News of yet another gruesome reptile attack on a human has gone viral in Indonesia, this time involving a crocodile and rather strange circumstances that have led locals to believe there may have been supernatural elements at play.
On Tuesday afternoon, a 41-year-old man named Syarifuddin and his friends were bathing in the river close to their village in the Berau regency of East Kalimantan. Witnesses say that out of nowhere, a two-meter long crocodile snapped Syarifuddin with its strong jaws and dragged him into the depths of the river.
Syarifuddin’s friends reported the incident to the local police, and a search for the victim was carried out that evening.
After having no luck finding the missing man, locals and the police turned to a pawang buaya (a person claiming to have supernatural control over crocodiles) from their village to perform a calling ritual the next morning.
What happened next was captured in a video that has recently went viral in Indonesia. Local media outlet Tribunnews has a censored version of the video:
(Warning: this video contains graphic imagery)
According to the police and as can be seen in the video, a crocodile seemingly answers the pawang’s call and returns with Syarifuddin’s naked dead body, dragging him through the water in its jaws. It also brought friends along with it.
“The strange thing is, there were three crocodiles that emerged in the river, as if they were guarding the victim’s body. It’s like they were dropping off the victim,” said Talisayan District Police Chief Faisal Hamid, as quoted by Warta Kota yesterday.
After locals screamed at the crocodile to let the body go, it complied and disappeared into the murky water with his friends. Locals and the authorities recovered Syarifuddin’s body and soon gave him a proper burial.
“Crocodiles live in that river, and locals also regularly bathe there. It’s just bad luck that (Syarifuddin) was snapped by a crocodile. The right side of the victim’s torso was torn open,” Faisal said.
Eet, a local man interviewed by Warta Kota, said that locals have been bathing in the same river for years and there had never been a crocodile attack before this. He believes it’s because locals have so far been good in not going against a local myth.
“If one bathes naked (in the river), they will be eaten by a crocodile. If they are clothed (while bathing), they will not be attacked by a crocodile,” he said.
The last reptilian attack on a human in Indonesia that made the news occurred in March of this year, when a giant python swallowed a man whole in West Sulawesi.
Behind The Oil Theft In Nigeria, Behind the Menace
Nigeria, as presently constituted, qualifies to be named a crime scene. From state-sanctioned insecurity to massive corruption, down to outright abuse of state power. It appears as though Nigeria is fast becoming a banana republic of some sort. With every passing day, a new development occurs, attempting to cement the notion that Nigeria is a criminal state where only crime and criminality thrive.
The anomalies are endless and the situation is rotten and sour.
With no big shot at redemption, Nigeria has continued to crumble, and may very soon become irredeemable.
Ironically, it took recent revelations about the grand schemes of oil theft for many Nigerians to come to the new realisation.
About a month ago, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, Mele Kyari dropped a bombshell when he announced that the government of the day just discovered a loading port somewhere in Niger Delta that had been in operation for over nine years undetected. This loading port had a 4 km illegal pipeline connected to it that ran from Forcados in Delta State down to the sea where the cycle of economic sabotage against Nigeria is rounded up.
The recent discoveries of the magnitude of oil theft going on in Nigeria clearly underscore the fact that Nigeria is a criminal state. How can a country be so blessed yet appear so cursed? A country blessed with huge deposits of crude under its soil yet it remains home to the highest number of the poorest people. Terrible!
Given the magnitude and sophistication of the ongoing crude oil theft going on in the country, it is safe to posit that it is the biggest organised crime in the history of Nigeria as a country. This is a scheme that is perpetrated by people who fully understand that their ugly scheme is not only causing life-threatening environmental pollution, but also causing the government a massive loss in revenue at a time when every dollar is needed to keep the country’s economy above the waters. Oil companies are divesting from the country in the face of revenue losses and the country’s oil industry is now looking like a shadow of itself.
Over the past six years, Nigeria has consistently failed to meet its quota in the global oil market as capped by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), for reasons ranging from vandalism to a gargantuan scale oil theft. This has impacted government revenues in very debilitating ways. More throbbing is the fact that, at a period when many oil producing countries around the world have been reaping billions of dollars and Euros from the Russia-Ukraine windfall, Nigeria is severely handicapped.
According to industry experts, the quantity of oil stolen in the country daily is well over 100,000 barrels. With a barrel of oil selling for an average of $100 for a better part of the year, it meant an income of $10 million was being donated to oil thieves. The question on the lips of Nigerians in the face of all this is, who are those committing this economic sabotage against Nigeria?
