Criminals Caught by Social Media

Criminal Forgot to Log Out of Facebook

At an internet Cafe in Columbia, two men attempted an armed robbery. Prior to their attempt, they pretended to be customers and used the Wi-Fi. After they were done on their computers, they walked up to the cashier and assaulted a man before demanding money. The two criminals fled the scene on a stolen motorcycle. It was soon discovered that one of the criminals forgot to log out of their Facebook account before fleeing the scene. The police used the information from the man’s Facebook account to find and arrest him. (Source) (Source)

Michael Baker – Stealing Gasoline
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A man named Michael Baker posted a photo of himself stealing gas from a cop car to Facebook. He was caught after police found the picture. He has since taken the picture down from his Facebook page. (Source) (Source)

He was later arrested, and he spent a night in jail. (Source)

Chris Crego – Public Facebook Page

In the year 2009, a man named Chris Crego fled from the police after a bar-fight. When detectives started looking for Chris, they found his Facebook page. Chris had been constantly updating his Facebook status while the detectives were looking for him, making it easy for them to track him down.

The detectives were able to find out where Chris worked, where he lived, and even the hours of the day he was at work. One police officer stated, “If it wasn’t for criminals like him our job would be a lot harder.” (Source) (Source)

Mac Yearwood – Wanted Poster

A man from Florida named Mac Yearwood was suspected of criminal battery. Since the suspect did not stay at the scene of the crime, police released a wanted poster for Mac Yearwood, which Mac decided to use as his profile picture on Facebook. Not only that but when somebody commented on Mac’s photo advising him to remove the photo, Mac replied, “…at least they won’t come get me in Tenessee.” Tenessee was the town in which Mac lived. When officers arrested Mac, a bag of marijuana fell out of his pocket. This all led to charges of drug possession as well as allegations of criminal battery. (Source) (Source)

 

 

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Three Strange Criminal Sentences

This article is about three strange punishments assigned by judges. This list includes the story of a woman who was forced to hold a sign labelling herself an idiot, the man who had to post 466 apologies on Twitter, and the judge who arrested the entire courtroom because of a phone alert.

3. 466 Twitter Apologies

A man who posted insults about two French politicians on Twitter was ordered to create 466 apology tweets. The number of apologies corresponded to the number of people following him on Twitter. For each apology that was not posted, he was fined  €100. The apologies, translated into English, said, ‘I have severely insulted Jean-Francois Cope and Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet. I regret and apologise.’ (Source) (Source)

2. Woman Forced to Hold ‘Idiot’ Sign

A woman in Cleveland decided to drive on a sidewalk instead of on the road, as she did not want to wait for a school bus to pass. Her driving was caught on video, as seen below:

Some witnesses claim she did this on a daily basis. As a result of her reckless driving, she was forced to hold a sign reading, ‘Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus,’ during two days of morning traffic rush, for a total of 120 minutes. She also had to pay a $250 fine. (Source) (Source)

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1. Judge Arrests Entire Courtroom

A judge in US had a horrible reaction to a phone alert coming from an unknown person in the courtroom. Since the judge did not know whose phone went off, he planned to arrest everyone in the room, unless the phone was turned over. (Source) (Source)

After the judge said this, an officer stood at the door to keep people from leaving, while other officers searched for the phone. They did not find it, and the judge attempted to follow up on his threat, placing bail for each of the 46 people in the courtroom at $1,500. (Source) (Source) (Source)

According to the report, a man complained about the punishment not being fair, to which the judge responded, “I know it isn’t.” (Source)

Fourteen people were unable to pay the bail money and were sent to Niagra County Jail however, they were released later that day. (Source)

The judge said this occurred as a result of stress in his personal life. (Source)

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Timeline – The Past 2,016 Years – PART ONE

Timeline – The Past 2,016 Years – PART ONE

In this article, I will be reviewing some of the most important, and most interesting events occurring in the past 2,016 years. (This is only the first part of the article. It covers the years 1 CE-1200 CE.)

1-50

Tiberius was a Roman emperor from 14-37 Ce. He had a history in the military. When he was 22, he became popular after conquering Pannoia on the Adriatic Sea. (Source) (Source)

Sometime between the years 27 and 29, Jesus began preaching. He was crucified sometime between 30 and 33. (Source) (Source)

Tiberius was succeeded by Caligula, who was assassinated by a group of young men in 41. He was stabbed thirty times after a sporting event. (Source) (Source)

51-100

Caligula was replaced by Claudius in 41. He was poisoned in 54. After him, Nero, who was previously adopted by Claudius became emperor. Nero was emperor from 54-68. He focused on trade, diplomacy, and  enhancing the empire’s cultural life. (Source) (Source)

The first Jewish-Roman war called ‘The Great Revolt’ lasted from 66-73. In 66, jews from Judea rebelled against their Roman masters. The siege of Jerusalem occurred in the year 70. During the Siege of Jerusalem, the city of Jerusalem was conquered by Titus, who became the emperor in the future. (Source) (Source) (Source)

During the year 69, four Roman emperors led in succession after Nero committed suicide. The four emperors names were Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian. After the four emperors died, Titus became the emperor. (Source) (Source)

101-200

The construction of Hadrian’s wall, also known as the Roman Wall, began in 122 while Hadrian was the emperor. This wall represented the northern limit of the Roman empire. Hadrian is recognised as one of the ‘Five Good Emperors.’ (Source) (Source) (Source)

