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Space Jellyfish Swims Across Sky After SpaceX Launch

Early morning stargazers from Florida all the way up to Georgia and beyond were treated to a magnificent display as a rocket launch sent what’s known as a “space jellyfish” swimming through the skies. At 5:42 a.m. EDT on May 6, SpaceX launched 53 Starlink satellites into orbit on its Falcon 9 rocket, splattering a jellyfish-shaped luminous blob in its trail, delighting those who braved the early wake-up call to witness the event. While the Florida coast is certainly known for jellies, they’re

Whiskey Business: Is Scotch The Future Of Fuel?

You may not often hear the words drinking and driving paired in a positive light, but that could change soon enough as a Scottish biofuel company makes headway in using one of the word’s favorite spirits to fuel your car! Renowned for its malty, fruity, smoky flavor, Scotch whiskey is so popular that 44 bottles are shipped around the globe each second, culminating in an industry worth about $6 billion per year! Like most things, whiskey’s manufacturing process has a dark side: for each liter p

Woman Earns Up To $10k for Branded Baby Names

A quick Google search for “baby name anxiety” will tell you that new parents are often in for a motherlode of stress when it comes time to name their bundle of joy. In an age where personal branding is everything, parents are doing whatever it takes to ensure their child is named for success — even if that means paying someone else good money to do the job for them. Enter Taylor Humphrey, a 33-year-old New York–based professional baby namer who will pick the perfect name for your latest little

Not Just Allergies: Gardener's Itchy Eye Caused By Fly Larvae

Bees are buzzing. Birds are chirping. Flowers are blooming. People are sneezing. It must be allergy season! As people across the Northern Hemisphere began stocking up on antihistamines, one man in France found himself dealing with much more than pollen making his eyes itch after doctors discovered over a dozen larvae living under his lids! Doctors at France’s University Hospital of Saint-Etienne made an eye-opening discovery when a 53-year-old man showed up in their emergency room complaining t

Magnetic Slime Robot Could Someday Be Used Retrieve Swallowed Objects

Each year, thousands of children swallow objects not suited for human consumption with no other option but to wait for time — and the digestive system — to work its magic. But that could soon change thanks to the invention of a slimy little magnet. Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Harbin Institute of Technology published a study on March 25 in Advanced Functional Materials, revealing the creation of a magnetic slime that could potentially be inserted into the human d

There Are Waterfalls Flowing In The Well of Hell

Last week, the Omani Caves Exploration Team (OCET) made way to Yemen to discover once and for all what lies beneath a 367-foot-deep sinkhole known as the “Well of Hell.” Using a pulley system to lower eight of the ten team members down into the abyss, the crew descended into the darkness of the legendary hole, officially known as the Well of Barhout, becoming the first individuals ever to make it to the bottom. Since sinking into the middle of the desert in al-Mahra, close to the Yemen-Oman bo

Taxi Graveyard Garden Used To Feed Bangkok Drivers

It’s no secret that businesses worldwide have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with industries dependent on people being out and about struggling to survive. Since March 2020, Bangkok taxi company Ratchapruk and Bovorn Taxi has been holding on by a thread as Thailand’s tough COVID-19 restrictions left the bustling city’s streets quiet. With passengers nowhere to be found and no other options, a slew of the company’s drivers hightailed it to the safety of their home villages, abandoning

Three Alaskan Volcanoes Simultaneously Erupting

It’s getting hot in the Last Frontier as three volcanoes in Alaska continue to spit lava and ash after simultaneously erupting over two weeks ago. Home to 130 volcanoes, a single eruption in Alaska is nothing to write home about. However, when three of them decide to put on a show at the same time, we’re looking at some seriously newsworthy nature! It’s been over seven years since three of the Aleutian Islands volcanoes erupted simultaneously, with only one eruption per year on average. Thoug

Mafia Fugitive Captured After Trading Trafficking For Tortellini Tutorials

[March 29–April 4, 2021] Supermoon makes moves, wild rabbits digging up history and smart shopping ravens—all round-up in this week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Celestial Force Frees Ever Given Ever More Global economists are over the moon after Sunday’s supermoon helped free a giant shipping container from a week-long blockage in Egypt’s Suez Canal, allowing hundreds of ships to resume their journey. The Ever Given caused quite the ruckus amongst the global trading industry