One thing that has been severally reiterated is that oil theft at that scale cannot take place without active connivance with people who control instruments of the state, the protection of regulators in the industry, and funding by the elites. Of course, there is no way a 10,000-tonne barge will move from a point of loading in the creeks down to the sea without being detected. There is surely no way big ocean liners which are deployed to lift stolen crude oil move freely within the territorial waters of Nigeria without being noticed by the Nigerian security team who are paid using taxpayers money to keep Nigeria’s security system safe.
It is important to point out that contrary to popular misconceptions, oil theft did not start recently. Interestingly, prior to becoming President, Buhari had accused Jonathan of not doing enough to end oil theft. Buhari alleged that about 400,000 barrels of crude were stolen daily under Jonathan’s nose. Of course, he vowed to end it if Nigerians elect him as their next President, and sadly, seven years later, rather than end it, he institutionalised it and this time, Nigerians are paying a heavier price for his ineptitude as the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and Minister of Petroleum. That Nigeria is still insolvent despite the scale of theft and abuse it has continued to experience should be the 8th wonder of the world.
The failure of successive governments to check this situation clearly provides an idea as to how poor governance in Nigeria has been. The reality is that currently, oil thieves have grown so powerful that they now hold the Nigerian state to ransome. The whole situation clearly underscores the embarrassing failure of the security architecture in Nigeria and how useless they have proven to be. It is curious to believe that after over two decades of disruptions in the oil and gas sector in the Nigeria Delta, the Nigerian Navy is yet to come up with a single specialised capacity to protect a sector that is primarily the source of blood to the Nigerian body. The truth remains that if this madness is allowed to continue unabated, it will bring Nigeria to its knees financially, politically and economically.
The present situation in Nigeria is not only embarrassing, but is also suffocating and stifling the hopes of over 200 million citizens who have now been turned into paupers even in the midst of plenty.
These things surely raise questions about the whole essence and existence of Nigeria because anomalies and illegalities are fast becoming the norm in the country. While the economy is on a fast lane to absolute destruction, those saddled with the responsibility of sailing the ship to safety are abdicating their responsibilities not minding the fact that the economy is gradually caving in.
What Nigerians must know right now is that their oil wealth is being stolen by a syndicate that has sworn to keep them on the ground. The group of people stealing Nigeria’s oil comprise the military, oil companies, the navy, and government officials, which is why they seem unstoppable.
The list isn’t complete without mentioning current and former governors, ministers, and members of the Fulani oligarchy. Interestingly, one of them is even running for President in 2023!
Oil theft is threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria, and Nigerians should better start speaking before it is too late.
15 Most Mysterious Places in the World
Enjoy our list of the most mysterious places in the world. This amazing article was compiled by the crazytourist.com . An authentic source for everything travel information.
1. The Bermuda Triangle, Atlantic Ocean
Tales of lost mariners and disappeared ships, crashed aircraft and even vanishing humans, have been emerging from the waters of the Bermuda Triangle for centuries.
The vast area of more than half a million square miles is also known as the Devil’s Triangle, and theories as to why so many travelers fall foul of its clutches abound.
Some say there are magnetic anomalies that throw compasses off course, others that tropical cyclones are to blame, and some say there’s simply no mystery at all! Today, visiting the area can be much more pleasant than you might think, with the sun-splashed islands of Turks and Caicos beckoning in the south and the coves of Bermuda in the north.
You may actually want to never be seen again!
2. The Banff Springs Hotel, Canada
With overtures of the Timberline Lodge of Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining fame, the Banff Springs Hotel of Canada is said to be the home of a plethora of ghost stories and mysterious happenings.
Locals tell tales of an entire family that was murdered in cold-blood in room 873. Others talk of reappearing doormen who vanish into thin air.
But if you think you can deal with the supernatural rep, then you’re in for a real treat here.
The handsome hotel oozes Scottish Baronial styles, is shrouded by the fir-dressed peaks of the Canadian Rockies, and offers access to the iconic ski fields of Jasper and Banff.
Worth the risk? We think so!
3. Transylvania, Romania
Sylvan hills and mist-topped mountains, the clanging echo of church bells and the stone-built medieval steeples of towns like Sibiu, Brasov and Cluj, all add to the eerie atmosphere of this vast region at the very heart of Romania.
But it’s one place that really brings the chills and gets the spine a-tingling: Bran Castle.
