Strange News Archive
26 December 2013, 09:42 AM ET
Not all science findings blow our socks off, even if they have to do with important topics. Here's a list of the research that definitely did not surprise us in 2013.
23 December 2013, 02:30 PM ET
Christmas, in the religious sense at least, centers on one basic tenet of Christian belief: that Jesus was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born to a virgin mother. But stories of miraculous conception aren't unique to Christianity.
20 December 2013, 12:10 PM ET
From turtles that pee from their mouths to bone-dissolving zombie worms, the animal kingdom can be downright disturbing
19 December 2013, 02:59 PM ET
From pandemic fungus to robot insurrection, here are 9 apocalyptic visions that scientists foresee.
18 December 2013, 03:59 PM ET
Remember the environment even in your most intimate moments with free endangered species condoms, handed out by the Center for Biological Diversity to raise awareness of population growth.
17 December 2013, 07:23 PM ET
At this time of year, Christians celebrate the birth of a human baby to a virgin mother, an impossible event without artificial reproduction. However, in the modern day, too, a number of women report having given birth as virgins, researchers have found.
16 December 2013, 11:27 AM ET
While the Coca-Cola Company officially denies the presence of cocaine in any of its products — past or present — historical evidence suggests that the original Coca-Cola did, in fact, contain cocaine.
13 December 2013, 12:52 PM ET
Bahrain is hardly alone in its embrace of, or perhaps belief in, witches and black magic, as places such as Saudi Arabia, Africa and Papua New Guinea have long tossed accusations of dark arts' practices at purported sorcerers.
10 December 2013, 11:15 AM ET
After authorizing officials to shoot snowy owls, New York's Port Authority said that it would instead trap and move birds found in area airports.
06 December 2013, 04:20 PM ET
A mysterious glowing sea-beast — the video of which is now making its way across the Internet — brought considerable delight and wonder to the people who witnessed it moving through the harbor in Bristol, England.
05 December 2013, 02:32 PM ET
Severe hypothermia can cause people to lose consciousness, and may result in death. But before losing consciousness, people suffering from hypothermia have been known to exhibit some bizarre behaviors that may be a last-ditch effort to survive.
04 December 2013, 04:43 PM ET
This holiday season, get the science nerd in your life something to match their passion, from a gorgeous mineral calendar to space-inspired jewelry to a spice rack straight out of Biology 101.
04 December 2013, 02:46 PM ET
In one of the most shocking tales of survival-at-sea ever told, a man lived for almost three days inside a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean.
03 December 2013, 02:20 PM ET
The Merriam-Webster dictionary noted an increased interest in the word "science" this year and crowned the word as its 2013 Word of the Year.
03 December 2013, 08:25 AM ET
Now two independent groups of researchers suggest quantum entanglement may indeed be linked to wormholes. If this connection is true, it could help bridge quantum mechanics with general relativity, potentially helping better understand both.
02 December 2013, 10:55 AM ET
A wispy remnant of the comet survived its whip around the Sun, but is quickly starting to fade from sight. Imagery from NASA/ESA SOHO probe (Nov 30th - Dec 1st) and NASA's STEREO spacecraft (Nov 28th and 29th) are time-lapsed.
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.