The Brown family, best known for starring on Discovery’s reality show Alaskan Bush People, have had a trying few months.
During the premiere of the seventh season, the family revealed that Ami, the matriarch, was battling stage III lung cancer. The family, who lived in on an isolated island in rural Alaska, were forced to pack up and temporarily move to southern California so Ami can seek treatment.
A few weeks ago, “Alaskan Bush People Exposed,” a Facebook page with up-to-date insider information about the family, confirmed that Ami had completed a round of chemotherapy and “they are scheduled to start filming in a few weeks.” However, a more recent update revealed that the 53-year-old matriarch’s cancer has unfortunately progressed and she is scheduled to undergo a second round of chemo.
Ami’s daughter, Rain also confirmed the disheartening news through a post on Instagram.
“Sadly I can’t say how she is doing just yet, but we are all hopeful and faithful,” wrote Rain. “Thank you all so much for your support and love in this harsh time.”
Kim Wall was a Swedish-born freelance journalist. The 30-year-old woman was a graduate of Sorbonne University, the London School of Economics, and Columbia University where she graduated with a master’s degree in journalism. Wall was researching a story on Peter Madsen, who built the world’s largest private submarine. On August 10th, she set out to sea in Copenhagen. On August 22, her torso was found at the bottom of the ocean.
46-year-old Peter Madsen is a self-taught aerospace engineer who, after crowd sourcing the funds, built the world’s largest homemade submarine called Nautilus. The UC3 submarine was his third submarine project.
When Wall’s body was found, Madsen was of course the immediate suspect. But he says it’s all a misunderstanding.
Madsen claimed “an accident occurred on board that led to [Wall’s] death” and he had to bury her at sea.
“I am fine, but sad because Nautilus went down,” he says, blaming a “a minor problem with a ballast tank … turned into a major issue.”
At the time the story broke, Madsen was charged with manslaughter due to his extremely shaky story. At first he said he dropped Wall off on shore when he knew something was wrong with the submarine. Then, he said Wall died on board so he “buried her at sea.”
Then, when he was in court, Madsen’s story changed once again. He claimed she was hit in the head with a submarine hatch. He says he lost his footing while trying to hold it open, and the 155-pound hatch struck the journalist on the head. However, Wall’s skull showed no sign of a head injury.
“There was a pool of blood where she had landed,” Madsen said. He then claims to have thrown the body overboard in a panic. “In the shock I was in, it was the right thing to do.”
But now, a new confession from Madsen could be the break the case needed.
While Ramirez was a mild-mannered housewife and elementary school volunteer from Riverside, California, the mother-of-two’s mysterious death has puzzled scientists and investigators for years. Even today, experts can only guess what caused the “toxic woman” to make everyone around her fall ill.
Ramirez was suffering from the late stages of cervical cancer when she was brought in to the emergency room of Riverside General Hospital. Struggling to breathe and suffering from heart failure, Ramirez was given oxygen and her heart was shocked using a defibrillator.
Around this time the ER staff noticed something strange was happening. Ramirez’s body was very oily, and was giving off a smell like fruit or garlic. A nurse drew blood from Ramirez’s arm, and staff noticed yellow-orange particles floating in the tube. A doctor also said the sample smelled like ammonia.
Then, hospital staff started to fall ill. The nurse who drew Ramirez’s blood passed out, and others became so nauseous they had to leave the room. The ER was eventually evacuated, and only a small crew stayed inside to treat Ramirez. In total 23 hospital workers fell ill, and five had to be hospitalized.
Ramirez died from kidney failure just 45 minutes after arriving in the ER, but her mystery didn’t end there…
Sometimes truth is stranger – and scarier – than fiction. These 13 creepy campfire stories turned out to be true, but we wish they weren’t!
1. Santa Got Stuck
A man dressed as Santa tries to surprise his family for Christmas by sliding down the chimney, only to get trapped inside. Usually, the story ends with him being found days later.
Lots of would-be Santas have gotten stuck sliding down chimneys, but thankfully there have been no fatalities. One man, dubbed “the Santa burglar,” did get trapped and died trying to break into a house through the chimney.
