10 Deadliest Things That Accidentally Ended Up in People’s Houses

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Few sensations are better than returning to the comfort of our homes after a hard day of work, while the chaos outside no longer reach us. However, in these times, not even four walls and a roof are enough to protect us from the surrounding mayhem. And we are not talking about families attacked by criminals inside their homes; no, we are talking about something much more radical. There exist cases of dangerous objects that have suddenly and accidentally entered in homes of ordinary people. In this list, we will remember ten of the worst cases involving such undesirable situations.

A Cannonball

A Cannonball

The cannon became one of the most popular weapons in the world,[1] thanks to its long range and the diversity of projectiles it could fire.[2] A 19th-century military regime armed with cannons could kill hundreds of enemies in a few hours.[3] Now, one might think that nowadays, cannonballs are no longer a danger to citizens. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, and even in the safety of home, someone can end up face to face with one of these projectiles by accident. During the recording of an episode of the famous “Mythbusters” TV show in 2011, a cannonball missed the target and instead it flew towards a neighborhood in Dublin, California.

The projectile flew 640 meters (700 yards) before going through the door of a house, in which a family was sleeping.[4] And as if that were not enough, the ball went out of the house, crossed a street, ripped some tiles from a nearby house, and finally hit a minivan. The family of the first house affected did not wake up until after the cannonball left their home.[5] No one was hurt by this accident, which is incredible considering that the projectile moved at 305 meters (1,000 feet) per second through the neighborhood.[6] Conditions were favorable enough for this anecdote to have an almost happy ending, but let’s hope that something like this will not happen again in the future.

Radioactive Device

Radioactive Device

We all know well the harmful effects that radioactive elements cause in our body. Some people use these elements to kill other people,[7] and even people who die by irresponsibly manipulating radioactive elements.[8] But hurting people by exposing them to radiation, without even knowing it? That is another level of misfortune, and the worst thing is that it has already happened. During the 1980s, two families who lived in the same apartment in the city of Kramatorsk (Ukraine) suffered severe health problems. Several members of both families ended up dying of leukemia.[9]

When more people began to become seriously ill, a measurement of radiation levels in the building was requested. Then, the cause of the fatalities finally became known. A cesium-137 capsule, which was probably part of a level meter, accidentally fell into the concrete mix with which the building was made. Cesium-137 is a radioactive element highly toxic to humans.[10] The capsule ended up being part of a concrete panel on the victims’ apartment. After the accident, the Ukrainian government improved its control policies over materials used in construction,[9] but by then, the one-decade damage was already done.

A Rocket Engine

A Rocket Engine

As if a cannonball through the door or a radioactive device on the wall were not enough, the roof is usually another preferred place by these unexpected objects. In this list, we will see many lethal objects enter through the roof, but few things are worse than a rocket falling at full speed over your head. Let’s see an example. In August 2015, in the province of Shaanxi, China, the residents of a house shuddered when they heard a loud noise. A large object went through the roof of the house, throwing up debris and making the windows tremble.[11]

Moments later, authorities arrived at the house, and it was confirmed that the object was a rocket engine. It is believed that the engine was part of a rocket launched ten minutes earlier, which aimed to put a Chinese satellite into orbit. Far from being an isolated incident, other rocket debris had already fallen on Chinese territory before.[12] China has many rocket launch sites inland, unlike countries like the United States, whose bases are on the coast.[13] So this increases the chances of someone ending up with space debris as a piece of decoration inside their home.

A Crane Arm

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Over time, construction techniques have greatly improved. For example, we can now build skyscrapers in a matter of days,[14] when it used to take years. But it is also true that, with limited budgets and reduced construction periods, serious accidents can happen. After this story, living near a building site may become a bit frightening. At Bellevue, Washington, the operator of a 64-meter (210-foot) tall crane was securing the machine on a November night in 2006. The crane was part of a construction project for a new office building. Suddenly, the operator heard a loud noise; then, the crane collapsed across an avenue, damaging several surrounding buildings.[15]

The arm of the crane impacted squarely against the upper floors of a nearby apartment building. A 31-year-old man who lived on the top floor of the building died after the collision, crushed in the rubble. The crane operator was injured but managed to survive the fall, after being rescued from the cabin of the machine.[16] After a six-month investigation, it was determined that the cause of the accident was an error in the design of the crane base.[17] Due to this incident, Washington formulated new laws to ensure the integrity of cranes on construction sites.

Wind Turbine Blade

Wind Turbine Blade

Wind turbines produce large amounts of clean and renewable energy, but the mechanics inside these machines are not infallible. To date, thousands of incidents have been reported in wind farms,[18] many of which have destroyed wind turbines. Sometimes, events align enough for some of these turbines to end up threatening the safety of the population. A family was sleeping at home in Ireland, on a stormy night in 2007, when a turbine blade hit the roof of the house like a lightning strike.[19] David Campbell -farmer and owner of the house said that “it was like a bomb hitting the roof,” cutting it “like a chainsaw.”[20] Strong winds caused the turbine to break and lose its three blades.

One of the 5-meter (16-foot) long blades hit the house from above and disintegrated on impact. No one was injured on this occasion, but that does not downplay the risk posed by wind farms near populated places. The spinning blades produce as much force like an airplane during takeoff. Also, parts of wind turbines damaged in other accidents have fallen even hundreds of meters away.[21] So there is the possibility that parts of a destroyed wind turbine fall into nearby homes, in which case the outcome could be fatal.

Plane Fuselage

Plane Fuselage

Mid-air collisions between planes are infrequent. In the last decades, only a few dozen of these cases have been reported around the world.[22] However, not only are there well-documented accidents of this type, but some have also occurred over inhabited places. The result? Lethal chaos worthy of being included in this list. In April 1954, a passenger plane collided with a military training aircraft over the city of Moose Jaw, Canada.

The 36 people who were on both aircraft died after the collision.[23] Then, parts of the fuselages of the planes fell on a house in the city, setting it ablaze and killing the only occupant inside.[24] After three investigations, no one was held responsible for the accident.[23] But it is believed that perhaps a blind spot on the passenger plane prevented the pilots from seeing the military aircraft coming.[25]

World War II Bomb

World War II Bomb

Negligence can also lead us to introduce dangerous things into our homes without knowing what they were. To put us in context about the following story, Nazi Germany threw thousands of bombs over England during World War II.[26] Many of these bombs did not explode and remained buried over the years. When she was 15 years old, Kathryn Rawlins found a semi-buried artifact on the field of her school in Warwickshire, England. Thinking it would be a cute ornament, Rawlins dug it up and took it to her house, after which she used the object like a vase for 30 years.

One day, while watching a documentary showing World War I bombs, Mrs. Rawlins suspected that her old vase could be an old bomb. So she sent a photograph of the object to the police, and her suspicions were confirmed. The vase turned out to be an unexploded World War II bomb. The police told Mrs. Rawlins that, had it exploded, the device could have killed everyone within a radius of 20 meters (66 feet).[27] Finally, authorities took the bomb to remove the explosive, after which they returned the empty shell to Rawlins. So after 30 years of running the risk of blowing up, Kathryn Rawlins finally has a harmless vase in her house.

Ball Lightning

Ball Lightning

To clarify, ball lightning is a rare type of electric discharge that moves horizontally at ground level.[28] When ball lightning hits a solid object -like a wall or a tree- it often explodes violently.[29] The exact nature of this phenomenon regarding its structure and composition remains unknown to scientists.[28] So we can say ball lightning is an object instead of a simple energetic manifestation.

In 1783, a family was at home in Northleach, England, when ball lightning entered through the chimney. The phenomenon described as a “ball of fire” destroyed a bed on its path and went through the hat of a man.[30] Then the object came out through a window, shattering it.[31] Information about this event leads scientists to think that it was a genuine case of ball lightning.[30] There were no fatal victims this time, although a woman ended up with her chest scorched by the fleeting discharge.[31]

A Missile

A Missile

There are frequent reports in which, sadly, countries at war attack their civilian populations with highly destructive weapons. But what is not frequent, is that in a country outside the conflict and with relative peace, missiles fall on its neighborhoods. As expected, here, we will see a case. In April 1999, in the middle of the war between NATO and the countries of the former Yugoslavia,[32] a jet fighter was reached by a Serbian defense radar. In response, the NATO plane fired a missile at the enemy system, but then the Serbs turned off the radar.[33] The missile lost its target, falling off course over Bulgaria, a NATO-allied country. In Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, the missile glided over a neighborhood and hit the top floor of a house, while the owner was shaving.[34]

Then the missile continued flying, crashing cars and homes in the process, until landing in a garden. Against all the odds, there were no injuries after this mishap.[33] The owner of the first house hit by the missile said that his wife and children were much frightened by the blast.[34] When it was confirmed that the fallen weapon was an American missile, the Bulgarian population increased its rejection against NATO – this was not the first time that a missile was accidentally dropped on them. Either way, the war would not last much longer, preventing further explosives from falling on innocent neighbors.

A Meteorite

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The best-known case of a person injured by a meteorite is that of a woman from Alabama in 1954, hit by a space rock that entered through the roof of her home.[35] But that is not the only report about a meteorite hitting people inside their houses. In September 1907, a meteorite fell on a home in the area of Weng-Li, China.[36] As a result, the entire Wan family, who was in the house at the time, died after the impact. It is believed that the bolide must have been of a considerable size because it brought the house down.

For that same reason, it is likely that the family died crushed under the rubble of the house, instead of being hit directly by the meteor. Most reports about meteorites injuring people are not officially confirmed because generally the evidence – the meteorite itself – is destroyed or kept privately.[37] But even so, many of the “doubtful” cases have numerous eyewitnesses, while the number of reports has grown enormously in recent decades.[38] Now that the world’s population is increasing and more zones on Earth are being inhabited, the risk of an alien rock breaking into someone’s house is more real than ever.

Top 10 Unbelievable Coincidences That Actually Happened

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Sometimes events in life happen simultaneously, making people wonder if the occurrences were carefully planned to happen. Coincidences have beaten human understanding. The nature in which they happen can never be understood. The universe has had its way in events surrounding humans. We’ve all had coincidences in life in one way or another. Some of these coincidences can be surprising, mind-blowing, and or outrightly eerie. This rare but common phenomenon has sparked scientists to embark on serious research to establish what exactly ignites coincidences as far as human nature is concerned. Below are the top ten unbelievable coincidences that happened to famous people and ordinary people.

Violet Jessop

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Born on October 2, 1887, Violet Jessop had not only a coincidence full life but also the coincidences saved her life big time. Violet was born in Argentina, and her parents were of Irish origin. Her love for cruise ships saw her get a job at the White Star Line Company in 1910 working on the Olympic Vessel. On 20th September 1911 Olympic vessel was struck by a British warship to sink it. Fortunately, the Olympic ship managed to steer to the dock safely, and Violet Jessop escaped unharmed. Violet Jessop later moved and worked as a stewardess on RMS Titanic, a sister ship to the Olympic Vessel.

On April 10, 1912 while on a voyage from South Hampton, RMS Titanic rammed into an iceberg, and luckily Violet Jessop boarded a lifeboat and escaped unharmed. 1,503 lives were lost during the incident. The third incident was when Violet was working as a nurse in the Britannic, which was transporting wounded British soldiers. On 21st November 1916 after a series of successful voyages through the same route, Britannic rammed into a mine installed by a German Submarine. Violet again escaped by boarding lifeboats. However, she suffered a head injury.[1]

The Jim Twins

The Jim Twins

Naturally, twins are known to have major common traits since their conception. The fact that twins, especially the identical twins, have the same genetic structure explains why they tend to perform things the same way to each other. If one identical twin loves coffee, the other twin will 100% be a coffee lover too. However, differences in the form of doing things may happen to twins if they are raised in different environments. Separated at the age of three weeks, the Jim twins hold the most unbelievable coincidences. Jim Lewis and Jim Springer were both adopted by different families and later reunited at the age of thirty-nine. What sparked more curiosity and even drew the attention of scientists from the University of Minnesota headed by Thomas Bouchard were their life events. First, the twins were named Jim by their adoptive parents. This was not intentional; the parents had no idea of each other.

The twins lived forty miles apart but never met during their childhood age. They smoked the same cigar brand. The eerie part about them is that they both had Linda as their first wives, divorced and both remarried to women named Betty. Their sons were both named James Allan. The twins united in 1979 after Jim Lewis phoned his supposed brother. This happened after Jim Lewis, and his adoptive mother had visited the court to finalize the adoption papers, and in the process, they overheard someone mention that the other baby was named James “Jim.” Jim Lewis went back to the court and requested for the address to the Jim Springer adoptive parents. He called his brother, and the first word he uttered was, “Are you, my brother?” Jim Springer, on the other end, responded, “Yes.” They mated later after four days and realized they had a lot more in common. They both bit their nails, and both had dogs called Toy.[2][3]

Joseph Figlock & the Falling Babies

Joseph Figlock is another man to have been a victim of coincidences. Joseph Figlock was a street cleaner when he experienced two separate events that were coincident. Figlock was not your regular street cleaner, but also a baby magnet. In 1937, Figlock was hit by a baby who was falling from the fourth floor of a story building as he was by down the alley. Thankfully, both the baby and Figlock survived but with injuries. What would appear like a creepy coincidence is that a year later, Joseph Figlock saved another baby falling at terrific speed from the sky!

Just like the first baby, David Glenn Thomas, the baby saved by Figlock fell from the forth Storey window and landed on Figlock’s head. To add, the two incidences happened at the same time but different streets. Thankfully, Baby Glen Cheated death and escaped with injuries on the arm, thigh shoulder, and a wound on the skull. The mothers to the two babies must have thanked Figlock for his “baby magnets” otherwise the babies would have fallen to their deaths.[4]

Twins Die the Same Death

Twins Die the Same Death

Twins have a supernatural connection no human can understand. If they are not thinking the same, they are absolutely craving for the same food at the same time. This supernatural connection is also evident in creepy and freaking incidences like death. This spooky incident happened to two identical twins in Finland. They both died the same death.

