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.
The Returned Wallet from Antarctica – Half A Decade Later
In 1968 a meteorologist was stationed in Antarctica among a number of military personnel. Their role was research as well as, and Paul Grisham’s job was to track the weather in the southern pole region. Unfortunately, as crazy as it seems, Grisham managed to lose his wallet while working in the remote location and never did find it before leaving. That wallet sat in Antarctica at the station for another 53 years until it was rediscovered.
When the wallet was returned to Grisham, he felt like he was going back in a mental time machine. The wallet was in exceptionally good condition as well as the cards and materials that were kept in it. At 91 Grisham remarked first about how young he looked in the card photos as well as how far back that part of his life was.
The location, McMurdo Station, was being redesigned along with the demolishing and removal of older buildings. During the work, one of the construction crew found the wallet which had stayed in its place since Grisham had been stationed. Looking back on the cards now, Grisham continues to repeatedly trigger memories when he looks at his own Navy ID card. Last carried in 1968, the card was preserved and never deteriorated except for the edges of the leather. Included in the contents was a beer ration card, a guide card on how to deal with attacks ranging from nuclear to biological. And Grisham even included a recipe folded up in the cards for a liqueur.
The weather monitoring was a big issue at the time. Unlike today with tons of satellites spinning around the planet for watching everything from a farmer in the western side of China eat a sandwich to the weather’s minute moves, back then the weather had to be observed in person. Grisham’s job was to track the regional patterns so that planes and ships moving through the edge of the southern hemisphere to the station could do so safely and avoid storms. The work shifts were hard; Grisham remembered working a half day on, literally, and the half day off to rest and went straight for five long months.
Things weren’t all about work. Grisham remembers they had pretty useful mini bowling alley which never got boring. And an inside gym was handy since jogging outside was off the list everyday of the year. Location-wise, the station was in one of the best locations in Antarctica as well; it would usually get to a balmy 25 degrees Fahrenheit. That was considerably better than other locations a bit further in easily only getting to a tepid minus 65 degrees.
When Grisham left the southern continent, he did so with a promotion, but he never did find his wallet before taking off. He doesn’t have any fond wishes to return, still remembering a soda would explode from the cold in under 15 minutes if left outside. However, one thing he did miss was all the IOUs Grisham kept in his wallet from winning an inordinate number of poker games while on duty at McMurdo. It does make one wonder if he can still collect on this plus interest.
Grisham continues to be a name in history, but the rediscovered wallet was not his first entry. Grisham spent two hours talking with Sir Edmund Hillary about weather when Hillary arrived, and Grisham himself also got to reach the South Pole as well, some 850 miles inland. Sitting now at home, he enjoys the San Diego weather a lot more, but the wallet recovery was definitely a nice touch to Memoryville.
Old Ski Gondolas Renovated Into Stunning Winter Destination
Steamboat Springs is a city nestled along the northern edge of Colorado’s Yampa Valley. Known around the state as a ski resort town, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has put the future of the area into great question. As COVID-19 rules are in a constant state of flux, not to mention the deaths and injuries due to the disease itself, cities like Steamboat Springs are constantly being forced to adjust to survive — and that is exactly what Rich and Wendy Tucciarone would end up doing.
Wendy and Rich of Steamboat Springs
Wendy and Rich are the owners of a craft brewery located in Steamboat Springs known as the Mountain Tap Brewery. With a massive patio and giant garage doors, it is easy to see why so many guests chose to eat there during better non-pandemic years. Known as the ski town brimming with ‘champagne powder’, it was going to take more than a nice outdoor dining area to keep people visiting during COVID-19. This is where a set of out-of-service gondolas stepped into the story.
Rich and Wendy were sitting down with their accountant while brainstorming for ideas to survive the pending winter of COVID-19. With winter on the horizon, outdoor dining would plummet and one of the few remaining sources of income that the Tucciarone’s depended on would vanish. As avid outdoorsy-folks, Rich and Wendy were immediately interested in their accountant’s idea of renovating old ski gondolas that were no longer in service.
Gondolas Save the Day
After coming up with their idea to convert ski gondolas into outdoor private dining spaces, the Tucciarones would have to find actual gondolas to use. This would present a problem in regular times but as anyone who survived 2020 knows, we are no longer in regular times. Rich and Wendy would come into contact with Dominique Bastien, owner of The Gondola Shop and avid collector of down-and-out gondolas. Dominique and the Tucciarone family would work together to create novel outdoor dining areas from old skin gondolas while upscaling the old gondolas the entire way. Wendy stated, “The gondolas have saved us this winter for sure.”
