Betty Lou Williams was born Lillie B Williams in Albany, Georgia on January 10, 1932. She was the daughter of a poor farming family and the youngest of twelve children. She was also born attached at the side to a parasitic sibling that consisted of two legs, one tiny arm-like appendage and a more developed arm with three fingers. Despite the fact that the head of her twin was embedded deep within her abdomen, Betty Lou was a very healthy girl and doctors proclaimed that there was no reason she could not live a long and healthy life.

She was originally discovered at the age of one by a professional showman named Dick Best. Best changed the name of the little girl to Betty Lou – perhaps in an attempt to promote the parasite as a male, a lie that was popular in parasitic twin displays – and he began to display the infant in his New York Museum. It was there that she drew the attention of Ripley.

Working for Ripley, at the age of two, Betty Lou made an astounding $250 a week. As she grew into adulthood, she made over $1000 a week. With her earnings she purchased a 260 acre ranch for her parents and sent all eleven of her siblings to college.

The jump in Betty Lou’s earnings was due in part to the fact that, as she matured, she developed into quite an attractive woman. Her beauty and generosity drew many male suitors and, at the age of twenty-three, she became engaged to one of her admirers. However the husband-to-be was little more than a heartbreaking thief. He left Betty Lou taking a great deal of money with him and, distraught over the breakup, Betty suffered a severe asthma attack at her home in Trenton, New Jersey.

Betty Lou suffocated to death at the age of twenty-three.

Evelyn McHale

This detail from a photo by Robert C. Wiles was published as a full-page image in the 12 May 1947 issue of Life Magazine. It ran with the caption: “At the bottom of the Empire State Building the body of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in grotesque bier, her falling body punched into the top of a car.”
Evelyn, still clutching a pearl necklace, looks disarmingly placid and composed – as if simply asleep. Around her, however, the broken glass and crumpled sheet metal of a car roof show the brutally destructive evidence of her 1050 ft jump. Some 60 years later the photo remains as haunting and affecting as when it was first published.

Evelyn Francis McHale was born 20 Sept 1923 in Berkeley, California. She was the sixth child (of seven) of Vincent and Helen McHale.

Around 1930 Vincent accepted a position of Federal Land Bank Examiner and the family moved to Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter Helen left the family for unknown (although apparently material) reasons. They were divorced and Vincent took custody of the children. Later he moved the family to Tuckahoe, New York were Evelyn attended high school.

After high school Evelyn joined the Women’s Army Corps and was stationed in Jefferson, Missouri. After her service it was reported that she burned her uniform.

Evelyn then moved to Baldwin, New York to live with her brother and sister-in-law and took a job as a bookkeeper with an engraving company.  It was here that she became engaged to Barry Rhodes, an ex-GI studying at Lafayette College in Easton Pa. They had intended to be married at Barry’s brothers house in Troy, NY in June 1947.

On 30 Apr she visited her fiance in Easton presumably to celebrate his 24th birthday and boarded a train back to NYC at 7 a.m., 1 May 1947. Barry stated to reporters that “When I kissed her goodbye she was happy and as normal as any girl about to be married.”

Of course we’ll never know what went through Evelyn’s mind on 66 mi train ride home. But after she arrived in New York she went to the Governor Clinton Hotel where she wrote a suicide note and shortly before 10:30 a.m. bought a ticket to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Around 10:40 am Patrolman John Morrissey, directing traffic at Thirty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue, noticed a white scarf floating down from the upper floors of the building. Moments later he heard a crash and saw a crowd converge on 34th street. Evelyn had jumped, cleared the setbacks, and landed on the roof of a United Nations Assembly Cadillac limousine parked on 34th street, some 200 ft west of Fifth Ave.
Across the street, Robert C. Wiles, a student photographer, also noticed the commotion and rushed to the scene where he took several photos, including this one, some four minutes after her death. Later, on the observation deck, Detective Frank Murray found her tan (or maybe gray, reports differ) cloth coat neatly folded over the observation deck wall, a brown make-up kit filled with family pictures and a black pocketbook with the note which read:


“I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June.I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies.”

Her body was identified by her sister Helen Brenner and, according to her wishes, she was cremated. There is no grave.

Evelyn McHale

This detail from a photo by Robert C. Wiles was published as a full-page image in the 12 May 1947 issue of Life Magazine. It ran with the caption: “At the bottom of the Empire State Building the body of Evelyn McHale reposes calmly in grotesque bier, her falling body punched into the top of a car.”

Evelyn, still clutching a pearl necklace, looks disarmingly placid and composed – as if simply asleep. Around her, however, the broken glass and crumpled sheet metal of a car roof show the brutally destructive evidence of her 1050 ft jump. Some 60 years later the photo remains as haunting and affecting as when it was first published.

