President McKinley Gave Away His Lucky Charm And Was Assassinated

Not everyone is into superstition, and even fewer people believe in lucky charms or voodoo spells. Definitely, in this modern day and age, society has a tendency to champion science over superstitious traditions that are seen as the old ways. But during 1887 when William Mckinley was a young man, lucky charms were all the rage.

Early in his political career, he won debate after having received a red carnation boutonniere to wear during the conference. McKinley went on to win the debate and then was elected into the House of Congress. This cemented his idea that this flower was indeed a lucky charm looking over him. He began to wear it during all his election cycles, never being seen without it on an important day. And when in 1896 he won the presidential election he began to wear it all the time, even keeping a whole barrel of them in his Oval Office to gift visitors. In fact, the red carnation flower started to become a symbol of his supporters.

Sometimes though he would also even gift people the flower he was wearing, though he would immediately replace it. Because of course while not wearing the flower, McKinley believed he no longer had the lucky charm’s protection.

In 1901, a couple of months after his second term started, he was in Buffalo. There was a huge Pan-American exposition going on and to have the president visible during the conference meant a great deal to the attendees. As he was greeted by the public and talking to the crowd, he was approached by a 12-year-old girl named Myrtle Ledger.

I must give this flower to another little flower

That was President McKinley’s famous last words, he gave away his lucky charm. Just a couple of minutes later, his assassin walked up and greeted him. The president was shot twice by Leon Czolgosz and then died the following week. The scarlet coronation is now an official state symbol in Ohio after President McKinley.

The Peruvian Hospital Ship In Operation Since 1862

Yapura is a ship that was commissioned to be built in 1861 alongside its sister boat the Yavari, and she was built to be used on the Lake Titicaca. Aptly named after the Javary river that runs through the Loreto Region of Peru, this in itself is nothing special – until you learn the Yavari is still in operation today.

Constructed in the Thames Ironworks of West Ham, the boat was designed to be a combined cargo, passenger and gunboats for the Peruvian Navy. They were built in a special way that allowed them to be dismantled and shipped easily to their final destination: Lake Titicaca. This was quite an amazing act in itself as each boat was split into 2,766 pieces. This was needed as the final leg of the journey would be by mule, from Puno to the lake.

The original British contractors were able to get the boats to Puno, but the section of the journey via mules proved impossible for them and they originally gave up. And it wasn’t until 1868 that this task was resumed, finally bringing the ships to the lake. This meant the Yapura was not actually in operation on the lake until 1873.

One of the cool things about the Yapura, though today it is known as the BAP Puno, is that it still has its original steam-powered engine – which is actually fuelled by dried llama dung. The ship has actually gone through many owners, during the War of the Pacific in 1879 the Peruvian government became so poor that foreign investors were able to buy up all of Peru’s railway and lake ships.

But in 1976, Peru nationalized all these private corporations and then eventually transferred the BAP Puno back to the Peruvian Navy. It was at this time that the navy converted Yapura into a hospital ship and renamed it to BAP Puno. Pretty cool to think a boat constructed over 150 years ago, is still in operation and helping people every day.

20 Timeless Ancient Beauty Secrets Still Used Today

Have you ever wondered where beauty regimes came from? Ancient beauty regimes have been happening for thousands of years. From the Aztecs to the Egyptians and from the Greeks to Romans, ancient beauty secrets are all around us. Highlighting hair and facial masks have been circulating through the ages.

These ancient beauty secrets have been uncovered and are waiting for you to explore. Here you will find why women highlight their hair and where it all started. You will also learn about the ancient use of pearl powder and green tea. The results are endless.

The World’s Rarest Pasta Are Known As The Threads Of God

If you would like to eat what is known as the Threads of God then you will need to first embark and complete a 20-mile pilgrimage. Twice a year, pilgrims come to Sardinia to feast on the world’s rarest pasta. Trekking from the city of Nuoro to the village of Lula, all through the night they walk.