Commodus was the Emperor of Rome from 180-192. He was assassinated in 192. After a group unsuccessfully attempted to poison Commodus, they strangled him to death. (Source) (Source)

201-300

Septimus Severus was the Emperor of Rome from 193-211. After his death, his two children, Caracalla and Geta became emperors. Before dying, Septimus advised the two to get along with one another. The two brothers became co-emperors, yet they nearly hated each other. The two decided that if they were to stop their hostility they would need to separate their empire. Their Mother did not approve of this, and stopped them, as she was worried it would result in a war between the divided parts of the empire. (Source) (Source) (Source)

In the year 211, Caracalla asked Geta to meet with him to reconcile. However, reconciling was not Caracalla’s true intent, as he made some of his guards to kill Geta when he arrived. (Source)

East Germanic people, also referred to as Goths, invaded Asia Minor in 220. (Source) (Source) Franks (A Germanic group) and Goths soon began to invade Rome. (Source)

Caracalla became one of the most notorious Roman emperors. While travelling to a temple, he was approached, and stabbed to death. (Source)

The Battle of Abrittus occurred in 251, in which the Goths fought the Romans, and killed Emperor Decius and his son Herrenius. (Source)

St. Nicholas, the basis for the character of Santa Clause, was born in the year 270. He was known for helping to provide for the poor and sick. (Source) (Source)

301-400

In 303, Romans begin to persecute Christians in an attempt to stop the growth of the religion. This was named the Diocletianic Persecution. It was the last persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire, yet it was also the most severe. The persecution’s intensity varied throughout the empire. In most places, Christian’s rights were revoked. This persecution ended in some places by the year 311. (Source) (Source)

Emperor Constantine became the first Catholic Roman Emperor, when he was baptised while on his deathbed. (Source)

The Roman Empire was separated in 337, when Emperor Constantine died. His sons became emperors, and divided the empire. The empire was later united after the battle of Mursa. (Source) (Source)

During the year 378, the Roman emperor, Valens, fought against the Visigoths (The Western branch of Goths.) Emperor Valens allowed the Visigoths to settle in a part of the Roman Empire. Soon after, all of the Visigoth’s weapons were taken, and their male children were kept as hostage. Valens attacked the Goths and outnumbered them. However, part of the Gothic Cavalry foraged farther away. The Gothic Cavalry soon joined the fight, and caused 40,000 Roman casualties, including Valens himself. (Source) (Source) (Source)

401-450

The last known gladiator competition in Rome occurred in the year 404. (Source)

Flavius Stilicho was a high ranking general in the Roman army who was, at a point, one of the most powerful men in the Western Roman Empire. He was executed in the year 408. (Source)

At the age of 16, St. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates. He was sold into slavery, and was forced to tend sheep. In the year 408, he planned to escape and find his way home to Britain. He convinced sailors to bring him onto their ship, and he was brought to France. He then travelled 200 miles over 28 days, and reunited with his family. He later became a bishop, and attempted to teach people in Ireland about God. He is now recognised as the Patron Saint of Ireland. (Source) (Source)

During the year 410, Rome was overrun by Visigoths, leading to the fall of the Western Roman Empire. The Visigoths passed the undefended outskirts of Rome, and proceeded to loot, burn and pillage the area. (Source) (Source)

In the year 418, Jews were excluded from public office in the Roman Empire. (Source)

451-501

St.Patrick died in the year 461, in Saul Ireland. (Source)

In the year 476, Pavia was captured by Flavius Odoacer after Odoacer became the first barbarian King of Italy. (Source)

Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths, invaded Italy in the year 489, and later became the ruler of Italy. Theodoric killed Odoacer in 493 at a banquet. (Source)

501-550

In the year 507, Visigoths were conquered by Franks. The Franks gained control of central and southern France. (Source)

The Frankish Empire was later divided into four parts in the year 511 when four brothers inherited the territory. In the year 534, the territory of Burgundy was added as a part of the Frankish Empire. (Source)

The Arabic Alphabet was created in the year 512. (Source)

The battle of Vézeronce occurred in the year 524 in Isère, France. Part of the battle involved the Franks invading Burgundy (Whose previous king had been executed by the Franks.) The Franks faced a severe defeat. (Source) (Source)

The Byzantine emperor, Justinian, issued The Code of Justinian (a collection of laws and legal interpretations) from the years 529-534. (Source) (Source)

The Gothic War took place, lasting from 535-554, between the Byzantine Empire and Italy. After the war, Rome and their allies abandoned Italy, resulting in a period of decline in Italy. The Byzantine Empire soon conquered Italy. (Source)

During the years 541-542, a plague took place in the Byzantine Empire. It resulted in the deaths of 25 million people. At the time of the outbreak, the death count of 25 million people represented 13% of the world’s population. (Source)

551-600

Byzantine conquers Southeastern Spain in 554. (Source)

In the year 557, the Byzantine Empire’s capital was severely damaged by an earthquake. (Source)

The Prophet Mohammad was born in the year 570. (Source)

Matches were invented in China in the year 577. (Source)

601-650

Smallpox spread from India to Europe in the year 600. (Source)

In the year 600, Pope Gregory declared that ‘God Bless You’ was the correct response to someone sneezing. (Source)

The largest artificial river in the world was created in China, called the Grand Canal. Creation of the river began in the year 605. The canal is currently 1,776 km long. (Source) (Source)

