People who see don’t see much

People throng malls to admire the beautiful architecture but on their way there ignore the beautiful works of nature. See how people flood Dubai to chechout a huge aquarium? Many of these people are from coastal cities.
A lot of people don’t notice the many shades of green a Mango tree has in rainy season. Nobody notices the Hibiscus, or the little flowers on the Paw-Paw tree. Or the blueish-green of that fly before they swipe it off of their fruit.
The people who see don’t see much.
The blue in the sky that subtly fades here and there. The combination of colours from everywhere.
I was born and bred in Festac town. 24-Road is flanked on each side by these stretched out trees of tiny green leaves with blood-red flowers. I don’t know if they’re still there but back then I seemed to be the only one who noticed them. Plus the neck problem I developed from staring up at the stars too much. Nature is that captivating. But I guess many who see don’t see much.
In Ilorin, Tanke, Oke-Odo, before it lost its natural beauty, i would go for a walk in the bush and take pictures of grasshoppers, flowers, leaves and even the winding footpath. They all were beautiful. To me; to my neighbours I was hiding something in the bushes. That simply explained my regular visits. Every six-o-five in the evenings I would step out to watch the sunset that lasted till around six forty-something. I remember, this one time, a neighbour stepped out the yard, saw me staring at the sunset and she asked me what I was looking at. Apparently an orange sun spilling its colour on the sides of grey clouds was not impressive enough. The people who see don’t see much.

During Geological field trips I took more photos of the wild than the rock samples we went in search of. As a result, i was often at the back of the line. I usually then wondered how someone would just walk past a huge tree covered with ferns or a stream with pebbles in it and not say out loud “that is beautiful!”. How is it possible to walk for hours through a forest and see nothing worthy of note? How come the people who see don’t see much?

It would be too bad if a few seconds to dying one realises they haven’t seen much.

Unbelievable facts about Nigeria

I’m a proud Nigerian, though some folks give us a bad image which  makes the rest of us feel totally irked sometimes but hey, when i see how much that beautiful place has achieved even in ancient times, I can’t help but feel proud again. Do checkout these amazing facts about my country!
And nope, they’re not fabricated, you look it up yourself. I type that with a big grin across my face.

 

 

1. Ile-Ife, in present day Osun State, west of the country, was paved as early as 1000AD, with decorations that originated from Ancient America suggesting there might have been contact between the Yorubas and the Ancient Americans half a millenium before Columbus ‘discovered’ America. The origin of the pavement is explained in a popular story: according to Yoruba mythology, Queen Oluwo ordered the construction of the pavement when her robes were muddied in the dirt.

I guess they couldn’t wait for the washing machine.

 

2. The Niger Delta in the southernmost part of Nigeria is home to sixty percent (60%) of Nigeria’s mangrove forests. Nigeria’s mangrove forests are the largest in Africa and third largest in the world.

 

3. Nigeria is home to seven percent (7%) of the total languages spoken on earth. One particular state alone, Taraba state, in the north, has more languages than 30 African countries! We talk alot. And we talk alot in alot of languages

 

4. The Anambra waxbill, a small bird of many beautiful colours, is found only in Southern Nigeria and nowhere else on earth. It is known with certainty from only five reported sightings!

 now whadayaknow!

 

5. Sarki Abdullah Burja of Kano (ruled 1438-1452 AD), the 18th ruler of Ancient Kano, created the first Golden Age in Northern Nigeria and ushered in a period of great prosperity. During his reign, Hausa became the biggest indigenous language spoken in Africa after Swahili. He is on the list of 50 Greatest Africans in Robin Walker’s book, “When We Ruled”.

 

6. Sungbo’s Eredo, a 160 km rampart equipped with guard houses and moats, is reputed to be the largest single pre-colonial monument in Africa. It is located in present-day Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. 

when it was built a millennium ago, it required more earth to be moved during construction than that used for building the Pyramid of Giza. Dayuum!

