For many years, a shady figure lurked in the dark surroundings of a rural town who was stealing from homes and fleeing from people. Nobody couldn’t ever saw the person and even less knew who was behind of that. The only thing that people knew is that they were afraid and the police were unable to stop him. This is the incredible story of one most mystery man that ever existed.
Someone is Watching
For 30 years, residents of North Pond town, Maine had heard strange sounds in the night. People would awake by the disturbing rustlings but always when they turned the lights, nothing was there. Someone managed to just see a lurking figure.
They could feel like something is constantly creeping in the darkness and knew that things will go missing each time that sounds occurred.
An Unusual Thief
This thief was incredibly odd. He or she focused on steal regular items like magazines, books, junk food, jeans, boots, winter jackets, small radios, and batteries. This elusive criminal never stole an expensive item that he/she could sell it for a good amount of money. Therefore, locals labeled him/her with curious nicknames such as the “the Hungry Man,” “the Mountain Man,” “North Pond Hermit,” “Maine’s Loch Ness Monster,” or even the “the Stealthy Yeti.”
The Hunt Starts
But things will change in the Spring of 2013 when the elusive criminal decided to target the Pine Tree Summer Camp. It seemed a perfect place to steal things. A big place where he/she could sneak into to find food and supplies without anyone noticing something missing.
However, the thief did notice a small detail: the police begun a hunt for him. Besides, the Summer Camp’s manager is the Sergeant Terry Hughes who developed an excellent plan to catch the culprit.
On April 4, 2013, Sergeant Terry Hughes received an alarm triggered meaning that someone was in the kitchen of the camp. Hughes immediately went to the scene expecting to find a violent criminal carrying a weapon, or maybe a ragged homeless person searching desperately for food.
When Hughes looked into the kitchen through the window, he saw something totally unexpected. A clean and well-dressed middle-aged man with a smooth face. And the sergeant asked himself who is this apparently regular man?
Caught In The Act
As the unknown man went to the dining hall, carrying a backpack full with food, Sergeant Hughes threw a flashlight to blind him, and while he was holding a gun in his other hand, he yelled to the man: “get on the ground.” Unexpectedly, the intruder followed the Sergeant’s orders without any kind of resistance.
While the man kneeled down, Officer Diane Perkins-Vance and other two cops handcuffed the suspect to a chair. He never put up a fight or resistance. The officials noticed that the man was pale skin with dated glasses and without an ID. At first, he refused to answer officials’ questions but later he revealed his unbelievable story.
Living Alone In The Woods For Decades
It took two hours until the culprit finally answered Officer Perkins-Vance’s questions. He said he wouldn’t the questions because he was “ashamed”. Then he revealed his name: Christopher Thomas Knight. Jobs? None. Address? The woods.
But the big surprise came when the officer asked him how long time he had been living in the woods and he admitted he lost the sense of time but remembered that the Chernobyl disaster occurred before he decided to go into the woods. So that meant he began his life of solitude and theft in the woods in 1986 (27 years)
The Early Life of The Hermit
Christopher Thomas Knight was born on December 7, 1965. He was always a loner person since he was born. His family was not different, though. “I had good parents” he remembered. “But we were not emotional persons. We were not touchy-feely. We always tend to stoicism.” So, he always had difficult to relate to others beyond a basic level.
When he was younger, Christopher was a shut-in person who stayed busy with the things that really mattered to him. However, nobody could expect he might cut off completely from the world.
A Man With A Promising Future
Curiously, Christopher was a talented student during his school years. His grades were excellent and even graduated fast but without having friends. After high school, he went to Sylvania Technical School in Massachusetts where he studied electronics.
Moving to that city meant a change of pace from his accustomed life in Maine. But still, he did not make any friends. After finishing the 9-month course, Christopher was able found a job installing alarms for cars and homes.
He bought a car through a loan which his brother agreed to help him with it. However, his brother never could never know about Christopher’s plans to vanish from civilization.
A Loner With A Good Family
Christopher Knight always tried to make himself appear modest and unnoticed as possible. He was the middle child of brothers and one younger sister. During his childhood, he went on several hunting trips with his father and they get accustomed to sleeping in the back of family’s pickup without using a tent.
His family was not violent or unhappy. They were just very reserved to express their emotions and share their private issues with the world. Although his parents were not particularly rich, they admired art and knowledge and also believed in the wonders of science.
