In the past 50 years, 50 dogs have randomly leapt to their death from this bridge in Scotland.
All of the ‘suicides’ happened at the same spot, between the final two parapets on the right-hand side of the bridge, and almost all have been on clear, sunny days.
All the dogs were long-nosed breeds such as labradors, collies and retrievers.
The animals fell 50 feet onto the waterfalls below.
A couple of animals have survived.
However terrifyingly when they were rescued and taken back to the bridge by their owners they jumped again.
Rumours have long circulated that the bridge and nearby Overtoun House are haunted.
In 1994, local man Kevin Moy threw his baby son to his death from the bridge, claiming he thought the child was the anti-Christ.
Shortly after he tried to end his own life with an unsuccessful suicide attempt from the same bridge.
Darren Graham form the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals calls it a ‘heartbreaking mystery’.
The Kecksburg UFO incident occurred on December 9, 1965, at Kecksburg, Pennsylvania, United States. A large, brilliant fireball was seen by thousands in at least six U.S. states and Ontario, Canada. It streaked over the Detroit, Michigan – Windsor, Canada area, reportedly dropped hot metal debris over Michigan and northern Ohio, starting some grass fires, and caused sonic booms in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. It was generally assumed and reported by the press to be a meteor after authorities discounted other proposed explanations such as a plane crash, errant missile test, or reentering satellite debris. However, eyewitnesses in the small village of Kecksburg, about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, claimed something crashed in the woods. A boy said he saw the object land; his mother saw a wisp of blue smoke arising from the woods and alerted authorities. Another reported feeling a vibration and “a thump” about the time the object reportedly landed. Others from Kecksburg, including local volunteer fire department members, reported finding an object in the shape of an acorn and about as large as a Volkswagen Beetle. Writing resembling Egyptian hieroglyphs was also said to be in a band around the base of the object. Witnesses further reported that intense military presence, most notably the United States Army, secured the area, ordered civilians out, and then removed an object on a flatbed truck. The military claimed they searched the woods and found “absolutely nothing.”
The Tribune-Review from nearby Greensburg which had a reporter at the scene ran an article the next morning, “Unidentified Flying Object Falls near Kecksburg—Army Ropes off Area”. The article continued, “The area where the object landed was immediately sealed off on the order of U.S. Army and State Police officials, reportedly in anticipation of a ‘close inspection’ of whatever may have fallen … State Police officials there ordered the area roped off to await the expected arrival of both U.S. Army engineers and possibly, civilian scientists.” However, a later edition of the newspaper stated that nothing had been found after authorities searched the area.
The official explanation of the widely seen fireball was that it was a mid-sized meteor. However speculation as to the identity of the Kecksburg object (if there was one—reports vary) range from alien craft to debris from Kosmos 96, a Soviet space probe intended for Venus but which failed and never left the Earth’s atmosphere.
Similarities have been drawn between the Kecksburg incident and the Roswell UFO incident, leading to the former being referred to as “Pennsylvania’s Roswell.”
Beatles legend has it that Paul McCartney secretly died in 1966, at the height of the band’s fame, and that the other three members covered it up by hiring someone who looked and sang like him.
Beatlemaniacs point to numerous clues in the band’s later albums as proof of this. The Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is, they claim, awash with “Paul is dead” clues such as the lyrics to A Day in the Life, which featured the line “He blew his mind out in a car” and the recorded phrase “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him,” which becomes evident only when the song is played backward. Lennon also mumbled, “I buried Paul” at the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever” although he later denied there was any hidden meaning in the lyrics and what he was actually saying was “cranberry sauce”.
Much is also made of The Beatles’ use of imagery after 1966. The original cover of 1966’s Yesterday and Today album featured the Beatles posed amid raw meat and dismembered doll parts – “symbolising McCartney’s gruesome accident” says Time Magazine. The magazine also claims that “if fans placed a mirror in front of the Sgt Pepper album cover, the words Lonely Hearts on the drum logo could be read as “1 ONE 1 X HE DIE 1 ONE 1.”
Most famously, there is the Abbey Road album cover in which John Lennon, dressed in white, leads a “funeral” procession across the street. Ringo follows in black as a mourner with George in jeans representing a grave digger. Paul McCartney walks out of step with the rest of band and barefoot as, some had it, he would have no need of shoes in the afterlife.
Ever since HIV/Aids was first identified in the US in 1981, rumours have persisted as to its cause and origin.
One of the theories that has nevertheless captured the imagination of conspiracists is that the deadly virus was created by the CIA to wipe out homosexuals and African Americans on the orders of US president Richard Nixon.
It boasts a number of high-profile supporters including former South African president Thabo Mbeki who once touted the theory, “disputing scientific claims that the virus originated in Africa and accusing the US government of manufacturing the disease in military labs” says Times magazine. Meanwhile, a number of prominent scientists, including former Nobel Peace Prize Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai, have also backed the theory.
There is evidence that the CIA connection was, in fact, created by the KGB as part of a Cold War disinformation campaign to discredit the US.
Dubbed Operation Infektion, the USSR published letters from “anonymous US official sources” in scientific journals and newspapers throughout the 1980s claiming that virus was a CIA experiment gone wrong. This initially remained within the medical community but as the epidemic grew, the theory took hold and persists to this day.
A council is using a holiday camp to house homeless people because the system is “at breaking point”.
Flintshire council uses the Pontins Holiday Camp in Prestatyn, north Wales to put locals up in an emergency as pressures on the housing waiting list grows.
According to local authority officials, the number of people waiting for a council home across the county since September has grown by a third.
Clare Budden, the council’s community and enterprise chief officer, said: “There are currently just over 1,600 people on Flintshire County Council’s waiting list for housing.
“This compares with just over 1,200 at the end of September 2016 demonstrating the growing need for social housing in the area.
“The council occasionally uses Pontins at Prestatyn for short stays to accommodate people in need of emergency accommodation say after a fire or where rented accommodation is deemed unsuitable for health and safety.
Cllr Bernie Attridge, the authority’s lead member for housing and deputy council leader, said pressures were mounting on the housing service.
The homeless service is at breaking point
“Pontins is only used to put larger families up in an emergency where bed and breakfast would not be appropriate and they need cooking facilities.
“There is increasing pressure on the council house waiting list which is being caused by austerity and demand seems to be outstripping supply.
Racist graffiti has emerged on a wall in Birmingham that suggests white people aren’t welcome to the area.
The writing says ‘no whites allowed after 8am’ and it appeared in the inner-city neighbourhood of Alum Rock.
The original post on Brumz Updates said: ‘This is Birmingham, not South Africa. It don’t matter if you’re brown, black, white or fucking green, just no need for it – you always get one idiot regardless of their skin colour trying to cause divide for others.’It appeared on August 13 and attempts have been made to cover the word ‘whites’, but it was still partially visible yesterday.
The post has since been deleted.
Shelagh Cannon commented on an image posted online saying: ‘It’s a sad truth that these Ghettos are probably here to stay. Lots of new people in the country who have absolutely no intention of integrating. Very sad!’
Labour councillor Ansar Ali Khan said similar graffiti had emerged in the form of lampposts in recent years.
‘It is unacceptable to have such divisive signs in a diverse community like Washwood Heath which embraces people of all colour and walks of life.He told the Birmingham Mail: ‘Whoever has done this needs to know that they do not have any support from the local community.
‘We cannot allow people to get away with this. They are trying to foment trouble in our peaceful neighbourhoods.
‘The community here has strong bonds and together we need to remain vigilant and root out the racists amongst us.’