20150831

Why Do Airlines Serve Peanuts?


It began as a marketing move. 

In the 1970s, instead of serving in-flight meals, Southwest Airlines served peanuts. 

But they wanted customers to feel thrifty, not deprived, so they branded themselves as the “peanuts airline”—since you fly for peanuts, you get to eat peanuts. 

20150830

Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast is Haunted


You can reserve a room at The Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum in Massachusetts.

Fans of unsolved mysteries can spend a night at one of the most notorious—and spookiest—crime scenes in the country: the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast Museum in Fall River, Mass., about an hour south of Boston.

In 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an axe in their home.

Though Borden was acquitted, her name is still synonymous with the gruesome murders that to this day remain unsolved.

At the B&B in the former Borden home, you can sleep in the master bedroom that belonged to the hacked up couple, or in the room where the body of Abby Borden, Lizzie’s stepmother, was found dead. 

Eisoptrophobia is the Fear of Mirrors


Eisoptrophobia is a fear of mirrors in the broad sense, or more specifically the fear of being put into contact with the spiritual world through a mirror. 

Sufferers experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. 

Because their fear often is grounded in superstitions, they may worry that breaking a mirror will bring bad luck or that looking into a mirror will put them in contact with a supernatural world inside the glass.

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20150829

This is the most infamous picture that has ever been taken of a United States President and a dog


President Lyndon Johnson had two registered Beagles, Him and Her, dogs that he loved dearly. He was often photographed with them.

This picture taken in 1964 caused the anger of many dog lovers when he lifted Him by the ears while talking with a group of reporters and photographers on the lawn of the White House.

Like everything a President does, this incident was magnified out of all proportion and was the subject of many media stories and cartoons for weeks. Animal lovers condemned the President for cruelty.

The Texas Humane Society went on record stating, “…every Texan knows ears are for hearing, not for lifting.”

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20150827

It's The Law: No selling alcohol during a hurricane


Puerto Rico - So a tropical storm is passing across the island this evening. 

The governor is sending all government workers home at noon….and most importantly… they stop the sale of alcohol at noon today for 24 hours….because Puerto Ricans are notorious for partying hard and getting falling down drunk during Hurricanes.

It is strange that one of the main precautionary measures that the Puerto Rican government takes for a Tropical Storm or Hurricane is to stop selling alcohol.

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Clapping banned - could cause anxiety in some people


The National Union of Students Women’s Campaign, a feminist college student group in Britain, announced in March 2015 that they would ban clapping at their future conferences held at UK colleges.

The feminist group claimed that the act of clapping could “trigger some people’s anxiety,” and therefore should be banned from all of their conferences. 

Instead, the feminist students instructed those who attend conferences to use jazz hands—to wave their hands silently in the air—when they wished to display approval. 

A delegate of the group said that replacing clapping with silent jazz hands was a way to create “a more inclusive atmosphere.” 

20150826

Grave robbers took Charlie Chaplin’s body


In one of history’s most famous cases of body-snatching, two men steal the corpse of the revered film actor Sir Charles Chaplin from a cemetery in the Swiss village of Corsier-sur-Vevey, located in the hills above Lake Geneva, near Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1978.

A comic actor who was perhaps most famous for his alter ego, the Little Tramp, Chaplin was also a respected filmmaker whose career spanned Hollywood’s silent film era and the momentous transition to “talkies” in the late 1920s.

Chaplin died on Christmas Day in 1977, at the age of 88. Two months later, his body was stolen from the Swiss cemetery, sparking a police investigation and a hunt for the culprits.

After Chaplin’s widow, Oona, received a ransom demand of some $600,000, police began monitoring her phone and watching 200 phone kiosks in the region. Oona had refused to pay the ransom, saying that her husband would have thought the demand “ridiculous.”

After a five-week investigation, police arrested two auto mechanics–Roman Wardas, of Poland, and Gantscho Ganev, of Bulgaria–who on May 17 led them to Chaplin’s body, which they had buried in a cornfield about one mile from the Chaplin family’s home in Corsier. That December, Wardas and Ganev were convicted of grave robbing and attempted extortion.

As for Chaplin, his family reburied his body in a concrete grave to prevent future theft attempts.

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20150825

Men in Black


In popular culture and UFO conspiracy theories, Men in Black (MIB) are men dressed in black suits who claim to be government agents who harass or threaten UFO witnesses to keep them quiet about what they have seen. 

It is sometimes implied that they may be aliens themselves. 

The term is also frequently used to describe mysterious men working for unknown organizations, as well as various branches of government allegedly designed to protect secrets or perform other strange activities. 

The term is generic, used for any unusual, threatening or strangely behaved individual whose appearance on the scene can be linked in some fashion with a UFO sighting.

Men in Black figure prominently in Ufology and UFO folklore. 

In 1947, Harold Dahl claimed to have been warned not to talk about his alleged UFO sighting on Maury Island by a man in a dark suit. 

In the mid 1950s, Ufologist Albert K. Bender claimed he was visited by men in dark suits who threatened and warned him not to continue investigating UFOs. Bender believed Men in Black were secret government agents tasked with suppressing evidence of UFOs. 

20150822

What To Do When Caught in a Riptide - This Could Save Your Life


Riptides (or rip currents) are long, narrow channels of water which move from shore to sea and can take you with them as they go.

80% of all open water rescue attempts are due to riptides, and they claim over 100 victims a year.

Rip currents are channels of water which flow away from the shore and out to sea. As waves come into the shore, water piles up and needs somewhere to go. Instead of returning over the reef or sandbar from which it came, the current may take the path of least resistance and be funneled into a channel between two obstacles.

If you get caught in a riptide, here’s what to do:
Don’t panic. Rip currents won’t pull you under — they’re just channels of moving water. And while they can extend a ways out, they do eventually dissipate, most within 50-100 feet of the shoreline.

Don’t try to swim against the rip. Deaths that result from riptides aren’t caused by the current pulling someone under; instead, the person typically panics, starts trying to swim against the rip to get back to shore, becomes exhausted, and drowns.

Swim parallel to the shore. Instead of swimming against the rip current, you want to swim perpendicular to it, in either direction. Rip currents are typically only 20-100 feet wide. Once you leave the rip, swim at an angle away from it towards the shore.

Go with the flow. If you don’t have the swimming skills or energy to swim out of the rip, float on your back and go with the current. Once the rip current dissipates, you can do the parallel swim thing or try to signal to the lifeguard or someone else that you’re in need of help.

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