A Simple Life
Even his family couldn’t ever imagine that Christopher would leave to separate himself from the rest of the world. Without a major incident that may be the reason for such sudden move, maybe he felt that too many good things happened to him so he might felt that was too much for him.
When he decided to leave it all, he didn’t even say goodbye to his family or anybody else that he knew. Until one day, he just vanished. He recalled, “I had no plans when I decided to leave, I was not thinking about nothing. I just did it.”
The Necessity To Flee
Like anyone, Christopher imagined a simple life surrounded by silence and solitude. However, he had a very little training of how to survive in the wilderness so it would be easier to somehow get hurt, suffer from starving or just die alone in the woods.
During the first 2 weeks, he walked through the Maine forests only guided by his instincts. But Christopher discovered that could not appease one natural desire which eventually obliged him to adopt a life of crime.
Christopher’s main desire was to just get lost and be completely alone. He hadn’t any desire to have any kind contact with people. He said, “Very soon, I lost track of where I was. But I didn’t care; honestly, I was happy with the choice I’d made.”
However, he didn’t take any kind of hunting equipment or weapons with him when he started this one-way excursion. During his first weeks, he was searching for food that existed in the surrounds, like berries. But that method will not help him to survive for long…
The Need For Food
Christopher realized very soon that the provisions he brought were not enough. This realization came when he was suffering from starving. Despite Maine woods’ vastness, there are not many options for eating. Some comestible pants only last for a weekend. Perhaps it would be a different story if Christopher had planned to hunt or fish.
Moved by his unceasing starvation, Christopher began stealing small vegetables from gardens, like a tomato or an ear of corn. He never felt the need to ask help in order to keep his solitude undisturbed.
Looking For Shelter
Yes, he brought a tent, but how well it could resist when it rained and the ground became very muddy and malleable. One night, he made the risky decision of sleeping in an empty cabin.
The Woods, His New Home
Christopher rapidly embraced the woods as his new home. He had to adapt to live among rocks, the damp earth, and also take advantage of what nature could provide him. However, there were some other necessary goods nature just could not provide.
He used old magazines to coat his floor and absorb the water, so he’d never go thirsty. But to obtain the magazines it required a lot cunning and stealth.
Perfecting His Stealth Skills
Christopher never acted in a rash way. Before making any move, he first observed the inhabitants so he can know when they came and went and for how long they were absent. Then, when he was sure no one could catch him, he entered the cabin.
He considered these raids very easy because people tend to always leave doors unlocked or windows open due to a peaceful place like Maine who could imagine that there is a danger beyond its tranquility.
Without A Trace
Christopher focused to raid cabins during the week because it’s the moment when most vacationers were away. Many of the cabins were vacation homes, so if something was missing, how could they remember after being a whole week away?
And he always was aware of leave the fewer traces of his presence as possible. So if he could find any spare keys, he kept them hidden someplace safe so he could access the cabin later without any trouble.
His Questionable Legacy
It’s estimated that Christopher made a total of 1,000 burglaries during 27 years. Some labeled him as the culprit of one of the “biggest burglary cases in the history of Maine.” However, his victims could not deny the care that the hermit did his raids. Unlike common burglars, he never smashed a window or broke a lock. He always took care of leaving everything more or less in its original state.
The Consequences Of His Actions
Six months after his arrest, Christopher Knight took the stand at Kennebec County Superior on October 28, 2013. He was found guilty to 13 charges of burglary and robbery, so he was sentenced to 7 months in jail. But to avoid a 7-year sentence, he had to meet with a judge on every Monday.
Additionally, he had to pay his victims a total of $1,500 in restitution and he has to attend a program for people with mental health problems and fulfill 3 years of probation.
His Return To Civilization
After being released, Christopher agreed to meet with the judge on every Monday as he promised in the court hearing and swore to abstain from alcohol. Contrary to everybody’s expectations, he showed an incredible discipline following these statements.
And what was the reward of this? He got his life back and reconnected with his family again when he was in jail. The relationship with his family started to heal and even his brother offered him a job which he took later.
Christopher has stated that definitely, he is not proud of what he had done. In fact, he is very sorry to those he had harmed. But he has had some reflections to say about his life as a hermit.
For him, even silence itself deafens. “Solitude bestows an increase in something valuable. I can’t just discard that idea. Solitude improved my perception but when I decided to increase my perception of myself, I lost my identity. There was no one to perform for. There was no need to define myself, so I became irrelevant.”
