Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Shoichi Yokoi

Shoichi Yokoi

Shōichi Yokoi
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Shōichi Yokoi
Native name横井 庄一
BornMarch 31, 1915
Saori, Aichi Prefecture, Empire of Japan
DiedSeptember 22, 1997 (aged 82)
Nagoya, Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch Imperial Japanese Army 1941–1944
Years of service1941–1972
  • World War II
    Second Battle of Guam
Shōichi Yokoi (横井 庄一 Yokoi Shōichi, March 31, 1915 – September 22, 1997) was a Japanese sergeant in the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during the Second World War. He was among the last three Japanese holdouts to be found after the end of hostilities in 1945, discovered in the jungles of Guam on 24 January 1972, almost 28 years after U.S. forces had regained control of the island in 1944.

Early life

Yokoi was born in Saori, Aichi Prefecture. He was an apprentice tailor when he was conscripted in 1941

War years and post-war survival

Visitors to Guam can take a short ropeway ride to "Yokoi's Cave", a tourist attraction/monument to Yokoi's life located on the site of the original cave at Talofofo Falls Resort Park. The original cave was destroyed in a typhoon.
Initially, Yokoi served with the 29th Infantry Division in Manchukuo. In 1943, he was transferred to the 38th Regiment in the Mariana Islands and arrived on Guam in February 1943. When American forces captured the island in the 1944 Battle of Guam, Yokoi went into hiding with nine other Japanese soldiers. Seven of the original ten eventually moved away and only three remained in the region. These men separated but visited each other until about 1964, when the other two died in a flood. The last eight years Yokoi lived alone. Yokoi survived by hunting, primarily at night. He used native plants to make clothes, bedding, and storage implements, which he carefully hid in his cave.


This newspaper photograph was described as Yokoi's first haircut in 28 years.
On the evening of 24 January 1972, Yokoi was discovered in the jungle[by Jesus Dueñas and Manuel De Gracia, two local men checking their shrimp traps along a small river on Talofofo. They had assumed Yokoi was a villager from Talofofo, but he thought his life was in danger and attacked them. They managed to subdue him and carried him out of the jungle with minor bruising.
"It is with much embarrassment that I return," he said upon his return to Japan. The remark quickly became a popular saying in Japan.
Despite hiding for twenty-eight years in an underground jungle cave, he had known since 1952 that World War II had ended. He feared coming out of hiding, explaining, "We Japanese soldiers were told to prefer death to the disgrace of getting captured alive."
Yokoi was the antepenultimate Japanese soldier to surrender after the war, preceding Second Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda (relieved from duty by his former commanding officer on 9 March 1974) and Private Teruo Nakamura (arrested 18 December 1974).

Later life

In this book, Yokoi's autobiography is supplemented by a biographical account of his later life.
After a whirlwind media tour of Japan, he married and settled down in rural Aichi Prefecture.
Yokoi became a popular television personality and an advocate of austere living.
He was featured in a 1977 documentary film called Yokoi and His Twenty-Eight Years of Secret Life on Guam.
He eventually received the equivalent of US$300 in back pay, and a small pension.
Although he never met Emperor Hirohito, while visiting the grounds of the Imperial Palace, Yokoi said, "Your Majesties, I have returned home ... I deeply regret that I could not serve you well. The world has certainly changed, but my determination to serve you will never change."
Yokoi died in 1997 of a heart attack at the age of 82, and was buried at a Nagoya cemetery, under a gravestone that had originally been commissioned by his mother in 1955, after Yokoi had been officially declared dead.


The Shoichi Yokoi Memorial Hall opened in 2006 in Nakagawa-ku, Nagoya. Admission is free.

