On May 22, 2011 a tornado punished Joplin, a town of 50k in Southwest Missouri (USA) killing 161, injuring 1150 and inflicting nearly $3 billion worth of damage.
Over three years later, as the people of Joplin continue to rebuild their lives and broken hearts, one aspect of the nightmare is gladly remembered and celebrated.
In the wake of destruction, as the children who endured the storm began telling family and friends the stories of their experiences, many of them told of the same, bizarre account…
I came across an extremely interesting legend while researching the city of Ephesus recently... The Legend of the Seven Sleepers.
Around 250AD, when Christians were being fiercely persecuted, seven young men refusing to recant their faith, gave their worldly goods to the poor and retreated to a mountain cave to pray (and await capture, followed by execution I presume), where they eventually fell asleep. The emperor, seeing that their attitude towards Christ had not diminished, ordered the mouth of the cave to be sealed, and effectively sealed their fate.
Two centuries passed and the landowner decided to re-open the cave, thinking to use it as a cattle pen. He did so, and to his astonishment, found seven men sleeping inside. They awoke and believed they had only slept one day. They wandered into the city of Ephesus, and were utterly bewildered at the many churches and the freedom of worship for Christians. The Sleepers later died naturally (and this time permanently) and were buried in the cave in which they had slept.
Dead in lead. Two dead men in lead masks, new suits and raincoats to be exact.
This bizarre true story is considered by many to be one of the great unsolved mysteries of modern time.
On August 20, 1966, a boy hunting birds on Vintém Hill, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) discovered two partially putrefied corpses.
The bodies were of two electrical engineers. They were wearing pristine business suits, lead masks (the type typically used to protect against radiation) and waterproof coats. There was no sign of any violence.