One of my biggest fears is never finding someone who loves me as much as I love them, and having to settle for someone who i’m not truly in love with.
At Comic Con, a little boy lost his dad in the crowd, and was scared until he saw the Flash and Wonder Woman. He went up to the Flash to ask for help, because he knows him. I think my heart is about to explode.
1871. Ruins of Chicago fire.
Peculiar “Where the ‘Odds’ are with You”
The city of Peculiar in Missouri received its name when the first postmaster, Edgar Thomson, had his first choice, Excelsior, rejected because it already existed in Atchison County, Missouri. The story goes that the annoyed Thomson wrote to the Postmaster General himself to complain saying, “We don’t care what name you give us so long as it is sort of ‘peculiar’.” Thomson submitted the name “Peculiar” and the name was approved. The post office was established on June 22, 1868. The town motto is “Where the ‘odds’ are with you.”
The Female Stranger
During the fall of 1816 in Alexandria Virginia two people, a man and his wife walked into the Gadsby’s Tavern Hotel. The woman was ill and it was thought she was suffering from Typhoid fever. The woman’s condition continued to deteriorate despite being attended by one of Alexandria’s doctors. The husband then summoned the doctor and hotel staff and even the owner’s wife to the room to ask a very unusual request: He asked that everyone present swear an oath never to reveal their identities. All agreed and each took the secret to the grave. Several days after the oath was taken the Female Stranger died and to this day no one knows their identity. Before disappearing, her husband commissioned an extravagant headstone and buried her at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Alexandria Virginia.
The engraving on the headstone reads:
To the Memory of a
whose mortal sufferings terminated
on the 14th day of October 1816
Aged 23 years and 8 months.
This stone is placed here by her disconsolate
Husband in whose arms she sighed out her
latest breath and who under God
did his utmost even to soothe the cold
dead ear of death.
How loved how valued once avails thee not
To whom related or by whom begot
A heap of dust alone remains of thee
Tis all thou art and all the proud shall be
To him gave all the Prophets witness that
through his name whosoever believeth in
him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts.10th Chap.43rd verse
"Mad" King Ludwig II and his Mysterious Death
Ludwig II became king of Bavaria, in 1864. During his reign, Ludwig II was obsessed with lavish surroundings and little else. He spent all of his personal funds on the construction of fairy tale castles. These fantastically beautiful castles pictured above are Linderhof Palace, Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Herrenchiemsee Palace and remain extremely popular tourist attractions in Germany. The Hall of Mirrors in Herrenchiemsee was illuminated with the light of more than 1800 candles.
He was painfully shy, and ill-equipped for his duties as king. He spent hardly any time governing his people, and had a strong aversion to public appearances.
In 1866, Ludwig was accused of being insane. Whether his eccentric behaviors were caused by insanity is unknown. The man who declared him mentally ill had never examined him. He was deposed on the grounds of insanity at the request of his uncle, who may have wanted control of the government. The day after the king’s deposition, he was found dead in a pond, along with the very doctor who had diagnosed him insane. At first the deaths were deemed suicides, but many believe that Ludwig and his doctor were murdered. There is still talk of exhuming the graves for autopsies. Should this come to fruition, the fate of the “mad” king and his doctor may finally be solved.
January 23 1897 - Zona Heaster was discovered dead at her home.
She became the last instance in American legal history when testimony of a ghost was accepted at a murder trial.
Reasons for admission to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in the 1800s.
Some of these reasons….
Strange and Unusual Tombstones
Everyone has a different view of death. Some fear it. Others count down the days. Regardless of your particular view on the matter, you probably have an opinion on how you would like to be remembered. Whether is was the people lying below these tombstones or their beloved family members, someone had to make the decision on the above tombstones. It’s hard not to imagine what some of them must have been thinking.