double suicide. This was 1991. Buchanan and Howell separated six years later. 

But years and years later, Howell had a "crisis of confidence." The truth came to light in 2009 - nearly 20 years after the crime - and, not just outing himself, he brought Buchanan down, too. Though she at first said that she was forced to participate by the manipulative Howell, it became clear that she had been a willing participant. Howell was given life and Buchanan was given 18 years. 


A Man Killed His Wife to Hide an Affair, Then Burned His House Down to Hide the Murder

Some people really don't want their affairs to get out. In order to keep up the lie of being a devoted husband, Darren Byrne went to some pretty extreme measures. After being caught having an affair by his wife for the second time, he allegedly knocked her unconscious and burned her to death. But it doesn't end there. In order to cover up the murder, he then allegedly burned his whole house down to disguise it as an accident. Talk about a lie that got out of hand. 

 Not only that, he continued in his "calculated charade" and received sympathy as a grieving widower until the lies began to unravel. Not exactly Husband of the Year. 


Years of Lies Led a Girl to Attempt to Murder Her Parents

Jennifer Pan didn't just lie to her parents, she created a total alternate reality. Despite failing out of high school, she had them convinced them that she had graduated, attended a local college for two years, and then transferred to the University of Toronto, just like her strict father had always wanted. In reality, she was staying with her boyfriend, Daniel Wong.

Despite years of maintaining these lies with everything from forged report cards to fake textbooks, she was undone when she claimed to be volunteering at SickKids hospital. Her parents didn't quite trust it because she had no uniform or access card to the building. Pretty basic stuff. When her mother followed her to her supposed volunteer job one day, they realized something was wrong. They confronted her and, while she admitted to not attending University of Toronto, she didn't reveal that she hadn't even graduated high school.

But the strict rules that her parents placed on her (like no cell phone or computer use) meant that her relationship with Wong broke down and he started seeing someone else. This put Pan over the edge. When she and Wong reunited they came up with a way to get rid of the parents and get a $500,000 inheritance. They hired hit men to stage a home invasion, making it look like Pan and her boyfriend were also victims, and kill her parents. 

The only problem? Her mother was killed, but her father survived - and was really suspicious of why the robbers had acted so friendly with Pan. Whoops. Pan was sentenced to life in prison, as were the others involved. 


Jean-Claude Romand Murdered His Entire Family After Claiming to Be a Doctor

Jean-Claude Romand dropped out of medical school in Lyon, France, after just one year, but he was too ashamed to tell his friends and family of his failure. Instead, he simply never told them:

Romand spent a full 12 years pretending to go to medical school. Each September he enrolled in first year medicine, and acted like he was a student when he really wasn't. He borrowed notes from his friends, stayed up late cramming for tests, and even appeared in classes on exam day, but didn't actually sit for the exams.

After "graduation," he told everyone he had been hired by the World Health Organization across the border from Lyon, in Geneva. Every morning he would head into "work," only to put on a visitor's badge and hang around the WHO library. Roman married and his wife never suspected his lies. Roman also had a mistress, and he was lying to her, too.

Of course, because he didn't really have a job, he needed some way to make money, and he did that by acting as a financial manager for friends and relatives while secretly stealing money from them.

Eventually, his lies starting falling apart and Romand knew he'd have to come clean. In 1996, he beat his wife to death with a rolling pin, then shot both his young children in the head. He also shot his parents and even their dog. Finally, he attempted to strangle his mistress, but she fought him off.

Romand attempted to commit suicide but was rescued by first responders. He was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison.


A Three-Way with a Teenager Pushed a Violent Relationship to Murder

When Dr. Chamari Liyanage and her husband, Dinendra Athukorala, started up a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl to spice up their relationship, there was no way to know how it would end up. Athukorala allegedly had some pretty strange sexual proclivities. He was reportedly also abusive - physically and emotionally - and would participate in bizarre coercive behaviors, like making his wife pose for a camera while strangers online watched for hours on end. 

But it was the three-way affair that had Liyanage worried. She thought her career would suffer if word got out. The only solution? Apparently, bashing her husband to death with a hammer. In bed. That's one way to keep things quiet - except for, you know, the very public trial and everything. 


