20170626

A man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi...

A man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi was on a business trip in Hiroshima when the first atomic bomb was dropped. 

He was wounded, but returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, where the very next day the second atomic bomb was dropped. 

He survived both blasts and lived to 93.

20170625

Domestic dogs learned to bark from being with humans.

Domestic dogs have one key difference from their wild counterparts, they bark. 

They not only bark, but they bark in certain acoustic ways for various purposes whether for alarm or play. 

Researchers believe this occurred over thousands of years by evolving to human requirements.

20170624

Dragon

The Komodo dragon is the national animal of Indonesia, and being given one as a gift is considered a great honor. 

In 1986, when Ronald Reagan visited the Indonesian island of Bali, President Soeharto gave him a pair of Komodo dragons as a gift, which were later donated to the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

20170623

Alcabre Man

In Alcabre, Spain, a 51-year-old man was found dead in 2016, after having been crushed by garbage in his home. 

He was a compulsive hoarder. 

A friend contacted police after the man hadn’t been heard from for a few days. 

His home was filled with piles of trash. 

Some of these piles were so high that one collapsed and crushed the man against a door. 

The amount of garbage was so great that authorities had difficulty entering the home to retrieve the body.

Presidential Emergency Operations Center

The Presidential Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) is the bunker most often portrayed in popular culture. 
The infamous photograph of former President George W. Bush meeting with the National Security Council following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, offers a glimpse into one of the most secure facilities in the nation.
During this catastrophe, former Vice President Dick Cheney, his wife, and many other high-ranking government officials (mainly cabinet members) were promptly escorted to the isolation and security of the PEOC. 
It allegedly lies beneath the East Wing of the White House, the center of the executive branch and home of the president.

20170622

Psycho

The Hitchcock classic, Psycho, is about a woman staying at a rural hotel being watched by the innkeeper. 

While in the infamous shower scene, the woman played by Janet Leigh is slashed to death. 

On set, one of her stand-ins was Myra Davis, a working actress. 

Years later, Myra Davis was raped and murdered by a handyman who also turned out to be a huge Hitchcock fan.

20170621

Man Rescued By A Boy His Wife Had Saved Nine Years Earlier

When Roger Lausier was four years old, he wandered away from his mother during a trip to the beach in 1965. 

He made his way alone into the water and tried to swim, but an undercurrent pulled him down. He would have died, but a stranger named Alice Blaise dove into the water and pulled him to shore, where she revived him and saved his life.
Nine years later, 13-year-old Roger was out on the same beach when he heard a woman scream, “My husband is drowning!” 
Roger didn’t realize this was a woman he’d met before, but he rushed into action anyway. 
He jumped onto an inflatable raft, paddled out to the man, and pulled him on, saving his life.
Nobody there realized the strange, coincidence that had just happened until the news reported on it the next day.
It wasn’t until then that Alice Blaise realized that the young man who had saved her husband’s life was the four-year-old boy whose life she’d once saved.

Herman Munster's Kids' Books


Fred Gwynne, the actor who played the Frankenstein-ish patriarch of The Munsters, also wrote and illustrated children's books—really good ones.

His best-known titles, The King Who Rained and A Chocolate Moose for Dinner, were wildly popular, scoring positions on the bestseller list when published and still in print today.

20170618

Indian Ocean Tsunami

Immediately following the 2004 Tsunami, the world was so rocked with the staggering death toll of nearly 240,000 individuals that it is often forgotten that many of the more rural and traditional citizens were able to survive through an indigenous understanding of the signs of an incoming tsunami. 

For example, scientists in the area initially were convinced that the aboriginal population of the Andaman Islands would be significantly ravaged by the tsunami, however, all but one of the tribes in the islands (oddly enough, the one that had largely converted to Christianity and thus, a change of lifestyle,) suffered only minor casualties. 

When questioned, the tribesmen explained to the scientists that the land and ocean often fought over boundaries and when the earth shook they knew that the sea would soon enter the land until the two could realign their borders. 

Because of this, the villagers fled to the hills and suffered little or no casualties.

20170616

The hanging of seven-year-old Michael Hammond and his 11-year-old sister, Ann.

The English in 1708 were quite serious about hanging people for their crimes, no matter what the crime or the age of the person committing it. 

This lack of compassion, in addition to their issues with theft, led to the hanging of seven-year-old Michael Hammond and his 11-year-old sister, Ann.
King’s Lynn resident Michael is the youngest recorded person to be hanged for a felony offense, and his crime was reportedly stealing a loaf of bread. 

There’s no denying that stealing is wrong, but no one seemed to take into account during his trial or public hanging that the thief was only a young child.