It is always interesting
to learn about new places, theories, and events.Many incidents have taken place in modern history
that challenges scientific theories of man, while others just tell an interesting or funny story.Some
of the most popular articles on this website categorize various strange or shocking statistics and events.People like to learn about history and create their own opinions based on the information.This
article will be examining 10 Bizarre Places, Events, and Theories that you may not have read about in the past.
Hid the Facts
Who Programmed the Microsoft Unicode Computer Bug?
Bush hid the facts
is a common name for a bug present in the function IsTextUnicode of the Microsoft Windows operating system.Microsoft introduced the Unicode support function after the Windows 98 operating system.In
the development of Unicode, an unknown computer programmer entered a hidden easter egg into notepad.Notepad
is the Microsoft Windows text editing program that allows you to adjust source code and create web pages.The unusual programming string made it so that if you enter the phrase “Bush hid the facts” into a
notepad document, save the document, close it, and then reopen it, the words "畢桳栠摩琠敨映捡獴" appear instead.
This bug could not have
been accidentally created and the intentions of Microsoft are still unknown.It could be an attempt
to prevent people from using the phrase on their websites or it could also be an attempt to draw attention to the
sentence “Bush hid the facts.”Computer programmers are generally intelligent individuals
and it would have been obvious to Microsoft creators that people would learn about the bug and think it was strange.The bug occurs when the “Bush hid the facts” string is passed to the Win32 charset detection
function IsTextUnicode with no other characters.Many text editors and tools exhibit this behavior
because they use IsTextUnicode as well.
9. Larry Walters
The Man Who Took Flight
in a Lawn Chair.
Larry Walters or
Lawn chair Larry was an American truck driver who took flight on July 2, 1982 in a homemade aircraft.Larry
Walters always dreamed of being an aviation pilot, but was born with poor eyesight.From a young age, he planned on creating a flying machine using weather balloons. As a child, his plan was to attach a few
helium-filled weather balloons to his lawn chair, cut the anchor, and then float above his backyard at a height of about 30 feet (9.1 m) for several hours. He intended on bringing a pellet gun that he would use to burst
balloons and gradually float to the ground.In 1982, Walters and his girlfriend, Carol Van Deusen,
purchased 45 eight-foot weather balloons and obtained helium tanks.
Larry then attached all 45 of the balloons to his chair, filled them with helium, put on a parachute, and strapped
himself into the chair.He took his pellet gun, a CB radio, sandwiches, cold beer, and a camera.Walters tied the contraption to his jeep and ordered his friends to cut the line.The chair rapidly rose to a height of about 15,000 feet (4,600 m). At first, Larry did not dare shoot any
balloons, fearing that he might unbalance the load and cause himself to fall.Larry slowly drifted
over Long Beach, California and crossed the approach corridor of the Long Beach Airport.During the voyage, Walters was in contact with a CB monitoring organization and when they asked him what his plan was he replied:
“Ah, the difficulty is, ah, this was an unauthorized
balloon launch, and, uh, I know I'm in a federal airspace, and, uh, I'm sure my ground crew has alerted the
proper authority. But, uh, just call them and tell them I'm okay.”
After 45 minutes
in the sky, he shot several balloons, and then accidentally dropped his pellet gun overboard.Larry
descended slowly, until the balloons' got caught in a power line, causing a blackout in a Long Beach neighborhood.
However, Walters was able to safely reach the ground, where he was immediately arrested by waiting members of the Long
Beach Police Department.The story was widely reported in national newspapers and when Larry
was asked by a reporter why he had done it, Walters replied, "A man can't just sit around."
Larry Walters became a national celebrity and did not receive any jail time
for his adventure, but was fined a couple thousand dollars.The lawn chair used in the flight
was given to an admiring boy named Jerry, although Walters later regretted doing so, since the Smithsonian Institution
had asked him to donate it.After his flight, Larry was in brief demand as a motivational speaker
and quit his job as a truck driver.Sadly, Larry Walters committed suicide in 1993 at the age of 44
by shooting himself in the heart in Angeles National Forest.
