There once was this house on Tulip Hill 
Many people made their home in the house that sat on Tulip Hill
Until one day a small breeze blew in a bit of tumbleweed 
It planted its seeds and grew a forest of spiked trees
The hill now filled with thorns started to pile shards into the House of Tulips
Shards of glass cut like daggers at the tulips feet as they wept
Steadily this hill grew and grew with every shattered piece that found its place on the hill
In a blink of an eye this hill grew into a towering mangled mountain of monsters
Now standing in its place is this treacherous mountain of broken glass and sharp bladed grass
The house now home to fossils, seeds and tumbleweeds stood for good
Now the torn House of Thorns tells the tale of a house that once stood atop Tulip Hill

Story of Jack Frost

There once was a boy who was unusually tall and frail. He had pale skin and was born with a white/silvery/grey hair. He was a very sickly child and his mother worried he would die young. Jack despite all his health problem didn’t want to die. There was so much in life he wanted to see, experience and live through. This will to survive and live helped him surpass the odds his mother originally thought were tragic.

One day Jack was walking back from the market place with a small basket of milk, eggs and some sugar his mother wanted. Jack grew tired and sat below a tree. Next to him was a beautiful blue flower that glistened and shone in the sunlight. A small spider was making its web from the flower to the tree and Jack was in awe. Then, out of no where, a white mouse leaped form the tall grass and bumped into Jacks leg. The mouse looked up at the withered giant that it had just ran into with terror and fainted. Jack looked to see what had made the small mouse flee and spotted a ginger cat crouching in the grass. Jack then stood up and started throwing rock at the cat in an attempt to scare the cat away. After the cat had fled, Jack looked down to see the mouse looking back at him in amazement. “Dear mouse,” Jack said smiling kindly. “You can go now, I have scared away the cat and now you can leave.” The mouse just stared at Jack with its big brown eyes and spoke. “Human, thank you for helping me, I wish you a good life and for this I shall grant you one wish, and I promise you, it will come true,” The mouse said bowing. Jack was surprised and thought for a moment. “I wish, dear mouse that you could watch over this flower for me,” Jack said pointing at the blue flower. The mouse was puzzled at Jacks strange request. “Surely you want something else?” the mouse said. “Like you pale skin to be gone, to be average height, or to be well, to get ride of your illness?” Jack shook his head and the mouse agreed to watch over and protect the flower from the coming winter. When Jack returned to the tree one morning covered in a thick coat, scarf and hat, he saw the mouse by the flower. Some snow had started to piled on one of the petals and the mouse brushed it off. “Thank you little mouse,” Jack said with the same grateful smile. The mouse smiled back happily. “Human, I have done as you wish, now may you grant MY wish?” the mouse asked. “I wish Human for two things, first, to tell me your name. Second, to take this flower and give it to the first human girl you see, after you marry and have children, I will return to this tree and wait for you. After you shall bring the flowers seeds and give them to me.” Jack nodded and followed the mouses request. He told the mouse his name was Jack Frost, then pick the pretty blue flower and walked to the village square. He knew who he was going to give the flower to. There was a girl with long blond hair, big blue eyes and a pretty face that live just down the street fro him. He wandered up to her and handed her the blue flower and she smiled back. After a few year they married and had three children. Jack then returned to the tree where he saw the mouse waiting for him not forgetting his promise. He carried twenty seeds his wife had given him in his hand. Jack crouched down to see the mouse and place the seeds down by the mouses feet. after sniffing the seeds for a second the mouse smiled at him. “Jack Frost,” The mouse said.” You now have children, a wife you have live a long happy life with and now I must take all these seeds but one. That one I will give to you.” After that the mouse gathered all the seed and leaped back into the tall grass, leaving Jack with one of the seeds. Jack picked up the seed and it had cracked open to see a wave of a beautiful blue sparkles and dust. Jack started to sneeze and cough as he then collapsed to the ground. Jack woke to find his wife and children. His wife was dabbing his head with a damp towel and the children staring at him from the foot of the bed. His wife told him that the baker had found him lying under the tree and that he had fall very, very ill. Jack had died a little while later. As he passed on he felt a cold breeze of the seed the mouse had gave him and returned as a spirit that now covers the ground in the cold and frost each winter. Later it was found that the mouse had planted the other seeds and they instead grew into white tilting flowers now referred to as the Snow-drop.

