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The 6 Most Embarrassing War Stories of All Time

Odd things happen in the confusion of war, or training for war, or even peacetime that resembles war. An example of the latter happened in 2010, when Nicaraguan commander Eden Pastora and his men accidentally invaded Costa Rica, supposedly because of a border error in Google Maps. It’s not clear why he decided to consult an [...]

Glowing South American Roaches

These insects look scary enough in daylight, then they glow in the dark! This remarkable species of South American cockroach, Lucihormetica luckae, owes its fluorescence to bacteria. The spots on the dark brown area of its carapace are pits inhabited by microbes that glow under fluorescent light. A recent analysis of these creatures’ bioluminescence demonstrates that they [...]

5 Newly Discovered Creatures That Will Haunt Your Nightmares

I often wake in a cold sweat, swiping at my arms and inside my ears frantically trying to scatter the insects crawling on my skin. These are my nightmares, invaded by creepy crawlers of all shapes and sizes. Perhaps it’s because my worst nightmares seem to be coming true. Recently in China, a woman found [...]

How Did the Chicken Cross the Ocean?

At some point in the last few thousand years, someone in India or Southeast Asia decided to try catching one of the wild fowl than ran through the jungles and roosted up in the trees. We don’t know exactly what that person was intending, but the bird probably wasn’t destined to be stuffed and roasted or [...]

11 Wonderful Libraries in Africa

We’ve brought you beautiful European, South American, North American and Asian libraries, so now it’s time for the most amazing libraries in Africa. 1. Library of Alexandria The most famous library in Africa is the Library of Alexandria — the modern tribute to the famed library of antiquity. Located on the shore in Alexandria near where the ancient library [...]

Traffic Mimes

Forget traffic cops! The traffic situation in Caracas, Venezuela is so bad that the mayor called in the heavy guns: traffic mimes. You read that right: A sort of silent shame has cropped up in South American cities, [...]

Pig with "human face" born after UFO sighting

Santa Cruz El Chol has been the scene of a mysterious birth following sightings of strange lights. Residents of the South American village are convinc…

The Hoax Archive

Got some time to kill and an internet connection? You’ve got hoaxes! The Hoax Archive (aka Museum of Hoaxes) catalogues historical hoaxes by both date and category. Some favorite categories of mine: Travel and Exploration Hoaxes; Extraterrestrial Life Hoaxes; and April Fool’s Day Hoaxes. Here’s a summary of the Patagonian Giants hoax (categorized as a [...]

Rodent, or NOT a Rodent?

According to Grandpa, any wild mammal that invades your home or garden is a rodent, often lovingly referred to as a “varmint.” This turns out to be not quite so. We know that mice, rats, and hamsters are rodents, but other animals that resemble mice or rats may or may not belong to the order [...]

Duff Beer: Yes, It Does Exist!

If you’re in Mexico, Argentina, Colombia or Chile anytime soon, you can pick up a bottle of Duff, Homer Simpson’s lager of choice. Though the product is probably in violation of licensing agreements–or more specifically, being produced without one–it’s a hot seller in South American markets. Fox has never licensed the beverage in the United States. According [...]