Fifty-two cows were killed after lightning hit a wire fence they were grazing next to. The bizarre event occurred in Valdez Chico, Uruguay.  

A spark of lightning can reach over five miles in length, soar to temperatures of approximately 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit, and contain 100 million electrical volts.

Weather officials estimate the United States alone receives up to 20 million lightning strikes per year from as many as 100,000 thunderstorms. 

Source: The Daily Telegraph (10/24/2008)





The fire image on the right was taken at a ceremony in Poland held to mark the second anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death.  The photographer noticed the resemblance of the leaping flames to the waving pontiff as he reviewed his photos at home.  

Source and Photo: The Daily Telegraph (10/20/2007)



A teenager from Boise, Idaho was shot in the mouth during a house party. The bullet was lodged so close to his spine that physicians were afraid to remove it and opted instead to let the bullet remain.

Several weeks later the victim felt a sharp pain and coughed so hard that the bullet flew out.

 Source: Fox News (10/12/2007)



Six people were killed by manure on a diary farm in Richmond, Virginia on Monday 7/2/2007. The tragedy began when the farm owner tried to transfer manure from a small pit to a larger one. When a pipe became clogged he climbed into the pit to fix the blockage but was overcome by deadly methane gas emanating from the liquefied manure. A farm worker entered the pit in an attempt to rescue the farm owner but he too succumbed to the deadly gas.

When the men did not come out, the farm owner’s wife and daughters apparently made their way in, all succumbing to the deadly gas.

 Source: Associated Press (7/4/2007)




Crowds were flocking to Indian temples to see a Muslim baby with a 'tail' who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Hindu god. The 11-month-old boy has been named Balaji or Bajrangbali, another name for monkey-faced Lord Hanuman.Iqbal Qureshi, the child's grandfather, took Balaji from temple to temple where people offer money to see the boy.

Source and Photo: Ananova (1/13/2002)




Reports from a drought-stricken village in north-eastern Kenya say that 10 people were hurt when monkeys attacked them for their drinking water.

The Kenyan newspaper, the Daily Nation, says the trouble started in Takaba - a trading center in Mandera District - shortly after villagers began drawing water from three tankers.

A troop of obviously thirsty monkeys approached the villagers and began biting and clawing at them and throwing stones.

The villagers fled, leaving the monkeys free to drink as much water as they wanted.

But the villagers returned later, armed with axes and knives and drove them back, killing eight of the monkeys. The incident lasted about  two hours.

Source: BBC News (3/21/2000)



Monkeys are being blamed for the death of a herder in north-east Kenya who died from severe head injuries "inflicted by flying missiles".

The unusual attack is reported to have taken place because a group of herders and their animals were monopolizing a watering hole preventing a troop of monkeys from getting near enough to have a drink.

East African Standard said the incident occurred on a mountain in northern Wajir District.

Mohammed Abdi Gosho, a nurse at trading center just a half-mile away, told the newspaper that the man died from "severe head injuries".

Source: BBC News (2/24/2000)



Sex triggered a life-threatening stroke in a healthy 35-year-old Illinois woman.

Sex- and orgasm-triggered strokes in relatively young women and men are rare, but not unheard of. They require a combination of factors and events not unusual in themselves, but which are highly unlikely to occur simultaneously.

The 35-year-old woman's symptoms were typical of this unusual kind of "cryptogenic" stroke, said Jose Biller, MD, professor and chair of the neurology department at Loyola University, Chicago.

After doctors implemented emergency procedures her condition stabilized and she made a full recovery.

Source: CBS News & WEB MD (9/16/2008)





    Photo: Debbie Martyr FFI – KSNP

This unusual photograph was taken in Sumatra. The animal is a muntjac deer last seen in 1930.

The photographer has been in Sumatra for over two decades, as part of a team working for Fauna & Flora International and the Kerinci-Seblat National Park Tiger Protection, which found the muntjac and rescued it from a hunter’s snare on an anti-poaching patrol.

Source: Cryptomundo (10/8/2008)




If you want to stump your friends ask them, what creature in the Suwanee River has severed fingers, broken a person’s leg, and inflicted skull fractures.

