The Unbelievable Ridiculousness of the 1904 Olympic Marathon

The 1904 Olympic Marathon had 32 questionable athletes who engaged in ridiculous acts that would've gotten them disqualified today.

You Need to Know about the Loudest Sound Ever

In 1883, a volcano erupted on a small island in Indonesia with such force that it tore the island in two and resulted in the Loudest Sound Ever.

The Aztec Death Whistle and Its Bloodcurdling Scream

The bloodcurdling scream the Aztec death whistle makes explains why the Aztecs may have used it as an intimidation tactic in battle — or in human sacrifice.

La Pascualita: The Mexican Corpse Bride

Legend has it that this mannequin in a bridal shop in Chihuahua, Mexico, is the shop owner's daughter, who died on her wedding day.




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Shanay-timpishka: Peru’s Mysterious Boiling River

A tributary of the Amazon River, the Boiling River is the stuff of legend: the spirit of a giant serpent, Yacumama, is believed to give birth to the river's hot waters.

Are you “Happy as Larry”? Who on Earth was Larry Anyway?

The origins of the idiom "happy as Larry" date back to the 19th century—but whether it's attributed to a New Zealand writer, Australian boxer, or Cornish slang word is anyone's guess.

Black Diamond Apples: The Rare, Tibetan, High Altitude Fruit

Grown in the mountainous region of Nyingchi, Tibet, Black Diamond apples are such a deep purple color that they appear black.

Eshima Ohashi Bridge: World’s Scariest Bridge?

The eerily steep bridge connecting Matsue and Sakaiminato is the largest rigid frame bridge in Japan and the third-largest in the world.

The Bagworm Moth Caterpillar: Master of Architecture and Illusion

The bagworm moth caterpillar is unique among moth species in that it uses bits of twigs, leaves, and bark to create its cocoon, providing vital camouflage.

Queering the Map: Documenting memories, moments and experiences

A collaborative mapping project created by Montreal-based Lucas LaRochelle, Queering the Map started as a class project, which has since grown to a shared community space for all.

Spiders on Drugs: Unravelling Addictive Behaviour

A Swiss scientist in the late 1940s begun testing spiders on drugs to determine how various chemicals affected a spider's ability to spin a web. Now NASA continues the research.

Maria Rasputin: The Fascinating Life of the “Mad Monk’s” Daughter

Born in 1899 to a family of peasants, Maria Rasputin was raised by royal governesses only to end up living a fugitive life after her father was brutally murdered.

Skull Charcoal: Too Macabre or Pure Genius?

Japanese artist Sekisadamu never suspected his idea to create miniature charcoal skulls to sell at the Wonder Festival in Chiba, Japan, would blow up the Internet.

What is Megalophobia?

A fear of large objects such as statues, boats, planes, and elephants, megalophobia is an anxiety disorder that can be treated with counselling and therapy.

Spring heeled Jack: The Leaping Devil Who Spread Hysteria in Victorian Britain

In 19th-century London, a fire-breathing demon known as "spring heeled Jack" reportedly leapt from walls and terrorized citizens—often women walking alone at night.

Depressed? Try Hugging An Emotional Support Alligator

Wally, a five-foot-long alligator, is a registered emotional support alligator who helps Joie Henney of York County, Pennsylvania, deal with his depression.