History: Battle of Britain

During 1940s(near beginning of WW2), Nazi Germany had been Successfully expanding there influence and power. By this time The Axis Powers had near complete grip on Europe because of their very direct, strategic and powerful invasion strategists. After the Nazis had invaded the neutral countries of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, Italy had declared war on France and the UK. France was defeated 6 weeks after Italy had declared war, leaveing the UK as the only one left separating the West from Nazi Germany. The Germans originally planned to invade the UK the same way they were able to defeat other countries; however the UK was ready to defend themselves. On July 10(the beginning of the battle), the Germans sent their airforce(the Luftwaffe) to lead a large scale attack on UK by causing an air and sea blockade. Germany was mainly targeting coastal-shipping convoys, ports and shipping centers in an attempt to convince the UK to agree to a kind of peace settlement or ceasefire. While the battle for the air was happening, the Royal Navy was preparing for Germany to attack from the sea. On July 16, Operation Sea Lion had begun(Hitlers plan to attack from both the air and sea). During the night both sides would send planes to bomb each other’s ships and planes. During the battle the Royal Air Force and military had to protect civilian populated cities from Germany’s Blitz bombing attacks. On the 31 of October, Nazi Germany faced their first real defeat at the hands of the allies because only a year later both Russia(was betrayed by Germany and joint the allies in June 1941) and the US(declared war on Germany and officially joined the war in December 1941 after a German U boat sunk a civilian ship) join the war on the side of the allies. This caused Germany to have to fight two major countries on two fronts, which was a main cause for Germany’s defeat in WW2. (Learn more.)

History: Poltergeists

A poltergeist is defined as a spirit/entity that is responsible for physical disturbances: knocking/banging, pushing/tripping, loud noises, thrown objects, possibly attacks, scratches, biting, hitting or moving objects. The word “poltergeist” originated from the German word “Poltern”(to make sound or noise/to rumble or knock) and “Geist”(ghost/spirit). Poltergeists have been present all throughout history dating as far back as the 1st century(the phenomena only becoming popular in the 1600s) in what is now the USA and most countries in Europe and Asia. Unlike what movies often imply poltergeists are not “evil”, but are very angry/violent entity that follows people dealing with problems or have negative thing surrounding them. Poltergeists absorb/feed on the emotions of an unhappy person which can help them to interact with the physical world, for the better or worse of the individual. Unlike ghosts, poltergeists are the manifestation of psychic disturbances that is surrounding an unhappy person. This makes their visibility different from a spirit because spirits are often deceased humans unable to leave due to unfinished business with the living and usually can chose to appear to someone; however poltergeists make their presence known by lashing out violently which could easily harm a person.

Random Facts #17

  • In China there is canned fresh air
  • There are more lifeforms living on your skin then there are people on the planet
  • It takes around a little less then 1 month for a person to starve to death
  • In Vietnam everyone celebrates their birthday on the same day(Vietnamese New Year)
  • The worlds largest mall is in Dongguan, China and it contains an indoor rollercoaster
  • On December 24, North Koreans celebrate a Christmas like holiday celebrating Kim Jong II’s mother
  • An interesting custom in India is that the residence only eat using their right hand because the left had is used to clean oneself
  • There are over 50,000 people in Japan that lived past the age of 100
  • There is a man in Turkey that is 8ft 3in tall and a woman in China that is 7ft 8in tall
  • The average American will likely spend 5 months of their life on the phone
  • People often say a continuous series of small accomplishments will feel more fulfilling then a few major accomplishments in ones life
  • Sleep deprivation can shorten you life span
  • The island of Borneo and Sumatra are the only place you can find wild Orangutans
  • The name “India” is said to come from the river Indus
  • The Indus Valley civilization is considered the worlds oldest, largest and continuous civilization
  • The Dragon’s Breath chili pepper is so hot it can cause a type of anaphylactic shock that could lead to potential death
  • The Canary Islands are actually part of Spain. In Spain the island is called “Islas Canarias”coming from the Latin phrase “Canariae Insulae” meaning “Island of dogs”
  • According to a study made by the United Nations the ozone layer that protects the planet and its inhabitance from the sun UV rays will be making a full recovery in 50 years