With the help of Dominique and her team at The Gondola Shop, the Tucciarones were able to outfit enough ski gondolas to replace their outdoor dining options. Each gondola was specially outfitted to seat between four and six individuals, which ideally will consist of single-household families. Within each gondola, diners will find a heating unit, lights, a Bluetooth speaker, and other comforts and luxuries. After each pod has been used, the gondola in question will be spotless and sanitized before the next family takes their place.
Saving a Gondola Business on Accident
While Wendy and Rich became headliners of this story, it was really Dominique who stole our attention the entire way. Dominique Bastien had fallen in love with collecting gondolas long before the pandemic had rounded into view. In fact, the collector had purchased 96 gondola cars from the Steamboat Resort near Steamboat Springs a few years prior. As an avid gondola maintenance and restoration professional, Bastien is typically busy with maintenance work throughout the year.
Even though Bastien became the hero to Wendy and Rich in Steamboat Springs, they also helped to dig Wendy out of a deep hole. With COVID-19 shuttering so many ski resorts, Bastien was quickly coming to realize that her services weren’t as hotly needed. Bastien stated, “I was slowly planning to go bankrupt, no joke!” Following her partnership with Wendy and Rich, Bastien would go on to land contract inquiries from businesses throughout the country, ranging from Cleveland to Washington DC and back around to Utah! As-is pricing for a basic gondola sits at $4,800 while refurbished models can go for nearly $20,000.
Lab-grown Wood May Be Answer To Deforestation Crisis
Over the last decades, scientists have come up with some of the most amazing innovations, others not so great.
However, this newest endeavor to create an alternative for trees instead of cutting down forests is absolutely mind-blowing and is now a topical issue among environmentalists.
It is a number of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) that are strategizing the venture toward laboratory-grown wooden furniture.
The process will be comparable to that of lab-grown meat, produced away from their parent phylum by formulating cells to break and reproduce into shapes. The proof-of-concept computation is a robust initial stride towards pursuing forestry options.
The scientists were able to selectively develop tissues like plants, independent of unwarranted organs, utilizing a Zinnia leaf.
In their related paper, the students illustrated how plant cells react adequately to the process and that it is very feasible, for instance, to scalable cultivation of plant substance without land use.
This includes wood for furnishing and is even simpler than what scientists do with meat developed through cell culture.
Despite substantial and initial investment in resources, only a slight portion of the cultured crop can be utilized once reaped, according to the scientists.
As for natural fiber development, less than five percent of the material will prove useful.
The technique is simpler to order for cultured plants, accumulated in the shape of a table or a rectangular board. It may come to be much more cost-saving than cultured meat since plants are really straightforward to develop in this manner.
Ashley Beckwith, a student, pursuing her doctorate in engineering and co-wrote the report, illustrates the inadequacies of depending on plants and trees from forests to generate lumber.
She emphasizes that trees develop as high poles in a cylinder shape, yet what they are harvested for is unrelated to that shape, leading to a large portion of wood constantly going to waste.
She notes that two decades is spent growing something which will mainly go to waste.
On the other hand, why not spend twenty years accumulating fibers and molds that belong only to furnishings or apparel?
So far, the scientists have not yet established a Petri dish table. However, their endeavor is an essential indication of the theory that if broadly approved, carbon footprint reduction would be a major element of the entire project.
The scientists have thought long and hard about every aspect of the project and the various benefits.
These may entail fueling and navigating robust, low-range freight vehicles up logging thoroughfares at low velocities, in addition to fueling and producing the automobiles to build the logging streets, and the manufacturing factories that create both, as well as the automobiles to haul the tools there.
Now, last but not least, is the topical issue of deforestation, the main reason for carbon dioxide pollution in the environment.
This is especially so since carbon normally would be expelled through the Earth’s thousand-year carbon process in a natural way is yanked from the earth as the trees are chopped down.
Now with the brilliant idea from these MIT science students, tree plantations could remain in place to age the normal way, getting the carbon cycle back to a natural format while enticing more outdoor life.
Businessman Recycles Plastic Bottles into Building Bricks
Kenya’s entrepreneurs may have just figured out how to turn plastic trash into viable, functional building materials, a key re-use of resources that can be dramatic in under-developed regions. Nzambi Matee is the owner of Gjenge Makers Limited, a successful small business focused on building materials in the form of pavers, bricks and durable block materials for construction. Putting out 1,500 new units a day based on a mix of trash plastic and binding components, Gjenge Makers sits in an ideal situation: it relies on a supply that some days it gets for free, and the product produced is fundamentally in demand year-round to support construction and building.
