Oddities

Mystery blob that appeared after Australian rain likely isn’t “jellyfish”

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Man in Australia finds gelatinous blob after rain. He assumes it’s a jellyfish. That’s probably not correct. With obligatory “baffled” experts. Is this a jellyfishnado? Possible jellyfish remains found after Smithfield “mini tornado” | News.com.au. MYSTERIOUS blobs of slime have been found in a park on a quiet, suburban Cairns street and even experts are…

Instructions for making your own merbeing

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Friend of the site Paolo Viscardi is featured in this piece that investigates a “merman” at his museum. This is SO COOL! Mysterious mermaid stripped naked Paolo Viscardi reveals what it takes to make a convincing, fake mermaid Called the “Japanese Monkey-fish”, it turns out it is not monkey at all: “Is it real?” is…

Hiding dead babies. It’s happened before.

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This is a shocking story. How and why did she do this? Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths – SFGate. Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman’s life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns. Utah investigators are examining DNA from the…

Gut-busting meal for snakes

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Well, this is an unplesant case of food “poisoning”. Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly – NBC News.com. A Serbian herpetologist was out snake-tagging in Macedonia when she came across a bizarre find: A young viper, with a centipede’s head poking out of its abdomen. The snake, a juvenile female nose-horned viper…

For all the cows: The complicated tale of Cliven Bundy

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This story of Cliven Bundy and his neighbors against the U.S. Government officials is a hard one to follow. Read through this piece that presents the situation chronologically. Everything you need to know about the long fight between Cliven Bundy and the federal government. In the comments, note that one person mentions that the anti-government…

Vibrator fish

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Well this isn’t weird at all… Norway man finds adult toy in cod’s stomach – The Local. Will fish eat ANYTHING? Anything that looks even remotely like a cephalopod, I suppose. Bjørn Frilund was gutting a large cod he’d caught, when he felt a big lump in its belly. As he cut in, he first…

Amazing birth during crash

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The odds that this would turn out OK are low but here it is. Xiao Zhao bike crash: Unborn baby catapulted out of mother’s womb SURVIVES collision that killed his parents – Mirror Online. An unborn baby in China has survived after it was reportedly ‘thrown’ from his mother’s womb during a fatal motorcycle crash…

Boom boom, it’s not great to be crazy

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It’s not thunder, it’s not gas explosions. What is causing the mystery booms in Highgate? More mystery ‘explosions’ in Highgate baffle experts. Noise experts are scratching their heads over mysterious “explosions” in Highgate – after dozens of residents reported hearing 
another loud bang this week. People living in the Shepherd’s Hill and Archway Road area…

Some jerk peppered the playground

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Have you ever touched your lips or eyes after handling hot hot peppers? I have. Unfun. Someone is trying to compete with razor blades on playgrounds. It’s a sick society. Hot peppers on the playground lead to school evacuation | The Sideshow – Yahoo News. Habanero peppers hidden on a playground led to the evacuation…

Spiders prefer Mazdas

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Mazda discovers: “A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line, potentially causing a restriction in the line.” BBC News – Spider invasion prompts Mazda software fix. Petrol-sniffing spiders have forced Mazda to issue a voluntary recall notice so it can apply a software fix to its cars. The yellow…

Uganda’s most wanted – man eating crocs

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In the country where Idi Amin, a horrific dictator, fed his victims to crocodiles in the Nile, the crocs are continuing to stoke their fearsome reputation terrorizing villagers and fishermen on Lake Victoria. Is Uganda’s notorious crocodile the world’s largest?. A killer crocodile which is said to have eaten four people in Jinja and Mayuge…

The bleeding road of Leek

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Locals have noticed a red discoloration in a roadway that makes it appear as if the road is bleeding. However, there is a logical, chemical explanation. Red stain on A523 road into Leek explained by Staffordshire County Council The presence of iron from a water seepage could be the reason for a road turning red…

Harvard human-skin books? One claim sheepishly busted.

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I saw this story about book bound in human flesh make the rounds on social media earlier this week. I sat quietly and observed. Today, it’s slightly less interesting. Myth About Harvard Book Made of Human Skin Debunked. For one reason or another—perhaps it was the flashy headline, or the gruesome mysterious details—a nearly decade-old…