Cropsey was a local boogeyman for the children of Staten Island. He was said to live in the tunnels beneath the Willowbrook State School for children with developmental disabilities, and looked for children wandering the nearby woods.
There really was a monster lurking under the abandoned school. Willowbrook’s former janitor Andre Rand lived in the school’s tunnels, and was charged with kidnapping a pair of missing girls (police couldn’t prove he murdered them).
3. The Halloween Hanging
On Halloween, a performer or teen prankster tries to fake hanging himself. Unfortunately the rope slips and he pulls off the “trick” for real. Everyone else assumes he’s a decoration, or just acting.
Not only is this story true, it’s happened multiple times. In 1990 a teen from New Jersey died while pretending to hang himself as a haunted hayride performer. The same thing happened to another teen in 2001, and visitors believed he was just pretending to choke.
4. Alligators In The Sewers
In New York (or another big city) these scaly predators live in sewers. Sometimes they even roam the surface, looking for a bite to eat. Often, their existence is blamed on pet gator owners flushing them down the toilet drain when they grow too big.
There’s no shortage of news stories about alligators in the sewers, especially in the South. While a full grown gator couldn’t survive a New York winter, the NYPD did catch a juvenile gator that escaped into the sewers in 2010.
5. Elevator Amputation
A man is trapped in an elevator when it stops working between floors. He manages to get the door open and starts to crawl out, just as the elevator turns on again. You can guess what happens next.
Just when you thought it was safe to step into an elevator. There are lots of grisly news stories about people caught in just this situation. We’ll take the stairs, thanks.
6. The Secret Roommate
A single man notices that things are going missing, or being moved around in his home. He sets up a hidden camera one night and catches a shadowy figure climbing down from his attic…
The family of a missing college student say they believe he was abducted and taken to North Korea.
When David Sneddon vanished in China in 2004, his family was told he had fallen into a gorge while hiking. Almost immediately, Sneddon’s parents started to question the official story. Their son’s body was never found, and the more questions they asked about his disappearance the more conflicting answers they received.
Now, 12 years on, they believe he may have been kidnapped and taken to North Korea. Sneddon, a 24-year-old college student, had worked as a missionary in South Korea and spoke Korean fluently. That’s why Sneddon’s parents suspect he was taken to North Korea: to teach English.
A trip along the hiking trail in China where Sneddon vanished only strengthened their belief that he was alive. A guide recognized Sneddon’s picture, and said he survived the trail. Others remembered meeting Sneddon after he finished his hiking trip. The family also insists that Sneddon, an experienced hiker, would have had no trouble.
Now, sightings of Sneddon living in North Korea have given his family hope that they can be reunited…
On a hunch, Randy Guijarro found a photograph in an antique store, and after paying $2 for it, he thought that it could be of great historical and monetary significance.
As it turned out, he was right!
Randy loves to collect things. Everything from sports cards, to coins, comic book and other trinkets that most people past by in thrift stores and at garage sales.
His wife Linda also shares the hobby, collecting old photographs. These collectibles were a mutual interest that bonded the couple since they first met.
During the summer of 2010, Randy decided to go into Fulton’s Folly Antiques Collective in Fresno, California.
Two men in the store had recently gone to an auction to buy a storage unit, and were eager to get rid of some of the things they didn’t think they needed. That’s when a cardboard box piqued Randy’s interest. Inside the box were three old photos that dated back to the 1800s.
Randy offered to buy the box, but all he had in his pocket at the time was $2. The men were happy to get rid of the box and accepted his offer.
One of the photographs in particular peaked the collector’s interest, a 20-square-inch tintype.
On first look, it looked like several people playing a game of croquet, but the person in the centuries-old photograph had Randy wondering about its historical significance.
We’re all familiar with make-believe stories about Santa Clause and his whole ensemble, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter bunny, Bigfoot, and the list goes on and on.
If your family was anything like my family, they spent more time thinking on how to trick me than actually trying to let me know why things are the way they are. For example, my dad had me believing that if I bite my nails it will come out of my eyes.
But to be fair to parents, it’s hard to explain many thing to your children, but you can’t deny that some lies are downright annoying.
