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964532.  Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:11 am Reply with quote

Q: Who am I describing: he was a mathematical genius who was accepted into Harvard at 16 and became a professor at only 25, and his most known publication is Industrial Society and Its Future?

Ted Kaczynski -- Industrial Society and Its Future is more commonly known as the Unabomber Manifesto.

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dr bartolo
964597.  Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:58 am Reply with quote

On a similar note, we have the case of Execution broadsides.
these broadsides, which were in effect a large piece of paper with an account of an execution of a criminal, and generaly an account of his "dying speech and last confession"along with a "sworrowful lamentation" of the criminal.
The fact that the period between the sentecings and hangings were so short ( three days, according to Mayhew's informant) that printers were obliged to come up with pretty ingenious sollutions-
The woodcuts which illustrated the piece typically had a hole cut in the middle, into which could be inserted a number of smaller woodcuts of hanging bodies, to suit the number of people who were to die on that occasion

964600.  Sun Jan 20, 2013 11:14 am Reply with quote

Presumably those reports were what passed for "suspense thrillers" in those days.

I'm sure I left a coat around here somewhere...


964645.  Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:46 pm Reply with quote

Reminds me of this wonderful book:

Essential and more than occasionally hilarious reading for the Victorian crime enthusiast.



dr bartolo
964911.  Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:56 am Reply with quote

An outrageous trick employed by the printers was the recycling of old woodcuts. Apparently, in one case, the woodcut of Patrick O' connor, the murder victim of the Mannings ( more about them later), the puroprted depiction of him was actually a clumsily modified woodcut of ... William IV

As for the Mannings, ( Frederick and Marie) , their case was one of the most sensational for it's age. They were the first couple hanged together for 149 years* ( the previous in 1700), it was not surprising to add that mayhew's informants cauculated that they had sold 2.5 million copies of the account of the execution

* This appears to be untrue, as an execution of a couple ( whose names I have now forgot) occure around 1800. In any case, executions of couples were extremely rare, and the mannings were no exception.

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966329.  Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:11 am Reply with quote

What was probably the most expensive meal ever?

In 1961, during an expedition in the Asmat region of New Guinea to study local tribes, a couple of members of the expedition were in a boat which overturned about 3 miles from shore. After drifting for some time, one of the men decided to swim to shore and was never seen again, presumed drowned.

However, tribes in the Asmat region were still practicing head hunting and cannibalism, and private investogators hired by the family claim they may have found his skull in the hands of one of these tribes. While no there is no definitive proof of how he died, cannibalism is considered by some as a strong possibility.

The victim was Michael Rockerfeller, son of future US Vice President, and heir to a share of the Rockerfeller fortune.

If he was indeed eaten by any tribesmen in Asmat, he may certainly count as one of the most expensive meals ever.

966559.  Sat Jan 26, 2013 12:14 am Reply with quote

Q: We all know what a McDonald's triple cheeseburger is, but what is the Macdonald triad?
[Klaxon -- any fast food-related response]
A: The Macdonald triad is a group of three indicators developed by psychiatrist J.M. Macdonald, who was interested in childhood behaviors that serial killers had in common. According to him, bedwetting (past the age of 5), animal abuse, and pyromania are behaviors that many serial-killers-to-be exhibit as children.

968927.  Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:13 am Reply with quote

Another fact about the Ted Kaczynski, AKA "the Unabomber" -- he may have been a participant in the MKUltra experiments, the CIA's secret experiments with psychotropic substances. I don't know how well known MKUltra is outside of the US, but people who haven't heard of it should definitely Wiki it.

983345.  Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:56 pm Reply with quote

The Jonestown massacre:

The events at Jonestown constituted the greatest single losses of American civilian life in a non-natural disaster until the incidents of September 11, 2001. The mass suicide was done by the use of poisoned Kool-Aid.

Read the Wiki article for more info.

dr bartolo
983392.  Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:50 am Reply with quote

N. B The deaths at Jonestown were caused by poisned
Flavour-aid, not Kool aid.


A 44-minute cassette tape (the "death tape")[132] recorded at least part of a meeting Jones called under the pavilion in the early evening. Before the meeting, aides prepared a large metal tub with Flavor Aid, poisoned with Valium, chloral hydrate, cyanide,[133] and Phenergan.[134]

However, Jones himself commited suicide by gunshot.

983400.  Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:08 am Reply with quote

Sorry, must have misremembered.

986467.  Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:28 am Reply with quote

Possibly the deadliest godfather in South America?

"Killer ant" - Can kill prey a hundred times its own weight. Killer ants survive in crowded colonies high up in tree canopies and surprisingly allow 'scale insects' to co-exist with them - offering them protection in exchange for honeydew..

986831.  Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:30 pm Reply with quote

How long after you die can you marry?

In the case of Rex Alton, only a few months.

Older members might remember Alton as a sport journalist for the Telegraph many years ago, and his name may have been remember mostly for this and a number of books he wrote, but one morning in 1985 he happened to be in hospital after collapsing the night before and had the unpleasant experience of reading his own obituary in the Times.

It was an error, someone simply put the wrong copy out instead of updating his file.

However, only a few months later Alton would once again be mentioned in the Times, this time it was the announcement of his wedding.

He finally died in 1994, aged 93. Possibly the only person to have their obituary and wedding published in the Times, in that order :)

986839.  Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:58 am Reply with quote

Teehee :-D

"...although death did us part already?"

Spud McLaren
986842.  Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:13 am Reply with quote

EXE wrote:
Another fact about the Ted Kaczynski, AKA "the Unabomber" -- he may have been a participant in the MKUltra experiments...
< wonders > Can it be a fact if he merely "may" have been?


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