 

 

7. Africa’s oldest known boat is The Dufuna canoe which was discovered in Dufuna village, Yobe state, by a Fulani Herdsman in May 1987, as he dug a well. Carbon dating tests from European and American laboratories indicate that the canoe is over 8,000 years old, thus making it the oldest in Africa and 3rd oldest in the world.

The discovery of the canoe has completely changed accepted theories of the history and sophistication of marine technology in Africa.

 

8. The Jos Plateau Indigobird, a small reddish-brown bird, is found nowhere else on the planet but Plateau state, Nigeria.

it mimicks the trilling song and calls of the Rock Firefinch.

 

9. Sarki Muhammad Kanta The Great of Kebbi, was the only ruler who resisted control by Songhai, West Africa’s greatest empire at that time. He founded and ruled the Hausa city-state of Kebbi around 1600 A.D and built Surame its capital, a planned city which was almost impossible to penetrate during war. UNESCO actualy describes Surame as “one of the wonders of human history, creativity and ingenuity”, and probably the most massive stone-walled constructions in West Africa. He is listed in Robin Walker’s 50 Greatest Africans.

That looks formidable enough!

 

10. The Walls of Benin, in present day Edo State, are one of the longest ancient earthworks in the world. They enclose 6500 square kilometers of community lands that connected about 500 communities. At over 16000km long. The Great Wall of China is about 21,000km long. It was estimated that earliest construction began in 800 AD and continued into the mid-1400s

 

 

11. The Yoruba tribe has the highest rate of twin births in the world. Igbo-Ora, a little town in Oyo state, has been nicknamed Twin capital of the World because of its unusually high rate of twins that is put as high as 158 twins per 1000 births.

Whoa!

 

Don’t forget what country we’re talking about here. Nigeria!

Alright, let’s move on… 

 

12. The Niger Delta (the second largest delta on earth, remember?), has the highest concentration of monotypic fish families in the world.

13. According to the World Resources Institute, Nigeria is home to 4,715 different types of plant species, and over 550 species of breeding birds and mammals, making it one of the most ecologically vibrant places of the planet.

 

 

Now is that amazing or what?? Makes me wanna visit. Oh, wait, I live there.

 

 

 

 

Sources: Nairaland, Birdlife.org, metmuseum.org, ilike2learn.com, Wikipedia, whenweruled.com

Photos: Google

A Trip In All Its Colors

I was covering this removal service at a funeral home with dignitaries all around. Though there were tears flowing freely, i was concentrated on my work. I had to. I wasn’t  trying to, i was just not moved. As i filmed i recalled the numerous occassions i’ve been told that i have a strong heart, a heart of stone, though i don’t accept the latter. There were people there, i noticed, who were obviously exaggerating the anguish. I guess it happens in every funeral but I had never seen it before. We moved on from there to the church and more or less the same scenerios repeated themselves. At the court though, where the casket holding the deceased was draped in the nation’s colors (He was a prominent individual), there was this man who seemed scared of the camera. He threw occasional glances at me and then at the camera, acting like my camera was one of those with hidden firing devices. Too many movies i presumed, or maybe the gathering was just too eerie for him. Or maybe he was aware of all his wrongs. I learnt he is a senator. It ended well for all of us, no one got shot and we were set to go to the hometown of the deceased, some two hours away.

I got a sweet looking car; air conditioning, classical music, and lots of small chops with drinks and sweets. All the stuff to give one indigestion, flatulance and occassional need for the bathroom, any bathroom. But at that moment I didn’t care and I lived like a saudi prince., without the gold. It was a  Luxury car ride that i planned to enjoy to the fullest. And I was enjoying it for about thirty minutes into the trip when the car decided to have a flat tire. I didn’t think anything of it, infact i welcomed it. The longer we were on the road the longer this experience would last.

The driver got out the car, got out a pair of gloves, which we all joked about, gloves for changing a tyre, in Africa! It was funny and i too had never seen it until then. The only thing that could ruin the amusement was if there was an earthquake that tore up the Ritcher Scale, or judgment day came upon us, but what he said next was equally jaw-dropping. He said he didn’t have a Jack. We were on the highway in the middle of nowhere with little or no phone reception. The only car on the road. And how the heck did he remember to have a glove without a jack?
“What are the gloves for?” I asked hypothetically. The answer was a resounding silence.