In the year 2002, two seventy-year-old twin brothers were hit by a truck and died two hours apart on the same road. The first twin, while riding his bicycle along Raahe which was six hundred kilometers from Helsinki was hit by a speeding truck and lost his life on the spot. Two hours later his twin brother went by the same road riding his bicycle and coincidentally was hit by a truck and died. The second twin died just 1.5 km from where his twin brother’s spot. One finish police officer was quoted, saying, “It made my hair stand when I heard the two were brothers and identical twins at that.”[5]

King Umberto Double

King Umberto Double

This is another fascinating incidence to happen in history. This time round happening to a dynasty. In what was a typical day to King Umberto of Italy turned freaking coincident event when he ran to his look alike. On this particular day, King Umberto had gone to a restaurant accompanied by his assistants. The attendant who was taking King Umberto I’s orders was shocked to see his look alike, and on the other hand, Umberto was equally astonished. They appeared as if they were looking in a mirror. After a minute of astonishment, the two gentlemen sat down to know each other more.

Their conversation would get more exciting and fascinating as the two gentlemen realized that they were not just look alike, but also shared many everyday things in life. They were both named Umberto, They were both born on March 14, 1844, in the same town called Turin and each had a wife called Margherita. To add, Umberto’s look alike opened his restaurant business on the day Umberto ascended to power as the king of Italy. The two men lost their lives to gunshots in a tragic turn of events. On 29 July 1900, the restaurant owner was killed in a gun shooting and shortly after learning about the shooting and the death of his look-alike, King Umberto was assassinated.[6]

A Couple’s Childhood Photo

A Couple’s Childhood Photo

This is another unbelievable but beautiful coincidence. The universe forces brought together the couples in a photo eleven years before they got to know each other. Aimee Maiden and Nick Wheeler is a married couple who share a fantastic story. While growing up, Aimee lived in Mousehole, Cornwall while Wheeler was raised in Kent before him and his family moved to Newlyn.

While perusing through family photos at Nick’s grandparents home, Aimee stumbled upon a snapshot taken of Wheeler and his family members while on vacation. In the photo, Aimee recognized herself from the background of the picture. Practically, their paths had crossed while they were still innocent kids. The grainy photo was taken in 1994. The couple married twenty years later after the photo was taken and at Gulval church in Mousehole a few minutes from the spot in which the rare snap was taken from.[7]

James Dean & His Porsche

James Dean & His Porsche

James Dean was not only a young, talented Hollywood star but also had a “cursed car.” At age twenty-four, Dean acquired his dream car Porsche 550 spyder which he jokingly named it Little Bastard. While growing up, Dean had a favorite spot for Porsche cars, and before acquiring the Little Bastard, Dean owned Porsche 356. Dean didn’t enjoy his newly acquired car for long. On 30th September 1995, Dean sped his life to death with the car. The eerie coincident part is that on 23rd September 1995, Dean as warned by his fellow actor Alec Guinness not to drive the car or else he would die in a week. Seven days later, Dean lost his life to an accident with his car. Also, months before the crash, Dean was in an advertisement warning the drivers to drive safely because they would be saving Deans Life.[8]

The First & the Last British’s Solder Graves

The First & the Last British’s Solder Graves
St. Symphorien Military Cemetery: John Parr’s headstone is in foreground while that of George Ellison is on the extreme right (Image: Alamy)

This is another Creepy and yet fascinating coincidence of two British soldiers who fought during the First World War. Pte John Parr and Pte George Ellison do share not only a common name but also were great commonwealth soldiers that lost their lives during World War 1. Uncanny, but pure truth, the two soldiers died four years apart with John Parr being the first British soldier to die during the World War 1 and George Ellison being the last soldier to die few minutes before the war was called off. At age 16, Parr is believed to have been shot dead by advancing German soldiers when the war started.

On the other hand, George was a fully skilled and a well-trained solder when he was shot dead a few hours before the terrible war that claimed millions of lives was called to end. George was 40 years when he lost his life. The coincidence in these two soldiers is that they are both buried in St. Symphorien in Belgium under the same tree facing each other.[9]

The Unsinkable Hugh Williams

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This is one of the mightiest coincidences ever recorded in history. The power in which the name Hugh Williams bears is mind-boggling. The coincidences revolve around three ships that sunk in the sea, and the only survivors in the three incidences happened to have been named Hugh Williams. History has it that the first ship sunk on December 5, 1664, in the Menai Straits in Wales and out of all the 81 passengers on board, only one passenger survived and his name was Hugh Williams. On December 5, 1785, another ship sunk in the same place as the first ship, everyone aboard the ship died except one person, and his name was Hugh Williams. Lastly, on December 5, 1820, another ship went down the sea and only one person cheated death, his name as Hugh Williams.[10][11]

Napoleon & Hitler

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Napoleon and Adolf Hitler were both authoritative leaders who held power in their respective countries close to their chests. Coincidentally, Numbers have proved their way in Napoleon’s and Hitler’s lives. The mysterious number is 129. Apparently, the two leaders were born 129 years apart, rose to power 129 years apart, and both visited Vienna 129 years apart. To add, the two leaders came to power when they were aged 44, attacked Russia when they were aged 52 and sadly lost the wars when they were aged 56.[12]

10 Disturbing Photos From the Past & the Stories Behind Them

Disturbing Photos From the Past & the Stories Behind Them

The elites in photography say that a picture is worth a thousand words; however, when taken out of context, photos lose their vale and become scary and creepy. Since the discovery of photography, many people from around the world have taken stunning and amazing pictures of exciting moments as well as weird and disturbing images. Some pictures hound and stay with for a lifetime. With increasing technology, you come across photographs that are so horrifying, bone-chilling, and hair raising that no matter how much you try they keep on lingering in your mind. in this article, we explore 10 of the most disturbing photographs from the past that will terrify you for some time.

A Glimpse Into the Russian Famine

Photo from The Russian Famine

The images from the 1921 to 1922 famine in Russia devasted many people, claiming millions of lives. The photos from the effect of the starvation are disturbing. The hunger started in the spring of 1921 extending and combining natural causes deprived millions of Russian populations of food and water, leaving them to die of starvation and disease because of the weakened immune systems due to lack of nutrients in the body. Surprisingly to many, the famine was man caused. For one, the civil war in Russia and Lenn policy of seizing the food from the peasant and poor people contributed heavily to the catastrophe.

The poor in the society was devastated with starvation and turned them into human cannibalism, murder, and underground human flesh/meat trade during the famine. The extent of human cannibalism during the period cannot be ascertained with surety; however, historians have verified some accounts that are very disturbing and horrifying to view. For instance, a picture of a couple suspected of human cannibalism found with children body parts as an indication that many people turned into man-eating cannibals to survive the human-made famine in Russia, 1921/22.[1]

The Most Beautiful Suicide

The Most Beautiful Suicide

The photo of Evelyn McHale, 23, was taken by photography student Robert Wiles is popularly described as the picture of “The Most Beautiful Suicide.” She scampered to death after she jumped from the Empire State building in 1947 and Wiles took the photograph that is extraordinary, disturbing, and the heart-wrenching scene of a suicide. Over seven decades later, the photo remains as the most famous picture of death ever taken in history. Despite the intensive investigation and research behind the end, little is known concerning the last days and life of the beautiful California native young woman.

The facts state that she came to New York City, purchased a ticket to the 86th-floor observation deck of the highest building in the city, and jumped. She landed 34th Street on a Limousine where the photo was taken. The picture gained fame, and the great artist Andy Warhol used the photo in a piece titled: “Suicide: Fallen Body.” It is one of the pictures that made an indelible mark in not only American and world history.[2]

Woman With a Six-Inch Knife in Her Back

A Woman with A Six-Inch Knife in Her Back

The sight of a woman walking with a six-inch knife stabbed in the back of her neck is chilling. Well, this happened in Russia in 2009, when a mugging went bad for Julian Popova, 22 years old was stabbed and mugged on her way home from work. She was so devastated with the mugging that she walked back without realizing that she has a knife embedded in her neck, just a fracture of an inch from her spinal cord. The picture shows blood gushing from the wound as the surgeons’ stare in awe dismay.

Waiting to operate to extract the blades of the knife from her neck. Because of the shock, her body went into shock, reducing blood flow into her cells, explaining why she could not feel the pain. She walked for about 40 minutes home that is when she realized something was wrong, based on the reaction of her parents; the ambulance arrived within 15 minutes meaning she spends one hour before being seen with the doctors. Fortunate enough for Julian, she made a full recovery because no significant damage was registered in her body.[3]

Aerial View of Jonestown Massacre

Aerial view of Jonestown Massacre

The photo captured from aerial view illustrating the Jonestown massacre in the United States in 1978. The killings accounted for over 908 people who died from Cyanide poisoning where expats from Peoples Temple cult gullible drank the Kool-aid. The Peoples Temple led by Jim Jones, who instructed his followers in Guyana to commit suicide. It marked one of the largest history massacres in the history of America.

Jones as the civil rights activist collected his followers to settle in Guyana county and organized an attack on Ryan and were filled with fear that the government will respond, and therefore, Jones gave way out to his followers to commit a revolutionary act of suicide, in which a total of 918 Americans lost their lives after drinking poison. The photo of the aftermath of the scene is terrifying, disturbing, and horrendous to view the picture. It marks one single most deadly stage that is non-natural in the history of America.[4]

Creepy Bird Doctors

Creepy Bird Doctors

What do you know about Black death? Well, the plague doctor mask was the most recognized representative of Black Death. The plague doctors were active during the middle age, but they acquired the creepy bird mask trademark costume during the 17th century period. Though the plague doctor trademark masks are very creepy on their own; they are creepier and scarier to the people and family that see them coming to their homes. The photo of the plague doctors not only frightening in their appearance but also represented the Black Death in the 17th century period. Therefore, the picture is psychologically and mentally disturbing to the families and people that lost their loved ones to the terrible plague.

The creepy bird doctors appear designed with long beaks because they were stuffed with herbs and flowers to help neutralize the foul smell emanating from the dead bodies and sickening individuals. The active pleasant-smelling substances staffed in the beaks for useful functions such as warding away disease and preventing the ailment from spreading. Specialized doctors won the masks, and physicians assign to treating and burying victims of the contagious diseases.[5]

Petrified Vietnamese Children After an Aerial Napalm Attack by U.S. Troops

Petrified Vietnamese Children After an Aerial Napalm Attack by the U.S. Troops

The picture shows Kim Phuc at age nine, fleeing her village following the Napalm bomb Attacks. The Vietnamese war was one of the most significant battles with far reaching implication on both the Vietnamese people and in the history of the world. The photo communicated the horrors of the Vietnamese war in vivid detail that words could never have achieved to describe.

This horrifying and disturbing photograph captures children scampering to safety after a massive aerial attack after suspecting that soldiers are hiding in a small village. The naked kid, nine years old Kim Phuc, are victims burned skin illuminates the effect of war on innocent civilians. The photographer Nick Ut captures the photo that shows kids and napalm soldiers running away from the bombed village.[6]

The Gruesome Death of an Iraqi Soldier, Highway of Death

The Gruesome Death of an Iraqi soldier, Highway of Death

The photograph was first considered too disturbing for printing in the media, but later this terrifying picture has been used as the representative of the first gulf war. The photographer Kenneth Jarecke who took the picture justified the photo saying: “If I don’t photograph this, people like my mom will think war is what they see on T.V.” the incinerated remains of the Iraq tanker driver soldier illuminates the horrifying reality of the war. The etiquette of the media and press endeavor to protect the public and civilians from the very details happening on the ground from the war by hiding images like this from them.

Although the picture is terrifying, disturbing to viewers, it is very crucial to show the reality, the evils, and impact of war in society. Jarecke, for instance, targeted to alter the way the Americans perceived the Gulf War, but the editors and media tried to ditch the picture as it went unpublished in the U.S. and it was described as ‘The War Photo No One Would Publish.’ It is creepy and scary to the viewer, seeing a soldier burned beyond recognition in the tanker.[7]

Starving Sudanese Child Stalked by a Starving Vulture

Starving Sudanese Child Is Stalked By A Starving Vulture

Photographer Kevin Carter took the photo in 1993 near Ayad. The emaciated Sudanese girl was struggling to the United Nations Feeding Center as the starving vulture landed closer by preying on the child. The photographer approached carefully, not to disturb the vulture and waited for some time until the vulture is very close to the girl before capturing the photo. The photographer had no idea that he had shot the most disturbing and controversial photograph in the history of photojournalism.

He sold the picture to the New York Times who published the photo that attracted a lot of concern whether the child survived or not. Carter was bombarded with questions about why he did not help the girl and instead acted like another vulture preying of the emaciated child. Carter cited that the girl resumed her trek to the U.N. feeding Center, he chased the vulture away, but he added that it was unlikely that she survived.[8]

Girl Who Grew Up in a Concentration Camp Draws a Picture of ‘Home’

Girl Who Grew Up in a Concentration Camp Draws a Picture of ‘Home’

The concentration camps formed the homes of captured kids subjected to forced labor and bizarre lives. When Tereszka, the girl who grew up in a concentration camp, was asked to draw the picture of her home, she came up with ominous scribbles. This picture was captured by David Seymour in Warsaw 1948 home for mentally disturbed children. She could not recall where she comes from; her eyes are piercing like an opening window to her soul. The prove of the kind of horrors and terrible things she witnessed that her age would never have seen, making her appear like soldiers who have experienced heavy combat.

Tereszka, a distorted version of the name Teresa, has a terrifying hounding a thousand-yard stare in her eyes, making her look not that of innocent youth. The lines of the scribbles that she drew are unclear to date as to what they represent. The probable guesses encompass barbed wires demarcating her life. The picture is disturbing to the viewer as to the kind of fear and pain the young girl harbored and the unceasing violence and chaos in her life.[9]

Photo of Vladimir Komarov, Russian Astronaut

Photo of Vladimir Komarov, Russian Astronaut

In 1967 Vladimir Komarov, the Russian astronaut who was also a close friend of Yuri Gagarin, who was assigned a similar mission. The picture illuminates the remains of the body after the faulty spaceship accident. The image is horrible, disturbing to look at because it is burned beyond recognition. Though before the launch of the mission, they knew the space ship was not safe to fly, they decided to carry on.

