Browsing: The Bizarre

A Brief History On November 25, 2009, almost 3 inches of rain fell in only 4 hours on the Western Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah located on the Red Sea.  The city was celebrating the Eid al-Adah festival (Feast of the Sacrifice) during the annual Hajj, a Muslim tradition of making a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during every Muslim’s life.  Double the normal annual rainfall, the downpour created a flash flood that swept away over 3000 cars and killed at least 122 people. Digging Deeper Jeddah, being close to Mecca, is a normal place to pass through on…

A Brief History On November 20, 1518, Sir Marmaduke Constable, a Tudor Era English courtier and soldier, died in a most unusual way.  One may even say, in an idiotic way.  This gentleman died when he drank a glass of water and swallowed the frog that was in the water!  (No, we have no idea why there was a frog in his water.)  Normally we like to save the best for last, but in this case, old Marmaduke has to take top prize for dreaming up stupid ways to die.  We list Mr. Constable and 9 others who probably wish…

A Brief History On October 4, 2017, the third episode of season two of American horror anthology television series Channel Zero will air on SyFy.   Storylines for the series are based on popular creepypastas.  The second announced installment is based on author Brian Russell’s NoEnd House (2011). What follows is the original short story as it appeared on the Creepypasta Wiki on October 4, 2017.  This content is available per the Creative Commons License. Digging Deeper: NoEnd House by Brian Russell Let me start by saying that Peter Terry was addicted to heroin. We were friends in college and continued to be after I graduated. Notice that I…

A Brief History On October 2, 1959, the television anthology series, The Twilight Zone, made its debut on CBS television.  Hosted by Rod Serling, the classic episodes of this show transcended the cheap sets and primitive special effects to become an iconic part of Americana, with those old episodes often replaying on cable television today, featuring many future big stars in their early years. Today we list 10 of the Greatest Sci-Fi and Horror Television Shows of all time, all-time only going back to the late 1950’s!  What shows would you include?  (Hint: The Prisoner, Lost Girl, Night Gallery, Lost…

A Brief History On September 13, 1848, a railroad worker was skewered with an iron rod over an inch in diameter.  He lived, and what is amazing, is the rod went right through his brain!  We previously told the tale of Phineas Gage and his incredible survival, and today we list 10 such amazing stories of survival against incredible odds.  What tales of survival would you include?  (Note: These are tales of individual survival.  We’ll do group survival another time!) Digging Deeper 1. Phineas Gage, 1848. Phineas Gage was 25-years old at the time and had been using 13-pound iron rod to tamp explosives…

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