So we had to wait there for the next vehicle going our way. I got back in the car, to my treats. A vehicle will turn up soon and if not soon, well there’s plenty to eat and drink. Some thirty minutes, four motorcycles and two trailers later we had to forfiet the luxury car and hang on to the pickup that pulled over without a jack but with enough space at the open air back. Quickly things turned from Saudi Arabia to Sudan. The sun smilled beamed down on us as we went past the country side that would have been better appreciated from the inside of a car. We past a school in about a split second. We weren’t that fast, the school was that small. The sign that read ‘school’ seemed to take a longer time to pass by.  We past by the Rubber tree plantation where America gets most of its rubber. We crossed a bridge over a river called St John. Now that was wierd for I was expecting a name like Gbangajulu or something african like that. Finally we got to our destination and I had to fix my face that the wind had rearranged during the trip. I was just in time to cover the actual burial. And we moved on from there to a hall where the food was more than the air. Everyone had forgotten why they were there as a mad rush for food began. That part I still haven’t figured out cos it was there in surplus and there was no need for the rush. That still didn’t stop the shoving and name-calling. It showed there and then that people actually came for the food.
People were acting deranged but suddenly subtle as it got to their turn.
All that past and our car got there in one piece. I quickly got in like someone who’d been stuck in a lion’s cage and had found an exit.

We had to stop to help some people going our way. Too many people. So now the car was so packed that this guy had his elbow on my crotch. And just as i got comfy enough to doze off then came a bump i could swear wasn’t there before. It was as if i was viewing the universe in all of its colors. The rest of the trip is a blur.

Long time coming

I have never been away from blogging for this long. Over one month! i know i was surely missed. No? i wasn’t? Well, i thought…
Anyway, in the time i was AWOL, i have been in and out of four countries. Seen life from a different perspective. Learnt to relate with people with a more careful approach. Learnt to read in-between the lines, to take nuances seriously. Learnt to shut my blow-hole and turn down offers for a free meal, especially from a woman. And i’ve seen that fashion means different things to different people. Its like different country different sense. Fashion Police needs to see what i’ve seen.
I’ve seen beautiful lands, warm people. I’ve seen a whole nation bask in its visionlessness.

Though i miss my country, i’m not in a hurry to get back to her. i do not intend to talk about the happenings there, not the terrorism and certainly not the politicking. But mehn! i can’t wait to be with my family. They are more precious than i first imagined.

I’m so glad to be blogging again. Still surprised to find i got more visitors in my absence. I’m hoping my experiences haven’t removed something from me though.

The Blood Sea

In November of 2012, Tourists at the world-famous Bondi Beach, Australia, freaked out abit after a ‘rare natural phenomenon’ turned the water at the sea blood-red. Bondi was among several popular beaches in and around Sydney, which was closed because a huge algae bloom transformed the sea into a body of blood. Sort of like a glimpse into what Moses did in Egypt. Also sort of like what the bible said would happen in the last days…

“The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became like the blood of a corpse, and every living thing died ..” Revelation 16:3

The explanation for the phenomenon though was that it is caused when algae flourishes and large groups of the miniscule plants, which can appear in various colours, gather together often with this kind of spectacular results. Algae is known to give the sea its blue-green colouration as well. But red?!
The water was said to have an appearance like it had a coating of tomato-sauce or red oil. A whole lot of algae to make it that thick if you ask me.
Large numbers of fish were believed to have died from the effects of the algae even as i thought fish loved algae. i guess too much of everything…

Was this Algae or was this Angel pouring out his bowl?

there's a really brave man!

there’s a really brave man! Me, i’ll be running on water in the opposite direction

The Dogon Tribe

Lastnight i decided to play the nice spouse by helping to warm the stew. Nobody send me work o. So while i waited for some simmering i sort to relax and settled to watch a documentary on the Dogon people of Mali. It was and still is an interesting and indeed shocking series of clips. Its about a remote tribe in Mali that somehow have immense knowledge of the cosmos. The Dogon Tribe has an incredibly advanced and accurate knowledge of astronomy and mathematics.
So captivating was the documentary that i forgot the stew. And of course, it got reduced to a small portion of its original volume with carbon all around.
Long story short, madam decided we have Yam and Stew(the same stew) for breakfast. i knew she only wanted me to taste my hand work.