Komarov understood he would end up dead, but refused to back out because he knew Gagarin would be his replacement and he did not want Gagarin to die. It is a disturbing story because everyone knew with certainty the mission was a failure, but they could not inform the leader of and the force behind the Soviet Union space mission. The photo repr3sent the remains of Komarov displayed in an open casket, which is a painful reminder of what the Russian officials did to their comrade, putting in harm’s way.[10]

10 Mount Everest Summiteers Who Never Made It Back Alive

Mount Everest Summiteers Who Never Made It Back Alive

Named after a British surveyor, Mount Everest is the world’s largest mountain. Mount Everest stands at the height of 8,848 meters above sea level. This equals 29029 feet above sea level. It seats on the face of the Himalayas overlooking China and Nepal. With snow-capped top, the temperatures are below the freezing point around the year with the lowest temperature hitting -60° Celsius and exceptionally high atmospheric pressure that makes the top of Mount Everest one of the strangest places on earth. The harsh conditions up there are worsened by the presence of Avalanches that often strike unannounced and wreak havoc and frostbites.[1]

Despite all these, Mount Everest has been an attraction site to many mountain lovers and researchers like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who have hiked their way to the top of the mountain, touched the clouds and came back down to the base safe and sound and have lived to tell the story of how it feels to be at 8,848 meters above sea level. Unfortunately, many other summiteers didn’t survive the trip. Their bodies could not stand the extreme weather conditions up on the mountain, so they died. Few of their bodies were recovered decades later, while others have found a perfect resting place on the mountain. Some of the unidentified corpses have become landmarks for other climbers. Below are the top ten stories of Mount Everest summiteers who never came down alive.

Andrew Irvine

Born on April 1902 in Birkenhead Cheshire, England, Andrew Comyn Sandy Irvine was a mountain climber and part of the British Everest Expedition of 1924. It developed mountain climbing interests while at Oxford. Later at Merton College, Irvin joined a mountaineering club to explore his mountain climbing skills. In 1923, the club had its first expedition to Spitsbergen. At Spitsbergen, Irvine met Noel Odell who invited him to join the British Expedition to Mount Everest. On the prospect that he could be the famous Mount Everest climber, he accepted the offer. In June, Andrew, together with the crew members, made two summit attempts but failed to reach the top. They opted to try one last time.

On 6th June, Andrew and his fellow mountain climber, George Mallory went for the last summit attempt. They ascended the mounted and were last seen at 12:50 pm as reported by Noell Odell. It is never known whether the duo reached the summit, but evidence collected suggested that Andre and his climbing partner might have died on their descent to the base camp. An ax thought to have belonged to Andrew was found in 1933 on the mountain lying at 8,460 meters above sea level suggesting that Andrew might have reached the summit. Andrew’s remains have never been found, including a Kodak camera that could help shed light on what exactly happened to them.[2]

Peter Boardman

Peter Boardman was a famous British mountain climber and a writer. He was born on 25th December 1950 in Cheshire England. After school, he was appointed the National Officer to the British Mountaineering Council. Peter climbed several mountains across Europe including Petit Dru in early 1970. He also hiked Mount Everest, South West Face in 1975 and made a successful ascent to the summit on 26th September. In 1981, Boardman, together with other British mountaineers, made a successful ascent to Kongur Mountain in China. Kongur stands at the height of 7,719 meters above sea level. In 1982, Boardman tried his impeccable mountain climbing skills on Mount Everest, North East Ridge. The British mountaineers made this expedition after the 1930’s Mount Everest expedition. Peter was equally curious and excited to explore the world’s largest mountain. Together with his crew, Peter arrived at the base camp in March 1982.

In April the expedition crew began their ascent and established their first ice caves at 6,850 meters above sea level. They went further in may and established their highest snow cave at 7,850 meters above sea level. On 15th may, Boardman and his partner reached the third snow cave, and this is where the duo made their last Radio Call. Boardman and Joe Tasker were last seen at 9.00pm at the height of 8,250 meters. Boardman’s body was retrieved in 1995 from the mountain by a Japanese expedition. The talented mountain climbers and writers left not only a mountain climbing legacy but also they documented and captured every single event on their mountain expeditions in books. Boardman Authored The Shining Mountain and Sacred Summits.[3]

George Mallory

He was born on 18th June 1886 in Moberly, England. His first remarkable mountain climbing was when he hiked mount Velan in 1910. Across Europe, he climbed Mont Maudit and Mont Blanc. After conquering the European Mountains, Mallory tried his luck on the Asian mountains in the hope of getting the most celebrated feat, “Ascending the Everest and back.” In 1921, he took part in the British Expedition to Mount Everest. Together with the mountaineering group, they explored the lower peaks on Mount Everest, and Mallory became the founder of East Rongbuk Glacier which is a famous route used by the modern-day climbers on Mount Everest. In this first attempt, Mallory and his group hit the mark of 7,020 into Mount Everest. He went for the second attempt in 1922 and broke their first record by reaching a height of 8,225 meters above sea level and descended because of the extreme weather conditions at the top of the mountain.

He was part of the 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition. This time Mallory hoped to conquer the summit. However, things went south when He and Irvine started ascending from the advanced base camp that was located at a record height of 6,500 meters. He partnered with Andrew Irvine and began ascending. The duo was last seen by their expedition member, Noel Odell on 8th June. Mallory rested on the mountain for seventy-five years when his body was found and retrieved in 1999. No one knows whether Mallory reached the summit, but evidence suggests that Mallory together with Irvine could have reached the summit. His daughter gave an account that his dad was carrying his wife’s photograph that he wanted to place on top of the mountain. When Mallory was found, the photograph was missing.[4]

Hannelore Schmatz

Hannelore was the most skilled mountaineer of all time. Hannelore was born on 16 February 1940 in Germany. Hannelore together with his husband aged 50 at that time, was part of the German Expedition to summit Mount Everest in 1979. The group broke the record and reached the summit. Hannelore’s husband became the first oldest man to summit Mount Everest successfully. They celebrated and began descending. The couple’s celebration about reaching the summit was cut short while on their way down to the base camp. Hannelore gave in to fatigue and couldn’t continue trekking down. The high altitude and the pressure on Mount Everest overpowered the skilled mountaineer.

Hannelore together with her American mountaineer Ray Genet set up a tent and opted to rest on the death zone as it is commonly known. Unfortunately, Ray Genet died due to fatigue and lack of enough oxygen. His body was swept away and covered under snow. Hannelore slept throughout the night and survived the snow. Unfortunately, she is thought to have fallen asleep and never woke up. The guide who was with her lost his toes and fingers to frostbite. Hannelore’s body remained on the mountain and would be seen by other daring mountaineers. An attempt by Nepalese police to recover her body in 1984 proved futile as they fell to their deaths from the mountain.[5][6]

David Sharp

David Sharp was a Mount Everest summiteer whose death sparked controversy around the world. Sharp was born on February 15, 1972, in Harpenden, London. Before his deadly summit on Mount Everest, Sharp had successfully climbed other high mountains including; Cho Oyu towers at the height of 8,200 meters above sea level, Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus and several others including two attempts on Mount Everest in 2003 and 2004. In 2006, Sharp opted to climb the mountain alone and not in a group. With an insufficient amount of oxygen to himself, Sharp took the deadliest journey with the hope of breaking the record of reaching the top of Mount Everest.

At 8,000 meters into the mountain, the oxygen is less, and the atmospheric pressure is low. Sharp’s body couldn’t bear the weather conditions. He became weak, and he did not have enough oxygen to support himself. He sought shelter under a rock and was exposed to severe frostbites. It is reported that other mountain climbers spotted Sharp at the mountain and others bypassed him as he was gasping for breath. This sparked controversy questioning the nature of the Mount Everest climbers. It is estimated that 30 to 40 climbers bypassed Sharp and offered no help to save his life.[7]

Babu Chiri

Babu Chiri was a Nepalese mountaineer who broke the world records of reaching the summit ten times in his life. He was born on June 22, 1965, in Taksindu, Nepal. He started climbing mountains at the age of sixteen. Chiri had no formal education, and mountains which fascinated his curious mind surrounded his village. His unusual mountain climbing activities started at age sixteen when he secured a job as a guide.

As a trekking porter, Chiri climbed mount Mera which stands at the height of 6,472 meters within record-breaking four hours. Chiri died on April 29, 2001, while attempting his eleventh summit on Mount Everest. Chiri fell into a crevasse while taking photographs. He had a dream of building schools in his Village. In his mountaineering career, Chiri broke two records. He stayed for twenty-one hours on the summit without enough oxygen. He also ascended on Mount Everest in 16 hours and 56 minutes.[8]

Rob Hall

Rob Hall is another skilled and passionate mountain climber who climbed Mount Everest but never came down. He was born on January 14, 1961, as Robert Edwin Hall in New Zealand. He later found a mountaineering friend and they challenged themselves to summit highest peaks in every continent. The broke the record by completing the challenge in seven months. Upon realizing their dreams, Hall and his friend partnered and established an Adventure Consultants Company.

In 1996, Hall was a guide to 1996 Mount Everest Expedition after summiting the mountain three times successfully. The group made it to the top, but trouble began on their way down. A blizzard struck affecting the expedition group. Hall had offered to help a climber and instructed his group and other guides to descend. Hall died shortly after making a call to his wife. His body was found on 23rd May and remained in the mountain.[9]

Maurice Wilson

born on April 21, 1898, in Bradford, England, Maurice is one of the mind-boggling Everest mountaineers in history. His reason for climbing Everest was quite outrageous. Joining the military at the age of 18, he fought during the First World War and left the military in 1919. Life proved difficult and Wilson developed mental illness. However, the disease came to an end in 1933 after what Wilson termed as miraculous healing after 35 days of prayer and fasting.

It is this faith that propelled Wilson to surmount Mount Everest. He believed that with the magical powers of prayer, he would achieve what Irvine and Mallory could not. His plan involved crashlanding unto Mount Everest. He went on and took aviation classes, got his license and activated his plan. He flew his newly acquired plane to India alone but was barred by authority from flying the plane into the mountain. Undeterred, Wilson set foot to Mount Everest on 23rd May 1934 and climbed his life to death. His body was found in 1935 and was buried on the Mountain.[10]

Jozef Psotka

Born on February 12, 1934, in Slovakia, Jozef Psotka was a mountain climber from Slovak. The record has it that Jozef had a passion for climbing mountains and had successfully climbed mount Matterhorn and Mount Kanchenjunga and many other mountains. On October 15, 1984, Jozef made his successful summit to Mount Everest and became the first oldest Mount Everest summiteer without oxygen. He was 50 years at that time. Jozef on his descend fell to his death.[11]

Dimitar Ilievski-Murato

He is another courageous mountain climber who made it to Everest’s summit but never came back alive. Murato was a Macedonian who represented Yugoslavia and was part of the Yugoslavia expedition team. The expedition team reached the summit and put two flags on top of the mountain representing Yugoslavia and Macedonia. Murato holds the 264th position as Mount Everest summiteer. He died on May 10, 1989, while descending from the mountain.[12]

10 Hard to Believe Facts About Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler remains the most unpleasant name in history because of the wreckage the man caused in the whole world. He is the best example of how one deranged person can lead to the end of humanity. He is personally blamed for the deaths of millions of people, those that fell fate to his crazy antisemitic ideas and those that tried to stop him. However, despite being the closest image of a human monster the world has ever seen, many people don’t really know Hitler. He was a man with many faults and a little good too, and these are the facts about him that are so hard to believe.

He Was the First European Leader to Ban Human Zoos

The debate on which European country started human zoos in the first place has caused division and regret for many years. The practice started early even before Adolf Hitler was born when people flocked human zoos in Berlin, London and Paris to watch “foreign humans” or “the others” mostly from Africa as they were paid or forced by their masters to perform rituals and dances for the crowds.

This remains one of the most demeaning practices in human history, which is why everyone can’t help it but thank Hitler for his decision. Hitler banned all Human zoos and visits in Germany becoming the first person to do so at the peak of the practice when more than 1 billion people are believed to have visited them in Europe. The tradition however continued in other nations with the last zoo being shut down in 1958 in Belgium after wide international condemnation.[1]

He Was Not a German by Birth

A close look at Adolf Hitler’s roots gives an image of someone too simple to make the monster we hear of today. He was born in a small town called Braunau am Inn in Austria to short-tempered father Alois who worked as a customs official. His journey into Germany started after his failure to secure graduation in secondary school and his father’s subsequent death.

He attempted a career as an artist in Vienna but failed being forced to live in homeless shelters because he had used all the money he inherited from his grandfather. He then escaped Vienna to Munich to avoid compulsory military service which led to him serving in the German army in WWI. Today, many people around the world wish Hitler never set foot in Germany in the first place.[2]

He Never Won an Election Personally

Some people accuse democracy of putting Hitler in power, but this is not entirely true. Adolf Hitler never beat anyone on the ballot; circumstances caused his rise to power. In 1932, while Hitler was leading the Nazi party, the party received 37 percent of the vote. Paul Von Hindenburg, the incumbent, then beat Hitler in the 1933 presidential run becoming the president but had to create a coalition with the Nazis because his party didn’t have a majority. Hitler was then appointed as Chancellor, not elected by the people.

The increase of antisemitism ideas and hate for communism, however, increased in Germany with the advancement of the Nazi ideology leading Hindenburg’s weakened position. Hindenburg’s death in 1934 changed the nation drastically because the Nazis, then controlling the Reichstag pushed for a vote to combine the powers of the president and the chancellor to create the position of Fuhrer. The vote passed by more than 90 percent due to intimidation and propaganda, and since Hitler was the Chancellor, he automatically inherited all of Hindenburg’s powers becoming an unstoppable dictator.[3]

His Rise to Power Was Advanced Mainly by the Reichstag Fire

Fear was the greatest weapon used by the Nazis, and they used every opportunity they got to twist events in their favor. The Reichstag (German parliament) had no majority since 1928 and Nazis in a bid to reduce the opposition from communists, sought a way of reducing their numbers. After becoming the Chancellor, Adolf Hitler appointed 50,000 Nazis as SAs (auxiliary police) sending them into the streets to terrorize people that allied to communism. In February 1933, just a few days before the fire, Hitler ordered a raid on the communist party headquarters and allegedly seized papers that pointed to a planned attack on state buildings.