The emperor of the Byzantine emperor from 610-641 was Heraclius. He overthrew the previous emperor, and became the new one in the year 610. One of the major changes he made as emperor, was the act of changing the official language from Latin to Greek. (Source)

The Roman-Persian wars that began in 54 BC, and finally ended in 629 Ce. The war was mostly over territory, as the Roman Empire was attempting to expand its boundaries. (Source)

In the year 620, Vikings began to invade Ireland. (Source)

In the year 631, the Emperor of China, Taizong of Tang, sent people with gold in hopes of the release of Chinese prisoners in Xueyantuo. This plan was successful, as an estimated 80,000 prisoners were released. (Source) (Source)

651-700

The Battle of Baekgang occurred in the year 663. Tang Chinese and Silla Korean Forces defeated Korean Baekje forces and Yamato Japanese forces. (Source)

The first Bulgarian empire lasted from the 7th to the 11th century, starting in the year 681. (Source) (Source)

Saint Werburgh died in the year 699. She was the daughter of the first Christian Mercian King, Wulfhere. She reorganised many nunneries across Mercia with the help of her uncle. She was buried in Hanbury, but when the area was threatened, she was moved to Chester, England. She is currently recognized as the patron saint of Chester. (Source) (Source)

701-750

K’inich Kan B’alam II, the king of Palenque died in the year 702, at the age of 66. Once he began his reign, he began work on the Temple of the Cross Complex, comprised of three temples. He was also very involved with the military before his death. (Source) (Source)

The first, and only, woman to rule in the Tang Dynasty was named Wu Zetian. She died December 16th, 705. (Source) (Source)

Pope Sisinnius died after being the Pope for less than a month in the year 708. (Source)

The Second Arab Siege of Constantinople lasted from 717 to 718. Arabs attempted to siege the capital of the Byzantine empire, Constantinople. Ground and sea forces were used to attack Constantinople. The attacks were unsuccessful because the ground forces were stopped by Constantinople’s walls, and the sea forces were defeated by Greek Fire. (Source) (Source)

In the year 730, as the power struggle between the pope and the Byzantine Emperor Leo III intensifies, Pope Gregory II officially excluded Emperor Leo III from participation in services of the Christian church. (Source) (Source)

The Battle of Tours occurred in the year 732, and was fought by Frankish forces and a large invading Islamic army. The Franks defeated the Islamic army, and killed Abd ar-Rahman, the Muslim governor of Córdoba. (Source) (Source) (Source)

751-800

In the year 793, the first Vikings (Nordic seafarers) attacked Northeastern England. The Vikings were different from other attackers because they did not respect religious buildings, such as monasteries. Vikings attacked monasteries as they were usually near the shore and were left unguarded. (Source)

Tarasios of Constantinople was involved in a controversy in the year 795. He condoned the divorce between Emperor Constantine VI and his wife. Many protests began, but the leaders of the protests were exiled. A large amount of anger was directed at Tarasios for allowing the Emperor to remarry to a woman named Theodote. (Source) (Source)

The first Viking raid in Europe occurred in the year 799. For the next several decades, Vikings attacked British Isles and Europe. (Source)

801-840

In the year 802, Iona was raided by Vikings. In the year 804, Vikings killed 68 people in the monastic community in Iona. Iona was also raided another time in the year 806. (Source) (Source)

Tarasios died in the year 806. (Source)

Charles the Younger was the King of the Franks for a period of time before he died in the year 811 from a stroke. (Source)

Charlemagne, the king of the Franks, who was crowned by the pope, died in the year 815 due to a fever he believed he could overcome by fasting. (Source) (Source)

All Hallows Eve, now known as Halloween, was meant to honour the saints on October 31st, 834. (Source)

Halley’s Comet came within 3.2 million miles of Earth in the year 837. (Source)

In the year 840, Vikings began to settle in Ireland. (Source)

841-870

In the year 844, 70-80 ships filled with Vikings sailed to Spain and attacked the Asturians. The Asturians defeated the Vikings. (Source) (Source)

In the year 845, a Viking named Ragnar Lodbrok led a Viking army to take Paris in the year 845. Over 120 Viking ships held thousands of men during this attack. The attack was stopped, as the Vikings were paid a ransom of 2,750 kilograms of silver and gold. (Source) (Source)

Rus’ Vikings pillaged the Capital of the Byzantine Empire, Constantinople, while the empire was participating in the Byzantine-Arab wars. (Source) (Source)

On November 1st, 866, on All Saints Day, Vikings raided York, England. York was raided by the Vikings a second time in the following year, leading to the deaths of Aelle and Osbert, the Northumbrian Kings. (Source)

King Charles the Bald created a large group of cavalry as a defence against Vikings in the year 864. (Source)

A ‘Golden Age’ began in the Byzantine Empire, beginning in the year 863 and ending in the year 1025, under the rule of Macedonians. The Empire began to expand, and strengthen its military. (Source)

871-900

The recorded history of Iceland began with the settlement of Vikings in Iceland. Vikings began to settle in Iceland in the year 870. (Source)

Aethelred I, the King of Wessex and Kent died after being defeated by the Danish in the year 871. (Source)

The Battle of Leuven was fought in the year 891, between the Franks and Vikings. The Franks successfully stopped the Viking attack. (Source)

Odo was the King of West Francia from 888-889. He was responsible for resisting the Vikings during the siege of Paris. He died in the year 898. (Source) (Source)

