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Supreme Court Justice Hugo La Fayette Black. Credit: Harris & Ewing (Public domain)
Supreme Court Justice Hugo La Fayette Black. Credit: Harris & Ewing (Public domain)
Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black was once required to attend the funeral of a dignitary whom he had thoroughly despised. Another judge, arriving late, tiptoed in and stopped beside him near the back of the room. "How far has the service gone?" the judge whispered. "I believe," Black whispered back, "they've just opened for the defense."
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California State Prison
Aerial view of Solano State Prison. Credit: Jesstess87 (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>)
Aerial view of Solano State Prison. Credit: Jesstess87 (CC BY-SA 4.0)
"One of 'S.N.L.'s forerunners," Malcolm Gladwell notes, "was a comedy troupe based in San Francisco called the Committee. The Committee's heyday was in the nineteen-sixties, and its humor had the distinctive political bite of that period. "In one of the group's memorable sketches, the actor Larry Hankin played a condemned prisoner being led to the electric chair by a warden, a priest, and a prison guard. Hankin was strapped in and the switch was thrown—and nothing happened. Hankin started to become abusive, and the three men huddled briefly together. Then, as Tony Hendra recounts, in Going Too Far, his history of 'boomer humor': "'They confer and throw the switch again. Still nothing. Hankin starts cackling with glee, doubly abusive. ...
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The Tyburn Tree
William Hogarth's The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn, from the Industry and Idleness series (1747)
William Hogarth's The Idle 'Prentice Executed at Tyburn, from the Industry and Idleness series (1747)
Jonathan Wild masterminded several robberies using organized gangs of thieves (many of whom he had met in debtors' prison). He also built an intricate network for the disposal of the stolen property. Finally arrested for theft in 1725, he was sentenced to be hanged at Tyburn gallows. On the day of his execution, Wild, having picked the pocket of the priest called to the gallows to administer the last rites, died triumphantly waving the cleric's corkscrew at the crowd below.
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Gregor Piatigorsky in 1945. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
Gregor Piatigorsky in 1945. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)
"Towards the end of a recital in Berlin, just as Andres Segovia was concluding with a pianissimo there was a loud cracking noise," Gregor Piatigorsky once recalled. "Segovia rushed off the platform. I visited him backstage and found him muttering 'My guitar, my guitar,' as if they were the only words he knew. "Sometime afterwards he told me that his friend who had made the guitar had died in Madrid at the same time as the instrument had split in Berlin."
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Credit: Wikipedia user anonymous (Public domain)
Credit: Wikipedia user anonymous (Public domain)
The poet Charles Lamb, who struggled with a stammer, was once asked by how he liked babies. He replied: "B-b-boiled, ma'am." 
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Photo of a fortune teller conducting a palm reading, with lines and mounts marked out on the persons palm. This image has been released under Creative Commons licensing. Therefore, you can use this image freely as you wish, though please credit us with a link to www.psychic2tarot.com. Credit: Psychic 2Tarot (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0">CC BY 2.0</a>)

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At the age of eighteen, future AMD chairman Jerry Sanders had his nose, ribs, and skull fractured by a gang called the "Shy Nine" after coming to the defense of a friend in a fight over a girl at a party. (The friend fled, leaving Sanders to fend for himself.) After being dumped in garbage can, Sanders was found and rushed to a hospital, where he lay in a coma for several days before being (prematurely) pronounced dead. While visiting Tokyo one day many years later, Sanders went to a fortune teller "just for the hell of it." Sanders, the psychic claimed, had remarkable hands, containing not one but two lifelines. One went to about one hundred years. The ...
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Publicity photo of Jackie Gleason in The Hustler. Credit: movie studio (Public domain)
Publicity photo of Jackie Gleason in The Hustler. Credit: movie studio (Public domain)
While performing at a club in a seaside town early in his career, Jackie Gleason stayed at a local boarding house. Unable to pay his rent, the young performer hatched a plan... After changing into a swim suit, Gleason packed his belongings, lowered his bags from his bedroom window (into the arms of a waiting friend), casually sauntered out of the house, headed toward the beach, and didn't come back. Three years later Gleason, guilt-ridden, returned to the boardinghouse to pay his debt.The landlady recognized him at once—and shrank back in abject horror. "Oh, my Lord!" she cried. "I thought you were drowned!"  [Fun fact: Gleason had a lifelong interest in the occult and developed an extensive collection of books ...
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A cropped still from the video
A cropped still from the video
One day during the production of the video for "Down In It" (somewhere near Chicago) the apparently lifeless body of Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was shot from a number of different angles. Then, to get a dramatic overhead shot, the video crew attached a camera to a helium balloon and let it rise high into the air. Unfortunately, the balloon got away, drifted off, and later landed in a farmer's field. Some time later, Reznor found himself at the center of a high-profile FBI investigation. The agency, it seemed, had received raw footage from a farmer... of what appeared to be a bone fide snuff film.
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Pixabay photo by Dieter_G
Pixabay photo by Dieter_G
William Crockford (1776 – 1844) was an English entrepreneur; horse racing enthusiast and proprietor of the infamous gambling club Crockford's who became one of the richest men in England. Crockford died from a fit of apoplexy after the poisoning of his prize horse, Ratan, days before it would likely have won the 1844 Derby. When they learned of his death, Crockford's gambling partners were greatly perturbed; Crockford had a heavily backed filly entered for another race (the Oaks). If Crockford's death were made public, the filly would be disqualified. Their solution? They simply propped Crockford's body in a window at his home overlooking the racecourse, where, clearly visible to the crowd, it would discredit any rumors of his demise. As it happened, the ...
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KV62 in the Valley of the Kings. The tomb directly facing the camera is that of Rameses VI. In front of it and to the right, half-hidden by the shoulder of the central mountain, is the tomb of Tutankhamun. Wikipedia photo from Peter J. Bubenik (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/>CC BY-SA 2.0</a>)

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The words engraved on the exterior of King Tutankhamen's Tomb ("Death Shall Come on Swift Wings To Him Who Disturbs the Peace of the King") hardly detered Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter from excavating the tomb after its discovery in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt in 1922. A few months after the tomb's opening, however, tragedy struck. Carnarvon, then 57 years old, fell ill and was rushed to a hospital in Cairo, where he died a few days later. The cause of death appeared to be an infection prompted by a mosquito bite. Incredibly, at the precise moment of Carnarvon's death, a short power failure caused lights throughout Cairo to go out. More incredible still, his son ...