On the night of February 27th, the Reichstag building was set ablaze most likely by the SAs themselves burning down more than half of the building and causing over $1 million in losses. The arrested Culprit at the scene was Marinus Van Der Lubbe, a jobless Dutch construction worker who was caught sweating and shaking with firestarters near the Reichstag. The tragedy was immediately blamed on the communists leading to the arrest of the party leader and more than 20 of the party’s top officials. More than 400 people were also arrested, leading to fear that forced communist representatives to stay away from the Reichstag. This left a parliament short of more than 80 opposition members which allowed the Nazis to pass legislation that allowed Hindenburg and later Hitler to invoke article 48 which made the president a dictator.[4]

He Was Closer to Jews Than People Knew

Adolf Hitler pioneered the deadliest antisemitic ideas of all time, killing more than 6 million Jews, and it is only natural to expect him to have lived his talk, but he didn’t. It is hard to understand his hate for Jews because, in his teenage years, he secretly admired Stefanie Rabatsch Isak despite her Jewish last name and relations. He also grew up thanks to a Jewish family doctor Eduard Bloch who was very nice to their low-income family and even treated them without pay.

His friend that helped him when his life hit tough point was Joseph Neuman who stood by him after failing two attempts to enroll at an arts college and running broke in the streets of Vienna. After joining the Nazis, despite preaching the loudest antisemitic policies of all time, he still found a friend in a little Jewish girl Rosa Bernal Nienau with whom they shared a birthday. It is so hard to understand why he could end up looking at all these good people as an unworthy race that had no place in his “new world.”[5][6]

His Nephew, William Hitler Fought in the U.S. Navy

Alois Hitler, Adolf Hitler’s half brother, lived in Liverpool and married Bridget which made his son William Patrick Hitler a Briton. He earned a living writing story for magazines in London and became even better at his job during the late 20s when Hitler’s popularity was increasing. His surname would, however, prove to be his doom in the early 30s when Hitler became Britain’s arch enemy. He attempted to convince his uncle to get him a job in Germany, but he refused, so he tried to blackmail him by threatening to write a story about Hitler’s alleged Jewish ancestry.

He later decided to make cash by writing a story called “why I hate my uncle,” a move that made his uncle angry. They fell out, forcing him to go on the run back to Britain and later to the U.S. as the world descended to full-scale war. In the U.S., joining the army was an even tougher task because of his second name. He was later allowed to serve in the Navy as a medical officer ending up with a purple star. He then changed his name and settled in New York where he lived till his death in the 80s.[7]

He Wanted to Convert Moscow Into a Lake

The Soviet Union suffered the worst losses at the hands of Nazi Germany thanks to an unprepared army and a scared Stalin. The Nazis advanced fast, and by June 1943, they were just 180 miles from Leningrad. There were more than 3 million Nazi soldiers deployed, and while they were busy thrashing the Russians, Stalin was busy assembling the most powerful army Russia had ever seen for the battle of Stalingrad.

The funny thing about the advance, however, is that Adolf Hitler had no plan of coexisting with the Russians, he already had an idea in place to level Moscow, kill all the 3 million inhabitants to avoid the burden of having to feed them in the winter then pump water into the city to form a lake. The same winter he was counting on however worked in favor of the Russians because the Nazis had no idea just how cold winter can get in Moscow.[8][9]

He Was a Strong Supporter of Animal Rights

What is the point in campaigning for the rights of animals when you have no consideration for humanity? Anyway, Hitler, the most genocidal man in history, was both a vegan and an animal rights campaigner. It was a Nazi habit to protect the environment and pass strict animal conservation laws including euthanizing of terminally ill pets, mandatory use of anesthetic when cutting ears and tails off dogs, and humane practices of slaughtering animals.

Adolf Hitler was personally a lover of dogs, spending many hours with his dog Blondi. He hated hunting, forcing animal conservation throughout Germany and even France after the invasion. Under his rule, Germany became the first country in the world to put a wolf under state protection. Germany also banned torturous experiments that harmed animals and even introduced animal conservation courses in German universities.[10]

He Personally Never Visited Concentration Camps

At the onset of the Nazi regime, there were more than 9 million Jews in Europe, and more than 6 million of them never lived beyond those dark years all thanks to Hitler’s “Final solution.” Initially, the Nazis planned to forcefully expel all Jews to Madagascar or the Arctic circle, although this would have caused many deaths, Hitler also considered it too expensive. Hitler was still decided on doing away with the Jews, although he didn’t say it in public or associate himself in any way with the activities in the concentration camps.

There is no record showing an order for executions from Hitler to Auschwitz or any other concentration camp for that matter. This, however, doesn’t mean Adolf Hitler didn’t know what Himmler and his other deputies were doing, he was fully aware. Hitler mainly started the Idea of “the final solution” after realizing that his soldiers were able to carry out a massacre as they did to the Soviet POWs. He then stayed away from all the dirty work, including all the concentration camps.[11]

He Survived at Least 42 Assassination Attempts

The most famous assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler’s life today is operation Valkyrie which ended in total disaster, but this was just one of the many assassinations attempts on Hitler’s life. Contrary to popular opinion, the allies were not the main plotters of most of these attempts. Germans were the greatest victims of Hitler’s cruelty, which is why they are the ones that tried the most to kill him. The other famous attempt was carried out by his inner circle regularly referred to as the July plot. They put a bomb in a suitcase and placed it next to Hitler’s table, but someone moved the briefcase away by mistake, causing the blast only to injure Hitler’s eardrums. He went out of control and executed nearly 5000 people for their role in the plot.[12]

Top 10 of the Greatest Religious Leaders in History

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Some of the leadership systems are more enduring than others. for instance, the political and military leaders come and go while religious figures stay throughout the ages, this explains why many people still worship religious leaders thousands of years after their death. The most enlightening aspects that emanate from this article is that though many religious figures and founders are responsible for founding religions; not all of them set out to start religions. Many did not set out to start religions, and the development of organized faith systems or structures based from their teachings emerged long after their departure from the world, therefore, they are hardly held responsible for what the followers ended up doing with their teachings. The religious founder and religious figures from around the world played instrumentals in initiating, development, and growth of the current religious systems in the world. This article shed light on the top 10 religious figures and founders in history who are responsible for the majority of the modern religions in the world.

Jesus Christ (c. 6/4 BC—c. 30 AD)

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Christianity is the largest single religion worldwide with followers from all walks of the earth. Christianity is based on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ of Nazareth who has impacted the planet instrumentally. The ministry of Jesus lasted for three years, left no personal writings, had few thousands of followers during his lifetime, and was executed for treason by the Roman authorities, all of which should have been like a footnote in history.

However, he is widely revered not only as of the prophet and moral teacher but also believed to be the physical manifestation of God on earth. This is attributed to the belief that he resurrected from the dead three days following his death. The ascending to heaven and promising the followers of his glorious second coming as the savior of humanity on the judgment day. During his short life and ministry on earth, Jesus performed many miracles including turning water into wine, walking on water, healing many ailments, raising the death like in the case of Lazarus, among others. He was the greatest religious figure and religious founder that ever lived on the face of the planet.[1]

Muhammed (571—632 AD)

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Many religious leaders leave a legacy behind that life on while they are dead. For instance, Prophet Muhammed of Mecca was a middle-aged merchant that revolved into a mystic, into a religious leader, into a military commander has an instrumental and significant impact on both histories and continues to influence the lives of billions of people around the globe. According to the Islamic religion, he was considered as last and greatest of all prophets and is adored for writing the Quran, one of the most read sacred writings in the world. Legends of Islamic religion cite that angel Gabriel gave him the writings through a series of visions over 20 years which were preserved and codified into the Quran. Through this writing, Muhammed enabled the stridently monotheistic religion in the world by setting the stage for the development, growth, and spread of Islamic on the planet.[2]

Krishna (c. 3228—c. 3102 BC)

The ancient religious figures in the world influenced the religion of the world. For instance, Krishna was part man and partly supernatural personality capable of all kinds of remarkable things encompassing those expected from the incarnation of Vishnu, who is considered Godhead of the Hindu trinity of deities. The man attributed to the supernatural and extraordinary doings was the nephew of the most abhorred King Kamsa of Mathura who lived a carefree life.

For one, as a kid, Krishna allegedly killed many demons and purifying the poisoned water of River Yamuna, among others. He did not start modern Hinduism because the basic tenets of Hinduism were already in place before his coming into the arena. Krishna is one of the Vishnu avatars that are highly revered and close to the heart of the people thousands of years after his death.[3]

Gautama Buddha (c. 563—c. 483 BC)

Gautama Buddha

Buddha is used to implying spiritual wisdom or enlightenment, and it is widely regarded. However, the person behind this mythology is Siddhartha Gautama, and Buddha was the title. He was the prince who invested a good 29 years in opulent luxury then chastened his life for the quest for understanding. To harden for the course of searching for enlightenment and understanding, Gautama spends several years in complete destitute surviving on a handful nut.

He came to realize that it was vanity and futile. One of the realizations that put him, of course, came to him while he was sitting under the Bodhi tree, to attain enlightenment, wisdom, and understanding; one needs to eliminate all desires. He attracted a legion of disciples and advanced the teaching that established the system of faith structure known as the Buddhism religion, which claims over 500 million adherents across the world.[4]

Confucius (551—479 BC)

Confucius

The Chinese name of Confucius is Kong Zi is a reckoned influence in the lives of many people and countries across Asia. He was not a religious leader per se, but more of a philosopher based on his teachings on political and personal morality, sincerity and justice that influenced Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese thought and life and stretched to Confucianism philosophy that broke into Europe through the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci in the 16th century.

As no man’s writing survives, many scholars and elites argue concerning the possibility of the existence of the man named Confucius and if Confucianism a collection of ancient teachings unified under one philosophical construct. Some of the instrumental principles encompass the “Do not do to others what you do not want to be done to yourself” which forms part of the golden rules.[5]

Zoroaster (c. 628—c. 551 BC)

Zoroaster

The ancient Persian prophet and founder of the historically acknowledged Zoroastrianism religion were called Zarathustra born in Northern Persia in 7th century according to Zend Avesta book. Zoroaster also called Zarathustra claimed to have received a vision concerning the cosmic war in which the god of Light Ahura Mazda fought with the principle of evil, Ahriman. Based on his prophecy, the man had been given the free will to choose between good and evil, and this dualism formed a formidable force behind monotheism in the middle east with Zoroaster’s teachings as the guiding principles or light resulting in Persian civilization.

The aspect and elements of Zoroastrianism penetrated to the west through Platonism and Judaism; the philosophy is cited as one of the contributors in the establishment if philosophy. When Alexander the Great conquered Persia limiting the growth of Zoroastrianism but it survived and continue to influence lives to date in India because it serves as the guidance of Parsi Faith.[6]

Martin Luther (1483—1546)

Martin Luther

Christianity was wrought with many individuals who collectively played a significant role in shaping and designing that make the faith structure, which had a considerable impact on the church. Martin Luther was initially a dedicated Catholic priest who grew disenchanted with the abuses he witnessed within the Roman Papacy and opted to call the church out by pinning a 95 thesis points of doctrinal disputes on the door of Wittenberg church in 1517 October. This doctrinal dispute triggered a heated debate that resulted in the reformation movements that eventually split the church into two and the four-century religious strife causing armed conflicts that continue to reverberate Christianity to this date.

The founding religious contributions of Luther is the instance that salvation comes from faith in Jesus Christ rather than obedience to papacy. This made salvation more obtainable and initiated a period of unparalleled church growth from around the globe. The reformation movement initiated by Luther targeted to reform Catholicism, but it created schism explaining the dominance if many Christian denominations in the current generation. Luther helped shape western civilization and the church to the current state of affairs on both western culture and Christian beliefs.[7]

Moses (c. 1391—1271 BC)

Moses

The history of Judaism revolves around great leaders and prophets ranging from kings David and Solomon to prophet Ezekiel and Elijah; however, the impact of Moses is undeniable. Without the guidance and leadership of Moses the modern Jewish religion will not exist, but thanks to him as a political heavyweight having grown up in pharaoh’s dynasty, and was being considered as a assume the throne one day. However, he chose to pursue his Hebrew religion, which took him to 40 years Odyssey leading over half a million people across the wilderness journey to Canaan.

The man Moses was responsible for penning Torah, which is the most revered Jewish writing which formed the basis of the first five books of the bible, old testament. He died on the way just before reaching the promised land, but he is the foundation of Judaism by underpinning the morals and ethical principles that guide the Jewish up to date. For instance, the Ten Commandments are the foundation of western religious beliefs for generations to come.[8]

Joseph Smith Jr. (1805—1844)

Joseph Smith Jr.

The founder and the first president of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon Church) Joseph Smith, Jr. was born in 1805. He is one of the most controversial religious figures from the first 19th century who single-highhandedly convinced the public that he was a prophet of God and interacted with both God and Jesus Christ through visions. Joseph Jr unearthed golden plates on the local hillside and later translated into the book Mormon which was distributed to the locals in Upstate New York region. Smith gathered few core followers and founded the church of Jesus Christ of latter days at Fayette New York in April 1830.

The church grew, and reports indicated his target was to become to over 15 million members worldwide, despite his limited educational background. The controversial figure started his polygamy, insisting that he was the prophet sent by God to restore the church from apostasy it had. Therefore, according to God, fallen into odds with non-Mormon people, including neighbors creating enmity that often resulted in violence. The hostility that later led to his death in 1844 in the shootout in the Illinois prison, leaving his lieutenant, Brigham Young to take over. The Mormons around the world venerate his contribution to western Protestantism and he, and he is revered as the chief prophet whose status continues to grow as the church of Mormons expands.[9]

Mary Baker Eddy (1821—1910)

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Mary Baker Eddy was the founder and leader of the Christian Science Movement, born 1821 in New Hampshire in the United States. Her impact on American religious beliefs in the 19th century is undeniable. Many of her doctrine and perspective on many things are controversial and long-lasting. For one Eddy approach on the concept of hell and the de facto rejection of personal God put her in the outside of the orthodoxy. The Christian Science Movement started by Mary Baker in the 19th century still lives on centuries after her death; it is like her legacy. Recent statistics indicate that the Christian Science Movement has over 106,000 members in the US as by 2010 and over 500,000 members worldwide.

