43 “Odd, Mysterious And Fascinating” Real-Life Stories

We all love a true story. Whether it’s a true-crime documentary or a podcast detailing the life of an infamous con artist, audiences will devour a story that actually happened. So it’s no surprise that “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating” Facebook page has become so successful. With over 75k followers, this page has gained a loyal audience by sharing some of the most bizarre, entertaining and harrowing true stories we’ve ever heard. Anything from fascinating images of animals to details about the tragic deaths of celebrities, this page is the place to learn something interesting. We’ve gathered some of the most compelling posts from the page to share with all of you, so enjoy reading them below, along with an interview we were lucky enough to receive from Ryan, the creator of “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating”.

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This is Keanu Reeves. He was abandoned by his father at just 3-years-old and grew up with 3 different stepfathers. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident and his best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose.

No bodyguards, no luxury houses. Keanu lives in an ordinary apartment and likes wandering around town and is often seen riding a subway in NYC. When he was filming the movie “The Lake House,” he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants, one crying as he would lose his house if he did not pay $20,000 – On the same day, Keanu deposited the necessary amount in his bank account.

In his career, he has donated large sums to hospitals including $75 million of his earnings from “The Matrix” to charities.In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery & bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him. In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.

In life, sometimes the ones most broken from inside are the ones most willing to help others.
This man could buy everything, but instead he wakes up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought, to be a caring person

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We reached out to Ryan, the creator of “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating” to hear how the page began and what it’s been like seeing it grow. “I created this particular page to share some of the odd and strange things you see circulating around the internet,” Ryan told us. “This page has grown to 35k likes/75k follows in just under a month. It is extremely exciting watching something grow so fast. This was also done organically and without ads.”

We also asked him how he decides what to share on the page. “I share things that I believe others want to see and that will bring new followers to my page,” Ryan says. “The odd, bizarre and strange things are what I’m usually drawn to.” And clearly, based on the growth of the page, he’s not the only one who enjoys learning about weird things.


A sheep showing gratitude to the dog that saved him from a wolf attack.

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The Greek government has decided to legally ban overweight tourists from receiving rides from donkeys. The ruling comes after animal rights groups garnered media attention surrounding the poor treatment of the donkeys, which included carrying burdensome loads.

The law was created after animal rights groups complained about spinal injuries and open wounds that the donkeys suffered from due to carrying heavier tourists.

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When it comes to why Ryan enjoys sharing these posts, he told us, “I believe sharing these interesting stories keeps social media fresh and engaging. It also helps the younger audience engage as we do not post monotonous political posts or paid ads.” Lastly, Ryan wanted to add that right now he has a “total audience of 3 million followers spread out across several pages”, but his audience was even larger at one time. He went on to explain, “In 2019, I had a singular page with approximately 6.5 million followers that was disabled due to wrongly assigned community standards violations. It has been an extremely difficult battle rebuilding my audience after that happened.” While starting back at square one must have been devastating, Ryan clearly is a pro at what he does, given the traction this page is already getting. If you enjoy this list, be sure to head over to Facebook when you’re done and give “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating” a like.


The majestic Maine Coon cat

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Sadly, this giant wolf-dog was dumped at a kill shelter after growing too large and becoming too much of a burden on the owner. Thankfully, a sanctuary took him instead and saved his life! His DNA testing came back as 87.5% Gray Wolf, 8.6% Siberian Husky and 3.9% German Shepherd. Wow!

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In October 1983, Tami Oldham Ashcraft and her fiancé, Richard Sharp, began a 4,000-mile sailing trip from Tahiti to San Diego. Three weeks into the journey, they were hit by a category 4 hurricane that capsized their ship and knocked Ashcraft unconscious.⁠

Some 27 hours later, she awoke to find that her fiance was gone and she was stranded alone in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With only a sextant and watch, Ashcraft journeyed for 41 days until she found the coast of Hawaii.

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The phenomenon of being drawn to odd and mysterious things is not new. “Freak shows” were popular components of traveling shows in Europe and America throughout the Victorian period. These shows starred people with various unique physical features that captivated and confused audiences. Anything from being extraordinarily tall or short to being a woman with a beard could draw great crowds. Long before we had the internet and countless books at our disposal to learn about and see images of things we don’t encounter in our everyday lives, these “freak shows” were mind-blowing. Of course, we live in a much different time today. We have much better education about disabilities and unique physical features, and thankfully, it is now unacceptable to mock these things. But our human tendency to find fascination in things we do not understand lives on.


