Cult of Weird rounds up the weirdest news and posts from the month of July.
In 1845, the Royal Navy ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror embarked on an expedition to explore the Canadian arctic. Both ships and all 129 crew members vanished. Search parties and scientific expeditions throughout the last 169 years have turned up evidence of lead-poisoning-fueled madness and cannibalism, including disarticulated skeletal remains unearthed in 1981 with cut marks in the bone. The preserved bodies of crewmen John Torrington, John Hartnell and William Braine were exhumed from the permafrost on Beechey Island in 1984 to determine cause of death. It is believed that lung problems, aggravated by lead poisoning from the cans of food aboard the ships, lead to deadly pneumonia.
Both ships and the majority of their crew have never been found. Their fates remain a mystery.
Considered one of the most haunted places in Indiana, County Road 400 was built around the last remaining grave of a 200-year-old cemetery.
A spacecraft is being launched in 2016 to study near-Earth asteroid 1999-RQ36. Does it have anything to do with this bizarre, pyramid-like shape spotted on the asteroid’s surface?
More info and video here: Alien Structure on Asteroid 1999-RQ36
Wunderkammer (Open position), Pen and Ink, 2014.