Monthly Archive: September 2013

The Nazi Plan To Ruin Britain With Counterfeit Money

Operation Bernhard was a covert German plan, named after and implemented by SS Major (Sturmbannführer) Bernhard Krüger, to destabilize the British economy by flooding them with counterfeit Bank of England £5, £10, £20, and £50 notes. Using the inmates at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp (and later from Auschwitz, among others), Krüger ended up producing 8,965,080 banknotes with a total value of £134,610,810, most of which ended up at the bottom of a lake. The ones that made it into circulation were deemed the best counterfeits to date; the Bank of England called them “the most dangerous ever seen.”

The Man Who Didn’t Kill Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler, perhaps one of the most heinous and ruthless dictators to have ever lived caused a preposterous amount of pain and suffering through his career. As the story goes, a man named Henry Tandey could have prevented Hitler’s crimes against humanity with a single bullet in 1918. Regrettably, he did not take the shot.

The Bizarrely Profitable Business Of Baby Foreskins

There exists a Holy Grail in the cosmetic industry to create a cream that sheds years off your skin. Scientists have discovered such a ingredient, fibroblast cells. Fibroblasts cause the skin to regrow the elasticity and elegance of youth for whoever uses a fibroblast-based cream. What is the best source for these wonder cells? Baby foreskins.

The Hells Angels’ Plot To Kill Mick Jagger

In 1969, The Rolling Stones headlined a concert at the Altamont Speedway in California. The event turned into a disaster when a member of the Hells Angels, who had been hired as security, stabbed a gun-toting audience member. When The Stones’ lead singer Mick Jagger spoke out against the biker gang following the incident, they hatched a plot to murder him.

The Time Yugoslavia Owned British Soil For A Day

During World War II, many royal families of Europe sought refuge in Britain. Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, the wife of King Peter II of Yugoslavia, was pregnant and wished to give birth on Yugoslav soil. So Winston Churchill declared her hotel suite to be temporarily part of her home country until the baby was born.

The Vicious War Over Superstition In India

Campaigners in India fighting against the country’s rampant superstition have been violently targeted. Rationalist Sanal Edamaruku has been forced to live in exile for over a year after he found a leaky sewage pipe to be the cause of a “miraculous” dripping cross in a church. A warrant was issued for his arrest on suspicion of blasphemy. He believes he was set up by what he describes as a “mafia” that makes its money selling superstition. In August, Narendra Dabholkar, a supporter of a bill to ban the practice of fraudulent black magic, was shot dead by gunmen that escaped on motorcycles.

The Accidental WWII Land Battle In Hawaii

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, one Japanese pilot had plane trouble heading back to base. He had to make a crash landing on Niihau, an island in Hawaii inhabited mostly by natives. Enlisting help from a few other Japanese citizens on the island, a pitched battle took place on and off over a week before the pilot and his helpers were defeated, ending the first land battle of World War II for the Americans.

The Many Missing Samples Of Moon Rock

In the 1970s, US President Richard Nixon donated slivers of moon rock to all 50 states and many foreign countries. Incredibly valuable, many of these rocks have simply vanished over the years, some put up for sale on the black market for millions of dollars. There are several parties determined to get these pieces of natural history back.

What Actually Happened To Gandhi’s Ashes

When Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated, his body was cremated. However, the ashes were not all immersed in water as dictated by Hindu tradition. Instead, they were distributed among friends and family, and sent on a tour of India to help heal a grief-stricken nation. Even 65 years after his death, collections of Gandhi’s ashes continue to be discovered.