World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!
Ads

The Fork in the Road is Taken

(Image credit: Jim Grant) A six-foot-tall fork appeared in Carlsbad, California, at the intersection of Levante Street and Anillo Way on Tuesday. The unnamed artist is a 62-year-old retired teacher who said he was impressed by the joke in The Muppet Movie in which Kermit and Fozzie encounter a giant silverware fork when they are looking [...]

The Surprising Last Words of 11 Entertainers

What do actors, musicians, and writers say when they die? I consulted the reference Last Words of Notable People by Bill Brahms to collect eleven examples. Read on, and get a hanky ready. 1. Bob Hope (1903-2003) The words: “Surprise me.” The story: “Bob” Hope’s full name was Leslie Townes Hope. As an actor [...]

The Zymoglyphic Museum

This museum in San Mateo, California, is the “world’s only repository for the study and display of Zymoglyphic art, artifacts, and natural history.” It has some very interesting exhibits from history and nature -except there is something unnatural about them. A clue comes from the second definition of the word “zympglyphic”: 2. The collection and arrangement [...]

This Is a Cucumber

Specifically, it’s a Sikkim cucumber. The plant originated in the Himalayas but can now be found in gardens around the world. Marla Aufmuth spotted this one at the National Heirloom Festival in Santa Rosa, California.  Link -via Tasteologie | Photo: Marla Aufmuth

Mirrors on Easels Create the Illusion of Landscape Paintings

While working as the artist in residence at the Joshua Tree National Park in California, Daniel Kukla placed mirrors on easels to showcase nature’s own magnificence. He explains: While hiking and driving, I caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the [...]

The Woman Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

Making it in Hollywood is a tough game. For every success story, there are a thousand failures. A vast majority of hopefuls understand the odds and still choose to go for it. But some have a tougher time dealing with the competition than others. Wikimedia Commons One such hopeful starlet was Millicent Lilian “Peg” Entwistle, who was [...]

The Early History of 5 Spy Agencies

Most intelligence agencies in the U.S. government were formed to solve specific problems, or evolved from preceding organizations. There wasn’t always an FBI, for example. Before its founding, there was the Bureau of Investigation, whose members were drawn from the Secret Service. Most agencies operate in blackout conditions, and it takes a lot of work [...]

Drought’s Effect on Groundwater as Seen From Space

When most people think of drought, they probably think of dead and dry vegetation – you know, things that are above ground. But data from the twin NASA satellites of the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) [...]

Larry, Curly and GMO

Get it? Well, GMO or Genetically Modified Organism – is on the news again, thanks to California’s Proposition 37, which is on the ballot for the November 2012 election. The proposition makes labeling for [...]

Death Valley is hottest place ever recorded

In 1913 a temperature of 56.7 degrees Celsius was recorded in California’s infamous Death Valley. The record had been held by El Azizia in Libya for 9…