Category Archives: Strange

Biologist discovers a new species, up his nose

Tony Goldberg, a US professor of pathobiological science, recently returned from an Africa research trip only to discover that a potentially new species of tick had come back with him hidden up his nose. “When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your… Read More »

Your brain is eating itself constantly

A type of brain cell once thought to be little more than the neuron’s supportive sidekick may have a lead role in pruning the electrochemical connections that are crucial to brain development, learning, memory and cognition, a new study suggests. Astrocytes, a type of glial cell, turn out to be veritable Pac-men, steadily gobbling up… Read More »

Video: Fjord of the Rings, A Large Spinning Circle of Ice in Sheyenne River, North Dakota

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6PKVsOZoI4 A rare and mysterious ice circle was discovered by retired engineer George Loegering, who spotted the ‘cool’ phenomena floating in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota this past weekend while vacationing with family. He estimates that the ice ring — rotating in the river “like a record turntable” — measured about 10 feet… Read More »

Pond swallowed by sinkhole fuels legends in Bosnian village

Just outside the village, children fished in a tranquil pond bobbing with green algae and lined with willow trees, as cattle grazed nearby. Now, Rezak Motanic gazes in disbelief down a gigantic crater where the pond used to be. It’s like something from a science fiction movie: a sinkhole swallowed the water, the fish and… Read More »

Mushrooms ‘Make Wind’ to Spread Spores

Many once thought that mushrooms spread by passively dropping their spores, after which the reproductive packets would hopefully get picked up by a gust of wind, and carried thither and yon. But new research shows mushrooms take a more active role in spreading their seed: They “make wind” to carry their spores about, said UCLA… Read More »

Ethical debate on face transplantation has evolved over time

Once viewed as an “outlandish morally objectionable” concept with science-fiction overtones, face transplantation is now accepted as a “feasible and necessary treatment” for severely disfigured patients. The evolving ethical debate over face transplantation is analyzed in a special topic paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery†, the official medical journal of the… Read More »

Trending: Batman bin Suparman jailed in Singapore

A man with the eye-catching name Batman bin Suparman has been jailed on theft and drugs charges. Well before this case, his double-barrelled superhero name had given him something of cult following on social media. The jokes on social media are aplenty following the news that a 23-year-old man, Batman bin Suparman, has been given… Read More »

Mount Etna: volcano blows rings

These incredible pictures taken over Mount Etna show an unusual sequence of what appear to be smoke rings. Also known as vortex rings, they are actually an emission of steam and gas   via Mount Etna: volcano blows rings – in pictures | World news | theguardian.com.

Bear In A Lamborghini Shuts Down LA Traffic

A man driving around with a pet bear in his Lamborghini shut down traffic on an LA street yesterday because he was driving around with a bear, a real bear, in his Lamborghini…. You can see another picture of the bear in the car right here. Surprisingly, a man claiming to be the owner of… Read More »

Man amazes crowds by calling crow conferences

A young man with a microphone stepped onto a small stage and cawed like a crow. Minutes later, hundreds of noisy birds circled above him, perched on trees and sat on roof tops, astounding the crowd at a show called the “crow conference”. Gautam Sapkota, fondly known in Nepal as “charidada” or “bird brother”, then… Read More »

Man ranting about Zombies shot dead for invading a home, making threats

A California man shot dead after breaking into a young family’s suburban home over the weekend had ranted about zombies hours before he showed up screaming threats in their backyard and smashed into their house, authorities said on Monday. The Orange County Sheriff’s department said that 22-year-old was killed in the affluent community of Yorba… Read More »

IBM unveils computer powered by electronic blood

IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new brain-inspired computer powered by what it calls “electronic blood”. The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fuelled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds. The human brain packs phenomenal computing power into a tiny space and uses only 20 watts of energy… Read More »

Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood?

It’s not a trick of the imagination or a penchant for food coloring –Prasinohaema skinks living on the island of New Guinea actually have green blood, bones, and tissue – and one scientist is trying to figure out why. Louisiana State University biologist and National Geographic explorer Christopher Austin first became interested in these odd… Read More »

Pa. haunted house drops nude option

Visitors to a Pennsylvania “Naked and Scared” haunted house may still be spooked, but they certain won’t be nude. Shocktoberfest has pulled the plug on the au naturel aspect of its haunted house amid opposition from officials. The heavily-publicized “Naked and Scared Challenge” at the seasonal “Scream Park” in Sinking Spring, Pa., was to allow… Read More »

Half of British pilots admit to falling asleep in cockpit – survey

More than half of British airline pilots say they have fallen asleep in the cockpit, a survey said, ahead of an EU vote on flying hours which a pilots’ association said could compromise flight safety. … According to the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), 56 percent of 500 commercial pilots admitted to being asleep while… Read More »

Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter

Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, a group led by Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin and MIT Professor of Physics Vladan Vuletic have managed… Read More »

Chinese man has new nose grown on forehead

A Chinese man has had a new nose grown on his FOREHEAD. The man, who has only been named as Xiaolian, had the treatment to create a replacement for his original nose which was infected and deformed. The procedure was carried out at a hospital in Fuzhou, Fujian province. The 22-year-old damaged his nose in… Read More »

