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Outstanding people have shaped the course of history with their knowledge and creative genius, and we still enjoy their greatness up to this day.

Grady Franklin Stiles: The Lobster Boy

Grady Stiles Jr. is a rarity in the world of Human Marvels. By many accounts, this teratological terror was every bit the monster he appeared to be. The Stiles family has been afflicted for over a century with ectrodactyly, a condition commonly known as ‘Lobster Claw’ syndrome. It is a rare congenital deformity of the hand where the middle digit is missing and the hand is left where the [...]

By | 2017-09-19T13:19:29+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Historical Mysteries, Public Figures|0 Comments

Bruce Lee: The Legend of Martial Arts

Bruce Lee was a revered martial artist, actor, and filmmaker known for movies like 'Fists of Fury' and 'Enter the Dragon,' and the technique Jeet Kune Do. “The martial arts are ultimately self-knowledge. A punch or a kick is not to knock the hell out of the guy in front, but to knock the hell out of your ego, your fear, or your hang-ups.” —Bruce Lee Bruce Lee was [...]

By | 2017-09-17T11:12:08+00:00 September 17th, 2017|Public Figures|0 Comments

Murder of Travis Alexander in Mesa, Arizona

Jodi Arias was convicted of brutally murdering her ex-boyfriend, Travis Alexander, at his Arizona home in 2008. “Lying isn't typically something I just do. The lies I've told in this case can be tied directly back to either protecting Travis' reputation or my involvement in his death...because I was very ashamed.” —Jodi Arias Born in 1980 in Salinas, California, Jodi Arias made headlines when she was charged with murdering [...]

By | 2017-09-15T12:13:56+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Public Figures|0 Comments

Pablo Picasso: Spanish Painter, Sculptor and Printmaker

Pablo Picasso is not just a man and his work. Picasso is always a legend, indeed almost a myth. In the public view, he has long since been the personification of genius in modern art. Picasso is an idol, one of those rare creatures who act as crucibles in which the diverse and often chaotic phenomena of culture are focussed, who seem to body forth the artistic life of [...]

By | 2017-09-12T12:39:34+00:00 September 12th, 2017|Public Figures|0 Comments

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz: German Physicist

Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (February 22, 1857 - January 1, 1894) was a German physicist who was the first to satisfactorily demonstrate the existence of electromagnetic radiation waves by building an apparatus to produce and detect them. His discovery was a key step on the path to the use of radio waves in communications and broadcasting and the use of all the many invisible octaves of the electromagnetic spectrum to [...]

By | 2017-09-10T16:36:33+00:00 September 10th, 2017|Public Figures|0 Comments

Ferdinand Magellan: Portuguese Explorer

While in the service of Spain, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan led the first European voyage of discovery to circumnavigate the globe. “The Church says that the Earth is flat, but I know that it is round. For I have seen the shadow of the earth on the moon and I have more faith in the Shadow than in the Church.” —Ferdinand Magellan Ferdinand Magellan was born in Portugal, [...]

By | 2017-09-08T11:50:05+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Historical Events, Public Figures|0 Comments

Brenda Spencer: Cleveland Elementary School Shooting

On January 29, 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine when she fired on San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School with a .22-caliber rifle from her family's house across the street. The two victims were Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Suchar. Eight students and a police officer were wounded. Spencer, the original high-school rampage, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon [...]

By | 2017-09-06T11:29:34+00:00 September 6th, 2017|Historical Events, Public Figures|0 Comments

J. Robert Oppenheimer: Father of the Atomic Bomb

J. Robert Oppenheimer is often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for leading the Manhattan Project, the program that developed the first nuclear weapon during World War II. Born in New York City in 1904, physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer served as director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the development of the atomic bomb. After the 1939 invasion of Poland by Nazi Germany, Oppenheimer was selected to administer [...]

By | 2017-09-03T13:18:06+00:00 September 3rd, 2017|Public Figures, World War II|0 Comments

Marilyn Monroe: American Actress and Model

Actress Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. She died of a drug overdose in 1962. Actress Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. During her all-too-brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, [...]

By | 2017-09-01T19:24:42+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Public Figures|0 Comments

Iron Face Mask: The Unidentified Prisoner

The man in the iron face mask, French l’homme au masque de fer (born c. 1658?—died November 19, 1703, Paris, France), political prisoner, famous in French history and legend, who died in the Bastille in 1703, during the reign of Louis XIV. There is no historical evidence that the mask was made of anything but black velvet (velours), and only afterward did legend convert its material into iron. He [...]

By | 2017-08-31T18:33:41+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Historical Events, Public Figures|0 Comments

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