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Fortean Times - - Strange Days -

SAVED BY PREMONITION

On 21 March 1958, film star Kirk Dou­glas was due to fly to New York on a pri­vate plane owned by Mike Todd, to meet the for­mer pres­i­dent, Harry Tru­man. The night be­fore, Kirk’s preg­nant wife Anne told him she had a “strange feel­ing” about the trip and pleaded with him not to go, lead­ing to a fierce ar­gu­ment. The fol­low­ing morn­ing they learned that Todd’s plane had crashed in New Mex­ico, with no sur­vivors. “I would never doubt her in­tu­ition again,” said the cen­te­nar­ian star. Sun­day Ex­press, 2 April 2017.

FAKEDATTRACTION

Bul­let holes mark­ing the spot where Ruth El­lis, the last woman to be hanged in Bri­tain, shot dead her lover in 1955, turn out to be a hoax. The two holes in the wall of the Mag­dala pub in Hamp­stead, north Lon­don, were made with a drill, in a ruse cooked up by the pub’s land­lady, Mary Wat­son, dur­ing a drunken lock-in with reg­u­lars in the 1990s. Her brother wielded the drill. This has been re­vealed by Neil Tit­ley, 71, an ac­tor who was in the pub that night. D.Tele­graph, 19 May 2017.

BLAME IT ON­THE BAD­GER

Staff at a McDon­ald’s restau­rant in Falkop­ing, Swe­den, asked a man to leave af­ter he walked in with a dead bad­ger un­der his arm. He then started at­tack­ing parked cars with the bad­ger, and the po­lice were called. They con­fis­cated the bad­ger and told the man to shove off. <i> 2 Aug 2016.

BALKAN CUS­TOM

Mon­tene­gro’s last known ‘vir­gina’ or sworn vir­gin died last Au­gust in her mid-80s. Stana Carovic had promised her fa­ther she would spend her life un­mar­ried and dressed as a man in or­der to serve as head of the fam­ily af­ter her two broth­ers died young without is­sue. She did men’s work, in­clud­ing wood­cut­ting, while liv­ing on her own. The tra­di­tion dated back cen­turies. <i> 3 Aug 2016.

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