Strange News Archive
23 July 2015, 11:41 AM ET
Backwards time travel at faster-than-light speeds would involve the creation of spooky doubles of the time-traveling object, a new hypothesis proposes.
23 July 2015, 08:12 AM ET
A century-long puzzle over how delicate strands of glistening ice burst through rotting tree branches, like heads of hair, is closer to being solved.
22 July 2015, 07:31 AM ET
Puddles make water easier to spot and wipe up, but the traditional laws of physics say water should spread indefinitely. So why doesn't it?
17 July 2015, 07:38 AM ET
The disappearance of the skull of German film director F.W. Murnau is disturbing; and while body snatching is taboo it's far from rare. Motives range from the mercenary to the macabre.
16 July 2015, 04:54 PM ET
Bacon-flavored seaweed is the new kale.
15 July 2015, 09:09 AM ET
If the northern giant mouse lemur were the size of a human, its testes would be as big as grapefruits. To capture these testes measurements, scientists had to be quick on their feet in the forests of Madagascar.
15 July 2015, 06:58 AM ET
The term "somnophilia" came up in response to Bill Cosby's 2006 deposition on allegations of sexual assault. But what does the diagnosis mean?
14 July 2015, 05:54 PM ET
An entirely new particle known as the pentaquark has finally been spotted at the LHC, over 50 years after it was theorized to exist. Physicists still don't know how the constituents that make up this newfound particle are glued together.
13 July 2015, 08:12 PM ET
Tiny nematode worms take the slug poop express when traveling from food source to food source, revealing a previously unknown nematode lifestyle within the guts of slugs.
10 July 2015, 03:04 PM ET
You don't have to be a Kardashian to stand out on the Internet — all you need is at least 20 pairs of bright-yellow legs, a gleaming red head and venomous fangs.
06 July 2015, 05:29 PM ET
If watching giant robots fight to the death sounds like your idea of a good time, then you're in luck.
06 July 2015, 07:12 AM ET
Named after the famous children's book, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is marked by visual disturbances that cause objects too look too big, too small, too close or too far away.
03 July 2015, 09:52 AM ET
Here are five odd facts about Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), including his enthusiasm for word games, microscopes and photography.
02 July 2015, 10:22 AM ET
See the vibrant creatures who dwell on the Arctic Ocean seafloor.
01 July 2015, 04:19 PM ET
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
26 June 2015, 02:33 PM ET
Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine? Well, wonder no more. One of these giant snakes — which kill prey by suffocating it and then consuming it whole — recently dined on a porcupine and didn't live to brag about it.
26 June 2015, 02:29 PM ET
Ever wonder what might happen if a python ate a porcupine?
23 June 2015, 03:37 PM ET
The Jersey Shore is the place to be this summer (if you're a dead sea creature).
23 June 2015, 07:28 AM ET
The New Guinea flatworm, one of the worst invasive species on Earth, has appeared for the first time in the U.S. — in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The worm uses a mouth protruding from its belly to suck soft tissues from snails.
18 June 2015, 05:41 PM ET
A baby dolphin sounds cute, right? What about a baby dolphin torn apart by hungry sharks?
18 June 2015, 07:28 AM ET
Internet cat videos don't just result in major "LOLs," they also deliver significant health benefits, a new study suggests.
15 June 2015, 07:29 PM ET
A trip to the beach turned terrifying for two young people on Sunday (June 14) when each was attacked by a shark while wading in waist-deep water off the coast of Oak Island, North Carolina.
15 June 2015, 01:50 PM ET
An explicit portrait of a god of fertility shows signs of a disease that would have rendered him infertile.
12 June 2015, 07:30 AM ET
Physicists have chilled molecules of sodium potassium to just a smidgen above absolute zero — colder than the afterglow of the Big Bang.
09 June 2015, 07:13 PM ET
Our closest living relatives may have a drinking habit. Scientists spied intoxicated wild chimps soaking up palm wine with leaves and squeezing it into their mouths. It's the first time scientists have confirmed nonhuman primates habitually drink alcohol.
05 June 2015, 03:26 PM ET
A rare striped rabbit, seen only a handful of times, has peeked out of its tropical forest home, and a graduate student got the chance of a lifetime, holding and photographing the little guy.
05 June 2015, 07:37 AM ET
A stroll on the beach turned strange for two co-workers this week when they stumbled upon a giant (and newly deceased) deep-sea creature that had made its way ashore.
04 June 2015, 10:01 AM ET
One woman recently became the heroine of her own modern-day fairy tale after she was bitten by a dragon and lived to tell the tale.
03 June 2015, 02:20 PM ET
The so-called Charlie Charlie Challenge is based on shaky science, but there are some real and powerful forces behind this parlor game, according to one expert.
02 June 2015, 09:28 AM ET
A teenager in Italy recently beat some incredible odds when he survived for 42 minutes underwater, according to news reports.
01 June 2015, 12:09 PM ET
To the surprise of scientists, giant endangered fish with sawlike snouts in Florida are experiencing virgin births, reproducing without sex. This is the first solid evidence of such asexual reproduction in the wild for any animal with a backbone, scientis
29 May 2015, 09:05 AM ET
One woman's snack break turned sour this week when she reached into a bag of grapes and felt the bite of a venomous black widow spider. But black widows aren't as horrifying as you might think.
27 May 2015, 04:46 PM ET
How much would you spend on a few strands of a dead man's hair?
26 May 2015, 06:29 PM ET
A hoverboard rider recently soared into Guinness World Records after completing the furthest-ever flight on one of these futuristic, flying skateboards.
26 May 2015, 01:49 PM ET
The ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a human corpse to gain insight into these ancient preservation techniques.