During a two year period officials documented 12 human – sturgeon collisions on the otherwise placid river. One victim was sitting in a boat when a giant sturgeon leaped from the water into the boat and smashed her legs. Another was jet skiing when she collided with a leaping sturgeon. The giant fish are equipped with sharp armor that readily inflicts deep cuts. 

Source and Photo: The Daily Telegraph (5/07/2008)



Lee Redmond, who has not cut her nails for over twenty years, has grown and carefully preserved them to reach a total length of 28 ft 4.5 inches when they were measured on the set of Lo show dei record in Madrid, Spain, on February 23, 2008.


The longest nail emanates from the right thumb for a distance of almost 3 feet – 2 feet and 11 inches to be exact.


Source and Photo: Ananova


Man Pulls Plane With Eyelids

   Photo Source: Ananova





A chainsaw was used to successfully rescue this hopelessly stuck horse in Pullman, W.V.

Source and Photo: The Telegraph (10/20/2008)




    Photo: City Electric Inc.

This moose apparently got its antlers tangled in electrical wire before workers several miles down the line pulled the line tight with a winch. The moose was suspended 50 feet in the air when workers, recognized something was wrong, backtracked and found it.

The moose was alive when it was lowered to the ground but was later killed when officials from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game decided against tranquilizing it to remove the wires because they were worried the moose, already stressed, would die.

The unusual incident happened about 80 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

Source: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (10/17/2004)





          Photo: Getty AFP

The Burmese python, one of the world’s largest snakes, is endemic in parts of southern Florida after some were imported as pets and later released into the wild, where they have bred. Even a small python can produce as many as 80 eggs a year.

There are estimated to be thousands in the Everglades alone. In America they have no predators and are flourishing.

Frank Mazzotti, a professor at the University of Florida who has studied the creatures since 2005, has now warned of “dire consequences” to local wildlife if they are allowed to proliferate.

He said they are likely to colonize anywhere that alligators live, including neighboring Georgia and Louisiana, and could spread further.

Growing up to 23ft long and weighing 200 pounds, they are proving to be a menace. Even the Florida panther may be threatened.

The pythons are also excellent swimmers; they can cover 40 miles in just a few hours. The US Geological Survey warns that pythons could live in the entire southern third of the country.

 Source: The Daily Telegraph (5/16/2008)




Photo: Carlos Camara and Juan Escobar

Through an exotic process called triboluminescence even scotch tape can emit X-rays. Fortunately the strange effect only happens when the tape is quickly peeled off in a vacuum.

Triboluminescence can occur when solid crystals are scratched or crushed. As early as 1605 Francis Bacon noticed that scratching a lump of sugar caused it to give off light.

Some people have observed triboluminescence in the dark using wintergreen-flavored Lifesavers candy. The idea is to break the hard, donut-shaped candy in the dark while peering into a mirror. Sometimes blue sparks are observed.                     


 Sticky tape generates X-rays. Nature 455:1089 (2008)

 Excitation of triboluminescence by deformation of single crystalPhysica Status Solidi 1:775 (1970)   




The giant spider is a golden orb. It is found in Australia and usually dines on large insects. This unusual photograph was taken in a backyard near Cairns, Australia.

 Source and Photo: news.com.au (10/24/2008)




A Chinese man blows air from his eyes to inflate balloon.

Source: Ananova (11/24/2008)





 Photo: Taiwan Apple Daily via Reuters

Passers-by and cars were soaked in blood and entrails in the Taiwanese city of Tainan after a dead sperm whale exploded while being delivered aboard a trailer truck to a research center for post-mortem examination.

The whale had died earlier on a beach and had been collected so its remains could be used for educational purposes. Because of the whale's size, it took 13 hours, three large lifting cranes and 50 workers to get the mammal loaded on the trailer truck for its final journey.

Source: BBC News (1/29/2004)




Photo: AFP


These mysterious remains – weighing 13 tons – were found on a beach near Puerto Montt in Los Muermos, Chile in 2003.They were later identified as the remains of a whale.

