Today’s Homemade Yet Truly Morbid Fact!
Authorities say an eastern Iowa woman was killed when a homemade cannon exploded at a backyard gathering. 55-year-old Lori L. Heims of Edgewood was flown to an Iowa City hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Heims was injured at the gathering with friends in Greeley around 11:40 p.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016. Investigators say the cannon was loaded and fired, and when it went off, the rear portion of the barrel blew out and sent fragments toward Heims. One of the fragments struck Heims in the head. Heims was taken to a hospital in Manchester before being flown to Iowa City, but doctors were unable to save her.
Culled From: The Associated Press
Submitted by: Aimee
Always better to go out with a bang then a whimper, right? – Aimee
“Freak” Du Jour!
Charles Tripp was a Canadian. He was born armless on July 7, 1855 in Woodstock, Ontario. As a boy he learned to write, shave and comb his hair – all with his feet. He mastered woodworking tools and became an accomplished cabinetmaker and carver. When he was seventeen he prevailed upon his parents to take him to New York to meet P. T. Barnum. When the showman saw what Tripp could do with his feet he hired him on the spot for his circus on Forty-Second Street. Tripp’s subsequent career remained closely tied to Barnum enterprises. He toured the world three times with Barnum & Bailey, Ringling Brothers and various other circuses. In late middle age Tripp married and thereafter restricted his touring to North American carnivals so that his wife could accompany him. She sold the tickets. When he was fifty-four Tripp caught pneumonia in Salisbury, North Carolina, and died on January 26, 1939.