But i’m not here to gist you about my family matters.

THE DOGON

The Dogon are an ethnic group living in the central plateau region of the West African country of Mali. Researchers investigating these people have reported that they seem to possess advanced astronomical knowledge, the nature and source of which have subsequently become embroiled in controversy.

 The Dogon people live in the Homburi Mountains near Timbuktu. At the center of their religious teachings is knowledge about a star that is invisible to the eye and so difficult to observe, even through a telescope, that no photographs were taken of it until 1970.
Scientists, Griaule and Dieterlen, who have spent a lot of time with this tribe in a bid to understand them were puzzled and prefaced their analysis with the disclaimer, “The problem of knowing how, with no instruments at their disposal, men could know the movements and certain characteristics of virtually invisible stars has not been settled, nor even posed.”

In 1976, the book “The Sirius Mystery” by Robert K. G. Temple says that the Dogon’s system reveals precise knowledge of cosmological facts only known by the development of modern astronomy, since they appear to know, from Griaule and Dieterlen’s account, that Sirius is part of a binary star system, whose second star, Sirius B, a white dwarf, is however completely invisible to the human eye (just as Digitaria has the smallest grain known to the Dogon) and that it takes 50 years to complete its orbit. The existence of Sirius B had only been inferred to exist through mathematical calculations undertaken in 1844. The Dogon knew of another star in the Sirius system, Emme Ya, or a star “larger than Sirius B but lighter and dim in magnitude.” In 1995, gravitational studies indeed showed the possible presence of a brown dwarf star orbiting around Sirius (a Sirius-C) with a six-year orbital period.
They have four calendars, for the Sun, Moon, Sirius, and Venus, and have long known that planets orbit the sun. Something we just learnt in school.

When asked how they got all this information, The Dogon say they received their knowledge from visitors to the earth from another star system. The Dogon talk about Nommo – amphibian deities that arrived in a spaceship. They interacted with the people who assembled in large numbers around the lake that was created around the ship. The Nommos are also called Masters of the Water, the Monitors, and the Teachers.

Their (Dogon) mythology which is a complex system of knowledge is known only by a number of the Dogon priests. Such carefully guarded secrets would not be divulged to strangers easily. If the star “Emme Ya” (Sirius C) is eventually discovered in the Sirius system, this would give considerably weight to the Dogon’s story. Until then, fingers crossed.

Back to my stew, i’ve been forced to eat it with rice again o. This is unfair.

of the ‘Mysterious Healing pool’ in Enugu

By now, news of the healing river that was discovered in Nachi Oji, Enugu state is all over the place. Its even been named ‘Orimiri Jordan’ meaning River Jordan..River Jordan?? *sigh..and as expected, it has become some sort of Pilgrimage spot attracting people from all over the east and indeed, Nigeria. It is also nicknamed the ‘Pool of Bethsaida’. Na wa o.

The height of our superstitions must shock even the Greeks.

Well, according to the fulani herdsmen who discovered it, on their way back from taking their cattle grazing, hopefully, they beheld an area they had earlier passed covered with water. An elderly man, who’s said to be the oldest man in the community insisted that the pool appears every 20 or 30 years and that this pool was first noticed in 1971.

Now the issue on ground is that various diseases are said to have been cured at the pool. Plenty testimonies plus true, plus lie are being given as Nigerians struggle to immerse themselves in it.

Its no miracle lake though, i want to believe i’m not the only one who believes this. A knowledge of Geography or Geology will tell you that this is just another natural phenomenon. There’s most likely a fissure(crack) that acts as a conduit for the passage of water in and out to the surface. Think about that before you start to pack your bags.

