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In September 1998, MacKenzie-Childs Ltd. recalled some 42,000 "paper candle shades," advising consumers to "immediately stop using the paper candle shades with candles."
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Mount Edgecumbe, Sitka
From hoaxes.org: Residents of Sitka, Alaska woke on the morning of Monday April 1, 1974 to a bright, clear day. They could see right across Sitka Sound to Kruzof Island, where the familiar sight of Mount Edgecumbe, a volcano dormant for 400 years, loomed. But today something was different about the view. A menacing plume of black smoke was rising from the crater. It looked like the volcano was preparing to blow! Concerned residents spilled out of their homes onto the streets to gaze up at the volcano. Calls poured in to local authorities. The Coast Guard commander radioed the Admiral in Juneau who ordered a chopper be sent out to investigate. As the Coast Guard pilot approached Mt. Edgecumbe, ...
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Explosive Ordnance Disposal
The Rim Fire burned more than 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) of forest near Yosemite National Park, in 2013 (DOA photo)
The Rim Fire burned more than 250,000 acres (1,000 km2) of forest near Yosemite National Park, in 2013 (DOA photo)
At a media event to warn the public about July 4th brushfires, San Diego police and firefighters gathered at a bomb disposal site to destroy thousands of illegal fireworks. Sparks drifted to a nearby hill, causing a 10-acre blaze that took 50 firefighters & water-dropping helicopters, and a bulldozer to put out.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Incredibly, most of the dead dogs and cats used in the gruesome 1974 horror flick The Texas Chain Saw Massacre were stolen from a pet cemetery.  "I'd heard that they had just done their two-week clean-out at the city pound, which meant a truckload of domestic animal corpses," director Tobe Hooper recalled. "So we got dead dogs and cats, and Dorothy Pearl, the makeup artist, was shooting formaldehyde [into them] so they would last long enough to put on film. At one point, a dog's leg was extended across her leg, and when she made the injection, it went through the dog and into her...  "Toward the end of the 27 hours, we went upstairs to shoot Marilyn [Burns] running ...
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Vladimir and Vera Nabokov, Montreux, October 1969 (Public Domain)
Vladimir and Vera Nabokov, Montreux, October 1969 (Public Domain)
Vera Nabokov was much more than Vladimir Nabokov's wife. She was his muse, editor, translator, agent, and security guard, who often carried a gun to protect him. Vera also protected Vladimir's work. On one occasion, when Vladimir tried to light a manuscript on fire, Vera saved it. The manuscript, later published, was "Lolita."
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Gene Simmons, Los Angeles, California, USA on October 15, 2012 - Photo by Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com. Credit: Toglenn (<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>)

Gene Simmons, Los Angeles, California, USA on October 15, 2012 - Photo by Glenn Francis of www.PacificProDigital.com. Credit: Toglenn ( ...(more)

One day in 1978, in the middle of a two month tour, KISS bassist Gene Simmons, had a terrifying moment aboard the band's private plane. "Simmons came flying out of his seat, screaming, 'We're on fire!'" an eyewitness recalled. In fact, "the stewardess was melting some butter for the lobsters, and it started smoking." After that incident, Simmons reportedly "never budged, not even to go to the John. And there were some long flights."
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Mandeville Canyon, CA
Elk avoiding a wildfire in Montana (Public Domain)
Elk avoiding a wildfire in Montana (Public Domain)
People do not always behave rationally in the face of disaster. Los Angeles psychologist Helen Lena Astin once recalled a friend risking his life to race back to his house during the 1978 Mandeville Canyon fire to retrieve an important personal article. Pressed later for an explanation, he said that he found it difficult to find a tuxedo that fit him well.
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Arklow Fire Station
Arklow Fire Station c. 2020 (Google Street View)
Arklow Fire Station c. 2020 (Google Street View)
Roused by an alarm in December 1984, Irish firemen in Arklow, in County Wicklow, raced to their posts and wre surprised to discover that the burning building was their own fire station. "The lads found their equipment and protective clothing had been destroyed," Chief Fire Officer Michael O'Neill later recalled, "and we watched the station burn to the ground." O'Neill was asked how a fire could rage unnoticed in a fire station. "Christmas," he explained, "is always a busy time for us." It was in fact the second time the station had burned down in recent years.
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Juneau, Alaska
Winter camping. Pxhere photo 1607582 (<a href=https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>CC0</a>)
Winter camping. Pxhere photo 1607582 (CC0)
In Alaska in 2007, a 43-year-old man named Wally Dean Jackson was sentenced to two years in prison for misrepresenting himself as a hunting and fishing guide. "He's lucky," said state trooper Marc Cloward, "that he didn't kill somebody." Among the clues that Wally was a winner when it came to camping? He picked up an old pelvic bone from a moose and explained that it had been the moose's skull, he had trouble distiguishing the front and back ends of a raft, and he accidentally set himself on fire trying to light a camp stove. Wally also took clients to remote destinations and left them there, claiming that his mother had had a stroke or that there had been ...
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Amazon.com has often been criticized for providing an unregulated platform which enables third-party sellers to shill dangerous products. One report found thousands of banned, unsafe, or mislabeled products, including school supplies containing high levels of toxic metals. On one occasion, a hoverboard caused a fire that destroyed a customer's home. On another occasion, a South Carolina woman who bought a hair dryer on Amazon was surprised to find flames shooting out of it.