Rare Ship Burials Discovered in Iceland

Archaeologists have recently discovered a series of Viking burials in a fjord in North Iceland. So far, a total of four burials have been uncovered, with two being ship burials. Boat burials are often associated with Viking funerals in the popular imagination, but they are actually quite rare. This is because they were reserved only…

The Mystery of the Mary Celeste

On December 5, 1872, the crew aboard the British ship Dei Gratia saw another ship floating in the water. No crew was visible on the other boat, which was recognized as the Mary Celeste, so the captain ordered that the Dei Gratia see if the people on the other ship needed help. What the boarding…

Conjoined Porpoise Twins Found in North Sea

The phenomenon of conjoined twins is well-known among humans and other animals. There are often news reports of life-saving surgeries undertaken to separate and save conjoined children. And oddity museums like Ripley’s usually contain pictures or models of conjoined animals like two-headed calves. A recent discovered instance of this condition is even more rare and…

French Fries Can Kill You

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition just released some really depressing news. According to a recent study, French fries can be deadly. In fact, they are so bad for you that they can double your risk of an early death if you eat them as often as two times per week. And it’s not just…

The Impostor Princess

On a spring day in 1817, in the small town of Almondsbury in Gloucestershire, England, a local cobbler encountered a confused and disoriented young woman. Although she was English in appearance, she was wearing strange clothing, including a turban, and she did not speak or understand English. No one knew who she was, and she…

America’s Most Haunted House

When most people think about San Diego, they imagine beautiful beaches, cultural attractions like their world-famous zoo and Balboa Park, and endless sunshine. But the city has a darker side, including what has been billed as America’s most haunted house. Located in the area now called Old Town, it was once at the heart of…

Paul Revere: Crime Scene Investigator

Paul Revere’s midnight ride, in which he warned American colonials of the approach of the British army, is the stuff of legend. It has been immortalized in both poetry and painting and stands out as an example of American ingenuity. This was not Revere’s only achievement however. He actually also deserves the title of America’s…

What Really Happened to the Dodo

The word “dodo” has long been associated with stupidity. This is because of the reputation of the bird with the same name. For centuries, people believed that this bird became extinct because it was unintelligent. But this is not the case at all. The dodo was a flightless bird that lived on the island of…