Oddities

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

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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…

Chena River “monster” is no mystery: Video shows icy objects moving in the current

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Remember the Lagarfljótsormurinn – the Icelandic “wurm” or serpent that was a viral story from 2012? Another example of the same phenomenon has appeared in an Alaskan river. Here is the Iceland worm to jog your memory. Note that the object does not move through the river – it stays in the same place. The…

Bigfoot skull fossil is a amateur mistake of wishful thinking (UPDATED)

It's a rock, not a bigfoot head. Sorry to disappoint but let's be serious here...

(Originally published on Jun 23, 2013) The assumptions in this story are astounding. Man believes he found fossilized Bigfoot head. “I found a fossilized Bigfoot skull.” A journalist can go his or her entire life waiting to hear those six magic words. And yet, on a recent weekday afternoon, that very thing happened. Todd May,…

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

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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…

Concern bubbles up in Morocco

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This video reportedly from Doukkala region of Morocco was worth putting up and discussing. You can imagine if you were the people experiencing this you MIGHT be a bit concerned and amazed. There may be a reason to be concerned but it’s not from chemicals from planes but from what you dump into the river. It’s…

The earth is alive; keep breathing

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A rather freaky event was caught on camera (albeit vertically) in Nova Scotia at the end of October. The ground in the vicinity of Apple River was seen to be heaving up and down, as if the earth was breathing. CBC News in Canada reports: Brian Nuttall was out for a walk on a breezy…

Media linking woman’s death in Germany to “spontaneous” combustion. Not so fast.

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News out of Flensburg, Germany today reports that a woman sitting on a park bench experienced “spontaneous combustion” and has died. As usual, the connection to SHC (spontaneous human combustion) is flawed and there is undoubtedly more to the story than the media reports. However, the headlines are what get attention and lead people to…

Land disturbance in Wyoming stirring up unwarranted fears

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Hunters on a private ranch in Wyoming’s Bighorn mountains were astonished to find a land disturbance of impressive proportions. The news first appeared on the Facebook page of the SNS Outfitters and Guides. Since then, it was picked up by several mystery mongering sites that declared it was “apocalyptic” (as is everything unusual) or related…

Megalodon teeth found along North Carolina beaches

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Really huge shark teeth are washing up along North Carolina beaches in large amounts since the beginning of October from Surf City to North Topsail Beach. Beach-goers found the teeth that were washed free from offshore sediments after recent coastal storms and higher than normal tides. The teeth of the extinct shark Megalodon (which means “big tooth”)…

Foamy pollution creates huge problems in Bangalore

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This degree of foam on the surface of a lake is a signal of a serious pollution problem. A toxic snowy froth caused in a lake by industrial pollution has spilled over into neighbourhoods in India’s Bangalore city. Source: India Bangalore lake of toxic snowy froth – BBC News Over the years, the 9,000-acre Bellandur…

Am I evil? No, I’m 4 and left-handed.

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In a “what century is it again?” moment from Oklahoma, a parent of a preschooler must take action against a teacher who thinks being left handed is a sign of evil. Source: Oklahoma Pre-K teacher allegedly calls being left-handed ‘evil’ and ‘sinister’ | KFOR.com A 4-year-old was allegedly forced by his teacher to write with…

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

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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…

Unwelcome hitchhiker surprises woman driving down the highway

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You can imagine the stress caused by this episode. Even people not freaked out by snakes would have been rattled. Beckie Kistler said she was driving down Interstate 485 on Wednesday when the snake slid down the driver’s side door toward her steering wheel. Source: Woman finds copperhead sliding down door while driving on highway…

Warning: Aggressive goats ahead

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There are some days when it’s awfully hard to trawl through the news. And then I find a gem. The U.S. Forest Service announced on Friday that the Scotchman Peak Trail will be temporarily closed due to recent encounters between hikers and aggressive mountain goats. Source: Goat encounters dim out trail use Goats were there…

Caution: Hot towels

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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…