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Honeymoon Island
Florida Three Toes

Florida Three Toes

More than 900,000 visitors cross the causeway each year to reach one of the Gulf Coast’s most relaxing barrier islands -- Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, FL. Here, 4 miles of pristine shoreline lures sunbathers, swimmers and snorkelers alike. In 1948, traces were found here of an animal so unique and mysterious that it defied all scientific explanation and sparked a wave of intrigue that echoed for decades. 960 1280

  

Florida Three Toes

Florida Three Toes

In 1948, 3-toed footprints 14 inches long by 11 inches wide were found stamped deeply into the ground. Scottish cryptozoologist, Ivan Sanderson, was intrigued by the prints and began his own study of their authenticity. He believed the marks could be from a giant penguin 15 feet tall with webbed toes. This idea is later proved to be false by Tony Signorini, who informed the St. Petersburg Times that his friend had made iron casts of the feet. Together, they combed the beach and left the tracks as a playful prank.  960 1280

  

The Reanimator

The Reanimator

This institution was home to Dr. Robert E. Cornish, a fiercely ambitious child prodigy that graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, at the ripe age of 18, and attained his doctorate 4 years later.  960 1280

  

The Reanimator

The Reanimator

A unique look at one of the buildings on the Berkeley campus where Dr. Cornish attempted to bring the dead back to life. His experiments on dead dogs proved that animals can be brought back to life. Though they suffer brain damage and blindness, the dogs were successfully brought back to life through a combination or adrenaline, blood-thinning agents and artificial breathing. Because of the dark nature of his experiments, Cornish was forced out of Berkeley and was publicly shunned by his scientific peers. 960 1280

  

Barefoot Bandit

Barefoot Bandit

Located near the western side of Orcas Island, WA, a sweeping estate known as Turtleback Mountain Preserve consists of nearly 16,000 acres of green forests, wetlands and open meadows. This land also played home to the "Barefoot Bandit," Colton Harris-Moore. Harris-Moore perfected his survival skills within the forests to such an amazing degree that even a massive search party could not locate him. He had intimate knowledge of which forest plants were edible, and was excellent at building fires and shelters. 960 1280

  

Barefoot Bandit

Barefoot Bandit

Colton Harris-Moore managed to stay hidden while a massive search party of FBI, state and federal SWAT teams combed the area for 14 hours. He was suspected of burglarizing numerous houses and stores in the area while barefoot. After 2 years and an international manhunt, Harris-Moore was finally caught in the Bahamas. In that time he stole 11 boats, 14 cars and 5 airplanes. 960 1280

  

Cigar Girl Murder

Cigar Girl Murder

A marble arch that protects a curious man-made arrangement of nature known as Sybil’s Cave in Hoboken, NJ, was once the site of a notorious tourist trap. This rocky patch is best known not for its rugged terrain, but for a horrifying incident that occurred in its shadow. This is the site where Manhattan’s first "it girl" is found after being beaten and drowned. Her death remains a mystery to this day.  960 1280

  

Cigar Girl Murder

Cigar Girl Murder

Mary Roger's body was found by 2 men walking along the shoreline near Sybil’s Cave in Hoboken, NJ. Suspicion was raised about her employer, John Anderson, who owned the shop where she became famous for her beauty. Her fiance, Daniel Payne, was also accused but was backed by a solid alibi. Many believe Anderson murdered her because she rejected his romantic advances. Her story is viewed as one of the first celebrity murders the press ever sensationalized. 960 1280

  

Forgotten Epidemic

Forgotten Epidemic

The New York Academy of Medicine’s beautiful library features one of the world’s largest treasures of medical research, and in the 1920s it was home to an urgent effort to stem the tide of a devastating new epidemic. The work begun by Josephine Neal at the Academy, and continued by Dr. Oliver Sacks in the Bronx, led to a vast improvement for the lives of unlucky encephalitis lethargica victims, and eventually helped ease the suffering for millions of Parkinson’s sufferers throughout the world. 960 1280

  

The Man Who Invented Martians

The Man Who Invented Martians

Sitting atop a hill in Flagstaff, AZ, the giant white dome of the Lowell Observatory appears like a mushroom sprouting from the surrounding evergreens. Day and night, this strange edifice peers into the sky searching for cosmic anomalies. 960 1280

  

The Man Who Invented Martians

The Man Who Invented Martians

In 1894, mathematician and informal astronomer, Percival Lowell, arrived at the largely unpopulated area of Flagstaff, AZ. On a mesa in an opening of the woods, he set up 2 telescopes for nighttime viewing inside a rudimentary observatory. Lowell’s theories on Martians spawned countless books, movies and a culture that has generated billions, if not trillions, of dollars. This observatory also went on to discover the planet Pluto. 960 1280

  

Unconditional Surrender
Unconditional Surrender

Unconditional Surrender

The Unconditional Surrender statue commemorates perhaps the most famous public display of affection in history -- the unforgettable moment in 1945, captured in an iconic photograph, when a US Navy sailor kissed a nurse in Times Square to mark the end of World War II in the Pacific. 960 1280

  

USS Midway

USS Midway

The statue is located next to the retired USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego, CA. 960 1280