901-920

Bulgaria converted to Christianity in the year 907. (Source)

During August of 910, the last major Viking army was defeated by the Kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex during The Battle of Tettenhall.  (Source)

921-940

Richard, the Duke of Burgundy died in the year 921. While he was alive, Richard captured a small city in East Central France called Mâcon. (Source) (Source) (Source)

Saint Ludmilla was a Slavic martyr who hoped to establish Christianity in Bohemia. She married a man named Borivoj, who was the first Christian Czech Prince. Borivaj died in the year 899. Ludmilla and Borivoj’s child, Ratislav, later had a child named Wenceslas, who later became a prince of Bohemia. Wenceslas was cared for by Ludmilla, who raised him to be Christian. However, after Ratislav’s death, Bohemia was ruled by anti-Christians. Wenceslas became the ruler in the year 921. Ludmilla was strangled to death because of her Christian influence on Wenceslas. (Source) (Source)

The Battle of the Bosnian Highlands occurred in the year 927. The battle was fought between the Bulgarian Army, and the Croatian Army. The Croatian army won the war, mainly due to the fact that the Croatian soldiers were more experienced in fighting in mountainous terrain. (Source)

In September of 935, King Wenceslas was stabbed to death by a small group of people, including his younger brother. (Source)

941-960

William I Longsword worked to expand territories for the French King. After the year 940 William attempted to expand French territory northwards, however, he was soon assassinated in the year 941. (Source)

The Battle of Lechfeld occurred in the year 955. It was fought between Eastern-Frankish Kingdom (Germans,) and The Magyars. The German army included approximately 3,000-8,000 men, while the Magyar army included 10,000-25,000 men. After the battle, 3,000 German and 4,500 Magyar men died. In the end, the German’s won the battle. (Source) (Source)

Edgar The Peaceful became the king of England in the year 959 after his older brother, the previous King, died. He unified England under one dynasty while he was the King. King Edgar created a navy made of 3,600 ships that protected England from Danes. (Source) (Source)

961-980

 Poland converted to Christianity in the year 966. (Source)

King Edward the Martyr became the King of England when he was 13 years old in the year 975. In the year 978,  Edward was visiting Queen Elfrthrth at Corfe Castle. After arriving at the castle, and dismounting from his horse, Queen Elfrthrth’s adviser stabbed King Edward to death. (Source) (Source) (Source)

981-1000

Erik the Red was exiled from Iceland in the year 980. After being exiled, he sailed West and founded Greenland in the year 982. He later returned to Iceland to tell others about Greenland. In the year 985, he brought 25 ships full of people and livestock to Greenland, however only 14 ships made it there. (Source) (Source)

In the year 991, the Battle of Maldon occurred. Some Scandinavian Vikings attempted a raid against Anglo-Saxons. The Anglo-Saxons were lead by a man named Brithnoth (or Bryhtnoth,) who was often described as overconfident. Brithnoth was confident he would succeed in battle, and he allowed the battle to take place. Brithnoth died during the battle, leading to the deaths of a large portion of the remaining forces. (Source) (Source) (Source)

The battle of Svolder occurred in the year 1000. Olaf Tryggvason was the King of Viken, an area near Norway. While King Olaf was sailing, he was ambushed by an alliance of his enemies. They had 70 ships while Olaf had a mere 11. All of King Olaf’s ships were captured except for his own. To avoid being taken alive, King Olaf jumped into the ocean, wearing his heavy equipment. He drowned. (Source) (Source)

Leif Eriksson, a descendant of Erik the Red, was the first European to step foot in North America in the year 1000. Eriksson named the area he discovered, which is thought to be in modern-day Nova Scotia, Vinland. (Source)

1001-1010

The St Brice’s Day massacre occurred in the year 1002, as ordered by the English King, King Ethelred. King Ethelred, often referred to as Ethelred the Unready or Ethelred the Ill-Advised, ordered to have all Danish men in England killed. (Source) (Source)

The St. Brice’s Day Massacre provoked Sweyn’s invasions in 1003 and 1004. Sweyn was a Viking who led invasions on England. (Source)

The Tale of Genji was published in the year 1008, and is considered to be the world’s first full-length novel. (Source) (Source)

1011-1020

In the year 1012, after the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the sack of Canterbury, Ethelred the Unready paid Danish Vikings 48,000 £ in silver in exchange for the Vikings stopping their attacks. The 48,000 £ was gathered by Ethelred through a tax called Danegeld. (Source)

In the year 1013, Sweyn returned to England and became the King. He exiled the previous king, Ethelred II. (Source)

The Battle of Clontarf was fought between Irish forces and Vikings in the year 1014. Though the High King of Ireland, Brian Boru, was among the 7,000 to 10,000 men who were killed, the Irish won the battle. (Source) (Source)

1021-1040

Boleslaw I the Brave became the first King of Poland in the year 1025. (Source)

Olaf Haraldsson was the King of Norway until 1028, when he was exiled. (Source)

During the year 1030, the Battle of Stiklestad occurred. The battle revolved around the introduction of Christianity to Norway. During the battle, Olaf Haraldsson was killed. (Source) (Source) (Source)

Romanus III, a Byzantine Emperor, was thought to have been assassinated by his wife in the year 1034. He was drowned to death, supposedly by his wife. (Source)

King Duncan I, the King of Scotland, was thought of as a terrible leader. He was killed in the year 1040 by two of his cousins, Macbeth and the Earl Orkney. (Source) (Source)

1041-1060

Hardicanute, the King of England, died in the year 1042, ending Danish’s rule over England. Hardicanute died from a stroke that was caused by him drinking too much alcohol. (Source) (Source)

Pope Leo IX led a papal army to banish the Normans in the year 1053. He was captured and was unable to return to Rome for 9 months. Shortly after his return to Rome, he died on April 19th, 1504. (Source) (Source)

In the year 1054, one of the brightest known supernovas was reported by Chinese astronomers. This created the ‘Crab Nebula.’ (Source) (Source)

 A small portion of the ‘Crab Nebula.’