8. Jose Vigoa
The Man Who Terrorized
Jose Vigoa is
a man that was born in Cuba and immigrated to the United States in the summer of 1980.Vigoa was part
of the Mariel boatlift, which was a mass exodus of Cubans who departed from Cuba's Mariel Harbor for the U.S.
between April 15 and October 31, 1980.The exodus was a result of a sharp downturn in the Cuban economy,
which led to tensions on the island.Fidel Castro and U.S. President Jimmy Carter put together a joint Cuban-American effort that organized the transfer of hundreds-of-thousands of Cubans to Florida.However,
it seems that Fidel Castro took the opportunity to rid his land of criminals, rapists, and murderers.
A number of the Cuban exiles had been released from jails and mental health facilities.The decision made by Jimmy Carter to allow the Mariel boatlift caused many problems
for the U.S. economy, problems that can still be seen today.Some of the Cuban criminals began to
organize American drug syndicates and violent crime in Florida exploded.Many people are familiar
with the movie Scarface, which tells the story of drug-lord Tony Montana, who emigrated from Cuba to Florida during the
Mariel boatlift. The Mariel boatlift was abruptly ended in October of 1980.By that time over
125,000 Cubans had legally immigrated to Florida.
to the United States, Jose Vigoa traveled to Las Vegas. Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing areas of the U.S.A quote taken from Jose Vigoa should give you an idea of what kind of life he lived in Las Vegas.“In my world, you are either the hunter or the prey, and I am the hunter.Vegas was my
prey.”Jose Vigoa was a dangerous man.At age 13, he was taken from his home
in Cuba and sent to the Soviet Union where he joined the elite Spetsnaz force.At the time, the Soviet
Union was fighting in Angola and Afghanistan.As an elite member of the Soviet army, Vigoa received
extensive training in surveillance, weapons, and warfare.
Upon arriving in Las Vegas, Vigoa could not support his family and turned to drug trafficking.He
was arrested and given a 19 year prison sentence and was released in the late 1990s.After being released
from jail, Vigoa began conducting surveillance on Brink’s security armed trucks.He organized
a criminal posse and went on vicious crime spree in Las Vegas.The gang performed numerous armed
robberies, using automatic weapons, and wheeling body armor.This included attacks on five separate
major casinos on the Las Vegas strip.
The criminal spree
took place between 1999 and 2000, during this time Las Vegas was attempting to change its image into a family friendly
vacation spot.Vigoa was terrorizing the streets and the police could do little about it. He
successfully stole millions of dollars from densely populated locations. Jose Vigoa had a happy trigger figure and would
routinely fire shots.In a botched heist in Henderson, Nevada, Vigoa shot and killed two guards at
a local mall.
Jose Vigoa made his biggest mistake
when he robbed the famous Las Vegas hotel Bellagio.During the heist, he was disguised with sunglasses and a baseball cap.The Bellagio is one of the nicest hotels in all of Vegas and they have an extremely
high-tech security system, which managed to get detailed shots of Vigoa.His image was broadcast for
four days on Vegas TV and finally resulted in a 100 mph car chase through the city and his arrest.After
a plea bargain, Vigoa was given a sentence of 500 years behind bars.The U.S. mainstream media kept
a tight seal on the Vigoa story, as Las Vegas is one of the most popular attractions in all of America and stories
of an armed vigilante are not good for tourism.
7. The Oregon
Place Where Gravity Has a Mind of Its Own.
The Oregon Vortex is the
name given to a naturally occurring physical phenomenon that can be witnessed in Gold Hill, Oregon, and it surrounding areas.For anyone unfamiliar, Oregon is a U.S. state located in the north- west corner of the country.The area has a long and storied history in the Native American culture and was often viewed as cursed land.The Oregon Vortex has been described as a spherical field of force that causes objects to defy the laws of
gravity.It covers a large area and every person standing on the grounds appears to be leaning in
one direction.It feels as if you are standing straight up, but your body is inclined towards the
magnetic north or south.This creates an optical illusion that drastically changing a person’s height.Someone can walk across the grounds and it looks like they are shrinking or growing.
