1. In 1982, Racer Gordon Smiley was killed after reaching his stated goal of 200 mph— straight into a wall.
Medical Director Steve Olvey described the brutal and disturbing scene.
During an attempt to qualify for the Indy 500, Gordon Smiley, a cocky young driver from Texas, was determined to break 200mph or die trying. Several veteran drivers...had warned him that he was in way over his head, driving all wrong for the Speedway.
While rushing to the car, I noticed small splotches of a peculiar gray substance marking a trail on the asphalt leading up to the driver. When I reached the car, I was shocked to see that Smiley's helmet was gone, along with the top of his skull. He had essentially been scalped by the debris fence. The material on the race track was most of his brain.
I rode to the care center with the body. On the way in I performed a cursory examination and realized that nearly every bone in his body was shattered. He had a gaping wound in his side that looked as if he had been attacked by a large shark. I had never seen such trauma.
2. The Decapitated heads of guillotine victims continued moving for up to 30 seconds after death.
A quote Dr. Beaurieux, who experimented with the head of a condemned prisoner by the name of Henri Languille, on 28 June 1905:
Here, then, is what I was able to note immediately after the decapitation: the eyelids and lips of the guillotined man worked in irregularly rhythmic contractions for about five or six seconds. This phenomenon has been remarked by all those finding themselves in the same conditions as myself for observing what happens after the severing of the neck ...
I waited for several seconds. The spasmodic movements ceased. [...]
It was at that point that I called out again and, once more, without any spasm, slowly, the eyelids lifted and undeniably living eyes fixed themselves on mine with perhaps even more penetration than the first time. Then there was a further closing of the eyelids, but now less complete. I attempted the effect of a third call; there was no further movement – and the eyes took on the glazed look which they have in the dead
3. Dead frozen bodies act as waypoints up Mt. Everest
4. Octavia Hatcher was buried alive.
Octavia was bitten by a tstete fly and presumed dead. Other townspeople became ill with the same thing, which turned out to only be sleeping sickness. Her gravesite was quickly uncovered. Her nails were found bloodied, and her face contorted in anguish. A life-sized monument to her remains to this day.
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5. In 1920 a scientist successfully conditioned a child to have a severe and permanent phobia of fluffy objects
John B. Watson was fired not long after his unethical experiment, and the anonymous subject, "Little Albert" was never deconditioned.
6. The Spanish Flu killed over 3% of the world's population in 1918. It targeted the healthy.
The first time humanity met H1N1, we were far less prepared. The disease turns the immune system against vital organs, so those with the strongest immune systems were more likely to die.
7. Into the 1950's, it was common practice to sever pieces of patients 's brains to "cure" mental illness.
Lobotomies were often successful in diminishing the effects of mental disorders, but at the cost of a patient's personality and intelligence.
8. An atomic bomb was accidentally dropped on North Carolina
In 1961, a B52 crashed near Goldsboro, NC. A bomb disposal expert Lt. Jack Revelle, in 2011 admitted that "we came damn close" to a nuclear detonation that would have completely ruined the eastern half of NC.