World’s Strangest

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Librarians Found a Gun in a Donated Book

Image: Valparaiso Police Department Hiding a gun inside a hollowed-out book seems like something you’d only find in mystery books or at the movies, so employees at an Indiana public library were surprised to [...]

R.I.P. Muppeteer Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson, one of the original Muppeteers, died last night after a battle with cancer. Nelson was already a professional puppeteer when Jim Henson hired him to fill in while Frank Oz served in the military in the 1960s. Although his Muppet credits are numerous, Nelson was best known as The Count. With the exception of [...]

Permission to Sin: Why The 7 Deadlies Aren’t So Terrible After All

Scientists have found that the seven deadly sins aren’t all bad. Consider this your official permission to give in to temptation. 1. SLOTH Quit beating yourself up about your unused gym membership: It’s only 10 percent your fault! Turns out, laziness is largely genetic. In 2004, Timothy Lightfoot, currently a kinesiologist at Texas A&M University, began publishing [...]

The Valedictorian Lawsuit

Straight A’s and a 4.50 GPA, accepted to Stanford with an engineering internship at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to boot but that’s not enough for some parents. No, they wanted their daughter to get [...]

When Did the FBI Start Using “Wanted” Posters?

On a December night in 1919, a 23-year-old soldier named William N. Bishop managed to slip out of the stockade at Virginia’s Camp A.A. Humphreys and escape into the surrounding woods. Unable to locate Bishop, the army requested the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Division of Investigation, the precursor to the Federal Bureau of [...]

Cello Wars

(YouTube link) Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, The Piano Guys brought us Cello Wars. Steven Sharp Nelson plays several of the various themes from the Star Wars films on two cellos with light sabers. Then Darth Vader and Chewbacca dance. I think you’ll enjoy it. -Thanks, Will Findlay!

NMMU Musical Flash Mob

(YouTube link) The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Choir treated unsuspecting shoppers at Greenacres Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth, South Africa to a concert performance right there in the mall court. The stunt is part of a recruiting drive for NMMU. Link -Thanks, Marilyn!

What Would You Take with You from Your Burning House?

Robert Holden is asking people a simple question: what would you take with you if your house was burning down? The limitations create “a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental.” Pictured above is the selection by photographer Porter Hovey. Why the shuttlecock? Hovey explains that’s is actually a Christmas ornament: A nice reminder of where [...]

Ship Figureheads: Symbols of the Sea

“QUANTUM SHOT” #672Link – article by Simon Rose and Avi Abrams The art of glorious (or frightening) “hood ornaments” for ships The elaborate decorative wooden carvings known as figureheads were found on the prow of ships built between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. Many depicted human females or animals, but other designs could be found as well. [...]

The Inflatable Airplane and 25 Other Bizarre Aircraft That Actually Flew

DVICE has a slideshow of 26 strange aircraft that, although oddly designed, actually flew. Among them is the Inflatoplane developed by Goodyear in 1956. This plane had an inflatable rubber body. It was small and light enough to be moved in a wheelbarrow. The engineers hoped that this plane could be dropped behind enemy lines [...]