Then he remarked, “I was never lonely. If you enjoy solitude, you’re never alone.” And he ended, “all my desires were dropped away. I didn’t long for anything. I didn’t even have a name. I was completely free.”
That’s how he was able to survive for 27 years without going crazy or being a victim of depression or desperation.
Paralyzed Farmer Returns to Work Thanks to One-of-a-Kind Tractor
Matthew Evans was as hard a working farmer as there was in the country when the 30-year-old experienced a tragic accident. Left paralyzed from the chest down, Evans would have to turn away from his career as a farmer due to the repercussions of the sudden incident. Injured and desperate to get back on the road and into work, Evans would work alongside another disabled farmer to craft something that would change both of their lives.
Introducing the Valtra Tractor
Matthew had been leaving a Denbigh and Flint Show in late April 2014 when he was struck by a 4×4 truck while walking along the road. Injured and immediately in need of help, Evans would get taken to the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Rhyl before getting transferred via an ambulance to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital. It was there that the agriculture contractor would be forced to undergo several operations to fix his spine. Broken in two places, the outcome of the incident was nothing less than dire.
While the incident was seven years ago at the time of this writing, Evans would require only ten months of recovery before he was able to return to some semblance of his normal routine. While the therapy was life-changing it was also painful, slow, and filled with frustration. After leaving rehab behind, Matthew knew that he would want more help in the future so that he could get back to life as he knew it. This would lead to a meeting with an engineer by the name of Andrew Stubbs.
The duo had met after Matthew wrote about his story, submitting it to WalesOnline. Stubbs had read Mathew’s story on the website and due to his relative proximity to the farmer, the duo decided to connect. Stubbs had been living in Astle Farm East of Cheshire at the time and he had been disabled himself, offering another layer of connectivity between the two. Andrew said, “You can see by the smile on his face what it means to be back on the job.”
Andrew Stubbs is a fellow disabled farmer who had been figuring out his own ways back into the industry. In order to get Matthew back on the tractor, the duo decided to work on a Valtra Tractor that had been specially fitted with a hydraulic chairlift. This chairlift would offer Matthew the ability to get in and out of the tractor while remaining in his wheelchair. Matthew says, “I’ve been using it for the past six weeks or so — and so far, no hiccups.”
While working with Andrew, Matthew would request that the tractor be painted white so that he could drive it during his wedding the following year. For his part, Matthew has revered the ability to engage with and develop his independence once again, noting just how difficult the journey has been.
Andrew and Michael have shared their story extensively and it has been covered by the production company known as Funkimation. The video would get posted online to the Vimeo platform where tens of thousands of viewers have already viewed Michael’s journey.
Walk Along the Beach Turns Into Jurassic Experience For Shellfish Collector
When was the last time that you were truly blown away by something? We don’t mean impressed, we mean truly blown away. It’s a tough state of mind to find ourselves in, but that doesn’t mean that 29-year-old shellfish collector Marie Woods would have the same experiences! Woods had been foraging for shellfish along the Yorkshire Coast when she came across something quite remarkable. And when we say ‘quite remarkable’ what we really mean is ‘a relic of time’.
Let’s explore how a walk along the beach turned into a journey through time.
165 Million Years Ago…
Marie Woods was like many Yorkshire locals when she found herself walking along the coast, foraging for dinner. Woods had been looking for shellfish to incorporate into her meal when she came across something quite unique. In fact, what she found was something both out of time and out of place – an enormous footprint thought to be at least 165 million years old!
Now documented by experts, Marie was one of the first leaders in the field to examine the footprint. More than just a local shellfish enthusiast, Marie is also an archeologist. Upon finding the footprint, Marie would end up making international news. Marie said of her experience, “All I wanted was to grab some shellfish for my dinner.” Marie would go on to add, “..and I ended up stumbling across this.”
Woods wasn’t the only expert to put a pair of eyes on the uncovered footprint as Dr. Dean Lomax of the University of Manchester was quick to chime in. Dr. Lomax believes that the discovered print is that of the Megalosaurus, an animal that would stand with hips over two meters high and a body longer than nine meters. Put more plainly, Dr. Lomax says, “This is the largest theropod footprint ever found in Yorkshire, at least made by a large meat-eating dinosaur.”
