6. Most animated Disney characters do not have a mother. That’s because Walt Disney lost his mother due to a gas leak in their furnace when he relocated his parents to a new home. He feels personally responsible for their death.
There is a common feature among most Disney animated movies: young protagonists growing up without a mother. Movies like Snow White, Bambi, Peter Pan, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, Aladdin and many others feture a character which has either lost a mother or she is not mentioned. Don Hahn, who had worked on Disney classics such as The Lion King and The Night Before Christmas, gave the explanation in an interview.
In 1937 Walt and his brother Ray purchased a home in Los Angeles for their parents. After about a year, his mother called one morning in November and asked him to send someone to fix the leaking gas furnace. Walt sent some studio workers to fix it. But they couldn’t fix it properly. Next morning the housekeeper came and pulled his mother and father out on the front lawn. His father was sick due to the gas but unfortunately, his mother died. According to Don Hahn, Walt never spoke about it as he felt personally responsible for her death.(source)
7. The first people the Nazi’s gassed were not the Jews. They were the mentally or terminally ill family members of normal Germans. The families would get a letter that their family member was being transferred, then about six weeks later they would get a letter saying that they had a heart attack or something and died.
In October 1939. Adolf Hitler signed a “euthanasia decree”. According to this decree, the chief of his Chancellery, Philipp Bouhler, and his personal physician, Karl Brandt, could perform euthanasia on a patient. They were authorized to select incurably sick patients and then administer them “mercy death” by using lethal gas. This program was called “Aktion T4,” and it officially ran from September 1939 to August 1941. During this period 70,273 people were killed at various extermination centers in Germany and Austria.(source)
8. Judith Barsi, the 10-year-old girl who provided the voice of Ducky in The Land Before Time, was shot by her father and then set on fire. Her mother met the same fate.
Born on June 6, 1978, Judith Barsi acted in television and movies since the age of 5. She was a successful child artist and by the time she started fourth grade, Judith was earning about $100,000 a year. But her father József was not happy with her success. He routinely threatened to kill her and her mother. He even used physical violence against Judith.
On the evening of July 25, 1988, József shot Judith in her head while she was sleeping, and then murdered his wife Maria. He wandered around the house for the next two days. On the third day, he poured gasoline over the bodies and set them on fire. Then he went to the garage and shot himself in the head.(source)
9. Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea is a growing problem. It can be transferred more easily than other STIs/STDs, and you can get it from oral sex.
Gonorrhea is the second most frequently occurring STD. It is usually treated with cephalosporin antibiotics. But unfortunately, the gonorrhea bacteria has progressively developed a resistance to this drug. The new antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea infects the mucosal surface of genitals and throat. So, it can be transmitted via the mouth, penis, vagina, or anus of the infected person.(1,2)
10. There exist large outdoor labs called “body farms” where dead bodies are left to rot so that forensic scientists and students can study the decomposition to learn to make better estimations of time of death.
Until the 1970s, pig remains were used to study the process of decomposition. During this period anthropologist, William Bass, came to the conclusion that we actually know very little about human body decomposition. So, in 1972 he invented “body farm”. It is a research facility where dead human bodies are placed outside to face the elements of nature. In this way, forensic scientists could study the various levels of decomposition. Body farms are also used to teach forensic students to estimate the timing of death according to the level of decomposition of human remains. In United States, six such facilities exists. The largest one is at the Texas State University at Freeman Ranch spread out over twenty-six acres.(source)