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7 Odd and Extreme Mineral Formations

The world is made up of wondrous chemicals that sometimes do pretty out-of-the-ordinary things. Here are seven places where minerals, carried by water, by heat, or by the actions of Mother Earth herself, left us with strange and wonderful sights. 1. Pamukkale Terraces, Turkey Looks ice cold, doesn’t it? Actually, the water is quite warm at the [...]

Buy a Diamond, Get a Free Gun

Like grandpa always said, nothing goes together as well as engagement rings and rifles. A jewelry store in Atlanta, Georgia, is offering a sweet package deal if you want both. D. Geller and Son is giving away a free gun to customers who buy a diamond. Owner Mike Geller said he got the idea, after seeing a [...]

Fisherman Reels in Live Grenade

In proper grenade fishing, you’re supposed to throw grenades, not catch them. Tell that to Matt Tucker, who was fishing in a lake near Springfield, Missouri: He noticed an old sock near his lure and pulled the odd bit of trash out of the lake. Inside the sock? A Vietnam-era pineapple hand grenade with the safety pin [...]

15 Suspicious Packages That Were Definitely Not Explosives

Getty Images Reports of suspicious packages are common across the United States. Police take all reports seriously — as they should — and they look into every unmanned briefcase or wayward box. More often than not, abandoned gym bags just wind up being lost gym bags. Here are 15 fairly recent suspicious package reports from alert [...]

10 Places and the Words They Inspired

1. Buncombe County, North Carolina Just before the U.S. House was set to vote on allowing Missouri into the Union in 1820, North Carolina Rep. Felix Walker requested a chance to speak. When his exhausted colleagues tried to cut him off, he told them that his speech wasn’t actually for the House at all, but for [...]

World Record for the Longest Basketball Banked Shot

(Video Link)  David Crawford of Eagleville, Missouri banked a basketball off a gym wall and landed it in a basket 42 feet away. Can you beat him? -via The Presurfer

Bygone Olympic Event: Men’s All-Around Dumbbell

As you watch the glitzy coverage of the London 2012 Olympics, perhaps you pine for simpler times. Like, for instance, the bygone era of the 1904 Olympic Games in St. Louis, Missouri, when the Olympic Games had a [...]

Remembering ‘Momo the Missouri Monster’

40 years ago a small town in Missouri became the center of attention in the hunt for a mysterious beast. The first to witness the creature was 15-year…

The Serial Hugger: Is It a Crime to Trick Strangers into Giving You a Hug?

Dozens of women in Des Peres, Missouri, have complained of being the victim of a serial hugger that the local press is calling "Jack the Gripper." But how did the man con a hug from so many women? Here’s how: According to [...]

5 Pop Culture Apocalypse Scenarios and How They Might Happen

Since the earliest days, humankind has pondered the end of the world. We’ve imagined messianic judgment days, cataclysmic comets, hyperspace bypasses, and Mega Maids. Here are a few apocalyptic scenarios from recent popular culture, how they might happen, and how likely they are to occur. 1. Subterranean Apocalypse Some existential threats are waiting quietly beneath the surface [...]