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South Pacific

Judy the Dog:  Only Canine POW of WWII


Judy the dog survived internment in a Japanese POW camp. Her story is told in No Better Friend (see sidebar).
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu May 21, 2015 | Comments (3)
Category: War, Dogs, 1940's, South Pacific

The Sunshine Belt


As Alex showed us earlier, Florida merited a celestial spotlight to be shone upon it. But it was not the only favored land!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 16, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Geography and Maps, Advertising, 1910's, South Pacific

Chopsticks Dance

The seamed pantyhose give it that authentic Filipino cultural touch.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Dec 11, 2014 | Comments (5)
Category: 1960's, Dance, Europe, South Pacific

John Braund and His Cure for Cancer

Link to newspaper article of the era.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Sep 02, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Eccentrics, Medicine, 1940's, South Pacific

The Aswang


Learn about the Filipino vampire known as the "aswang" here and here, then watch the documentary above.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 30, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Cryptozoology, Superstition, Foreign Customs, South Pacific

Bernard Wheatley, Hermit


The man depicted above is Dr. Bernard Wheatley who, after the deaths of his family, chucked a flourishing career to live as a hermit on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Read a long and fascinating article about him here.

In 1957 Dr. Bernard Wheatley - an African American physician from the Virgin Islands - made a pilgrimage to Kalalau Valley. Distraught after the death of his wife and son in a car accident, he kept questioning the meaning of life and other ontological problems until the answers finally came. In a remarkable religious conversion-like revelation he realized that life is eternal. He abandoned his medical practice, sold all his worldly possessions and sought a quiet, secluded place where he could earnestly seek truth without distraction. He arrived on the remote Island of Kauai and after seeing Kalalau from a ridge-top lookout in Kokee, he knew that he had found his home.... He passed on December 3, 1991 at the age of 72. His ashes were spread in Kalalau.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Wed Apr 10, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Death, Religion, Hermits, 1950's, 1960's, South Pacific

Jetpack Flies One Mile High

Full video here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon May 30, 2011 | Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Inventions, South Pacific
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