Strange News Archive
27 November 2013, 12:41 PM ET
Though nobody was harmed in the fire that burned down a New Orleans 'haunted' mansion, the occurrence shines a light on the dark side of ghost hunting, which seems to be only gaining in popularity.
26 November 2013, 11:19 PM ET
Catapults, centrifugals and trebuchets all used for one purpose - tossing pumpkins. Mythbusters' Kari, Grant and Tory talk to Livescience's @Douglas_Main about the event. Airs on the Science Channel on Thanksgiving at 8pm EST.
26 November 2013, 03:54 PM ET
North Dakota retired engineer George Loegering has found a rare spinning disk of ice in the Sheyenne River, a weather phenomenon experts say likely was caused by cold, dense air, and an eddy in the river. (Nov. 26)
26 November 2013, 11:12 AM ET
A young woman who claimed to have been abducted, assaulted and doused in bleach made the whole thing up, police have determined. It's unclear why people lie about being the victims of crimes, but attention and sympathy seem to motivate the hoaxes.
25 November 2013, 05:15 PM ET
Tapping the top of your friend's beer bottle can cause an eruption of foam — and a break in your friendship. Now, physics explains why this trick is so explosive, and it all comes down to opposing forces causing a chain reaction of bubbles.
25 November 2013, 11:24 AM ET
Mushrooms do more than one might think to disperse their spores, "making wind" to spread their seed by evaporating their water.
25 November 2013, 09:36 AM ET
A café in an insectarium in New Orleans is serving up insect-filled Thanksgiving treats. Visitors can choose from cricket pumpkin pie, mealworm cornbread stuffing or wax worm cranberry sauce.
25 November 2013, 09:24 AM ET
A café in an insectarium in New Orleans is serving up insect-filled Thanksgiving treats. Visitors can choose from cricket pumpkin pie, mealworm cornbread stuffing or wax worm cranberry sauce.
22 November 2013, 01:47 PM ET
From semen-based treats to belly-button cheese, here are seven gross foods that have been made from the human body.
22 November 2013, 12:59 PM ET
The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia is holding a fundraiser to support the conservation of a collection of 139 19th-century skulls used to disprove the pseudoscience of phrenology. For $200, one of these skulls can bear your name.
21 November 2013, 03:34 PM ET
Scientists have made cheeses from bacteria cultured from belly lint, toes, and noses. The cheeses are apparently infused with the bacterial aroma of their original owners.
21 November 2013, 01:29 PM ET
A live Greenland shark washed ashore on the island of Newfoundland this past weekend with a two-foot-long chunk of moose meat stuck in its mouth.
19 November 2013, 02:10 PM ET
Test your visual skills and knowledge base by looking at these odd images that may not be what they seem.
18 November 2013, 09:15 AM ET
The use of illegal drugs for medicinal reasons is a controversial topic, but researchers continue to find promising health benefits in drugs widely used for recreational purposes: LSD, cocaine, ketamine, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms and ecstasy.
18 November 2013, 07:46 AM ET
The larger schnozzle helps men breathe in more oxygen to fuel their muscle-y bodies, say scientists who add the findings could shed light on mysteries of human evolution and why Neanderthals had such big noses.
14 November 2013, 01:24 PM ET
A new in-vitro meat cookbook has recipes for various artificial delicacies, including knitted steak and see-through sushi. Unfortunately, there's no way to make these treats just yet.
12 November 2013, 07:02 PM ET
A simultaneous hermaphrodite, the slug has both male and female reproductive organs that it uses simultaneously during sex. The male organ is a two-pronged penis equipped with spines.
12 November 2013, 03:40 PM ET
Calvin Klein's Obsession for Men is the fragrance of choice for field biologists. Beyond luring romantic partners, the masculine blend also attracts cats and other animals to remote cameras in the jungle.
12 November 2013, 08:21 AM ET
The findings suggest the brain relies on a complex interplay of information from different senses to produce the experience of being inside of a body — even when it's someone else's body.
11 November 2013, 02:44 PM ET
It's all about angle, guys. And while reducing splash-back in a urinal is feasible it could take a sharp shooter to do so in a conventional toilet, researchers say. Take-home: Sit.
08 November 2013, 11:49 AM ET
A man in Atlanta has been diagnosed with a severe case of saxophone lung. Though the name of the condition seems odd, it's quite appropriate, since saxophonists and other wind-instrument players are among those who contract the illness most often.
07 November 2013, 12:52 PM ET
There's no scientific backing for the notion that cheese gives you nightmares, though a Cheese industry group did try to disprove the idea in 2005
07 November 2013, 11:01 AM ET
The investigation, which finally homed in on a tiny killer, was hampered by the state of the elk: Scavengers ate most of the bodies, with maggots and blowflies helping to reduce the elk herd to an eerie scattered sea of skeletons in the desert.
06 November 2013, 03:39 PM ET
Katy Perry's latest album has been declared a potential biohazard by Australian authorities. The deluxe version of the album, named "Prism," may contains seed paper that fans are encouraged to plant to grow non-native flowers.
06 November 2013, 01:08 PM ET
In Shakespeare's "Macbeth," after Lady Macbeth helps to murder King Duncan, she laments that no matter how much she scrubs her hands, they will "ne'er be clean." Today, doctors are faced with a similar problem. Like Lady Macbeth, many patients feel unclea
06 November 2013, 10:01 AM ET
UK-based Lick Me I’m Delicious, has developed the first-ever ice cream with bioluminescence.
05 November 2013, 02:06 PM ET
A massive fireball roared through a Montreal neighborhood, sparking worldwide interest after a dramatic amateur video of the event went viral. But what exactly was it? An arc flash, caused by an arcing fault.
04 November 2013, 02:44 PM ET
A man who was stranded in the wilderness was defended from a bear attack by his dog. But a few days later, the man had to eat his beloved companion to survive.
04 November 2013, 01:31 PM ET
Scientists say they've found evidence that explains how the boy king died, and in the process made a shocking discovery of spontaneous combustion: After King Tut was sealed in his tomb, his mummified body caught fire and burned.
04 November 2013, 11:44 AM ET
About 700 people have visited a hospital in southern Albania since June complaining of various symptoms derived from cultivating and processing cannabis.
02 November 2013, 10:11 AM ET
Daylight saving time might save us money in energy consumption, but not without taking often overlooked tolls on our bodies.
01 November 2013, 07:59 AM ET
Scientists have successfully used lasers to make holes thinner than the width of a human hair in the heads of fruit flies, which lets them see and study what's happening in the flies' brains as the insects smelled different scents.