This turret-topped citadel soars from the forests on the edge of Wallachia in a medley of Gothic towers and gargoyle-peppered roofs.
Over the years it’s been associated with a number of less-than-savoury, uber-mysterious figures: Vlad the Impaler, the most bloodthirsty of the Wallachian kings, and – of course – Count Dracula, the archetype of the nail-biting Nosferatu.
4. Crooked Forest, Poland
Just south of the unpronounceable city of Szczecin on Poland’s extreme eastern haunch, a stone’s throw west of the border with Germany, a small clutch of just over 400 pine trees has been garnering the attention of Atlas Obscura types and off-the-beaten-track travelers for years.
The entire forest appears to be bent over almost 90 degrees at the trunk, before twisting back straight again and growing vertically into the Slavic sky.
Debate has raged as to what caused the unusual wood to come to look like it has, with theories as wide ranging as torrential snowstorms and lumberjack growing techniques.
5. Bhangarh Fort, India
Enfolded by the rises of the Aravali Hills and baked by the Rajasthani sun, the old bulwarks of the Bhangarh Fort are said to echo with the ethereal presence of one cursed princess and her would-be captor, the wizard Sinhai.
It’s said that Sinhai tried to ensnare the young royal by offering her a love potion.
The plan backfired, the wizard ended up dead, but not before he could lay his hex on all the inhabitants of Bhangarh.
Today, the Mughlai complex once trodden by Madho Singh I is considered one of the most haunted spots in India.
No one is allowed to enter after dark, and locals have even reported deaths as a result of the continued curse!
6. The Skirrid Mountain Inn, Wales
Set between the rising fells and lichen-spotted stone villages on the eastern edge of the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park (Wales’ lesser-known, southern mountain range), The Skirrid Mountain Inn oozes with tales and stories of the Gaelic nation’s past.
Some say it was the gathering point of rebel fighters under the banner of Owain Glyndŵr, the hero of Welsh resistance against Henry IV. Others claim that it was once a courthouse where criminals were not only condemned to death but also hung, all under the command of the infamous so-called Hanging Judge, George Jeffreys.
There’s even a swinging noose still dangling from the rafters inside, and oodles of ghost stories to hear over your cawl (traditional Welsh soup)!
7. The Tower of London, England
The beheading of kings, the incarceration of state enemies, the plotting of political machinations from the Tudors to the Elizabethans; all manner of dark and shady deeds has gone down between the crenulations of London’s old fortress on the north bank.
Stories of hauntings and mysterious happenings began with the sighting of Thomas Becket (a martyred saint), who is said to have stymied construction of the palace’s extension from the grave.
However, it’s the apparition of one Queen Anne Boleyn that causes the biggest stir – her headless body is seen lurking by the spot where she was killed at the behest of Henry VII back in the 1530s!
8. Eternal Flame Falls, United States
Delve into the winding walking trails that crisscross the Chestnut Ridge Park and discover the hidden wonder of Shale Creek.
Called, appropriately, Eternal Flame Falls, this curious natural phenomenon is a real mystery to behold.
Why? Well, because it manages to fuse two of the earth’s most elemental forces in one single spot – that’s why! You’ll first see the gorgeous falls themselves, cascading down over layers of chiselled granite rock.
Then comes the flame, which can be seen flickering behind the cataracts.
It never goes out, and scientists say the conflagration is created by the presence of natural gas seeping from the subterrane.
9. Richat Structure, Mauritania
Seemingly swirling and spinning and twisting like a cyclone through the heart of the mighty Sahara Desert, the great Richat Structure in the depths of Mauritania is something truly mysterious (although you’ll certainly have to take to the skies to see it!). Scientists have puzzled for years as to how the perfect circular set of concentric rings got there.
Some think it was an asteroid impact in centuries gone by.
Others say it was the simple process of natural geological attrition and erosion.
And then – of course – there are some who think it was the creation of extra-terrestrials, who passed this way and marked a landing point for future visits to earth.
10. The Nazca Lines, Peru
Scarring their way across the dusty desert landscapes of southern Peru, the Nazca Lines are amongst the most mysterious and awesome prehistoric remains in all of South America.
And while they typically take a backseat to the country’s other major tourist draws – Machu Picchu, The Sacred Valley, Cuzco – they do draw in their fair share of visitors.
Most opt to do flyovers and see the great wonders from above, which is when the curious geoglyphs depicting spiders and monkeys come into full view.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, no one really knows why they were made by the ancient Nazca people.
