10 Bizarre Events and Discoveries

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The K Foundation Burn a Million Quid

Why Did The K Foundation Burn a Million Pounds of Cash?

K Foundation burn a million quid was an action that took place on August 23, 1994, in which the K Foundation, which was an art duo consisting of Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, burned one million pounds in cash on the Scottish island of Jura. Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty are well known as the pop group The KLF. The KLF was one of the United Kingdom’s most successful pop acts during the early 1990s. They were the biggest selling singles act in the world for 1991. In 1992, the band stopped recording music and Drummond and Cauty formed the K Foundation. The foundation served as an artistic outlet for the duo's post-retirement KLF income. Between 1993 and 1995, the duo spent their money in a number of ways, including on a series of press adverts and wild subversions in the art world, with a strong focus on the Turner Prize. However, the most unusual event occurred when the K Foundation burned one million pounds of cash. The money took well over an hour to burn as Drummond and Cauty fed £50 notes into the fire. According to Drummond, only about £900,000 of the money was actually burnt, with the remainder heading straight up the chimney.

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The pair has never fully explained their motivation for burning the money. In 1995, the group announced a 23 year moratorium on all projects. They indicated that they would not respond to questions about the burning of the cash until 2018. The incineration was recorded on a Hi-8 video camera by K Foundation collaborator Gimpo. In 1995 the footage was used in a documentary titled Watch the K Foundation Burn a Million Quid. The K Foundation toured the film around the UK. In most cases, Drummond and Cauty would engage the audience in debate about the burning of the money and its meaning. A book recounting the event was released in 1997. It contains stills from the film, accounts of the events, and viewer reactions. The book also contains an image of a single house brick that was manufactured from the fire's ashes. Bill Drummond spoke about the burning in 2000 and 2004. At first he was unrepentant, but in 2004, he admitted to the BBC that he regretted burning the money. Many people have reported that the K Foundation have no solid answers as to why they burned the money and what the act represented. It is truly one of the most peculiar stories ever reported.

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Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm?

On April 18, 1943 four boys from the town of Stourbridge made a grisly discovery in the area of Hagley Wood, which is part of the Hagley Hall estate belonging to Lord Cobham, located in the Midlands of England. The boys had illegally traveled to the woods in order to poach birds and small critters. In the area they came across an old hollowed out wych-hazel tree. One of the boys decided to climb the tree to look inside for nesting birds. What he saw was a decomposing human skull. The boys had a suspicion that the skeleton was human, but did not report the event for a couple weeks. One of the teenagers discussed the experience with his father, who contacted the Worcestershire County Police Force. The police investigated the wych-hazel tree and found not only the human skull, but an almost complete skeleton, a shoe, and some fragments of rotted clothing.

During a careful search of the surrounding undergrowth, a severed hand from the body was also discovered buried nearby. Professor James Webster examined the remains at the Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory in England. He determined that the woman was around 35-years-old, five feet tall, with brown hair and irregular teeth in the lower jaw. She had also given birth at least once. Webster’s estimated that she had been dead for at least 18 months before she was found. There were no marks of disease or violence on the body, but her mouth had been stuffed with taffeta, which is a smooth woven fabric. The coroner declared it murder by asphyxiation. Authorities searched through the lists of missing persons, however the uncertainties of war had increased the amount of women reported missing and had forced people to change addresses frequently.

The most unusual detail was that despite exhaustive searches through dental records, no trace of the woman was found. Even after a description of the woman and the specific irregularities of her lower jaw were published in dental journals. She also had a tooth removed from the right side of her lower jaw. Towards the end of 1943, strange graffiti began to appear on the walls of empty buildings in various parts of the West Midlands of England. The first graffiti message stated “Who put Luebella down the wych-elm?" This message was followed by many other slight variations, such as “Hagley Wood Bella,” which was found on a wall in Birmingham. Over time, the message has appeared all over England, with the majority of them stating “who put Bella in the wych-elm?” The individual who wrote the first message and gave the woman the name “Bella” is unknown. On August 18, 1999 the phrase was sprayed onto the side of the Wychbury Obelisk, which is a monument constructed in 1758 by Lord Lyttelton. Many theories have suggested that the woman’s murder shows signs of ritualistic witchcraft.

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Japan Air Lines Flight 1628 Incident

What did Captain Kenji Terauchi Witness in the Sky?

On November 16, 1986, a Japanese crew captained by Kenji Terauchi embarked on a routine flight from Paris to Tokyo. The three-man crew was transporting wine aboard a JAL cargo jumbo freighter aircraft when they witnessed three unidentified objects while flying over Alaska, USA. The sighting gained international attention when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it was going to officially investigate the sighting because the Air Route Traffic Control Center in Anchorage, Alaska, had reported that the UFO had been detected on radar. It is one of the few times in history when an unidentified object has appeared and then suddenly disappeared on radar. The UFOs in this case were tracked on both ground and airborne radar, witnessed by experienced airline pilots, and confirmed by a FAA Division Chief. At the time of the sighting, JAL Flight 1628 was heading towards Anchorage, Alaska to re-fuel. At 5:11 PM Captain Terauchi reported seeing three large objects 2000 feet below, describing the largest as resembling a shelled walnut. The lights were described as yellow, amber, and green. The voice of Terauchi showed strong signs of emotion as he described the size of the largest craft. He said that it was twice the size of an aircraft carrier.

At one point the smaller UFOs veered 1000 feet in front of the plane, the captain reported that he could feel the warmth of their glows. Terauchi flew for about six minutes before he decided to report anything to the control center. During the event, the JAL crew attempted to lose the craft by turning in a complete circle, but it remained directly on their tail. U.S. military radar picked up the two objects trailing the JAL flight and the FAA requested military intervention, however the military did not take any action, as the crafts mysteriously disappeared. The flight was able to land safely in Alaska. Captain Terauchi cited in the official FAA report that the objects were UFOs. However, for reasons unknown, the FAA did not pursue the case in depth. Within a few months after the events Kenji Terauchi was grounded, apparently for his indiscretion of reporting a UFO, even though he was a senior captain with an excellent flying record. Several years later he was reinstated by the Japanese government. In a related incident, the U.S. Air Force's KC135 jet flying from Anchorage to Fairbanks encountered the same object in January 1986. They reported that the UFO traveled within forty feet of their plane.

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