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Killer giant anteaters – Digging claws turn into knife-like weapons

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A timid animal that may appear to be harmless may have some formidable weaponry that poses a serious threat to attackers. Two fatal attacks by giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) have been documented in a wildlife journal. The typically nonaggressive animals have sharp claws and inflicted serious wounds when they were cornered and undertook defensive behavior. The…

Blood-red water flows through Wenzhou

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It’s really foreboding when the waters run red like blood. In this modern society, it typically means pollution. Suspicious Blood-red Water Inundates River in Wenzhou. An inner city waterway in the eastern city of Wenzhou was found to have been inundated by an influx of blood-red water this morning. Local residents say the river was…

This problem has teeth, lots of them

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Oh my gosh, this poor kid! Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager – Yahoo News. Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday. Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right…

The clouds parted

Photo credit: Joe Zuniga

A man captures an interesting phenomenon during a rain event. Motorist captures parting of the storm. As Zuniga drove along Interstate 75, the clouds suddenly shifted in a peculiar way, creating an large square-shaped sunny patch through which motorists passed. It was as if rain clouds had parted over the motorists for a reason. “They…

Backwards evolution busted: People walking on all fours do not have “apelike” gait but have adapted

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A new study shows that a group of humans made famous by a 2006 BBC documentary called The Family That Walks on All Fours are not exhibiting backward evolution to that of our ape ancestors, but have just adapted to this strange means of locomotion due to their brain conditions. The family from remote Turkey,…

The giant Siberian hole: Yep, media does a crap job reporting (Update)

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Oh man, I really hate to start the day with such an awful excuse for a headline. ‘Bottomless’ pit baffles scientists | New York Post. A huge, mysterious crater spotted in remote Siberia has scientists scrambling for answers: Was it a meteor? Was it a weapon? Or was it an explosive sign of global warming?…

Michigan: Another Pacu Panic?

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Another specimen of the South American piranha relative has been caught, this time in Michigan. Doubtful News has previously covered pacu stories from Denmark, Paris and New Jersey, as well as the panic associated with unsourced “testical eating” claims about the species. Fortunately, some of the coverage has been less credulous this time around, though…

For real! A monster salamander in Kyoto

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I thought this was a hoax. It’s not. There really are giant salamanders. This isn’t even the biggest. Found this on Twitter courtesy of @Matt_Alt via @TomHoltzPaleo     WOW! Look at that bugger! Japanese giant salamanders (Andrias japonicus) also known as the Ōsanshōuo, can get up 5 feet long (1.5m) and live a long time. This…

HAY! It’s raining

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People in several locations over a few days in the U.K. report clumps of hay swirling in the sky and falling over villages. Mystery as it rains hay in parts of Devon | Exeter Express and Echo. Huge clumps of dry grass were reported falling from the sky in several parts of the UK as…

Auckland NZ booms reported (UPDATE: Solved)

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See update below. Originally published 18 Jun 2014 Mystery booms in New Zealand rattle residents. Mystery bangs and shaking in Auckland – national | Stuff.co.nz. A series of mysterious “explosions” have been reported across west and north Auckland, but police are mystified. Reports of loud ‘‘bangs’’ followed by houses shaking began about 5pm, in the…

It’s not easy being born green

Photo: Aida Vallelado Molina

They are not supposed to be green. Jokes abound. Green puppies shock Spanish dog breeders – The Local. A pair of dog breeders in the Spanish province of Valladolid were shocked recently when two pups were born green. “I thought the puppies were dirty and tried to clean them, but the colour wouldn’t come off,”…

Alexander Imich, paranormal advocate, dies at 111

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Imich’s motto was “always pursue what one loves and is passionate about.” He was interesting in the paranormal and tried to convince the scientific community that there is life after death. Now he knows if that is true. Alexander Imich Dead: Oldest Living Man & Paranormal Expert Dies At 111. Alexander Imich, who was recently…

Where was this guy hyding? Rediscovery of colonial hydroid

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Cryptozoologists will get needlessly excited of a colonial hydroid that was MIA for 4 million years. Or maybe they don’t really pay attention to scientific findings. I know, I snark. Anyways, I like these stories because each new find betters our understanding of the evolution of life on earth. Wildlife Extra News – Marine animal…

UFO Trail talks to Dr. Garry Nolan about “Atacama” specimen and Starchild Skull

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We’ve covered previous stories on the Sirius project, the Atacama alien and Lloyd Pye’s Starchild skull, even speaking with Dr. Garry Nolan. But here is an update on how a scientist volunteered to help investigate some weird mysteries. The UFO Trail: Dr. Garry Nolan Talks Ata, Starchild Skull and Science. Dr. Garry Nolan is a…

Dolphins signaled researchers to aid in unexpected rescue

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A very interesting story about dolphin behavior from researchers. One day, a research team was following a school of bottlenose dolphins in the waters off Los Angeles, California. Then, something unexpected happened. Dolphins Guide Scientists to Rescue Suicidal Girl – News Watch. The dolphins were still feeding in circle near shore, when suddenly, one individual…