20141217

George Junius Stinney, Jr.


George Junius Stinney, Jr. (October 21, 1929 – June 16, 1944) was, at age 14, the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th century.

Stinney, an African-American youth from South Carolina, was convicted of the first-degree murder of two pre-teen white girls: 11-year-old Betty June Binnicker, and 8-year-old Mary Emma Thames.

However, no physical evidence existed in the case, and the sole evidence against Stinney was the circumstantial fact the girls had spoken with Stinney and his sister shortly before their murder and the testimony of three police officers, presented at a trial which lasted barely two hours, that Stinney had confessed to the murders. 

He was executed by electric chair.

Since Stinney's conviction and execution, the question of his guilt, the validity of his confession, and the judicial process leading to his execution have been criticized as "suspicious at best and a miscarriage of justice at worst."

In 2014, his conviction was posthumously overturned:

Judge Overturns 1944 Murder Conviction Of Black Boy Executed For Deaths Of 2 White Girls

Alcolu, Clarendon County, South Carolina, on March 23, 1944. Alcolu was a small, working class, mill town, where whites and blacks were separated by railroad tracks. The girls had disappeared while out riding their bicycles looking for flowers. As they passed the Stinney property, they asked young George Stinney and his sister, Katherine, if they knew where to find "maypops", a local name for passionflowers. When the girls did not return, search parties were organized, with hundreds of volunteers. The bodies of the girls were found the next morning in a ditch filled with muddy water. Both had suffered severe head wounds.

Following Stinney's arrest, Stinney's father was fired from his job. Stinney's parents and siblings were given the choice of leaving town or being lynched. The family was forced to flee, leaving George with no support during his 81-day confinement and trial. The entire Stinney trial, including jury selection, took one day. Stinney's court-appointed defense counsel was a tax commissioner campaigning for election to local political office. Stinney's lawyer did not challenge the three police officers who testified Stinney confessed to the two murders, despite this being the only evidence presented by the prosecution. The police did not make written records of Stinney's purported confession, and at trial, Stinney denied confessing to the crime.

The jury at Stinney's trial consisted entirely of white people due to black people being denied the right to vote, which was required for people to serve as jurors. Other than the testimony of the three police officers, at trial prosecutors called three inconsequential witnesses: the man who discovered the bodies of the two girls, and the two doctors who performed the post mortem examination. Stinney's counsel did not call any witnesses. Trial presentation lasted two-and-a-half hours. The jury took ten minutes to deliberate, after which they returned with a guilty verdict.

The execution of George Stinney was carried out by Old Sparky at Central Correctional Institution in Columbia, on June 16, 1944. At 7:30 p.m., Stinney walked to the execution chamber with a Bible under his arm, which he later used as a booster seat in the electric chair. Standing 5 foot 2 inches tall and weighing just over 90 pounds, his size (relative to the fully grown prisoners) presented difficulties in securing him to the frame holding the electrodes. Nor did the state's adult-sized face-mask fit him; as he was hit with the first 2,400 V surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth...After two more jolts of electricity, the boy was dead. During the execution, the surges of electricity made Stinney's body shake, and his left hand broke free from the buckle holding him down." Stinney was declared dead within four minutes of the initial electrocution. From the time of the murders until Stinney's execution, 81 days had passed.

20141216

Heterochromia iridium

Heterochromia iridium is a difference in coloration of the iris caused by relative excess or lack of melanin (a pigment).

There are two basic types of the condition – complete heterochromia (one iris is completely different color from the other) and partial heterochromia or sectoral heterochromia, (part of one iris is a different color from its remainder).

There are no exact statistics referring to the incidence of this bizarre condition but it is safe to say that less than 1% of people have it. 

It is a very rare condition but still there are millions of people in the world who have it, including some of the well-known celebrities.

Kate Bosworth (picture), American actress, model and singer.

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The Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles


This hotel is said to be home to a number of very big-name ghosts, including Marilyn Monroe.

Shehe appears in the ballroom as well as the mirror in room 229.

Montgomery Clift appears in room 928. 

Guests have also reported mysterious touches, cold spots, doors locked from the inside, and self-playing pianos.

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Bonnie and Clyde



1. Although Barrow and Parker claimed to be married, Parker remained legally married to her first husband, Roy Thornton. On the day she died, she still wore his wedding ring and bore a tattoo on her knee with intertwined hearts and their names, Bonnie and Roy.

