Oddities

Elves rock in Iceland

This is said to be the mythological rock Ófeigskirkja, church of the elves.

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…

Geese fall from the sky, assumed diseased

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There are countless cases of mass bird deaths. The reasons can be various. In this case, officials suspect disease and are collecting the birds for testing and to limit exposure. ‘Basically, they just fell out of the sky’: 2,000 snow geese found dead in Idaho – The Washington Post. About 2,000 snow geese migrating from…

Mother suspected of poisoning son with lethal doses of salt (UPDATE: Conviction)

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In an update to this story from June 2014, Lacey Spears is convicted of deliberately poisoning her son, killing him. “The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists,” Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said in closing arguments Thursday. “She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most…

Nutella jar fire kills dog

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This was a strange event but plausible. It can happen. Close your blinds during the day. Warning after Nutella jar sparks devastating blaze. A family’s house was gutted and their beloved dog killed when a Nutella jar magnified the sun’s rays, sparking a huge blaze. The fire is believed to have been been ignited when…

Triple sunrise

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Ice crystals cause ‘triple sunrise’ in Russian city – in pictures. Chelyabinsk, the city made famous by a meteorite that exploded over its skies two years ago, was witness to another rare phenomenon on Tuesday: a triple sunrise over the morning sky. The combination of low temperatures, estimated to be –25C, and clear skies enabled…

‘Charles Manson in a box’ sideshow plan falls apart

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Shall we have a pity party for either one of these darlings? Charles Manson wedding off after it emerges that fiancee Afton Elaine Burton ‘just wanted his corpse for display’ Serial killer Charles Manson’s supposed budding romance with a woman 53 years his junior has been allegedly exposed as a money-making scheme. According to journalist…

Owl dive bombs people with hats

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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…

Wascally wabbits invade neighborhood

Unwelcome guest. Photo by Kayla Straabe.

Bring back predators? The citizens wish for something to keep this in control. Dozens of dog-sized jackrabbits swarm development in North Dakota. A “huge flock” of jackrabbits in a Fargo, North Dakota, neighborhood has homeowners feeling jumpy. More than 50 jackrabbits the size of small dogs have been hopping around backyards and a park of a…

Just violently swaying in the breeze

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Quote: “Jesus! I never seen it do THAT before!” Watch: Street lights sway violently in the wind – UPI.com. Britain’s Highways Agency said the violent swaying of lamp posts in a video taken by a motorist driving in high winds was an example of “vortex-shedding.” Bob Hill posted a video on YouTube showing lamp posts…

Giant salamander served as dinner at police banquet in China

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I guess I just have one question…. Was this really worth it? Chinese police alleged to have eaten endangered giant salamander at banquet. Chinese officials feasting on critically endangered giant salamander turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to media reports. The 28 diners included senior police officials from the southern city of…

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

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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…