More than 100 boys, classified as mentally challenged, at the Fernald School in Waltham, Mass., were fed cereal containing radioactive iron and calcium in the 1940’s and 1950’s. The diet was part of an experiment to prove how quickly nutrients in Quaker oatmeal can travel throughout the human body.
Quaker Oat officials wanted to match the advertising claims of their competitor, Cream of Wheat.
In what experts are calling a “revolutionary” medical event, the first baby with DNA from three parents has been born using a controversial technique meant to help people who carry genes for fatal rare diseases.
The baby was born on April 6, 2016, and he appears healthy.
The procedure was done by U.S. fertility specialists working in Mexico, where there are no laws prohibiting such methods. His mother carries a genetic mutation for Leigh syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that usually becomes apparent in the first year of life and is generally fatal.
She had four miscarriages and two children who died from Leigh syndrome, one at age six and one at eight months. Symptoms of Leigh disease usually progress rapidly and lead to generalized weakness, a lack of muscle tone and a buildup of lactic acid in the body, which can cause respiratory and kidney problems.
James Spader and Robert Downey Jr made a movie together in 1985 called, “Tuff Turf“.
30 years later, in 2015, they both star in another movie called, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron“. A story that follows the reboot of the Avengers saga, a new Avengers storyline.
Where this gets strange: “Tuff Turf” references the “Avengers”
In the 1985 film, both James Spader and Robert Downey Jr. stand near a wall spray-painted with the logo, “The New Avengers” in what will now be a direct prediction of the 2015 movie, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”.
This is a story of men who said they loved God but served death. How many like them are speaking today?
The first British slave ship to reach the Americas, referred to as “The Good Ship Jesus” was, in fact, named the “Jesus of Lubeck,” a 700-ton ship sailing between 1562 and 1567.
Britain’s very first slave trader, John Hawkins, profited so greatly from the slave trade, that he caught the Queen’s attention. She donated the Jesus of Lubeck and another ship called the Minion, as an investment into Hawkins’ enterprise.
Hawkins had a reputation for being a religious man who required his crew to “serve God daily” and to love one another.
Sir Francis Drake accompanied Hawkins on this voyage and subsequent others. Drake, was himself, devoutly religious. Services were held on board twice a day.
Hawkins captured 300-500 slaves, mostly by plundering Portuguese ships, but also through violence and subterfuge promising Africans free land and riches in the new world.
Haley Smith, 17, suffered from the ultra-rare illness Cotard’s Syndrome.
Cotard’s Syndrome (Walking Corpse Syndrome), is a rare mental illness in which a person holds the belief that they are dead, do not exist, or have lost their blood or internal organs.
Miss Smith spent three years of her life convinced she was dead. She eventually overcame the condition with help from her therapist and Disney films, because they made her ‘feel alive’.
Sufferers such as Miss Smith often die from starvation because they feel they no longer have to eat. Cases of Cotard’s Syndrome date back to 1788 but it was formally identified by French neurologist Jules Cotard in 1880. This distorted reality is caused by a malfunction in an area of the brain called the fusiform gyrus, which recognizes faces, and also in the amygdala, which processes emotions.
Victims will often visit local graveyards to feel happy or more at home.
There was a creepy fifth housemate lurking on the British TV show, “The Young Ones”.
Where this gets strange, the crew and fans don’t remember her.
The Young Ones was a seminal, anarchic comedy series that ran on the BBC for two series between 1982 and 1984. When the show resurged, in 2016, fans started rewatching it for nostalgic reasons. It soon became clear that there was a character on the show that no one remembered. If you look carefully in the first five episodes you can see a mysterious person with long black hair who appears sitting against walls in the background of quite a few scenes.
A fifth housemate appearing at least once in every episode of the entire first series. She never moves, she never speaks, you never see her face, and her presence is never acknowledged by any of the other characters, but she’s there. Continue reading →