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Sep 11 5 tweets 1 min read
On this day, September 11, 2001, a blind man named Michael Hingson was in his office on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The local leader of Quantum Corporation, Hingson was preparing for the workday when he suddenly heard a muffled boom and felt the building move about 20 feet.

Though Hingson's coworkers immediately panicked and began describing fearsome sights of smoke, flames, and raining debris, his guide dog Roselle did not show any fear — leading Hingson to believe that he and his colleagues had
Sep 11 4 tweets 1 min read
When the second plane hit the Twin Towers on 9/11, Pete Davidson's 33-year-old father was on shift at Ladder 118 in Brooklyn Heights. Seconds later, the call came in about the attack, and Scott Davidson, along with five other firefighters, soon raced across the Brooklyn Bridge to the World Trade Center.

At that moment, a Bible printer happened to be on a nearby rooftop and snapped a photo of the fire truck driving toward the smoking towers. Just a short while later, Davidson

and the rest of the Ladder 118 crew were all killed while
Sep 11 5 tweets 2 min read
Marcel Felix Petiot was a French serial killer who got his victims by offering to help them escape France through a non-existent secret route. They were majorly wanted people.

Once the victims agreed, he convinced them that they needed to be vaccinated.

Instead of giving them vaccine, he would inject them with cyanide and then rob them of their belongings.

On 11 March 1944, Petiot's neighbors called the attention of the police to a foul stench in the area and large amounts of smoke billowing from a chimney of the house.

Fearing a chimney fire, the
Sep 10 5 tweets 2 min read
"Let me tell you, it is a degrading, horrible experience when you realize you're losing your husband to another woman."—Vivian Liberto

When Johnny Cash's first wife Vivian Liberto filed for divorce after 13 years of marriage, she fully expected him to wed his mistress June Carter. But she never could have predicted that she would be vilified in pop culture as the bitter ex-wife who tried to stop him from singing.

To make matters worse, she was temporarily excommunicated from the Catholic Church due to her divorce and banned from taking
Sep 10 4 tweets 1 min read
The historic flight of the Friendship 7 was the first to put an American in orbit. The lucky American was John Glenn.

Upon learning that it may take up to three days to retrieve him after landing back on earth, and that the likely landing sites were Australia, New Guinea, and the ocean, Glenn became worried about a hostile response from aborigine populations he might encounter.

Think about it. You’re sitting there, minding your own business, when suddenly a metal contraption comes from the sky, lands on your hut, and from it emerges a shiny silver
Sep 10 4 tweets 1 min read
During the First Liberian War in 1992, General Joshua Milton Blahyi would lead his troops wearing only his shoes.

He says the devil telephoned him at age eleven and told him that running into battle naked would make him impervious to bullets. Sometimes he and his soldiers would also don colorful wigs and dainty purses.

According to him, the devil also said it would be a good idea to practice human sacrifice and cannibalism to increase his power. Blahyi admits to sacrificing a small child or teenager before battles, including sometimes cutting out the
Sep 6 21 tweets 4 min read
Stealing A Nation: How the US and UK took over the Chagos Islands and forced the indigenous Chagossians to leave.

A thread #AThreadWithAbdul Image On 15 February 2022 the Mauritian flag was raised on two Indian Ocean atolls, Peros Banos and Salomon, both belonging to the Chagos archipelago. This was the first time that Mauritius’ flag was raised in the Chagos Islands, even though there is clear evidence that these
Jul 2 12 tweets 3 min read
The Man Who Was Imprisoned For 28 Years After a Woman Dreamed That He Raped Her.

A thread! #AThreadWithAbdul This is Clarence Moses-EL.

One day in 1988, poor old Clarence was just enjoying his daily routine, when he was taken in by the police as a rape suspect.
Jul 1 5 tweets 2 min read
This incessant ASUU strike in Nigeria would have been solved and forgotten years ago if all public officials from counselors all the way up to the president were mandated to send their children to public schools in Nigeria!

#EndASUUStrike! We are not yet angry enough to demand for the actual solution to this madness and that is why we will continue shouting #EndASUUStrike almost every year. We need to get to the stage of telling them If they cannot send their children to public schools then they have absolutely no
Jul 1 8 tweets 2 min read
#RandomFactsWithAbdul

In 2002, Elon Musk underwent not one, but two hair transplant surgeries to correct a receding hairline.

