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Stranger Than Fiction

In the course of reading and seeking stories for these blog posts, there are those accounts that are in print of strange and unusual things that I find. Here are four of those that are “strange but true”.

Back in the early 1930s, C.D. “Bigboy” Blalock of Louisiana State University, a six-foot-six-inch giant of a boxer was taking on a stocky fellow from Mississippi State. In the second round, Big Boy let lose a roundhouse. The Mississippi man stepped in, and his head caught Big Boy’s arm inside the elbow. With the opponent’s head acting as a lever, Big Boy’s arm whipped around in almost full circle, connecting with haymaker force on Big Boy’s own chin. He staggered, grabbed the rope, walked almost all the way around the ring, and then fell flat for the count, He is the only prizefighter who ever knocked himself out with a right to his own jaw. (Copied).

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Some years ago, a news release told of a Charlotte, North Carolina, woman who set a world record while playing a convenience store video game. After standing in front of the game for fourteen hours and scoring an unprecedented seven and a half million points on the game called “Tapper,” the woman was pleased to see a TV crew arriving to record her efforts for posterity. She continued to play while the crew, alerted by her fiancé, prepared to shoot. However, she was appalled to see the video screen suddenly go blank. While setting up their lights, the camera team had accidentally unplugged the game, thus bringing her bid for ten million points to an untimely end! The effort to publicize her achievement became the agent of her ultimate failure. (Copied).

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General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was such a brilliant leader that many experts believe he could have led the Confederacy to victory had he not died early in the Civil War. The irony of Jackson’s death is that he was shot accidentally by his own men. It seems he had given them orders to fire if they heard anyone coming through the woods. Jackson himself was returning to his own lines one night when he came crashing through the underbrush on horseback.  His troops, thinking him to be an enemy soldier, obeyed his command! Despite his wound, General Jackson still might have lived had he not caught pneumonia and died about a week later. (Copied).

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The famous and very successful Alabama football coach Bear Bryant often told reporters, “I’d croak in a month if I quit coaching.” After twenty-five years as the head coach at his alma mater, Bryant announced he would be stepping down at the end of the season. On December 29, 1982, he coached his Alabama football team for the last time in the Liberty Bowl against Illinois. On January 26, 1983, he died of a massive heart attack.  (Copied).