  

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

At the base of the staircase leading to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a statue of the fictional movie icon – Rocky Balboa – to commemorate the film Rocky III. The writer, director and star of the movie, Sylvester Stallone, is said to have been inspired by the career of a real life boxer from New Jersey. So who was the real Rocky? 960 1280

  

Angeles National Forest

Angeles National Forest

Outside of Los Angeles is a pristine expanse of mountains, lakes and woodlands known as the Angeles National Forest. This beautiful natural monument is said to be home to a terrifying mythical beast known as the “Devil’s Lake Thunderbird.” Despite attempts by locals to capture and kill the creature, the legend of the Thunderbird continues to haunt the region to this day. 960 1280

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Green-Wood Cemetery

Green-Wood Cemetery

In Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, 2 tombstones mark the graves of Dr. Harvey Burdell and his wife Emma Cunningham. Shortly after Dr. Burdell’s brutal murder in 1857, police arrest his widow, Emma, and charge her with his murder. But could this seemingly devoted wife have murdered her husband? 960 1280

  

Hilo Clock Hawaii

Hilo Clock Hawaii

In the coastal town of Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island stands a public clock forever frozen in time, marking the moment at 1:04 a.m. on May 22, 1960, when a massive tsunami hit the island, destroying everything in its path. 960 1280

  

Hawaii Disaster

Hawaii Disaster

Sadly, the story of this disaster reveals a tragedy that could have been avoided. 960 1280

  

At the base of the iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch stands “The Captains’ Return” statue, dedicated to the historic voyage of discovery lead by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. But few people realize that their voyage owes part of its success to a rather unknown woman. She is said to have saved their lives in a Nez Perce encampment in September 1905, but who was this mysterious woman? 960 1280

  

American Venus in Central Park
American Venus in Central Park

American Venus in Central Park

Scattered around New York City are 3 statues inspired by the same stunning model, Audrey Munson -- often referred to as the American Venus -- who was a muse to hundreds of artists. This statue stands at the USS Maine Monument in Central Park. 960 1280

  

Statue of Audrey Munson at the New York Public Library

Statue of Audrey Munson at the New York Public Library

Another Audrey Munson-inspired statue, entitled “Beauty,” can be seen at the New York Public Library. 960 1280

  

Located in Arizona, the Sitgreaves National Forest is home to over 400 species of wildlife and 680 miles of rivers and streams. But this verdant oasis was once the site of a bizarre encounter. Was a man abducted by aliens here, as he claims? 960 1280

  

Alien Abduction in Arizona

Alien Abduction in Arizona

In 1975, logger Travis Walton mysteriously disappeared from the forest and re-appeared 5 days later, claiming to have been abducted by aliens. All these years later, the veracity of his story has never been disproven. 960 1280

  

Anchor Bar in Buffalo

Anchor Bar in Buffalo

A carved wooden statues stands out front of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, celebrating the creation of the famous American dish: Buffalo wings. But when a journalist decided to track down the creator of the spicy treat, he found that the tale was not so simple. Who was the real inventor of Buffalo wings? 960 1280

  

Face in the Courthouse Window

Face in the Courthouse Window

The quaint southern town of Carrollton, AL, is home to charming churches and old cemeteries. But one window at the Picken’s County Courthouse has a mysterious and horrifying image that some say was left there by an angry spirit. 960 1280

  

Face in the Courthouse Window

Face in the Courthouse Window

Is the face, forever burned into the glass in the courthouse window, that of a former slave who was executed in 1878, after being accused of arson? And does he still haunt the town? 960 1280

  

Lake George, located amidst the mountains and forests of New York’s Adirondack Park, has been a vacation destination for generations. But at the turn of the century, some say a terrifying and monstrous beast arose from the depths of this typically placid body of water, inciting panic and creating a mystery that has remained unsolved for decades. 960 1280

  

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American Venus in Central Park

American Venus in Central Park

Scattered around New York City are 3 statues inspired by the same stunning model, Audrey Munson -- often referred to as the American Venus -- who was a muse to hundreds of artists. This statue stands at the USS Maine Monument in Central Park. 960 1280

  

Statue of Audrey Munson at the New York Public Library

Statue of Audrey Munson at the New York Public Library

Another Audrey Munson-inspired statue, entitled “Beauty,” can be seen at the New York Public Library. 960 1280

  

Located in Arizona, the Sitgreaves National Forest is home to over 400 species of wildlife and 680 miles of rivers and streams. But this verdant oasis was once the site of a bizarre encounter. Was a man abducted by aliens here, as he claims? 960 1280

  

Alien Abduction in Arizona

Alien Abduction in Arizona

In 1975, logger Travis Walton mysteriously disappeared from the forest and re-appeared 5 days later, claiming to have been abducted by aliens. All these years later, the veracity of his story has never been disproven. 960 1280

  

Anchor Bar in Buffalo

Anchor Bar in Buffalo

A carved wooden statues stands out front of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, celebrating the creation of the famous American dish: Buffalo wings. But when a journalist decided to track down the creator of the spicy treat, he found that the tale was not so simple. Who was the real inventor of Buffalo wings? 960 1280

