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10 Famous Human Oddities

There was a time when traveling circuses and freak shows were the preeminent form of entertainment of the day. Some people made a great living as human oddities, showing off their natural (and unnatural) bodies. Here are 10 of the most famous.

US Schools Start WAY Too Early

From lower test scores to depression and even traffic deaths, the evidence is piling up that early school start times are bad for teenagers. So why do schools in the US start so early?

Teens have different physiological needs when it comes to sleep, due to their changing bodies and the energy needs that go along with it. Because of this, multiple health agencies including the Centers for Disease Control, The National Sleep Foundation, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Medical Association have pushed for later start times – 8:30am or later.

But for various reasons (usually money) only 1 in 5 schools actually start at the recommended time.

Spontaneous Human Combustion – Could You Burst Into Flames?

Spontaneous human combustion – the act of a human being bursting into flames for no reason – has been a trope of the paranormal for hundreds of years. Explanations have been chalked up to demonic possession, alcoholism, and even ball lightning.

But how likely is it, really?

 

Check out AnomalyInfo’s page for a thorough history of Spontaneous Human Combustion:

http://anomalyinfo.com/Topics/spontan…

 

Special thanks to Nick Turnbow for his help editing this video!

10 People Who Died From Incredibly Minor Injuries | Random Thursday

From slipping on an orange peel to using too much deodorant, these are cases of people who died from incredibly minor injuries.

10 Death from Hamster Spit

Goro Ito, from Japan, Died after his pet hamster named Aiko bit him. The autopsy showed that he had died after reacting to a protein in the hamster’s saliva that brought about a case of anaphylaxis

9 Death from Peacock Scratch

On March 30, 1997, Vichai Thongto from Thailand was feeding the family’s four peacocks when one clawed at his head. He soon began suffering headaches and fell into a coma. A hospital scan showed a blood clot on his brain due to the peacock’s scratch. He died the next day.

8 Death from Deodorant

Jonathan Capewell from Oldham England was obsessed with smelling fresh and would cover his entire body with deodorant at least twice a day. He died July 20th, 1998 from a heart attack after the deodorant gasses built up in his body over months of repeatedly spraying himself in his unventilated bathroom.

7 Death from Manners

Tycho Brahe, a Danish nobleman and astronomer, died October 24, 1601 from bladder complications after attending a banquet where he refused to use the restroom knowing that it was impolite to leave before the meal was done. After the banquet Tycho no longer was able to urinate, and 10 days later he died. It is reported that he wrote his own epitaph, stating “He lived like a sage and died like a fool.”

6 Death by Dessert

Adolf Frederick, the King of Sweden, ate himself to death in 1771 after having a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, cabbage soup, smoked herring, champagne, and 14 servings of his favorite dessert, Selma (Bread dipped in a bowl of hot milk) He is known by Swedish children as “The King that Ate Himself to Death”
I wonder if Tycho Brahe was at that meal because that would have taken a while…

5 Death by Laughter

On 24th of March 1975, Alex Mitchell passed away after watching the “Kung Fu Kapers” episode of The Goodies. Reportedly, due to the TV episode, Mitchell laughed continuously for 25 minutes, and finally fell dead on the sofa from heart failure. His widow later sent a thank you letter to The Goodies for making Mitchell’s final moments of life so pleasant.

4 Death by Fastball

At the top of the 5th inning, Ray “Chappie” Chapman, shortstop for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, was hit by a submarine ball thrown by Carl Mays. The Baseball hit Chapman in the temple. Chapman collapsed and died August 17, 1920, about 12 hours later. He remains the only baseball player killed by a pitched ball.

3 Death from Frustration

Jack Daniel, yes, THE Jack Daniel, died of blood poisoning the originated in his toe. One early morning in 1911, Jack daniel kicked his office safe in anger, because he couldn’t remember the combination to open it. That anger and a powerful kick to the safe resulted in an infection in his toe and ultimately his death. His last words were, “One last drink, please.”

2 Death by Tongue

Allan Pinkerton, the founder of the famous Pinkerton detective agency, died in Chicago in 1884 after he slipped on the pavement and severely bit down on his tongue. Due to the bit, his tongue became infected with gangrene, which resulted in his untimely death.

1 Death by Irony

Bobby Leach was one of the greatest dare devils to ever live. He would regularly perform death defying stunts and was only the second person in history to go over the side of the Niagara Falls in a barrel. One day, however, while walking down a quiet street in New Zealand, Leach slipped on an orange peel, broke his leg, and died due to complications that he developed afterwards.