Lions of Njombe, Tanzania

In 1932, a pride of lions in the town of Njombe, Tanzania went on a killing spree after a witchdoctor reportedly cast a spell on them to kill his own people after he was removed from his post.
The pride was said to have killed more than 1,500 tribesmen.
The killing stopped when George Rushby, a famous hunter, started killing lions in the area (he killed 15), driving the pride away.

Two Toed Tom

This four and a half meters alligator terrorized the residents living along the swamps bordering Florida and Alabama in the 20s. It got its name after having lost all toes in his left paw, except two, from a trap.
He became a nuisance after killing cows, mules and, of course, people. He was hunted vigorously but bullets seemed to have no effect on him, even a bucket of dynamite. Two Toed Tom was never captured or killed. On the contrary, so many people in the 80s reported to have seen a two toed alligator.

The New Jersey Shark:

This incident happened when scientists knew little of sharks. They even thought they were harmless. Not this one.
It roamed the waters along New Jersey in 1916, shallow or deep, attacking people. It attacked five people, killing four. In July of that same year, a young female Great White Shark was captured in the Rattan Bay, near the Matawan Creek, where the last three attacks occurred.

Inside its stomach were human remains. However, scientists argued that the last three attacks, occurring in a shallow creek could have been done by a bull shark – the only species of shark that can live in fresh water. White or Bull let science argue over that. What was certain is that the attacks stopped after that capture.

The Bear of Mysore:

Among the species of bears, the Sloth Bear has never been known to kill people, though mauling is common (at least once a week in India).
This sloth bear in the Indian state of Mysore was different. It attacked 3 dozen people, killing 12, finally shot and killed by big game hunter, Kenneth Anderson.

The Beast of Gevauden:

From 1764 to 1787, the French province of Gevauden was terrorized by a “beast” no one ever saw until it was killed in 1767.
It was described in many ways, e.g., a wolf, though larger than a wolf; it is reddish brown in color with an unbearable smell, and teeth bigger than that of a wolf. What was certain was that it ignored cattle and other domesticated animals. Instead it attacked people – 210 of them, killing 113, eating 98. Its reign of terror ended when Jean Castel, a local hunter, killed it. When opened, human remains were found in its stomach.

The Panar Leopard:

The leopard is the smallest of the true “big cats” but it has a big bite and a voracious man-eater. Fossil studies of our earlier hominid relatives showed leopard bite marks on their bones. This one lived up to its reputation be terrorizing the natives of Panar, in Madha Pradesh, India, in the early 20th century.
It reportedly killed 400 people making it the second most prolific man-eating animals in history. He was killed by famous hunter and conservationist, Jim Corbett, in 1910.

The Champawat Tigress:

In the late 19th century, a Nepalese region close to the Himalayas was terrorized by the most notorious and prolific man-eater of all time – a female Bengal tiger.
Man, woman, or child, by the dozens, were ambushed and killed by this dreaded beast. She seemed to be always hungry that her victims reached 200. Hunters were sent to track her down, to no avail. In desperation, the Nepalese government sent in the army to hunt her. Still she evaded them.

But she fled to neighboring India, and there, in Champawat continued her rampage. Every kill she made, made her bolder, eventually attacking villages even in broad daylight.
Ultimately the Indian government had enough of this tiger and sent in Jim Corbett (the guy who killed the Panar leopard). Jim tracked her by following her trail of the blood, guts and severed limbs of her latest victim. She was killed in 1911, but not until having killed 436 people.


Somewhere in the marshes of Burundi, Africa, lies hidden Gustav, a giant Nile crocodile who, to date, has killed more than 300 people.
While all the man-eaters featured above are already dead or retired, Gustav is pretty much alive, waiting, to make another grisly kill. “Gustav” is a name given to this 6 meter long, 1 ton, killing machine by Patrice Faye, a French naturalist who has spent years trying to capture Gustav.
What is terrifying about this monster is that it kills for fun, not just for food. It attacks several people in one raid, and then disappears for months, even years, only to reappear and kill again. He is Public Enemy # 1 in Burundi at present.
Photographer Matty Smith captures a hidden world beneath the waves by photographing the exact moment his camera begins to submerge, the result is a half-underwater photo that captures two parallel universes.
A lot of planning goes into these photographs. Smith will often scout for locations whilst snorkelling, taking reference shots before later returning to take his final photo. For him, the photos represent the best part about diving, being able to transition from above the surface into an entirely alien world below. 
Aside from the growing environmental concerns we actually see everyday in almost everywhere we look, we also learn about climate change from charts and graphs such as this:
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Robert A. Rohde
and this:
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Chart by NASA
But while humanity is still divided on the issue (frustrating, I know), several agencies, universities, private groups, and concerned individuals from around the globe are rallying up to raise Climate Change awareness as much as possible, in any way possible.
As visual evidence on the disturbing effects of Climate Change pile up, a group of musicians, a composer, and a geographer decided to take on a different approach – a fascinating way to comprehend a changing climate through our ears. Because sometimes, hearing is believing.
You know what Climate Change looks like. But do you know what a hundred years of temperature change sound like?
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via Upworthy
“Working with 135 years of temperature measurements, composer Daniel Crawford wrote a piece for a string quartet.”
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via Upworthy
Each instrument represents a specific part of the Northern Hemisphere. The low notes represent cold years and the high notes warm years.
The cello matches the temperature of the equatorial zone,
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via Upworthy
and the viola tracks the mid latitudes.
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via Upworthy
The quartet is completed by 2 violins; one following temperatures in the high latitudes…
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via Upworthy
…and the other one for the Arctic.
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via Upworthy
The team focused on the northern latitudes because that’s where Earth’s temperatures have the most changes. Take a listen!
Credit: Ensia
Beautiful, isn’t it? It would be more so if the notes didn’t represent the alarming temperature jumps on the northern latitudes. Nevertheless, the team has created a wonderful harmony that shows us how art and science can work together to beautifully communicate about climate change.
The composer says that for him, music is as scientifically valid as plotting lines on a graph.The team are working on another piece for the southern half.
H/t Upworthy

