Oddities

Amazingly spectacular, perfectly natural: Frilled shark caught

Specimen captured in Australia recently.

Stupid media click-bait headlines piss me off. It’s not ‘horrific’, grotesque, something from “Alien” or even a silly “living fossil”. It’s a cool animal. Learn about the real world, it’s amazing. A rare specimen of a frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) was brought up by a fisherman in Australia. Trawler skipper David Guillot caught the 1.5 meter specimen while…

Not a human finger found on Australian beach but it fooled some people (UPDATED: Identified)

Thinking this was a human finger is a reasonable mistake to have made.

Originally published on 6-Jan-2015. See update below. Find something washed up on the beach? Better to be safe than sorry but pick it up with a cloth or tissue, you never know what it might be. In this case, they still don’t know. Mysterious plant resembling severed finger found on Darwin beach baffles NT police…

White tiger dies from cobra bite in Indian zoo

Photo credit: Hindustan Times

It’s unclear how this happened but the death has prompted an outcry about the animal’s housing conditions, the breeding of white tigers, and the safety and security of zoo animals. Black cobra’s bite kills white tiger at Indore zoo, snake paralysed. On Saturday morning, the zoo officials found the two-year-old tiger, Rajan, unconscious, bleeding from…

Mystery booms of Idaho explosively explained

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In the leftovers of 29 December, we posted a link to a story about mystery booms in Idaho. Another mysterious explosion heard in Bingham County; residents in Riverside say boom shook their homes This has now apparently been solved; it was exploding targets. Bingham County Sheriff: Exploding targets are source of mystery “booms” Bingham County Sheriff…

Hairless, toothy mystery carcass in Santa Barbara has a normal ID

It's a dead mammal. No doubt about that. But it's "MONSTROUS" so go viral.

It’s hairless, bloated and decomposing. Of course people will freak out and speculate wildly. Unusual Creature Puzzles People on a Santa Barbara Beach | News – KEYT. A brownish creature, with sharp teeth and claws, is deceased on the beach in Santa Barbara after the latest storm, and many people are wondering what it is.…

Braingasm videos popular and plausible

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An internet sensation, autonomous sensory meridian response, is certainly plausible, at least for some people. A whisper, then tingles, then 87 million YouTube views: Meet the star of ASMR. This is Maria, a 28-year-old Russian expat in suburban Maryland, starring in a YouTube video that has been viewed more than 7 million times. Hundreds of thousands…

Religious belief warped judgment as dead body posed health hazard

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This is a case of religious zealotry affecting the people around them. It’s difficult to believe. Hamilton family left corpse upstairs for six months expecting resurrection. Peter Wald’s family truly believed he would rise from the dead. They believed it because they had prayed for it, every single day, while his corpse lay rotting for…

Hair raising video making the rounds

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Well, isn’t this curious. A pocket of very strong static electricity is reportedly observed in London. Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph. Simon Legrand and a friend were walking past the tech giant’s office building on Friday night when they say they felt a “strong electric…

Two loosey gooseys?

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A two-fer in the UK. Is a penguin on the loose in Looe?. Looe tourist information centre wants to know if you have seen a penguin on the loose. It comes after someone told staff on Wednesday that he believed he had seen one on Hannafore Beach. Escaped emu on the loose causing problems for…

Woman discovers large leech in her nasal passage

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Don’t bring back live animals hidden in your body cavities as souvenirs. Just saying… Woman finds three-inch leech in nose after South East Asia trip. A backpacker found a 3in (7.5cm) leech that had been living up her nose for a month after a trip to South East Asia. Daniela Liverani, 24, from Edinburgh, had…

Twins interdependent in life, together in death

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This case seemed strange when we first posted about it last April. The results of testing show it makes sense, now. Mystery solved but still sad. Twins died together from diabetes, heart disease. Twins Anthony and Andrew Johnson lived with each other in a quiet neighborhood in Tennessee. One helped treat the other’s diabetes. They…