World’s Strangest

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George Washington Riding a Pterodactyl Printed on a Dictionary Page

There’s a popular historical myth that Washington crossed the Delaware River on boats on his way to attack the Hessians at Trenton on December 26, 1776. Washington’s soldiers crossed using boats; Washington himself flew back and forth across the river, scouting the Pennsylvania side and encouraging his men. Link -via Technabob

Mayan people call for end of doomsday myth

The Guatamalan government has been accused of perpetuating the doomsday myth for financial gain. As the end date of the ancient Mayan calendar approac…

The Craziest Myths the MythBusters Have Tackled, According to the MythBusters

To celebrate the new season of MythBusters (check out the epic sizzle reel here) premiering this Sunday at 8pm ET/PT on the Discovery Channel, we asked hosts Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci to pick the most insane myths they’ve ever tackled in their decade of busting. Here’s what [...]

Perseus with the Head of Ronald McDonald

Italian artist Giuseppe Veneziano updated the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa with this sculpture. It’s a bit harsh. I mean, Ronald McDonald never turned anyone into stone. Artist’s Website (some NSFW images) -via Kurositas | Photo by Flickr user mamasaurus rex used under Creative Commons license

Zeus and Cronus at the Dinner Table

According to Greek myth, Cronus, the leader of the Titans, was destined to be overthrown by one of his own children. He was aware of this prophecy. Consequently, Cronus ate any child that Rhea bore. Zeus, however, survived and fulfilled the prophecy. It’s kind of funny, in a gruesome way, as Graham Annable depicts the [...]

Namazu: Giant Earthquake Catfish

In old Japan, myth has it that earthquakes are caused by a giant catfish (namazu). After the Great Ansei Earthquake of 1855 which hit Edo (now Japan Tokyo), a new type of color woodblock print blaming the fish became popular. Pink Tentacle explains: These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular [...]

Can Alcohol Be Absorbed Through The Feet ?

A Danish urban myth alleges that it is possible to get drunk by submerging one’s feet in alcohol. Three physicians at Hillerød Hospital in Denmark tested this hypothesis on themselves in their office. The primary end point was the concentration of plasma ethanol… measured every 30 minutes for three hours while feet were submerged in a [...]

Nasa debunks 2012 doomsday

A leading Nasa scientist has stated that fears surrounding the concept that the world will end in 2012 are little more than a myth fuelled by inte…