Dangerous Encounters: 3 People who Took Stalking Too Far

Most people use the term stalker when joking about their social media profiles, or people at school that they think have a crush on them. However, there is nothing more scary than knowing that you are being watched and harassed by a mentally ill person. The problem with stalking is that, in the past, there were not many laws that could protect the victim. Nowadays, it is usually necessary to be harassed or hurt before proper laws are enacted. In a way we understand that it can be very difficult to decide whether or not an individual is actually in danger, but in most situations, a stalker will have little regard for their obsessions feelings, and when rejected, they usually react aggressively. Let’s take a look at the most popular cases of sadistic stalkers.

1. Dangerous Encounters: Theresa Saldana & Arthur Richard Jackson

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Nowadays, there’s nothing unusual about hearing stories of celebrity stalkers, and obsessive fans. Luckily, not many of them were taken to the extreme. Actress Theresa Saldana wasn’t as lucky as celebrity these days. The Theresa, Arthur stalking situation, which escalated into violence, is also one of the first cases of celebrity stalking cases to have gained national attention. As you may very well know, in 1982, the 27-year-old actress had already appeared in great movies like Raging Bull and I wanna Hold Your Hand. However, it was her appearance in the movie Defiance that caught the eye of her obsessed fan: Arthur Richard Jackson. After seeing her perform, the 47-year-old Aberdeen Drifter traveled across the globe, illegally crossed the border, all to meet Seldana, kill her and join her in the after life.

To make his plan work, he hired a private investigator to fetch her mother’s phone number. Then he pretended to be working with director Marin Scorsese, and claimed he was interested in casting Seldana in a future movie. The mother provided him with her Hollywood address. Jackson traveled there, waited for her to exit her house and stabbed her 10 times with a hunting knife. The only reason Seldana survived was because a deliveryman, Jeffrey Fenn, rushed to the scene of the crime. She made a full recovery.

2. Dangerous Encounters: Priyadarshini Mattoo & Santosh Singh

This is undoubtedly the most controversial criminal case in the history of India, which involves the death of a 25-year-old law student, under the name of Priyadarshini Mattoo. You may not have noticed from the name, but she is a woman. Obviously, she drew the attention of another student, Santosh Singh, who decided to stalk, and harass her throughout the year, until she finally complained to the police. This did not hinder Santosh’s efforts, and on January 23, 1996 she was rapped, beaten and strangled to death with a wire.

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Because Santosh’s father happened to be the Inspector-General on the police force, he was acquitted of the crime, to the uproar of the public. He was given the benefit of the doubt, but only seven years later, in 2006, he was sentenced to death for his crime. In the end he atoned for his crime with a life-time of imprisonment.

3.Dangerous Encounters: Collete Dwyer & Derrick Todd Lee

The biggest problem with stalking cases, as we already mentioned, is to be taken seriously by the authorities. This is what happened to Collette Dwyer, a woman who was harrased by a supposedly serial killer in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Derrick Todd Lee usually hung around her work place, and developed an obsession for her. In 1999 he broke into her apartment and claimed that all he wanted was to love and take care of Collete. Somewhere along the road, Derrick was accused and imprisoned for an unrelated crime. After 2 years in the prison he was set free and started stalking her again.

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In 2003, Lee was quiestioned for the rape of a woman, and had a DNA sample taken, that linked him to other murders. Apparently he was the Baton Rouge Serial Killer, who took the life of seven women. He was sentenced to death but still sits in death row at Louisiana State Penitentiary.

5 Strange Trees around the World

Since we got you used to our short trips around the world in the search of the strangest things that occur, you won’t be surprised that today we will focus a bit on some very strange trees, as not only the animal reign is interesting, surprising and ever – challenging (as new species are being discovered quite often by researchers and biologists). Some trees around the world should be seen as touristic objectives in themselves, as some species are truly amazing, not to mention downright weird. So next time when you decide to spend your holidays in some exotic destination and show some interest in the fauna there, look into the flora also, because Mother Nature had some bizarre sense of humor when shaping certain trees, shrubs and flowers. So today we will pack our bags, charge the camera’s batteries and travel planet Earth in the search of strange trees around the world.

1. The Sausage Tree – Kigelia africana

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If you were still intrigued by the natural diversity of this world, the sausage tree might remind you that some exotic species aren’t at all how you imagine “trees” in general or how you conceptualize them in drawing. The sausage tree is native to Africa and if you take a look at it from a distance, you will think somebody made a joke. In truth, this tree’s fruits look like chubby sausages but they are not quite your newest exotic dish, as they are toxic if consumed fresh. However, traditional African medicine and home made cosmetics include these fruits in local blends and mixes.