2. Bonnie and Clyde were both short. Parker was only 4’11″ and Barrow 5’4″ at a time when average heights for women and men were about 5’3″ and 5’8″. (Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who played Bonnie and Clyde in the famous 1967 film stood 5’7″ and 6’2″ respectively.)

3. Parker was an honor student and a poet, and life as one of America’s most wanted didn’t stifle those interests. Shortly before her death, Parker wrote a poem called “The Story of Bonnie and Clyde,” which was published in several newspapers and immortalized their tale.

4. Parker and Barrow remained close to their families, even on the run. In fact, it was their predictable pattern of stopping to visit family that aided the team of Texas Rangers and deputies who ambushed and killed them.

5. The pair attained such notoriety that hordes of people flocked to the scene of their death and later to the coroner’s to retrieve “souvenirs.” Some attempted to cut off Barrow’s ear or finger; others took snippets of Parker’s blood-soaked dress or shattered window glass. One man offered Barrow’s father over $30,000 for Barrow’s body—the equivalent of over $600,000 today.

6. Eight decades later, the morbidly curious can see Bonnie and Clyde’s bullet-ridden death car on display at Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Primm, Nevada (picture), outside of Las Vegas.

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20141215

Villisca Axe Murders: You can spend the night in this haunted house


In keeping with the axe/hammer theme that's emerging ... on June 10, 1912, in a small town in Iowa, two adults and six children were killed in their sleep by someone or someones unknown.

Suspects included an Iowa state senator, a "cocaine fiend and serial killer," and a traveling preacher. 

The house is now rumored to be haunted, and like Lizzie Borden's house in Massachusetts, is available for overnight stays for those who are not easily spooked.

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20141214

“You Can See Russia From Alaska.” Sarah Palin

In 2008, when the Republican Party nominated Sarah Palin as their vice presidential candidate, some Americans seemed eager to see her insulted and parodied.

One of the absurd sound bytes attributed to her—”You can see Russia from my house”—wasn’t a quote of hers at all. 

It written by Tina Feyfor Saturday Night Live. 

However, this was only a slight exaggeration of what she’d actually said in an interview just days before, which was, “You can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska” (true).

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20141213

Dog pooped in the middle of a flight, forcing an emergency landing

In August 2014, a dog pooped in the middle of a Philadelphia-bound flight, forcing an emergency landing.

A large dog went to the bathroom in the plane's aisle as many as three times, making people nearby physically ill.

The second time after the dog pooped, the crew ran out of paper towels, so the pilot announced an emergency landing.

The plane was diverted to Kansas City, Missouri, where a cleaning crew cleaned the mess, before eventually making its way to Philadelphia.

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20141212

Elderly Care Home in Germany Uses Therapy Alpacas to Make Residents Happier



Just looking at the picture of an alpaca will make you want to pet the adorable creature. So it comes as no surprise that the camel’s super fluffy cousin is being used for therapy in Germany, at Berlin’s Mana Wedell Tagespflege elderly care home.

A group of alpacas live in the home’s garden and are welcome to go inside for a visit.

Medical research shows that animal-assisted therapy can reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue and even pain. This is especially effective for people who live in long-term care facilities.

Therapy alpacas have been used in care facilities and hospitals around the world for years, and studies show they actually play a major role in making patients happier and healthier.   More    Video

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A Christmas Story - Where Are They Now



A Christmas Story cast reunion around the leg lamp at A Christmas Story Convention.

From left to right Ian Petrella (Randy), Zack Ward (Scut Farkus), Tedde Moore (Miss Shields), Yano Anaya (Grover Dill), Dwayne McClean (Black Bart), Scott Schwartz (Flick), Patty Lafontaine (Elf), Drew Hocevear (Elf) and Jom Moralevitz (Freight Man).   More

KFC

When American fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken opened their first restaurant in Beijing in 1987, they accidentally translated KFC's famous slogan, “Finger-lickin' good” to:

Man cuts off his own head with a chainsaw

The Darwin Awards started in 1985, or thereabouts: smart-aleck citizens of what would one day be called the internet collecting stories of deaths so staggeringly stupid that the victims were said to have contributed to human evolution by 'self-selecting' themselves for extinction.