Sometimes they come in the hundreds and sometimes even in the thousands, a walk of solidarity without sleep or shelter – they all walk towards that lovely pasta. And 20-miles later at the opening of Santuario di San Francesco, they can find their destination.

And we know what you are thinking, surely they do not walk across such a long route for pasta? Well they do, this is not a pilgrimage for god or religion: this is to eat the rarest pasta in the world. Known as Su filindeu which does translate into Threads of God and they are apparently heavenly. The recipe is only known by three women on Earth and it is only made for the biannual Feast of San Francesco, which has happened for the last 200 years.

All the ingredients are simple: semolina wheat, water, and salt. And the preparation with the serving sauce is also not very complicated: mutton broth with some pecorino cheese. Yet actually making the pasta is near impossible. Engineers have tried to create a machine to do it, but that proved impossible. Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver traveled to Sardinia to try to master the process, but after a couple of hours he just gave up. It seems that this little noodle is just too difficult to master.

Paola Abraini one of the masters of the noodle has said that it takes years of practice to understand and master the dough. Everything she does, she simply feels with her hands and knows when to add a little moisture of salt water or unsalted water. A skill that seems one can only pass down through the family.

The Eerie Story Of The Phantom Barber

When it comes to haunted lore, then the Southern States of America have their fair share of stories & tales. You can find cities in the Savannah that have a rich history of being haunted. And of course, we have all the unexplained ghost stories that come out of New Orleans and Charleston. For many people, the unexplained horror stories are campsite tales that are past along generations, stories that you tell your grandchildren to scare them.

Southern Gothic literature is actually its own genre and will tell the ghost tales in a poetic fashion, though it may be a little too disturbing to read before going to bed. The region and tradition have inspired many writers to craft scary fiction stories that are quickly becoming classics, but of course, many will tell you it is not fiction at all. And one of those unexplained mysteries is the eerie story of the phantom barber.

In this Southern horror tale, a phantom barber terrorized a small Mississippi community during the whole of World War II. During the summer of 1942, in Pascagoula, that had transformed into a small factory town due to the war, a very strange home invasion started to happen. The intruder was taking locks of hair from all the homes he was breaking into. The Phantom Barber as the press quickly started to call him, even went so far as to cut off a lock of hair from a 6-year-old girl.

Stealing people’s hair is extremely creepy, but the Phantom Barber proceeded to become violent beating some couples with an iron bar – an utterly gruesome attack. This caused a complete panic in the town, with people refusing to go to work as they felt they had to stay home and protect their families. When another victim’s hair was taken this time aided in the attack by chloroform, the police quickly arrested a chemist who had once lived in Germany. They charged him with attempted murder on the couple, but he was never officially charged as The Phantom Barber.

Years later he was set free after passing a lie detector test, many believe he was just a victim of German phobia of the time. Therefore the mystery of the Phantom Barber may never be solved.

Female Amputee Climbs Mount Everest

In an amazing story of determination and willpower Arunima Sinha, 26, from the Northern state of Uttar Pradesh has become the first female amputee to climb Mount Everest. In 2013, she climbed to the Everest Base Camp and then went on to conquer the mountain. Adding her name to the short list of people who have climbed the emperor of the mountains without a leg.

Many guides and sherpas doubted her climb, due to the fact her pace is understandably slower than someone with 2 feet. And the pace is important when climbing Mount Everest, weather can change quickly and you have to be ready to move fast if a storm pops up. Just two years ago Sinha lost her leg when shoved off a train by thieves.

She was attempting to defend herself and keep her belongings, but while they grabbed her purse they simply shoved her off the moving train. Another train passing in the other direction crushed her leg immediately, forcing doctors to amputate. This was extremely bad news for Sinha, given that she was a national level volleyball player.

Sinha was determined to prove everyone wrong and that she was still an amazing athlete, so set her sights on climbing Mount Everest. Hundreds of climbers have made the attempt, but only some make it to the top. Sinha did not give up, fueled by the hundreds of eyes of pity she had felt on her after being amputated below the knee.

