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Weird History

Does Thor’s Well Drain The Pacific Ocean?

November 13, 2018

Thanks in part to hunky Chris Hemsworth, most people are familiar with the Norse myths surrounding Thor, the god of thunder and storms. But did you know that an amazing natu...

Move Over, Nessie! These Other Lake Monsters Want the S...

October 28, 2018

For generations, bizarre sightings in Loch Ness in Scotland have prompted residents and visitors to believe that a strange, unknown creature lives in the dept...

THE MYSTERY OF CROP CIRCLES – Alien Calling Cards?

May 14, 2018

Over the years, obscure and mostly meaningless formations and indentations in fields and land usually owned by farmers have been randomly discovered around the worl...

Eight Richest Animals in History

July 10, 2017

The first documented instance where a person left their wealth to an animal happened in Russia during the 1800s. Maria Leontieva, a merchant from Uglish, stipulated that 100,000 rubles (a ...

The Mysterious Case of Mirin Dajo, The Human Pin Cushio...

May 19, 2017

In the 1940s, Mirin Dajo was known for his stage performances, in which he’d stand barechested while his assistant take fencing foils, and one by one, run him thr...

Welcome to Japan's Sacred, Men-Only Island

May 14, 2017

Okinoshima is a speck of land off the coast of Kyushu, Japan. What's so unique about this island is that you’ll see no female faces here. Only men are allowed to visit the island...

Wife Selling: The 19th Century Alternative To Divorce

April 21, 2017

Back in the early-to-mid 1800s Europe, women and children were considered property. Men who were no longer happy with their wives or fell on hard times could easily br...

This Is How People Used To Test Bulletproof Glass

April 20, 2017

We've always been amazed at the trust displayed by couples who shoot apples off each other's heads or throw knives at each other for performances. This 1930s couple testin...

Weird and Bizarre Food Practices from The Past

April 20, 2017

People used to put LIVE FROGS in their milk to keep it fresh. The soldiers of Attila the Hun preserved their meat by "curing" it - under their saddles. Caramel was used as ...

How Argentina and Chile Used Babies In An Attempt to Ow...

March 13, 2017

Argentina and Chile have been competing for ownership of Antarctica since 1940. Although several other countries are involved in this “competition”, no one truly ...

The Story of The Luckiest Unlucky Man To Ever Live

March 10, 2017

Known as the world’s luckiest unlucky man, Frane Selak, a Croatian music teacher was able to cheat death --- seven times! And, incredibly, in 2003, Selak won $1,000,000 d...

15 Items From the Past That Sold For Outrageous Amounts...

March 9, 2017

How much would you consider paying for an ancient Imperial portrait, or a car rarer than any other in the world, or how about for a chance to rest in peace next t...

Bound To Be Beautiful: 30 Photos of Chinese Women With ...

February 3, 2017

Foot binding was a custom practiced on young females for approximately one thousand years in China, from the tenth century until the early twentieth century. Wome...

Before Photoshop: 20 Creepy Headless Portraits From the...

December 23, 2016

A number of Victorian photographers combined images from more than one negative to create illusions or novelty portraits. "Headless Photographs" featured men and ...

Is This The Most Bizarre Coincidence Of All Time?

December 2, 2016

December 5 might just go down as one of history's most coincidental days ever. On that day in 1664, a ship sank in the Menai Strait, located off the coast of North Wales. ...

In 1897, A Ghost's Testimony Was Used as Key Evidence t...

November 16, 2016

In 1897, Elva Zona Heaster was found dead in her home, apparently from natural causes. Her body was discovered by a boy who had been sent to the home by her husb...

Lady Lovibond: The Ghost Ship That "Reappears" Every 50...

October 20, 2016

On February 13, 1748, Lady Lovibond, a three mast schooner, left port for a leisurely sail along the Thames River near Kent, England with the final destination of...

The Diaper Derbies of the 1950s: Where Babies Became Cr...

May 19, 2016

Between 1946 and 1955, the Diaper Derby was America’s most loved sports event. The race is a cutthroat competition among future triathletes as they bear crawl pas...

Beauty Regimen From The Past That Can be Quite Deadly

May 12, 2016

Arsenic was just one of many deadly substances that were used in beauty products of the past — you'll be equally terrified to hear about the others. Oh, the things we...

27 Weird Historical Facts You Probably Didn't Learn in ...

May 9, 2016

From a Roman horse senator to a war that only lasted 38 minutes, here are some facts in history that didn't turn up in your text books. 1. On November 17th of 19...

11 Weird Inventions From The 1960s That'll Make You Scr...

May 6, 2016

If you can think it up, it can exist. Proof? These 11 oddball inventions from the 1960s. Some of these “ingenius” inventions are hybrids of familiar objects we us...

10 Weird Preserved Body Parts Of Famous People In Histo...

April 29, 2016

From Galileo's middle finger to Thomas Edison's last breath, these historical figures had their body parts preserved. And the stories behind these preservations i...

15 Unexplained Mysteries That Continue to Baffle Expert...

April 28, 2016

Science and reason did a great job of figuring out wonders of the world, and giving us answers to questions that may plague a culture. However, there are times wh...

These Morbidly Beautiful Photos Reveal The Horror Of Su...

April 20, 2016

From eye surgeries to finger amputations, the book Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of 19th-Century Surgery gives us ...

23 Weird Beauty Trends From The Past That'll Make You R...

April 18, 2016

If you think people today have some weird beauty regimens, check out these beauty trends from the past – some were pretty innovative, others bordering to bizarre....

Before There Was Plumbing, These Men Discreetly Got Rid...

April 10, 2016

“Night soil” refers to solid human excrement that is transported by night from a cess pool or privy. Before the widespread use of sewage treatments or septic syst...

18 Weird Inventions from the Past

March 16, 2016

Somewhere between the greatest scientific breakthroughs and technological advances that transformed the world were some fun and sometimes even hilarious inventions that history has forgot...

California Used To Have an Alligator Park Where You Cou...

January 30, 2016

The California Alligator Farm once had over 1000 gators. It was opened in 1907 in Los Angeles, CA by Francis Earnest and “Alligator” Joe Campbell. People would pa...

These 21 Vintage Photos Show How Creepy The Past Used T...

January 28, 2016

We've come a very long way since the Victorian Era. In addition to eradicating polio, the photography technology has improved so much we really need not dress the...

25 Historical Coincidences That Seem Too Bizarre To Be ...

January 3, 2016

Do you believe in coincidences? Well, whatever your personal take are on coincidence, that doesn't stop them from happening. In fact, history is full of weird, se...

Guinness World Records 2016 (In Pictures)

December 23, 2015

The next edition of the Guinness World Records book will feature 60 years of record-breaking feats and wonders, whilst also presenting this year's latest additions to the oddball ...

18 Weird Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas From Vintage Ads

November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving is one of America’s most traditional holiday meal, usually celebrated with tried-and-true recipes from Grandma’s kitchen. These Thanksgiving dinner ideas, ...

30 Creepy Vintage Halloween Costumes From The Early 190...

October 30, 2015

Halloween costumes that are meant to be genuinely scary is now as scarce as hen’s teeth, given today’s preference for cute, more whimsical outfits. But a hundred ...