Weird news stories

Naked Mole Rats Defy Mortality Mathematics
30th January 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Animal Life, Weird

When the world is an ashen wasteland, there’s a good chance naked mole rats will still be around to keep the cockroaches company.

This Is What The Entire Known Universe Looks Like in a Single Image
17th January 2018 | sciencealert.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Created by musician and artist Pablo Carlos Budassi, the image is based on logarithmic maps of the Universe put together by Princeton University researchers and images produced by NASA.

Blood, Milk, and Fat: Your Handy Beauty Guide from the Ancient World
24th December 2017 | thedailybeast.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Cleopatra washed in the milk of 700 donkeys, Romans used the dirty oil from men’s bodies collected at baths for women’s conditioner, and urine in Rome was used to whiten teeth.

Ancient Poop Contains First Evidence of Parasites Described by Hippocrates
15th December 2017 mentalfloss.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech, Weird

The long-held mystery of Hippocrates and the parasitic worms has finally been solved, and it’s all thanks to a few samples of ancient poop.

Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Sir David Attenborough picked out in new star constellations
13th December 2017 | telegraph.co.uk | Humans, Space, Weird

Astronomy experts have picked out a new set of constellations representing stars of sport, literature and science to encourage more youngsters to look up at the night sky.

Dracula ticks in amber tell ancient blood-sucking tale
13th December 2017 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Weird

Parasites similar to modern ticks have been found inside pieces of amber from Myanmar dating back 99 million years. One is entangled with a dinosaur feather, another is swollen with blood, and two were in a dinosaur nest.

Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?
7th December 2017 popular-archaeology.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

New Oxford University research has revealed that bones long venerated as relics of the saint, do in fact date from the right historical period.

Scallops have 200 eyes, which function like a telescope: study
1st December 2017 phys.org | Animal Life, Weird

Scallops may look like simple creatures, but the seafood delicacy has 200 eyes that function remarkably like a telescope, using living mirrors to focus light, researchers said Thursday.

We just sent a message to try to talk to aliens on another world
17th November 2017 | newscientist.com | Space, Tech, Weird

Astronomers have sent a radio message to a neighbouring star system – one of the closest known to contain a potentially habitable planet – and it’s nearby enough that we could receive a reply in less than 25 years.

Scientists Have Engineered Beetles With a Fully Functional Third Eye
14th November 2017 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Humans, Tech, Weird

Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its forehead.

The Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream Is Going Viral on Amazon
9th November 2017 | allure.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

It’s chock full of nourishing ingredients — olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly, and bee propolis — which, according to Egyptian Magic, may actually be a replica for a legendary skin cream found in ancient Egyptian tombs.

Why Are We So Superstitious?
1st November 2017 | mnn.com | Humans, Weird

Interesting article from Mother Nature Network conveys reasons why humans are so superstitious:  Superstitions helped us survive, they help us cope, and they give us something to believe in.

Merovingian Necropolis with Warriors, Horses, and Possible Witch Burial Unearthed in Germany
31st October 2017 archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Fifteen graves dating from the Merovingian era, which lasted from the 5th century to AD 751, have been discovered in a hamlet of Zeitz, Germany.  Among the most surprising remains are those of a young woman aged between 16 and 18 buried face down with her hands tied and an iron bar piercing her chest. She may have been buried in this way so that her soul would not abandon the tomb, or if she had special perhaps inexplicable abilities and was simply regarded as a witch.

The Long Strange History of Flying Saucer Patents
31st October 2017 | atlasobscura.com | Tech, Weird

According to Google Patents, around 192 flying saucer patents are listed as being produced in the US, with three particular surges in their creation—an initial jump in the years between 1953 and 1956, a second wind between 1965 and 1971, and an unusually dramatic surge in such inventions between the years 2001 and 2004, with 37 flying saucer-related patents filed during that particular period.

Sasquatch Researcher Sues Canadian Government to Prove Apeman Exists
30th October 2017 | cbc.ca | Weird

Todd Standing filed a civil lawsuit in British Columbia Supreme Court earlier this month, alleging the government is in dereliction of duty because it won’t recognize his efforts and evidence which he says prove the Sasquatch exists.  He argues that the Sasquatch has a right to be recognized as a distinct and protected species.

Lucy in the Sky with Doctors
30th October 2017 | bostonglobe.com | Humans, Weird

Marijuana went medical, then mainstream. Are psychedelics next?  Article from the Boston Globe a details story about a young Harvard undergraduate who was blackmailed into snitching on a professor who had given him psilocybin as part of a series of wildly unorthodox experiments.

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