The story of my life starts when I was a boy, and my mother was a great witch. She could make anyone do anything just by speaking a spell, and I think she made her own father turn against her before he died. I'm not sure. I can't remember any of that. The important thing is what happened to my family, which I learned from some other kids in town. One day my mother disappeared from our house with no warning at all, just a note saying she had to go.

My father wasn't there either. He went missing right away—my friends swear they saw him on top of the old bridge by our house just like my brother said he saw. They say he climbed over it and never came back, but the police didn't find anything except his clothes. It was as if he'd been taken into the river with a fish hook. The only thing we have left is a list of facts found in his pocket. It says:

Lots of kids in the US had goiters until the ‘20s.

70% of children in the US had goiters due to iodine deficiency up until the 1920s. lodized S a I t This salt supplies iodide, a necessary nutrient. The introduction of iodized salt was incredibly effective at eliminating the deficiency. Soon after in 1920, many countries around the globe began fortifying table salt with iodine. CRACKED.COM

Healthline

A jury contacted the dead to reach a verdict.

Jurors in a 1994 murder trial used a Ouija Board to try and communicate with the victim. Registered 1234567890 GOOD BYE As the other jurors slept, a small group sat on the floor around a crude Ouija board they had made from a piece of paper and a hotel room wine glass. CRACKED.COM

ABC

Carlin read his “Thomas The Tank Engine” narration to a stuffed animal.

George Carlin spoke to a teddy bear when he voice acted for Thomas The Tank Engine. During his time as the narrator for the US version of the children's TV show, George Carlin spoke his lines to a teddy bear in the booth because he was nervous about performing without an audience. CRACKED.COM

LA Times 

Hendrix and Young rolled up to Woodstock in a stolen truck.

Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young stole a pickup truck in order to get to Woodstock. After their charter plane flew to the wrong airport, Hendrix, Young and lawyer Melvin Belli were supposed to be picked up by helicopter, but the roads were jammed and no one was at the airport. CRACKED.COM

Far Out Magazine

Van Gogh didn’t get his painting career going until the very end.

Most of Van Gogh's paintings were created in the last two years of his life. Vincent Van Gogh first started painting when he was in his late twenties. It was only at the age of 27 in 1880 that he began attending art school. Most of his paintings date to just the last two years of his life. CRACKED.COM

Paintona 

Gary Busey knows what’s waiting for him on the other side.

Gary Busey claims to have seen heaven while in a coma. Busey once refused to perform a scene set in heaven for the film Quigley because he said the set design looked nothing like the real heaven he visited during a near-death experience while in a coma. CRACKED.COM

Huffington Post 

Women can get things off their chest in NY.

Since 1992, women have been legally allowed to walk around New York topless. This was kickstarted by a 1986 protest involving nine women who took off their tops and waited to be arrested. CRACKED.COM

NPR 

A dumb YouTube experiment killed a guy.

A man died after asking his girlfriend to shoot him while he held an encyclopedia to his chest. DESERT EAGLE PISTOL MAGNUM RESEARCH INC. PILLAGER MN USA 4-1 The YouTuber, Pedro Ruiz, held the 1.5 inch book in front of his chest and told his girlfriend to fire a Desert Eagle handgun from just a foot away. CRACKED.COM

BBC 

The Silent Man is the UK’s most enigmatic criminal.

A UK man keeps getting arrested for blocking traffic, and he remains silent every time. The Silent Man repeatedly gets arrested for standing on a certain road to block traffic. Не never speaks a word, not even to the court or his own lawyer. Every time he is released, he repeats the crime. CRACKED.COM

WalesOnline 

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