True Stories of People Being Buried Alive


Essie Dunbar

Essie Dunbar was declared dead in 1915 at the age of 30. Essie’s funeral was delayed by a day so her sister could attend. Her sister was late, and saw the coffin being buried. Her sister demanded to see the body, one more time. Essie was dug up, and she climbed out of the coffin, completely alive. She lived another 47 years before actually dying.


Mina El Houari

During May of 2014, a 25 year old woman named Mina El Houari had a date planned. During the middle of the date, Mina collapsed to the ground, supposedly dead. However, her date decided to bury her instead of calling the police or getting an ambulance. Mina died, but her family and the police discovered her buried in the man’s backyard. They determined that she had only entered a diabetic coma.


Voluntarily Buried Alive

A Russian man dug a hole in a garden, and he persuaded his friend to bury him. The man buried himself with air holes in the coffin, water bottles, and a cell phone for emergencies. He was killed because heavy rain leaked into his coffin, blocking his air holes. Investigators believe that the man buried himself because he thought it would grant him good luck.


Angelo Hays

In 1937, Angelo Hays was 19 years old. He was riding on his motorcycle when he crashed into the curb, and he was thrown into a brick wall. Angelo was buried, but a life insurance company became suspicious. Angelo’s father purchased life insurance for Angelo only a few months before the accident.

The insurance company demanded that the body was dug up so that the cause of Angelo’s death could be verified. Yet surprisingly, the doctor discovered Angelo was still alive in the coffin. He was rushed to the hospital, and he made a full recovery.


Sipho William Mdletshe

In 1993, a man named Sipho William Mdletshe was in a car accident. His passenger, who was also his fiance, survived. Doctors believed Sipho was dead. He was brought to a cemetery to be buried, and he was placed in a metal coffin. He was unconscious for two days in the coffin, until he awoke and he began to scream, and shake the coffin. Workers at the cemetery dug him up, and he luckily survived.


Strange Facts

  1. Tumors can have pockets of hair, teeth, or even eyes inside of them.
  2. Male black widow spiders are able to smell how hungry female black widow spiders are. This instinct helps them avoid being eaten by the female.
  3. The average person checks their cell phone 150 times per day.
  4. Bones and Cool Ranch Doritos have a very similar smell.
  5. Combining the wealth of the 300 richest people in the world, would be a greater amount than the wealth of the 3 billion poorest people in the world.
  6. The longest piece of English writing in the world is a fan-fiction story about the Nintendo game Super Smash Bros. It is currently 4 million words long, and it is available on
  7. If a rabid bat bites you during your sleep, you likely won’t feel the bite.
  8. If a pizza has a radius of ‘z’ and a thickness of ‘a’, its volume is Pi z* z* a*
  9. There are tiny maggot-like organisms in your eyebrows that cannot be seen with the human eye.
  10. The average human sheds 40 pounds of skin in their lifetime.
  11. We have been hunting whales since the stone age.
  12. The word censorship is censored in China.
  13. Certain types of butterflies drink human blood.
  14. According to a survey, 7% of religious Americans pray that they can get good parking spots.
  15. In Greek mythology, it was thought that redheads would transform into vampires after death.
  16. At any given moment, there are approximately 35-50 serial killers in USA. (According to the FBI)
  17. 55% of Americans think they are smarter than the average American.
  18. Wooly Mammoths were not extinct during the construction of the pyramids.
  19. The American secret service put female hormones into Hitler’s food, in attempts to feminize him.
  20. There is an official Rock, Paper, Scissors league.
  21. 93.5% of humans who have ever lived are currently dead.
  22. The CIA reads nearly 5 million Twitter posts (tweets) every day.
  23. The English word ‘Mortgage’ originated from a French word for ‘Death contract’.
  24. The average person swallows a liter (or 4.2 cups) of their own snot every day.
  25. Cotard’s Syndrome makes living people believe they were dead.

