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Electrocutes then drowns rodents

When it's not enough to kill a mouse just once. Source: Popular Electricity, Nov 1911.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Jan 29, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Death

Old Ink

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Tattoos go back a long way. This is evidenced by an archaeological find from 1991 in the Italian Alps. Scientist have been cataloging the mummified corpse's tattoos since it was found. The current count is 61 on the 5,300 year old ice man. That's some really old ink.
Posted By: patty | Date: Wed Jan 28, 2015 | Comments (9)
Category: Death, Tattoos

Cheerful Dying Wish Fulfilled

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I regret that I did not have this story ready for you for Christmas. Nonetheless, its spirit lives on through every season!

Thank God the kid didn't wish for the whole world to follow her!

Original article here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 23, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Children, Parents, 1940's

Civil Defense PSAs

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Jan 18, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Armageddon and Apocalypses, Death, Destruction, PSA's, 1960's

Gentle Ben





Which scenario is more likely?

Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Dec 27, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Animals, Death, Television, 1960's

If America Dies…

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Not exactly a question I had ever previously thought to ask.

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 02, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, Nature, PSA's, Advertising, 1970's, North America

The Jake Bird Hex

Jake Bird was a truly creepy character — an axe-murderer who may have killed as many as 46 people. But even after he was caught in 1947 and sentenced to death, he's said to have continued killing people by putting the "Jake Bird hex" on them. Six people associated with the trial were said to have succumbed to his hex.

From Wikipedia:

After his conviction was announced, Bird was allowed to make a final statement. He spoke for 20 minutes, noting that his request to represent himself had been denied and that his own lawyers were against him.
Bird then said, “I’m putting the Jake Bird hex on all of you who had anything to do with my being punished. Mark my words you will die before I do.” Allegedly, six people connected with the trial died: Judge Edward D. Hodge of a heart attack within a month of sentencing him to death, as did one of the officers who took his first confession. A police officer who took a second confession died, as did the court’s chief clerk, and one of Bird's prison guards. J.W. Selden, one of Bird’s lawyers, died on the first anniversary of his sentencing.


Modesto Bee - Nov 27, 1948
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Nov 17, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: Death, Scary Criminals, 1940's

The Atomiscope

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Did this actually have radium inside it? How many cancers did this cause, carried about in Dennis the Menace's pockets?

Unfortunately, I've lost the source of this ad. Can anyone help?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Nov 05, 2014 | Comments (9)
Category: Death, Toys, Atomic Power and Other Nuclear Matters, 1940's

4-way Suicide

"Wearied of a life of egg frying," the unfortunate Jim Smith decided to end it all. But despite trying to torch, hang, poison, and shoot himself simultaneously, his plan didn't succeed.

I'm skeptical that this ever happened. It sounds like the kind of thing reporters used to make up to pad newspaper columns. From The Seattle Star - March 24, 1922. (via Weird Shit in Historic Newspapers)

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Sep 27, 2014 | Comments (8)
Category: Death, 1920's
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