The footprint is distinguishable at a glance, most notable due to its three-toed track and long shape. Dr. Lomax goes on to say that the shape of the footprint makes for a ‘large theropod’ or, as he likes to say, ‘a real Jurassic giant’.
Learning About Megalosaurus
Also known as the Great Lizard, the Megalosaurus was a large meat-eating dinosaur from the theropod class, existing throughout the Middle Jurassic Period. Found throughout Southern England, the first-ever genus of this dinosaur was found in 1824. Originally mistaken by a researcher for a 66-foot long lizard, Megalosaurus would receive more significant and accurate coverage after its inclusion in Richard Owen’s Dinosauria.
Described as bipedal with stout hind limbs, the Megalosaurus stood roughly 20 feet tall while weighing in at over 1,500 lbs. With short forelimbs and sharp teeth, the megalosaurus was quickly categorized as another meat eater for the time period. Unfortunately, we are still very short on further details as it has been beyond difficult for researchers to find a well-preserved fossilized skull for the Megalosaurus. Sans this information, it can be hard for researchers to get completely accurate details.
After discovering the fossilized footprint of Megalosaurus, Marie would contact other local experts where she would find out that her discovery was not completely new. Roughly a year ago, the footprint had been found by a local photographer named Rob Taylor. Though the image had been shared on social media, nothing had ever come of the discovery – at least not until Marie showed up.
Working with local experts, Marie and Rob are hopeful that their share discovery may find its way into a public display at the Rotunda Museum located in Scarborough.
The Sydney Student Who Just Opened Up the Quantum Future
When a student goes above and beyond in a class, professors typically reward the person with extra credit and notable point of recognition. When a student goes and solves a long-standing quantum math problem with computer programming code that shifts the math understanding paradigm significantly, a professor hopes to have his or her name on the same research paper.
That was the case with one second-year student at the University of Sydney who managed to figure out how to program quantum computing problem solutions. The breakthrough is so big, major market players like Amazon are implementing the solution, and researchers in U.S. ivy league top brass are pouring over it in detail to upgrade their own understanding. For Pablo Bonilla, however, it’s another day at University.
Quantum computing involves then next step in computational power and capability that is currently be researched for even greater practical applications, particularly at the microscopic scale of physical operation. It’s a bit like thinking about how big data cylinders became large boxes, and then computer hard drives, and then flash drives the size of a finger or flat disk in a camera. Now, the next phase will go even smaller, allowing computer design to pack far more power into a smaller space. The ramifications of this new paradigm are huge.
Of course, for Bonilla, it doesn’t hurt when professors at Yale comment that Bonilla’s coding work is both exceptional as well as elegant in construction. Bonilla was able to find a modification that no one else had seen or thought possible for at least two decades. His new set of eyes found the hidden door to the next level that many others had spent a career already trying to solve without success. Once that door opened with Bonilla’s code, new possibilities in quantum computing have now become a reality. And, not surprisingly, his choices of code and solution were fairly simple in design as well compared to the complex choices others had pursued and ended up stumped.
Bonilla himself was anything but average. He had already grown up with a very unique perspective out of the norm being part of a family that emigrated to Australia from Uruguay. Growing up in a different land, culture and language than what he remembered in his early years may have very well allowed Pablo to see things from a different perspective than the mainstream, which worked to his advantage.
By the time Bonilla was in high school, it was obvious he was going somewhere. At 15, Bonilla was brought in early to try his hand on a different project at the University of Sydney. Today, Bonilla is reaching the end of his University tour, but he’s already committed to pursue a PhD as well. And, very likely, Bonilla will be making additional changes to quantum computing and more in his tenure.
Beautiful Magellanic Penguins Returned to Atlantic Ocean After Rescue
The Magellanic Penguin is known for its distinct black bat and white belly. Standing between 24 and 30 inches tall, the Magellanic Penguin was first discovered in 1520 by Ferdinand Magellan, through whom they received their names. While one of the most populous of the South American penguins, these flightless birds are not entirely without external threats from nature, man, and global warming. So when twelve black-and-white penguins were discovered off the coasts of Argentina while suffering from anemia and malnutrition, it didn’t take long for help to arrive.
Argentina and the Atlantic Ocean
What would you do if you discovered a dozen penguins struggling to survive? For biologist Sergio Rodriguez of the Mundo Marino Foundation, the answer was pretty simple — you help them. Rodriguez described how the animals were found waddling around in a state of dangerous malnutrition as well as dehydration, both potentially fatal issues if left unattended.