A Father Murdered His Foster Daughter to Hide His Son's Incest and Rape

Rick Thorburn was just a Australian foster parent when he found out that 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer and her 19-year-old foster brother Trent were having sex. In fact, they had been having sex for the ten months that Palmer had been in his care. Worst foster father ever. Shortly after, on November 5, 2015, her very decomposed body was found on washed up on a nearby river bank. 

Thorburn was charged with murder. But the lies continued. Trent, as well as Thoburn's wife and her son, were all arrested and charged with perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice. The latter two have said they will plead guilty to all charges and serve as witnesses for the prosecution. 


Yang Qingpei Murdered 17 People to Cover Up Murdering Two People

Some people kill to cover up a crime. Yang Qingpei killed 17 people to cover up a crime. Oh, and that crime was killing his parents. 

Yang Qingpei and his parents had had an argument about money and, trying to keep his gambling debts a secret, he ended up killing them. So far, so normal - as far as murder goes. But then he decided to kill his neighbors - 17 of his neighbors! - to make sure that he didn't get caught for killing his parents. You know, because there's nothing suspicious or attention-grabbing about killing 19 people.

Yang Qingpei was, unsurprisingly, caught and eventually confessed. 


Darren McArdle Murdered His Best Friend Rather Than Admit He'd Gambled His Money Away

Darren John McArdle and George Rakos don't exactly reach "best friend forever" status. More like, best friends until one kills the other to cover up a lie, which is slightly less good. 

Basically, McArdle didn't want to admit that he had lost the $6,900 he owed Rakos at poker machines and racked up a gambling debt. He was embarrassed to admit his betrayal - presumably, because they were such good friends. But apparently he wasn't such a good friend that he couldn't hit Rakos in the head with a steering lock repeatedly until he died. Different strokes for different folks. 


A Handyman Bludgeoned a Grandmother to Death After Stealing $24,000

Stealing $24,000 from someone makes you just a bad person rather than a sophisticated criminal mastermind, but Steven Mark John Fennell thought that his crime and deceit was enough to warrant killing 85-year-old grandmother Liselotte Watson. 

He had been doing odd jobs for Watson, just helping out around the place, or so she thought. It turned out, he had stolen over $20,000 over multiple transactions. To cover this up, he essentially bludgeoned the elderly lady to death, hitting her in the head six times with a hammer-like object. Was that really necessary? 


Cornelius Robinson Committed Statutory Rape, Then Murdered His Pregnant Victim

Sontoya Campbell was only 14 when 37-year-old Cornelius Robinson got her pregnant. Not only was Robinson married - and sleeping with a very young teenager - members of the community "looked up to" the businessman and he couldn't let it get out that he was living a lie. When Campbell threatened to reveal the relationship, he strangled her, and her body was later found in garbage bags near her school. Two days after the body was found, Robinson turned himself in. 



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Life is unfair. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people, seemingly without reason. Sometimes, though, justice shines through in the most poetic way possible, and people who made dumb choices end up getting their comeuppance in the most satisfying ways. These are those stories. 
12 People Who Got Exactly What They Deserved,

Internet Troll Gets Out-Trolled by the BBC

Ever curious about who the actual people behind those disgusting YouTube comments are? So was the BBC, who managed to track down a man who went by the username Nimrod Severn (your guess is as good as ours), real name Darren Burton, who frequently trolled the Facebook pages of recently deceased children, leaving comments like "Rot in piss" for the kid's friends and family to see.

This is unambiguously disgusting behavior, especially coming from a married 41-year old man with kids. The BBC caught up with him, tracking him down for a surprise, in-person interview, during which they aired all of Nimrod Severn's dirty laundry out loud. His wife and kids had no idea he had been saying these things, and he had to own up to them face-to-face, with no warning. They asked if he realized he was having a real effect on the families of the murdered children he was trolling. "Well yeah," he responded, "fuck 'em."

The best part? When the BBC aired the documentary on exposing internet trolls, they included his real name and address. The outpouring of public hatred forced him to quit Facebook and move away. Good riddance. 


Lawmakers Legalize Raw Milk, Then Get Sick to Their Stomachs After Drinking It

For pretty much your whole life, you've been drinking processed, pasteurized milk. There's a good reason for this: raw, unfiltered milk contains dangerous micro-organisms that wreck havoc on your digestive system, not to mention that it spoils far quicker than standard grocery store milk. For a while, most states banned the production of raw milk for this very reason: there was basically no point to it, since we'd already perfected the craft of producing safe, healthy milk.