Many religious and Christian ideas and teachings advanced by Eddy survives on and are present in some of the New Age churches, mystical traditions, and other metaphysical traditions today. Her theological work draws heavily from the beliefs fostered by the ancient Gnostics, one of the mystical unities of Christianity in the few centuries A.D. before the dominance of the church of Rome. The Christian Science movement followers are known for their refusal to use medical treatment as they believe that illness is part of the illusory material world are treatable purely by diseases. Baker should be remembered for her willingness to challenge the traditional beliefs of her era.[10]

Top 10 of the Most Mysterious Plane Disappearances in History

Mysterious Plane Disappearances

Planes crash from time to time. Albeit disastrous, this is a reality. What is odd, however, is the point at which a plane completely vanishes into thin air without a trace. This is a bizarre phenomenal, particularly in this day and age considering the fantastic innovations accessible to us. This list contains fascinating stories the top ten most mysterious plane disappearances in history, leaving nothing behind but trails of unanswered questions and endless conspiracy theories.

Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart vanished in her Lockheed Electra on July second, 1937, while she and her guide, Fred Noonan, were endeavoring to circumnavigate the globe. Earhart, who was the principal lady to fly solo over the Atlantic, vanished close Howland Island in the focal Pacific Ocean. Hypotheses about Earhart’s destiny have captivated specialists – and screwballs – from that point onward.

While most think she came up short on fuel and collided with the ocean, there’s additionally the hypothesis that she was a covert agent for Franklin D Roosevelt and was caught by the Japanese. Others guarantee the plane slammed on a Japanese island, stranding Earhart, who in the end passed on – and her body was carted away by sand crabs. Some think she endures the flight, moved to New Jersey, and transformed her name. However, some believe that the extra-terrestrials might have abducted her.[1]

Star Dust

At the point when the BSAA Star Dust, a regular citizen variant of the Lancaster Bomber, vanished amid a departure from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Santiago, Chile, it deserted a large number of unanswered inquiries. The airship, claimed by British South American Airways (BSAA) and guided by Reginald Cook, a recognized aviation based armed forces pilot, left Buenos Aires at 1.46pm on August second, 1947 and headed over the Andes Mountains. The plane never achieved its goal.

However, the radio administrator figured out how to convey one last mysterious Morse code message – perusing “STENDEC” – before it vanished. Speculations about the result for the plane – and the significance of the obscure last message – have become throughout the years, and incorporate UFO assaults, harm and the conscious blast of the trip to decimate discretionary archives conveyed by a traveler. Almost certain is that the plane inadvertently flew into a close vertical snowfield, which caused a torrential slide covering the disaster area.[2]

The Star Tiger

On 30th January 1948 every second BSAA plane, the Star Tiger, disappeared flying from Santa Maria in the Azores to Bermuda. The flight took off in strong breezes to take their 25 explorers – including World War II holy person Air Marshal Sir Arthur Coningham – on their 12-hour voyage, flying low to avoid the breezes and following a Lancastrian plane which was to keep a post for the dreadful atmosphere.

The flight was gotten over the base and expected to fly clearly into a tropical storm to accomplish Bermuda with enough fuel remaining. The post plane arrived safely not long after 4 am – yet the Star Tiger was never watched or gotten a warning from again. Thinking about the low height, a solid whirlwind may have blown them into the ocean – or that a broken altimeter joined with tiredness from the long flight could have made them fly into the water.[3]

Flight 19

On December 1945, six planes disappeared into the air, which still can’t seem to be recuperated. On that day, in “normal” climate conditions, five Avenger torpedo planes, which are outstanding in the flying network for their enormity, took off from their base in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for shelling practice in what has since turned out to be known as the Bermuda Triangle. In the wake of encountering issues with their compasses, the five planes lost correspondence with the ground station.

However, the ground station could even now pursue interchanges between the pilots of the aircraft, amid which it was noticed that they ended up confused as to their areas and location. A dangerous salvage mission followed quickly by the Coast Guard and naval force that secured 700,000 square kilometers more than five days, amid which another plane conveying 13 travelers vanished, never to be found again. No trash of the six missing planes or their travelers has ever been discovered, along these lines starting the strange emanation encompassing the unbelievable Bermuda Triangle.[4]

Glen Miller’s Flight

Glen Miller, one of the best colossal band pioneer, vanished alongside his trip in mid-December of 1944. As the plane, which was gone to Paris from London, left on a cold, foggy day and no other clear finishes could be drawn, the official report of the missing plane concluded that it almost certainly crashed into the English Channel due to iced over wings or engine complexities. In any case, that vague decision neglected to conciliate a troubled populace that had quite recently lost one of the best resolve promoters of the Allied Powers.

Usually, tattle resulted in what had indeed occurred. Hypotheses were upheld—extending from the acclaimed artist subtly landing just incredible a medical clinic from the disease just days after the fact to the plane being incidentally shelled by a well-disposed shoot from English planes ejecting bombs that were initially expected for a prematurely ended mission—none of which have been attractively checked. All that is known with sureness is that the plane left for it’s short unearth December 15 and never arrived at its usual objective.[5]

Star Ariel

Around one year after the disappearance of the Star Tiger, another British South American Airways plane, flying from Bermuda to Jamaica on January 17, 1949, disappeared completely. One hour after its removal, the Star Ariel made a standard correspondence observing its zone to the ground station and halted to exist at a rise of 18,000 feet. Because of suspected correspondence troubles, a salvage group was not prepared to begin its request until seven and a half hours. In the meantime, British government employees accountable for the examination claimed that some external reason may have overwhelmed both man and machine, which incidentally roused plenty of hypotheses dependent on a pure guess by the basic populace.

However, a few specialists have guaranteed that whatever happened probably happened rapidly, all of a sudden, along these lines persuading that there was a blast coming about because of a mix of imperfections innate in the plane’s structure and uncommon conditions. However, no debris has been found, and every one of the 20 travelers was accounted for absent and later assumed dead.[6]

Transatlantic C-124 Flight

On March 23, 1951, a US Air Force Douglas C-124 Globemaster II on its approach to England jettisoned into the sea. A blast in the freight hold and the following flame constrained the pilots to put the plane down in the Atlantic, a couple of hundred miles from Ireland. The pilots radioed the definite area, and the discarding itself was successful. The group of 52 travelers on board the flight wore life preservers and moved on board well-prepared crisis rafts.

A B-29 had just been on the way to support the plane in its route to the closest landing strip. When it touched base at the area transmitted by the pilots, the team of the B-29 watched the travelers and group in their rafts. It appeared everybody was alright. The B-29 at that point needed to come back to base, as it was running low on fuel. In any case, when rescue groups arrived, the plane and the stricken travelers had all vanished wholly and suddenly. No one recognizes what occurred in those hours while help was on the way.[7]

Frederick Valentich

On October 21, 1978, 20-year-old Frederick Valentich vanished amid a trip in his Cessna 182L. Loved ones generally depicted Frederick as a “flying saucer devotee,” and amid the destined flight, he announced being joined by an unidentified aircraft. As Frederick flew over the Bass Strait among Tasmania and terrain Australia, he radioed airport regulation soon after 7:00 PM to report that he was being trailed by an airship. Airport regulation reacted, saying there was no known traffic close-by.

Valentich portrayed the airship as extensive and lit up by four beautiful landing lights. It purportedly went around 300 meters (1,000 ft.) overhead and was moving at fast. Finally, Frederick communicated that the UFO was hovering above him and had a shiny metal surface and a green light. Airport regulation requested that he distinguish the specialty, to which Frederick reacted, “Is anything but an airship,” before his transmission was hindered by unidentified clamor portrayed as “metallic, scratching sounds.” Contact was lost now, and neither Valentich nor his plane was ever observed again.[8]

US Air Flight 427

On May 25, 2003, a Boeing 727, enrolled as N844AA, was stolen from Quatro de Fevereiro Airport in Angola. Quickly before nightfall, two men boarded the flying machine: American pilot Ben Padilla and repairman John Mutantu. Nor were ensured to fly the 727, which ordinarily operates with a flight group of three. It is trusted that Padilla was the one at the controls. The airplane advanced onto the runway without freedom and without speaking with the control tower.

With its lights turned off and a couple of unpredictable moves, the plane roared down the track and took off, traveling southwest over the sea. From that point forward, neither the two men nor the airplane has been seen. The vanishing of N844AA incited an overall inquiry by the FBI and the CIA. Regardless of this, no hint of the flying machine has ever been found.[9]

Malaysian Airlines Flight MH-370

Malaysian Airlines flight 370 vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing, China. An aggregate of 227 travelers and 12 team individuals were on board the Boeing 777, and the most costly pursuit activity in aeronautics history neglected to turn up any proof of the expansive airplane. Some little bits of the wings have appeared on different islands since the accident just as a harmed folder case accepted to be identified with the episode. At present, in any case, the plane has not been found, and the reason for the accident is unknown.

In spite of the absence of a working transponder, the aircraft was as yet followed by military radar, turning right and after that left at an inconsistent height. When it had left the airspace identifiable by Malaysian military radar, the flying machine naturally reacted to hourly notice demands from a satellite correspondence framework. The last announcement, which occurred at 8:10 am, was started by the airplane, rather than the ground station. There are just a couple of reasons the plane would start this correspondence itself: control disappointment, basic segment disappointment, loss of height, or fuel fatigue.[10]

10 Fascinating Stories of the Most Notorious Hackers in the World

Guccifer-2.0

As the computer generation continues to evolve, cybersecurity continued to be rendered vulnerable too. Despite the strict measures put in place to protect computers and their users, a bunch of brilliant computer wizards continues to use their genius brains to tap into the loopholes in computers. Hacking dates back to 1960s when genius and expert tech gurus used their exceptional computer skills to program all day all time. Back then, the term hacking meant someone who would come to rescue and solve bugs on computers. The society never minded these hackers. It was until 1979 when a teenager went overboard with his hacking skills and intruded into the Digital Equipment Corporation systems raising eyebrows in the security system. Ideally, the word hacking or hacker was intended to refer to someone who had top-notch computer skills and would help invent and or fix computer programs.

In the current generation, the term has been widely used to refer to computer criminals that get access to computer systems illegally and temper with data and information to their advantage. Society has come to learn that there are ethical hackers and bad ones. Hackers who work hard to ensure computer security and safety of data are hailed as white hackers. Hackers who gain access to computer systems to perform fraudulent activities are referred to as Black Hackers. Lastly, this other group who intrude platforms to pass the time and boast of how they can do magic to computer systems and are referred to gray hackers. With that being said, below are the top best and most notorious hackers the world has ever known.[1]

Loyd Blankenship

Loyd Blankenship

Loyd is one of the world’s top most wanted hackers. Born in 1965, Loyd Blankenship is famously known by the pseudonym ‘The Mentor’. His hacking activities started way back in 1970 at the age of 16. During his teenage life, he lived an extraordinary one. He found friends among computers and couldn’t associate with his high school friends. During those days computers and modems were only accessible to the rich, and so Loyd had the privilege of accessing one. Blankenship’s hacking troubles began in 1990 when the U.S. secret service took hold of a manuscript he had written. The secret service had forced an entrance into his home Austin, Texas after reports that he accessed a computer illegally.

During the 1970s, Loyd joined and became a member of various notorious hacking groups like the Legion of Doom and Ecstasy Elite. The numerous bursting and jailing of hackers prompted Loyd to write an essay dubbed “Conscience of a Hacker,” which was published in 1986. The piece has since become a center of interest for decades, especially to the newbie hackers. He later changed the title to “The Hacker Manifesto.” Through the essay, Loyd wanted to tell the world that hackers are not criminals but genius fellows who had Insatiable appetite for knowledge on matters computer. Loyd gave tried his hands on another career path, and he is the lead product research and design specialist at MacAfee.[2][3]

Robert Tappan Morris

Robert Tappan Morris

Born on November 8, 1965, to Robert Morris and Ann Farlow Morris, Robert Tappan Morris is another super intelligent hacker of all time. His father Robert Morris was a supercomputer wizard at Bells Lab who are said to be the brains behind Multix and UNIX. Robert, for sure, got the genius brains from his father who in his late stages in his career, became a computer scientist working at the National Security Center (NSA). Morris went to Delbarton School in Morristown, New Jersey and graduated. He later joined Harvard University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts. In 1988, Morris raised security’s eyebrows when he invented the deadly computer worm that destroyed an estimated 6,000 computers in the United States. According to Clifford Stoll, who came to rescue and fought Morris’s Worm, 2,000 of these computers were affected and became useless within fifteen minutes after Morris had released the worm.

Morris had no intentions of causing massive computer damage. He designed what would later be a deadly system to help identify loopholes and estimate the size of the internet. Morris released the worm to internet-connected computers. He designed the program such that it could launch itself on a computer system without requesting permission from the administrator. The program went on and launched itself several times than the intended. On realizing the mistake, Morris tried his best to salvage the situation, but it was too late. This ingenuity caused Morris probation of three years, serving the community for 400hours and a hefty penalty of $10,050. He was the first fellow to face the full wrath of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of the United States Code title eighteen. Morris is the brain behind “Viaweb” system that was developed to enable internet users to run a self-hosted website store. Viaweb was later sold to Yahoo. Currently, Morris is a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a member and partner to Y Combinator and an entrepreneur. His internet worm source code has been put on display at the Computer History Museum.[4]

Garry McKinnon

Garry McKinnon./;'

One weird thing about hackers is their use of pseudonyms. Garry McKinnon used a pseudonym (Solo). He is one of the greatest hackers of all time. Garry is a Scottish hacker who was born on February 10, 1966, in Glasgow, Scotland. Garry developed his interest in computers at an early age. At fourteen years of age, Garry acquired his first computer. He was never a book savvy and dropped school to become a hairdresser. Garry’s hacking thirst started in the early 1990s when he was convinced by friends to take his computer skills a top-notch higher. He enrolled in computer classes and got a certificate.