Get this, sometime in May 2007, a glacial lake in southern Chile, 100 feet deep and covering an area around five acres disappeared. Located in Bernardo O’Higgins Park, in the southern Andes mountains, the lake is (was) rarely visited and didn’t even have a name. When Chilean forestry officials arrived, they were surprised to find nothing more than “chunks of ice on the dry lake-bed and an enormous fissure” where the unnamed lake had once been.
For some lakes, rapidly appearing or disappearing is part of a natural process. The lake in Chile did not exist 30 years ago. Some lakes, including many in Alaska and Florida’s Lake Jackson, USA, go through a similar process regularly, disappearing and reappearing during certain seasons, or from year-to-year or decade-to-decade. Could be global warming or some other phenomenon. But its no miracle.

people carrying cans to tap from the miracle water. brisk business for okada men.

people carrying cans to tap from the miracle water. brisk business for okada men.

Many bodies of water undergo natural cycles of disappearance and reappearance. And people around the world attribute this to miracles.

Amazed people in the Russian village of
Bolotnikovo looked on as the Beloye Lake that disappeared overnight in the spring of 2005 reappeared in 2006.
A tractor driver from the village suggested, and many villagers supported the theory that extraterrestrials that stole water from the lake. They often observed some reddish light resembling a searchlight that originated from the area where the lake used to be.
Researchers studying the history of the region also say there is some mystery about vanishing of the lake. They add that the Beloye Lake first disappeared several centuries ago.

Several industrial disasters have also made lakes disappear or appear. Lake Peigneur in Louisiana, USA, represents one of the most infamous of these cases. It was only 11 feet deep at its deepest point but spread across 1,300 acres. On November 21, 1980, a violent whirlpool developed where an oil rig had been in operation and the lake simply disappeared. It was later discovered that a miscalculation had caused the drilling team to work in the wrong spot. Maybe true, maybe not.

Vanishing bodies of water being a mystery doesn’t make it a miracle.

Bizarre Things That Washed Up On Beaches

All we get are beached whales, coconuts and plastic.
Oh well. In other climes though, checkout what they’re finding on their beaches. Wouldn’t it be just awesome to find some of these stuff here? Oh, and Google helped with these.

# Montauk Monster

Don’t ask me, for i don’t know what it is. Its called the Montauk Monster. This water-logged beast made its debut in 2008 on a beach in New York, and has remained the subject of controversy ever since.

Authorities could only view the creature via photographs, yet the pictures alone were enough for the East Hampton Natural Resources department and multiple zoologists to quickly peg the thing as a dead, bloated, and decomposing raccoon. While some have claimed that the Montauk Monster’s legs were too long to be those of a raccoon, zoologists have debunked that notion by explaining that raccoons are surprisingly leggy, and that their limb proportions actually match those of the “monster.” Also, what many have called a beak is actually a de-fleshed snout and exposed premaxillary bones. Furthermore, composite pictures of a raccoon body and the Montauk Monster show a perfect match.

Despite what the experts say, however, there are two major facts which continue to fuel speculation. For one, no one knows what happened to the carcass after it washed up, and only a few people have seen it in person. Secondly, the federally owned Plum Island Animal Disease Center—which has its own fair share of conspiracy theories—is located in the vicinity of the beach where the strange animal was found. All of this makes great fodder for stories of a bizarre animal hybrid escaping Plum Island, and the government whisking away the carcass before it could be studied, bringing their dubious experiments to light.

So,swollen and disgusting—raccoon it is.

# Giant Eyeball!

In 2012, a softball-sized eyeball floated onto the sand in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was discovered by a man who kicked it about a few times before taking it home and putting it in his refrigerator. Luckily, he didn’t intend on having the peeper for lunch, and was simply trying to keep it fresh until someone from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) could retrieve and identify it. Wildlife authorities quickly spoiled the fun by identifying the oversized oculus as belonging to a large swordfish (a species that can reach fourteen hundred pounds).