At the Oregon vortex,
objects appear to roll up hills and can balance on their sides.Many people claim that the site is
paranormal in nature and sits at the intersection of ley lines, at the boundary of geomagnetic fields, and is an actual
gravitational anomaly.The strange effects are most strong during a full moon and many people get
ill and dizzy when visiting the vortex.Others feel that the area is simply full of optical illusions
and one large gravity hill.
A gravity hill is a
place where the layout of the surrounding land produces an optical illusion that makes it seem like a very slight downhill
slope is an uphill slope. This does not explain the height illusion, but people claim that the changes in height are due to the theory of forced perspective, which involves a distorted background causing an optical
illusion.However, this theory has been disproved, as the height effect can be viewed from every angle in the area with many different background settings.
6. Le Rêve
Steve Wynn Did What
to the Picasso Painting.
Pablo Picasso was
a Spanish painter and sculptor.He is best known for his wide variety of artistic styles and is one
of the most successful painters of the 20th century.In 1932, Pablo Picasso created the masterpiece
Le Rêve (The Dream in French).Le Rêve is an oil painting (130 × 97 cm) that portrays Picasso’s 24-year-old mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter.The painting belongs
to Picasso's period of distorted depictions, with oversimplified outlines and contrasting colors.The
painting is noted for its erotic content, with a clear penis located on the top of the model’s upturned face.
Le Rêve was originally purchased for $7,000
in 1941 by Victor and Sally Ganz of New York City. The purchase began the couple’s 50-year collection of works by just five artists: Picasso, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Eva Hesse.After the Ganzes died, their collection, including Le Rêve, was sold at Christie's auction house. Le
Rêve sold for an unexpectedly high $48.4 million, at the time the sixth most expensive painting ever sold.
The couple’s entire collection sold for $206.5 million, which is amazing considering they only
spent around $2 million on art.
Le Rêve was
purchased by the Austrian-born investment fund manager Wolfgang Flöttl.In 2001, under severe
financial pressure, Flöttl sold Le Rêve to casino magnate Steve Wynn for an undisclosed sum, estimated to be about $60 million.The painting was the centerpiece of Wynn’s collection. Nevertheless,
in October 2006, Wynn told a group of reporters that he had agreed to sell Le Rêve for $139 million to Steven A.
Cohen.At the time, this price would have made Le Rêve the most expensive piece of art ever sold.
Before selling the art, Wynn was showing
the painting to his friends when he apparently smashed his elbow through the canvas, puncturing it, and creating a
six-inch tear in Le Rêve.Steve Wynn told reporters that he took the event as a sign to not
sell the painting.Le Rêve underwent a $90,000 repair and today the painting is estimated to
be worth $85 million. That would make Steve Wynn’s incident a $54 million dollar accident.As you would expect, Wynn proceeded to claim the $54 million difference with his London insurers, who initially
balked, so Wynn sued them and the case was eventually settled out of court in March 2007.
5. The Conqueror
The Most Deadly Movie
Set in History.
is a 1956 epic film produced by Howard Hughes and starring John Wayne as the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan.The movie was directed by actor/director Dick Powell and was principally shot near St. George, Utah.The Conqueror was a complete bust at the box office and is often times cited as one of the worst movies of the
1950s.Many critics bashed the film’s casting, with John Wayne playing Genghis Khan.The movie was shot at the height of John Wayne’s career.The exterior scenes of
the movie were filmed at a location near St. George, Utah.It was 137 miles downwind of the United
States government's nuclear weapon test site, named the Nevada Test Site.
