Dancing mania (also known historically, St. Vitus' Dance) was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people, sometimes thousands at a time. The mania affected men, women, and children, who danced until they collapsed from exhaustion. One of the first major outbreaks was in Aachen, Germany, in 1374, and it quickly spread throughout Europe. It is now thought that ergot on wheat may have been the cause.
The fossilized Irish giant from 1895 is over 12 feet tall. The giant was discovered during a mining operation in Antrim, Ireland. This picture is courtesy "the British Strand magazine of December 1895" Height, 12 foot 2 inches; girth of chest, 6 foot 6 inches; length of arms 4 foot 6 inches. There are six toes on the right foot
The Zodiac killer was active in Northern California for ten months in the late 1960s. He killed at least five people, and injured two. He sent dozens of encrypted letters to California newspapers containing cyphers that claimed they would give the police his name, but the last 18 letters have not been decrypted. To this day, the Zodiac murders have not been solved.
When high school guidance counselor Marilyn DePue vanished in Coldwater, Michigan on Easter 1990, suspicion immediately fell upon her husband, Dennis. They had had a stormy marriage, and when she filed for divorce, he retaliated by assaulting her in front of her children, then taking her away, indicating he wanted to go to the hospital, but later murdering her with a gun shot to the back of the head. He deserted her body behind an abandoned church.
Unknown language found stamped in ancient clay tablet In deciphering the tablet seen above, John MacGinnis of the University of Cambridge found that many of the names on the list are not from any currently known ancient language. “One or two are actually Assyrian and a few more may belong to other known languages of the period, such as Luwian or Hurrian,” he says, “but the great majority belong to a previously unidentified language.”
Tara Calico was last seen riding her neon Pink Huffy bicycle with Yellow control cables and sidewalls on her usual route along Highway 47 when she vanished. Tara's bicycle has never been recovered. Suspects: No known suspects, but witnesses do report seeing a dirty white or light gray colored 1953 Ford pick-up truck with a white handmade shell following her. On June 15, 1989, a Polaroid photo showing two bound and gagged teenagers was found in St. Joe, Florida. The photo was found near a convenience store where a white Toyota cargo van had been parked. The girl in the photo was believed to be Tara; the boy in the photo with her was believed to be another missing New Mexico youth named Michael Henley.
The following bizarre and creepy incident, which took place in Des Moines, Iowa, was investigated by a psychiatrist and a paranormal research group. As is usual in these cases, a satisfactory explanation was never arrived at. In May 1999, a 13-year-old girl named Phoebe was sent to see a psychiatrist because of a self-image neurosis. The teenager was evidently d
Nevada Indian legend of 12 foot red-haired giants that lived in the area when they arrived. The story has the Native American's killing off the giants at a cave. Excavations of guano in 1911 turned up this human jaw. Here it is compared to a casting of a normal man's jawbone. In 1931 two skeletons were found in a lake bed. One was 8' tall, the other just under 10' tall.