1061-1080

The German King, Henry IV, gave away the Utrecht county of West Friesland in the year 1064. (Source)

In the year 1066, an English Monk, Eilmer of Malmesbury believed the country would soon end after witnessing Halley’s Comet. (Source) (Source)

The Battle of Fulford occurred in the year 1066. This battle resulted in the end of Anglo-Saxon England, possibly fulfilling Eilmer of Malmesbury’s expectation for the country. (Source)

During the Battle of Hastings, King Harold II of England died. He was the last Anglo-Saxon King in England. (Source)

In the year 1071, Byzantine ended their rule over Italy. (Source)

The Tower of London

The White Tower, was built in the year 1078 by William the Conqueror. At the time, the building was meant to provide housing for the King and his representatives. The tower was renamed the ‘Tower of London’ in the future. From the year 1100 until 1952, the tower was occasionally used as a prison. The tower was surrounded by a moat and defensive walls. The castle still exists and is over 900 years old. (Source) (Source) (Source)

Over the years, many notable prisoners were kept in the London Tower, including Guy Fawkes, a man who attempted to detonate 36 barrels of gunpowder to destroy the tower in 1605. Guy Fawkes was caught because one of his accomplices sent an anonymous letter to a friend, warning him to stay away from the building. The letter was later found by the King. (Source) (Source)

Sir Walter Raleigh was another famous prisoner in the tower. He was a soldier for a period of time and was knighted by Elizabeth I, the Queen of England from 1588-1603. He became the Captain of the Queen’s Guard in the year 1585. However, despite his position, he was imprisoned in the tower in the year 1592, as it was revealed he had married one of the Queen’s Maids of Honour. (Source) (Source)

Ranulf Flambard was one of the tower’s first prisoners in the year 1100. Before his imprisonment, he was a tax collector. He was sent to the prison because he was accused of extortion. During a large feast, he attempted to escape. He used a rope he had smuggled into the prison with the help of a friend, and lowered himself through the window. His friend was waiting for him outside of the tower with horses. (Source) (Source) (Source)

Though the Tower of London was a tourist attraction for some time, it was changed back into a prison temporarily during WWII. The prison held a man named Josef Jakobs, who was a Nazi Spy captured in England. Jakobs was the final person to be executed in the tower. (Source)

Anne Askew was executed in the tower. She was a protestant martyr. In the year 1546, she was burned at the stake due to her being found guilty of heresy. She was tortured in the prison as an attempt to make her reveal the names of other protestants, though she did not. (Source) (Source) (Source)

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1081-1100

The Great London Tornado destroyed the London Bridge as well as approximately 600 wooden homes in the year 1091. Despite the immense amount of damage, only two people were thought to have died as a result. This was the first tornado in documented British history. (Source)

The First Crusade

The First Crusade began when Pope Urban II called for a crusade in 1096 to free the city of Jerusalem and help Byzantines fight against the Seljuq Dynasty. The Seljuk Empire had been gaining power and territory since the 1030s. (Source) (Source)

Four armies of Crusaders formed in Western European areas. They met in Constantinople in the year 1906. Prior to these armies, a smaller group called the ‘People’s Crusade’ attempted to battle the Turkish forces without the other Crusaders. They were extremely unsuccessful. (Source) (Source)

The Crusaders joined forces with the Byzantine armies, as they took control of the Syrian city, Antioch in the year 1098. After that, they began to travel to Jerusalem. Though the Crusaders were successful in capturing Jerusalem, they killed hundreds of men, women, and children in the process. (Source)

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1101-1200

The Council of Nablus established the laws of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1120. (Source) (Source)

 The Second Crusade – 1145

The Second Crusade began when Edessa, Greece had fallen. Armies from England, France, Germany, and other countries gathered in Constantinople. The armies were led by Louis VII of France. Once the armies reached Constantinople, they planned an invasion and a fight against Turkish armies. (Source) (Source)

The Second Crusade involved three objectives. Fighting Muslim forces in Spain, fighting Wends (Members of a Slavic Tribe,) and restoring Edessa. (Source)

Many poorly disciplined troops caused issues in Constantinople, though peace remained. (Source)

After a failed siege, most Christian armies did not trust one another. While some troops were attacking Ascalon, a city in the Southern District of Israel,  they required extra help from the other armies, tough none arrived. This intensified the distrust between the armies. (Source) (Source)

The Second Crusade collapsed in the year 1149, after a failed siege on the capital of Syria, Damascus. (Source) (Source)

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Sunglasses were invented in the year 1200 by China. (Source) (Source)

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The second part of this article will likely be released May 26th December 31st, covering the years 1200-1750 CE.

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The World’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park

Action Park was known as one of the world’s most dangerous amusement parks, with 6 total deaths and many more injuries. The park included dangerous rides such as a water slide with a loop in it. (Source) (Source)

Below is a list of some of the most dangerous rides at Action Park.