# Doritos!
Due once again to an overturned cargo container, thousands of packages of chips littered more than a half mile of otherwise pristine beach.

This resulted in a chip free-for-all, where both humans and seagulls scavenged to get their fill of cheesy goodness. The birds gorged on the open bags, while people scrambled to gather the intact packs which, thanks to their airtight seal, were still fresh.

# Severed feet in Shoes!
You might want to think twice before picking up an abandoned shoe in the sand, as there’s a fair chance it could contain a human foot.

This is especially true if you live in British Columbia or the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

Since 2007, beach goers have found at least ten shoe-clad feet in these areas—and five of them were tracked back to four apparently-deceased individuals. The identified feet are said to belong to several missing persons, a person who committed suicide, and someone who died of natural causes. Currently, no one knows to whom the other feet belong.

# Giant Lego Man!
You never know what kind of flotsam you’ll discover while taking a stroll down the shore—yet even for the most experienced beachcomber, stumbling across an eight-foot-tall, one-hundred-pound Lego man is entirely unexpected.

Nevertheless, versions of Ego Leonard (the Lego figure seen above) have apparently washed ashore on at least four beaches throughout the world.

The first Ego Leonard sighting was in 2007, when the colorful sculpture was retrieved from a sea near the Netherlands. The following year he was found on Brighton Beach, U.K.; in 2011 he showed up at Siesta Key Beach, Florida; and in 2012 he appeared on a beach in Los Angeles, California.

# Nike Sneakers!

If you’re walking along the shore and happen to find a Nike sneaker with the code 90 04 06, then you may have discovered one of the famed (at least for oceanographers) sixty thousand Nikes that fell from a storm-tossed ship in 1990.The sneakers could float for ten years—and surprisingly, they were still wearable after three years, which turned several seashores into impromptu swap-meets as people scrambled to find matching pairs of shoes.

Even more shoes have been spilled since 1990, so if you ever find yourself strapped for cash and needing a new pair of kicks, try your luck at the beach.

# Rubber Ducks!
Of all the things to fall off a cargo ship, arguably the cutest was a crate of 28,000 rubber ducks and other bath toys.

They went overboard in 1992, and beachcombers all over the world are still coming across the rubber ducks today—more than twenty years later.

Many of the toys have floated ashore, but there are still thousands of them bobbling through the high seas, following the ocean’s many currents and gyres. Although most people would prefer that 28,000 pollutants hadn’t entered the ocean, the toys have had a positive side effect in that they’ve revolutionized our understanding of ocean currents. The ducks were abandoned in the middle of the Pacific Ocean while on a voyage from Hong Kong to the United States, and they’ve since shown up in far off places like South America, Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, Scotland, Newfoundland, and the Atlantic. Some are even frozen in Arctic ice.

# Bananas!
In 2007, residents of two Dutch North Sea islands must have thought they were blessed by the fruit gods when thousands of unripe bananas swept onto their shores.

In reality, they came from yet another container that had fallen off a cargo ship during a storm. Crowds of banana-seekers showed up to gather the fruit, undoubtedly with visions of smoothie and bread recipes in their head. In fact, there were so many bananas littering the coastline that some suggested that they donate them to a nearby zoo.
Enough boli for these guys!

# Sports Flyswatters!
Thousands of accidental container spills occur in the Pacific Ocean every year, as loads and loads of commercial goods make their way from Asia to the West. While this lost cargo is seriously adding to the ocean’s pollution problem, there is one silver lining: it could make you the owner of a free, slightly beat-up fly swatter.

Creepiest Places on Earth

It doesn’t matter whether or not you believe in ghosts, there are some places in which none of us would want to spend a night. Like the Okija shrine for instance. These places have well earned their reputations as being so creepy, tragic or mysterious (or all three) that they definitely qualify as “haunted.”

Places like…

#Aokigahara Forest

Aokigahara is a woodland at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that makes The Blair Witch Project forest look like Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood. It probably has something to do with all the dead bodies scattered around.