She trained for several months and then took the Himalayas during the month of May – when the weather is considered the best for climbing. Quite an incredible story, becoming the first female with a disability to climb Mount Everest. The first was a British mountaineer, by the name of Tom Whittaker, he climbed the peak in 1998. This was two decades after a car crash had forced him to have his foot amputated.

Big Bertha The Cow That Drank Whiskey

There is one legend in the cow world and that is Big Bertha, a huge cow that drank beer and was the mother to over 39 calves. For most cows, 25 years is already extremely old, but Big Bertha was born during World War II and lived until she was 48 years old. And during her long life, she was able to fit in a lot of excitement and break multiple Guinness World Records. Big Bertha even topped it off by raising over $75,000 for cancer, becoming a celebrity in the cattle fair worlds.

Being a true pioneer of the Irish cattle world, Big Bertha would regular attend St Patrick Day parades. Yet the noise and all the people would make her very nervous so her owner thought of a perfect solution and calmed her nerves by letting her drink whiskey.

This may have been the secret to her long life, earning the world record for oldest cow ever. And also she earned several world records for the most calves ever to be born from one cow. Legend has it that Big Bertha was loved by so many local people in Ireland, that when she did die her local pub was packed. The news reports stated it was packed to suffocation and hundreds were toasting her memory.

Hundreds of people had enjoyed a pint of beer with Big Bertha over the years, it was easy to see why she was such a celebrity. A unique cow that helped raise money for charities, saving cancer patients – what is not to love? In fact, her stuffed body is on display on a farm in Ireland. Apparently, it is quite the tourist attraction in the cattle loving world.

Big Bertha was a Droimeann breed of cattle which is a native cattle breed in Ireland. The cow was purchased by Jerome O’Leary at a cattle show and he reared her in Kenmare, South West Ireland at his farm. And it seems her genes did run in the family with some of her offspring living to the age of 35 years old.

The Mathematician That Predicted His Own Death

Abraham de Moivre was a very famous mathematician in France who is still studied and talked about today for his Moivre formula. But he is most famous for his work in normal distribution and in probability theory, simple to put because he was able to apply his theory to his own life & predict his own death.

One of his fascinations was studying mortality and putting together tables with his findings. He actually is the mathematician credited with spending the most time trying to connect death with numbers. As a result, he put together theory and a formula which could predict a day a person was going to die.

It all started when he started to age and notice that his sleep duration was shifting, Moivre discovered that he had begun to sleep 15 more minutes than normal. And this was increasing, every night he was sleeping a little longer. Putting the math together was trivial for a mathematician of his stature, and he quickly figured out that on November 27th, 1754 his sleep time would add up to 24 hours.

This was what Moivre believed was the way to pinpoint when you would die, his theory outlined that if you were sleeping 24 hours at 80 plus years old then it surely meant you would never wake up. And guess what? Abraham de Moivre died on November 27, 1754.

Though it may just have been stubbornness, and a desire to be right. Maybe he just wanted the annals of time to keep him listed as an amazing statistician. When the day did come he did indeed die, but he just stayed in bed forcing himself to sleep the 24 hours. In fact, the official cause of his death was indeed sleepiness.

So in reality, it was either a strange coincidence or just sheer luck that put him into an eternal sleep. Though mathematicians may try to tell you otherwise, it looks like maths did not really have anything to do with it.

Sears Used To Sell Houses In Their Catalog

Nowadays it seems normal to be able to buy anything online and have it shipped to your home in a couple of days. But there is still one thing you cannot buy on Amazon, and that is your home. But in the 1900s, when mail-order catalogs were the new thing well you could actually buy your whole house and have it mailed to you.

Sears which was one of the largest American retailers before filing for bankruptcy was actually able to do one thing that no other retailer ever has: sell your home via a catalog. The first catalogs in 1888 sold watches or jewelry which was popular, so over time other products were tested and this included houses.

