World’s Strangest

Your source for the strangest things around!


Ben Fry created a database of all the hacks in all the episodes of the TV series MacGyver. Click on a dot and it will display the episode, the plot, and how MacGyver managed to do something miraculous with whatever he had at hand. For example, in episode 27, MacGyver was stranded in the wilderness. [...]

How The Stethoscope Was Invented

The stethoscope was invented by a doctor too embarrassed to place his ear on a woman’s ample bosom. Before the invention of the stethoscope, a physician would listen to a patient’s heart by placing his ear over the chest. In 1816, René Laennec, a physician and devout Catholic, was called to examine a young woman suspected to [...]