Evelyn Francis McHale was born 20 Sept 1923 in Berkeley, California. She was the sixth child (of seven) of Vincent and Helen McHale.

Around 1930 Vincent accepted a position of Federal Land Bank Examiner and the family moved to Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter Helen left the family for unknown (although apparently material) reasons. They were divorced and Vincent took custody of the children. Later he moved the family to Tuckahoe, New York were Evelyn attended high school.

After high school Evelyn joined the Women’s Army Corps and was stationed in Jefferson, Missouri. After her service it was reported that she burned her uniform.

Evelyn then moved to Baldwin, New York to live with her brother and sister-in-law and took a job as a bookkeeper with an engraving company. It was here that she became engaged to Barry Rhodes, an ex-GI studying at Lafayette College in Easton Pa. They had intended to be married at Barry’s brothers house in Troy, NY in June 1947.

On 30 Apr she visited her fiance in Easton presumably to celebrate his 24th birthday and boarded a train back to NYC at 7 a.m., 1 May 1947. Barry stated to reporters that “When I kissed her goodbye she was happy and as normal as any girl about to be married.”

Of course we’ll never know what went through Evelyn’s mind on 66 mi train ride home. But after she arrived in New York she went to the Governor Clinton Hotel where she wrote a suicide note and shortly before 10:30 a.m. bought a ticket to the 86th floor observation deck of the Empire State Building.

Around 10:40 am Patrolman John Morrissey, directing traffic at Thirty-fourth Street and Fifth Avenue, noticed a white scarf floating down from the upper floors of the building. Moments later he heard a crash and saw a crowd converge on 34th street. Evelyn had jumped, cleared the setbacks, and landed on the roof of a United Nations Assembly Cadillac limousine parked on 34th street, some 200 ft west of Fifth Ave.

Across the street, Robert C. Wiles, a student photographer, also noticed the commotion and rushed to the scene where he took several photos, including this one, some four minutes after her death. Later, on the observation deck, Detective Frank Murray found her tan (or maybe gray, reports differ) cloth coat neatly folded over the observation deck wall, a brown make-up kit filled with family pictures and a black pocketbook with the note which read:


“I don’t want anyone in or out of my family to see any part of me. Could you destroy my body by cremation? I beg of you and my family – don’t have any service for me or remembrance for me. My fiance asked me to marry him in June.I don’t think I would make a good wife for anybody. He is much better off without me. Tell my father, I have too many of my mother’s tendencies.”

Her body was identified by her sister Helen Brenner and, according to her wishes, she was cremated. There is no grave.

Mass Deaths of the Arkansas Blackbirds

On New Year’s Eve of 2010 and 2011, hundreds of blackbirds fell out of the sky and died in the city of Beebe, Arkansas. On New Year’s Eve of 2010, more than 5,000 blackbirds were estimated to have died. The official word from scientists is that fireworks were the cause of the mysterious deaths. The scientists say mass in-air bird deaths can be common, and they were likely frightened by all of the explosions before flying straight into buildings and telephone poles.

The mystery lies in why the widespread deaths have occured in the same town in back-to-back years, and why birds haven’t just dropped dead from the sky all over the U.S.

Mass Deaths of the Arkansas Blackbirds

On New Year’s Eve of 2010 and 2011, hundreds of blackbirds fell out of the sky and died in the city of Beebe, Arkansas. On New Year’s Eve of 2010, more than 5,000 blackbirds were estimated to have died. The official word from scientists is that fireworks were the cause of the mysterious deaths. The scientists say mass in-air bird deaths can be common, and they were likely frightened by all of the explosions before flying straight into buildings and telephone poles.

The mystery lies in why the widespread deaths have occured in the same town in back-to-back years, and why birds haven’t just dropped dead from the sky all over the U.S.

The Disembodied Feet of the Pacific Northwest Slide

Starting in 2007 and occuring for years, instances of severed feet washing ashore plagued the Pacific Northwest. More than eight feet had been strewn along the coast of British Columbia and Washington over the years, and most of the disembodied feet were found in running shoes. What complicated matters was that two right feet were discovered, rather than matching feet.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and British Columbia’s coroner’s office went into action to get to the bottom of the mystery. Theories bouncing around included:

The feet were from victims of the Asian Tsunami of 2004 and had washed ashore in the Pacific Northwest years later. 

A psycho was on the loose with a calling card of severing the victims’ feet. 

A human trafficking ring was taking place. 

The feet were those of stowaways on ships out of Vancouver.  

The feet were those of passengers in a plane that crashed in the ocean. 

In 2012, authorities broke the case and concluded the feet were those of suicide victims, most of whom had jumped to their deaths from a bridge over the Fraser River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver. The feet were found in rubber-soled running shoes and boots because fish could chew threw materials of the shoes. The rest of their bodies decomposed, while the remaining severed feet in shoes were carried down the coastline.