Source: Beach blob mystery solved at last. New Scientist  (6/24/2004)  




   Photo: John H. coasttocoastam.com






Sonar pictures taken on a Scottish celebrity-bound voyage on the famous loch revealed five unexplained images. According to Captain John Askew, it was the first time in his 15 years working on the loch that he successfully picked up images of this kind. A sonar expert who has spent years studying the world famous loch said: "This has got me puzzled and has every appearance of a genuine sonar contact. A single object often appears again, as an echo.”

Photo and Source: Nessie caught on sonar? Highland News (5/28/2009)

 In 2003 a team of scientists - who collectively publish their work on the PBS Nature series, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel and numerous scientific journals - arrived at Lake Champlain to passively determine, i.e. without using sonar, whether echolocation can be detected within the lake.

The impetus for their study was a plethora of reliable eyewitness reports describing a large creature swimming in the lake. They reasoned that if a large creature lived within the confines of the lake and was hunting for prey within the murky waters, that it may rely on echolocation to detect the prey.

 One of the lead scientists (Dr. Joseph Gregory, now deceased) was professor of sound and engineering at North Carolina University stated:

 I feel that the effort was a technical success as we were able to conduct far reaching, low-noise sound measurements and, indeed, were able to detect signals the nature of which suggests the presence of some interesting, unexpected phenomena.

 The scientists claimed to have detected the presence of echolocation signals underneath the surface of Lake Champlain at four different locations. Dolphins and whales are the only mammals known to actively use echolocation. They presented a summary of their findings at a 2003 meeting of the American Acoustical Society but they have yet to publish their results in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.

Source: www.animalvoice.com


 This photo was taken by Sandra Mansi on Lake Champlain in 1977. It was published in Time and various other magazines.





An interesting video shot with a cell phone on Lake Champlain. (5/31/2009)




Photo: www.SignalTheororist.com (4/24/2009)




Photo: SkyNews

Gerrit Blank was on his way to school when he saw a ball of light" heading straight towards him from the sky. The “ball of light” was a red hot, pea-sized piece of rock that struck the lad in his hand inflicting a three inch scar, bounced off and struck the ground creating a foot wide crater.

Gerrit explains:

At first I just saw a large ball of light and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand. Then, a split second after that, there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder.

The noise that came after the flash of light was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards.

When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself in the road.


The only other known example of a human being surviving a meteor strike happened in Alabama, in 1954 when a grapefruit-sized fragment crashed through the roof of a house, bounced off furniture and landed on a sleeping woman.


14-year-old hit by 30,000 mph space meteorite. The Daily Telegraph (6/12/2009)



Photo: Ken Prior

These sinister cloud formations are so novel that meteorologists have no name or classification for them. They have been observed in England, Scotland and New Zealand. Although they look ominous, they usually break apart without producing a storm.

According to The Daily Mail:

Officials will apply to the UN's World Meteorological Organization in Geneva to have the new cloud type considered for addition into the International Cloud Atlas, the system used by meteorologists across the globe.

Reference & Photo

The cloud with no name: Meteorologists campaign to classify unique 'Asperatus' clouds seen across the world.

The Daily Mail (6/2/2009)




Xiong of Nanjimen region, Chongqing, bites through steel bars to gain entry and burglarize peoples’ homes. He told police that he grew up in a mountain village where walnuts are abundant and that he grew strong sharp teeth by cracking them open.

Unable to find a job he started breaking into peoples’ houses by biting through steel bars that were used to reinforce windows. He had found that he could chew open steel bars by prying open welding spots with his teeth.

Source and Photo: Ananova (6/13/2009)




  Photo: Flip Nicklin

 The body of the giant blue whale was found by researchers from Oregon State University in the Santa Barbara Channel off the coast of California.

They came across the carcass while out in their small research vessel, the Pacific Storm, operated by the university's Marine Mammal Institute.


Giant blue whale floats belly-up after being killed in a tragic collision with a ship. The Daily Mail (6/12/2009)



  Photo: NASA







 Photo: Sydney Morning Herald




This couple decided to get married while cloaked in honey bees.

The excited bride claimed, "It was an amazing feeling to have a carpet of living bees moving over my body."

Source and Photo: Ananova