Oddities

Rare blue lobster found in Maine

Photo credit: Meghan LaPlante

Continuing our long-running theme of weird lobsters… Blue lobster caught in Maine spared the dinner table, will head to aquarium. A lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster. WCSH-TV reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday.…

Not a ghost, but real, live, and 3 meters long

Burmese Python from Wikimedia Commons

Things in the house fell over, off shelves, off the wall. Furniture was moved. The family wonder what the heck was going on in the house. It’s no ghost, but an unwelcome intruder nonetheless. ‘You couldn’t pay me to go back inside’: Ontario family finds three-metre snake draped across couch in living room. For a week,…

Light-headed: Partial albino crocodile killed man, then was killed itself

The part-albino crocodile called Michael Jackson. Photo credit: Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises

A distinctively colored crocodile was top predator in his neck of the river. But once again, man will be the ultimate arbiter. Part-albino crocodile shot after fatal attack was ’1-in-100-million rarity’. An albino-headed crocodile that killed a man fishing on a Territory river has been described by an expert as a one-in-100-million rarity. The distinctive…

Suspected man-eating tiger killed in India

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Tigers and humans vying for the same space is NOT a good combination. The tigers lose. ‘Man-eating’ tiger shot dead in India’s Maharashtra. Forest workers say they have shot dead a tiger blamed for killing seven people in the past six months in western India. The tiger, described as a “man-eater” by authorities, killed the…

Leave my GOBLIN alone!

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I can’t help it, I really can’t. Your Zimbabwe goblin story for today… Woman said her goblin is NOT the problem here. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Woman threatens to kill tsikamutanda over ‘her’ goblin. A 40-year-old Gokwe woman left villagers’ in shock when she used a machete to scare away a traditional healer popularly known as…

Sharks are attacking the internet

A shark gnawing on an undersea internet cable. Screenshot from YouTube

Looks like it’s shark week here at DN too! Sharks Want to Bite Google’s Undersea Cables. There are many, many things that can go wrong as you lay thousands of miles of fiber optic cable along the ocean’s floor. Earthquakes can rip things up, as can fishing hooks. But now we know of a new…

By a knife’s edge

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An odd occurrence. How did he NOT know what hit him? Knife falls from sky into Chinese man’s head – Telegraph. Last Thursday morning, 57-year-old Xiao Yunzhi was taking a stroll in his home town of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, when his head started feeling strangely heavy. But it was only when the local tobacconist stared…

Strange NYC park display prompts police call

Screenshot from NBC

This woman had a difficult time describing what she found to police. Police Investigate After Runner Discovers Macabre Display in Prospect Park. Police launched an unusual investigation after one runner made a surprising, creepy discovery while on a jog in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Wednesday. The jogger, Kate Steciw, found what appeared to be a human…

The Simpsons die hours apart

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A heartbreaking loss for a family but a poignant beauty underneath. A True Love Story: Couple Married 62 Years Die Together. Don and Maxine Simpson, of Bakersfield, Calif., were married 62 years and died within four hours of each other. Two weeks ago Don Simpson was taken to the hospital for a broken hip, but…

Mystery lake appears in Tunisia, may be radioactive

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It’s not everyday that a lovely lake appears in the middle of the desert. For good reason… Mystery as ‘lake’ appears in middle of Tunisian desert and becomes overnight tourist attraction. A mysterious lake that appeared suddenly in the Tunisian desert has created an impromptu “beach” in the drought-ridden country. No explanation has been given…

Lovely Bavarian crop circle lures new agers

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It’s a bit humorous that people still treat crop circles with such spiritual significance when it’s well-known that they are human-created. Still, they are so artistic and quite beautiful. Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors – US News. Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer’s field to check out a mysterious set…

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

Giant Anteater. Wikipedia

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…

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…