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Incredulous Curiosities

Updated on March 4, 2016
Marine tank
Marine tank

Have you ever witnessed something 'impossible'?

How to explain the seemingly impossible to someone else? Afraid that people will consider you insane - inane with the worst possible rejection known - dismissed and ignored by your unawareness by your own ignorance?

Fear of failure keeps our mouth shut and it is this aversion to risk that deters bright ideas to become a reality.

Truth Stranger Than Fiction

I call shenanigans on certain facts expoused by John Oldale who wrote the book, 'A World of Curiosities: Surprising, Interesting, and Downright Unbelievable Facts from Every Nation on the Planet'.

Unbelievable is right, I just had to check on these strange and odd facts.

On page 270 it states that a bridal dowry included having all her teeth removed for dentures in the United States but it was in Nova Scotia Canada, east of Maine and not in the United States where this practice was done.

It is understandable that a non US citizen may have thought that Nova Scotia was part of the US but when I read on page 13 that "US tanks crews are highly superstitious" about apricots my reaction was one of total disbelief.

On the internet is says Marine tankers from WW2. The best denial is from Delta V who posted on snopes, "Ok, as a former tank platoon leader, I can say this one is totally bogus ... must be a marine thing."[1]

The origins of this superstition is from "World War II, a flotilla of landing craft carrying apricots for the troops sank off the coast of France, with all hands lost."[2]

[1] 'Dowry dentures: a toothless tradition' By Philippa Hobbs

[2] 'SHHHH! You’ll Jinx It!' by Captain Caveman

[1]'No apricots near tanks'

[2]'Superstitions Abound at Camp As Soldiers Await War in Iraq' by Michael M. Phillips

Australian Aborigines on Botany Bay by Arthur Phillip, 1790.
Australian Aborigines on Botany Bay by Arthur Phillip, 1790. | Source

Lord of the Flies?

On page 18, the author Oldale claims that, "Tasmania's Aborigines lost the use of spears and axes. I had no problem believing that because in the original movie, 'Planet of the Apes', humans had lost the power of speech. From vintage photos of the 1890's the Tasmanian Aborigines has already regained the use of spears and fishing from contact with outsiders, but at first contact during the early 1800's they didn't have hafted tools nor ate fish - although they did have boats.

Archaeological diggings of Tasmania shows that during the separation from Australia during the last ice age, the tool kit was the same but over time, less and less tools were found buried and then finally disappeared about 4,000 years ago. "It appears they had knowledge of hafting bone to spears in the Pleistocene, but it had been lost by the Holocene."[3]

Some say that this was an example of the 'Lord of the Flies' de-evolution, while others say the reason why Tasmanians stopped eating fish was the toxic red bloom algae in the fish.

Tasmanian Aborigines: 'Lord of the Flies' Theory by Tim O'Neill / Thiudareiks Gunthigg

[3] Australia: The Land Where Time Began by M.H.Monroe

Tightest Airline Security in the World

On El Al of Israel, each and every passenger is interviewed alone by security staff and psychologically profiled. Someone told me that they ask you 'tricky' questions to make you slip up and reveal yourself in ways that you may want hidden.

It appears to be akin to the "Bridge of Death" skit from the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Bridgekeeper: STOP!
He who would cross the Bridge of Death
Must answer me these questions three
Ere the other side he see. your name?

Galahad: Sir Galahad of Camelot

Bridgekeeper: your quest?

Galahad: To seek the Grail...

Bridgekeeper: your favorite color?


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    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    I think it has happened also - at one point the hour-glass neck was down to 8k humans worldwide. - then Sumer the cradle of civilization happened.

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    Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

    Very interesting. I always suspected man got smart, then full of himself ,and then lost it all.

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    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    Answers 2 quiz: 1 cm, testicles@12, S.Africa, Serbia, resin spurge