Category: Oddities

15 Credibility Street #28: Defense against the dark art of scare-mongering

It was just Halloween, the media is out to scare you into believing dumb things. Don’t. Tricks in treats? Not-too-deep-thinking about marijuana-laced candy warnings will bring quick realization this hazard is not worth worrying about. One incident in New Brunswick, Canada may have been nailed down but who would eat that anyway? The condition called…

Oroville fish fall remains a mystery

A new and interesting “fish fall” report comes out of Oroville, California this week. News stories conflict about what actually happened but here is the best report from a local news team. According to witnesses at the Stanford Avenue Elementary school in Oroville, just before noon, teachers and children noticed the playground area was strewn with…

“The Watcher” not found but lawsuit number two has been filed

In June 2015, we brought you the story of the Broadduses, a family in New Jersey who were plagued by a creepy-letter writer who was called The Watcher. Just three days after the family with small children closed on a million-dollar-plus house in a lovely town of Westfield, NJ, their move-in plans were curtailed when…

Goose barnacles still flummox people today

Ooooo! Look at this! A giant piece of very cool stuff washes onshore and people freak out. It’s my favorite kind of story. New Zealand locals reportedly flocked to Muriwai Beach yesterday, to catch a glimpse of the so-called Muriwai Monster – a sprawling mass that looks exactly like something you’d drag up from the…

Mothman “reappears” coincidentally close to the 50th anniversary date

A man driving along State Route 2 in West Virginia near Point Pleasant, legendary home of the bad omen, Mothman, says he captured pictures of the creature. The local news covered the story. Man photographs creature that resembles legendary ”Mothman” of Point Pleasant | WCHS He said he stopped when he saw something jumping from tree…

Pedals the bipedal bear is dead

Back in August of 2014, we brought you the story of a bear spotted in New Jersey suburbs walking on two legs while searching for easy food in garbage cans. “Pedals” the bear had a severely injured front paw and had adapted a quite adequate bipedal gate. Pedals reappeared in October 2015 and several people…

Philly fish fall: Catfish from above slightly injures woman

Lisa Lobree told the Philadelphia Inquirer that she was walking near the art museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on the morning of September 5th when she heard a rustling in the trees above and 16 inch long catfish fell on her head cutting her face. The headline was “Woman says catfish fell from sky, striking her…

Have we been catfished? Or is this animal a signal that the environment is a wreck? (Updated)

UPDATE: 30-Mar-2016 The Gothamist has followed up on this story of a three-eyed catfish and announced it was a hoax by an artist. The NY Times actually delivered the details on March 28 that an eccentric artist known as Zardulu orchestrated the three-eyed fish hoax from the Gowanus canal. She approached actor “Greg Hunter” [actually Greg Boz] with…

Baby tested last year for spontaneous human combustion has died

A sad update to a very disturbing story that we reported on last year around this time and back in 2013. Two babies from the same family in India were treated for burns which the family alleged was the result of them spontaneously catching on fire multiple times. Media in India and around the world…

Strange sound in Swansea ceased

In September 2015, a story about a mystery noise disturbing Swansea, Wales made the rounds. The siren-like noise was waking people up at night but also was heard during the day prompting a cluster of complains and the Swansea Council to investigate. They could not find a source for the sound that some have said…

Big ol’ sea wolf caught in Pacific (UPDATE: Don’t be ignorant!)

NEAT! (Originally published 16-Sept 2015) Remember, kids. Learn about nature so you can correct people who say this is some sort of “mutant monster” in your Facebook feed. An enourmous sea monster was caught by baffled Japanese fishermen off the island of Hokkaido. A ferocious looking fish with a gigantic head and sharp, protruding teeth has been found swimming in…

Caution: Hot towels

We have covered spontaneously combusting laundry before. Here is another case. A freak house fire in east London was caused by spontaneously igniting tea towels that had not been washed properly, fire chiefs believe. Source: Warning after ‘dirty tea towels spontaneously combust’, causing flat fire in east London  Any residue of oil left on the…

Chunk of ice crashes into California home

Neighbors are flocking to one Modesto home after a large chunk of ice fell from the sky and landed on the garage Wednesday morning. Source: Flying ice slams into Modesto home, damages roof  A witness says she saw the falling ice which then went through the roof of a home, into a garage, damaging a…

NJ is booming and shaking

Did you hear booming noises this AM in central New Jersey? There was a small, shallow earthquake about 3km north of Bernardsville. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the small earthquake in Bernardsville rattled homes and businesses around 3:41 a.m. The Morris County Communications/911 center received calls from residents in Morristown, Morris Township, Randolph, Mendham Township,…

Meteorite didn’t start the fire in Portland

Several eyewitnesses told Portland, Oregon’s Fire Bureau that they saw something fly into the front yard at 4619 Southeast 44th Avenue at 10:25 p.m. Speculation was that it was a meteorite. The grass in house’s front yard was scorched in about an 8 by 6 foot wide circle, and whatever bounced, bounced into the bushes at the…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Creepy Chicago cemetery enCLOWNter

Creepy encounter in Chicago is the latest in a series of out of place clown sightings. The cell phone video tells it all: a person dressed in a clown suit, trespassing at historic Rosehill Cemetery in the dead of night. Julia Graham says she was “freaked out” at the figure as it ran toward the…

Elves rock in Iceland

Back in 2013, we told you that there was trouble with the elves. Elf advocates and environmentalists wanted the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula in Iceland because it contained an elf church. Finally, a compromised was reached that preserves a unique structure and…

Owl dive bombs people with hats

It actually seems rather common that people make owls nervous and they announce their presence in such a way. Owl attacks joggers and steals their hats – The Guardian. Oregon officials are warning early morning joggers and park visitors in the state capital, Salem, to watch out for an owl that steals hats after at…