At age 17, Juliane Koepcke was sucked out of an airplane after it was struck by lightning. She fell over 2 miles to the ground still strapped to her plane seat and somehow lived. She then had to endure a 9-day walk through the Amazon jungle before eventually being rescued by loggers. She was the sole survivor of LANSA Flight 508 that killed 93 people in December 1971.

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This is a Hammerhead Bat, also known as the “Winged Moose” Wow!

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The moment you realize this is only one photograph.

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One popular way to seek out a topic few of us understand is by learning about true-crime stories. One might think learning about real-life atrocities would lead us to live in fear, but many of us actually find these stories exciting. Psychologist Dr. Chivonna Childs told the Cleveland Clinic, “Watching true crime doesn’t make you strange or weird. It’s human nature to be inquisitive. True crime appeals to us because we get a glimpse into the mind of a real person who has committed a heinous act.” Whether it’s John Wayne Gacy Jr. or Ted Bundy, hearing about someone who is capable of committing such gruesome crimes is almost beyond belief; we can’t help but be intrigued.


A giant eagle that was caught on camera in Alert Bay, BC.

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By the time she was 17, Judy Garland was already reliant on “pep pills,” a.k.a. amphetamines, and was being hounded by studio executives regarding her weight and looks. One executive called her a fat hunchback and encouraged her to smoke in order to suppress her appetite.

Garland’s grueling work schedule — coupled with a strict diet of black coffee, chicken soup, and cigarettes imposed upon her by her Hollywood bosses — set the stage for her lifetime of body dysmorphia and substance abuse. The star attempted suicide at least 20 times in her life until her fatal overdose at 47.

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Harry Haft was just a teenager when he was sent to Auschwitz. Once he arrived, the Nazi guards found out that he had some boxing experience — so they ordered him to fight his fellow prisoners in harrowing boxing matches where the loser would be executed. Forced to literally fight for his life, Haft never lost a single match, even though he would have known many of his opponents because the Nazis regularly sent people from the same town to the same concentration camps. From 1943 to 1945, he was forced to fight at least 76 people, none of whom he ever saw alive again.

Only in April 1945 did Haft manage to escape during a death march away from the camp — by killing a Nazi soldier and stealing his uniform. Haft then spent weeks running from village to village. Trained to fight to the death, he even killed an elderly couple who offered him shelter after he suspected they’d discovered that he wasn’t really a Nazi. By the time he made it to Allied-controlled Germany, he weighed only 110 pounds and spent the next two years recovering in a refugee camp. But by 1947, he decided to fight again and immigrated to America to become a professional boxer — where he took on some of the biggest names in the sport.

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Interestingly enough, true-crime stories also appeal disproportionately to women. But Dr. Childs says that it makes sense, considering that women are statistically more likely to be the victims of violent crime. “We want to watch true-crime in part to learn how to avoid being a victim,” she says. “It can teach us to be prepared in case we’re ever in that situation.” While it’s impossible to predict how any of us would react when confronted with a violent attacker (a situation hopefully none of us every find ourselves in!), I’d like to think that the hundreds of documentaries, podcasts and videos I’ve ingested featuring true-crime tales would do me some good. 


On September 30, 1999, Hisashi Ouchi was exposed to the highest dose of nuclear radiation in human history. A 35-year-old lab technician at the nuclear plant in Tokaimura, Japan, Ouchi was mixing a uranium solution by hand directly over an open container when he accidentally poured in too much uranium, immediately causing a violent explosion.

For the next 83 days, Ouchi suffered unimaginable agony as the radiation worked its way through his body, obliterating his DNA and causing his skin to melt off and his eyes to weep blood before he finally died. And though he begged for death, doctors refused to listen and kept him alive against his will for nearly three excruciating months.

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I knew I recognized that outfit!

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By the age of 12, Drew Barrymore was already a self-described “party girl” — thanks to her mom who took her to nightclubs in Los Angeles and New York. By the time she turned 14, she had spent a year in rehab, been emancipated from her parents, and lived in her own apartment.