Not so fast, said West Virginia lawmakers, who viewed the prohibition on raw milk as a dangerous government intrusion into the private sector. When they passed a bill that successfully lifted the prohibition on raw milk production, they all chugged a glass of it in celebration. Almost immediately, the lawmakers reported having severe stomach pains and pounding headaches. Oops.

Amazingly, the lawmakers deny any connection to their stomach bugs and the milk, saying "I highly doubt the raw milk had anything to do with it," and, "there still shouldn't be a law against allowing people to do what they want."

Right. Because there's overwhelming demand to drink raw milk. And because everyone who drank the raw milk mysteriously got the exact same illness at the exact same time. Totally a coincidence. 

Let's just hope these bozos legalize sticking a fork into an outlet next.


Assholes Post Their Stupid Crimes On Facebook, Are Immediately Caught

There's really no excuse for any part of this story.

Apparently some bored privately-schooled teenagers in Australia have been passing the time by ripping seats off of public transportation and throwing them into oncoming traffic, a ridiculous and dangerous act for many reasons. Think about the damage to the trains themselves, the cleanup needed to go retrieve the seats, the damage done to oncoming cars who collide head-on with the seats. . . what is the point of this? 

"You hit a f*cking car, bro, that's gonna be on the news!" one of the teens says with glee in a video they filmed of the act.

If you thought the story couldn't get any stupider, the teens uploaded the video to Facebook, thus providing clear evidence to the entire world of their petty, pointless crimes. The kids, after identified by the police, now face up to five years in prison. In the words of Nelson Muntz, ha-ha!


"Prophet" Tries to Bless Lions, Gets Butt Ripped Off by Lions

For some inexplicable reason, a self-styled "Christian prophet" at the Krueger National Park in South Africa suddenly became "overcome" with the spiritual imperative to leave his safari vehicle to enter the lion habitat - WHILE THE LIONS WERE EATING A CARCASS - and attempt to "control" them by entering a trance and speaking in tongues.

Yeah.

The lions didn't take too well to having their meal interrupted by a random dude sputtering gibberish, so they did what lions do best and chased him. Immediately realizing his grave error, the "prophet" immediately started to run away, but the lions got the better of him, tackling him to the ground and ripping apart his butt cheeks with their teeth. Really.

 The lions only left after a safari security guard fired off warning shots, which scared them away. After undergoing immediate emergency surgery, the victim stated "I do not know what came over me."

Yeah, no kidding. 


Gun Rights Advocate for Kids Gets Shot by Her Four-Year-Old Son

This one you could see coming from a mile away. 

Pro-gun rights social media personality Jamie Gilt, mere hours after broadcasting to her followers that her 4-year old son was "getting jacket up to target shoot," was shot in the back by her son with her own gun.

She was driving her car where she had left a loaded .45 caliber handgun in the back seat within reach of her four-year-old child. Taking after his mother, the curious kid decided to use the gun, shooting the driver's seat of the car. The bullet ripped through the seat and punctured Gilt's back, necessitating an emergency trip to the hospital. 

This was a horrible accident and it's lucky that she survived. But remember that Jamie Gilt was no ordinary Second Amendment supporter: she frequently and verbally made arguments for children to own and be trained with weapons for their own safety. Might wanna rethink that one, Jamie.

The truly sad part? Shooting accidents by kids cause more deaths every year in America than terrorist attacks. Yeah. 


Bully Cuts Off Three-Year Old's Hair, Gets Ordered by Judge to Have Hair Cut Off in Court

If you want to know how truly awful teenagers can be, look no further than the case of 13-year-old Kaytlen Lopan, who, with a friend, met a three-year old girl in a McDonald's in Utah and forcibly cut her hair off. 

Thankfully, the crime doesn't get any uglier than that, but the punishment Kaytlen received is one of the clearest-cut cases of "eye for an eye" in recent times. After hearing the arguments, the judge ordered Kaytlen 30 days of detention and 276 hours of community service - before an idea struck him.

"I'm going to give you this option: I will cut that by 150 hours if you want to cut her hair right now," the judge said to her mother, "Right now. I'll go get a pair of scissors and we'll whack that ponytail off."

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