Unsolved and REALLY WEIRD Stories

May 4, 2009

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Coincidence? Hmmm…. read these stories and you tell me what you determine. Talk about mind-blowing! I found these on the Internet– I don’t know if all these are REAL stories. They sure seem like it, though. Haven’t you ever heard that quote, “Life is stranger than fiction”?

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A British officer, Major Summerford, while fighting in the fields of Flanders in February 1918 was knocked off his horse by a flash of lightning and paralyzed from the waist down. Summerford retired and moved to Vancouver.

One day in 1924, as he fished alongside a river, lightning hit the tree he was sitting under and paralyzed his right side. Two years later Summerford was sufficiently recovered that he was able to take walks in a local park.

He was walking there one summer day in 1930 when a lightning bolt smashed into him, permanently paralyzing him. He died two years later. But lightning sought him out one last time.

Four years later, during a storm, lightning struck a cemetery and destroyed a tombstone. The deceased buried here? Major Summerford.

from Daily Cognition.

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In 1883, Henry Ziegland broke off a relationship with his girlfriend who, out of distress, committed suicide. The girl’s enraged brother hunted down Ziegland and shot him. Believing he had killed Ziegland, the brother then took his own life. In fact, however, Ziegland had not been killed. The bullet had only grazed his face, lodging into a tree. It was a narrow escape. Years later, Ziegland decided to cut down the same tree, which still had the bullet in it. The huge tree seemed so formidable that he decided to blow it up with dynamite. The explosion propelled the bullet into Ziegland’s head, killing him.

from Daily Cognition.

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In Beatrice, Nebraska, on March 1, 1950, all church choir members scheduled to appear for group practice arrived late. Each member’s various reasons for being tardy were unrelated. But it was a lucky escape. At 7:20 the church was destroyed by a gas explosion.

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Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, is the only person known to have been hit by a meteorite. On an afternoon in November 1954, Ann Hodges was sleeping on her living room couch when a grapefruit-sized meteoroid smashed through the roof of her house. It hit her large wooden radio, destroying it, and then struck Ann on the hip. She was severely bruised.

ann hodges

The meteorite’s path had created a blazing fireball, seen by witnesses in several states. Since this was the only (even to this day) known case of an extraterrestrial object striking a human, Ann and the meteorite received worldwide publicity.

According to Wikipedia,

The United States Air Force sent a helicopter to take the meteorite. Eugene Hodges, the husband of the woman who was struck, hired a lawyer to get it back. The Hodges’ landlord, Mrs. Bertie Guy, also claimed it, wanting to sell it to cover the damage to the house. There were offers of up to $5,000 for the meteorite. By the time it was returned to the Hodgeses, over a year later, public attention had diminished and they were unable to find a buyer willing to pay much money.

Mrs. Hodges was uncomfortable with the public attention and the stress of the dispute over ownership of the meteorite. Against her husband’s wishes, she donated it to the Alabama Museum of Natural History where it is displayed at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. It is an ordinary chondrite stone, and weighs about 8.5 pounds.

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In 1930s Detroit, a man named Joseph Figlock was to become an amazing figure in a young (and, apparently, incredibly careless) mother’s life. As Figlock was walking down the street, the mother’s baby fell from a high window onto Figlock. The baby’s fall was broken and Figlock and the baby were unharmed. A year later, the selfsame baby fell from the selfsame window, again falling onto Mr. Figlock as he was passing beneath. Once again, both of them survived the event.

from Cool Coincidences.

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One Response to “Unsolved and REALLY WEIRD Stories”

  1. Cindy @ Fenced in Family Says:

    Very neat post. I love reading about strange happenings like these. How incredibly strange that the one man was struck by lightning (or nearly so) so many times. And that last one about the baby…wow!