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


1878

John Kehoe, the last of the Molly Maguires is executed in Pennsylvania.

1888

Richard Wetherill and his brother in-law discover the ancient Indian ruins of Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde.

1898

Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat sets the first officially recognized land speed record of 39.245 mph (63.159 km/h) in a Jeantaud electric car.

1933

Arthur Leigh Allen, American suspected serial killer

1867

Foxhall P. Keene, American race horse owner and polo player

1778

Joseph Grimaldi, English clown


1591

Marigje Arriens, Dutch suspected witch

1476
1912

The Piltdown Man, later discovered to be a hoax, is announced by Charles Dawson.

1987

Larry Wall releases the first version of the Perl programming language.

1999

NASA launches into orbit the Terra platform carrying five Earth Observation instruments, including ASTERCERESMISRMODIS and MOPITT.