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When it comes to the kind of media many of us are interested in, true stories via documentaries and podcasts have become insanely popular in recent years. Podcasts like Serial, My Favorite Murderer, The Dropout and Swindled have gained massive audiences, all by detailing stories that seem too outlandish to be true. Documentaries have also taken over streaming platforms, with Tiger King becoming the most watched show on Netflix for over 3 weeks in a row upon its release. Audiences are hungry for documentaries about anything that’s mysterious to us, including celebrities. Some popular documentaries focusing on the lives of celebrities are Hulu’s The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears and Netflix’s Miss Americana and The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes.


“If I don’t make it, please call my family and let them know how much I love them.”

Todd Beamer was just 32 years old when his flight was hijacked by terrorists on 9/11. A passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, Beamer was forced to think quickly. He first tried calling AT&T, but both of his calls were terminated upon connection. Beamer then attempted to call his wife, but that call was also terminated. Finally, he contacted Airfone operators and was able to connect with a supervisor named Lisa Jefferson. While on the line, he pleaded with Jefferson to tell his pregnant wife and two sons that he loved them, but he also outlined a heroic plan to fight back against the hijackers alongside his fellow passengers and the flight crew. And that’s exactly what he did.

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Former NFL star Pat Tillman was hailed as a hero in 2004 after he was “killed by the Taliban.” But it was a lie — he’d been killed by friendly fire. And while the shooting has since been described as accidental, some believe it was intentionally planned by the U.S. Army.

Not only was Tillman shot three times in the head, but he was also shot at close range and it was later determined that the Army had lied about his unit being ambushed by the enemy. Eerily, all of Tillman’s personal items had been burned — including his uniform and private journals. On top of that, rumors had surfaced that he was about to go public about his opposition to the invasion of Iraq and the War on Terror with a televised meeting with Noam Chomsky. But this meeting would never happen.

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In March of 1993, photographer Kevin Carter captured this haunting photograph of a vulture stalking a young Sudanese girl, who was reduced to a skeletal state because of the country’s famine. Carter won the Pulitzer Prize for the photo, but a short time after, he tragically ended his own life.⁠ ⁠

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Time Magazine’s Judy Berman broke down “docu-mania” in a piece last year, analyzing the rapid rise of true stories on streaming platforms. She addressed the fact that there used to be a stigma around documentaries, with audiences assuming they are more like text books on a screen than riveting stories. But recently, and even more fueled by the pandemic, we are devouring documentaries faster than ever before. The Hollywood Reporter even stated that, “Access to archival footage, remote post-production capabilities and even teleconference interviews mean audiences are likely to see several docuseries born out of COVID-19’s binding circumstances.” Desperate to piece together what audiences were begging for, studios began digging up everything they could to pump out compelling, never-before-heard tales.


This is Simo Häyhä, the deadliest sniper in world history with over 500 confirmed kills in less than 100 days. He used no scope on his rifle and once held off over 4,000 Soviets with only 31 other Finns.

Over the course of the Winter War, which lasted roughly 100 days, Häyhä killed between 500 and 542 Russian soldiers, all with his antiquated rifle. While his comrades were using state-of-the-art telescopic lenses to zoom in on their targets, Häyhä was fighting with an iron sight, which he felt gave him a more precise target.

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In 2005, researchers discovered a phallus-shaped stone object buried in a cave in a German mountain, measuring eight inches long and three centimeters wide. Upon closer inspection, experts realized that they were looking at the world’s oldest known dildo. Created approximately 28,000 years ago, this sex toy is older than civilization, religion, and marriage combined.

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When Joe Pichler was just six years old, he made his acting breakthrough with a commercial for a Seattle department store. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles, where he landed a part in 1999’s “Varsity Blues” before earning a leading role in two installments of the “Beethoven” franchise.

Pichler then moved back to his hometown of Bremerton, Washington to attend high school and had plans to return to Hollywood after he had his braces removed — but he never got the chance. In the early morning hours of January 5, 2006, Pichler mysteriously vanished, and police have been unable to solve his disappearance to this day.

