Stan’s Strange but True

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Stan Bowes

Stan Bowes, from Diggle, has uncovered some interesting and entertaining facts – you just couldn’t make them up.

Margaret Bell, who kept bees in Leintwardine about seven miles from her home in Shropshire, died in June 1994.

Soon after her funeral, mourners were amazed to see hundreds of bees settle on the corner of the street opposite the house where she had lived for 26 years.

The bees stayed for an hour before buzzing off over the rooftops. The local press ran a photograph of the bees hanging on the wall in a cluster.

Elsewhere, Gloria Ramirez, 31, died of kidney failure at Riverside General Hospital, California, in February 1994, after being rushed there with chest pains.

Emergency room staff were felled by ‘fumes’ when a blood sample was taken. A strange oily sheen on the woman’s skin and unexplained white crystals in her blood were reported.

A doctor suffered liver and lung damage, and bone necrosis. At least 23 other people were affected.

One hypothesis was that Ramirez, who had had cervical cancer, had taken a cocktail of medicines that combined to make an insecticide (organo-phospate), but tests yielded no clue.

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Apophthegms
Rainbows are just to look at, not to understand.
I don’t need a hair stylist, my pillow gives me a new hairstyle every morning.
Don’t worry if plan A fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.
When the past comes knocking, don’t answer. It has nothing new to tell you.
The most important thing in life is not knowing everything: it’s having the phone number of somebody who does!
Laughter is like a windscreen wiper: it doesn’t stop the rain but allows us to keep going.
Silence is golden, unless you have kids, then silence is just plain suspicious.

 

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