Wednesday, October 06, 2010

on the road


as you read this, sharon and i are on the road, driving down to matt and suzanne's to spend a wonderful long weekend with the wieringos. we're somewhere on I-95 as we speak. well...not "speak"--as you read.
matt and christian and i, among other things, are all geared up to have a night or two of horror movie mayhem and the girls are gonna do...i dunno, some girly thing. who cares?!? blood! gore! more blood! yeah!

then, after we've got that--or at least some of that--out of our system, we'll be joined by mom and dad wieringo and i guess we gotta behave ourselves. a little.
can't wait--i'm writing this now, on tuesday night, and i can't wait to get going! and we'll be listening to the girl who played with fire all the way down and back and that should be fun too...!

so while i'm here trying to get everything together, i threw together some more entries from the 10 creepiest mysteries you never heard of...

and i'm looking for more scary stories of the strange and/or unusual as we build up to halloween, so send 'em in!
true stories--or ones you heard were true--let's see whatcha got!

8 Freddy Jackson's Ghost

This creepy photo, taken in 1919, was first published in 1975, by Sir Victor Goddard, a retired R.A.F. officer. The photo is a group portrait of Goddard’s squadron, which had served in World War I, aboard the HMS Daedalus. An extra ghostly face appears in the photo. At the back of the airman positioned on the top row, fourth from the left, can clearly be seen the face of another man. It is said to be the face of Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propeller two days earlier. His funeral had taken place on the day this photograph was snapped. Members of the squadron easily recognized the face as Jackson’s. It has been suggested that Jackson, unaware of his death, decided to show up for the group photo. In case you don’t notice the ghost – look behind the head in the inset on the left of the picture. [Source]

7 Overtoun Bridge

The Overtoun Bridge is an arch bridge located near Milton, Dumbarton, Scotland, which was built in 1859. It has become famous for the number of unexplained instances in which dogs have, apparently, committed suicide by leaping off it. The incidents were first recorded around the 1950′s or 1960′s, when it was noticed that dogs – usually the long-nosed variety, like Collies – would suddenly and unexpectedly leap off the bridge and fall fifty feet, to their deaths. In some cases, however, the dogs would survive, recuperate, and then leap off the bridge again. What makes this tragic mystery even more mysterious is that many of the dogs that jump from Overton Bridge jump from the same side and from almost the same spot: between the final two parapets on the right-hand side of the bridge.

Some believe that the bridge is haunted. In 1994, a man threw his baby son off the bridge, claiming that it was the anti-Christ. Later, the man attempted suicide there as well. Was Overtoun Bridge responsible for this tragic event? Some believe that Overtoun Bridge is a “thin place”, where the barrier between the world of the living and the world of the dead meet, and sometimes cross over. [Source]

6 James Worson

On September 3, 1873, a man named James Worson had accepted a challenge to race, in record time, from the town of Leamington to the town of Coventry, a 20-mile trek. He had been boasting of his foot skills and then was asked to prove them, so, with sporting good spirits, he set about to do just that. Two friends, Hammerson Burns and Barham Wise, followed behind in a horse-drawn gig. Burns brought along his camera. Worson was never out of their sight, and would often turn around while running to exchange some friendly words with the two riders. Running in the middle of the road, Worson suddenly appeared to stumble and pitch forward, having time enough for only one short, piercing scream. Wise later said, “It was the most ghastly sound ether of us had ever heard.” But as Worson pitched forward with that terrible cry, instead of falling to the ground as he appeared to be about to have done, he completely and totally vanished in mid-fall, before ever striking the ground. The road itself told the story and Wise took the pictures to prove it. There, in the soft dirt, were Worson’s footprints.They led down the middle of the road, looked as if the runner stumbled, and there they disappeared. A search was called and the locals scoured the area for James. The bloodhounds used in the search were strangely reluctant to approach the spot where Worson disappeared. He was never seen or heard from again. [Source]

okay, more on friday~!
smell ya later!


Matt Wieringo said...

Daaaaaamn. Those were good! That last one sounds like an episode of FRINGE.

See ya soon, bro'.

Brian said...

Safe trip and have a great time.

Warren said...

Nice stories and photos, Todd. That last one reminds me of the David Lang story (which some say has been proven to be a hoax).

Eric Henson said...

Have an awesome trip!!!

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