Anyway, let’s elaborate on the ‘on and on’.
Parents say they’ll be right there, which only means ‘I heard you’. If they happen to remember, they may make the effort to be where they said they’ll be.
This one was cruel. Pets are part of the family too!
This happened to me every single time we got a pet. This is how I said goodbye to my fish, crab, cat, frog, and lamb. It was as if we got the animals on loan from their mothers and they suddenly were requested to be returned.
That’s not how it works. Milk can contribute to stronger bones but it’s not the main factor attributed to your growth rate. Genetics play a big role. So if mommy and daddy are not tall and their mommies and daddies are not tall, the ‘apple of genes’ won’t fall far from the tree.
It doesn’t matter if it’s on the weekdays or weekends, my bedtime seemed to always get pushed to an earlier time.
Shooting stars, throwing pennies in a fountain, fallen eyelashes,11:11, and dandelions were nothing more than wishful thinking. As adults, we all know these wishes won’t come true by blowing on a plant or watching a comet zoom past the planet, but I’m sure plenty of us still hope something good will come out of it.
Yes, if almost there means two more hours of driving on the highway and then one hour stuck in traffic. OK, then we must be almost there.
The world will never have a shortage of man-made oddities.
These unforgettable eight tourist attractions around the world will leave stunned, and possibly intrigued.
It’s amazing how people think of worn bras attached on a fence as a tourist attraction. Couldn’t you go and see bras in some lingerie store? Maybe that would be creepier.
Yet, it’s always the strangest sights that capture the most attention.
This controversial tourist attraction dates back to the late 90s, when bras randomly appeared on a rural fence in Central Otago, New Zealand. It started with a handful, then thousands of women flocked over to contribute to the fence. They even made a statue of a women’s naked torso.
MTV helped to make this giant piece of furniture a sight to see for those visiting North Carolina. The world’s largest chest of drawers was built in 1926 to prove that the town of High Point was the ‘home furniture capital of the world’. That’s a pretty big deal, right?
The museum’s motto is “discover the painful past.” The Middle Ages had some dark times and in that darkness emerged unbelievable torture techniques.
Tourists flock to Amsterdam to see the limb-dislocating rack, the “skull-cracker,” and the inquisition chair. And that’s only a few of them! The museum also provides education tours for those who just can’t get enough of all that ‘skull-cracking’ information.
Those who suffer from pediophobia, a fear of dolls, would not last a day at this island in Mexico. There’s hundreds of severed dolls hanging from trees that make Annabelle look like a nice doll to play with.
Isla de las Muñecas is located outside of Mexico City and was dubbed a tourist attraction after the death of its owner, who collected dolls from the trash. Not weird at all. Now people go see the strange things he did to them. Again, not bizarre at all.
Go to the next page to see some more bizarre attractions!
By 1977, the Son of Sam had murdered six people and wounded seven others. To this day, the killer remains in prison, serving six consecutive 25-years-to-life terms.
However, in a new interview with CBS news, the Son of Sam says it “was not [him]” who committed the murders. So who does he blame, and what’s his story?
Let’s find out.
The Son of Sam’s real name is David Berkowitz, born Richard David Falco. Berkowitz was just days old when he was adopted by Nathan and Pearl Berkowitz, after his birth mother could not take care of him. Despite the adoption, he and his mother remained close.
Growing up, Berkowitz was a mean child. He bullied and taunted other kids, and when his birth mother died when he was a teenager, it affected him deeply. Berkowitz joined the military when he was 18 years old and served in South Korea.
After leaving the military in 1974, Berkowitz came back to New York City and started working for the U.S. Postal Service. His neighbors said he was a loner, but he was actually dwelling in rage, about to kill.
On July 29, 1976, David Berkowitz shot his first two victims. Donna Lauria and Jody Valenti were sitting in Valenti’s car in front of Lauria’s home, when Berkowitz walked over and shot them both. Lauria died and Valenti was injured.
Three months later, Berkowitz shot a couple sitting in a parked car. One month after that, Berkowitz attacked two teenage girls walking home. Both girls were shot, one killed and the other left paraplegic. Police didn’t think these shootings were related.