The Alpine Slide

The alpine slide involved riding a plastic sled and sliding down a concrete track controlled only by a hand-brake. Using the hand brake, the rider could travel at an extremely slow, or extremely fast speed. When travelling at high speeds on the ride, one could crash through the rides barriers (Made of hay bales), and land in the hillside’s rocks. The ride has resulted in 14 Fractures and 26 head injuries. (Source) (Source)

It was closed after one year, and a safer version of the ride, known as the Alpine Coaster was opened. (Source)

Battle Action Tanks

This attraction involved riding in a small tank with tennis ball cannons that could shoot at other tanks. If hit, the tanks would stop moving for 15 seconds. People watching the tanks could shoot from outside of the arena for a small fee. Sometimes, a tank would stop working altogether, and employees would have to enter the arena to fix them. Many people would shoot tennis balls from the outside of the arena at the employees while they were fixing the tanks (Despite signs warning them not to.) (Source) (Source)

 

The ‘Grave’ Pool

The tidal wave pool at Action Park was 30 metres wide, 76 metres long, and 8 feet deep. At any given moment, there were twelve life guards on duty. On certain weekends, the lifeguards rescued as many as thirty people. After a visitor died in the pool in 1982, it was nicknamed ‘The Grave Pool.’ Another person drowned in the same pool five years later. (Source) (Source)

Cannonball Loop

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The cannonball loop was one of the most dangerous rides at Action Park. The water slide contained a full loop that lead to many injuries. The ride was shut down within a month of being open. Many employees who tested the ride were bribed into doing so. Very few people have gone on this ride. One person who went on it claims they got stuck at the top of the loop, and nearly fell unconscious before making their way to the bottom. (Source)

Action Park Is Still Around

Action Park closed in 1995 due to safety violations, lawsuits, and bad press. Three years later, a company purchased Action Park and reopened it. Most of the rides were replaced with safer ones. The Alpine Slide became the alpine coaster, which is now attached to tracks so it can’t crash, and the Cannonball loop was set to reopen this year, under the name ‘Sky Caliber.’ (Source) (Source)

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The rafflesia flower is the world’s largest flower. It can weigh up to eleven kilograms. The plant is very rare and is nearly extinct. (Source)

The rafflesia flower is also one of the worst smelling flowers in the world. It has been nicknamed ‘the corpse flower’ because of its distinct, corpse-like smell. (Source)

The flower has no roots, leaves, or stalks. Instead, it lives like a parasite, relying on vines for its survival.

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Baobab Tree (Bottle Tree)

The Baobab tree is a species over 200 million years old. They are found in 32 different African countries. These trees are often called bottle trees because they can hold up to 300 litres of water. (Source) (Source)

The tree can live up to 5,000 years, and they can reach heights of 50 metres.

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White Baneberries are nicknamed doll’s eyes because of their strange appearance. The berries are extremely poisonous. Eating as little as six of them could lead to extreme illness, or even death. They are very common. (Source) (Source)

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Guantanamo Bay

Guantanamo Bay is an American detention centre located in Southeastern Cuba. The centre holds suspected terrorists. This detention centre has becoming a subject of controversy because of allegations stating that the living conditions violate detainee’s legal rights. Some U.S. authorities have been accused of torture and/or abusive treatment of detainees at Guantanamo. (Source) (Source)

Guantanamo Bay was established in 2002. Within two years of the prison being open, Red Cross, the only outside organisation that had access to the detainees, claimed that the detainee’s mental health was deteriorating. (Source)

There are even accusations that Guantanamo Bay staff covered up murders by stating three detainees committed suicide. (Source) (Source)

Detainees at Guantanamo Bay have little hope of being able to leave the prison, because they are not eligible to be tried by US civilian courts or court martial due to the George W Bush administration. (Source) (Source) Even if the detainees were innocent, they would not be able to prove it in court, and they would be left in the prison.

The Obama Administration has hopes to close the prison. Barrack Obama stated “I will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo: it’s expensive, it’s unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies.” (Source)

The only problem is that there is no simple way for him to close the prison. He would need to find a place to put the (approximately 100) detainees. Although some of the less dangerous detainees could be sent to other countries, the most dangerous are banned from the United States. This makes it impossible for certain detainees to be held inside of prisons in US. (Source)

Do you think Guantanamo Bay should close? What do you think should happen to inmates at Guantanamo Bay if it does close? Leave a comment with your thoughts on the situation.

10 Strange Legal Defenses

 10: Mountain Dew Dissolves Mice 

When Pepsi Co was facing a lawsuit from an Illinois man named Ronald Ball in 2009 who was claiming to have found a mouse in his Mountain Dew, Pepsi Co created a strange legal defense (Source). The man claimed he had purchased the soda from a vending machine, only to gag on a mouse. He claims he opened the can and poured the drink into a styrofoam cup to discover a dead mouse. He also claims that when he called Pepsi about the mouse, they stole it to remove the evidence (Source). The man was seeking $50,000 in damages. (Source)

Pepsi Co responded to this with a very strange defense. If a mouse was in the man’s drink, it would have been soaking for a total of 15 months (Source). Pepsi Co claims that after fifteen months, the drink would have turned the mouse into a partially dissolved ‘jelly-like’ substance (Source) (Source).

Although strange and disgusting, this defense worked.