1. In 1914 science fiction writer H.G Wells predicted the atomic bomb, which wasn't invented until 1942. In his novel "The World Set Free" he even uses the term "atomic bomb".

2. All the way back in 1919 Nikola Tesla predicted text messaging. He described an "apparatus" that could be used to "transmit wireless messages all over the world". I'm going to refer to my phone as an "apparatus" from now on if that's ok with everyone.

3. In 1865, author of "From The Earth To The Moon", Jules Verne predicted the Apollo moon landing. In Verne's story he predicts not only that the launch to the moon would take place in Florida, that there will be three astronauts on board and that gravity will feel weightless up there (the science had yet to be concluded on what gravity in space was like), but he also predicted THE EXACT COORDINATES that the spacecraft would land on the moon, at 27°7' northern latitude and 5°7' western longitude. What the whaaaat??

4. In 1968 Arthur C. Clarke predicted the Ipad. Ever notice that scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey (which was based off of Clarke's novel) where the astronauts eat their breakfast while reading from something suspiciously similar to the Ipad? Yeah, that thing actually didn't come out until 2010. Actually, the original Ipad kinda even looked like a monolith.

5. In 1898 Morgan Robertson predicted the sinking of the Titanic in her short story, "Futility, Or The Wreck of the Titan", 14 years before it happened. In the story the largest ship ever made crashes into an iceberg. Huh.

In 1898 Morgan Robertson predicted the sinking of the Titanic in her short story, "Futility, Or The Wreck of the Titan", 14 years before it happened. In the story the largest ship ever made crashes into an iceberg. Huh.

6. This guy, Raymond Kurzweil who is currently serving as Director of Engineering for Google, has predicted an impressive amount of feats in human history. For example, he predicted the fall of the Soviets by 1991 (yup!) and that a computer will beat the best human chess player by 2000 (and yup!). So far his record for prophecies has him at 86% percent accuracy. Roughly 89 of his 108 predictions have come true. Slow down, Nostradamus!

7. Although he's not a science fiction writer or inventor, let's give Colin Kaepernick credit for predicting that at nine years old he would play professional football. Dude, he even got the team right!

Construction began in New Taipei City, Taiwan, in 1978. These structures were designed to be vacation resorts for U.S. soldiers serving in East Asia.

The resort was basically a live-in water park.

Construction stopped in 1980 before the first guests could check in.

Many cite poor funding as the main reason for the abandonment, but some suspect that paranormal activity drove the builders away.

Although the view from the Sanzhi homes is beautiful, it came at a cost. Rumor has it that the resort was built on top of a graveyard of dead Dutch soldiers. The workers said they were often visited by spirits who were none too pleased to have their slumbers disturbed.

Mysterious accidents began occurring on site, many of which were fatal.

Several of the workers committed suicide without any indication that they were unhappy before they took their own lives.

Urban explorers who break into the site say that the area remains haunted by both soldiers and Hung Kuo workers.

There's yet another legend which claims that the area was once home to a sacred dragon that should not have been disturbed. So basically the area is now doubly cursed.

Although abandoned, the ghostly resort became an underground tourist attraction for fans of science fiction and apocalyptic worlds (who are also fond of illegally entering private property).

Images of the abandoned resort have been used for amateur and professional films, including an MTV short.

Despite an online petition, the abandoned resort was demolished in 2008.

In 2010, the land was leased to another company that hopes to make yet another resort and water park atop the old. Let's hope the spirits have quieted since the destruction of Sanzhi.