In 1953, extensive above-ground nuclear weapons testing occurred at the test
site, as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole.The cast and crew of the movie spent many difficult weeks
shooting at the location.The film’s producers knew about the nuclear tests and there are even
publicity photographs of John Wayne holding a Geiger counter during production. Unfortunately, the films makers
did not understand the link between exposure to radioactive fallout and cancer.The movie’s
director Dick Powell died of cancer in January of 1963. Star Pedro Armendáriz was diagnosed
with kidney cancer in 1960 and committed suicide in 1963 after finding out that his cancer was terminal. American
actress Susan Hayward died of brain cancer in 1975.
John Wayne on Set
One of the great
supporting actresses of the 1940s, 50’s, and 60’s, Agnes Moorehead died of uterine cancer in 1974.John Wayne died of stomach cancer (not lung cancer as many people think) on June 11, 1979, at the UCLA Medical
Center.The total cast and crew involved with the picture totaled 220 people.By
1981, 91 of these people developed some form of cancer and 46 had died of the disease.This gives
an unheard of 41% morbidity rate.
Pendleton, professor of biology at the University of Utah, stated, "With these numbers, this case could qualify
as an epidemic.”The film’s producer Howard Hughes felt guilty about his decisions regarding
the movie and kept the film from view until 1974 when it was first broadcast on TV. The Conqueror, along with Ice
Station Zebra, is said to be one of the films Howard Hughes watched endlessly during his last years.
On May 19, 1953, the United States government detonated a 32-kiloton atomic
bomb at the Nevada Test Site. The bomb later gained the name "Dirty Harry" because of the
tremendous amount of nuclear fallout generated by the bomb.Strong winds currents carried the fallout
135 miles (220 km) to the area surrounding St. George, Utah, where local residents reported "an oddly metallic
sort of taste in the air."
Dirty Harry Bomb
Strange Place Over Part of Lake Ontario.
Most people are probably
familiar with the Bermuda Triangle, but a similar place on Earth is the Marysburgh Vortex.The Marysburgh
Vortex is an area of eastern Lake Ontario.Lake Ontario is one of the five Great Lakes of North
America.It is located near Ontario, Canada and the U.S. state of New York.According
to shipping and insurance records, during the early days of steamboat travel, more than two thirds of the shipwrecks
in Lake Ontario occurred in the area encompassed by the Vortex.The exact location of the Marysburgh
Vortex is east of Point Petre in the southern portion of Prince Edward County.It extends in an easterly
direction towards the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, and north in the direction of Kingston, Ontario.
Similar to the Bermuda Triangle, the Marysburgh Vortex and Lake Ontario contain several magnetic and electric anomalies.One example is an anomaly between Kingston and
Garden Island which disrupts magnetic compasses. It is risky for residents of the island to cross
the lake when visibility is poor.Many historical shipwrecks and disappearances have taken place
in the vortex.Similar to stories surrounding the Bermuda Triangle, a strange fog is often involved
with the disappearances.Some good examples of shipwrecks are the 1883 Quinlanwith, 1889 Bavaria,
1917 George A. Marsh, and the 1964 Star of Suez.
Some of these accidents
include the sudden disappearance of ships and crew.The Marysburgh vortex has a startling record of
accidents, which has fueled theories of paranormal activity.Adding fuel to the fire is the large amount of UFO sightings in the area.This includes many reports of unidentified submerged objects,
which have the tendency to explode from the lake.Small aircrafts have gone missing and the scientific
community has done very little to solve the mysteries of the vortex.The exact cause of the bizarre
events surrounding the Marysburgh Vortex remains a complete mystery.
September 11, 2001 Witness with an Interesting Story
This article will
be discussing the life and death of Barry Jennings.It is not intended to offend or take a stance
on any 9/11 conspiracy theories, only give the facts.Barry Jennings is a man that worked as a New
York City housing authority official.On September 11, 2001, Barry was near the World Trade Center’s
when they were attacked.He immediately reported to the city’s command center, which is located
on the 23rd floor of 7 World Trade Center.7 World Trade Center is a building that experienced a complete collapse during the attacks.In an interview taken with Barry Jennings he describes the
events that followed.
