A prisoner hung by the knees, hands and feet tied. Behind him a SS man beating him with a whip. Wilhelm Boger, a guard in the “politischen Abteilung” from Auschwitz-Birkenau invented this torture which was called the “Bogerschauckel”. Most prisoners didn’t survive this torture.
Photo of the Day
“I Am His Hands. He Is My Eyes.”
Blind Mr Haixa scales a tree with the help of Mr Wenqi, so that he can find fresh cuttings to plant in the ground.
You Have To Faint To Attention
… sometimes, someone falls down on the job
It may involve a broken nose and a whole lot of missing teeth.
A drawback to standing to attention for long periods while wearing a bearskin is that when the weather actually is glorious, guardsmen have sometimes been known to faint.
Zbigniew Religa, after extremely long hours in the operating room, staff shortages and sophisticated machinery, the sleepless Religa sits guard beside his patient, anxiously watching the progress of the monitors that were connected to him.
After 23 hours and 22 rolls of film, photographer Jim Stanfield knew he got the perfect shot. He’d captured the anxious eyes of Dr. Zbigniew Religa tracking the vital signs of a heart-transplant patient. “I never let him out of my sight, never turned my back on him,” he says. “This was the payoff.”
How Bill Murray Went Missing
During Letterman’s First Episode
Here’s where it all began: Murray’s interview as the first guest ever on NBC’s Late Night with David Letterman. In his typical sardonic fashion, he makes fun of Dave, explains that he regrets not strangling Richard Nixon when he had the opportunity, has a humorous mental breakdown, shows off a short film he made in his backyard about a panda bear named “Cancun” that was forced to work in a Chinese restaurant, and ends the whole thing by doing aerobics while singing Olivia Newton John’s “Physical.”
The Jonestown Nightmare
It’s Flavor-Aid, Not Kool Aid
“‘Alert! Alert! Alert! Everyone to the pavilion!’ The Rev Jim Jones was on the loudspeaker, summoning the members of his People’s Temple to their last communion. Dutifully, they gathered round; some of them, without doubt, knew what was in store. ‘Everyone has to die,’ said Jones. ‘If you love me as much as I love you, we must all die or be destroyed from the outside.’ Mothers grasped their children to their breasts. Jones ordered his medical team to bring out ‘the potion,’ a battered tub of strawberry Flavor Aid, laced with tranquilizers and cyanide. ‘Bring the babies first,’ he commanded.”
Politically Incorrect Christmas Games
Al Capone was a Notorious Gangster
Then He Got Syphilis and Went To Jail
Capone’s criminal record in 1932.
Born of an immigrant family in Brooklyn, New York in 1899, Al Capone quit school after the sixth grade and associated with a notorious street gang, becoming accepted as a member. Johnny Torrio was the street gang leader and among the other members was Lucky Luciano, who would later attain his own notoriety.
The Impetuous Daredevil
Would you go over Niagara Falls in a barrel to make sure you had enough money to retire?
Compassion Costs Nothing
Karamoja district, Uganda The hand of a severely malnourished boy rests in a Catholic monk’s hand in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda. Hunger has been a recurrent problem in the drought-prone region of Karamoja. Due to natural, social, and political causes, periods of famine intensified in the 1970s.