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Canned Oxygen Canned Oxygen Could be the Next Bottle Water

The emergence of another possible billion dollar business, based on bottling and selling a natural commodity.

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A gateway to the mysterious and sometimes terrifying tales that surround the most unique and abnormal region of the planet.

Robert Wadlow and the Valley of the Gentle Giant

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 05/04/06 at 11:03 AM

Robert WadlowIn the early 20th century, a quiet man from a quiet town grew to become the tallest person in recorded history.

Robert Pershing Wadlow was born on February 22, 1918 in the small town of Alton, IL, located just a short drive from St. Louis, MO.

It became quickly apparent to everyone who saw him that this was no ordinary child. By the time of his death in 1940, he had become the tallest person in history as recorded by the Guinness Book of World Records, reaching a staggering 8 feet and 11.1 inches in height and weighing 490lbs.

Ghostly Apparitions and Impending Structural Collapse

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 04/24/06 at 09:29 AM

McPike MansionOld decrepit buildings always seem to find themselves haunted, as if ghosts prefer buildings that are on the brink of implosion

If you live in the St. Louis region, and conversation turns to the subject of haunted houses; chances are one of the first old and decrepit buildings that comes to mind is the McPike Mansion.

The Mcpike Mansion has been featured in many books and on a host of national television shows. With an active supernatural history of strange encounters and unexplained phenomena, it is believed by many to be the most haunted site in the entire Midwest.

The Duel that Could Have Changed the Nation

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 04/21/06 at 02:22 PM

Abraham LincolnA few words of satire from one of our nation’s most famous Presidents very nearly changed history as we know it.

In the early morning hours of September 22, 1842, a young Abraham Lincoln crossed the Mississippi River at Alton, IL on his way to a small island where he would engage in mortal combat with a political adversary.

With hundreds of onlookers present and ready for a good fight; Lincoln, who was known for being levelheaded and gentle, prepared to kill or be killed. How did it come this?

The Amazing Cyclone of Shopping Carts

Article Submitted by Davbmn on 04/04/06 at 08:39 AM

TornadoA FailedSuccess editor finds himself trapped inside a torrent of terror

Tired of hearing about the St. Louis Arch’s so-called ability to control the weather, Mother Nature came after St. Louis. Where is your arch now, she was reported to ask.

My family and I reside in a small bedroom community north of St. Louis.  Not a town of any significance really, a few taverns, gas stations, and a lot of churches. This past Sunday (April 2, 2006), friends asked us to meet them for dinner at a Chinese restaurant in O’ Fallon, IL, which is 15 miles east of St. Louis and 40 miles from our home. After dinner, we said our good-byes and headed off for a peaceful drive home…or so we thought.

The Rise and Fall of Cahokia

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 03/31/06 at 05:44 PM

Cahokia MoundsThe city that history forgot

Steeped in a rich history, Illinois boasts some very interesting stories from the past. Most accounts begin around the late 1600’s upon the arrival of Joliet and Marquette.

However, there is a Native American chronicle that reaches back further into a mysterious past. The mystery of the mound builders has sparked the interest of people all over the world. Enormous man made mounds and the remnants of an ancient, powerful culture that vanished without a trace opens the door to one of the nation’s largest mysteries.

The St. Louis Arch: A Magnet for Aircraft

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 03/29/06 at 03:37 PM

Arch MagnetYoung aviation enthusiasts in the St. Louis area should be aware that the Arch is an airplane magnet.

This has been a closely held secret for many years; ever since the Arch was completed and opened for business in 1967, as a matter of fact.  Lord knows how many young pilots have been sucked into it. Mathematicians more familiar with slack chains attached to a pair of gate posts can tell you more about catenary curves than I can.

The Arch happens to be an inverted catenary curve, and that’s partially responsible for the great attraction it had for old aviators who gave up flying for a living back in the days of aviation gasoline rationing in the ‘70’s, when due to scarcity it became too expensive to burn in our engines. Now, with the prices of airplanes gone sky high, and the gas prices tripled, it’s a rare, warm day in winter when we fly at all, much less get close enough to that Arch to feel its pull. Those of you familiar with the Arch’s sinister history of weather control might want to read on.

The Bird That Devours Men

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 03/18/06 at 11:17 PM

Piasa BirdFrom the dark recesses of history comes a legend so amazing and terrifying, it’s astonishing that more people don’t know of its existence.

If you live in the St. Louis area, chances are you are familiar with the legend; or may have heard bits and pieces of it here and there. As historians and scientists dig deeper into this legend, more becomes known about a monster from the past that called the St. Louis region its home, and may still call it home today.

Upon exploring the Mississippi River in 1673, Louis Joliet and Father Jacques Marquette noticed the strange likeness of a creature painted and sculpted on the side of the bluffs. The creature was described as a large creature with horns like a deer, red eyes, a beard like a tiger, a face like a man, body covered with green, red, and black scales and a tail so long it passed around the body, over the head, and between the legs. The painting depicted a dark secret that, up until now, only the Illinois Indians had known.

Injured SIU cheerleader won’t quit

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 03/07/06 at 10:05 PM

imageIf at first you crack your neck; try, try again!

The young lady who chipped a vertabra just a few days ago wants to try the same routine again.  I guess it’s the old, “get back on the horse” theory.  If you ask me, she’s just plain nuts. She was doing a cheer as they hauled her off the court on a stretcher.  I think they should keep her for a psych eval, and make sure everything is still attached.

Read the full article on STLToday.

Frivolous Lawsuit of the Day - This was No Sparrow!

Article Submitted by Failed Success on 04/14/05 at 11:58 AM

This Was No SparrowIn an event that will surely become one of the pinnacle, groundbreaking lawsuits of modern day; a woman is suing Lowes Home Improvement of Alton, IL for a bird attack.

As you will surely see lots of coverage of this on CNN and CourtTV, i’ll keep the summary short.

A woman was shopping in the outside garden center at Lowe’s in Alton, IL when a bird allegedly flew into the back of her head. This horrifying and traumatic experience took place in April of 2003, two years ago.

She decided to file suit two years later, claiming that the bird caused injuries to her head, brain, neck, muscles, bones, nerves, discs, ligaments, as well leading to the loss of neurological functions and cognitive skills. She is seeking $50,000 in damages. She claims that Lowe’s allows wild birds to fly freely outside creating a dangerous situation.

In case you didn’t quite understand the severity of this matter, her attorney clearly stated the scariest part of all: Her attorney, Zane T. Cagle, said “the bird was described to us as being about the size of a robin or pigeon.”

“This was no sparrow,” Cagle said.

Read the Full story on STLToday.com

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