When Barry and Michael
Hess, the city's corporation counsel, reached the command center on the 23rd floor of 7WTC the room was completely empty.Barry comments on the steaming coffee and sandwiches on the tables and how it seems that
the room has been recently vacated.He then contacted numerous individuals on the telephone in hopes
of getting an explanation and got the response to leave and leave right away.The two men reached
the stairwell and started to descend, however, when the pair got to the 6th floor they were rocked by a huge explosion.The entire landing gave way and Barry was left hanging.He had to climb up rubble in order
to reach the 8th floor.Barry then broke out a window and looked down to see buses and cars on
The men were
stuck on the 8th floor for many hours, during which time both World Trade Center’s collapsed.During
his time on the 8th floor, Barry reported hearing numerous explosions below him.Some of the blasts
came before the World Trade Center’s collapsed (including the initial blast), while others came after the
towers had fallen.The men were eventually saved by 10 New York City firefighters.Barry
was taken to an area that the firefighters called the lobby.He replied, “where are we?”He was once again told that it was the lobby of 7 World Trade Center.Barry was just surprised
because it was completely obliterated, with rubble and even dead bodies.
“And the firefighter who took us down kept saying, "Do not look down." I kept saying, "Why?"
We were stepping over people. And you know when you can feel when you are stepping over people.”
Barry was existed from 7 World Trade Center through a hole in the wall.The firefighters then told him "You have to run". I said, "I can't, my knees are swollen".
[He said] "You'll have to get on your knees and crawl then, because we have reports of more explosions."Barry Jennings would finish his interview by saying “I’m just confused about one thing, why World
Trade Center 7 went down in the first place - I’m very confused about that - I know what I heard, I heard
explosions,”On 9/11, Barry was interviewed by the BBC on live television directly after being
rescued from the building.
11, 2001, 7 WTC was damaged by debris when the nearby North Tower of the WTC collapsed. The debris
also ignited fires, which continued to burn throughout the afternoon on lower floors of the building. The building's
internal fire suppression system lacked water pressure to fight the fires, and the building collapsed completely at 5:21:10
p.m.The collapse began when a critical column on the 13th floor buckled and triggered structural
doesn’t describe any of the explosions heard by Barry Jennings, especially the ones heard before the North Tower
collapsed and hit parts of 7 WTC.It doesn’t explain the complete destruction of the lobby. The buildings that collapsed on September 11, 2001, were the first steal structures to experience a complete failure
due to fire.Articles written by mainstream journalists have suggested that the absolute free-fall
(it fell in 8 seconds) that 7 WTC experienced is strange.Especially since the building was not
even hit by a plane.
For this reason, many people
found the testimony of Barry Jennings contradictory to the official story of what happened on 9/11.On
August 19, 2008 Barry Jennings died.At this time in history, conspiracy theories surrounding
September 11, 2001 were heating up and even making headlines in major news outlets around the world. The cause
of Barry’s death has never been released.Barry Jennings died only days before the release
of NIST’s report on 7WTC.
Was William Shakespeare Only a Pen Name?
The Shakespeare authorship
question is the controversy about whether the works traditionally attributed to William Shakespeare of Stratford-upon-Avon (which is a town in south Warwickshire, England) were actually written by another writer or group of writers.This public debate and conspiracy theory dates back to the mid-19th century. It has attracted
public attention and a large following all over the world.Some prominent public figures have declared
that they believe the theory that "William Shakespeare" was a pen name used by the true author (or authors)
to keep the writer's identity secret.However, this theory is dismissed by the majority of academic Shakespeare scholars.
Many candidates have
been mentioned over the centuries, including Edward de Vere, who is the 17th Earl of Oxford.Statesman
Francis Bacon, dramatist Christopher Marlowe, and William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby. Authorship doubters believe
that mainstream Shakespeare biographers routinely violate methods and criteria used in writing a true biography. People
assert that the actor and businessman baptized as "Shakspere" of Stratford did not have the background necessary
to create the body of work attributed to him.