Perhaps they were an offering to the gods? Perhaps they were a cultist symbol? It’s still a mystery.
11. Highgate Cemetery, England
If you choose to navigate the crawling vines and ivy shoots, the looming oak trees and the lichen-spotted tombstones of London’s Highgate Cemetery, then beware: this is considered by many to be the single most haunted place in the United Kingdom (Tower of London omitted, of course). The setting is certainly enough to curdle the blood, with age-old angelic figures hiding amidst the shadow growth, gargoyles laughing from the crevices, and endless rows of tombs running into the distance.
Some ghost watchers say they’ve seen apparitions flitting between the Gothic carvings.
Others report vampires lurk in the shadows there.
12. Area 51, United States
A magnet for conspiracy theorists like no other place on this list, Area 51 has inspired UFO hunters and extra-terrestrial buffs for years – it even featured in Roland Emmerich’s alien-rich masterpiece Independence Day back in 1996! Located smack bang in the midst of the Nevadan desert, the site has been kept top secret by the United States government since it began developing reconnaissance and spy planes back in the 50s.
Today, speculators think it could be anything from a public surveillance hub to a weather control station to a time travel station.
Don’t expect a visitor’s center or anything, but then Vegas is just down the road!
13. Easter Island, Polynesia
It was just at the turn of the first millennium AD that the Rapa Nui peoples of eastern Polynesia landed and began surveying the wind-blasted shores of Easter Island.
Of course, it wasn’t called Easter Island then – the name is a later European addition courtesy of the Dutchman Jacob Roggeveen, who happened upon the land in 1722. What he discovered would have surely wowed him: countless carved effigies of colossal heads, chiselled and chipped from the black rock boulders of the land.
In fact, there are over more than 880 of the so-called moai heads here, which are each thought to represent the final member of one of the tribal family clans.
14. Stonehenge, England
Set deep in the middle of the verdant lowlands of south-central England, where Salisbury Plain emerges in peaks and troughs of heath from the oak forests, Stonehenge has long oozed mystery and magic.
Created an estimated 5,000 years ago, this circular conglomeration of huge megalith stones is thought to have been made with unique bluestone material that could only have been quarried from the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire, some 200 miles away in Wales.
Mystery surrounds both how the Neolithic people managed to transport such huge rocks all that way, and as to the purpose of the building.
Today, it’s wrapped up in Arthurian legends and attracts Pagans for the summer solstice.
15. Uluru, Australia
Uluru is the mighty pillar at the middle of the Australian Outback.
It shoulders its way high above the flatlands that encompass it; a gargantuan block of sandstone rock that looks like the carapace of a petrified animal.
A truly breathtaking place to behold, it attracts everyone from hikers to history buffs (who come mainly for the pre-historic petroglyphs that mark the caves nearby). However, Ayers Rock, as the site is also called, also figures as a focal point for the old traditions of the Australian Aborigines.
They believe it’s one of the last remaining homes of the creator beings who forged the earth.
Meanwhile, other folk come here to energise themselves at the fluvial channels that run underneath the rock – whatever that means!
Thank you for having had the patience to go through this list of 15 Most Mysterious Places in the World with us.
(VIDEO)20 Mysterious Things Caught on Video & Google Earth
By now, it’s no secret that Google Earth is an incredibly powerful tool that has allowed everyday people like you and I to explore areas of the world that we would otherwise never get to see. There’s a video HERE that shows the strangest things ever on tape.
That fact alone makes it one of the best photography inventions of all time, if you ask me.
But throw in the fact that Google Earth (and Google Maps, too) takes photos of some really weird things, and you have the makings for one heck of a way to entertain yourself.
Here’s just a sampling of weird Google Earth images from around the world.
Pigeon People of Japan
Map Data and Imagery: Google
Google doesn’t need to send its cameras into space to find wild things to photograph.
A few years ago while conducting street view photography, one of their cameras captured this strange scene of people dressed like pigeons.
Apparently this is a thing in this area of Japan – to do pigeon role play. So, in other words, no, they didn’t do this just for the benefit of Google’s cameras!
Editor’s Tip: Not sure how to work your lens properly? Learn how to read the markings on your lens.
An Aircraft Boneyard
Map Data and Imagery: Google
This photo isn’t as much weird as it is really stinking cool.
If you’ve ever wondered where airplanes go when they’re retired, it’s to an airplane boneyard like this one at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona.