The Coyote and The Rattlesnake

Once a Coyote invited a Rattlesnake to have supper at his home. When the Rattlesnake entered the Coyotes house the next morning, he moved slowly and cautiously; all the while shaking his rattle. This frightened the Coyote. Not wanting to express his discomfort, he placed a bowl of rabbit stew in front of the Rattlesnake. “Companion, eat.” However, the Rattlesnake did not eat the stew but stared at it confused. “I will not eat your meat,” the Rattlesnake replied. “I do not understand you food.” “What food do you eat?” asked the Coyote. “I eat yellow flowers of corn,” said the Rattlesnake. Upon learning this the Coyote immediately began searching for this flower. After gathering some of the flowers he brought them back to his house for the Rattlesnake to eat. “Please put the flower on top of my head so I may eat,” the Rattlesnake told the Coyote. Standing from a slight distance the Coyote place the flower pollen on the snakes head. The Coyotes fear was still very much present and began to show. “Come closer and put enough on my head so I can find it,” said the Rattlesnake. The Coyote, despite his fear did as he was told and came closer. After the meal the Rattlesnake, in return, invited the Coyote to supper the next day. All through the rest of the day, the Coyote thought about tomorrow and what would happen. He thought on what the snake might do. By the next day he had a plan. He had made a rattle for himself by tying small gourd filled with small pebbles to his tail. On his way to the snakes house he shook the rattle and was pleased with his work. He thought this way the snake would be afraid of him now. When he arrived at the snakes home he did not enter walking but by slithering as a snake does. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to shake the rattle as the snake could, so instead he held it in his had to shake. This had somehow worked as the snake seemed to be afraid. “Companion, I am afraid of you,” the Rattlesnake said bluntly. For supper, the Rattlesnake had made a stew of rats and placed it before the Coyote; however the Coyote repeated what the snake had said to him. “I can not eat this food. I can not eat it because I do not understand it.” Despite the Rattlesnake insisting he eat the stew, the Coyote refused, saying the same thing the snake had said to him. “If you put some flowers of corn on my head I will eat. I understand that food.” Agreeing to the Coyotes wish, the Rattlesnake pretending to be frightened place the flowers on the coyotes head and backed away. “Come nearer to place it on top my head,” said the Coyote. “I am afraid,” the Rattlesnake responded. “Nonsense, I am not bad,” said the Coyote. The snake then came closer to place the pollen on the Coyotes head. The Coyotes tongue, however wasn’t that of a snakes and was to short. He tried over and over to reach the pollen with his tongue but fail every time. The Coyotes failed attempts to reach the pollen made the snake laugh. He hid  his head in his body trying to hide his laughter. At the end of the meal the Coyote shook his rattle once more. “Oh, companion, I am afraid of you,” the Rattlesnake said trying desperately to hide his laughter. As the Coyote was walking home he realized his mistake. “I was such a fool,” the Coyote said.”Rattlesnake had some much food that I would not take and now I am hungry.”

(This story is a Native American legend)

Did You Know #10

Did you know that the word vampire was thought to be originated in Serbia? The word “vampire” is a reanimated corpse that leaves its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long canine like teeth. There are many encounters with vampire like creatures through out many different mythologies and belief systems but the origin of the name has been a topic for debate. Many theories have been created and the most common theory is that it came from the 1600s Slavic word “vampir”. However many people believe that “vampir” came from the Old Russian word “upir” or “Upir Lichy” meaning Wicked Vampire. In the 19th century(1800s – 1900s), Franz Miklosich(Slovene philologist) stated that “Upir” came from the Turkish word “uber” meaning Witch. On the other hand many believe it had different origins such as: Serbo-Croatian word “pirati”(to below), the Greek word ” vrykolakas”(an undead creature), the Slavic word “pij” (to drink), the Russian word “netopyr” (bat) and the Romanian creature “strigoi”(a troubled spirit). The origin of the word is still unknown but it has been agreed that it is of Slavic origin. (Learn More)

The Axeman of New Orleans

The Axeman of the New Orleans was a serial killer that claimed the lives of 6 people. The Axeman ran rampant through the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana, Gretna and many other surrounding communities through out a year(1918-1919). The killer got the name “The Axeman” because he always seemed to use an axe or razor in his killing. The murder weapons also weren’t one the killer brought, but they were the victims. A pattern the killer often fallowed was that at night the panel on the victims door would be removed and placed near the door. After that the killer would enter the house and attack the residents. Criminologists at the time had many theories of who the killer was and the motive for killing in such a brutal fashion. It went from the killer being a sexist to a sadist to even being part of the Mafia. The Axemans attacks were so frequent and random, that people started playing jazz music in their homes to avoid a visit from the killer(On the Axemans request). The Axeman had 12 victims but out of all of them only 6 died from their injury’s, while the rest were left injured. Even though 6 people were fortunate to survive, none of them could give a definite description of their attacker. The night of October 27, 1919 was the last reported case of The Axeman killings. The Axeman has remain to this day a mystery as his identity and motives were never found. (Learn More?) (Video by Unsolved)