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Paul Jenkins wrote a list of “Reasons Why Documentaries Are Important” for Brilliantio, and many of them align perfectly with why “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating” page is so successful. The first reason being the classic idea that “truth is stranger than fiction”. Many of the stories featured on the Facebook page sound unbelievable. And while many of them are tragic or harrowing, we can’t help but be captivated by them. Much like documentaries, “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating” also conveys a “kaleidoscope of humanity”, allowing readers to learn about how diverse our world and all the people in it are. 


In 1989, Billy Idol threw a three-week-long party in his penthouse at the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok. All the sex, drugs, and property damage eventually prompted the hotel to hit Idol with a $250,000 bill.

But when he still refused to leave, the military had to be called in to corral the British rocker. Idol was shot with a tranquilizer dart and hauled out on a stretcher before he would finally stop partying.

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Accused of murdering two white girls in 1944 without a shred of physical evidence, 14-year-old George Stinney Jr. became the youngest person in U.S. history ever executed in the electric chair

When he was put to death, he was so small that the state electrician struggled to adjust an electrode to his right leg. Stinney even needed to sit on a phone book for the electrocution to work properly. He then survived the first round of 2,400 volts, which caused his oversized mask to slip off and expose his tears. It took two more jolts before he was dead with the room reeking of burning flesh.

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Near the end of his life, Bob Marley was told by a doctor that he had “more cancer in him than I’ve seen with a live human being,” and that he only had a few months to live, so “he might as well go back out on the road and die there.”

Three years earlier, the reggae icon had been diagnosed with melanoma under his toenail in 1977. Doctors removed the nail and the nail bed, but Marley refused to have the toe itself amputated to stop the spread of the disease, insisting that it violated his Rastafarian religious beliefs. By 1980, the cancer had spread throughout his body, infecting his liver, lungs, and even his brain. Marley played his last show on September 30, 1980, in Pittsburgh, performing Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” during the soundcheck to the bemusement of his roadies, who didn’t know anything was wrong. He died eight months later at the age of 36.

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Another feature of documentaries and the posts shared on this Facebook page are the opportunities to give faces to names. As exciting as podcasts and books are, it’s nice to have visual elements alongside the stories. A photo really is worth a thousand words and can add so much to a compelling story. These images can also help audiences better understand worlds they think they know. For example, unflattering and heartbreaking images of late celebrities right before they passed are very different from the images of them typically shown in the media. Of course, it’s great to celebrate how they were at their best, but especially when tackling topics like addiction, audiences should see the reality of a situation.


In 1993, lawyer Garry Hoy fell 24 floors to his death while demonstrating the tensile strength of his office windows to a group of visiting law students. Far from being an unusual incident, body-checking window safety was his signature – and fatal – move.

Hoy’s regular practice of hurling himself at window panels in front of onlookers and harmlessly bouncing off ended disastrously when it accidentally popped the glass out of its frame and sent “one of the best and brightest” lawyers plunging from the skyscraper.

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A Rottweiler with Vitiligo

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“They couldn’t get shoes on him because his feet had swelled up,” she recalled. “They had to cut up the formal wear, too, because they couldn’t get it on him, there wasn’t a whole body to put it on.”

In 1986, firefighter Vasily Ignatenko heroically responded to the radioactive fires caused by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station explosion. He put most of the fires out in a couple of hours, but spend far too long near the radiation. After several weeks of suffering, he would die from his exposure. After his death, Ignatenko’s body was so radioactive, he had to be buried under layers of zinc and concrete in order to protect the public from his corpse.

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We hope you enjoy the rest of this list of fascinating facts and stories and that you’ve learned at least one interesting tidbit you can share with a friend later on. Don’t forget to upvote all of your favorite posts, then let us know in the comments if you have any bizarre stories that would work well on this page. And if you’re interested in more of this content, be sure to give “The Odd, Mysterious & Fascinating” a like on Facebook.


Between 2000 and 2003, biologist Amie Huguenard spent three summers in Alaska with her boyfriend Timothy Treadwell studying and filming grizzly bears. Treadwell, who was better known as the “Grizzly Man,” had met Huguenard during a book tour in 1996 and the pair had instantly bonded over their love of animals. But then, in October 2003, the couple was brutally mauled and eaten by a half-ton bear that attacked them at their camp. And the audio of their horrifying final moments was captured on tape.