Mehran Karimi Nasseri

Mehran Karimi Nasseri

Mehran Karimi Nasseri
Bornمهران کریمی ناصری
Mehran Karimi Nasseri

1942 (age 75–76)
Masjed Soleiman, Iran
NationalityIranian (1942–1977)
Stateless (1977–present)
Mehran Karimi Nasseri (مهران کریمی ناصری pronounced  born 1942), also known as Sir Alfred Mehran, is an Iranian refugee who lived in the departure lounge of Terminal One in Charles de Gaulle Airport from 26 August 1988 until July 2006, when he was hospitalized for an unspecified ailment. His autobiography has been published as a book, The Terminal Man, in 2004. His story was the inspiration for the 2004 Tom Hanks movie The TerminalEarly life
Nasseri was born in the Anglo-Persian Oil Company settlement located in Masjed Soleiman, Iran. His father was an Iranian physician working for the company. Nasseri stated that his mother was a nurse from Scotland working in the same place. He arrived in the United Kingdom in September 1973, to take a three-year course in Yugoslav studies at the University of Bradford.

Life in Terminal 1

Nasseri's residency site in Terminal 1 of Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Nasseri claims he was expelled from Iran in 1977 for protests against the Shah and after a long battle, involving applications in several countries, was awarded refugee status by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Belgium. This allegedly permitted residence in many other European countries. However, this claim has been disputed, with investigations showing that Nasseri was never expelled from Iran.
Having claimed to have one British parent, although he has produced no evidence to support this claim, he decided to settle in the UK in 1986, but en route there in 1988, his papers were lost when his briefcase was allegedly stolen.(Others indicate that Nasseri actually mailed his documents to Brussels while onboard a ferry to Britain, lying about them being stolen. Despite this setback, he boarded the plane for London but was promptly returned to France when he failed to present a passport to British immigration officials. He was initially arrested by the French, but then released as his entry to the airport was legal and he had no country of origin to be returned to; thus began his residency at Terminal 1.
His case was later taken on by French human rights lawyer Christian Bourget. In 1992, a French court ruled that, having entered the country legally, he could not be expelled from the airport, but it could not grant him permission to enter France.
Attempts were then made to have new documents issued from Belgium, but the authorities there would only do so if Nasseri presented himself in person. However, under Belgian law a refugee who voluntarily leaves a country that has accepted him cannot return. In 1995, the Belgian authorities granted permission for him to return, but only if he agreed to live there under supervision of a social worker. Nasseri refused this on the grounds of wanting to enter the UK as originally intended
Both France and Belgium offered Nasseri residency, but Nasseri refused to sign the papers as they listed him as being Iranian (he wanted it to be British), and did not show his preferred name, "Sir, Alfred Mehran" His refusal to sign the documents that would give him his freedom was much to the frustration of his lawyer, Bourget. When contacted about Nasseri's situation, his family stated that they believed he was living the life he wanted.
In 2003 Spielberg's DreamWorks production company paid US$250,000 to Nasseri for the rights to his story, but ended up not using his story in the subsequent movie, The Terminal.
Nasseri's stay at the airport ended in July 2006 when he was hospitalized and his sitting place dismantled. Towards the end of January 2007, he left the hospital and was looked after by the airport's branch of the French Red Cross; he was lodged for a few weeks in a hotel close to the airport. On March 6, 2007, he transferred to an Emmaus charity reception-centre in Paris's 20th arrondissement. Since 2008 he has continued to live in a Paris shelter.
During his 18-year-long stay at Terminal 1 in the Charles de Gaulle Airport, Nasseri had his luggage at his side and spent his time reading, writing in his diary, or studying economics. He received food and newspapers from employees of the airport, visits from journalists eager to tell his story, and letters of support.


