The most wanted person in Nazi Germany was a pretty, 32 year old woman from New Zealand. Known to the Gestapo as “The White Mouse,” this woman worked for the French Resistance, during which she fought several German soldiers, commanded a group of guerrilla fighters, and even killed a Nazi commander with her bare hands. She was the most decorated woman of World War II.
The Quebec Daily Telegraph reported on Jan 18, 1890 that “a well-to-do farmer named Campbell Hanna, threw himself into the Maitland River running through his farm and was drowned before assistance arrived. Three of the neighbor’s witnessed the act and rushed to assist him, but the river being very much swollen they were unable to do anything. One of these men had a narrow escape from drowning. A weird coincidence in connection with this is that the previous owner of Hanna’s farm, named McCourt, drowned himself in the same spot and in the same manner some years ago. No cause can be assigned for the act”.
Consider the situation in which a woman hoping to gain material about an ancestor’s residence rented a motel out of state in the area of ancestor’s residence, generations ago. No one in the vicinity seemed to remember the family, but the courthouse land records showed that the motel where she elected to stay, was built on property once owned by the ancestor. Coincidence?
The Pittsburgh Press reports on Sep 14, 1928 that “a short time after a peddler and his wife had been murdered and robbed on a road near Soldin, in Brandenburg, a farmer’s horse died on the same spot. When the horse reached the scene of the murder he stopped, whinnied and dropped dead“.
Nobody is quite certain how the name of the poet Shakespeare ought to be spelt. One quite common way is “Shakspeare”. Separate this word in portions, “Shak” and “Speare”. Count the letters in each – four and six – which may be read as 46. Now turn to the 46th Psalm in the Bible. Count off the first 46 words, and you will arrive at “Shake.” Now off the last 46 words and you come to “Spere”.
On February 25th, 1960, a man was arrested in a Canada bank for check fraud. While he was trying to deal with a forged check for $420, the owner of the account on which it was written began to transact business at the wicket besides him. She overheard man talking to the teller and mentioning her name as a former employer. She immediately told her own teller to call the police.
A hot-air balloon crashed into a power line in Ruthwell, Scotland, interrupting the movie being shown on local television: Around the World in 80 Days… about a voyage in a hot-air balloon.
An occurrence of the 14th of June, 1931, is told of, in the Homes News (Bronx) of the 15th. “When Policeman Talbot, of the E. 126th St. station, went into Mt. Morris Park, at 10 a.m., yesterday, to awaken a man apparently asleep on a bench near the 124th St. gate, he found the man dead. Dr. Patterson, of Harlem Hospital, said that death had probably been caused by heart trouble.” New York Sun, June 15 — that soon after the finding of this body on the bench, another dead man was found on a bench near by.
Scientists are researching a chemical/drug that dramatically reduces alcohol/BAC levels in the blood, which has the potential to be used to sober people up in a very short time.
In 1818, an Englishman was accused of murder claimed the right to trial by combat. To everyone’s surprise, the law granting him that right was still valid, and he was acquitted when his accuser declined to appear on the “field of honor.” Trial by combat was abolished the next year.
If the Sun was scaled down to the size of a white blood cell, the Milky way would be the size of the continental United States.
Australia largest ever petition of 792,985 signatures was submitted to parliament in 2000 to protest rising beer prices.
There is a religion called Christian atheism. Practitioners believe in essentially the same things as traditional Christians except that the Bible is completely metaphorical and that God and/or Jesus is an allegory for human morality rather than a real being.