18. In 1970, the Oregon officials used a dynamite to get rid of a 45-feet long whale carcass that washed up to the shore when a huge chunk of blubber flew and flattened a brand-new Oldsmobile. The vehicle belonged to a military veteran who bought it in a “Get a Whale of a Deal” promotional sale.
The officials tried to solve the problem of the whale the same way they would with a boulder. Since burying it wasn’t an option, they decided to explode it into small pieces that are much easier to clean. Walter Umenhofer, the military veteran, was exploring the site for his employer at that time. Having trained in explosives, he told the official that the 20 cases (half a ton) of dynamite they were using was way too much and that 20 sticks would be enough. But his warning was not paid heed to, with a result that the whale exploded with a lot of force.(source)
19. In June 1941, the tomb of Timur the Lame was exhumed by Soviet anthropologists and allegedly, inside his casket were the words “Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.” Three days later, Adolf Hitler launched the largest military invasion on the Soviet Union with 75 percent of German forces.
Timur the Lame was a late 14th century Turco-Mongol conqueror and is considered the last great nomadic conqueror of the Eurasia Steppe. He captured as many as 27 thrones and reportedly killed 17 million people during his 40-year conquests. The first words inscribed on his tomb were “When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble” along with the threat about a greater invader inside the casket. He was re-buried with full Islamic rites in November 1942, just before the Soviet victory at the Battle of Stalingrad.(1, 2, 3)
20. Violet Jessop, an ocean liner stewardess and a nurse, survived three disastrous ship sinkings. She was on board the RMS Olympic, which collided with a warship, the RMS Titanic, which collided with an iceberg, and the HMHS Britannic, which suffered an explosion.
Violet Jessop started working as a stewardess in 1908 and went on board the RMS Olympic in 1910. The ship was at that time the largest civilian liner and though it collided with a British warship, it was able to make it back to the port without sinking. The RMS Titanic, on the other hand, sank completely in North Atlantic Ocean after two hours of collision in 1912. In 1916, she was on board the HMHS Britannic which sank into the Aegean Sea because of an unexplained explosion, possibly a German mine or torpedo.(source)
21. In 2009, an expert in Mexico kidnappings who negotiated the release of at least 100 victims was kidnapped in Saltillo where he went to give lectures on how to avoid kidnapping.
Mexico is fraught with regular kidnapping cases, with at least a 100 people missing each month. On December 10, 2008, Felix Batista received a phone call while he was eating at a restaurant after which he climbed into a vehicle with someone. He was never to be seen or sighted after that. Hours after Batista disappeared, a local security expert and friend who was previously abducted was released.(source)
22. A dying cancer patient gave her ring to her son, which he lost two weeks later while he was boating. 39 years later, a diver found the ring and returned it to the son who was also dying from cancer.
The ring was lying 40 deep underwater on the riverbed of South Carolina’s Cooper River and was found by a diver who was looking for fossils and relics. The diver first called the college’s alumni association because of the initials on the ring, and found out that only two of them graduated in 1974. He searched the social media using those names, and after finally feeling convinced that he found the right man, he went to return the ring to its rightful owner. He then discovered that the owner was himself sick with cancer.(source)