In 2004 Nasseri's autobiography, The Terminal Man, was published. It was co-written by Nasseri with British author Andrew Donkin, and was reviewed in the UK's Sunday Timesas being "profoundly disturbing and brilliant"

Documentaries and fictionalizations

Nasseri's story provided the inspiration for the 1994 French film Tombés du ciel, starring Jean Rochefort, internationally released under the title Lost in Transit. The short story "The Fifteen-Year Layover", written by Michael Paterniti and published in GQ and The Best American Non-Required Reading, chronicles Nasseri's life. Alexis Kouros made a documentary about him, Waiting for Godot at De Gaulle (2000). Glen Luchford and Paul Berczeller made the Here to Where mockumentary (2001), also featuring Nasseri. Hamid Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard made a documentary called Sir Alfred of Charles De Gaulle Airport (2001).
Nasseri was reportedly the inspiration behind the character Viktor Navorski, from the 2004 Steven Spielberg movie The Terminal; however, neither publicity materials, nor the DVD"special features" nor the film's website mentions Nasseri's situation as an inspiration for the film. Despite this, in September 2003, The New York Times noted that Steven Spielberghad bought the rights to his life story as the basis for The TerminalThe Guardian indicates that Spielberg's DreamWorks production company paid US$250,000 to Nasseri for rights to his story and report that, as of 2004, he carried a poster advertising Spielberg's film draping his suitcase next to his bench. Nasseri was reportedly excited about The Terminal, but it was unlikely that he would ever have had a chance to see it in theatres.
Nasseri's story was also the inspiration for the contemporary opera Flight by British composer Jonathan Dove, which won the Helpmann Award at the Adelaide Festival Theatre in March 2006.[11]

Lakshmi Tatma

A young baby was born in one of the most discussed about countries here at Unusual people. you guessed it India.  Lakshmi Tatma is now two years old and has taken her first steps after a life saving operation. The young girl was worshipped in her country and the ocals thought she was like a goddess because of her unusual medical condition.
She was believed by village locals to be a reincarnation of the goddess Lakshmi. At first her parents were hesitant to perform the operation whch would remove the additional limbs, however they quickly changed their mind after doctors advised the parents it would be difficult for her to survive into adulthood. The operation took a total of 27 hours to remove the remains of her parasitic twin. The parasitic twin used her body for nutrition and respiration although the young child was unable to move the additional limbs.  She has been featured on shows on television such as National Geographic and will require additional surgeries to correct her spine and feet which are pointed inward.
 Lakshmi has certainly lived quite the unusual and extraordinary life in her short span of two years.


Monday, 31 October 2016

Francisco Domingo Joaquim

30 People You Won't Believe Are Real

 “World’s Widest Mouth Ever” by the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Francisco Domino Joaquim’s mouth is so wide that he can squeeze a whole can of soda pop into his jaw without any hassle at all!

Francisco Domino Joaquim’s chops measure 6.69 inches across, and his super rubbery yap has propelled him into the public consciousness as the Guinness Book of World Records has now recognised it as being the widest on the planet.

Aged just twenty, Francisco Domino Joaquim was known for a long time in his country as the Angolan Jaw of Awe.

But he never really had to test his elastic skills until he entered the Big Mouth competition held annually in Rome.

In Big Mouth, participants have to stuff their gobs with numerous everyday items that range from coffee cups and saucers, to beer bottles and cans of pop. 

And indeed nobody could beat the Angolan Jaw of Awe who managed to squeeze an entire can of coke in his cake hole sideways. 

Francisco Domino Joaquim - who is known by his “stage name” Chiquinho - first found fame locally when he performed his talent on the streets of Angola. He became a minor star on YouTube, and it was here that Guinness Book of World Records found out about his astounding feat and got in touch. 

But it was really on Italian TV when he shot to global fame. He managed to pop a can of soda in and out of his mouth an incredible fourteen times in a single minute. 