This is actually the largest airplane boneyard on earth, and though many of the planes here will never fly again, some will re-enter service if need be.
Map Data and Imagery: Google
Kazakhstan has a lot of very, very remote places, and one of them just happens to be home to a humongous pentagram, at least on first view.
Glancing at the screenshot above, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that this must be some sort of devil-worshipping center.
As it turns out, though, the pentagram shape is nothing more than pathways made in the shape of a star.
The Atacama Giant
Map Data: Google; Imagery: CNES/Airbus
Unlike some of the strange things that are photographed by Google that trick your eye into thinking they’re something they aren’t, the Atacama Giant shown above is 100 percent real.
This huge cat-like feature is a 390-foot-long geoglyph that was carved into the side of a hill in the Chilean desert sometime between 1000-1400 AD.
A Face in the Canadian Badlands
Map Data and Imagery: Google & S Alberta MD s and Counties
This “face” is actually a series of hills and other geological features that look a whole lot like a person.
You can see the outline of the “Badlands Guardian,” including its forehead, sharp nose, lips, and chin.
Above the waypoint and to the right, you can see what looks remarkably like a headdress as well.
A “UFO” in Romania
Map Data and Imagery: Google
This shot of a heavily forested area in Romania seems to reveal a UFO just hanging out in the woods.
Of course, not everything is as it seems because this is actually a really cool water tower, despite there being a waypoint that say that it’s an “Alien UFO Resort.”
Turin, Italy’s Rooftop Racetrack
Map Data and Imagery: Google
Granted, this shot doesn’t look all that weird, but the story behind the oblong building certainly is.
The Lingotto Building in Turin, Italy was once a factory for carmaker Fiat.
The vehicles made at the factory would actually be tested on a track built on the building’s roof.
Though the factory closed in 1982, the building remains and is now a shopping center and a hotel – complete with the test track still on the roof!
Editor’s Tip: Great photos deserve to be printed and hung on the wall. See what your photos look like as fine art.
“Stained Glass” Structures in the Utah Desert
Map Data and Imagery: Google
Though these bright blue features in the Utah desert might look like huge stained glass installations, they’re actually something much less benign.
These are actually potassium chloride evaporation ponds at a potash mine near Moab.
An Artificial Island Shipwreck
Map Data and Imagery: Google
This non-descript looking island has an interesting story…
It’s actually a shipwreck in Homebush Bay in Sydney, Australia.
The ship, the SS Ayrfield, actually still floats, but is slowly being taken over by a grove of mangrove trees.
A Giant Guitar
Map Data: Google; Imagery: DigitalGlobe
Again, this is another feature that isn’t an optical illusion – this really is a giant guitar.
It’s called the Guitar Forest, and was built by Pedro Martin Ureta in honor of his late wife.
The forest is an astonishing two-thirds of a mile long and includes over 7,000 trees.
“Alien Structures” in the Desert
Map Data: Google; Imagery: DigitalGlobe/CNES/Airbus
What appears to be alien pods connected by hundreds of walkways is actually something totally of this earth…
This is an oil field in Rio Negro, Argentina.
The “pods” are oil pumps and the lines are the many different roads to access the pumps.
Whether it’s something totally weird, something that looks weird or is totally benign, or something in between, Google Maps and Google Earth sure have found some crazy things as they scan the planet.
These are just a few examples of weird things on Google maps and strange Google Maps photos.
For a sampling of some of the creepiest Google Earth images ever taken, check out the video above by American Eye.
Brazil Wife Beats Husband’s Mistress Then Throws Her Off Bridge (VIDEO)
The phrase “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” took on a literal meaning last week when a wife in Brazil, angry after catching her husband cheating on her, managed to get her hands on his mistress, beating her up in front of her house before dragging her through the streets by her hair and tossing her off a bridge.
The incident, which was caught on camera – but only starts from the middle of the savage assault – began when the woman caught her husband cheating on her with a blonde.
The mistress can be seen trying to cling on to a gate while the spurned wife angrily grips her hair and strikes her over the head.
Unable to fight back, the mistress screams in agony as her lover’s wife drags her along the ground, down the street and across the road to a bridge. The pair is then joined by another woman, later revealed to be a friend of the wife’s, who helps throw the mistress off a 10-foot-high bridge.
The women then wipe their hands of the deed and walk off as the mistress struggles to stand up and compose herself after being tossed into the water.
It’s unclear whether the woman was injured during the attack.
Watch a video of the beating HERE.
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