Oddities

When lightning strikes a gas station

News smidgen: A gas station caught fire after a pump was struck by lightning Monday, August, 3. It happened around 6 p.m. at The Gas Depot in the 4800 block of Dixie Highway. Source: Gas station catches fire in Fairfield  In Fairfield Ohio on Monday, lightning hit the surface dome of an underground storage tank,…

Unknown symbol marks Nashville intersections

Mysterious symbols have popped up around Elm Hill Pike in the Donelson neighborhood of Nashville. There appear to be seven such symbols spray painted on the road from a template with red paint. It has locals slightly freaked out. Source: Mysterious symbols pop up in Nashville; Police investigating Metro-Nashville police are investigating a number of…

Crab cave on Mars

Made you look! A NASA image of Mars being passed around on social media over the weekend has imaginations running wild. The photo shows a stone formation in front of what may be a kind of cave. Source: What The Heck Is This Thing On Mars? Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, said he…

Just a fish, not a “monster”

News Morsel: Adele Battersby found the four foot-long beast lying dead on the shore of the Littleborough lake and it’s enough to give you nightmares. Not if you aren’t afraid of FISH. It’s probably a pike. Source: What is this ‘Roch Ness Monster’ washed up at Hollingworth Lake? – Manchester Evening News People might need…

Cat on a Roman tile roof

News Driblet: Isn’t that just like a cat, walking through the clay while it was drying. Archaeologists found this 2,000 years remnant that the builders used despite the prints. The print has only just been noticed on a Roman roof tile unearthed in the city in 1969. Source: 2,000-year-old cat’s paw print uncovered in Gloucester –…

Frog not listed in ingredients of spinach package

News snippet: I doubt he really wanted to be there, though. Inspect your produce throughly. “On the day this product was processed, this particular line had one laser that was not properly functioning,” Valdes wrote. “It is possible that while the product passed the laser the frog was covered behind a piece of spinach not…

Remains of the weekend for 1-2 August 2015

This month marks the end of four years for Doubtful News. So, to launch year five, I’ve decided to include what I would throw into leftover links as short individuals posts instead of doing a long-ish list in Strange Remains. This allows readers to comment on each individual story and makes it easier to search for…

It’s crazy hot in Iran

News snippet: The heat index of Bandar Mahshahr was 165 degrees (74 Celsius) today (factoring in the humidity). This is the second highest level ever seen recorded. The city is located near the warm waters of the gulf which creates oppressive conditions. Read More: Iran city hits suffocating heat index of 165 degrees, near world record – The…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Creepy Chicago cemetery enCLOWNter

Creepy encounter in Chicago is the latest in a series of out of place clown sightings. The cell phone video tells it all: a person dressed in a clown suit, trespassing at historic Rosehill Cemetery in the dead of night. Julia Graham says she was “freaked out” at the figure as it ran toward the…

Evidence of deadly viper loose in Georgia

A dangerous African gaboon viper was reportedly seen loose in a town northeast of Macon, Georgia. Source: Venomous snake possibly sighted in Milledgeville According to Mark McKinnon with the Department of Natural Resources – Law Enforcement Division, a gaboon viper was seen near the intersection of Hairwood Drive and Harrisburg Road. McKinnon said the snake is…

California coyotes getting very bold

A warning has been issued to residents in an Irvine neighborhood where there has been a growing number of coyote attacks on children. Source: Irvine child’s coyote attack 4th in last two months | abc7.com A coyote attacked a 3-year-old girl at Silverado Park near Silverado and Equinox in May. Since then, there have been…

Who’s a VERY NAUGHTY BEAR, then?

Bear attacks are rare and escapes even rarer. But we wonder what was going through the mind of this grizzly. A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley picked up a basketball-sized rock with both front paws Monday morning and repeatedly slammed it into a pane of glass, shattering the barrier as startled patrons…

Crow not hitching a ride, but defending his space

Another wild animal hitchhiker story. This photo is also real but a bit deceptive. AT first sight this crow appears to be having a ride on the back of a passing eagle. Source: This cheeky crow hitched a ride on the back of a passing eagle. Paul Stancliffe of the British Trust for Ornithology said the…

She just wants to know who she is (UPDATE: Solved)

UPDATE: Glad to update this story with news that the mystery woman has been identified and will be going to live with her sister. There was no explanation for how she ended up in this situation but it at least as a satisfactory conclusion. This is a strange story. How did she get here? Lost and…

Weird but real – Ribbon worms

The headlines say it’s awful, but it’s totally fascinating! Check out this green ribbon worm with a long pink mouth appendage. Horrifying footage shows a long, bright green worm-like creature with a pink tongue-like appendage wriggling its way along the ground Mystery worm-like sea creature causes panic in Taiwan – Telegraph The footage was shot in…