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Carl Tanzler (via Florida Keys Public Library); & Carl's Dream Woman (via Florida Keys Public Library)

Carl Tanzler (via Florida Keys Public Library); & Carl’s Dream Woman (via Florida Keys Public Library)

The Undying Love of

Count Carl Von Cosel

Count Carl Von Cosel was not a real count. His actual name was Carl Tanzler and came from Germany where he lived with his wife and two daughters. He claimed that he had nine university degrees, was a submarine captain and an electrical inventor. In truth he was a lonely man living in a fantasy world

While working in the Marine hospital he met a 22-year old Elena Hoyos, a beautiful young Cuban girl who contracted tuberculosis. Even though she consistently resisted his advances, he fell madly in love with Elena. Von Cosel knew that Elena only had a short time to live and convinced the young woman’s family that he could cure her with his special machines combined with daily doses of tonics.

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Peter Dunne is a blithering idiot

Peter Dunne is suddenly going to hold a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors due to two idiots self-terminating through stupidity shooting themselves in accidents.

Two fatal incidents at the weekend have sparked a review of unsafe and illegal gun use in the outdoors.

Associate Conservation Minister Peter Dunne has begun the process of initiating the review, which will seek to establish what the problems are, where responsibility might lie, and what could be done to reduce the risks of death and injury due to improper gun use.

A 21-year-old hunter died on Sunday after his gun went off while he was climbing over a fence near Ohakune, shooting him in the chest.

James Ross Bucko Johnston, a 15-year-old from Whakatane, died while duck shooting in the eastern Bay of Plenty on Sunday morning.

Dunne urged the hunting community to keep gun safety at the forefront of their minds, as the country had again been reminded that without following best practice and taking the utmost care, firearms could kill.

“Unfortunately there seems to be an increasing frequency of firearm incidents causing injury or death,” Dunne said.

“The worst aspect is that these incidents are largely preventable.”

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Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images

Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images

Emergency rescue workers carry a victim on a stretcher after Dharara tower collapsed in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 25, 2015.

Freelance photographer Omar Havana was at home in Kathmandu when an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit central Nepal.

“Everything started moving and my wife and I could [barely] stand,” Havana tells TIME. “I live in a six-floor house, so we ran downstairs as the building started to crack. It was very scary—people were running, shouting and crying. It was awful.”

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Photo: REUTERS

Photo: REUTERS

Auschwitz Bookkeeper Admits ‘Moral Guilt’ at Holocaust Trial

Auschwitz guard Oskar Groening.

A 93-year-old former bookkeeper at Auschwitz who is accused of being an accessory to mass murder told a German court that he felt morally guilty for his work at the Nazi death camp, describing in detail the grisly killings he had witnessed there.

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Photo: Associated Press

Photo: Associated Press

… By Taking Hostages

McClain holds a sawed-off shotgun at the throat of Judge Harold J. Haley and aims a pistol at law enforcement officers. In the background are other hostages taken by the convicts in their attempt to escape. Road flares, which were used to simulate sticks of Dynamite, was held at the Judge’s throat before being replaced by a sawed-off shotgun which was taped around his neck.

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Photo: Alejandro Giacometti. True, the wooden crosses of the small cemetery of Săpânţa are vibrantly illustrated with cartoonish depictions of the deceased, but it's not only the best moments of the departed that are preserved, but the tragic as well. Other crosses in the cemetery show car accidents and a drunk with the foreboding skeleton of addiction reaching towards him from down below.

Photo: Alejandro Giacometti.
True, the wooden crosses of the small cemetery of Săpânţa are vibrantly illustrated with cartoonish depictions of the deceased, but it’s not only the best moments of the departed that are preserved, but the tragic as well. Other crosses in the cemetery show car accidents and a drunk with the foreboding skeleton of addiction reaching towards him from down below.

The Merriest Cemetery in the World

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Photo: Topher Adam Photography

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Kiev’s Independence Square in Ukraine

Kiev’s Independence Square in Ukraine

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What would you do with your last two years of life?

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People face this all the time.  They’re told their time on this earth has been cut short.

Judith Duncan’s mind still works – brilliantly, in fact – if you ask the early childhood fraternity, but “the mouth is the problem”.

“I just started tripping over my tongue – particularly words that had lots of consonants in them,” she says.

“And then I started noticing that my talking could not keep up with my head.”   Read more »