Friday Fun Facts- Strange Deaths of “Freaks”

October 27, 2017

I’ve always heard about freak shows but have never been to one. I actually don’t think I’d want to go because they seem a little sad to me. I could be way off base. IDKfreak-show-tillie

Not only were these people called freaks when they were alive, but freaky things happened to them in death. Read and see-

  1. Edouard Beaupre was a giant at 8’3″. He died at 23 of a pulmonary hemorrhage. His cause of death wasn’t unusual given his size. The circus, where he performed, had his body taken to a mortuary to be embalmed, but balked at the high price of shipping his body home.  16361                                                                                                             He convinced the family to let him be buried in St. Louis where they were for The Louisiana Purchase Exposition. (The family didn’t go to the funeral.) Instead of paying the mortuary, the guy skipped town and left Edouard to fate. They put his body in a storefront window for a while, but it caused too much traffic. His body was sold 2 more times! It went to a museum and then a circus where he was stored in a barn after the circus went bankrupt. A doctor then bought him, mummified him, and put him on display for 85 years.                                                                              Finally, a nephew in 1975 petitioned the university to get his uncle back. It wasn’t until July 7, 1990 that he was cremated and buried with dignity.
  2. Chang and Eng were “Siamese” twins born in Thailand (Siam). A Scottish merchant saw them while there and was amazed at how fast they could swim and move being conjoined. He paid a large amount of money to the family for adoption. He immediately put them in on the sideshow circuit. They did very well! Eventually, they settled in North Carolina, made a lot of money in business, married sisters, and fathered 21 children.  ch&e-wives                                                                                                                   The Civil War stripped them of  a lot of their wealth and Chang drank heavily. They did not share a circulatory system so Eng did not have the same drinking issues. But on Jan. 17, 1874, Eng woke up to find his brother dead from a cerebral blood clot. Terrified, he called doctors to do an emergency separation, but it was too late. He died 3 hours later. Some think it was mainly due to the shock of losing his brother.
  3. Grady Stiles was an evil, mean man and got more so the more he drank. He also had fingers that looked more like lobster claws and his feet and legs were also deformed. Even so, he had a good career at the shows, married and had a daughter. On the eve of his daughter’s wedding, he and the groom to be were at a party. Grady was drinking and he murdered the fellow in cold blood. He was found guilty but Grady played on the courts using his disability. Instead of life or an execution, he got 15 years on parole.    lobster-boy-1024x669                                                                                                             He never showed remorse and bragged about how he got away with murder. The abuse of those around him got so bad, his wife paid $1500 to another performer to assassinate him! He took 3 bullets to the head while watching TV.
  4. Betty Lou Williams was born in Georgia 1932. She was the youngest of 12 children, but the only one born with 4 legs and an extra arm. The parasitic twin’s head was lodged inside her torso. Her parents put her on the circuit by the time she was 2. she made a lot of money and managed to put all of her siblings through college and bought her parents a house. She, obviously, was very generous!  ischiopagus-4-betty-lou-williams                                     Betty Lou was also a beauty and never had problems dating despite her deformity. She fell madly, passionately in love with a man and they were engaged to be married. Unfortunately, she found out that he did not really love her, he liked her for her ability to bring in a ton of money. The revelation triggered a massive asthma attack which she died from, but her family insists she died from a broken heart.                                                                                                                                                   TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK…………95dbd479e3fc7cbeb560995801947436--carnival-signs-haunted-carnival

Link Of The Week-EVAN Your IT Guy!!!

October 17, 2017

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Holy cow! I am so glad I found this week’s link! It is something every writer, every small business owner needs.

https://www.evanyouritguy.com/

How many times have you found your computer running slow, acting funny, not talking to your printer, not able to access email, and on and on and on……. I have found the solution!

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EVAN is a network of IT professionals ready to provide on-demand help with your computer needs.

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EVAN’s top priority is to provide peace of mind to its customers.

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TRANSPARENCY

 Honesty and openness are at the top of our list. Nothing to hide, ever.

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 The faster we fix it, the faster our customers can get back to work.
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Friday Fun Facts- Knives

