11 Creepiest Wikipedia Pages That Will Keep You Up at Night
The Insatiable Tarrare
Tarrare was a French showman and soldier who was known for having an insatiable appetite. He could eat large amounts of meat and when his family could no longer provide for him, he was turned out of the family home. In addition to swallowing corks, stones and live animals, he was hospitalized and took to scavenging in gutters and rubbish heaps and even resorted to eating corpses from the hospital morgue. When he was accused of eating a toddler he was dismissed from the hospital. He died years later of tuberculosis.
The “Sailing Stones”
The sailing stones, or moving rocks, are part of a geological phenomenon where rocks will move and create long tracks on a smooth valley floor without human or animal intervention. These tracks have been found in several locations including Death Valley National Park in California, and Little Bonnie Claire Playa in Nevada. The stones will only move every few years and the tracks will develop over three or four years.
Lina Medina, The World’s Youngest Mother
Lina Medina, born in 1933 in Peru, is the youngest confirmed mother in medical history. She gave birth at the age of five years and seven months. After being brought to the hospital due to her increasing abdominal size, the doctor confirmed that she was 7 months pregnant. She gave birth to a boy by caesarean section. The child grew up believing that Lina was his sister. Lina never revealed who the father was and there is no further explanation given as to how a five year old could have conceived a child.
The Disappearance of the Roanoke Colony
In August of 1587, a group of over 100 English settlers came to Roanoke Island which is off the coast of North Carolina. Later that year, Governor John White returned to England to get more supplies but was detained by a war. When he returned to Roanoke three years later, all of the inhabitants had vanished. The only clue was the word “Croatoan” carved into a wooden post. The whereabouts of the Roanoke residents remains a mystery to this day.
The Macabre Love Story of Carl Tanzler and Helen de Hoyos
Carl Tanzler was a German radiologic technologist in the early 1900’s who became morbidly obsessed with a young female patient. After Helen de Hoyos died of tuberculosis in 1931, Tanzler stole her corpse and kept it in his home, where he would dress it up, sing to it and even make love to it. This continued for 7 years, during which time he attempted to preserve the corpse with perfumes and replacing its decomposed skin with wax and silk. He was eventually caught and arrested.
Gloria Ramirez, “The Toxic Lady”
Gloria Ramirez was dubbed “The Toxic Lady” after exposure to her body and blood made several hospital workers quite ill. She came into the emergency room suffering from advanced cervical cancer. When the nurses attempted defibrillation, they noticed an oily sheen covering her body and a fruity, garlic-like odor. One of them noticed an ammonia smell coming from her blood tube and manila-colored particles floating in her blood. All three nurses ended up passing out, one complaining of nausea and light-headedness. One theory has attributed Ramirez’s condition to her home use of dimethyl sulfoxide (SMSO) for pain.
The Mysterious Underwater “Bloop”
Sounds kinda funny doesn’t it? Well, the reality is a lot scarier. Bloop was an extremely loud and unexplainable underwater sound that was detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the late 90’s. For awhile, NOAA was of the opinion that the sound came from an animal. one that would be several times bigger than the blue whale (the heaviest animal known to man). Some years later, the NOAA Vents Program attributed the sound to a large icequake.
Unfortunately this “Rat King” is no regal rodent. In this instance, rat kings refer to a number of rats who become intertwined by their tails, stuck together with a combination of blood, feces or dirt. Historically, the rat king has been considered a bad omen, due to rats being carriers for disease and plague.
The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic
In 1962, there was an outbreak of mass hysteria that occurred in the village of Kashasha in the former nation of Tanganyika. The laughter began with three girls at a boarding school and spread throughout the school, with symptoms lasting up to 16 days in some cases. The epidemic spread to a nearby village and over 1000 people were eventually affected with laughing attacks, most being children and young adults. After the laughing subsided, those afflicted appeared to be left in a zombie-like state accompanied by pain, flatulence, rashes, crying and random screaming.
The Murder of Shanda Sharer
Shanda Sharer was a 12-year-old girl who was tortured and burned alive by 4 teenage girls in Madison, Indiana. The primary reason for the crime being that Sharer had formed a relationship with the former girlfriend of classmate Melinda Loveless. In January of 1992, Loveless and three of her friends abducted Sharer and brought her to a forested area where they beat, stabbed and strangled her until she was unconscious. They then proceeded to pour gasoline on Sharer and burn her alive on the side of the road. All four girls were charged as adults and accepted plea bargains to avoid the death penalty.
Genie, The Feral Child
Genie was born in 1957 and was the victim of severe neglect, abuse, and isolation. Her father kept her locked alone in isolation from the age of 20 months to 13 years, strapped to a toilet or bound to a crib. She was never exposed to much speech and did not acquire any language skills during her childhood. After being discovered by the Los Angeles child welfare authorities, she became the subject of many tests and eventually developed basic social skills. However, after being moved numerous times, she eventually became a ward of the state in California, and has regressed to once again being speechless.