2. The Handkerchief Tree – Davidia involucrata

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This is one of the most amazing strange trees around the world, because its white large leaves (reaching sometimes even 25 centimeters in length) look like somebody turned the tree into a DIY project of handkerchief hanging just for the fun of it. This tree originates in China and is also known as the “dove tree” because in windy days, the white leaves look like birds flying.

3. Jabuticaba - Plinia cauliflora

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This is among our favorite strange trees around the world, because it looks like a very stubborn, independent and original life form: its flowers and fruits develop and grow not only on the young branches, but also on the thick, old branches and also the trunk. So next time you travel to South America and happen to stumble upon a tree covered with tiny fruits that look some sort of berries that cover the tree entirely, don’t think there is a disease going on, but pick some fruits and try them, as they are edible in their fresh form, in all sorts of sweet products and in fruit punch.

4. The Indian Banyan – Ficus benghalensis

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If you travel to India, watch out for this amazing tree that has the amazing talent of growing aerial roots which develop downward, get stuck in the ground and grow so thick and strong, they begin look like a normal tree’s trunk. So if you happen to see a bunch of trees with close trunks, you might be in the presence of a single Banyan. It is a sacred tree in India and you will see many praying places and worship temples hosted by these natural pillars.

5. The Rainbow Eucalyptus   – Eucalyptus deglupta

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Some strange trees around the world impress by their leafage, their bizarre fruits or the way they seem to defy the laws of nature that we know about and prove us we don’t actually know much. Other trees however, are spectacular to see with your own eyes, because sometimes, they look like true paintings. For instance, the Rainbow Eucalyptus (easy to be found in Indonesia, the Philippines or New Guinea) looks like Nature was getting bored one day and decided to try painting on its bark. So now this tree’s trunk is a display of abstract colored spots and trails which are jolly and amazing to see with your own eyes. Everybody loves this rainbow tree and landscape artists plant it in gardens or parks for a touch of true natural beauty.

Do you have your own favorite strange trees around the world? How about the Traveler’s Tree or the Desert’s Rose or some funny cactus species? In your travels, did you meet such incredible manifestations of natural diversity and beauty?

Celebrities Deaths, Curses and Paranormal Occurrences: Truths or Superstitions?

There is nothing paranormal in dying of a drug or alcohol overdose, although it is a bit abnormal, but not unheard of. There is nothing suspicious in plane crashes, horseback riding accidents, accidental self – inflicted gunshots or, to en extent, suicide. Valar Morghulis, some Game of Thrones fans would say, all men must die, and since celebrities aren’t proven yet to be demigods or endowed with immortality, celebrities in the entertainment industry die too. But with the recent deaths of Paul Walker and Philip Seymour Hoffman, tabloids got once again interested in the fatalities that shook the world, while so called mediums and parapsychologists insist that there are no coincidences and the universe works in mysterious ways. Famous examples of the “fatal age” club are again exposed, with Amy Winehouse to join the 27 bunch of dead celebrities, while we bet there are still conspiracy theorists who will  die believing that Elvis, Marylin Monroe and JFK are still living happily ever after on some deserted island. Well, since everybody is so worked – up in digging into the graves of some late celebrities and because we all love a good X File from time to time, why not go with the flow? Today we will talk about celebrities deaths, curses and paranormal occurrences, not to reveal some world-shattering truth, but to remember those who left us in… special circumstances.

The Curse Of Superman

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This is exactly like never even thinking to whisper “Macbeth” into a theater. The Curse of Superman of course hit hard two of the actors who put their red underwear over their electric blue tights and flew around kicking ass and taking names: George Reeves, who was a TV glory in its own rights because of the show was found dead, age 45, in his home in Beverly Hills, and Christopher Reeve, the cape crusader who spent the last 9 years of his life paralyzed in a chair, because of a horse ride accident. While still some people are wondering why George Reeve’s death keeps being a mystery in the first place, in Christopher Reeve’s case, a bad karma revolving around the name coincidence apparently satisfies some peoples’ taste for the supernatural.