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Metallica Facts That Strike A Power Chord

Over the past four decades, Metallica has become synonymous with the metal genre, selling more than 100 million records since their 1981 debut, racking up 18 Grammy nominations with nine wins, and touring the world in record-breaking fashion. Ride the lightning with us as we drop some heavy facts about Metallica’s journey from jam band to the biggest name in metal. Lars Ulrich Moved From Denmark To California To Play Tennis. Before becoming one of music’s wealthiest drummers, Lars Ulrich had h

10 Facts About Freddie Mercury That Will Rock You

Best known for his flamboyant stage presence, effervescent personality, and unparalleled vocal ability, Freddie Mercury amazed audiences worldwide as the lead singer of the legendary rock band Queen until his untimely death on November 24, 1991, at the age of 45. In honor of this unparalleled musician’s legacy, we’re sharing ten unbelievable facts about Mercury’s life that are guaranteed to blow your mind. Despite being voted the 59th Greatest Briton of All Time, Mercury wasn’t born in Great B

Strumming Up Facts About John Lennon On His Would-Be Birthday

Born as German bombs rained down on Liverpool, England, on October 9, 1940, John Lennon’s life was remarkable, if not controversial, from day one. Best known as the founder of The Beatles, who many claim, perhaps misguidedly, created rock-and-roll as we know it, Lennon became equally regarded for his hot takes on politics, religion, and even his own bandmates. Throughout the forty-plus years since Lennon’s untimely death, his place in pop culture has morphed from beloved musician to god-like fi

Always The Backup, Never The Starter: Tom Brady’s Rise To Football Stardom

Since the dawn of the millennium, Tom Brady has been the defining image of American football, shattering records left and right and bringing home a record-breaking six Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. Throughout his career, Brady has garnered cult-like worship from admirers, absolute disdain from rivals, and, now, a glimmer of hope from fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. There may not be a gray area when it comes to how you feel about Tom Brady, but if there’s one thing everyone ca

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Research Shows Dog Behaviors Are Largely Unrelated to Breed

Golden retrievers are friendly; Australian shepherds are energetic; Akitas are stubborn, and pit bulls are downright aggressive — or are they? When it comes to dog breeds, you may think you know your pups, but a study released this week confirmed what dog trainers and pit bull advocates have known all along: every dog’s personality is special and unique! If you live on this planet, you’re likely to have encountered an enthusiastic dog owner oversharing all of the amazing things about their mos

Missing Genes Allow Vampire Bats To Thrive On Blood-Only Diet

Sugar-free. Gluten-free. Paleo. Keto. Low FODMAP. Of all the diet trends in the world, none is more extreme than the high-iron, low-fat, low-carb diet of the vampire bat, the only mammal in existence that can survive on blood alone — and now we know how! According to a study released in Science Advances on March 25, vampire bats have been gradually ditching genes over the past million years, causing them to develop a range of behaviors and physical characteristics that make it possible for them

London Recruits Justin and Sigourney Beaver To Save City

It’s been 400 years since beavers were hunted out of London, but with waters on the rise due to climate change, it’s their time to shine once more — beginning with the reintroduction of Sigourney and Justin Beaver. March 17 marked the return of the beaver at Enfield’s Forty Hall Farm, two years after Enfield Council and London Climate Change Partnership nailed down a plan to help alleviate major flash flooding that has pained the city in recent years. Though generally known as a rainy city, Lo

Palm-Sized Floating Spiders Prepare To Parachute Around East Coast

Have you ever seen a spider as big as your palm? If you’re living on the East Coast, you may check it off your bucket list soon enough. According to researchers at the University of Georgia, millions of invasive Joro spiders are expected to parachute themselves up and down the Eastern United States this spring, falling from the skies right into your backyard. Named for Jorōgumo, a shape-shifting creature of Japanese folklore that transforms into a beautiful woman to lure unsuspecting men, the

