Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hitler Planned to Make Blackpool His Playground

Blackpool Gazette [UK]
25 February 2017

It’s a story that has been told many times before […]: Hitler loved Blackpool so much he spared it from the wrath of the Luftwaffe and planned to turn it into his own personal holiday destination.

But is it true? Did the Nazi leader really want to land his stormtroopers in Stanley Park before parading them down the Prom following an invasion of Britain?

And if it isn’t, then just why did the resort, which played a major part in the Second World War effort, emerge largely unscathed? […]

Friday, January 20, 2017

Dead Man's Rock, Flin Flon, Manitoba

Flin Flon Reminder [Manitoba, Canada]
19 January 2017

Jonathon Naylor

[…] Dead Man’s Rock, also known as White Rock, is an out-of-place grey boulder that sits prominently atop a rock outcrop near Many Faces Education Centre.

[…] Members of the Baby Boom generation who attended Parkdale School (now Many Faces) sometimes refer to the boulder as White Rock. One of their fables revolves around spirits pushing or lifting the rock into place to mark an ancient burial site.

In more recent decades, the boulder was known as Dead Man’s Rock. The accompanying legend speaks of an unnamed man who was sitting in a lawn chair on the rocks while reading a book one summer day.

Nearby, a blasting crew inadvertently sent the boulder hurling through the air. By the time the man looked up from his book, it was too late. He was flattened.

Adding intrigue to this narrative is the fact that at one point, someone placed a mangled lawn chair under the boulder. Did the lawn chair instigate the tale or vice-versa?

A lesser-known myth about the boulder insists that early prospectors placed the rock there to mark what they believed was a rich ore deposit. […]

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Child Abductor Part of a Hypnotist Syndicate (Malaysia)

The Star [Malaysia]
8 January 2017

by Allison Lai

KUALA LUMPUR: Netizens and members of the public have come forward and quashed a message that went viral on social media alleging that an old lady was a child kidnapper in shopping complexes.

Major Chinese dailies reported that they denied the rumour which claimed the old lady was part of a hypnotist syndicate out to kidnap children, saying that she was only a lone senior citizen who frequented the malls. […]