 

9: Faking A Heart Attack

In 2005, a man named Keison Wilkins managed to successfully defend himself in court, however in 2008 he wasn’t as lucky (Source). He was the defendant in a court case for felonious assault and other charges (Source). Keison Wilkins had been trying to do various things in hopes to disrupt the proceedings and have a mistrial (Source).

Whilst standing up and speaking to another person in the courtroom, he stopped talking for a moment and soon dropped onto the ground (Source). Some went to his aid, but the judge hardly reacted. A nurse and an emergency medical technician both concluded that he did not actually have a heart attack (Source). While the judge was speaking to the man about some of the consequences he would face because of this, he continued to pretend to be unconscious (Source).

After this incident Keison Wilkins was sentenced to 42 years in prison due to a variety of charges. (Source)

 

8: Evil Twin Defense

A man named Steven Felton was thought to have participated in 10 robberies (Source). Most of the robberies were caught on record, with his face visible. However, he claims he didn’t do it. Then who did? According to him, it was his evil twin (Source). Surprisingly, this defense didn’t work out, and he was sentenced to 62-124 years (Source) in prison.

The man was often described as leaving the scene of the robbery on a bicycle earning him the nickname bicycle bandit (Source). Many witnesses have also claimed that he brought a pellet gun with him (Source).

 

 

7: ‘I Thought Everything was Free…’

Charles and Pernella Bull were charged with first degree burglary. The victim claimed she was putting her kids to sleep, when she someone enter her home. The victim saw the two exit through the back door. Luckily, one of the victims neighbors was able to stop the two from getting away. The police detained Charles and Pernella in the woman’s driveway (Source).

A desktop, a laptop, a toolbox, a purse, and various other items were stolen. (Source)

When they were questioned about robbing the house, the two claimed they had seen an ad on Craigslist, stating that everything in the house was free. (Source)

The excuse did not work, and the two now have to pay $35,000 in fines, or face a penalty of 20 years in prison. (Source)

 

6: ‘Hypnotized’ Teenagers 

In 1991, (Source) two teenagers claim that they were ‘hypnotized’ into committing murder. The teenagers claim they were hypnotized by rap music made by The Geto Boys. Their lawyer claims that they were hypnotized because of the combination of the music and drugs they had been using. (Source) Their attorney said “Basically, it was partly the liquor, partly the marijuana, and finally, -probably most of all- it was the rap tape of The Geto Boys.”(Source)

The boys were part of a group of five that involved in the killing of Bruce Romans (Source).

James Smith, the president of a record label called Rap-A-Lot Records (The Geto Boys’ record label) disagreed with the defense. He said “Everyone knows that normal people don’t listen to a tape, have a couple of drinks and run around shooting people.” (Source)

 

5: The Matrix Defense 

The Matrix was an extremely popular movie that involved artificial realities. The Matrix Defense, is when a defendant commits crimes because they believed they were in an artificial reality. (Source)

One woman named Tonda Lynn Ansley thought her landlord was going to drug her in her sleep to transport her to an alternate reality. She shot her landlord in hopes of defending herself. She allegedly used the excuse “They commit a lot of crimes in ‘The Matrix'” while talking to police. (Source) (Source) The woman was declared not guilty by reason of insanity.

The Matrix defense was also used by a man living in San Francisco named Vadim Mieseges. The man claimed he thought he was inside of ‘The Matrix’ when he killed his landlady. He was also declared not guilty by reason of insanity. (Source) (Source)

Another person named Joshua Cooke used the matrix defense after he tragically shot his parents.  (Source) He plead insanity, claiming that he believed he was in ‘The Matrix’. He was sentenced to 40 years in jail. (Source)

 

4: Blaming Bollywood for Stalking

A 32 year old Indian man in Australia named Sandesh Baliga was accused of stalking women during (Source). When he was brought to court, his lawyer argued that Bollywood Movies influenced the man’s decision to stalk the women. His lawyer continued to argue that this was “quite normal behavior” for Indian men. (Source)
The man had stalked two different women between 2012 and 2013. He had called and texted them multiple times. (Source) He had even approached them, and he started to refer to himself as their ‘boyfriend.’ (Source)

The man’s lawyer claimed that Bollywood movies left the impression that persistence would eventually cause a woman to fall in love. (Source) In the end, this excuse helped him escape conviction. (Source)

 

3: Satirical Articles and Counterfeit

A woman named Pamela Downs went to a store and tried to pay for an item with a $5 bill printed on printer paper, that was glued together. A police officer was brought to the scene, and he immediately recognized the fact that the bill was fake. (Source) (Source) At first, she claimed she received the bill as change at a gas station. However, soon after, she consented to a search of her purse, and the police officer found a similarly printed counterfeit hundred dollar bill, printed in black and white ink. (Source)

Soon after, she claimed that Barack Obama had changed a law, and that counterfeit money was legal. (Source) She had read an article that claimed this law had changed, however she didn’t know the article was sarcastic/satirical. (Source) The officer also found a Walmart receipt for a printer and paper inside of her bag. (Source)

The article the woman read had been written on a satirical website called ‘The Skunk’. This article included false facts such as “A CNN poll taken shortly after the president’s speech gave him an approval rating of 110%,” and “The White House put forth a plan to distribute 375 million printing presses to every man, woman, and child in the nation.” (Source)

 

2: The Affluenza Defense

A teenager named Ethan Couch was in court for driving drunk, which resulted in the death of four people. (Source) (Source) His lawyers defended him using the ‘affluenza defense’. His lawyers claimed he was too rich to understand that his actions had consequences.(Source) After the court case, when he turned 19, he was sentenced to 720 days in Tarrant County Jail. (Source)

Basically, he thought claiming he had too much money, and that he was too spoiled by his parents, was a valid excuse for driving drunk, and killing four people.