His hacking skills went down history when he gained access to the United States Military and NASA computers between the year 2001 and 2002. He was intrigued by NASA’s Unidentified Flying Objects and wanted answers. He hacked the military, army, and naval computers in the United States during the deadly September 11 attacks period raising more eyebrows and questions whether he was affiliated to the terrorist group. The estimated cost of damage caused by Garry on U.S. computers was $700,000. He was arrested and questioned by the police on March 19, 2002. He was saved from extradition by Theresa May citing Garry’s health status.[5]

Kevin Poulsen

Kevin Poulsen

The notorious black hat hacker was born Kevin Lee Poulsen on November 30, 1965, in California, United States. Like the other hackers, Lee developed an interest in computers at an earl y age. At age seventeen Poulsen hacked into the Department of Defense systems in the United States using his TRS computer. He walked scot-free for this. After the United Defense hacking incidence, Paulsen developed more urge to use his skills and tap to the loopholes in the computer systems. In 1988, Kevin became a suspect for hacking the federal department database that had information about Ferdinand Marcos. He went on the run when he realized that the security was after his hacking life.

His famous hacking job was in 1990 when he forcefully hacked his way into luck. He rendered KIIS Radio station phone calls useless by tampering with the phone lines. He wanted to be the 102nd caller who had been marked by the radio station for an award. The public captured Kevin in a supermarket and handed him over to the police. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison for false money laundering and telephone fraud. He was released but on condition that he was not to touch computers and internet for three years. He has reformed, and he is the founder and editor of WIRED.[6][7]

Albert Gonzales

Albert Gonzales

Albert is one of the famous black hatters who were a pain in the neck to the security for a long time. He was born in 1982. The Miami Highs school student had his brains at work into the NASA systems at the age of 14. He acquired his first computer at the age of twelve. That became the genesis of his hacking skills. He moved to Kearny where his hacking activities picked up, and he is thought to have been an affiliate to a group of hackers called Shadow Grew group.

This group is well known for cracking 1.5 million credit cards and ATM card numbers. Albert Gonzales is believed to have been the brains behind the cracking of TJX companies walking away with credit cards and ATM card numbers worth 45.6 million in numbers. On May 7, 2008, Albert’s hacking career came to an end when the police arrested him following a hack that happened to Dave and Buster’s systems. He is currently in jail serving a 20-year sentence.[8]

Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick is also another notorious black hat hacker who caused problems as early as at age 12. He was born Kevin David Mitnick on August 6, 1963, in California. His curiosity and thirst for answers from computers started when he was twelve years old. He wanted free bus rides, and so he convinced the bus driver to give him information on where he could get a ticket punch. At age 16 in 1979, Kevin had his hands on cracking computers. He invaded the Digital Equipment Corporation systems unauthorized.

In 1988, he was arrested and sentenced to twelve months in prison. He was later released and put on a watch list for three years. His hacking urge couldn’t hold long; he went back to hacking and within the three years, he was on a watch list. He hid his IP address and found his way to different computer systems unauthorized. He was arrested and convicted on February 5, 1995. He walked his way to freedom on January 21, 2000, but again under a security watch. He’s reformed, and he is currently a security consultant for Fortune 500 companies and FBI.[9]

Jonathan James

Jonathan James

Jonathan is another notorious hacker who was involved in hacking various computer systems in the United States. He was born on December 12, 1983, as Jonathan Joseph James in South Florida. As a curious and extraordinary kid, James developed an interest in computers at the age of twelve. He committed his first cyberattack at the age of fifteen when he hacked into the school systems of Bellsouth and Miami Dade School.

He sought attention from the FBI when he gained unauthorized access to Defense Threat Reduction Agency computer systems and intercepted crucial employees information, including passwords and usernames. He also gained access into NASA computers systems and rendered them useless, costing NASA a whopping $41,000 in damages. He was put on in-house arrest on September 21, 2000, due to his tender age. James took away his life on May 18, 2008, on fears that he would be charged for a crime he did not do. He left a suicidal note saying that he had no belief in the U.S. justice system.[10]

Alexsey Belan

Alexsey Belan

He is the notorious Russian hacker who was a pain in the neck to the FBI for a long time. Belan was born in the year in 1987 in Riga Latvia. He hit the headlines in 2013 and 2014 for getting unauthorized access to various firm’s computer systems in the United States and compromising crucial information. Alexsey Belan was affiliated to different hacking groups including M4G, Magg, Fedyunya, and Quaker. He was indicted in 2012 for hacking Amazon. On March 15, 2017, he was listed as the most wanted by the FBI, and a bounty of $100,000 was put on his head.[11][12]

Julian Assange

Julian Assange

He is another most wanted black hatter ever in history. He was born on July 3, 1971, in Queensland. Like the other notorious hackers, Assange brewed his computer interests at an early age. He used the pseudonym Mandax and him, and two other hackers formed a hacker group. They named the group “The International Subversives.” Julian Assange is alleged to have cracked NASA systems using Worms Against Nuclear Killers. However, he’s denied these allegations. He also hacked into a telecommunication corporation by the name Nortel. Assange is currently serving a sentence of fifty weeks for disobeying court orders.[13]

Guccifer 2.0

Guccifer 2.0

Guccifer 2.0 is a mysterious black hat hacker. No one knows if Guccifer 2.0 is a person or a group of witty hackers. The indictment in 2018, suspects that the group is likely to be operated by the Russia Military Intelligence. The identity of Guccifer is surrounded by mystery. However, he was once interviewed by VICE, and he claimed that he is a Romanian and not a Russian. Guccifer 2.0 has been linked to various cybercrimes including the system hack and leaking of Democratic National Committee emails.[14]

Top 10 Smartest Animals in the World

smartest animals Whales

Human beings are for a fact considered the most intelligent animals on earth. The ability for a human to remember past events and predict future happenings make human beings the smartest animals on earth. Also, the ability to solve problems by thinking critically and the ability to communicate using different words in a language puts humans in the most intelligent beings category. However, science is slowly but surely putting an end the notion that human beings are the only savvy animals on earth.

Studies on different animals exhibiting excellent and witty characteristics have proved that some animals other than humans are for a fact intelligent. Some of the traits that show the levels of intelligence in animals include the ability to reason, remember and self-awareness. Some animals can perceive danger from many miles away and detect sounds from unimaginable distances. Other animals like dogs can learn and adapt to certain behaviors by learning from the trainer and the Gorilla can change moods from being happy to being sad. A Gorilla Foundation in the U.S reported a rare case of a gorilla that went quiet and sad when he was told about the death of his master.[1] Below are the top 10 most intelligent and smartest animals in the world.

Chimpanzees

smartest animals Chimpanzees

History is not the only study to link and compare humans with the primates. Science as well puts humans an edge close to the primates. Research has shown that chimpanzees are the most intelligent animals on earth after humans. The similarities between humans and primates have made chimpanzees the center of research interests by the scientist. One of the traits that make chimps look intelligent is environmental consciousness. A research study revealed how chimps have ecological awareness. In this study, which is referred to contingency, the chimps were put in front of a mirror to observe how they would react to seeing a reflection of them. Unlike any other animals, the chimps responded positively by acknowledging the reflection to be theirs and started exploring their bodies like checking on their armpits. Other animals would confuse a reflection on the mirror to be that of a stranger.

Another trait portrayed by chimps is the ability to make a decision. Chimpanzees use their brains to try and figure out a solution to a problem. They observe the environment, weigh their abilities and make informed and wise decisions. This type of intelligence has helped chimps survive by being able to figure out how to get food and where to get it. A study by primate research institute showed an incredible fact that chimps could remember events. The chimps successfully identified numbers from 1-9 they had been thought. Chimps also communicate with each other. They do so vocally. When a chimp is in trouble or needs help, they use gestures asking for help from their fellow chimps. The gestures include facial expressions, postures, and sounds. Another thing is that chimps can modify and use tools like stones, sticks, and grass to harvest honey and harvest fruits.[2]

Dolphins

smartest animals Dolphins

The Dolphins are considered the savvy animals in the water. The mind-boggling brain size of 1600 grams compared to 1300 grams of humans make them incredible creatures. This size of brain equips them with traits associated with humans. These include the ability to make informed decisions, consciousness and social traits. The mother dolphins give birth and take care of their babies until they are old enough. The super unique brain cells called spindle neurons enable them to exhibit exceptional abilities like decision-making abilities, ability to remember, ability to adapt to a new environment and ability to critically reason.

Research also has revealed that dolphins have the capabilities to communicate. They can interact and communicate with each other. Like the chimps, dolphins also use tools. They grab sponges by their mouths and go hunting for fish with it. They use the sponges to wake up and trap fish hiding in the sandy sea beds. In some fishing places like India, Brazil, and Myanmar, dolphins have joined efforts with fishers to catch fish for years.[3][4]

Elephants

smartest animals Elephants

Elephants are not only the biggest animals in the jungle; they are also savvy of the forest. Research shows that elephants have a brain size of five kilograms with some elephants exceeding that mark slightly. This size of the brain makes them intelligent animals on earth. Elephant’s brain is made up of thick cortex which has many neurons giving them the ability to think and adapt to new environments. Newborn elephants do not know how to survive but learn survival tactics as they grow up. It takes baby elephants close to ten years for them to be considered adults.

Another portrait of intelligence in elephants is their ability to relay emotions. Elephants mourn when one of their members dies or is injured. They do this by gently poking the dead using their trunks. Like the apes, elephants can also recognize themselves when put in front of a mirror. Also, elephants have impressive problem-solving skills like using sticks and twigs to scratch themselves. The elephants are also known to be the doctors of their own. They can find medicine in the jungle to heal their ailments.[5]

Whales

smartest animals Whales

A whale is for a fact one of the biggest marine mammals. It is also one of the most intelligent animals on earth. The sperm whale boasts of the largest brain. It has a brain of 8,000 cubic meters in size compared to 1,300 that of a human being. Like the dolphins, whale’s brain is made up of thick cortex with a large number of neurons. Whales can communicate by clicking and or whistling. Each whale is said to have its unique sound which makes it easier for them to identify each other’s sound. Whales also can create rhythmic songs/melodies. Whales use these communication skills to alert other members of danger, play, show their abilities and to invite others to share found dinner.

To add, whales use facial expressions and body gestures to communicate. Some of these body gestures include; spy hoping, touching, breaching, charging and lob tailing. Whales also can recognize fellow whales and interact socially. They move together in groups when hunting for food and often attack their enemies as a group. Like humans, whales also care for their young ones.[5][6]

Octopuses

Octopuses

Octopus is a fantastic invertebrate both on land and sea. The eight-limbed cephalopod makes it into the category of the most intelligent animals on earth. Research has shown that an octopus has ten thousand more genes than humans with a total of thirty-three thousand genes. Like any other smart animals, octopuses communicate with other octopuses by using a camouflaging technique, body patterns and flashing. Octopuses also exhibit the ability to learn and remember events. Research done showed that octopuses tested by training them to distinguish shapes and patterns could do so after training.

They also use tools to help them execute activities they cannot manage on their own. They can pick, drop and arrange stones, shells, and plastics in a bid to create a shelter for themselves. Octopus also can think and act quickly when in trouble. Research showed that a caged octopus tried to free itself by squeezing its body through a tiny space. This shows their ability to solve problems. And because of their super intelligence, these invertebrates enjoy protection rights by the European Union.[7][8]

Dogs

Dogs also are the most intelligent animals on earth. They are one of the animals domesticated by man. Their intelligence is attributed mostly to them living with human beings. Various researches have been conducted on dogs to test their ability to learn, remember and how they see their environment. The dog’s sense of smell has been summed up to include hearing, seeing, taste and touch. Researchers believe that a dog can locate the earth’s magnetic field by sensing. A dog can differentiate a fellow dog from other animals no matter the breed, size or shape. They can also learn new skills through observation or training by a human being.

They can remember and practice what they have been thought. The little puppies learn from their mothers or older dogs. Dogs also respond to instructions given to them. It will run towards the direction of a finger, unlike wolves. When trained, they can learn and remember up to 350 words. They can remember the names of objects and even respond to their names when called. To add, dogs also can be emotional. They can feel jealous and happy. Dogs depend on humans to help them solve a problem. When they encounter a problem, they look up to a human hopefully for help.[9]

Pigs

Pigs

Like the chimps and the elephants, pigs are also undoubtedly the most intelligent animals on earth. Pigs have portrayed intelligence in various ways. One of these is that a pig can remember a past event. It can remember its way back to their shelter from the grazing fields. They also exhibit emotional awareness. They can feel when loved and can get afraid.

A study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom concluded that a pig could identify itself on a mirror and not mistake the reflection on the mirror for another pig. A study showed that a pig could play a video game way better than the chimpanzees. One super-intelligent pig named Amy emerged as the “top dog” in Seattle agility class.[10][11]

Crows

Crows

The corvids family members are considered the most intelligent birds on earth. Crows attribute their super intelligence to their big brains. Researchers have compared a crows reasoning ability to that of a seven-year-old kid. That’s super incredible for a crow! A research was done by scientists where a thirsty crow was given a task of raising the volume of water in a jar by dropping heavy objects inside. The crow amazingly picked objects that can sink in water rather than objects can float. Crows also can remember faces. Research shows that a crow can hold a grudge and pass it along to others.

They will gang up together and attack their common enemy. Surprisingly, crows mourn their fellow crows when they die. When one of their members dies, they come together and mourn by producing sad rhythmic sounds. Also, crow’s ability to use tools is incredible. The fact that they can look for an object and drop it inside a jar shows how powerful their brains are. They make curved tools to help them pick food from places out of their reach.[12][13]

Ants

Ants

Ants are one of the tiniest and smallest creatures on earth, but their brainpower is mind-boggling. They are categorized as one of the most intelligent insects on earth. One of the intelligence traits on ants is that they use tools just like the other smart animals. They use soil grains and grass to collect food and also make their shelter. Ants also use pheromones in them to mark food paths. That’s why when an ant finds food and returns to the nest, the rest of the ants will follow the route taken by the first ant to go and collect more food.

Ants can also perceive and respond to changes in their environment. When it rains, and there are floods, they use their bodies to form raft which will enable them to float. They will have the queen at the center for maximum protection. Surprisingly, ants gain experience as they age. Older ants will locate food faster than young inexperienced ants.[14][15]

Bees

smartest animals Bees

Bees are also the smallest intelligent insects on earth and make up the category of the most intelligent animals on earth. Bess does not need rocket science to prove their intelligence. It’s quite evident in their way of living. Bee’s tiny brains enable them to understand their environment and respond to any changes. Bees also can learn and copy a behavior. Bees also like any other animals, communicate. They do so using body gestures like a dance.[16][17]

10 Military Projects That Were Canceled for Being Too Extreme

Military Projects Project Excalibur

In every war, the countries involved pushing their ingenuity to the limit to launch stronger attacks on their enemies. And wishing to destroy their rivals more quickly, governments often contemplate every option that places them in a better strategic position. However, there have been cases in which some nations have put their trust in unorthodox weaponry projects. Maybe they were ahead of their time, or their designs just did not make any sense, to the point that their creation was not viable. In this article, we will see ten weapons projects so impressive that they could have changed the course of known military confrontations.