Hair transplant surgery involves removing small pieces of grafts that still bear hair, then regrafting them to bald or thinning areas of the scalp. But what would drive Elon to undergo such a surgery?

Let us follow along his hairline’s journey…👇
Jul 1 42 tweets 10 min read
15 Haunting Photos Taken Before Disaster Struck.

A thread! #AThreadWithAbdul Image Photos capture incredible memories throughout our lives. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and overseas trips are just some of the occasions when people get snap-happy. They can also catch horrible moments after they have happened. There are many famous photographs showing the
Jun 30 17 tweets 7 min read
12 historical facts that could confuse your perception of time.

A thread! #AThreadWithAbdul 1: Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth were born in the same year, 1926.

In this photo the two of them met when they were both 30 years old at the premiere of a film in London in October 1956. Image
Jun 23 27 tweets 6 min read
How the US and Belgium assassinated Patrice Lumumba; Congo's first prime minister.

A thread! Few days ago, it made headlines across the world that Belgium had returned the remains (a golden tooth) of assassinated former Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba to his family.

And although symbolic, it is once again another testament to the brutal legacy of colonialism on Africa.
Jun 22 10 tweets 3 min read
Sokushinbutsu - The Art of Mummifying Oneself.

A thread! In 2014, a CT scan of a 900-year-old Buddha statue found in China revealed a horrifying secret — the body of a monk who had mummified himself alive inside. And perhaps even more shocking was the way he pulled off this macabre feat.

Centuries ago, certain Buddhist monks across
May 27 25 tweets 7 min read
Top 3 facts on how the West drained Haiti's wealth.

A thread! Haiti has been called a disaster. A failed state. An aid trap. But for generations after its independence, Haiti was forced to send its wealth overseas.

Below are 3 facts on how the West robbed the world's first black-led republic. 👇
Apr 29 19 tweets 5 min read
The story of the De Beers Conglomerate; a company which leveraged apartheid in South Africa to monopolize the world's diamond business for almost a century.

A thread! 1: The name 'De Beers' was derived from two Dutch settler brothers who beared the surname, De Beer, and owned a South African farm named Vooruitzicht (Dutch for "prospect" or "outlook") near Zandfontein in the Boshof District of then Orange Free State.
Apr 28 4 tweets 1 min read
I saw a more reasonable take on why Nairaland still sticks to its old self; that it's cuz the platform was created using an open source BBS software written in PHP that was freely available online then but has since been discontinued by it's maintainers. So if Nairaland tries to modify, it'll disrupt the whole website. I think that makes lots of sense and might actually be the main reason (considering @seunosewa himself never gave an explicit reason why) rather than the popular notion over the years that he just isn't open to evolving the forum.

But I
Apr 26 15 tweets 3 min read
Top 5 facts you probably didn't know about Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of bitcoin.

A thread! Image Thirteen years ago a person or group using the name Satoshi Nakamoto released a paper describing a new software system called bitcoin. Today bitcoin is worth more than $1 trillion and has sparked a phenomenon that, its proponents believe, might rewire the entire global financial
Apr 25 22 tweets 4 min read
Top 10 Facts About The 1884 Berlin Conference Which Shared Africa Among European Powers.

A thread! 138 years ago, European leaders sat around a horseshoe-shaped table to set the rules for Africa’s colonisation.

Here are top 10 facts about this conference held by white men who had no idea what existed in the ground they were parceling out. 👇
Apr 24 25 tweets 5 min read
Top 8 most ridiculous lawsuits ever.

A thread! 1: Man sues Budweiser for failing to help him attract beautiful women.

Budweiser wasn’t the first company to use gorgeous and flirtatious women in their ad campaigns, nor were they the last. What they may not have planned for, however, was just how convincing their advertising
Apr 8 24 tweets 5 min read
The Hidden Holocaust; Atrocious Facts About Belgium’s King Leopold II, The Butcher Of Congo.

A thread! Image Who was Leopold II?*

Leopold II was born on 9. April in 1835 in Brussels, he ascended to the Belgian throne in 1865. His rule of 45 years was the longest in the history of Belgium. He died on December 17, 1909, at Lankan. Belgian crown passed to his nephew Albert I.