Rodriguez is one of the leaders at the Mundo Marino Foundation located near San Clemente del Tuyu in Argentina. Her job there is to provide support for the local wildlife while also researching various conservation issues.
To verify that the Magellanic Penguins were truly struggling through dehydration and malnutrition, Rodriguez used her experience in the field. Rodriguez said, “In some cases, they had issues molting.. for various reasons, including lack of nutrients.”
When penguins cannot properly molt, Rodriguez says that they lack the appropriate feathers necessary to survive in cold ocean water. With a lack of real protection due to their interrupted molding process, the penguins had fled to the beaches of Argentina because they lacked the ability to withstand the colder temperatures of the sea. Put plainly, a lack of food and access to water had put their lives at risk. Sergio would go on to say, “They needed to be treated with a balanced diet, provided by nutritionists.”
For Magellanic Penguins that are healthy and capable of thriving in the wild, a traditional diet will consist of crustaceans, cuttlefish, krill, and even squid. Diving to a depth of up to 50m, penguins will forage for food, finding a constant supply of resources along the way.
The Mundo Marino Foundation
Comfortably nestled into the Mundo Marino Foundation, the rescued penguins were able to receive a steady diet of appropriate nutrition from the team at the Mundo Marino Foundation. While staying at the Mundo Marino Foundation, the penguins would also receive comprehensive vet checkups as well as blood work to verify their overall health. The birds were lucky to get rescued as they were fed, rehydrated, and returned to the ocean in relatively short order.
Mundo Marino is the largest aquarium in all of Argentina, established by Juan David Mendez. The aquarium first opened its doors in 1979 where it was built next to a crab land. Mundo Marion currently houses 20 pools, 50 sea mammals, 80 birds, and the star of the show Kshamenko, a male killer whale who was rescued after he had been stranded.
According to research compiled by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, there are somewhere between 2.2 million and 3.2 million Magellanic penguins in the world, today. Traditionally, these penguins can be found throughout coastal regions surrounding Chile and Argentina.
Bus Driver Gets Accolades For Assisting Homeless Individual In Milwaukee
It only takes one small act of kindness to transform the life of someone in need forever. The Driver of a Milwaukee bus managed to accomplish that feat recently.
She has since been lauded for helping a struggling passenger who had become homeless due to unforeseen circumstances get some much-needed support.
In October, bus driver Natalie Barnes began conversing with a passenger named Richard, who informed her that he had been homeless for a week after his previous residence was condemned.
She agreed when he inquired whether he could travel along during the night to avoid the cold.
“Everyone needs support at some stage in their lives,” Barnes wrote on the Milwaukee County Transit System’s blog. “I want to do everything I could to assist Richard in any way I could.”
She decided to take a break at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during her shift and offered to get her passenger something to eat.
Richard was moved by the gesture, as shown by surveillance footage.
“Now I don’t know how to respond but thank you,” he told Barnes, promising to repay her in some way.
“I want to support you,” she said, refusing.
Barnes, on the other hand, was not satisfied with only one act of kindness.
Again during a break, she contacted a neighbor, who assisted in the placement of Richard in safe accommodation.
During the six-hour bus ride, Barnes and Richard had become friends. He now has her contact information, and they communicate regularly.
ABC News which initially aired the video and interviewed Barnes, said she talks to Richard every couple of days, and he honors her every time he speaks to her for supporting him.”
According to Barnes, “He refers to me as his little angel of security. I’m pleased to report that he’s making good progress.”
Barnes has won three commendations for exemplary service since joining the MCTS two years ago, and it is second nature to him to help others.
As per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she frequently brings various types of sandwiches on the bus to distribute to those in crisis.
In a recent ceremony, Chris Abele, who is the Milwaukee County Executive, honored Barnes.
“(This is)What MCTS greatness is all about Natalie’s love, compassion, and reverence for this man that needs it,” he said. “Natalie exemplified what we all should be doing to combat homelessness: look out for one another, care for one another, and collaborate. Natalie’s words have made a huge difference in my life.”
Barnes continues to use her position as a bus driver to help as many people as possible.
Meanwhile, the city’s Mayor, Tom Barrett notes that there has been a four year drop in homelessness by forty-three percent. He added that there’s still much left to be done and expressed gratitude that more than 100 entities are working to end homelessness in Milwaukee.
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