LM-2 Railgun

Towards the end of World War II, Nazi Germany’s Ordinance Office[1] gave the German scientist Joachim Hänsler the task of designing a prototype of an electromagnetic railgun. This machine would exceed the firepower of any other weapon of the time. Tests of the first LM-2 prototype began in 1944 and resulted in the firing of an aluminum projectile at 1,080 meters (3,543 feet) per second.[2] That was 200 meters (656 feet) per second faster than the best German anti-aircraft weapon ever built. Faced with such success, Hänsler’s superiors ordered him to create an improved prototype that could double the muzzle speed. But the war ended before the LM-2 was perfected, and the Americans finally captured the weapon. Years later, a report from 1947[3] showed that firing the railgun would require the energy needed to light up half a city.

Super V-2 Missile

Once World War II ended, the French Ministry of War created the Center for the Study of Guided Missiles, to analyze and use German propulsion technology for its rockets. The institution emphasized the technology of the Nazi V-2 missile, and 30 German scientists were recruited for its program. The program began in 1946 with the construction of the rocket. Around 75 percent of the parts of the V-2 missile needed to build the new weapon was acquired in France.[8] Meanwhile, the engine tests would be carried out in the Alzou Mountains (France), and the test flights would be performed in Algeria. The first test flights were projected for 1952, due to the difficulty to obtain pieces for the missiles.

The Super V-2 was expected to have the same size and shape as its original counterpart, but with a more powerful engine. The largest version of the Super V-2, which would later become the A-9 missile, had a nuclear warhead of 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) and a flight range of 3,600 kilometers (2,237 miles).[4] It used kerosene and turbo-charged nitric propellants, plus two additional engines for takeoff. The program continued until 1948 when the French government withdrew its budget due to a lack of interest, and then the project of the Super V-2 missile was canceled.

BAe P.125

During the 1980s, the former company British Aerospace teamed up with the American agency DARPA to create a STOVL (Short Take-Off and Vertical Landing) aircraft, to replace the famous fighter jet Tornado.[5] One of their most advanced, resulting designs was the BAe P.125. This aircraft was going to be manufactured in two variants, the non-STOVL version and the STOVL one, both with a propulsion system equal to that of the modern F-35 jet.[7] However, the STOVL version redirected air from the central engine compressor to two nozzles under the fuselage. The most remarkable thing about this vehicle is that its fuselage was built in one single piece, without canopy or windows.

It was highly aerodynamic, to make the plane completely stealthy and protect the pilot from Soviet attacks with anti-aircraft lasers.[6] In that way, the pilot was inside a closed cockpit, reclined to reduce the impact of the G-force over his body.[7] Several cameras outside the aircraft sent real-time images to screens inside the cockpit so that the pilot had a large field of vision even when he remained locked entirely, using a technology called “synthetic view.”[6] The project was finally discarded in the early 1990s with the approval of another project called “Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter,” which would lead to the creation of the F-35 aircraft.[7]

Boeing YAL-1 Laser

After 16 years of construction and a budget of $5 billion, the U.S. Air Force developed a high-energy laser capable of intercepting ballistic missiles. It was mounted on a Boeing 747-400F plane and tested on the field for the last time in February 2010.[9] The so-called “YAL-1” was an air-to-air combat laser, designed to knock down missiles in mid-flight, by compromising their structure with intense heat. The tests of the device began in 2009 and continued until 2010. The device destroyed two missiles during field tests, but the laser had redirection failures and did not bring down all of its targets.[10] For this reason, the project was discontinued in 2011, and the Boeing plane was sent to dismantling.

Convair Model 49

A competition of the U.S. Air Force between 1966 and 1967 requested a proposal for a stable and heavily armed battlefield-support aircraft. Therefore, a division of the currently closed Convair Company presented a non-traditional, air vehicle project: the Model 49.[12] The aircraft consisted of a cockpit for two crewmen, linked by a joint to a circular fuselage with two counter-rotated propellers in the center. It was powered by three engines located in the outer face of the fuselage. This gave the vehicle three modes. First, it could take off vertically and stay suspended in the air like a helicopter. Then, the aircraft could rotate the cockpit 90 degrees upward and become a plane while flying to its destination.

And third, it could turn its cockpit again to put the structure in a vertical position and attack targets while still hovering in the air.[11] Some of its weaponry combinations included grenade launchers, machine guns, cannons, and rockets. All weapons were connected to articulated joints that allowed the pilots to redirect them during a flight to attack several targets.[12] The fuselage was resistant to projectiles up to 12.7 millimeters (0.5 inches) in size, and the aircraft was expected to weigh 9.5 tons when fully loaded. In the end, the Model 49 lost against its competitor -the Lockheed AH-56 Cheyenne helicopter- for the contract with the U.S. Air Force. Anyway, both projects ended up being equally rejected, and the famous AH-64 Apache helicopter took their place.[13]

Landkreuzer P1000 Ratte

In 1941, the German company Krupp performed studies on heavy Soviet tanks. Thanks to this, in the following year the Nazis conceived the idea of a super-heavy tank of more than 1,000 tons, with the weaponry and protection of a naval battleship. Thus, the “P1000 Ratte” was born, a vehicle Germans referred to as a “land cruiser” and not as a conventional tank. The P1000 Ratte was characterized by being a battleship on wheels, measuring 35 meters (115 feet) in length and 11 meters (36 feet) in height. It was powered by eight Daimler-Benz engines that would give it 16,000 horsepower and a top speed of 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour. The minimum crew required to operate it was about 20 people.[14]

The weapons this tank would probably have were two 280-mm naval guns, one anti-tank gun, eight anti-aircraft cannons, and two automatic cannons.[15] Its maximum weight was estimated at 2,000 tons, and its armor could reach a thickness of 360 millimeters (14 inches) at the front.[14] The tank had a limited functionality at best -by its weight it would shatter the ground while advancing, and by its height, it could not aim at the closest targets.[15] So in 1943, the Minister of Armaments Speer ended up canceling the project Ratte, which only reached the pre-prototype stage, despite Hitler’s interest in this machine.[14]

Project Defender (BAMBI Devices)

After a successful attempt by the Soviet Union to launch its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in 1957,[18] the United States began to develop a defense program to neutralize the threat posed by this new weapon. Once the failed “Nike-Zeus” project was dropped, the nation began working on the Project Defender in 1958.[17] Thanks to the work of the best scientists in the country, the main program within the Project Defender consisted in launching hundreds of satellite stations into space to hit ICBMs in orbit.

These devices (officially called BAMBI) would deploy a net around them to increase the probability of collision while detecting the ballistic missiles through infrared sensors.[18] However, the program BAMBI was canceled during Kennedy’s presidential administration in 1962, for three main reasons. The nation was now focused on the Apollo program,[16] the BAMBI stations would have been very vulnerable to anti-satellite attacks, and the technology needed to create them was too advanced for that time.[17]

CAM Walking Truck

In the final stage of the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army asked the company General Electrics[19] to create a versatile vehicle capable of supporting heavy loads, specially designed to move through difficult terrains. So in 1968, General Electrics presented[20] a vehicle called Cybernetic Anthropomorphous Machine (CAM), more commonly known as Walking Truck. This machine had a height of 3.3 meters (11 feet) and a weight of more than 1,360 kilograms (3,000 pounds). It could walk thanks to four mechanical legs powered by hydraulic pistons, controlled from the inside by a single operator.

The vehicle worked with gasoline and reached a speed of 8 kilometers (5 miles) per hour thanks to its more than 90 horsepower. The maximum load it supported was around 227 kilograms (500 pounds). The operator controlled the movements of the machine through stepping levers that gave him a sense of connection with the vehicle as if those were his own limbs.[20] Finally, the project was canceled by General Electrics due to the high complexity of handling such a machine; it was very exhausting to try to control the vehicle.[19]

Tupolev Voron Drone

In November 1969, a Lockheed D-21 drone of the U.S. Air Force suffered a failure[21] and crashed in Siberia (Russia) after flying over China for surveillance purposes. Then, the Soviets recovered its parts to examine them.[23] The company Tupolev Design Bureau realized that the aircraft offered solutions to the construction of fuselages with more advanced materials, able to withstand supersonic speeds.[24] So it decided to reverse-engineer the D-21 and build its own version.[23] Thus, in March 1971 the creation of the Tupolev Voron was officially approved.[21] It was going to be a supersonic reconnaissance drone, having a more advanced technology than any other airplane of the time. The Voron had a length of 13 meters (43 feet),[24] an innovative, tailless triangle shape,[22] and a weight of 6.3 tons.

The aircraft was able to reach speeds of up to 3,800 kilometers (2,361 miles) per hour, while its maximum attainable altitude was more than 26 kilometers (16 miles).[24] It was equipped with a panoramic camera that transmitted data to ground equipment. The drone would be launched into the air from a Tu-95K bomber,[21] although the possibility of a ground-based takeoff was also studied.[24] However, the data processing equipment at the time was not good enough to take advantage of the potential of the Voron’s spying ability at high altitudes. Also, progress made in espionage mechanisms from space diminished interest in reconnaissance drones,[2] and the Voron project was canceled, reaching only initial testing stages.[21]

Project Excalibur

The following project was similar to the Project Defender, although much more radical. Any space weapon would require a vast energy source to work correctly. Therefore, about ten[26] underground nuclear tests were conducted since 1980[25] to determine if it was possible to concentrate the energy of a nuclear explosion in a single X-ray beam, to disintegrate targets. This allowed the development of the project Excalibur, a defense system within the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) during Ronald Reagan’s administration.[26] It consisted of a device placed on a space platform, where a nuclear explosion was concentrated through metal rods. This generated an X-ray laser capable of destroying intercontinental missiles thousands of kilometers away. The initiative had an annual budget of $200 million.[25] But the project Excalibur was eventually canceled in 1992 and its research resources were redirected to the development of other suborbital weapons.[27]

Top 10 Unsolved Alien Conspiracies of the World

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Since days of yore, numerous individuals have professed to observe extra-terrestrial creatures. These living things are called extra-terrestrial since they are accepted to begin from different universes. While numerous individuals won’t acknowledge the possibility of their reality, various researchers believe extra-terrestrial life to be conceivable, particularly thinking about their alleged history inside human life. This article covers ten unsolved alien conspiracies that prove that we are not alone.

Green Children of Woolpit

Green Children of Woolpit

The Green Children of Woolpit were a young lady and a young man found in a Suffolk, England town called Woolpit. Their supposed appearance returns around 900 years. What makes them so critical is the way that they were supposedly green. A harvester found the pair and brought them into town, where Sir Richard de Calne gave them a home. In time, they lost their iridescent paleness and expanded their weight control plans. However, the kid turned out to be progressively discouraged and wiped out before surrendering to ailment and kicking the bucket.

The girl eventually incorporated into English society and later married a man at King’s Lynn. Heavenly feelings join that the children are additional earthbound or that their supposed story is legitimate. Anyway, no sinkhole to the black market has been found in Woolpit. The young girl reported that she and her sibling originated from the “Land of Saint Martin,” where there was no sun, however never-ending dusk, and every one of the occupants was green like them.[1]

The Kecksburg Incident

The Kecksburg Incident

On December 9, 1965, a large number of individuals crosswise over six U.S. states and Ontario detailed seeing a fireball streak over the evening sky. It streaked over the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario region, supposedly dropped hot metal flotsam and jetsam over Michigan and northern Ohio, beginning some grass fires and caused sonic blasts in Western Pennsylvania. Witnesses who landed on the scene before the military moved in have portrayed seeing a bronze-hued, oak seed melded article generally the measure of a VW Beetle bearing markings that took after Egyptian hieroglyphics.

The interest records encompassing the Kecksburg incident have typically produced various speculations, a standout amongst the most famous because it was an outsider shuttle that arrived in the woods that evening. Others place that the object was a piece from a Russian satellite – specifically, the rocket Kosmos 96, which reemerged earth’s atmosphere that equivalent day following a fizzled endeavor to reach Venus – a failed missile, or a time-traveling Nazi airship. Today, this incident remains one of the unsolved mysteries and continues to attract numerous UFO enthusiasts.[2]

The Jodhpur Boom

The Jodhpur Boom

On the morning of December 18, 2012, at 11:25 AM, people of Jodhpur, India were shocked by a dazzling sound that appeared suddenly in the sky. The sound was much like that of the jet flying at high speed. Rumors rapidly spread that the sound was a result of a sonic boom brought about by another type of flying machines tried by the Air Force, or maybe it was brought about by a blast in the ammo storage facility of the close-by armed force region.

On being reached Army staff declined any such explosion in armed force region. While no clarification has been found for this abrupt stunning Jodhpur Boom that showed up all of a sudden slamming in the sky, it was anything but a particular occurrence. These sounds or blasts were occurring everywhere throughout the world including the USA and UK. Geologists declared that the seismic readings amid the impacts were not typical for anything anytime recorded already.[3]

The Indrid Cold

The Indrid Cold

Indrid Cold, also known as The Smiling Man, is an implied humanoid creature. His name originates from his inclination to smile at the individuals who experience him. The Smiling Man is accounted for to be human-like in appearance, however, is regularly connected with UFO movement and is here and there accepted to be an outsider. He was depicted as being more than six feet tall and wearing a reflective, green or blue suit with a dark belt.

He had a dim appearance, and little, beady eyes set far separated. He was portrayed as not having any nose, ears, or hair. It is generally believed that Indrid might be an outsider element and is bolstered by its nearby association with UFO movement. This is improbable, except if the aliens are shapeshifters since it would be inconceivable for a race to take precisely the same developmental way as us, it is likewise trusted conceivable that he is associated with the Men in Black.[4]

The Wedge of Aiud

The Wedge of Aiud

Found in 1973 on the shores of the Mures River, located near the central Romanian town of Aiud, the Wedge of Aiud is one of the most controversial artifacts of our time. The way that this wedge-formed thing is produced using aluminum gets a few people energized because, before 1825, metallic aluminum adequately did not exist which made the object a great discovery.

