Lina Medina: Youngest Mom Ever

Lina Medina, the youngest mom ever gave birth at 5 years old

Lina Medina, pictured above with her doctor and her 11-month-old son, was born September 27, 1933. At the age of five years, seven months and 17 days she gave birth to a six pound baby boy, becoming the youngest confirmed mother in medical history.

Gerardo, named after the doctor, was raised as Lina’s brother. He did not learn that she was his mother until he was ten. The biological father was never discovered, and how a five-year-old girl became pregnant is still a complete medical mystery.

The Death Trunk of Murderer Emma LeDoux

The trunk which held the body of Emma LeDoux's murdered husbandOn the evening of March 24th, 1906 an unmarked trunk left at a train depot in Stockton, CA began to draw suspicion when a foul smell was traced to it. Police were summoned and the trunk was pried open to reveal the lifeless body of Albert N. McVicar.

The press went crazy and McVicar’s autopsied remains were placed on public exhibition at the city morgue.

The autopsy and chemical analysis of McVicar’s organs revealed the cause of his death was morphine overdose. His body contained ten times the amount of morphine needed to kill a healthy male of McVicar’s size. His wife, Emma LeDoux, was a known morphine addict with a history of ex-husbands and other unsavory things.

Despite delays due to loss of witnesses and evidence during the great San Fransisco earthquake on April 18, 1906, Emma was eventually found guilty of first degree murder and became the first woman to receive the death penalty in California.

Before she could get the distinction of being the first woman legally hanged in California, Emma’s sentence was reduced to life in prison due to suspected jury tampering. She served ten years before she was granted parole in 1920, but soon returned to prison and spent the rest of her life in and out of the big house for various petty crimes until her death of ovarian cancer at the age of 69.

The mugshot of Emma LeDoux, the first woman to receive the death penalty in California

The trunk Emma used to dispose of her husband’s body is now on display at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA.

Ray Harryhausen

Legendary stop-motion animation pioneer and special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen died today at the age of 92. His work includes creatures from The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., King Kong, Clash of the Titans and many more.

Legendary stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen with his creatures for Clash of the Titans

Ray Harryhausen posing with his creatures

Ray Harryhausen with his skeleton warrior from Jason and the Argonauts

Ray Harryhausen with the severed head of Medusa from Clash of the Titans

Ray Harryhausen working with one of his creatures

Ray Harryhausen prepares the Kraken for Clash of the Titans

Ray Harryhausen works with the Kraken on the set of Clash of the Titans

Stop motion skeleton warriors from Jason and the Argonauts

Irish legend of Margorie McCall, who lived once but was buried twice

Margorie McCall: Irish Legend of the Lady with the Ring

The legend of the “Lady with the Ring,” an Irish woman who was accidentally buried alive, but revived when the grave diggers returned to steal her valuable jewelry.

Cannibalism & Human Evolution

The Beginning Was the End by Oscar Kiss Maerth - human evolution through cannibalismCan intelligence be eaten?

In 1971 a book hit the shelves suggesting human evolution was driven by cannibalism. The book is The Beginning Was the End by Oscar Kiss Maerth.

The book proposes that early cannibalistic apes discovered the aphrodisiac effects of brains, and became addicted to them. However, the nutrient-rich brain matter inadvertently kickstarted evolution, leading to increased brain size and intelligence while causing the loss of body hair and our innate psychic abilities.

The book claims these advances ultimately caused de-evolution, leading us to be disconnected from nature and each other, suffering from distorted sexuality from hormone imbalances and driven insane by the pressures of our large brains inside our skulls.

Maerth foresees a return to cannibalism in the future, and cautions the reader to stay as far away from it as possible.