It may be the happiest place on Earth, but there’s some crazy shit that goes down at Disney World. So much crazy shit, in fact, that the incidents are organised both by Disney park and by the rides they occurred on. It gives a whole new meaning to “keep your arms and legs inside the ride at all times”.
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Homer and Langley Collyer were brothers who lived in Harlem, New York, during the first half of the 20th century. They inherited their house on Fifth Avenue after their mother died, and after a few years they became withdrawn, isolating themselves from society. In March 1947, after an anonymous source complained about the smell coming from their house, the brothers’ bodies were found surrounded by over 140 tonnes of obsessively hoarded books, furniture, and musical instruments – all of which was protected by booby traps to ward off intruders.
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Not many people have attempted to climb Mount Everest, but even fewer have attempted it and actually succeeded – a lot of people have died along the way of anything from altitude sickness to injuries sustained during avalanches. This lists all of them dating all the way back to the 1920s, but what’s interesting is that you can read into all their back stories.
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If you’re looking for something a little bit shorter and a lot more lighthearted, you need to read about the Great Emu War. It’s exactly what it sounds like, which makes it even more amazing. Basically in the 1930s this guy decided that there were too many emus in Australia, and ordered a war against them. I’m not going to spoil the ending for you, though, because the ending is the best part.
15. Mass Hysteria
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If you don’t know, mass hysteria is when a whole mass of people become hysterical about something, usually as a result of rumours spread within their society. This article collects a bunch of notable cases. A lot of them are really creepy, but some of them are pretty amusing – like the Tanganyika laughter epidemic, when around a hundred girls began laughing uncontrollably for days on end. It probably wasn’t that funny for them, though.
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The Gambino crime “family” is one of the main groups that dominates organised crime in New York City. This article goes deep into the history of the family, detailing the origins of the group and the reigns of all of its bosses. Which means you’ll probably end up in a Mafia boss-based Wiki hole.
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Apparently throughout history there have been a bunch of incidents of flightless animals falling from the sky – hence the term “rain of animals”. This article documents some of these claims, from jellyfish rain in 1894 to just your average fish rain in 2016, but it also gives some actual explanations for why this could happen. For example, the picture above shows a tornado colliding with a group of flying bats. So it’s not a weird, apocalyptic phenomenon after all. Mostly it’s just tornadoes.