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

Just some pictures of people with tails

Let’s start with Indian man Chandra Oraon, who’s had this beauty since birth: Isn’t he lucky? Certainly his fellow villagers think so, believing Chandra to … 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


69

Emperor Vitellius is captured and murdered at the Gemonian stairs in Rome.

1807

The Embargo Act, forbidding trade with all foreign countries, is passed by the U.S. Congress, at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson.

1885
1891

Asteroid 323 Brucia becomes the first asteroid discovered using photography.

1894

The Dreyfus affair begins in France, when Alfred Dreyfus is wrongly convicted of treason.

1972

Big Tigger, television host

1892

Herman Potočnik Noordung, Slovenian rocket engineer

1860

Austin Norman Palmer, American penmanship innovator


1988

Chico Mendes, Brazilian rubber tapper and environmental activist

1738

Constantia Jones, British prostitute

1550

Richard Plantagenet, British bricklayer and claimant to the House of Plantagenet

1942

World War II: Adolf Hitler signs the order to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon.

1964

The first test flight of the SR-71 (Blackbird) took place at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, Calif.

1984

Bernhard Hugo Goetz shoots four African-American would-be muggers on an express train in Manhattan, New York City.

1992

The Archives of Terror are discovered.

2008

An ash dike ruptured at a solid waste containment area in Roane County, Tennessee, releasing 1.1 billion US gallons (4,200,000 m3) of coal fly ash slurry.