People have questioned
how a commoner from a small 16th-century country town, with no recorded education or personal library, could become an expert in foreign languages, knowledge of courtly pastimes and politics, Greek and Latin mythology, law, and the latest
discoveries in science, medicine and astronomy of the time.Support for William Shakespeare as author rests on two main pillars of evidence, testimony by his fellow actors, and by his fellow playwright Ben Jonson
in the First Folio, plus the inscription on Shakespeare's grave monument in Stratford.
it possible to teleport objects?
One of the most infamous
disappearances surrounding the Bermuda Triangle is Flight 19.Flight 19 was an organized team of five
U.S. Avenger torpedo bombers that disappeared in December of 1945, four months after the official end of World War
II.All 14 airmen were lost and never heard from again.The official story is that
the planes pilots became disoriented and lost at sea.However, many strange events were recorded,
including bizarre mechanical and navigational failures.Over the years, the Bermuda Triangle
has become famous for these types of strange reports.A mass search effort was carried out in hopes
of finding the Flight 19 crew, but sadly tragedy struck once again when a PBM Mariner flying boat was also lost.All 13 crew members aboard the PBM Mariner were never found.
Over the years, hundreds of strange reports have surfaced from pilots traveling through the Bermuda Triangle.People have reported experiencing strange electrical phenomenon, bizarre fog, tunnel vision, and even teleportation.In regards to teleportation, it has been said that people encounter a strange fog.The fog
surrounds the plane and the pilot feels as if they are traveling in a dark electrical tunnel.The
pilots who have reported entering this tunnel say that when they emerge from the other end, they have traveled hundreds
of miles in literally minutes.
Do these stories
represent the ramblings of a confused airman or is the phenomenon of teleportation feasible?People
who have studied teleportation look at the unified field theory, which is a term that was coined by Albert Einstein.Like everything Einstein, the specifics of the theory are confusing, but basically it aims to describe mathematically
and physically the interrelated nature of the forces that comprise electromagnetic radiation and gravity.
It is believed by some that the Unified Field Theory could enable large electrical generators to bend light around an object, making it invisible.This brings up the reported
1943 U.S. Philadelphia Experiment.The Philadelphia Experiment is a conspiracy theory surrounding
a naval military experiment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.The experiment has never been fully confirmed and many feel that the story is an elaborate hoax.
Experiment is an alleged attempt by the U.S. government to test the unified field theory.Most
accounts of the experiment involve the U.S. destroyer USS Eldridge.The destroyer was fitted with
the required electrical equipment and the testing began in the summer of 1943.One test, on July
22, 1943, resulted in the Eldridge being rendered almost completely invisible, with some witnesses reporting a "greenish
fog" appearing in its place.
after the test crew members began to complain of severe nausea. It is also said that when the ship reappeared, some sailors
were embedded in the metal structures of the ship.The story then alleges that the equipment was
not properly calibrated, so another test was run on October 28, 1943. This time, the Eldridge not only became invisible,
but physically vanished from the area in a flash of blue light.The destroyed teleported to Norfolk, Virginia, over 200 miles away. It is claimed that the ship then reappeared in Philadelphia at the
site it had originally occupied.
of the story include descriptions of serious side effects for the crew. Some crew members were said
to have been physically fused to bulkheads, others suffered from mental disorders, and some people simply vanished.
It is also claimed that the ship's crew may have been subjected to brainwashing, in order to maintain
the secrecy of the experiment.The story of the Philadelphia Experiment surfaced in 1955, when an
amateur astronomer and former graduate-level researcher named Morris K. Jessup published a book about unidentified
In the book Jessup hypothesized
on the propulsion system that would be necessary for a disc-shaped craft.He talked about a future
generation of space craft that would use the unified field theory for propulsion.Jessup was
also contacted by a man who claimed to be involved with the Philadelphia Experiment.Jessup speculated
that antigravity and/or electromagnetism might have been responsible for the observed flight behavior of UFOs.
For a thorough, fact-based debunking of The Bermuda Triangle, read The Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Solved.And the Shakespeare authorship "controversy" is just Bigfoot, UFOs, and the Loch Ness Monster for intellectuals.
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