World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!

Archive for February, 2013

10 "How It’s Made" Clips From Mister Rogers

Mister Rogers passed away 10 years ago today. He may be gone but he’s certainly not forgotten, especially in our house where my four-year-old daughter and I watch a clip each night. To honor the memory of everyone’s favorite neighbor, here are 10 clips from those “how it’s made” tours that were always my favorite.

The Late Movies: All That Jazz

On this day in 1917, the Original Dixieland Jazz Band recorded the first jazz record. The album was done for the Victor Talking Machine Company, based in New York. One of the band’s most famous—and most covered—songs is “Tiger Rag.” Here, check out six cool versions of the popular tune. Louis Armstrong Louis played the tune with [...]

6 Words English Got From Hindi

During the British Raj, or dominion over India (1757-1947), English gained a number of words from Hindi and other Indian languages. Linguists refer to this as “borrowing,” but we’re not likely to return any of this linguistic wealth.

Music History #19: "Ruby’s Shoes"

When singer-songwriter Lori McKenna’s son was in second grade, he did a book report on Ruby Bridges, the African-American elementary school student who famously crossed the desegregation lines in 1960. To help her son, McKenna came up with a song about Ruby.

The Missing Links: The Story of Sriracha

The Story of the Sriracha With the Rooster You may not know the Huy Fong Foods Sriracha by name. But I’m willing to bet you know the bottle with the rooster and the green cap. If you don’t, you need to. Here are 25 great ways you can use the stuff. * This Goes Beyond “Someone Is Cutting [...]

Sailor Chic: How Peacoats Came to Be

These days, you don’t have to be in the Navy to look like you belong on the open sea. Anyone who lives in, has visited, or even seen pictures of other people who live in a colder climate can attest to the ubiquity of the double-breasted, structured-shoulder staple of winter wear that is the classic [...]

How NYC’s Street Signs are Made

In Maspeth, Queens, a crew of 22 people makes 9,000 to 12,000 street signs each month in order to keep New York City streets properly marked. So how exactly do you make ten thousand signs with such a small crew? Plastics. Silk-screens, computer-assisted routers, and a lot of hand work go into [...]

9 Delightful Garden Cakes

This is a difficult time of year for avid gardeners. March is so close you can see it on the calendar, and some plants are beginning to sprout, but you know it will be some time before you can really get outside and run your hands through the topsoil. To get you through these last [...]

13 Really Creepy Movie Locations

Some movie-makers make the extra effort to find a spooky location to go with a nightmarish tale. Although not all of these places are haunted, they look like they could be!