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Stranger than fiction: a grave for Stonewall’s arm

Stranger than fiction: a grave for Stonewall’s arm

Weird News November 7, 2014 at 6:39 pm 0 comments

Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was General Robert E. Lee’s most capable general and considered by military historians to be among the most gifted of tactical commanders in U.S. history. Jackson distinguished himself in numerous battles and met his fate when he was accidentally shot by his own men at theRead More

Stranger than fiction: Mark Twain’s premonition

Stranger than fiction: Mark Twain’s premonition

Weird News October 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm 0 comments

Mark Twain was born Samuel Clemens in Hannibal, Missouri in 1835. As a young man, he went to work on a riverboat on the Mississippi River. When he began to pursue his writing career, he remembered a term that was often used on the riverboats. This term became his penRead More

Stranger than fiction: “The War of the Worlds”

Stranger than fiction: “The War of the Worlds”

Weird News October 21, 2014 at 11:30 am 0 comments

Let me take you back to a simpler time in American history. The year was 1938. Man had not yet traveled to space and there were no satellites orbiting Earth. Adolf Hitler was waging war in Europe. It was war in which most Americans wanted to remain neutral. In thisRead More

Stranger than fiction: the ghost trial

Stranger than fiction: the ghost trial

Weird News October 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm Comments are Disabled

Greenbrier County, West Virginia was the site of one of the most unusual murder trials in U.S. history. The accused was tried, found guilty and sentenced to life in prison based on the testimony of a ghost. This stranger than fiction tale began on January 23, 1897 when Elva ZonaRead More

Stranger than fiction: the hanging of “Murderous” Mary

Stranger than fiction: the hanging of “Murderous” Mary

Weird News October 8, 2014 at 10:25 pm Comments are Disabled

Erwin, Tennessee was the scene of one of the most bizarre public executions in American history. The condemned was a female elephant named Mary who was reported to have killed as many as eighteen people. Actual accounts and historical documents proved that she had killed only one person. This wasRead More

September was driest in more than 100 years

September was driest in more than 100 years

Weird News October 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm Comments are Disabled

East Tennessee made meteorological history of a less desirable form last month by registering the driest September in more than 100 years. The National Weather Service began keeping records of rainfall during the 1870s. According to the University of Tennessee Extension Agent Neal Denton, typically October is drier than September.Read More

William Patrick Hitler, early years/photo from the National Archives

Stranger than fiction: Hitler’s dirty secrets

Opinion, Weird News October 2, 2014 at 6:35 pm Comments are Disabled

In the 1930s, German dictator Adolf Hitler found himself in the position of being extorted by his own nephew over some dirty family secrets that threatened to bring down Der Fuehrer’s regime. The threats brought the two Hitler’s to conflict and compelled William Patrick Hitler to commit irrational acts. AloisRead More

Stranger than fiction: ignorance is bliss

Stranger than fiction: ignorance is bliss

Weird News September 24, 2014 at 7:42 pm Comments are Disabled

When the 20th President of the United States, James Garfield, was cut down by an assassin’s bullet in 1881, doctors immediately began treating him. Little did they realize their antiquated medical practices would result in an agonizing premature death for the president, as well as an unusual defense for hisRead More

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Stranger than fiction: Jack the Signalman

Weird News September 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm Comments are Disabled

By Michael Williams During the latter part of the 1800s travelers voyaging to Cape Town, South Africa along the Port Elizabeth Mainline Railroad frequently saw a curious sight as they entered the train station. The signalman operating the levers that set the railroad signals in the control tower was aRead More

Stranger than fiction: Booth rescues Lincoln

Stranger than fiction: Booth rescues Lincoln

Weird News September 9, 2014 at 3:19 am Comments are Disabled

By Michael Williams One evening in 1863, Robert Lincoln, the eldest son of President Abraham Lincoln stood on a platform at the Pennsylvania Railroad Station in Jersey City. A crowd of people began gathering around the conductor to buy sleep car reservations as an even larger crowd jammed the trainRead More