Three months after those killings, Christine Freund and her fiancé were sitting together in a car. Berkowitz shot them both. Freund was shot in the head and later died of her injuries. This is when police started to piece things together. Berkowitz was labelled the “.44-caliber killer” as he shot each victim with a .44 caliber gun.
The new name didn’t stop Berkowitz from killing, though. Two months later, he killed Virginia Voskerichian as she walked home from class. Then, he killed Valentina Suriani and Alexander Esau while they were parked in their car. After this killing, Berkowitz left a letter addressed to NYPD Captain Joseph Borrelli and called himself “Son of Sam” for the first time. The letters were left at each crime scene, taunting police, but he had never addressed himself by a name before.
“Effectively, it was him winning over us each time he got away with it,” says former NYPD Detective Bill Clark.
Stacy Moskowitz and Bobby Violante were Son of Sam’s final victims on July 31, 1977. A witness noticed a car driving away from the scene with a parking ticket on it. Only a handful of tickets had been handed out that day, and police were able to trace it to David Berkowitz.
Son of Sam was arrested on August 10, 1977. When police arrived, Berkowitz said “Well, you’ve got me.”
Berkowitz claimed he had been commanded to kill by his neighbor, who was sending messages to Berkowitz through his dog, Harvey. Because of this claim, Berkowitz was subjected to numerous psychiatric evaluations, but he was declared competent enough to stand trial.
In 1978, Berkowitz pled guilty to the six killings. He also admitted to setting nearly 1,500 fires around New York City. For each murder, Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years in prison. When the judge announced the decision, Berkowitz tried to jump out the seventh-floor courtroom window.
Berkowitz later admitted that his story about getting messages through the dog was “a hoax, a silly hoax.” He’s also made statements that he was a member of a violent satanic cult with his neighbor’s sons. Berkowitz has been offered insane amounts of money to share his story, but laws have been passed – called Son of Sam laws – that prevent convicted criminals from financially profiting from books, movies, or other enterprises related to their crimes.
Berkowitz’s case was re-opened in 1996, but lack of significant findings suspended it once again. Berkowitz has been eligible for parole 15 times, and each times he has been denied.
But now, Son of Sam is speaking out about his past, and he’s trying to shed his reputation.
Having nice decor around your workplace can actually be a pretty important factor to how well you do your job. Plenty of studies have been done to reflect the value of an attractive workplace, in that it tends to create a better work ethic and more comfortable feeling in its employees.
It probably comes as no surprise then the list of thousands of organizations that have commissioned their own artwork for their offices includes one of the most important ones found within the United States government; the CIA.
It all began back in 1968, during the height of the Cold War (and arguably the busiest period the CIA has ever worked through). Vincent Melzac, an art collector (as well as a catfish farm owner, salon chain magnate, and Arabian race horse breeder) was contacted to loan a series of 11 paintings to the CIA, all of which were by artists associated with the Washington Color School, a post-war movement based in DC, known for their stripes, polka dots, and color fields on canvas.
The paintings would stay on loan for nearly 20 years until Melzac sold them to the CIA himself, and while his estate has continued to lend and take back plenty of other paintings from the organization, the original 11 still hang in the CIA’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
Melzac’s collection is now only one of several housed within the CIA, which begs the question; what is it the CIA likes so much about abstract art?!
Turns out, the answer’s actually a little more complicated that you might have thought…
It’s something we probably don’t notice from our day to day routine, and with an average of 140 characters used to express ideas, it is often overlooked; make no mistake though, punctuation matters! But where do these strange symbols come from?
Here’s a timeline for the curious readers out there!
In Ancient Greece, people had a tendency to write sentences with no spaces whichgotannoyingreallyfast. So a librarian named Aristophanes decided he would introduce symbols to help space apart the words and make it easier to read.
Instead of the symbols as we know them today, the comma, colon, and period were a series of dots placed low to high to indicate the length of a pause if the words were spoken.
As reading and writing became more common throughout religious circles, different interpreters wanted to reference each other within their texts without confusing who actually said what.
Christian scholars found a way around this by enclosing something called a diple “< >” around the text that was not their own. Eventually, these would be revised into the double-upside-down-commas, likely to save space on the page. You can quote me on that.
