Monthly Archives: April 2017

Groom Kidnapping

Groom kidnapping is a phenomenon in India wherein eligible bachelors are abducted by the bride’s family and later forcefully married to avoid heavy dowry costs.

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Harrowing of Hell

In Christian theology, the Harrowing of Hell is the triumphant descent of Christ into Hell between the time of his Crucifixion and his Resurrection when he brought salvation to all of the righteous who had died since the beginning of the world (excluding the damned).

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Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic

The “Seattle Windshield Pitting Epidemic” as it is called has become a textbook case of collective delusion. Although natural windshield pitting had been going on for some time, it was only when the media called public attention to it that people actually looked at their windshields and saw damage they had never noticed before.

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The Tale of Two Lovers

The Tale of Two Lovers was one of the bestselling books of the fifteenth century, even before its author, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, became Pope Pius II. It is one of the earliest examples of an epistolary novel, full of erotic imagery.

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Lady of the Mountain

The picture of the woman is to represent Iceland, because she has a crown of ice on her head, from which fires erupt. On her shoulder is the raven, Iceland’s most characteristic bird, Óðinn’s ancient friend and the favourite of poets, a great and knowledgeable news-carrying bird.

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The Monster with 21 Faces

Unable to capture the suspect believed to be the mastermind behind the Monster with 21 Faces, the police superintendent Yamamoto of Shiga Prefecture committed suicide by self-immolation in August 1985.

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Adriaen van Utrecht

Adriaen van Utrecht was a Flemish painter known mainly for his sumptuous banquet still lifes, game and fruit still lifes, fruit garlands, market and kitchen scenes and depictions of live poultry in farmyards.

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Antinatalism

Antinatalists argue that people should refrain from procreation because it is immoral.

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Love Dart

Prior to copulation, each of the two snails attempts to “shoot” one (or more) darts into the other snail.

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Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Uncombable hair syndrome, also known as Pili trianguli et canaliculi, Spun-glass hair, and Cheveux incoiffables is a rare structural anomaly of the hair with a variable degree of effect.

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Jabir ibn Hayyan

Abu Mūsā Jābir ibn Hayyān was a prominent polymath: a chemist and alchemist, astronomer and astrologer, engineer, geographer, philosopher, physicist, and pharmacist and physician.

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Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors

Hit Man: A Technical Manual for Independent Contractors is a book written under the pseudonym Rex Feral and published by Paladin Press in 1983.

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Bust of Gabriele Fonseca

The Bust of Gabriele Fonseca is a sculptural portrait by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

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Starlite

Live demonstrations on Tomorrow’s World and BBC Radio 4 showed that Starlite could keep an egg (coated in the material) raw, and cold enough to be picked up with a bare hand, even after five minutes of blowtorch attack.

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Dr. Young’s Ideal Rectal Dilators

An 1893 Medical News editorial noted that “Dr. Young” himself praised rectal dilation as a cure for insanity, claiming that at least “three-fourths of all the howling maniacs of the world” were curable “in a few weeks’ time by the application of orificial methods”.

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The Perfect American

 

He asks the nurse to make sure he is cryonised when he dies: “Put me in the mirror or congèle me in liquid nitrogen.” He hopes to conquer death to become a messiah for those who fear it.

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Jaekelopterus

Jaekelopterus is an extinct genus of sea scorpion. At an estimated length of 2.5 metres (8.2 ft), it is the largest known arthropod ever discovered.

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Spite House

A spite house is a building constructed or substantially modified to irritate neighbors.

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Ōoka Tadasuke

 

One of the most famous stories is called The Case of the Stolen Smell where he heard the case of a paranoid innkeeper who accused a poor student of literally stealing the fumes of his cooking by eating when the innkeeper was cooking to flavour his dull food.

Although his colleagues advised Ōoka to throw the case out as ridiculous, he decided to hear the case. The judge resolved the matter by ordering the student to pass the money he had in one hand to his other and ruling that the price of the smell of food is the sound of money.

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Bel and the Dragon

The narrative of Bel and the Dragon is incorporated as chapter 14 of the extended Book of Daniel.

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