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In 1899 a bolt of lightning killed a man as he stood in his backyard in Taranto, Italy. Thirty years later his son was killed in the same way and in the same place. On October 8, 1949, Rolla Primarda, the grandson of the first victim and the son of the second, became the third.
Posted by ashley @ 1:12 pm on December 18th
During World war 1, France built a fake Paris to fool Germany.
Posted by ashley @ 1:57 pm on December 17th
During World War I, the French created a dummy version of Paris to the city’s immediate north. The plan was to fool German planes into thinking the Potemkin city was the real thing, thus leaving the City of Lights untouched by bombs.
Fortunately, the plan was never put to the test. The war ended before the fake city was finished. Both the real Paris and the fake one escaped significant damage.The fake version has long since disappeared, though photos of it remain.
Cat Inherits $13 Million From Owner
Posted by ashley @ 1:06 pm on December 16th
Maria Assunta, a 94-year-old widow and heiress from Italy, left her 10 million euro fortune plus several properties scattered across Europe to her 4-year-old kitty, Tommaso, according to London’s Daily Telegraph.
The wealthy widow, who died, originally wanted to leave her fortune to an animal welfare association that would commit to looking after Tommaso. But when Assunta’s lawyers couldn’t find a group that lived up to her standards, she instead drew up a will in November 2009 leaving her estate to Tommaso through a nurse named Stefania, according to the Telegraph.
Stefania, who cared for Assunta in her final months, had promised she would look after the cat and make sure he was loved after her patient died. Stefania told the Telegraph she had no clue Assunta was so wealthy.
“She was very discreet,” Stefania said. “I knew very little of her private life. She only told me that she had suffered from loneliness a lot.”
Tommaso, Stefania and another cat now live in a house outside Rome.
‘Gay’ Penguin Pair Adopt a Baby Chick in China
Posted by ashley @ 1:48 pm on December 15th
China’s same-sex penguin pair, 0310 and 067 — or as News Feed likes to call them, Adam and Steve. They have a pretty lush life at Harbin Polar Land in northern China. Harbin Polar Land has embraced their eccentric penguins by not only giving them a same-sex wedding, but also providing them with their very own baby chick to care for.
Adam and Steve had a history of stealing eggs from more-traditional couples during hatching season. So when keepers noticed a mother of recently hatched twins struggling with her parenting duties, they decided to give Adam and Steve the baby they were looking for.
While it might seem, well, different for a penguin chick to have two male parents, in fact, all penguins are known to have natural instincts for parenting, as males and females equally share in the responsibility to incubate and care for their chicks, before and after they’re born. For this reason, keepers at Harbin Polar Land are confident that Adam and Steve’s chick will grow up to be just like its penguin peers.