What Niagara Falls is to weddings, Aokigahara is to suicide. How many suicides does it takes for a place to get that reputation? A dozen? Fifty?

Well more than 500 people have taken their own lives in Aokigahara since the 1950s! Scary eh?

The trend has supposedly started after Seicho Matsumoto published his novel Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) where two of his characters commit suicide there. After that, hundreds of Japanese people have hanged themselves among the countless trees of the Aokigahara forest, which is reportedly so thick that even in high noon it’s not hard to find places completely surrounded by darkness. Besides bodies and homemade nooses, the area is littered with signs displaying such uplifting messages like “Life is a precious thing! Please reconsider!” or “Think of your family!”

By the way, if an entire dark forest full of hanged corpses wasn’t bad enough, a few years ago some people noticed that a lot of the dead in Aokigahara probably had cash or jewelry on them. Thus began the proud Japanese tradition of Aokigahara Scavenging where people are running around the Death Forest, looking for dead guys to loot. Sigh

#The Overtoun Bridge

Located near Scotland’s charming little village of Milton in the peaceful burgh of Dumbarton, the Overtoun Bridge (not to be confused with Adetoun) is a local arch construction where no human beings have ever died in any suspicious circumstances whatsoever over the last few decades. However, during that span, for reasons i can’t begin to possibly understand, hundreds and hundreds of dogs have killed themselves there. Yes, dogs. It appears that dogs have been plunging off of Overtoun since the early 60s, at a rate of one animal a month… bringing the total number today to around 600 mutts, who for some reason, decided to end their lives there.

And this is not about a series of unfortunate accidents that could have been avoided with a simple guard rail. People who actually witnessed the reported dogs willingly climbing the parapet wall and leaping to their doom with doggy grins on their faces.
Theories on why this is happening have been all over the place, from particularly aromatic rodents to a simple stream of bizarre coincidences.

To further drive the point home, it has been observed that certain dogs that jumped off the bridge and survived, climbed back up and THREW THEMSELVES TO THEIR DEATHS ALL OVER AGAIN.

#Winchester Mystery House

In San Jose there is this house. It is a gigantic, sprawling 160-room complex designed like a maze, with mile-long hallways, secret passages, dead ends, doors opening to blank walls and staircases leading to the ceiling.
It’s the work of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. In the late 19th century, deeply saddened over the death of her husband and daughter, she visited a Boston medium who told her she was haunted by the spirits of all the victims of Winchester rifles. She needed to make peace with them by… always be building a house. As in, never stop building a house, or else she will die.

In 1884, Winchester started construction of her new San Jose mansion, which has gone on non-stop for 38 years right until her death. Despite modern contractors taking about that much time to put in the wooden paneling in your kitchen, the Winchester mansion eventually grew so big you could, in all seriousness, get lost in it. And getting lost was the idea, the crazy twists and turns and dead ends were intended to confuse the ghosts. But pissing off vengeful spirits was just one of the many architectural choices for the mansion. The entire Winchester Mystery House was decorated with a constant spiderweb motif–which Sarah believed had some spiritual meaning-and everything from the hooks on the walls to candle holders has been arranged around the number 13, supposedly for good luck. Yeah… for someone trying to free herself from ghosts, Winchester did everything but sacrifice a baby goat to Satan to assure her house will be haunted.

#The Sedlec Ossuary

For centuries the abbot in the small Czech town of Sedlec has been the Niagara Falls for dead people, regardless of cause of death. Ever since someone sprinkled soil from the Holy Land on the local cemetery in the 13th century, people from all over Europe started demanding to be buried there and the Sedlec graveyard kept growing until 1870, when the priests decided to finally do something about all those surplus bones lying around. Something insane.

He like the idea of a Chandelier full of bones!

Today, the Sedlec Ossuary is a chapel famous for being decorated with tens of thousands of human bones. This macabre style of interior design was the work of Czech woodcarver Frantisek Rint who, for some reason, was hired to organize the church’s extensive skeleton collection. The results were huge mounds of human remains in the four corners of the chapel, a terrifying chandelier built from every bone in the human body, and a massive skull coat of arms adorning the entrance.

