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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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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The World’s Most Expensive Dessert

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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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  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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Split Brains

Everyone’s brain is made up of two halves, called hemispheres. These hemispheres are connected by a part of the brain called the corpus callosum. In the past, the corpus callosum was cut to treat epilepsy. However, when this part of the brain was cut, the two brain hemispheres would not be able to communicate, thus creating a split brain.

If you had a split brain, each of your brain’s hemispheres would be capable of having their own emotions, opinions, and personalities. The two hemispheres are also capable of disagreeing. Since your right hemisphere controls the left half of your body, and your left hemisphere controls the right side of your body, your hemispheres could have physical disagreements.

For example, if the right half of your body picks up a piece of food, and your right hemisphere doesn’t want you to eat it, your left hand (controlled by the right hemisphere) could try and remove of the food.

Usually, the left hemisphere of the brain controls speech. The left hemisphere’s dominant functions include math, logic, and language. The right hemispheres dominant functions include visualizing images, facial recognition, and music. The right hemisphere and left hemisphere can both see through your eyes on the halves of the body they control.

If you showed the left hemisphere an object, then asked a split brain patient what they saw, they would be able to tell you. However, since the right hemisphere cannot speak, if it was shown an object, and you asked, “What did you see?” the left hemisphere would be the one to respond, saying “Nothing.”

This fact is extremely creepy as it reveals a separate mind in a split brain patient’s head that is mute and sentient.

What would you do if you had a split brain? How would you cope with the two hemispheres of your brain constantly fighting over decisions?

 

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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.

The Worst Animal Mothers

Pandas

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

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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…

Humans.

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!

Death Defiers

Frano Salek – The World’s Luckiest Man

Frano Salek nearly died seven times. He is considered to be the world’s luckiest man. His first near death experience was in 1962, when he was caught in a train crash. Seventeen people died on that train. Only a year later, in 1963, he survived a plane crash. One of the cockpit doors on the plane had randomly became open. Three years later, he found himself in a bus accident. The bus had crashed, and landed in a river. Four years after that, in 1970, Frane’s car randomly caught fire. He escaped the car only seconds before the gas tank exploded.

About twenty years passed, and in 1995, he was hit by a bus, however he was merely injured from the event. In 1996, he drove off of a highway to avoid a truck, breaking the guard rail. He landed on a tree, and watched his car fall 300 feet. Only a few years later, in 2003, he won the lottery.

 

Roy Sullivan – Lightning

Roy Sullivan was an extremely unlucky park ranger. He was struck by lightning seven different times. The chances of this happening are one in twenty-two septillion. The first time he was struck was in 1942. He was struck while in a guard tower. He tragically died when he committed suicide at the age of 71.

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Isidro Mejia – Nails

Isidro Mejia was a construction worker. He fell whilst holding a nail gun, and he ended up with 6 nails in the back of his head. Three of the nails entered the brain. He went into a coma, and an ambulance arrived quickly. Despite the horrible injury, he survived a surgery, and he awoke from his coma.

Ricky Megee – Outback Survival

Ricky Megee survived 71 days in the Outback. All he remembers about how he got stuck there, is that his car broke down. (Some investigators believe he was drugged by a hitchhiker.) When he was in the Outback, he had built a basic shelter, and he created a water dam. He survived by eating frogs, lizards and snakes. When he returned home, Ricky spent a few days in the hospital, and he was able to regain his health.