 

1: Trial by Combat

A lawyer from New York named Richard Luthmann decided to request trial by combat. In other words, he wanted to battle the plaintiff to the death. He believes that doing this would have been completely legal in New York, and that trial by combat has not yet been outlawed. (Source)

The lawyer was in court because he was accused of helping one of his clients commit fraud. (Source) He allegedly owed $500,000 to plaintiffs. (Source)

The lawyer mentioned that he had requested trial by combat because it was a ridiculous defense, which matched what he believed to be ridiculous allegations. Unsurprisingly, Richard Luthmann was not allowed to partake in trial by combat. (Source)

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The world’s most expensive dessert is sold at a restaurant called “Serendipity-3.” The dessert is called “Frrozen Haute Chocolate.” It is made out of 28 different types of cocoa. The cocoa is blended with frozen milk, and it is filled with five grams of 24-carat gold. The dessert is topped with whipped cream and more gold. On top of that, a truffle is flown in from France, and placed on the top of the dessert. The truffle normally costs $2,600 per pound.

It is served in a goblet lined with edible gold that is also decorated with diamonds. The spoon used to eat the meal is made out of gold and diamonds. [Source] [Source]

Most Toilet Seats Broken by the Head in One Minute

A man named Kevin Shelly broke a total of 46 toilet seats with his head in under a minute. He achieved this record in 2007. The video below shows Kevin Shelly breaking the record. [Source] [Source]

The World’s Largest Sushi MosaicSushi Mosaic

The world’s largest sushi mosaic was created by over 100 Sushi chefs in January 2014. The mosaic was built in a skating rink, and it was 37.57 square meters large. It was made out of 20,647 pieces of sushi, which were later eaten by nearby citizens. [Source] [Source]

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A man named Chen Zhongqin achieved the record for the longest distance travelled by unicycle on a line of beer bottles in China on January 5th, 2014. He travelled a total of 30.17 meters across the line of bottles. [Source]

 

 

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Tree Cutting Bike Thief

      A man in China tried to steal a bike that was locked to a tree. He then came up with the ingenious idea to cut the tree down. He took out a saw and tried to cut through the wood. It is unknown whether or not he was caught by police, however, a video of him stealing the bike has been posted on YouTube. [Source] [Source]

Leaving Facebook On

      During a burglary, someone entered a woman named Stephanie White’s home. When Stephanie White returned to her home, she found her front door open and a strange car in front of her driveway. It was obvious that whoever owned the car was currently inside of her home, so she took the car owner’s wallet/ID and car keys. She brought them to the police. When the burglar returned to his car, he realized his belongings were missing.

Since the burglar didn’t have his car keys, he needed another way to escape. He tried to swim away in a nearby lake. Then afterwards, he climbed out of the lake and broke into another nearby house. The nearby house owners discovered puddles of water in their house, as well as their laptop being left on. On their laptop, someone had logged into Trevor Jones’ Facebook page. Police believe that Trevor Jones is responsible for both of the burglaries. [Source] [Source]

‘Drug’ Thieves

      A group of three teenage drug thieves broke into a home. They found what they believed was cocaine, and stole it. After snorting the ‘cocaine’, the criminals turned on their television to see a news report about the woman they had stolen from. The news report revealed that the ashes of her father and her two dogs had been stolen. The drug thieves realized the ‘cocaine’ they took was actually the ashes of the home owners Father, and dogs. They threw the ashes in a nearby lake in hopes that they would not be caught. They were all later arrested. [Source] [Source]

Car Thief

      A man named David Andrew Smith had the intention of stealing an iPad and a wallet from a parked, unlocked car. He managed to get into the car, however, he locked himself inside by accident. This led to him getting caught. It was soon discovered that he was under the influence of drugs during the incident. [Source]

Free Beer

      Nineteen criminals were caught because of undercover police officers telling them they could get free beer. The criminals were all told they had to make arrangements with a specific company over the phone, so they could meet and collect their beer. However, when the criminals arrived, they were arrested. All of the nineteen criminals caught were had managed to evade arrest for long periods of time. [Source] [Source]

Unbelievable Things Created Using Science

  1. Mind Controlling Cockroaches

A student at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) created a machine that allowed him to control a cockroach with his mind. The student used his thoughts to move the cockroach through a S and Z shaped course. [Source] [Source]

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Space Hotel

The commercial space station was created by a Russian space group called Energia. It is expected to be opened to the public by the end of 2016. The hotel is able to hold up to 7 people, however booking a room, and getting into space will be extremely expensive. (Estimated £100,000 for a five day stay plus £500,000 to travel there.)  [Source] [Source]

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Sign Language Translating Gloves

Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor invented SignAloud gloves. These gloves have the ability to translate  American Sign Language into English. The following video demonstrates the use of the gloves and provides more information about them. [Source] [Source]

Arcaboard – Hoverboard

There is currently a hoverboard (One that floats above the ground, hovering, not a segway) available for purchase. You can get your hands on this hoverboard, named the arcaboard, for $14,900, plus an added $4,500 for a charging accessory. [Source] [Source]

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