In 1996, the top award went to a Polish farmer, Krystof Azninski, who “staked a strong claim to being Europe’s most macho man by cutting off his own head.”

Mr Azninski and his friends, who had been drinking, decided to strip naked and engage in a contest of masculinity. They started by hitting each other over the head with frozen turnips, but when one man cut off his own foot with a chainsaw, Azninski felt compelled to respond.

One of the men was quoted as saying: "It's funny, because when he was young he put on his sister's underwear. But he died like a man."

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20141211

'Hoarder' kept mom's remains in storage unit for 16 years

In 2012, a Florida woman who kept her mother's remains in a storage unit for up to 16 years was a hoarder, just like her mother, her daughter's ex-husband said.

Law enforcement officials say Ann Bunch's skeletal remains, found in a coffin inside a storage unit in Clearwater, may have been there since shortly after she died in 1994.

Bunch's granddaughter, Rebecca Fancher, said she first learned that her grandmother did not make it to her final resting place last year from her mother, Bobbie Barnett Hancock, shortly before she died.

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20141209

The Godfather


James Caan, Marlon Brando, Francis F. Coppola, Al Pacino and John Cazale on the Godfather set, 1972

20141208

Aggie Bonfire

A BLAZE ERUPTS in the eastern sky -- daybreak comes hard and fast in Texas. A dozen pickup trucks are parked on the dirt of a clearing. A grove of post oak and cedar spreads in three directions. Beyond the woods is a ranch. In a chicken coop over there, something serious must be going down because the roosters are absolutely shrieking, like berserk warriors on the brink of an atrocity. In the beds of the pickups, blanketed forms shift. People are sleeping in there, have been since last night. They're undergraduates from Texas A&M University, and between the sudden sunlight and the animal racket, they begrudgingly arise. They pull on coveralls and sharpen ax blades and pinch black plugs of dip into their gums. Soon the trees in this grove, a pocket of dusty vegetation 30 miles northwest of College Station, will be mostly gone, transfigured into a four-story tower, then torched. The back of one guy's T-shirt says: "Build the Hell Out of Bonfire."

If you've heard of this pyrotechnic Texas A&M tradition -- at one time the most notorious ritual in all of college football -- chances are it's because you remember how its timber immensity, almost complete but not quite, buckled during a work shift in the wee hours of Nov. 18, 1999, and came crashing down in a terrifying cascade. Fifty-eight students, most between the ages of 17 and 21, were crawling all over the stack at the time, engaged in various duties. Twelve of them died, 27 were injured, their bodies crushed and twisted. Suddenly, for the worst of reasons, people around the country were aware of this Aggie tradition, which had evolved into such an institution that it had become a proper noun: Bonfire.  More


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20141202

Sinkhole Might Swallow Up Town



Russia - On November 18, giant sinkhole measuring 100 ft across was discovered about two miles away from a mine in Russia’s Perm region. The gaping chasm is believed to have already swallowed up several homes and locals in Solikamsk now fear that the same could happen to their whole town.

The hole is believed to have appeared after the nearby Solikamsk-2 mine was flooded. Luckily, workers were evacuated and operations were halted before the appearance of the chasm, because of the inflow of saline water. Thousands of miners have now been asked to stay away as geologists assess the situation.

Uralkali, the company that owns the Solikamsk-2, is assuring people that there will be no catastrophic effects for the company or for the locals. Regional authorities agree that the hole could get bigger, but it would still be of no danger to the people. But that hasn’t stopped the crazy rumors – locals claim to have spotted missiles and even falling angels near the sinkhole.

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20141201

Dog Waiting in the Same Spot for the Owner Who Will Never Return


Every day, heartbroken Masha, a brown dachshund, waits in vain at a Siberian hospital for her owner who died a year ago. 

Her sad tale mirrors that of the famously loyal Japanese dog Hachiko who waited for his master at a train station for 10 years. 

Owing to the similarities between the two dogs, Masha has earned the nickname ‘Russia’s own Hachiko’.

The sweet little dog has been visiting the Novosibirsk District Hospital Number One for the past two years, ever since her owner – a pensioner from the village of Dvurechie – was admitted. 

Masha was his only visitor – she would go away at night to guard their house and return to the hospital in the morning to keep the man company.

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