The Disembodied Feet of the Pacific Northwest Slide

Starting in 2007 and occuring for years, instances of severed feet washing ashore plagued the Pacific Northwest. More than eight feet had been strewn along the coast of British Columbia and Washington over the years, and most of the disembodied feet were found in running shoes. What complicated matters was that two right feet were discovered, rather than matching feet.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and British Columbia’s coroner’s office went into action to get to the bottom of the mystery. Theories bouncing around included:

The feet were from victims of the Asian Tsunami of 2004 and had washed ashore in the Pacific Northwest years later.

A psycho was on the loose with a calling card of severing the victims’ feet.

A human trafficking ring was taking place.

The feet were those of stowaways on ships out of Vancouver.

The feet were those of passengers in a plane that crashed in the ocean.

In 2012, authorities broke the case and concluded the feet were those of suicide victims, most of whom had jumped to their deaths from a bridge over the Fraser River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean at Vancouver. The feet were found in rubber-soled running shoes and boots because fish could chew threw materials of the shoes. The rest of their bodies decomposed, while the remaining severed feet in shoes were carried down the coastline.

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By: Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

First painting entitles “Solange” i think.

Photos from “Stop Telling Women to Smile” 

Sculpture entitled “Is he Black enough for you?”

Last photo is the Roots Mural in Philadelphia in honor of The Roots

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Men try to pull a body from under the rubble at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s district of al-Sukari.

Men try to pull a body from under the rubble at a site hit by what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Aleppo’s district of al-Sukari.

Heretics Fork

This torture device consisted of a metal piece with two opposed bi-pronged forks attached to a belt or strap. One end of the device was pushed under the chin, the other to the sternum, and the strap was used to secure the victim’s neck to the tool while the victim hung from the ceiling or was somehow suspended so that they could not sleep. If their heads dropped, the prongs would pierce their throat and chest.

Heretics Fork

This torture device consisted of a metal piece with two opposed bi-pronged forks attached to a belt or strap. One end of the device was pushed under the chin, the other to the sternum, and the strap was used to secure the victim’s neck to the tool while the victim hung from the ceiling or was somehow suspended so that they could not sleep. If their heads dropped, the prongs would pierce their throat and chest.

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The Yoruba Orisha Part 2 (Part 1) 

An Orisha (also spelled Orisa or Orixa) is a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare (God) in the Yoruba religious system. (Olodumare is also known by various other names includ
ing Olorun, Eledumare, Eleda and 

Olofin-Orun). This religion has found its way throughout the world and is now expressed in practices as varied as Candomblé, Lucumí/Santería, Shango in Trinidad, Anago and Oyotunji, as well as in some aspects of Umbanda, Winti, Obeah, Vodun and a host of others.

These varieties or spiritual lineages are practiced throughout areas of Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, Togo, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela among others. As interest in Yoruba religion system grows, Orisha communities and lineages can be found in parts of Europe and Asia as well. While estimates may vary, some scholars believe that there could be more than 150 million adherents of this spiritual tradition worldwide.
(Please note some of the Orisha have male/female personifications)
 

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nok-ind:

The Yoruba Orisha Part 1 (Part 2)

An Orisha (also spelled Orisa or Orixa) is a spirit or deity that reflects one of the manifestations of Olodumare (God) in the Yoruba religious system. (Olodumare is also known by various other names includ
ing Olorun, Eledumare, Eleda and 

Olofin-Orun). This religion has found its way throughout the world and is now expressed in practices as varied as Candomblé, Lucumí/Santería, Shango in Trinidad, Anago and Oyotunji, as well as in some aspects of Umbanda, Winti, Obeah, Vodun and a host of others.

These varieties or spiritual lineages are practiced throughout areas of Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, Togo, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Uruguay and Venezuela among others. As interest in Yoruba religion system grows, Orisha communities and lineages can be found in parts of Europe and Asia as well. While estimates may vary, some scholars believe that there could be more than 150 million adherents of this spiritual tradition worldwide.

(Please note many Orisha have male/female personifications)

Click here for a Brief understanding. 

Courtesy: James C. Lewis (http://www.noire3000studios.com/)

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okjanelle:

“Where there is a woman there is magic.” ― Ntozake Shange

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Lucecita (Luz Esther Benítez) - musician and activist.
Lucecita was blacklisted from Puerto Rican television during the early 1970s for her refusal to whiten her appearance and for her support of revolutionary movements in Puerto Rico and Cuba (many Puerto Rican television stations were owned and staffed primarily by white cuban exiles). In response to the harsh criticism she drew due to her adoption of what was referred to by the Puerto Rican press as ‘the African look’, Lucecita released songs that rejected eurocentrism and celebrated the African heritage of Puerto Rico. She also transgressed gendered boundaries by performing in ‘masculine’ outfits, such as suits and tuxedos, which were traditionally never worn by women on stage. In addition to her outfits, Lucecita often used masculine adjectives in her songs and interviews, sometimes interchanging between masculine and feminine. The catholic church and homophobia were also targets of Lucecita, both of which she openly criticized throughout the 1970s. 

unaguerrasinfondo:

Lucecita (Luz Esther Benítez) - musician and activist.