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Tina Turner at 47 years old, and again at 74. Wow!

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Rescuing live climbers from the Death Zone on Mount Everest is risky enough, and removing their bodies is almost impossible. Many unfortunate mountaineers remain exactly where they fell, frozen in time forever to serve as macabre milestones for the living.

One body that every climber en route to the summit must pass is that of “Green Boots,” who was one of the eight people killed on the mountain during a blizzard in 1996.

The corpse, which received its name because of the neon green hiking boots it wears, lies curled up in a limestone cave on Mount Everest’s Northeast ridge route. Everyone who passes through is forced to step over his legs in a forceful reminder that the path is still treacherous, despite their proximity to the summit.

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Before becoming the LSD-fueled hippie guru who defined the 1960s and ’70s, Ram Dass was a stuffy academic named Richard Alpert. While working as an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Harvard, Alpert had a fateful meeting with LSD pioneer Timothy Leary, and together they embarked upon a series of mind-altering and controversial experiments.

In 1962, Alpert and Leary conducted the famous “Good Friday Experiment,” history’s first controlled study of the connection between psychedelic drugs and mystical experiences, right inside the chapel at Boston University. The experiment got both men fired from Harvard, prompting Alpert to take a spiritual journey to India that saw him reinvent himself as the guru “Ram Dass” — and made him an icon of the hippie movement.

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Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow skipped from bank robbery to bank robbery in America’s heartland, becoming media sensations for their daring crimes and heart-throbbing love story. But all this came to a terrible halt in 1934 when an ambush stopped them dead in their tracks, decisively ending both their criminal careers and their young lives in a scene so gruesome that the photos cemented their untimely end into American history forever.

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Some are now getting “bridge piercings” on their noses so they can wear frameless glasses.

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On the morning of May 25, 1979, six-year-old Etan Patz convinced his mom to let him walk to the bus stop alone. When she got the call later that day that Etan never made it to school, her legs gave out from under her. His face soon appeared at breakfast tables around the U.S. as he became the original missing milk carton kid — but Etan was never seen alive again. However, after nearly 40 years of searching, Etan’s case has finally been closed.

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“4 days ago, a group of friends and I went to Murree together. We were having a walk through the Murree Hills at 2 or 3am and this happened. All of us were together. One friend asked to take a group photo of us, and took it with flash because there was low to zero lighting. When i went through my pictures later on, I was shocked to see a person standing right behind one of my friends. He had a pale white face and if you close in on his legs you can see it look as if it is not of human. None of us knew the person 3rd from the left.”

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Only a few will remember him

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Strangely enough, the bizarre 2006 film ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ was actually based on the folklore story of Sawney Bean, the head of an inbred cannibal family.

Legend maintains that for over 25 years, Sawney Bean and his incestuous family of cannibalistic children terrorized medieval Scotland. According to folklore, the family would descend upon unsuspecting travelers and then dismember, pickle, and devour them. Some estimate that the family cannibalized up to 1,000 people — until one man escaped and told King James VI.

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A mother centipede protecting her babies.

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On July 3, 1971, Jim Morrison’s girlfriend Pamela Courson found the rock star unconscious and immobile in the bathroom of their Paris apartment. Before long, The Doors frontman was declared dead of heart failure, thought to be brought on by a heroin overdose.

In the years after Morrison’s death, Courson’s own addictions grew rapidly worse. She often described herself as “Jim Morrison’s wife” — despite the fact that they had never married — and sometimes even delusionally claimed that he was about to call her. Nearly three years later, she suffered the same fate as The Doors frontman — and died at age 27 of a heroin overdose just like him.

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On June 8, 2018, 61-year-old celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was found dead at a hotel in France, ruled suicide by hanging. Despite his massive success and role in exposing the unsavory secrets of the culinary underworld, the “original rock star” of the kitchen struggled with his own demons.

Bourdain’s past heroin addiction may have been resolved, but his mental health continued to trouble him. He often discussed death, suicide, depression, and a darkness he couldn’t shake, leading him to choose what experts called an “impulsive act.”

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A female Omothymus spider spotted in Malaysia

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Though Jesus is typically portrayed as a white man with long locks, researchers have harnessed the power of forensic anthropology to reconstruct what the Christian Messiah may have actually looked like.

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