The Curse of the Lee Family

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You can try to recollect some of Bruce Lee’s famous movies, moves and quotes, but if you are among the ones who were born in the booming sound of your dad’s iPod heavy rotating “We are the champions”, you probably know more about the Lee Family Curse than Bruce or his dead son Brandon. There are volumes written on this matter, and while some still consider there’s some higher power involved, like Fate, the Universe’s Supreme F*-up Humor or the Mother of All Coincidences involved, others place their bets on more…mundane reasons why Brandon Lee got shot by accident while filming the Crow: Chinese Mafia, the Triads, debts to be settled, revenge, and so on. We may never know why Brandon had to die, the truth is out there he is dead and the Crow will never be the same without him.

The 27 Club

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Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine…. Or he… This is what the first 27 club member Alexandre Levy must have said to himself when he saw the next member, and the next, and the next stepping foot into his chamber of eternal rest. Why some musicians happen to die at 27, ending this (open) list with the latest entry – Richard Turner – nobody can explain, although some died of natural causes, others because they were murdered, and the most famous ones because they mistook fame and fortune with invincibility. Without any disrespect towards the ones who truly mourn their family members, spouses or friends, there is too much speculation nurtured in relation to the 27 club. Celebrities death, curses and paranormal occurrences should not be mixed with cases of violence, overdose, abuse, medical problems and so on.

Maybe you are more attracted to the mysterious deaths and accidents suffered by some of the cast appearing in the Poltergeist series? Or are you still fascinated by the trio Richie Valens, Buddy Holly and Big Blooper who lost their lives in a plane crash? When it comes to celebrities deaths, curses and paranormal occurrences, it’s best to speculate less and pay our respects more.

Three Signs that World Peace is in Danger

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A lot of strange things have been happening lately, especially things that concern the entire populace. The problem is that confusion and misinformation fueled by the press’s manipulation and political coverups have lead to a general sense of paranoia among normal people. The fear of war, and oppression fester and grow in the minds of the misguided, who believe that an impending doom is lurking for them in the shadows.

In addition to all this commotion, TV shows are always coming up with conspiracy theories that do nothing more than to further agitate the populace. Although we are not claiming that a next World War will erupt any time soon, the current state of the world is showing some eerie similarities with other pre-World War pictures, and we know how history likes to repeat itself. Let’s take a look at the three signs that tell us how World Peace is in danger:

1. The Dire Situation in Ukraine – Russia’s Invasion

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You have probably heard that on February 27, 2014, Russian soldiers started to move towards Crimea, and took several of its airports. As a matter of fact, 6000 Russian troops were deployed to the peninsula, and started to forcibly take control of communication centers, government buildings and military bases. But this isn’t the first power play that Russia has displayed in regards to Ukraine, nor is it the first disturbing event to occur in Ukraine in the past few weeks.

Ukraine and Russia have argued over the Crimea peninsula for over 300 years, and it seems that the populace is split into to: the Russia sympathizing part, and the nationalist party. At the moment, the country’s politics are in tatters, and decisions taken by Russia seem to affect the whole of Europe. In the map above you will see how clearly the supporters of Russia and Ukraine are divided (Blue is for pro-Russian supporters, and purple is for Yulia Tymoshenko’s supporters.

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Ukraine is being invaded, and nobody is doing anything to stop it. Although the UN, NATO and the US have all issued warnings that any act of aggresion against Crimea will be considered an act of aggression against the whole world, this has not stopped Russia from talking control of Crimea. The truth is that nothing can be done, unless a game of nuclear Russian roulette will start, and nobody wants that. Although Ukraine may not light the match for the third World War, it reassures Russia, once again, that it can do whatever the f&#k it wants, and not be punished. A similar situation occurred in 2008, when Russia decided to throw some bombs over the Georgian Capital. Humanitarian groups cried out, governments issued threats, but in the end, nobody liftd a finger.

2. Iran is Itching for War

Tensions seem to be arising in every corner of the world, and the middle East is no exception. Whether or not Iran is a threat, we may not yet know, but it is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Apparently, earlier this year, Iran dispatched a fleet of ships towards US national waters. Soon after, on February 12, 2014, Iran’s military adviser stated that the country is prepared to go toe-to-toe on land or sea, with America.

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In addition to this, Iran says they have 13.6 million people who can pick up their guns at a moment’s notice, which seems like a formidable number. Although this news sounds a bit disturbing, it should not worry us very much because most of the impending wars will probably be held in air, and Iran has an air force of 30.000 men with several hundred aircrafts and cruise missiles. In addition to this, although the country has issued a threat to America, they have done so repeatedly in the past, and nothing happened.