Transparent Squishy Speaker Invention

This is not your typical loudspeaker. Researchers have unveiled a see-through speaker that conducts electricity, is elastic like skin and vibrates like Jell-O. The new device may one day show up in sound systems: Its designers imagine draping it like a transparent skin on the screen of an iPod to eliminate the need for speakers.… Read More »

Wild pigs menace suburban Atlanta

Wild pigs have descended on a suburban Atlanta neighborhood where they are scaring children, making a general nuisance of themselves, and acting as they if they own the place. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough They were here first so they do they not rightly own the place? People should just let them into their homes to… Read More »

New York town finds 850 snakes in man’s home

Authorities in the New York town of Shirley found 850 snakes, including two illegal 6-foot-long (2-meter) Burmese pythons, in the home and garage of an animal control officer suspected of dealing in the reptiles, local media reported. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough That’s too many snakes in one place.

‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover

Is that a rat on Mars? A photo from the mast camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals the dusty orange, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet — and what starry-eyed enthusiasts claim is a dusty orange rodent hiding among the stones. The photo, taken Sept. 28, 2012, depicts the “Rocknest” site, where NASA’s rover took… Read More »

Selfless act paying off for Boston homeless man

More than $68,000 in donations have poured in from people around the country for a Boston homeless man who turned over to police a backpack stuffed with cash that he had found outside a shopping mall. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough The real reward of doing the right thing is knowing you did the right thing.

Mothman on Mercury?

This elevated rise on Mercury resembles a vaguely humanoid shape You’ve all heard of the “face on Mars” and the “man in the Moon” – well I guess this would be the “man on Mercury!” And I feel like I’ve seen him somewhere before… “Oh, they’ve encased him in carbonite. He should be quite well… Read More »

Woman Wins Battle Over 35 Letter Surname

A woman in Hawaii with a 35-letter surname has persuaded the island’s authorities to change their ID card and driving licence formats because her long name will not fit. Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said she would never consider using a shortened version, and so used the media to urge officials to take action. For years she… Read More »

Rare, menacing roll cloud moves across northern Virginia

On the leading edge of a cold front gliding through the D.C. metro region this morning, a scary-looking tube-shaped cloud stretched across the skies in northern Virginia. It ended up signaling mostly benign weather, in the form of some showers that followed its passage. This cloud type is known as a roll cloud or arcus… Read More »

Friday the 13th: Would you board flight 666 to HEL? Now you can’t.

HELSINKI For superstitious travelers, boarding flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th might have been tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — didn’t seem too bothered. Friday’s flight was almost full. “It has been quite a joke among the pilots” said veteran Finnair… Read More »

Study Reports on Link Between Testicle Size and Parenting

The research involved 70 US men of varying ethnicities – most were Caucasian, five were Asian and 15 were African-American. All were the fathers of children aged one to two.The larger the volume of their testes, the less the men were involved in daily parenting activities like changing diapers, said the study by researchers at… Read More »

107-year-old man shot and killed by Arkansas police

  An elderly Arkansas man allegedly shot at a SWAT team responding to a call about a disturbance, and was killed in the confrontation. TODAY’s Thomas Roberts reports. A 107-year-old Arkansas man was shot and killed by SWAT officers after allegedly provoking a shootout on Saturday night, according to police. The Pine Bluff Police Department… Read More »

Passerby captures lion roaming streets of Kuwait

A passerby lured a runaway lion roaming an upmarket suburb of Kuwait into his car and then called the police for help, an incident that raised concerns about wild animals kept as pets in the wealthy Gulf Arab state. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough

Video: Foldable Car, “Armadillo-T”

It does fold up a bit, but I’m not sure it folds up enough to make it worth all the effort… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qecily3WDw4   Foldable Micro All-Electric Car, “Armadillo-T” – YouTube.

Florida family finds $300,000 worth of sunken treasure

A Florida family who spends their time together hunting for treasure struck it rich over the weekend, hauling up an estimated $300,000 worth of gold from an historic wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Quite a find and it sounds like a great family pasttime.

London driver says skyscraper “melted” his car

A cluster of new skyscrapers transforming the London skyline are often blamed for spoiling the view. Now one has been accused of “melting” a car. A motorist said intense sunlight reflected from the “Walkie Talkie” – one of several flashy towers under construction in The City, London’s historic financial district – warped his Jaguar which… Read More »

Ten-year-old boy wins Alaska’s contest for giant cabbages

A 10-year-old boy has won Alaska’s annual giant cabbage contest, submitting a 92.3-pound (41.9 kg) specimen named “Bob” to officials at the state fair. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Keevan Dinkel of Wasilla, Alaska, produced this year’s winning entry, which was carried in by several Boy Scouts, in the Alaska State Fair’s Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off on… Read More »

1,345 pound man extracted from house on order of Saudi king

Khalid Mohsen Shaeri is removed from his Jazan apartment with a forklift. A Saudi Arabia man who may be the heaviest person in the world is now getting proper medical treatment — thanks to his king. Khalid Mohsen Shaeri, who weighs 1,345 pounds, was extracted from his Jazan home and airlifted to a medical facility… Read More »