Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman in United States history to have been awarded the Medal of Honor, only to have it rescinded later in her life. Some would argue that she was way ahead of her time, while others see her as a crackpot. Continue Reading
4-year-old Kenneth Patrick Ward was a big fan of Sci-Fi television programs. He kept telling his mother that one day he was going to fly out the window and off into space. Continue Reading
Fred G. Thompson and his 9-year-old daughter Connie were in their Portland, Oregon living room on May 12, 1957 when… Continue Reading
Back in November of 1957, the children of Jose Quintanilla were playing around and making a lot of noise in their upstairs bedroom, which was located at 2018 Jasmine Courts in Corpus Christi, Texas. Continue Reading
Between 1942 and 1943 Ralph Marshall Wilby appeared to pull off what appeared to be the perfect crime. An incredible story which has many of the elements of an international thriller: deception, false identities, international kidnapping, and the drop dead gorgeous woman who brought his capture.
It was reported on January 21, 1952 that 56-year-old Gretna, Louisiana resident Sidney Landry had been suffering from terrible stomach pains and “decided to do something about them.”
On July 30, 1949, Dr. George C. Balderston decided to operate on himself to see the true effects of local anesthesia. Without any assistance, the good doctor removed his appendix.
It was reported on April 30, 1936 that a 60-year-old Newtownville, New Jersey farmer named William Jugis had been found in a state of collapse by Mortimer Chamberlain, a nearby storekeeper. Continue Reading
On March 5, 2000, Ines Ramirez Perez went into labor but was unable to get any medical care to help with the delivery. In a panic, Ines concluded that she had no other option than to deliver the baby herself. She used an ordinary kitchen knife to perform a cesarean on herself. Find out what happened afterward and stories of other self-cesareans.
Back in 1965, an 86-year-old Brazilian woman named Dona Maria Consuelo complained to the police that her neighbor Adam Camara was constantly screaming vulgar and insulting comments at her. An officer investigated and discovered that none of those words were coming from Camara’s lips. Instead, they were coming from his green and yellow talking parrot named Eleuterio.
In October of 1959, it was reported that a female rhinoceros named Cacareco had won the San Paolo municipal council election in a landslide, having received in excess of 100,000 write-in votes. She was immediately disqualified on the grounds that she had been on loan to the Sao Paolo zoo from the Rio de Janeiro zoo and was therefore not a resident of Sao Paolo.
On September 14th of 1938, the people of Milton, Washington elected Boston Curtis to be their Republican precinct committeeman during the primary election. He won by 51 votes. But all was not as it seemed…