Friday, May 3, 2013

Whoa, Nessie!


Every once in a while (READ: several times a week, minimum), I like to take a peek at the This Day in History site.  You never know what sort of interesting things might be lurking there, including a whole bunch of stuff I’ve never even heard of.  Turns out it doesn’t have to be famous to be historical. 

It turns out today is quite the mother lode of interesting tidbits.  A gruesome murder scene over in England is responsible for the reason cops now have rubber gloves on when they check out murders; about a million German soldiers surrendered to Allied forces; J. Edgar Hoover died; and, Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on this date, though thanks to the wonder of time zones, it was still yesterday when we heard about it here in the US.  (As an aside, whether it happened on the 1st or 2nd of May, who thinks they’ll always remember where they were when they got the news? *raises hand*)

Anyway, all of that stuff happened on May 2s throughout the years, but something else really cool happened, too:  in 1933, a newspaper in Scotland carried news of a sighting of the Loch Ness Monster.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Can you imagine being the reporter who took that call?  “I’m sorry, sir, you saw a what?  In where?”  Yeah, that would’ve been fun. 

Oh, come on.  You can’t really think this is something I wouldn’t believe in, would you?

loch ness monster 5-3-13

What sorts of unlikely beliefs do you have?