In 1908, the Sears Modern Home catalog published its first edition: it offered you all the materials required and blueprints to build a house. All the pieces that arrived in the mail would fit together, kind of like a giant lego, so you then put it together yourself or simply used a contractor.

You picked out the whole house and design in the catalog, choosing your light fixtures and even if you wanted a garage or not. And once ordered, Sears would start to ship it to you piece by piece. By the time this catalog stopped in the 1940s, Sears believes to have sold between 70,000 to 75,000 homes!

And mail order house lovers estimate that over 70 percent of Sears houses still stand proudly up against the time today. Buying home kits kind of became a mini sort of cult that has its own following, though now it has evolved into recycling used materials into homes such as shipping containers.

Sears homeowners are happy with their purchases, being proud to own a part of American history. Many home kit Sears owners are quite saddened and troubled by the companies financial troubles of today. As this ultimately means there will never again be a Sears home catalog published ever again.

The Baffling Case Of The Child That Never Aged

Born in Maryland Brooke Greenberg baffled scientists all around the world as though she lived for 20 years, she did not age a single month. Brooke never aged more than a 2-year-old physically or mentally, a disease which medical staff has called Syndrome X.

Brooke is one of a dozen children who suffer from this mysterious Syndrome X illness which is sort of like a Benjamin Button disease that prevents them from aging. Brooke had a very troubled medical childhood, with multiple stomach ulcers and even a tumor. She once was in a coma for 14 days and her family thought she was going to die, even buying a casket to be ready for the worst.

Yet miraculously she pulled through those traumas and then doctors realized something was indeed wrong: she was not really aging at all. A medical researcher by the name of Richard F. Walker has followed her case for years but was never able to explain the cause. Her genetic code was compared to other children with the same condition, but no one has ever been able to explain what happens.

No other syndrome or genetic disorders act in the same way as Syndrome X which makes it extremely difficult for scientists to figure out the root cause. They do not even know if it is something that can be passed through family members.

The strange thing is some parts of the body do age but everything is slow and out of sync. For example, her bone structure was that of a 10-year-old, but she still had her baby teeth even at 10 years old. A scientist has been so far unable to discover or figure out which gene causes the syndrome, and therefore, there is no way to develop a cure. Though the theory has always been a mutation to one of the female’s chromosomes.

Brooke did eventually succumb to her illness and died at the age of 20, though mentally and physically she still resembles a two-year-old. The good news is she was not in pain and regularly brought joy to her household, with many moments of laughter.

The Man Who Claimed He Was 137 Years Old

A native Indian from the Chippewa tribe called John Smith always claimed he was 137 years old. And since his death people have been trying to prove him wrong. He lived in the Northern woods of Minnesota and spend most of his time by the Cass Lake.

His own people referred to him as the “wrinkled meat” which was undoubtedly a nickname for his wrinkled leathery skin which was famous – but at that age, it is only normal to have some wrinkles. According to the Chippewa people and many eye witness accounts, John Smith was born in 1785 which means he was 137 years old when he died in 1922. His age is extremely contested but nobody has actually ever been able to confirm exactly when he was born.

One man called Paul Buffalo who lived with the Chippewa when he was a child, states that Smith told him many times he has been eight or ten years old when the stars fell. This refers to the Leonid meteor shower in 1833. If this is true, then he would have died when he was just under 100 years old.

Yet Smith clearly remembers battles and fights with neighboring tribes the Sioux, that are said to have taken place at the turn of the 19th century. Historians also know that he was elected by his tribe to be a chief, but he decided to turn down the job as he did not want the responsibility and we also know he was married 8 times. This sounds like someone who has lived an extremely long time!

He only had one son who was actually adopted, Tom Smith, and he maintained that his father was actually 137 years old when he died. And he also confirmed his father was extremely active during his old age. In fact, he was once hit by a train in 1920 and only required a three week recovery time to get back on his feet.

In February 1922, he suffered from pneumonia and with his advanced age, this was what resulted in his death.