Turkey Incident

Kentucky has always been known for its giant turkeys. We're not talking 20 pounders here, we're talking about "birds" as large as 700 pounds! Unfortunately, they too are meat eaters. And by "meat" I mean you. That's right, they eat people. They seem to particularly favor tourists. It happens at least once every year, no matter how many public service announcements and warnings are issued by the media.

I happened to be close by during one recent turkey attack. Though there were signs posted everywhere warning tourists to not look too "touristy," this guy just wasn't paying attention. He was snatched up, just like that. Nothing I could do really. He was too far away and it happened too quickly. I barley managed to get this photo and wound up having to shoot from the hip, not even knowing if I got the photo. I later found out from onlookers who knew the victim that his name was Tom. Kind of ironic I thought.

Gobble, gobble!

The Halloween Tree

It is often said that a tree will twist its limbs in times of torment.

This tree stands on the grounds of the old Fourth Kentucky Lunatic Asylum - Central State Hospital where I'm sure it saw many a torment.

Lakeland, KY Lightning Strikes Insane Asylum, July1901

Bolt Of Lightning Strikes Among Eighty Inmates of a Kentucky Asylum.

Louisville, Ky., July 2.-A bolt of lightning from a clear sky that struck among eighty inmates of the Central Kentucky Asylum for the Insane at Lakeland, eleven miles from Louisville, at 3:30 this afternoon, killed JAMES HOWARD, aged 38, of Stevensport, Ky., and knocked unconscious Nat Mercer, an attendant, and three other patients. Great excitement followed among the insane persons who had been taken into the yard for air, but rain came and drove them back to their quarters. The attendant and the patients who were knocked senseless will recover.

Times Picayune, New Orleans, LA 3 Jul 1901