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The Death of Richard Parker And Cannibalism - Shipwreck Case (1884)

T he English yacht Mignonette was a 19.43 net tonnage, a 52-foot cruiser built in 1867. It was an inshore boat, not made for long voyages. In 1883, she was purchased as a leisure vessel by Australian lawyer John Henry Want. The yacht could only reasonably be transported to Australia by sailing, but she was a small vessel and the prospect of a 24,000-km voyage hampered Want's initial attempts to find a suitable crew. She finally set sail for Sydney from Southampton on 19 May 1884 with a crew of four: Tom Dudley, the captain; Edwin Stephens; Edmund Brooks; and Richard Parker, the cabin boy. Parker was 17 years old and an inexperienced seaman. O n 5 July, the yacht was running before a gale, around 2,600 km northwest of the Cape of Good Hope. Though the weather was by no means extreme and the vessel was not in any difficulties, Dudley gave the order to heave to so that the crew could enjoy a good night's sleep. As the manoeuvre was completed, and Parker was sent below to pr

"Gloomy Sunday" The Song Of Death

M usic can change our mood in a very strange way. From a scientific point of view, it has been proven that listening to music can make us happy, sad, optimistic or cynical. We all have our favorite songs, and it behooves us to listen to music repeatedly. It would seem that sometimes we are completely unaware of how certain pieces of music can affect us. "Gloomy Sunday" is nevertheless a real proof that music can have an extraordinary impact on people's behavior. It is thought that this song caused a suicide mania. > - 3 Ways Modern Technology Can Help You Achieve A Zen Mind T his strangest music is titled "Gloomy Sunday".  It was composed in December 1932 by a Hungarian composer named Rezs┼Ĺ Seress.  He soon discovered that it was difficult to publish because the composition was too melancholy for public ears. One publisher claimed that the work was too sad to be published. Finally, the song was published as sheet music in late 1933, with lyrics by poe