The lab tests coordinated on the Wedge of Aiud purportedly contemplated that the metallic article is an old UFO part since the substances it is made of can’t be united with the advancement open on Earth. Notwithstanding whether the wedge was not part of a mechanical entry assembly of an outcast rocket that could take off and land vertically, it is moreover possible that the metallic antique was a bit of an out of date flying machine that was made suitable here on planet Earth.[5]

The Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters

Allied aircraft pilots gave the name foo warrior in World War II to many UFOs or shrouded flying marvels found in the skies over both the European and Pacific assembly halls. They normally paralleled or pursued jets and were seen by pilots on all sides of the activity. No Foo Fighter was known or answered to have made or endeavored any contact, collaboration or assault. They were known for their fast rate and nimbleness, being a lot quicker than any referred to jets at the time just as being incredibly maneuverable, regularly displaying exceptionally offbeat capacities.

Numerous encounters with the weird circular UFOs were accounted for, yet none of the articles appeared to make any forceful move, so the possibility that they were a propelled foe weapon was dropped. After the war was over it was found out that German and Japanese pilots had additionally been seeing very similar things and Axis military specialists had dreaded a distinct Allied advantage.[6]

Kinross Incident

Kinross Incident

The Kinross incident is one of the most mysterious plane disappearance cases that corroborates claims of extra-terrestrial encounters. This incident dates back to November 23, 1953, when Air Defense Command radar followed an unidentified target moving at 500 miles for every hour over the lake, an F-89C all-climate stream interceptor from Kinross AFB took off close behind. Radar administrators viewed the airship close in on the UFO, and after that something phenomenal occurred: The two blips blended and afterward blurred on the screen, and all correspondence with the interceptor stopped.

A broad land and water seek found no trace of the jet and the pilot Lt. Felix Moncla. In a final attempt to cover the case, the Air Force guaranteed that the F-89C had detonated at high altitude. This claim likewise made no sense, because if the F-89C had detonated there would have been a portion of the plane’s garbage found. The identity of the UFO has never been uncovered formally right up ’til the present time, and the loss of the F-89C is as yet unexplained.[7]

The Mantell UFO Incident

The Mantell UFO Incident

The Mantell UFO occurrence was among the most pitched early UFO reports. The event achieved the mishap and going of 25-year-old Kentucky Air National Guard pilot, Captain Thomas F. Mantell, on 7 January 1948, while in a journey for a UFO. He was a WWII pro pilot, respected with the Distinguished Flying Cross for bold activity and an Air Medal for gallantry, who proceeded with his military profession with the Kentucky Air National Guard. It is trusted he was additionally the first individual to pass on while pursuing a UFO.

Numerous officers expected that a space-dispatch had shot down Mantell’s plane with an alarmingly unrivaled extra-terrestrial weapon. Thomas Mantell, the first person to die while exploring a UFO locating, was no nutcase. He was a war hero and a well-regarded pilot – one who saw something he couldn’t clarify and died in the quest for reality. Afterward, Thomas’s plane was found obliterated 135 kilometers which settled the UFO occurrence. However, this didn’t stop people from declaring Mantell the first UFO unfortunate casualty.[8]

Roswell UFO incident

Roswell UFO incident

In the late spring of 1947, a rancher Mac Brazel found an unidentifiable article in his sheep field outside Roswell, New Mexico. Even though authorities from the neighborhood Air Force base affirmed that it was a slammed climate expand, numerous individuals, trusted it was the remaining parts of an extra-terrestrial flying saucer. It is believed that outsider spaceships were watching the atomic and rocket test regions in New Mexico. One of them flew low over Roswell and after that was struck by lightning.

The strike brushed off pieces of the flying saucer which broke down and detonated over a farm northwest of Roswell, dispersing destruction. The military party gathered the damage and bodies and tidied up all hints of the accident. Bodies and obliteration were taken to Roswell Army Air Field. Witnesses were advised to stay silent and were compromised with retaliation on the off chance that they uncovered anything. Today, numerous individuals keep on trusting that the administration and the military are concealing reality about outsider arrivals at and around Roswell.[9]

Lake Michigan’s UFO Sighting

Lake Michigan’s UFO Sighting

The occurrence, which to this day stays a standout amongst the most captivating mass UFO sightings ever, was accounted for by observers along somewhere in the range of 200 miles of Lake Michigan’s shoreline. On March 8, 1994, calls flooded 911 to report strange sightings in the night sky. The reports came in from shifting foundations — from police and a meteorologist to occupants of Michigan’s numerous shoreline resorts.

Several individuals saw what many demanded were UFOs — unidentified flying objects. One observer, Cindy Pravda of Grand Haven, saw four strange lights in the sky that night. Later, the National Weather Service Office in Muskegon County uncovered that few obscure echoes had been grabbed on the radar. As things stand in any case, no complete clarification for these sightings has ever been found. Today, the puzzle stays unsolved. However, it keeps on engaging extra-terrestrial scientists, analysts and history buffs alike.[10]

10 Interesting Stories Behind the Most Colossal Statues Around the World

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The best way to tell the story of a city is by visiting its most colossal statue because it carries thousands of stories for centuries — too much information to be put down on paper. Statues hold the tales of Humanity for generations. They are the best method of communicating culture or expressing feelings having been used since the dawn of civilization. Whenever Colossal Statues are mentioned today, most people think of the Statue of Liberty in Manhattan or Jesus the Redeemer in Rio, but these are just a tip of the iceberg. Here is a look at the ten most revered colossal statues around the world.

The Statue of Liberty, USA

The Statue of Liberty, USA

The Statue of Liberty is not the tallest in the world, no! But its mere mention is enough to tell any stranger what to expect when they arrive in America. A land once ravaged with wars, torture and the pain of slavery became a symbol of freedom for the whole world. The rise of America as a land of freedom fostered the growth of the new civilization that saw slave trade abolished and human rights embraced worldwide. In I886, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this great nation and its friendship with the people of France, France gifted the US with the mighty statue of Liberty.

Its greatness does not lie in size but the untold stories of billions of people around the world that are represented in the statue, some who have never even seen it physically. It is simply the global symbol for the spirit of universal freedom of humanity. It is the creation of the French Sculptor Fredrich Augusto Bartholdi. The steel framework was created by Alexander Eiffel, the very creator of the Eiffel tower. It was erected on Liberty Island to be seen by everyone in the city and most importantly, incoming immigrants who tended to come in via the nearby Ellis Island. Most of the modern view is as a result of the 1986 renovation during the 200th anniversary. It is one of the greatest landmarks in the world. It is estimated to have at least 4 million visitors annually.[1][2]

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

This statue was recently included in the new seven wonders of the world. This is the 5th largest statue of Jesus Christ but the most famous in the world. Is has become the primary landmark of Rio as well as Brazil as a whole. It was proposed as a commemoration for princess regent of Brazil Isabela in 1850, but permission for construction was not given until 1921. The initial design made by the Brazilian Engineer Hector da Silva Costa was not the open arm Jesus we see today.

The idea was creating an image of Jesus that showed his love and welcoming nature for all humanity, and as a result, Silva Costa proposed an image of Jesus carrying a cross in one arm and the globe in the other. Oswald Silva Costa corrected the design to the open arm, Jesus, we see today standing 98 feet high with arms stretched 92 feet apart. It has been the victim of vandalism over the years but not without accomplishing its purpose. It is the most famous statue of Jesus in the world with nearly two million visitors annually.[3]

The Great Sphinx at Giza, Egypt

The Great Sphinx at Giza, Egypt

Most people think of Pyramids whenever Egypt is mentioned, but they forget that the Sphinx is the guardian of all the pyramids. It is one of the great mysteries of Ancient Egypt. No one knows precisely why the pharaohs made it, its actual extent or its exact date of construction. It is nearly 75 meters long and 20 meters high making it the largest statue of any ancient civilization.

It lies facing the sun with a head initially believed to depict a lion or a cobra, but part of its nose and beard were chipped of allegedly by Napoleon’s soldiers. It was buried under the dust for years which is why no one knew its actual extent. It lies facing the rising sun while its tail extends into Memphis which is why most historians believe it stood as the protector of the pharaohs in their resting places in the pyramids.[4]

The Statue of Decebalus, Romania

The Statue of Decebalus, Romania

This statue was commissioned by professor Giuseppe Constantino who largely believed that the Dacians had the earliest form of civilization and that the bravery of King Decebalus who defended the ancient empire of Dacia to his death was worth remembering. It stands as the largest rock statue in Europe at 40 meters high on The Romanian side of Danube. Decebalus fell to the Roman emperor Trajan in 106 BCE after defending the territory fiercely through three major battles against the greatest power in the world at the time.

His face was sculptured into the rock to represent the dominance of the Dacian culture in Romania and also recognize the bravery of that empire’s last king. The work took ten years to accomplish with 12 professional sculptors supervising the tough work from 1993 to 2004. It is now used to remember the earliest civilization in Europe and the entire world with over 1 million visitors annually.[5][6]

The Motherland Calls, Russia

The Motherland Calls, Russia

This is Europe’s tallest statue Build to commemorate the victory of the Soviets against the Nazi invasion in the battle of Stalingrad which marked the most significant Soviet triumph in WWII. The vents of that site changed the course of the war against the Axis forces which is why the Russians decided it was the right place to construct the tallest statue in the world. Joseph Stalin chose Evgeny Vucetic, one of the world’s greatest sculptors to create the monument to commemorate over 30,000 soldiers buried at the foot of the statue.

It took a total of 2400 tons of steel and 5500 tons of concrete to complete the 87-meter-tall icon which was the tallest in the world at the time. The statue shows a woman that stands in front with a raised sword, an open mouth signifying a brave call to her sons to defend the land and an open arm ready to fight. The 33-meter-long sword was the most challenging aspect because it was initially made of stainless steel which shook in the wind. It was repaired in 1972 with fluorinated steel to withstand the winds.[7]

The Spring Temple Buddha, China

The Spring Temple Buddha, China

This is the statue currently holding the Guinness world record for the tallest statue in the world although the statue of Unity is India is expected to take the record upon completion. Massive is the only word that can be used to describe this buddha because, at 502ft above the ground, the Buddha, 20 minutes from the Lushan China is a spectacle to behold. It was commissioned as a reply to the destruction of Buddha statues in Afghanistan in 2001 by the Taliban.

The Chinese Government decided to convert a whole hill into a holy site for the Buddha creating a temple on the hill consisting of a diamond seat and a Sumeru seat with the Buddha on top. It is made of 108kg of Gold, 3300 tons of copper and 15000 tons of steel. Reaching the top of the two seats to touch the Buddha’s feet is a long reflectional journey where visitors have to climb over 1000 stairs. It is still a great place to be despite its remote location.[8]

The Leshan Giant Buddha, China

The Leshan Giant Buddha, China

While the Spring Temple is the tallest, this one takes the record for the largest stone Buddha in the world and equally stands out as a wonder considering the amount of work needed to achieve the efficiency of its sculpture. At 1300 years, it is one of the oldest Buddha statues in the world, but the attraction is in the hair. The Buddha’s head has more than 1000 curls curved and fixed expertly on its head.

The rest of the body was curved from the rock except for the ears which are made of wood and fixed using clay. The final image of the Buddha is a happy monk seated with arms resting on the knees watching the river flow from his feet. It is the site of millions of visits annually especially pilgrims that seek to feel the spirituality of the holy place around Mt. Lingyun where the statue is curved and also the rivers that flow from his feet.[9]

Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Mongolia

Genghis Khan Equestrian Statue, Mongolia

Of course, after conquering half of the known world, you would expect the legend of Mongolia to have a great statue which is why he had to be on the list. This is the largest Equestrian statue made purely of stainless steel. It is located at the banks of Tuul river 54 kilometers west of Ulaanbaatar at the site where Genghis is believed to have found his golden whip that he used to conquer the world. Genghis is infamous in the West for his brutality during his conquests but Mongolia revers him as the great Khan that put Mongolia on the world map.

They had no problem erecting the statue of Genghis on horseback on a two-story building designed like an ancient European Gothic house. Visitors have a chance of taking an elevator up the 40-meter statue to the head of the horse to get a view of the surroundings. The site is a museum dedicated to the 36 Khans of Mongolia with antique shops and Mongolian cuisines inside designed to reflect everything Mongolian.[10]

Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan

Ushiku Daibutsu, Japan

This was the tallest statue in the world until 2002 when the Chinese constructed the great Spring Temple Buddha. It is however still very famous and inspiring standing 394 feet above the ground surrounded by 2km of beautiful flowers on all sides. It depicts Amitabha, the Buddha of infinite light and still one of the greatest tourist attractions in Japan. It is more of a four-story bronze building built In the shape of a Buddha with its famous fourth floor located in the chest of the Buddha where you can get a clear view of the breathtaking landscape below.

The other levels have shrines and thousands of Buddha statues. A visit in April to May gives people a view of the vast carpet of poppies below while autumn in October and November gives an even more spectacular site of a carpet of flowers. It is used to depict the goodness of the Buddha who is believed to have reincarnated many times after his enlightenment to perform many good deeds that brought light and beauty to the world.[11]

Laykyun Setkyar Buddha, Myanmar

Laykyun Setkyar Buddha, Myanmar

This is mostly a site of worship, but the impressive site of two of the world’s largest Buddhas has turned it into one of Myanmar’s greatest attraction sites. It has the second tallest standing Buddha at 420ft and the largest reclining Buddha in the world at 331ft. The respected Buddhist Bodhi Tahtaung commissioned it in Po Khaung Taung. The reclining Buddha is hollow housing more than 9000 statues of the Buddha. The standing Buddha is, however, the most spectacular.

It has 31 stories with each level depicting the levels of life and Hell in the ancient Buddha religion. It has drawings of the different levels of Buddha hell, some too graphic for the faint-hearted because they explain the punishment for every sin in the Buddhist hell. Visitors can take an elevator and get a view of the holy ground below full of Bodhi trees with the Buddha sitting under each of them in meditation.[12]