3. The Global Recession

Every war is different, but no matter the reasons for starting, one factor is usually the same: prior to each war, economic recessions hit several of the countries that participated. Financial analyists predict yet another economic meltdown for Western Countries, and more and more countries like Iran and Russia are banding together for mutual benefices. But these are the least of the World’s problems. At the moment, the US government has approximately 17$ trillion in debt, and china ons seven percent of that. China has also become the second largest economy in the world, and if it decides, at some point, to dump the US debt, it will definitely cripple the US economy (and of the world) in no time.

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There are other problems happening in the Global landscape that we should be aware of. One of them is related to the Senkaku Island Dispute, which is basically a rock formation in the East China Sea. Whoever controls it, will control all shipping lanes, fishing waters and potential oil fields. China has also decided to attest its air control over a newly configured air defense zone, in the vicinity of Senkaku Island. All in all, different countries are playing with fire, to see how much they can do without getting burned. All we know is that there are several signals that the World peace is in danger. We can only hope that issues will be resolved peacefully in the end.

5 Dangerous and Crazy Diets People Follow

Ah, the subject of dieting, this ever – expanding topic that sometimes explores human lack of self preservation, desperation, some sick dark corner nobody admits they have and self – torture. Why the harsh tone and language? Because even if we live in a world where science starts to explain everything that was once mysterious and unknown, even if we live in a world where technology can actually save our lives and offer us a better future, there are still some people who seem to live under the rocks in a cave sometimes in the prehistoric era who just don’t get that following a diet isn’t the same thing with erasing willingly everything that medicine, chemistry and science in general have been teaching us for the past… 100 years, let’s say? Statistic show that a greater number of scientists are making efforts to demonstrate women (mostly) that some styles of life are quite detrimental and against any healthy diet’s principles. Lists have been issued, interviews were taken, paper articles were written and yet, instead of witnessing an increase in the population’s awareness, we have our news feeds bombarded with new “miraculous” diets which promise fabulous weigh loss in a blink of an eye. Today we will take a look over 5 dangerous and crazy diets people follow and let you decide what’s right and wrong between eating more fruits and vegetables and engaging in sports activities versus eating cotton balls.

5. The Paleolithic Diet

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It sounds all good and healthy, doesn’t it? Base your life regimen on those products that were available to humans prior to their brilliant idea of starting to farm. Why do you think they started to farm anyway? The wild meat, fish, nuts, some fruits and some vegetables should have been enough to live long and prosper, right? This diet contains a lot of good stuff, but it lacks also the better stuff like whole grains, a lot of vegetables and fruits, a lot of dairy products and a lot of nutrients as well.

4. The bio-typing diet

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These people eat certain groups and categories of foods and products in order to tamper with their hormone balance and thus lose fatty tissue and weight in certain areas. Depending on their bio-type, they carefully select what to eat and what to avoid, in order to keep themselves fit and hip. The British Dietetic Association calls this “pseudo – science” and even if it would be hard science, remember the key concept: tampering with hormones, adding nutritional supplements (mostly in the shape of pills and powders). What part of this sounds truly safe and healthy?

3. The Tapeworm Diet

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Thank Goodness it was banned by the FDA, otherwise our hospitals would have been filled with tapeworm – infested brain scenarios they would break even doctor House’s self confidence in the success of hard science based medicine. People, at some point, thought that ingesting a tapeworm (inside a pill) is somehow a sane thing to do in order to lose weight, as the tapeworm allegedly was feeding on the food people ate on a regular basis. It didn’t take long to understand that tapeworms ate also people’s nutrients and if not eliminated, they could produce incommensurable damage.

2. The cotton ball diet

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Among all the dangerous and crazy diets people follow, this one must originate out of a torture movie or something. Imagine people eating cotton balls dipped in some juice or lemonade to full their bodies and brains that they are not hungry anymore. A wise observation was made by scientists: those cotton balls usually are not made 100% of bio cotton and can also contain bleach and other chemicals. So why is this better than having tea or light yoghurt, if you’re obsessed with some kind of volumetric diet?

1. Breatharian Diet

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Some people referred to the Dukan diet in terms of “idiotic” and “dangerous” so imagine a bunch of people who actually believe they can survive with air and sunlight and don’t need to consume nor food nor water. We wish them a happy, healthy life and praise natural selection, as it never fails to straight things up on this planet!

Oh, don’t you for a second believe that these are the only dangerous and crazy diets people follow, not by far! Read, get informed and get out of under the rock. Nowadays, we can diet, we can practice all sorts of sports with the help of all sorts of awesome gadgets, we can thrive and we can eat all we like, without becoming victims of so called miracles, scams with good marketing and promises to inherit the world after the upcoming zombie apocalypse.