We realize this is the Czech Republic and all, but it has been 27 years, surely Poltergeist was released out there already. Like, maybe last year or something? Why are they still playing with human bones as if they were Satan’s Lego blocks and making them sit through Mass every single day for almost 140 years now? On the Tempting Fate scale, the only thing worse would be to start using some of the skulls as ceremonial mugs or chamber pots.

The church became the inspiration for Dr. Satan’s lair in the Rob Zombie movie House of 1000 Corpses.

#San Zhi Resort

What do you get when you cross a series of abandoned, rusting, futuristic UFO-shaped buildings with a series of mysterious deaths covered up by the government? How about the ghost town-slash-tourist resort of San Zhi, located just outside Taipei.

The exclusive San Zhi resort in Taiwan was supposed to be the destination for bored, rich folk who always wondered what it would be like to live inside an over-sized hockey puck. Construction of Pod City started around the 80s but was quickly shut down after a series of mysterious on-site fatal accidents… or it could have been due to Godzilla attacks for all we know. There is actually very little official information on San Zhi. We can’t even confirm how many people died there or if they screamed something about eyeless children eating their souls. The whole thing is shrouded in secrecy.

A hotel? No! This is a… a weather balloon!

Currently, most of the information on the complex comes from the locals who-what a surprise-refuse to go near the damn thing. And thus the abandoned 90 pods just stand there, waiting for anyone foolish enough to wander in.
Come on man, don’t be a sissy, this place looks legit.
Wait a second… abandoned resort town in the middle of nowhere, mysterious deaths, lack of any official information… where have we seen this before?

#Prypiat

A whole lot of you just got deja vu looking at the above picture. Specifically, those of you who have played Call of Duty 4, as there is an entire level that takes place there. If you thought the idea of a completely silent, abandoned, radioactive city was typical video game apocalyptic fantasy, you were wrong.

Prypiat is in the northern Ukraine and once housed the workers and scientists of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. Founded in the 70s, it held as many as 50,000 people. Then in 1986, according to a footnote in the official Soviet records, there was a small malfunction in the Chernobyl reactor, so for safety reasons the city was evacuated.

Since then, Prypiat has been desolated, its buildings decaying, the giant Ferris Wheel just standing there all alone with nobody to ride it. The city actually had an entire amusement park for the families of the Chernobyl employees. Because when you are living next to a nuclear reactor which was outdated even by 1986 Soviet standards, the only thing on your mind is bumper cars.

The city is located in what is known as the Zone of Alienation, the 30-kilometer radius directly affected by the Chernobyl “minor technical difficulty” over 20 years ago. Despite that, Prypiat is now opened to the public because the radiation levels have apparently went down significantly over the years. We guess we have a different view on radiation than the government of Ukraine. They obviously have a scale for it, while we consider any radiation a very bad thing.

Aside from the inherent risk of getting bit by a radioactive snail and becoming the lamest superhero ever, there is another reason why you will never see me among the tourists occasionally visiting Prypiat. They have a nursery, which according to certain claims is currently paved with baby shoes and abandoned dolls.
So, Prypiat is basically an abandoned radioactive ghost Soviet baby amusement park.

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World’s largest swimming pool

For many people who love to swim a big swimming people would be a dream come true. A swimming pool five strokes across isn’t just it. We want olympic-size pools. Even bigger if possible. its probably cos of this crave for a large space to swim in that people go to the beach.

You might want to visit the world’s largest swimming pool then. Its 1013 meters long and covers 20 acres! its deepest end reaches 115ft and it holds 66 million gallons of water!

But it’s located in San Alfonso del Mar in Algarrobo, Chile. So if you can get there…

The Crystal Lagoon, as it is called cost $1 billion! Its the size of 20 Olympic-sized pools.

This is spectacular!

Did you just think about it? Did you just think how nice it would be to have one in nigeria? My dear, wake up!