World’s Strangest

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Horseshoe Knife

I’ve just discovered that there’s a crafting tradition of forging horseshoes into knives. This knife by Reed’s Blacksmith Shop in Arizona is a good example. The blade is four inches long and the knife comes with a fitted sheath. Link | Crafter’s Website

Severed Right Hands Excavated in Egypt

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs revealed the tradition of soldiers presenting severed right hands of the enemy in exchange for gold, and now, archaeologists excavating a palace in the ancient city of Avaris have confirmed the myth [...]

“Godverdikke! Ken a kapmes in me kop!”

Long, long ago–almost before humans had devised writing–there was a tradition among the people of Usenet of translating the phrase “My God, there’s an axe in my head!” into different languages. The title of this post is just that in the Ostend dialect of Flemish. At the link, you can find one of the oldest and [...]

Ducks Step in To Ring Bell

For 800 years, it has been tradition that the swans in the moat at the Bishop’s Palace in Somerset, England ring a bell to be fed. Tourists come to see the swans in action, and new swans are trained occasionally to carry on the tradition. However, the newest pair of swans are shy and have [...]

Barbie throughout Art History

In the Western tradition, it has always been about Barbie. Venus? Actually Barbie. Mona Lisa? It was Barbie. The model for the Statue of Liberty? Barbie. So French artist Jocelyne Grivaud created many Barbie images as great artists should have composed them. Content warning: nudes. Link (Google Translate) -via Flavorwire

Hubcap Christmas Tree

Hubcap trees are, of course, a pre-Christian pagan tradition from Europe. But they remain popular symbols of Christmas to this day. Champion Auto Sales in Arundel, Maine participated in the ancient tradition by erecting this one. Link -via Dude Craft | Photo: Champion Auto Sales

The Beer That Tastes Like Breakfast

Continuing the tradition of making every food product ever taste like bacon, Rogue has released a beer that’s sure to be Homer Simpson approved. Called the Voodoo Doughnut, this ale is bacon maple flavored, and comes in a horrifyingly pink bottle. Getting drunk first thing in the morning never tasted so good! Link

Help Us Pick Our Classes

It’s an annual tradition. Well, it’s an annual tradition if you don’t count 2006, 2008 or 2010—but it should be an annual tradition. Every (other) year, we flip through course catalogs and round up the weirdest, most fascinating classes offered at colleges around the country, then Stacy Conradt writes up the best of the bunch. [...]

The Straw Hat Riot

The Straw Hat Riot of 1922 is an example of what can happen when folks take fashion too seriously. Unbelievable as it sounds, a gang of young hoodlums in New York City decided to enforce an unwritten rule that straw hats were not to be worn after September 15. Beginning a little early on September [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Strange College Traditions

Most colleges have a campus-specific tradition or two that you simply must participate in before you graduate. Here are a few of them – be sure to leave a comment and tell us what your college or alma mater does! 1. Naked Quad Run – Tufts University, Medford, MA. I don’t need a special day to [...]