Was His Birth a Clue to the Madness That Would Come?

John Hinckley, Jr. will be forever remembered as the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and confined to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC for treatment for narcissistic and schizotypal personality disorder and major depressive disorder. In an ironic bit... Continue Reading →

Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean Everyone Isn’t Out to Get You

Label someone as a "conspiracy theorist" and you might as well be calling that person a "wacko," "nut job," or any other phrase that questions his or her rationality. Of course, depending on who you talk to, you might find out that this is all part of the biggest conspiracy yet. In his book Conspiracy Theory... Continue Reading →

Absence of Light? Dude… Totally Uncool!

Keanu Reeves has confided that he is afraid of the dark. It probably doesn't make him feel any better about it, but you might want to know that such a condition is known as nyctophobia. Keanu, whose name means "cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian, fortunately does not appear to suffer from nomatophobia, which is... Continue Reading →

“Some Days I Dream As Many as Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast”

About 20 minutes before the onset of pain from a migraine headache, many suffers experience a phenomenon called "the aura." During this time the sufferer may see intense colors, flashing lights, and even hallucinations such as monsters and ghosts. Lewis Carroll, who suffered from migraines for most of his life, is said to have been... Continue Reading →

Things that Go Bump in the Night

One of the coolest-sounding disorders is fortunately not nearly as serious as its name suggests. Exploding Head Syndrome is a condition that causes people to hear extremely loud noises — a gunshot, an explosion, a thunderclap — as they're drifting off to sleep, or as they wake up from a deep sleep. Such incidents are... Continue Reading →

The Bird Man of the Confederacy

Confederate General Richard Ewell believed himself to be a bird, eating grains of wheat and sunflower seeds for meals. There were persistent stories from soldiers on guard duty claiming that the General would spend many hours in his tent quietly chirping to himself. Also known as "Old Baldy," one can't help but wonder if he... Continue Reading →

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