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The Shiloh Baptist Church Panic – Top 10 Bizarre Disasters

August 24th, 2011 § in Bizarre

Two thousand people, mostly black, jammed into the Shiloh Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 19, 1902, to hear an address by Booker T. Washington. The brick church was new. A steep flight of stairs, enclosed in brick, led from the entrance doors to the church pro[...]

The St. Pierre Snake Invasion – Top 10 Bizarre Disasters

August 24th, 2011 § in Bizarre

Volcanic activity on the ‘bald mountain’ towering over St Pierre, Martinique, was usually so inconsequential that no one took seriously the fresh steaming vent-holes and earth tremors during April, 1902. By early May, however, ash began to rain down continuously, and the naus[...]

Boy Turns into a Yam – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

Three pupils of the Evangelist Primary School in the northern Nigerian town of Maiduguri rushed into the headmistresses office in March 2000 and said that a fellow pupil had been transformed into a yam after accepting a sweet from a stranger. The headmistress found the root tuber[...]

Bovine Enigma – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

On June 28, 2002, in the middle of a spate of unexplained cattle mutilations in Argentina, something macabre was found in a field near suco, west of Rio Cuarto in San Luis province. Nineteen cows were stuffed into a sheet metal water tank, closed with a conical cap. Nine were dro[...]

Fiery Persecution – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

The village of Canneto di Caronia on Sicily’s north coast has been plagued by mysterious fires. The trouble began on January 20, 2004, when a TV caught fire. Then things in neighbourhood houses began to burn, including washing machines, mobile phones, mattresses, chairs and eve[...]

Notecase from the Sky – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

In October 1975 Mrs Lynn Connolly was hanging washing in her garden in the Quadrant, Hull, when she felt a sharp tap on the top of her head. It was caused by a small silver notecase, 63mm by 36.5mm, hinged, containing a used notepad with 13 sheets left. It was marked with the ini[...]

Postcard Farewell – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

When Jim Wilson’s father died in Natal, South Africa, in April 1967, both Jim, living in England, and his sister Muriel, living in Holland, were informed. Muriel contacted her husband who was on business in Portugal, and he flew to South Africa right away. Changing planes at La[...]

La Mancha Negro – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

A Hazard unique to Venezuelan highways is a slippery goo called La Mancha Negra (the black stain), although it is more of a sludge with the consistency of chewing gum. Although the government has spent millions of dollars in research, no one knows what the goo is and where it com[...]

Helpful Voices – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

While on holiday a woman, referred to by the British Medical Journal (1997) as AB, heard two voices in her head telling her to return home immediately. Back in London the voices gave her an address that turned out to be a hospital’s brain scan department. The voices told her to[...]

Boulders in Trees – Bizarre True Stories

August 22nd, 2011 § in Bizarre

In April 1997, a turkey hunter in Yellowwood State Forest, Indiana, came upon a huge sandstone boulder wedged between three branches of an oak tree about 35 feet from the ground. The arrow shaped rock was estimated to weight 500lb. Subsequently, four more large boulders were foun[...]