Oddities

Philly fish fall: Catfish from above slightly injures woman

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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…

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

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(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,…

Baby tested last year for spontaneous human combustion has died

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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…

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…

Strange sound in Swansea ceased

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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…

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…

Halloween with the “Jersey Devil”

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It’s that time of year! Silly stories of ghosts and monsters are everywhere. We are happy to bring you a Halloween treat by Dr. Brian Regal who shares with us an imaginative meet up with a devilish figure from history.  I stopped in at O’Bryan’s Pour House the other night for a drink and ran into…

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…

Nature finds a way for captive snakes to reproduce without a mate

The yellow-bellied water snake at the Cape Girardeau, Mo., Conservation Nature Center gave birth, sans male snake. (Candice Davis/Missouri Department of Conservation via AP)

The yellow-bellied watersnake kept captive in Missouri likely gave birth by parthenogenesis. Source: Lady snake gives birth after being alone for eight years, doesn’t need men “Virgin” birth in snakes is not unknown but it is the first time it has been recorded in this species. It appears that polar bodies act like sperm and…

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…

Wild pig with striking blue fat

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This strange story is making the Internet rounds thanks to sharing sites like Imgur and Reddit. A pig shot on California farm has blue fat deposits in its entire body. The startling strange blue color is not normal and is only in the fat. Exactly what caused a wild pig harvested in Morgan Hill to…

Lion in China may have been kept for TCM “cures”

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This is a tragic end for an animal that was kept out of its element. It may have been destined to have its parts used for Traditional Chinese (or Asian) Medicine. Officers reportedly fired 20 shots at animal, which is thought to have jumped out of a lorry that was transporting it. Source: Chinese police…

Chunk of ice crashes into California home

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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…

Blue beary

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Why does black bear have a blue head? Source: Black bear with blue head spotted in Mission, B.C. An observer spotted a black bear with a blue head. The apparently mother bear was with a cub. She appeared to be healthy so officials are not concerned. They think she must have encountered some paint or…

Curiosity spots another curiosity on Mars

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The parade of weird things on Mars continues. Today, a floating spoon. A floating spoon? Discovery has a good writeup on it. This latest Mars oddity was spotted by members of the UnmannedSpaceflight.com forum in an image captured by Curiosity’s Mastcam on sol 1089 of the mission (Aug. 30). Once you spot it,it becomes obvious;…

Lovely lilac surf in Oregon

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It’s a lovely purple color but that’s not normal. Purple tinted waves have been spotted on the Oregon coast for the last month. It’s not unusual for the purple sails jellies (Velella velella) to be in bloom but this was something different. Testing showed it was salps (sea squirts or tunicates). Oregon Coast Mystery of…

Rare sea creature spotted for the first time in 30 years

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Today’s creature we bet you never heard of is… allonautilus. One of the “rarest creatures in the world” has been spotted for only the third time ever off the coast of Papua New Guinea by a US biologist. Source: Allonautilus scrobiculatus: World’s ‘rarest’ creature spotted for only the third time ever – World Peter Ward,…