Burglarizing Black Bear, Hank The Tank, Spared Thanks To DNA Evidence

A 500-pound black bear named Hank was partially pardoned after DNA evidence revealed that the furry fugitive did not act alone during a seven-month crime spree in Lake Tahoe. Hank the Tank took the world by storm in early February, when California state officials announced trapping efforts to catch the massive menace, who had managed to evade hazing and migration attempts since he began terrorizing the Tahoe Keys neighborhood last summer. The 500-pound black bear earned the moniker “Hank the T

Decoded DNA Takes Tasmanian Tiger One Step Closer to Resurrection

It was a great week for the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, as the apex predator clawed its way back into the headlines — giving hope for resurrection 86 years after being declared extinct. The Tasmanian tiger’s press tour began on February 9 when the DNA Zoo Australia research collective announced that they had completed DNA decoding that could give the extinct mammal a second chance to roam the earth. Using a blood sample provided by Perth Zoo, researchers from DNA Zoo and the University of W

Ice-Skating Rescue Dog Makes New York Debut

About 6,844 miles away from Beijing, where the U.S. National Team continues to glide their way to the Olympics podium, a rescue dog took to a New York ice-skating rink, where he barked, jumped, and lunged into the hearts of millions on a mission of his own. Lured by the promise of a big apple, Benny, the ice-skating yellow lab, made his New York debut with a stop at Central Park’s famed Wollman Rink. Front paws donned in custom pup skates and dressed in his finest sponsored gear, Benny scooted

Freezing Florida Temps Knock Iguanas From Trees

Tourists flocking to Florida in search of a reprieve from last weekend’s bombogenesis storm in the Northeast (and regular old winter in the Midwest) arrived only to find temperatures so cold frozen iguanas were falling out of trees. It’s not often that temperatures drop below 40 degrees in the Sunshine State. Still, when the cold weather moves in, it snaps with the force of Thanos, leaving Floridians and their animal cohabitants scrambling for shelter and warmth. Last weekend was no exception,

Sea Lion And Seal Buck Mother Nature To Forge Their Own Paths

There seems to be a “choose your own adventure” trend emerging amongst the aquatic community, with this week’s news featuring multiple tails of sea lions and seals ditching their native waters to forge their own paths from sea to shining sea! If you’ve ever wondered why the sea lion crossed the road, look no further than San Diego’s Route 94, where one flippered Eagles fan decided to hit the road to the Hotel California on his way to the other tide! According to the California Highway Patrol,

Thousands of Honeybees Rise from Volcano Ashes

About 50 days after a volcano eruption caused a buzz around the Canary Islands, thousands of honeybees emerged from the ashes, after having sealed themselves in their hives to weather the lava flow. The Cumbre Vieja volcano violently erupted in September, firing off a wave of lava that destroyed homes, businesses, and churches around the resort island of La Palma, leaving little in its wake—except for some busy bees! Upon returning to his devastated village to check on his hives, one local bee

Freaky Three-Eyed Dinosaur Shrimp Emerge from Arizona Desert

Visitors at Arizona’s Wupatki National Monument were in for a spooky surprise this week when torrential rain summoned hundreds of creepy three-eyed critters from the great beyond. It took a doozy of a summer storm for hundreds of Triops, described as “mini-horseshoe crabs with three eyes,” to hatch and take a dip in the pop-up lake in the northern Arizona desert. At only one and a half inches long, what Triops lack in size, they make up for in quirkiness. These tiny “dinosaur shrimp” reside in

Cannibal Bee-havior Spreads Virus Amongst Colonies

[May 24-May 30, 2021] Artificial artworks, a succulent sting operation, and cannibal honeybees—all round-up in this week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! A Philadelphia restauranteur rang in his birthday with a Philly-style feast for the ages—a two-block-long cheesesteak! Rene Kobeitri, the owner of Rim Café, wanted his birthday to be a blowout this year, and he knew exactly who to call to make it happen. After contacting a few of his chef pals, including Geno Vento, owner of the

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