  

Face in the Courthouse Window

Face in the Courthouse Window

The quaint southern town of Carrollton, AL, is home to charming churches and old cemeteries. But one window at the Picken’s County Courthouse has a mysterious and horrifying image that some say was left there by an angry spirit. 960 1280

  

Face in the Courthouse Window

Face in the Courthouse Window

Is the face, forever burned into the glass in the courthouse window, that of a former slave who was executed in 1878, after being accused of arson? And does he still haunt the town? 960 1280

  

Lake George, located amidst the mountains and forests of New York’s Adirondack Park, has been a vacation destination for generations. But at the turn of the century, some say a terrifying and monstrous beast arose from the depths of this typically placid body of water, inciting panic and creating a mystery that has remained unsolved for decades. 960 1280

  

Ames Pyramid

Ames Pyramid

On a summit near Laramie, WY, is a strange monument known as the Ames Pyramid. This national historic landmark commemorates 2 brothers who were the driving force behind the Trans Continental Railroad. But what massive financial scandal came about as a result of the Ames brothers’ achievement? 960 1280

  

Zodiac Island

Zodiac Island

Known to locals as Zodiac Island, this tiny strip of land in Lake Berryessa, CA, was a crime site for one of America’s most notorious serial killers. Two young victims were found here bound and bleeding from a vicious attack. So who was the Zodiac killer? 960 1280

  

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, is well known as the site of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but decades earlier, the monument played host to another landmark event in Civil Rights history -- a 1939 concert by the African-American opera singer Marion Anderson. 960 1280

  

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial

But what threatening obstacles did Anderson overcome to perform her historic concert? 960 1280

  

Castillo San Marcos

Castillo San Marcos

Overlooking Matanzas Bay in St. Augustine, FL, is the historic Castillo San Marcos. This landmark fort was the site of many battles, but it is perhaps best known for a secret romance and mysterious disappearance. 960 1280

  

Captain Manuel Abela

Captain Manuel Abela

What became of the fort’s commanding officer’s wife and her lover, Captain Manuel Abela? 960 1280

  

Isidor and Ida Straus

Isidor and Ida Straus

On Manhattan’s Upper West Side is a small oasis known as Straus Park, and in it stands a beautiful statue of a Grecian figure. This lovely monument commemorates one of the great tragic love stories of American history -- that of Isidor and Ida Straus. The department store baron and his wife would meet their fate in 1912 on the decks of the RMS Titanic. 960 1280

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Marfa, Texas

Marfa, Texas

A lonely structure outside the small west Texas town of Marfa serves as a viewing outpost for a mysterious phenomenon. 960 1280

  

Marfa Lights

Marfa Lights

For generations, people in this area have reported seeing a strange set of lights in the desert that vanish suddenly. Is there a scientific explanation for the Marfa Lights, or is something otherworldly at work? 960 1280

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Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs

Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs

After the Great Depression, a man by the name of Norman Baker purchased the rundown Crescent Hotel and vowed to restore the town of Eureka Springs, AR, to its former position as a famous place of healing. He quickly developed plans to open a hospital for cancer patients on the site, claiming to have found a miracle cure to the disease. 960 1280

  

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Eureka Springs, Arkansas

But what was Baker’s “Secret Remedy #5”? When investigators discover that Baker had never, in fact, attended medical school, they test his “revolutionary” potion, and the results reveal a tragic story of deception. 960 1280

  

Female Paul Revere Statue

Female Paul Revere Statue

On April 26, 1777, the daughter of a colonel in the American army, Sybil Ludington, rode through the night to alert local militias that the British army was approaching. 960 1280

  

Reenactment of Sybil Ludington's Ride

Reenactment of Sybil Ludington's Ride

The 16 year-old rode 40 miles through the night, rousing hundreds of soldiers, who quickly readied to defend nearby Danbury, CT. 960 1280

  

The small wooden shed that contains the frozen dead man

The small wooden shed that contains the frozen dead man

In 1994, an eccentric Scandinavian woman applies for a building permit for her home in Nederland, CO – leading to an alarming discovery. 960 1280

  

Packed ice covering the frozen dead man

Packed ice covering the frozen dead man

In a small wooden shed in the woman’s backyard, authorities discover 2 frozen dead bodies. What were they doing there, and how did the discovery lead to the creation of a strange new festival? 960 1280

  

Chuck Yeger Statue

Chuck Yeger Statue

At Edwards Air Force Base in California is a statue of American hero Chuck Yeager, a pilot who was tasked with breaking the sound barrier. 960 1280

  

Chuck Yeger Statue

Chuck Yeger Statue

But when the young pilot fractures his ribs 2 days before his historic flight is scheduled, he decides to conceal his injury from the Air Force. Will he be able to break the barrier? 960 1280

  

Pontalba Buildings in New Orleans

Pontalba Buildings in New Orleans

The iconic Pontalba Buildings in New Orleans, LA, have a tragic history. The 2 matching buildings were built in 1840 by Micaela Almonester de Pontalba, a wealthy woman who was tormented by her greedy father-in-law, and was eventually shot for refusing to sign her wealth over to him. 960 1280

  

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