Ball Lightning Strikes 170 Pigs, Leaving Just A Bunch Of Crackling Ears

Ball lightning is real; just ask these 170 Chinese pigs. But don’t expect an answer, because they’re dead, having been struck by ball lightning. They … Continue reading

There’s a good chance your dog is eating a big ol’ bag of dicks

There’s a good chance your dog is eating a big ol’ bag of dicks. Especially if your the type who like to treat your mutt … Continue reading

There Is Nothing More Delightful Than Pigs Who Spend All Day Jumping Off Diving Boards

Eat. Sleep. Dive. Repeat. It’s a pig’s life in China, where farmer Huang Dmin has just installed a three-metre diving board for his porkers, which … Continue reading

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Cops find human heads in restaurant, on menu

When your favourite restaurant is surrounded by cops and they find two human heads in the kitchen. It probably doesn’t happen often in your local, … Continue reading

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Someone has finally invented a proper mechsuit

All your Macross dreams just came true. There’s a biannual figure and model expo in Japan’s Chiba Prefecture called the Wonder Festival and it’s on … Continue reading

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Here’s Patrick Stewart being awesome for the eleventy-billionth time. Farewell, Jade Rabbit.

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover looks like being a massively expensive, hideous embarrassment. It made it to the moon, then something stopped. Namely, it’s ability … Continue reading


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1851

The largest Australian bushfires in a populous region in recorded history take place in the state of Victoria.

1952

Elizabeth II becomes the queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth Realms upon the death of her father, George VI. At the exact moment of succession, she was in a treehouse at the Treetops Hotel in Kenya.

1929

Colin Murdoch, New Zealand pharmacist, inventor of the tranquilliser gun

1721

Christian Friedrich Heinecken, German child prodigy

1536

Sassa Narimasa, Japanese samurai and Oda clan retainer


1215

Hōjō Tokimasa, Head of the Hōjō clan and shikken of the Kamakura bakufu

1959

Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.

1976

Lockheed Corporation president Carl Kotchian admits that the company had paid out approximately $3 million in bribes to the office of Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.