4 Hidden Downsides to Recycling


Many reports are released each year saying that we are recycling more and more materials, when in reality, we are only recycling more because we are using more. In this modern-era, companies use our growing consumption of materials (that destroy the environment) as an advertising ploy to claim they are eco-friendly. Although it is still a good idea to recycle some waste, it is not as helpful as people are led to believe.



Recycling isn’t always the best option. In fact, many of the plastic materials with the ‘recyclable’ sign on them are actually not recyclable. An example would be plastic bags. Less than one percent of these bags are ever recycled. One ton of plastic bags can be recycled for $4,000 (USD), yet one ton of plastic bags resells for $32. Because of this, 300,000 tons of plastic bags are left in landfills every year.

There are seven different types of plastic, and only two of those types of plastic can be properly recycled. Even when plastics aren’t a part of these five types, it doesn’t stop companies from putting recyclable signs on the product. Putting the wrong types of plastic into the recycling bin can waste resources, because before being put into a landfill, all of the plastics are collected, processed, and stored.


When recycling oil, many harmful chemicals are being released into the air. Most of the time, when oil is being recycled, a method called the acid-clay process is used. This process separates the dangerous chemicals and impurities from the oil, however, it leaves behind a toxic sludge. This sludge is usually burnt, creating air pollution.


Products that have impurities or dangerous toxins in them can often be recycled, without the removal of the toxins. An example of the horrible effects of this would be hundreds of the buildings in Taiwan. It was recently discovered that these buildings were made from a recycled steel, and that a chemical in the steel had been giving people gamma radiation poisoning for over 12 years.


Despite these downsides, recycling is still a good thing. It is just best to research to make sure an item is actually recyclable before throwing it away. What are your opinions on recycling? Do you think the downsides to recycling should be more commonly known, or do you think they should stay hidden so people continue to recycle? Leave a comment with your ideas.

The Worst Animal Mothers


Pandas can be good mothers. They can care for a cub, feed it, and keep it safe. That is, unless the Mother has twins.



The Mother decides which of the twin pandas is the weakest, and she abandons it. An example of a panda who did this would be the National Zoo’s panda, named Mei Xiang. When Mei gave birth to two twin pandas, the zookeepers realized the smaller panda had been regurgitating food and struggling to gain weight. Mei would not care for the smaller panda, despite the zoo’s efforts. After only one week, the smaller panda tragically died.

However, there is a reason for panda mothers abandoning one of their twins. An average panda can eat up to 30 pounds of bamboo in a day. Since it would be too difficult for a mother panda to feed and care for two cubs, they abandon one. Not only that, but mother pandas have a limited amount of milk production, so it is extremely difficult for a mother panda to feed two babies.

Burying Beetles

At least pandas abandon their young instead of killing them… Burying Beetles eat their children.

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The burying beetles usually live inside the bodies of dead mice. The beetles dig through the mouse until it is hollow. However, things get worse. If there isn’t enough food for the beetles to eat, the beetle who doesn’t get food is killed and shared among the family as a meal.

When these beetles aren’t eating their brothers, sisters, or children, they usually eat the mouse carcass they live in.

Tasmanian Devils

The female tasmanian devil is able to give birth to nearly 50 children, however only (approximately) 4 of them ever survive.

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The Mother is only able to feed four of her children at a time, so when her fifty children are born, they fight over her. The four children left standing after a gruesome fight survive. If any of the tasmanian devils leave the fight, they starve to death within hours.

On the other side of the spectrum, there is the species with the best Mothers…


Our Mothers take care of us for many of the stages of our life, and they are truly amazing. They are the best*.

Happy Mother’s Day!

*Human mothers truly are the best… Unless you count wolf spider’s mothers.

Wolf spiders ride around on their Mother’s backs for a large majority of their life, including when they are still inside their eggs. Until they have grown to an old enough age, the spider babies almost never get off their Mother’s back.

But that’s besides the point… Our Mother’s are still amazing.

Which of these animals do you think is the worst? Leave a comment with your response!