Random Facts #16

  • In Oulu, Finland there is an air guitar championship during the Oulu music festival
  • In Poland and the Ukraine they celebrate Easter by blasting each other with water
  • Cape Rain Frogs can inflate their bodies into round balls when they feel threatened
  • It is impossible to buy Coca-Cola in North Korea
  • Superman technically couldn’t officially fly till the 1940’s
  • During New Years, Balinese people spend 24 hours in complete silence(this is called “Nyepi”
  • In the Alps of Switzerland there is a finger pulling competition where the contestants try to pull there opponent across a table only using their finger
  • The unicorn is the official national animal of Scotland
  • Bees have been known to bit and sting other bees
  • Benjamin Franklin’s friend instructed an anatomy school and the bodies used in the classes were found in his basement
  • Most people in the world have an extra bone in their knee called the Fabella
  • There is a cheese chasing competition in Gloucester, England every spring
  • The goblin shark is a rare species of shark that is the only living relative of the Mitsukurinidae family
  • During WW1, the US army would use dogs to send messages back and forth(Rags, a mixed terrier was buried with military honors for his bravery during the war in Maryland)
  • During the Cold War both the USA and Soviet Union studied and trained dolphins to use in wars
  • Many children medicines in the 1800s contained Morphine
  • An officer named Kevin Briggs has saved more then 200 suicidal people by keeping them from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge
  • There is a Wife-Carrying Championship in Finland where the prize is the wife’s weight in beer
  • There is a strange drinking game in Sweden where you tie a pen to your waist and try to get the pen into an empty bottle only using your waist
  • It is good luck in Russia and the Ukraine to sit in one place for a few minutes before leaving for holiday
  • A fox makes a sound that is similar to a high pitched bark or scream

Random Facts #15

  • Around 42 million people celebrate Halloween world wide
  • The people in Latin America, Mexico and Spain celebrate a day similar to Halloween called Día de los Muertos(Day of the Dead) which is on November 2. Following after is a three day celebration that begins on the 31st of October as a way of honoring the departed
  • Halloween isn’t celebrated much in England and has been replaced with Guy Fawkes Day where people set bonfires in celebration of the English traitor, Guy Fawkes, execution
  • In England, children go door to door saying, “A penny for a guy” instead of “trick or treat”
  • In Ireland, children play a game where coins or candy are placed under playing cards and the child will win each coin or candy that was hiding under the cards
  • In Ireland and parts of the UK, ding-dong-ditching is known as “knock-a-dolly” or “knock-knock-ginger”
  • Nickanan Night is a time before the Christian holiday Lent, when children prank their families and neighbours and minor acts of vandalism
  • Halloween originally came from the Irish and Scottish holiday ,Samhain, where they would set bonfires, dress in animal skin costumes, play games and eat
  • Many people go to Vlad the Impaler’s castle in Romania on Halloween, also known as “Count Dracula’s castle”
  • There is a big Costume Halloween parade in Kawasaki, Japan every year on October 31st
  • A tradition in the Philippines, Pangangaluluwa, is a celebration similar to Samhain, where children will go door to door, in costume, and pray for the spirits of loved ones
  • The people of Poland will travel to their families graves in early November during Dzień Zaduszny( All Soul’s Day)
  • In India, during the Hindu celebration, Pitru Paksha, it is believed that when someone dies the god of death with come and guide their soul to Purgatory, where they will be reunited with their ancestors
  • It is a tradition for people in Austria to leave bread, water and a lamp outside their doors as a way of guiding souls back to earth
  • In Czechoslovakia, it was a tradition to place a chair in front of the fireplace. One for each each living member and one for each dead members spirit.
  • In Germany, people hide their knives out of fear of them being used to harm them by spirits
  • Alla Helgons Dag Is a Swedish holiday celebrated during the 31st of October to the sixth of November. Students are given a day off and adults get shorter work days to celebrate.