Oddities

Warning: Aggressive goats ahead

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

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…

Blue beary

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

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

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…

108 year old bottle washed upon the shore

In the early 1900s a bottle was released into the sea by George Parker Bidder. 108 years later, it has returned. Source: World’s oldest message in a bottle washes up in Germany after 108 years at sea Marianne Winkler, a retired post office worker, found the message from the past while on holiday with her…

Everyone loves oarfish

Every time one washes ashore, it makes the news. A dead oarfish with a belly full of krill washed up on Santa Catalina Island this week, marking a rare sighting of the deep-sea creature and the largest to appear on the island in years, experts say. Source: Biggest oarfish seen at Catalina Island in years…

Your weird but real creature of the day: Stygiomedusa gigantea

It’s rather a weird quirk of internet sites, even news media, that post these videos calling creatures “alien” or “monster” when exactly what they are, even down to species level, is clearly described in the original source material. It was a surprising find but it’s no alien. Perhaps people should learn some zoology before claiming…

Workers in Cambodia suffer mass faintings due to poor conditions

Last week, nearly 400 workers fainted in four factories across Cambodia. On July 2 alone, 38 workers lost consciousness working at the Quint Major International factory in Phnom Penh. Source: 400 Cambodian Garment Workers Experience Unexplained Mass Faintings Within One Week WWD* reported that in 2014, the Ministry of Labor recorded that more than 1,800…

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,…

Mutilated cat discovered in Louisiana

A disturbing and sad case of probable animal abuse. Authorities do not know what happened. The Humane Society of Louisiana said it is investigating a gruesome case of a cat that was found cut in half last week on the Northshore. Officials with the HSL said the cat was discovered the morning of Aug. 5…

Bang bang! Mystery noise in Edinburgh

News driblet: Alarmed Leith residents have been left puzzled after being awoken by the sound of loud bangs in the early hours of this morning. Source: Mystery over loud bangs heard in Leith – Edinburgh Evening News The noise in the Lindean Place and Primrose Street areas was reported to police – but officers are…

Underwire ricochet

The metal underwire of a sports bra deflected a hunter’s stray bullet and may have saved a woman’s life, German police say. Source: Sports Bra Saves German Cyclist and Sets Off Debate Over Hunting – NBC News The cyclists had unwittingly headed into an area where a wild boar hunt was under way when they…

77 year old man killed by wild boar in Italy

News clip: A 77-year-old man was mauled to death by a group of wild boar while walking his dogs in the Italian countryside. Source: Italian pensioner mauled to death by wild boar Sicilian Salvatore Rinaudo was reportedly “bitten to death” after trying to defend his dogs as charging boar approached them in the countryside outside the town…

Love struck

News smidgen: Two teenagers have just added another chapter to their love story, one that includes possibly being struck by lightning in Claremont. Source: Teenagers Say They Were Struck By Lightning In Claremont Dylan and Lexie were walking along a tree-lined street in Claremont, California when it appears they were hit by lightning. “Next thing you know, we are…

Discovery of 91 year old woman’s stone baby

Another account of a “stone baby”. This one is particularly sad since the couple had wanted a child so much but never had one. A 91-year-old woman who believed she had a large tumour growing inside her, has learnt it was actually a foetus. Source: 91-year-old woman told she’s been carrying a foetus inside her…

Curiosity’s photos reveal not woman on Mars but how silly “news” sites can be

Slow news summer… when all news sites pick up a ridiculous story from non-reputable websites and couch it in illogical speculative terms that make it sound like they are being “critical” about the story. Unfortunately, that means more work for DN to note just exactly how doubtful these stories are and why you should not…