October 6, 2017
  1. . A pen knife is so named because it was used for sharpening a quill to make a pen nib
  2.  French gangsters in the early 1900s used a weapon that functioned as a revolver, a knife, and brass knuckles.outdoorhub-7-horrible-handgun-designs-that-made-it-into-production-2015-02-19_20-53-13
  3. In 2000, a Mexican woman successfully performed a C-section on herself with a kitchen knife and 3 glasses of hard liquor, while her husband was drinking at a bar.
  4. King Tutankhamun’s dagger was made of meteoric iron.download
  5. A sharp knife actually causes less cuts. Since you don’t have to push down as hard, there’s less of a chance you let the blade slip.
  6. There’s no such thing as true stainless steel.
  7. Over 34,000 Swiss Army knives are made everyday!8849449713694_celum_74896_320Wx280H
  8. There are many places that end with “sex” in their name. (Sussex, Middlesex etc.) It comes from the Old English word seax meaning knife. Sexsmith used to be a common last name- meaning one who made knives.
  9. The most expensive knife is called “The Gem of The Orient”. It sold for $2.1 Million!! In total, it has 153 emeralds (10 carats) and nine diamonds (5 carats). The weight of the gold in the knife is 28 ounces.  It took ten years to produce such knife.ReKvaKK
  10. The Russians make knives out of sapphires with bone handles. It doesn’t show up on any metal detectors.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  11. There is a knife (the WASP knife) that once inside the victim, forces over 800 psi of CO2 inside the victim, creating a basketball sized air pocket and freezing the surrounding internal organs. WASP-Injection-Knife-500x478

Friday Fun Facts- Tea!

September 22, 2017

I love tea. I drink it hot and cold. My day is bookended by a hot, steaming mug of Tetley’s British Blend tea. Mmmmmm I’m sipping one right now.VictorianVioletsBoneChinaTeapot

But…did you know:

  1. Iced tea was invented at The 1904’s World’s Fair in St. Louis. It was so bloody hot, mugs of tea weren’t selling. Richard Blechynden decided to pour it over ice and BOOM, it was an instant success!
  2. Tea bags were invented by accident as well! In 1908, a salesman created small silk bags to give out samples of tea to customers. Some of them thought they were supposed to put the whole thing in the pot instead of emptying it out, like a metal diffuser. It worked so well, it became a thing.images (1)
  3. There are 4 major types of tea black, white, green, and oolong, but they all come from the same plant. It’s how the leaves are treated that make the difference.
  4. The art of reading tea leaves is called tasseography.
  5. There is a legend that tea was discovered, by accident again, by a chinese emperor. A leaf supposedly blew into his bowl of hot water and the rest is history. Hmm, urban legend?
  6. Another accident! Many people , like me, drink hot tea with milk. That practice was started because they used to pour milk into the delicate china cups to protect it from the boiling water. It’s no longer necessary, and they discovered it was yummy!
  7. For centuries, tea was only used as medicine. It took over 3000 years for it to become an everyday drink.pick-longjing-tea-768
  8. Black teas are made from fermented leaves that have been allowed to dry.
  9. Tea bags are good for about 6 months before they lose their flavor and quality.
  10. In Tibet, Butter Tea is served. It is made from black tea, yak butter, and salt.
  11. Tea is believed to have arrived in Europe, thanks to a Jesuit priest.He visited China in 1590 and was allowed to bring some of the plants home with him.
  12. The most expensive tea in the world is grown in the mountains of Ya’An in the Sichuan province of China. Workers fertilize the tea bushes using the waste from local pandas whose bodies take in only a small amount of nutrients from the food they eat. The tea costs the equivalent of around $200 for a small cup.ss-160826-twip-05_8cf6d4cb83758449fd400c7c3d71aa1f.nbcnews-ux-2880-1000

Link Of The Week- Survival

September 19, 2017

wilderness-survival-fireI’ve watched a show called The 100 for the last two weeks on Netflix. It’s a good show, but the characters are forced to survive in the wild. Some of the characters in my book do too! This is a good link for basic survival skills. Make sure you read through the questions and answers at the end- there’s a lot of good information there.wilderness-survival-guide-6

http://www.wikihow.com/Survive-in-the-Wild

That’s your basic set of skills. Do you want to be more like Macgyver? Well, here you go- these are sooooo cool!

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Friday Un-Fun Facts- Your Identity

September 15, 2017

If you haven’t heard about the HUGE Equifax breach which included personal information, like social security numbers, for almost half of the people in the United States, then you need to pay attention to these two items!Equifax-Data-Breach

 

  1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/equifax-data-breach-beware-these-3-scams/url
  2. https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2012/12/18/6-tips-to-protect-yourself-from-identity-theftmoney-down-the-drain

 

 

 

 

 


Link Of The Week- Weather Watch

September 5, 2017

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As writers, we often need to know things about the weather for our books. My first published one talked about an “Ice Tsunami”. I had never heard of that phenomena, but I knew I wanted to put it in.Dszpics1

This past week and a half has had weather on all of our minds with Hurricane Harvey. Jenn and I are both proud native Texans and are horrified at the loss our great state has incurred. Now, we have Hurricane Irma barreling down on islands in the Caribbean and will slam into Florida soon. After that? The models have conflicting reports.

Here’s a place for great research and current weather happenings! Stay safe.

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https://weather.com/