Mysteries: Edison’s Pen and Lizard Man Pictures

Don Wildman examines one of Thomas Edison’s failed inventions, the (supposed) footprint of a strange reptilian creature, and the bell of a ship whose crew mysteriously disappeared.
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Photo By: The Thomas Edison Papers at Rutgers University

At the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, NJ, is one of the celebrated inventor’s biggest disappointments: the electric pen.

Though this device failed to transform the world of business, it went on to make a surprising and lasting impression when one man modified Edison’s invention into the first electric tattoo gun.

At the South Carolina Cotton Museum in Bishopville, SC, there is a cryptic cast of what appears to be a footprint.

Many are convinced that the mark was left by a half man, half lizard mutant creature that once lurked in the swamps of this South Carolina community.

In Lockport, NY, at the Niagara County Historical Society is a set of murky glass bottles that tell a hair-raising tale.

The glass bottles housed here once contained a hair growth tonic that catapulted 7 impoverished and eccentric sisters to an improbable life of fame and fortune.

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a bronze statue of Diana, the Roman goddess of the hunt. This work of art bore witness to a scandalous, turn of the century crime that rocked high society and the nation, when famous architect Stanford White was murdered by a vengeful millionaire.

At the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum on Hatteras Island in North Carolina is the bell of the Carroll Deering, a shipping vessel whose entire crew mysteriously vanished in one of the most confounding cases in seafaring history.