Lucecita was blacklisted from Puerto Rican television during the early 1970s for her refusal to whiten her appearance and for her support of revolutionary movements in Puerto Rico and Cuba (many Puerto Rican television stations were owned and staffed primarily by white cuban exiles). In response to the harsh criticism she drew due to her adoption of what was referred to by the Puerto Rican press as ‘the African look’, Lucecita released songs that rejected eurocentrism and celebrated the African heritage of Puerto Rico. She also transgressed gendered boundaries by performing in ‘masculine’ outfits, such as suits and tuxedos, which were traditionally never worn by women on stage. In addition to her outfits, Lucecita often used masculine adjectives in her songs and interviews, sometimes interchanging between masculine and feminine. The catholic church and homophobia were also targets of Lucecita, both of which she openly criticized throughout the 1970s. 

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Simply put, the titanus giganteus is the largest beetle in the world (and we don’t mean Paul McCartney). The beetle is said to be larger than some small adult Chihuahuas, and the largest recorded specimen was measured in at 6.6 inches long.

Despite their gargantuan size, large jaws of death, incredibly sharp spines and their ability to fly, the titan is actually quite harmless to humans. They live in seclusion in some of the world’s hottest tropical jungles, including French Guiana and Brazil, and are often found recycling decaying wood below the earth’s surface. 

Like most inhabitants of the rainforest, the beetle is primarily threatened by the destruction of its home due to timber and agriculture expositions and has seen its population decrease over the past few years. They take years to mature and grow to their full size, and when the adults finally emerge, they seek out a mate during the hottest time of year and die shortly after in just a few weeks. Their larvae on the other hand have never been found but are thought to feed inside wood as part of their growing cycle.

Simply put, the titanus giganteus is the largest beetle in the world (and we don’t mean Paul McCartney). The beetle is said to be larger than some small adult Chihuahuas, and the largest recorded specimen was measured in at 6.6 inches long.

Despite their gargantuan size, large jaws of death, incredibly sharp spines and their ability to fly, the titan is actually quite harmless to humans. They live in seclusion in some of the world’s hottest tropical jungles, including French Guiana and Brazil, and are often found recycling decaying wood below the earth’s surface.

Like most inhabitants of the rainforest, the beetle is primarily threatened by the destruction of its home due to timber and agriculture expositions and has seen its population decrease over the past few years. They take years to mature and grow to their full size, and when the adults finally emerge, they seek out a mate during the hottest time of year and die shortly after in just a few weeks. Their larvae on the other hand have never been found but are thought to feed inside wood as part of their growing cycle.

In 1995, the body of an almost entirely frozen young Inca girl, later named Mummy Juanita, was discovered on Mount Ampato. Two more ice-preserved mummies, one girl and one boy, were discovered nearby a short while later. All showed signs of death by a blow to the head. Juanita was killed as an offering to the Inca gods sometime between 1450 and 1480, she was approximately 11–15 years old.

Judging from the condition of the body, it is believed that she was drugged and left to die in the mountains. It would not have taken much time for her to die due to the high exposure. The Incan high priests took their victims to high mountaintops for sacrifice. As the journey was extremely long and arduous, especially so for the younger victims, coca leaves were fed to them to aid them in their breathing so as to allow them to reach the burial site alive. Upon reaching the burial site, the children were given an intoxicating drink to minimize pain, fear, and resistance, then killed them either by strangulation, a blow to their head or by leaving them to lose consciousness in the extreme cold and die of exposure. She is the best-preserved mummy ever found, with internal organs intact, blood still present in the heart and lungs, and skin and facial features mostly unscathed. No special effort had been made to preserve her and 500 years later still looked like sleeping children.

Many Inca children were offered as sacrifice during or after important events, such as the death of the Sapa Inca (who was the emperor) or during a famine. These sacrifices were known as capacocha.

Dr Julius Neubronner’s Miniature Pigeon Camera

In 1908 Dr Julius Neubronner patented a miniature pigeon camera activated by a timing mechanism. The invention brought him international notability after he presented it at international expositions in Dresden, Frankfurt and Paris in 1909–1911. Spectators in Dresden could watch the arrival of the camera-equipped carrier pigeons, and the photos were immediately developed and turned into postcards which could be purchased.

Founder of a free school for slum children Rajesh Kumar Sharma, second from right, and Laxmi Chandra, right, write on black boards, painted on a building wall, at a free school run under a metro bridge in New Delhi, India. At least 30 children living in the nearby slums have been receiving free education from this school for the last three years.