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ILLINOIS: Homey the Clown

Throughout the suburbs of Chicago in the ’90s, there was a rumor going around elementary schools: There was a creepy man dressed as Homey the Clown (yes, from “In Living Color“), driving around in a white van trying to lure kids into it with candy and money. In some variations he was a kidnapper, in others he was […]

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IDAHO: The water babies of Massacre Rocks

Water babies are a Native American legend that are found in a couple of different places in America, but most famously in Pocatello at the Massacre Rocks State Park. The Shoshone tribe was first recorded in 1805 and were roaming the Great Plains as early as the 1500s, so it’s not clear when exactly this legend originated. […]

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HAWAII: Night marchers

Night marchers, according to Hawaiian lore, are not evil spirits, but they do demand respect. They are spirits of ancient Hawaiian warriors who march around the islands to protect sacred areas. Legend says that if you look directly at a night marcher you will be marked for death. And, if by some chance, you find yourself […]

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CONNECTICUT: Hannah Cranna

Known as the “Wicked Witch of Monroe,” Hannah Cranna gained a reputation as a witch in the 19th century when her husband died by mysteriously falling off a cliff — and locals reportedly believed that she had bewitched him. People also believed that she would cast spells on people she didn’t like. Hannah lived to the age […]

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Robert the Haunted Doll

Robert the Haunted Doll is the inspiration for the Chucky doll in the film franchise. The doll once belonged to Robert Eugene Otto, a Key West painter and author. Robert the Doll is known to be cursed, or possessed by evil spirits, and can be viewed at the Fort East Martello Museum and on many […]

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Infants sleeping in the open air after lunch at a maternity hospital in Moscow, 1958.

What? You didn’t let your kids nap outside in the cold when they were babies? The practice of having children sleep outside in the cold weather isn’t just a one off thing, but rather a normal part of every day life in Russia that stems from an odd tradition. Russian mothers dress their children in a […]

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Al Capone’s free soup kitchen, Chicago, 1931 (colorized photo)

Was Al Capone a ruthless gangster? Absolutely. Did he flaunt his success in the face of the police during Prohibition? Definitely. But as bad of a guy as he was, Capone was also compassionate for those who were less fortunate than him. The Chicago based shelter and food bank was one of the first soup kitchens in […]

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A US soldier holding up a giant jungle centipede during the Vietnam War, 1967

Okay, so if everything you’ve read or seen about Vietnam isn’t bad enough, it turns out that there were also giant bugs just crawling around and waiting to eat our brave servicemen. There are a few different types of giant bugs running through the Vietnam jungle, but the scolopendra subspinipes is especially gross. These massive […]

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The first Siemens vacuum cleaner. (Germany, 1906)

The first Siemens vacuum cleaner. (Germany, 1906) If you think the vacuum cleaner that you have now is a pain in the neck, imagine hauling this behemoth of a machine around the house while you try to suck up crumbs before your next dinner party. At the time Siemens referred to these mechanized monsters as […]

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Betty Ida Frank(1932 – 1943)

Betty Ida Frank(1932 – 1943) Betty Ida Frank 1932 – 1943 BORN May 29, 1932 Echteld, Neder-Betuwe County, GE Netherlands 4054 DEATH June 11, 1943 Sobibór, Włodawa County, Lublin Voivodeship Poland 22-200 SUMMARY Betty Ida Frank was born on May 29, 1932 in Echteld, GE Netherlands. She had sibling Daatje. She died on June 11, 1943 in Sobibór, Lublin Voivodeship Poland at age […]

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