Category Archives: This is Weird; Read It Anyway

Dallas Criscoe, an Asheboro native, shares some strange but true tales he’s chanced upon during his studies.

5 insane creatures you may not want to know about

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

Last column, I brought you some amazing sights to make you want to travel the globe. This issue, I figured I’d balance things out by showing you some stuff to make you want to stay inside.

Here are some of the most insane and unbelievable creatures from around the planet.

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Incredible sights from around the world

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

Asheboro, like the rest of the world, is filled with its own brand of natural beauty.

However, living in Asheboro shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on the incredible sights offered by the rest of the world, as well. So, we’re here to fix that.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some of the most extraordinary sights found in the natural world.
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SMaRT science, bad government

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

Nature is a war zone packed with ruthless fighters. Take bacteria.

There are bacteria that come equipped with spring-loaded ballistas that fire into other bacteria, causing the insides of the wounded to spill out, like a bullet wound would to us. Others can nurture and release masses of prophages (even tinier forms of life than bacteria) to swarm and attack their enemies, much like we ourselves might use bacteria in biological warfare. Still others can suicide bomb enemy colonies, exploding and spraying toxins throughout the enemy’s base.

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This colony in Roanoke was home to freedmen … for a time

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

When most people hear the words “Roanoke Island,” their minds wander to the infamous Lost Colony, a failed attempt by the English to create a permanent settlement in the New World.

What most people don’t know is that more than 250 years later, there was another attempt to establish a colony on Roanoke Island, and for a very different reason.

The Freedmen’s Colony of Roanoke Island was a Civil War social experiment with a very unique purpose: To see how newly-freed blacks handled their newfound independence.

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Manteo: The link to the New World

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

When people think about the initial meetings between colonists of the New World and Native American residents, we usually think about two things: Thanksgiving, and conflict. But as with many of the things we first learned as kids, things are more complex than that. Consider the story of Manteo, a Native American born in what is now North Carolina, and one of the very first Natives to interact with the English colonizers of the New World.

Manteo was born into a Native American tribe called the Croatan, located along the coast of NC. Part of their territory included Roanoke Island, which was used as a seasonal fishing ground. In 1584, English scouts sent by Sir Walter Raleigh landed on Roanoke Island, where they were greeted by a bold and friendly face: Manteo. Continue reading Manteo: The link to the New World

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U.S.’s only coup d’etat occurred in N. Carolina

RIOTERS PAUSE
FOR A PHOTOGRAPH

The Wilmington Race Riot of Nov. 10, 1898, was a white supremacist movement, which overthrew the legitimately elected bi-racial government of Wilmington and replaced it with officials who instituted the first Jim Crow laws in North Carolina.  The resulting laws greatly limited the rights of African Americans in Wilmington and influenced the creation of such laws in the rest of North Carolina and throughout the nation. PHOTO: WILMINGTON DAILY NEWS, www.ushistoryscene.com


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Game of Drones

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

This is a story of blood and conquest. It’s about a battle that’s been waging in North Carolina for decades now, involving some of the most fearless fighters ever to be born from battle. It’s about ants.

Now, now, wait, hold on, you don’t have to turn the page. Yeah, they’re ants, and we’ve all heard the joke, “So what if an ant can lift 50 times its own weight? 50 times nothing is still nothing.” But if you stick with me, I promise you enough blood and gore to warm the heart of even the Ramsay-est of Boltons. Sound good? Continue reading Game of Drones

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Nauru: The island that sold its soul

Dallas Criscoe
Dallas Criscoe

I just want to take a little time to tell you a story. Fair warning up front: It’s a very strange story.

For one, it doesn’t have a moral. Morals require a conclusion, and this story is still in progress, as it has been for over 100 years since the world first perturbed one of its smallest countries, the sleepy little island of Nauru, bearing only a few thousand people. That island has seen rise to one of the strangest and most eventful true stories of backroom dealings, crime and punishment, and unadulterated desperation ever to exist. Continue reading Nauru: The island that sold its soul

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