World’s Strangest

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Could This Inflatable Plug Have Prevented New York City’s Subways From Flooding?

The design of this inflatable object was commissioned by the US Department of Homeland Security to be used in response to terrorist attacks against subways. But perhaps it could also be used to prevent future subway floods like those that happened recently in New York City: The plugs can be inflated in about three minutes. But [...]

6 Remarkable Police Animals

We’ve seen bookstore cats, animals trained to sniff out bombs and heroic dogs, but now we’re here to focus on animals who have served, or are currently serving, their local police departments. 1. Momo, Nara Police Department, Japan We’re used to seeing large police dogs because, let’s face it, a lap dog can’t take down a [...]

The US Government Still Pays 2 Civil War Pensions

The American Civil War ended in 1865, but as of last September, the Department of Veterans Affairs still pays out 2 pensions from that conflict. Privacy rules prevent the release of the names or reasons for the pensions, but it’s likely that the recipients are the disabled elderly children of veterans: Department of Veteran Affairs spokesman [...]

Movie Consulting from the Department of Defense

Organizations like the CIA and Department of Defense have been assisting with blockbusters like Transformers for years. However, there have been complaints from insiders over potential security privacy leaks, raised during talks over an untitled film about the killing of bin Laden. Whether they have reason to be concerned or not, spokespeople insist there is [...]

Rogue Panda Fears Calmed

Someone got hold of an Arizona Department of Transportation electronic sign on Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff this week, and changed the message about left turns to “Rogue Panda on Rampage.” Authorities said there is no cause for concern. “We want to assure all citizens of Flagstaff that there is no problem with rogue pandas,” said Lt. [...]

5 Questions: Department Store – Toys

This week, the multiple-choice 5 Questions quiz does some shopping at the department store, with related terms appearing in the questions. Fourth floor: Toy Department

Australian X-Files have gone missing

Department of Defence documents detailing UFO reports in Australia have allegedly gone missing. Last year the British government released over 4,000 p…

Lightsabers Are Real And Other Science Fiction Brits Believed as Science Facts

From the it-must-be-real-cuz-I-saw-it-in-the-movies department, here’s the shocking (or not so shocking, depending on your level of faith in humanity) results from a recent survey of British adults, as conducted by Birmingham Science City: 1. Over a fifth of adults incorrectly believe light sabres exist.2. Nearly a quarter (24%) of people are wrong in their belief that humans [...]

Thousands of Birds and Fish Drop Dead in Arkansas on New Year

New York City may have had the glitziest ball drop to ring in the New Year, but Beebe, Arkansas, took the cake in the weird department: shortly before midnight, thousands of blackbirds began dropping dead out of the sky! Around 11 that night, thousands of red-winged blackbirds began falling out of the sky over this small [...]

Neanderthals Cooked Their Vegetables

Research by the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian natural history museum shows us that Neanderthals were not all that different from modern humans in their eating habits. They ate grains and vegetables as well as meat, and they cooked their dinners, too! Researchers found grains from numerous plants, including a type of wild grass, as [...]