Kevin Spacey, of House of Cards and American Beauty fame, found himself in some hot water after actor Anthony Rapp claims Spacey was “sexually aggressive” with him in 1986…when he was just 14 yeras old.
Rapp spoke with Buzzfeed news, saying Spacey “sort of stood in the doorway, kind of swaying. My impression when he came in the room was that he was drunk…He picked me up like a groom picks up the bride over the threshold. But I don’t, like, squirm away initially, because I’m like, ‘What’s going on? And then he lays down on top of me. [It was] a frozen moment … In terms of fight or flight or freeze, I tend to freeze.” Spacey allegedly held Rapp down as he did begin to struggle.
“He was trying to seduce me,” Rapp recalls. The young actor did eventually get away, but the experience has stuck with him.
Spacey and Rapp were appearing on Broadway at the time, and Spacey (then 24 years old) was throwing a party. He invited Rapp, which is when the incident occurred.
“As I opened the door to leave, he was leaning on the front door[frame]. And he was like, ‘Are you sure you wanna go?’ I said, ‘Yes, good night,’ and then I did leave,” Rapp said.
The allegations come as Hollywood is starting to reveal their experiences with sexual assault and harassment, especially surrounding Harvey Weinstein.
Kevin Spacey was quick to respond to the rumors, and the answer is incredibly powerful.
Ah, the good ol’ cilantro debate. It seems like there is no in-between – you either hate it or you love it.
Even the legendary Julia Child had some very strong feelings towards the herb, which comes from the same plant that gives us coriander seeds.
“Cilantro and arugula I don’t like at all,” Child said in a 2002 interview with Larry King. “They’re both green herbs, they have kind of a dead taste to me.”
When King asked if she’d ever order food that contained cilantro, Child responded with, “Never. I would pick it out if I saw it and throw it on the floor.”
If you feel the same way about Cilantro, then you’re not alone. Between 4 and 14% of the population hate cilantro and many often say that it leaves them with a soap-like after taste.
However, these anti-cilantro feelings are nothing new. In fact, the word “coriander” is derived from the Greek word for bedbug, because the aroma is comparable to the “smell of bug-infested bedclothes” according to the Oxford Companion to Food.
Despite all of this, there are still millions of people from all over the world that find no issue with the herb, in fact, the smell and taste are what attracts them to it. So what is it that makes some people have such an aversion to cilantro?
Do you remember what you enjoyed doing when you were 13-years-old?
Whatever it is that you were into, I can guarantee that it didn’t involve building a tiny home in your family’s backyard. Then again, not every 13-year-old is Luke Thill.
Luke, a middle school student from Iowa, was browsing the web when he stumbled upon a tiny house idea that inspired him to construct his own.
“I was just on YouTube looking around and came across a tiny house idea and then that spiraled into looking at almost every YouTube video there is, it felt like,” Luke told ABC News. “I got obsessed with them and decided to build my own.”
The ambitious boy convinced his parents to allow him to build his very own 89-square-foot tiny home on the family’s property, but it wasn’t without some compromise.
“We said, ‘If you’re that serious we have to set some ground rules,’” Greg Thill, Luke’s father, explained. “We told him he had to have the financial responsibility of it, raise the money and choose the materials and stay in the budget.”
He raised about $1,500 to cover the cost of the materials, then spent about a year constructing it with some help from his family members and neighbor.
“He’s a very driven kid for his age,” said Greg. “There were times the project got stalled out and he had to earn more money for the next phase. He wouldn’t let it go and kept working at it.”
Now, the construction on the tiny home is finally completed and Luke is ready to show the world the final product. He even filmed a video in which he documented the construction process and gave viewers a tour of the house.
“The Nature Boy” Rick Flair is a WWE legend and hall-of-famer. But at the moment, all of that takes a backseat to what he is dealing with at the moment. Flair is on the mend after going through a health crisis, a crisis that left him with a 20% chance to live.
Flair spent 10 days in a coma suffering from various complications, health complications that Flair completely admits are related to his prolific alcoholism, and the lifestyle he lived as a WWE entertainer.
