Mystery Woman Donates Two Wedding Rings to Salvation Army Santas
A mysterious woman’s Salvation Army donation of two wedding rings wrapped in a letter about true love has led to a contest looking to find a deserving couple who will not only win the rings - but a full wedding and reception as well.
A mother and daughter who are Salvation Army employees were working in front of a Walmart in Biloxi, Mississippi, Nov. 29th when an older woman approached the red bucket with something in her hand.
"She stuffed the paper into the kettle, working hard because the paper was so big," said daughter Jessica Riddle. "I asked if she wanted help, but she said no. That she wanted to do it on her own."
"I unwrapped the paper and we all stared in disbelief," Riddle said. "Inside was two rings taped to the paper and a long note. One looked like an engagement ring and the other a wedding band. We couldn’t believe it."
The beginning of the note read: “Love can last a lifetime - and it should … Perhaps there is a young man who wishes to marry, but being of modest income cannot afford a big diamond. Perhaps The Salvation Army knows of a Christian couple wishing to make a commitment - for life - to each other. If so, please give these rings to that special young man for his bride.”
The Salvation Army is planning to fulfill the secret Santa’s wish. The contest, whose entry deadline to the contest is midnight January 15, 2014. is open to “any deserving couple who would like a wedding they couldn’t otherwise afford,” the organization said on its form explaining the contest. A person or couple wishing to enter the contest can complete an entry form online.
S.S. OURANG MEDAN — Whole Crew Discovered Dead After Eerie SOS Messages
An unsubstantiated ghost ship claim, this one is no less terrifying: In 1947, the Dutch cargo ship S.S. Ourang Medan (Indonesian for “Man from Medan”) was found drifting in Indonesian waters. Several ships transversing the Strait of Malacca, located between Sumatra and Malaysia, picked up her distress call that stated “All officers including captain are dead, lying in chart room and bridge. Possibly whole crew dead.” A flurry of unintelligible Morse code and S.O.S. signals followed, ending with the grisly message: “I die.”
When the Ourang Medan was located and boarded by the crew of an American merchant ship, the Silver Star, the claim didn’t disappoint: the bodies of the Dutch crew were strewn among the decks, out in the open, down in the boiler room, everywhere. “Their frozen faces were upturned to the sun… staring, as if in fear… the mouths were gaping open and the eyes staring,” according to a witness account printed in the United States Coast Guard’s 1952 proceedings. Even the ship’s dog was dead. No damage to the ship was found, and no sign of physical injury was found among the corpses. Other than the fact that they were, you know, dead.
No sooner than the Silver Star’s crew cut the towline and made it back to their vessel, the Ourang Medan exploded. If they’d waited much longer, the Silver Star would have almost certainly been dragged down with it.
Popular theories include carbon monoxide poisoning, paranormal phenomena, and a cargo of hazardous chemicals — possibly a combination of nitrogylcerin and potassium cyanide. However, the story of the Ourang Medan is widely believed to be either an exaggeration of another event or else a fabrication altogether. Skeptics roundly disdain the tale, pointing to the fact that no such ship was listed in Lloyd’s Shipping Register of that year, nor were any references to it were found in the ship registration records of the Netherlands. (It was still alarming enough to spark an investigation by the US Coast Guard, though, with plenty of witnesses, indicating that somebody at least saw something.)
Mysterious Unidentified Rainforest Insect Builds Fence
The mystery began in a Peruvian Amazon rain forest in South America. Graduate student Tony Alexander of Georgia Tech stumbled onto fascinating structures attached to tree trunks, including a blue tarp that appeared to have been built by a spider or insect. The artistic organism had constructed a protective barrier around its egg sac complete with evenly placed vertical supports and perfectly parallel strands of webbing that unmistakably mimics a white picket fence.
Though he had no idea what built it, he snapped a few photos and posted them onto Reddit’s popular “whatsthisbug” subreddit where biologists and experts in both insects and arachnids were all stumped. He says the photos have now been viewed “by the professional entomologists moderating Whatsthisbug, but also entomologists at Cal Tech, Georgia Tech, Rice University, the Smithsonian Institute, and more… [but] still no definite confirmation.”
Scientists estimate there are still millions of undiscovered plant and animal species on Earth, so it’s no surprise that there are still plenty of undiscovered lifeforms out there, it’s just amazing that something so creative has never been documented before.
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