Kenya Naturally Provides Plenty of Supply
According to Kenya’s government, well over 600,000 tons of plastic bottles alone are consumed in the country. Less than one-tenth of that amount is actively recycled by consumers. Instead, the rest of it ends up in trash cans, trash piles and landfills. Gjenge Makers positioned itself to be a consumer of that easily available plastic. Nzambi Matee by training is a materials engineer, so the plastic was simply a challenge to solve and make useful. Once the fundamental design of a brick was designed and confirmed in prototype, Matee just needed to find a way to mass-produce it. Machinery and automation were the key. With the second challenge solved, Gjenge Makers was in business. The Gjenge Makers paver is unique; due to the threaded nature of plastic when bonded, it has less porosity than the more traditional building material of cement. That makes a paver produced by Gjenge Makers far more resilient and less brittle in practice. It also tends to be far better at resisting water, a factor that ultimately causes cement reinforcement rebar to corrode.
Set up in 2017, the Gjenge Makers puts out currently 1,500 plastic-based bricks and is looking for how to scale up to 4,500 bricks in the future. That in turn produces both a viable building material as well as removes 60 tons of plastic out of trash piles and landfills. Within three years the company is already on track to achieve breakpoint and go into the black financially.
Plastic Waste – A Continental Problem
Africa is not a stranger to plastic waste. South Africa, for example, generates 1 million tons of the materials itself in trash annually. 500 shipping containers of plastic recycle is relocated to African shores every year without much of plan what to do with it on arrival. The recycle rate of Kenya is duplicated across the continent with the highest recycle level barely breaking 10 percent of the plastic consumed in product in country after country. So, the idea that someone like Nzambi Matee and her company can create not only a way to put that plastic back to use but provide a building product that is better than cement is a double benefit for the continent. Its trash might very well now become building material gold.
A Four Year Old Girl Finds A 230 Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint on A Beach In Wales
Dinosaurs are a group of reptiles that existed on the earth about 260 million years ago. In early 1842, Sir Richard Owen, the English naturalist, coined the term Dinosauria which is adopted from a Greek work deinos meaning (fearfully great) and sauros, meaning (lizard).
Today there are over 700 known dinosaur species that vanished from the face of the earth. However, modern birds resemble common behaviors and features with their ancestor’s non-avian dinosaurs.
Interestingly, most of us think that dinosaurs existed in the same geographical periods. Here is a random fact you will not believe is true; for example, Stegosaurus lived during the late Jurassic period, about 150 years ago. At the same time, during the late cretaceous period, about 75 million years ago, Tyrannosaurus rex was still roaming on earth. This means Stegosaurus vanished from the world 66 million years before the existence of Tyrannosaurus on earth.
There are two theories that try to prove what contributed to the mass extinction of the eras of dinosaurs, which include
- The massive asteroid which struck earth causing a catastrophic earth climate change
- The change in sea levels and large-scale volcanic activities
There are thousands of dinosaur fossils that have been revealed on all seven continents. About 66 million years ago, all non-avian dinosaurs were exterminated.
Recently a four-year girl has made an astounding archeological discovery that dates back to about 230 million years ago.
As the family was walking along the beach near Bendrick bay in South Wales, UK., with their dog pet, Lily Willer foxed a virgin dinosaur footprint that has excited paleontologists around the globe.
Lilly wilder reported that in a press release, “I was out with my dad walking at the Bendricks near Barry in the South Wales when I luckily came across the spoor on a loose block of stone near the ocean, Amguendfa Cymru National Museum Wales.”
Her mom said, “it was Lilly and her dad [Richard] who rumbled on the footprint. Lily spotted the spoor as they were walking, and she said, ‘Daddy, look.’ her dad took some photos, and when they came home, he showed me the photographs. I thought of what a well-done job. Richard felt the deal was too sweet to be true.”
“lily’s father shared the photos with the entire family, and it was Lily’s grandmother who pushed us to reach out to the local experts and fossil enthusiasts for further investigation.” Lily’s mother reported.
Interestingly, Cindy Howells from Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum of Wales paleontology curator reported that “even though it is tough to identify exactly which type of dinosaur let the 3.9-inch spoor, there are some undeniable facts. It looks like the dinosaur stood 75 centimeters tall and 2 meters long.”
The footprint is unbelievably stunning, revealing all the muscle details and exactly where the joints are in the foot.
Although the location where Lilly spotted the spoor is known to have many dinosaur spoors, Lilly’s discovery is said to be the best’s specimen ever found on this beach. Cindy Howells said.
Cindy Howells said that the spoor would significantly help the paleontologists to gain a better understanding of how these early dinosaurs walked.
Although there are no fossils or bones left behind in this area that might help identify the type of dinosaur that left the mark, similar marks were left by a Coelophysis revealed in the US.
It is unbelievable preservation, and more actual about their feet’ structure since lily’s discovery shows individual parts and claw impressions. The spoor was legally removed from the site of discovery with permission from the natural resource Wales, and it was transferred to the national museum Cardiff to be protected and for further scientific studies.
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