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Reconstructing the Stasi Files

When the Berlin Wall came down, the East German secret police, known as Stasi, knew their days were numbered, so they began to shred their extensive files. And when the shredders broke down, they tore documents into pieces. What they left behind is the biggest jigsaw puzzle ever. Twenty years later, little progress had been [...]

Divorce Hotel

Divorce Hotel is not a particular place, but a service available to splitting couples in the Netherlands, in which they can go to a hotel for three days to work out an agreement. It’s the brainchild of Jim Halfens, who is not a lawyer. Couples thinking about going through the Divorce Hotel process have to start [...]

Runaway Floating Island

An inflated sculpture named “Is Land” was deployed at the Secret Garden Party music festival in Cambridgeshire, England. The £9,000 helium-filled sculpture is seven meters wide and looks like a chunk of land with grass and trees on top. The island drifted off after someone cut the ropes tethering the balloon on July 24th and [...]

Creepy Mouthbot Learns to Sing

(YouTube link) We brought you a video of this robot mouth a year ago, but that video was taken down. The rubber robotic mouth was developed by Professor Hideyuki Sawada at Kagawa University in Japan to help hearing-impaired people with their speech. It was creepy enough back then, but now the mouth has learned to sing! [...]

Giants on Earth

Do legends and traditions of storybook giants have some basis in fact? Fossils of Gigantopithecus suggest the species reached almost ten feet tall and lived up to 300,000 years ago. Fortean Times looks at the possibility that the primate wasn’t an ape, but something a bit closer to human, and might not even be extinct. There [...]

Annual Frozen Dead Guy Days Festival for Sale

The Nederland, Colorado, Chamber of Commerce has been staging the Frozen Dead Guy Days annually for ten years. The name comes from the corpse of Bredo Morstoel, who died in 1989 and has been stored in dry ice in the area since 1993. The festival, which attracted 15,000 people this year, includes a coffin race, [...]

2,400-year-old Soup

You’d think soup would completely dry up after a couple of thousand years, but a pot of still-liquid soup was found by a team of archaeologists in China. It was sealed inside a bronze cooking pot at a dig near Xian. The soup and bones were discovered in a small, sealed bronze vessel in a tomb [...]

Missing Unicorn

New York City artist Camomile Hixon added some interest to the many missing pet posters she saw by hanging one requesting help with a missing unicorn. Actually, friends helped her post 2,000 of the missing unicorn posters. “I was travelling back and forth in the subways, and I just noticed the dejection. I’m a pop artist, [...]

Toddler Falls Six Floors Unhurt

An 18-month-old girl in Paris fell out of a sixth-story apartment window Monday afternoon. She bounced off a canopy over a ground-floor cafe and into the arms of a doctor who was passing by! The man who caught the girl was walking by with his wife and son when the boy spotted the girl falling. Another witness [...]