Friday, 28 October 2016

Teenager has tongue is the size of a TENNIS BALL

A teenager with a tongue the size of a tennis ball fears going to sleep every night - in case he chokes to death on the huge organ.
Krzysztof Wegrzyn, from Grojec, Poland, was born with a haemangioma - a benign tumour in the blood vessels of his tongue.
Two attempts were made to remove the growth when he was a child but both had to be called off because of massive blood loss.
Condition: Krzysztof’s tongue is the size of a tennis ball 
Struggle: The teenager is hoping to have life-changing surgery on his tongue 
Now 18, Krzysztof’s tumour has grown so large it is close to blocking off his airway and he is struggling to speak.
But despite his problems there is still a chance he could live a completely normal life.
Krzsysztof explained: “I saw a boy from Norway who underwent an operation there and he looked great. You could not see that he had ever been ill.
Growth: Krzysztof’s condition makes it difficult for him to breathe 
"This is my biggest dream but I do not want to be disappointed.”
His family are now trying to raise £48,000 for a trip to the Zentrum Klinik fur Vasculare Maltformationen in Eberswalde, Brandenburg, Germany, where specialist doctors can remove the tumour.
If he gets the life-changing treatment, Krzsysztof said he would want to finish his studies, pass his driving test and see his dream of becoming a chef come true.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Julie Pastrana

30 People You Won't Believe Are Real

Julie Pastrana

An indigenous woman who toured Europe as “the world’s ugliest woman” was recently buried in her home nation Mexico - an incredible one-hundred and fifty years after she died. 

Throughout her life, Julie Pastrana struggled with a genetic condition that deformed her looks and landed her circus work as a freak of nature. 

When she died in 1860, her husband continued to tour with her embalmed body. 

Born in 1834, Julie Pastrana’s face was covered with hair.

She also had a jutting jaw, and was mocked for begin an “ape woman” and a “bear woman.”

“Imagine the aggression and cruelty of humankind she had to face, and how she overcame it. It’s a very dignified story,” commented Sinaloa Governor Mario Lopez.

In 1850, Julie married an American impresario named Theodore Lent, who got her jobs in freak shows, in which she would dance and sing for audiences. 

She died just a years later, not long after giving birth to a son who inherited her condition, and who survived just a few days.

Despite her death, Lent refused to give up on the income her looks were bringing in and he toured with both his wife and his son’s dead, embalmed bodies. 

The gruesome tale didn’t end there. During a stay in Norway, the corpses were stolen and dumped.

The police recovered them and they were placed in storage at University of Oslo.

It was in 2005 when Julia Pastrana’s story came to the attention of Mexican artist Laura Anderson Barbata, who began a campaign to bring Julia’s remains home. 

“I felt she deserved the right to regain her dignity and her place in history, and in the world’s memory.” 

Crowds gathered to witness Julia Pastrana’s homecoming. “A human being should not be the object of anyone,” said Father Jaime Reyes Retana in an address to mourners. 

Sadhu Amar Bharati

30 People You Won't Believe Are Real

26.  Sadhu Amar Bharati

We’ve all felt a bit of arm ache after carrying heavy bags of shopping over long distances, but maybe few of you will complain less about muscle burn after reading about Sadhu Amar Bharati, an Indian holy man who says that he has held his right hand aloft since 1973. 

This means that his hand has been held in the air for an incredible forty-three years. 

After being held aloft for so long, his hand has turned into a scrap of skin and bone - and is completely useless. 

Despite this, it Shiva worshippers have turned it into a symbol of discipline and devotion.

Until the start of the seventies, Sadhu Amar Bharati was just a middle-class Indian who lived a regular life like everyone else. 

He had all the usual things: A wife, a home, a steady job.

He even had three children.

But all of this paled into insignificance when one day he woke up and decided he needed to leave it all behind to dedicate his life to Shiva, a Hindu god. 

From then on, he wandered the roads of India, wearing nothing but simple clothes and carrying only a metal trident. 

In 1973, after three years of wandering, Sadhu Amar Bharati decided he still had too many connections to the luxuries of modern life and decided he needed to make some sort of sacrifice. 

That sacrifice was to raise his right arm - and keep it held aloft. 

43 years on, Sadhu Amar Bharati is still dedicated to serving his god, and his right arm is still held in the air. 

But even if he wanted to lower it and use it again, he can’t. It’s become completely useless. 

Observers believe he rose his right arm in protest against all the destruction and chaos in the world, but he maintains that he did it as a symbol that he was ready to renounce his earthly possessions and serve his god.