He credits much of his recovery to his fiance, Wendy Barlow.
“My health is much better than it was,” Flair told ESPN. “When I got out of the hospital, I was 206 pounds. I’m back to 220. I’m allowed to drive a car, even though Wendy won’t ride with me. So, I’m making a lot of strides, considering I couldn’t walk when I got out of the hospital.”
Flair ended up in the hospital on August 11, 2017, complaining of stomach pain. That stomach pain turned into his body shutting itself down.
“If he would have slept through the night with the stomachache and how bad it was, he would have died that night,” Barlow said. “They said he had a 20 percent chance to live when I took him in there.”
The greatest bar snack ever is the Jalapeno Poppers by a long shot! Lately I have been thinking about ways to incorporate these flavors into everyday food. Todays task is soup!
This super creamy hearty soup starts with a pureed cauliflower base and has sweet peppers, corn and of course jalapenos for added texture. Serve it with smokey bacon and salty cheddar cheese right on top!
1 tablespoon butter
½ red bell pepper, diced
½ green bell pepper, diced
½ onion, chopped
3-4 jalapeño peppers, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup corn
1 head cauliflower, chopped
3 ½ cup chicken broth
¾ cup heavy cream
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon chili powder
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
Cheddar cheese, shredded
In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-low heat.
Add the bell peppers and onion, cooking until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
Add the jalapeño peppers and the minced garlic, cooking for 1 additional minute.
Stir in the corn and cauliflower, cook for about 3-4 minutes, then sprinkle the flour over top and cook until lightly browned.
Turn heat up to medium, whisk in the chicken broth and cream, then cook until the mixture begins to simmer. Add the seasonings and continue simmering for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender.
Add the cream cheese and whisk until well-incorporated. Remove from the heat and garnish with desired toppings. Serve immediately.
Until death do us part- and beyond for this 93-year-old widower from Glennville, Georgia. He still sets up lunch dates for him and his beloved wife, even after her passing.
Clarence Purvis met Carolyn Todd when they were teenagers in 1948, and after quickly falling in love, they married the next year.
They were co-owners of Purvis Garage and had three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren over the course of their lives together.
They spent the next 63 years of their lives together, until Carolyn’s passing, at the age of 81, in late 2013.
“Eat lunch, come back, watch television, go to bed, love one another. What more you want?” Purvis said of their lives together. “We had everything we wanted.”
Since her death, Clarence has spent much of his time keeping the memory of his wife alive. He isn’t shy about expressing her love for her, and has become known around his city to carry a framed photograph of his Carolyn, which he sits up next to him while he has lunch at his favorite restaurant, Smith’s Diner.
“She was always with me when we were livin’,” Purvis told the news station as he enjoyed a meal at Smith’s. “She’s with me now.”
Many people have offered their advice to help him grieve her loss, even suggesting he start dating again.
“They said if I get me a girlfriend things will be better,” he said. “I could ask her, could I get me a girlfriend? You know what she’d say? If you want too. That’s how we operated.”
That’s not what’s stopping him from moving on though.
Almost 80 years after it was released, the sweeping Civil War-era romance Gone With the Wind remains the definition of a Hollywood classic.
But while fans love this movie, by all accounts making it was an absolutely awful trial. From the very beginning, turning Margaret Mitchell’s 1,000 page novel into a movie was a total headache. It took 16 writers just to trim down the story, and their first draft ran for at least six hours.
To finish the script in time to start shooting, producer David O. Selznick had to lock himself, director Victor Fleming and writer Ben Hecht in an office for a week. He also insisted they should only eat bananas and peanuts (since the diet would motivate them).
They did finish the script, but Selznick collapsed from exhaustion and Fleming burst a blood vessel in his eye before the week was through.
Casting the lead role of Scarlett O’Hara was even tougher. Producers tested 32 actresses, and only settled on Vivian Leigh after filming began. Fans of the book were actually upset – since Leigh is a Brit and not a real Southern belle.
To silence a protest from the United Daughters of the Confederacy, producers threatened to cast Katharine Hepburn, a Yankee, instead.
And once filming began, the real feuds and fights started…