Freaky Friday (January 7, 2011)

Three articles of note, all from the same website,

  • Thuggee is the term for a particular kind of murder and robbery of travellers in India. It is one of many Indian words borrowed into English during the British colonial period. The English connotation of ‘thug’ is synonymous with terms like hoodlum and hooligan, indicating a person (or may or may not be anti-social) who harasses others, usually for hire. People regarded as thugs might commit assault (or ‘menace’), battery, even robbery and grievous bodily harm, but they usually stop short of murder.”
  • “Some residents in an Arkansas town must have felt transported to an earlier age of superstition when, over the first weekend of the new year, thousands of red-winged blackbirds fell dead from the sky. Like a grim omen, the same phenomenon occurred two days later, with some 500 blackbirds dropping dead in Louisiana.”
  • “And probably the freakiest of the three today: Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Elizabeth (Erzsebet) Bathory ( 7 August 1560 – 21 August 1614), was a Hungarian countess from the renowned Bathory family, has often been described as ‘Countess Dracula.’ She is possibly the most prolific female serial killer in history and is remembered as the ‘Blood Countess’ and as the ‘Bloody Lady of Cachtice’, after the castle near Trencsén (Trencín), in the Kingdom of Hungary, where she spent most of her adult life.”



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