Unknown Thursdays!

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Every Thursday I’ll be posting another strange, mysterious, or frightening true story. The world is full of wonders, despite our desire to understand everything with science and technology, there are still things that are left unknown. Come with me and let’s explore them together.

Have you ever played the game Silent Hill?

You know the creepy game where you walk through a haunted, fog filled town and try to hide from misshapen monsters that want to rip your skin off? Yeah, it’s a lot fun. But did you know that its based on a real place?

The town of Centralia, Pennsylvania has been burning for over 50 years. Underneath the nearly deserted town of Centralia is a coal mine, and in 1962 it caught on fire and was never put out. The town ordered a nearby landfill to be burned as a way of dealing with the strip mine dump, a hole was dug and it was lit on fire. Well somehow this pit fire traveled to the mines, the mines that the town is built on top of and set ablaze. The residents started to notice fissures of smoke and gas leaking up out of the road. Despite the fact that the gas was dangerous carbon monoxide, the residents didn’t immediately move out. It was only in 1981 when a young boy of 12 fell into a sinkhole that suddenly opened in his backyard that national attention started to happen.

Several community groups were formed to debate whether or not the town should relocate and in 1983, $42 million dollars was allocated to help the town’s residents move. In 1992 Pennsylvania governor Bob Casey declared “imminent domain” and took over ownership of all the property in the town. Finally in 2009, governor Ed Rendell began the formal eviction of the remaining residents.

Despite the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning and sinkholes opening up and swallowing residents and homes, there are still less than 10 people living in Centralia, PA to this day.

Unknown Thursdays

Hello!

Every Thursday I’ll be posting another strange, mysterious, or frightening true story. The world is full of wonders, despite our desire to understand everything with science and technology, there are still things that are left unknown. Come with me and let’s explore them together.

Would you believe a ghost solved their own murder? Many times from beyond the grave we try to get those who have passed to give us insight into the mysteries they died with. Where was grandpas lost fortune? What happened to a lost relative? Why am I the only red-head in the family? But think how easier our world would be if the dead could reach out to us and tell us who killed them.

In 1977 Teresita Basa, was found in her home stripped, stabbed and burned, her home was torn apart and robbed. There were no clues, no hint of who could have done such a horrible thing to Teresita, a hospital worker. She had no enemies, no one in her life capable of committing such a crime, well not entirely.

After months of searching for a perpetrator, police received a strange tip. Remy Chua reported that she knew who the murderer was because Teresita had possessed her body and told her about the crime. Chua knew that Allan Showery, a fellow hospital worker had shown up to Teresita’s home to fix her TV and then stole her jewelry after murdering her. When police searched Showery’s home they found jewelry that belongs to Basa in his possession. Chua said that Teresita came into her and “spoke through my lips” and gave her the name ‘Allen’. Remy is not entirely unrelated as she also worked at the same hospital as Basa and Showery, but according to her she entered her trance one hour after Basa was murdered.

Unknown Thursdays!

Hello!

Every Thursday I’ll be posting another strange, mysterious, or frightening true story. The world is full of wonders, despite our desire to understand everything with science and technology, there are still things that are left unknown. Come with me and let’s explore them together.

Have you heard of Aquagenic Urticaria?

Can you imagine being burned alive every time a drop of water gets on your skin? That’s what life is like for Ivy Angerman a two year old from Minnesota. The child is only able to withstand being in a bath for 15 seconds before her entire body breaks out in hives. The cases of Aquagenic Urticaria are so rare that only 100 people have ever been reported with the condition, doctors and scientists are at a loss as to what causes it.

The many theories about the cause of the illness suggests that it might be what is inside of the water and not the water itself like chlorine or perhaps its the ions in the water itself.

Most people develop the sensitivity in the early puberty, like a UK woman who is unable to drink a single drop of water or get caught in the rain.

There is still no cure, nor treatment for this mystery illness.

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