The Unusual Facts
The Unusual Facts

Wife Carrying and Other Weird Championships

The Unusual Facts
The Unusual Facts

Champions of the Weird

Air Guitar. Wife Carrying. Canine Freestyle Dancing. Just a few of the oddball “sports” in which it’s possible to win a National Championship.

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It’s Friday, So Just Lay Back and Relax...

On a 27,000-square foot hammock.

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The Lake Strangler

It sounds like the plot of a campy horror movie, but it actually happened. Back in 1986, Lake Nyos exploded, creating a cloud of gas that killed more than 1700 people across a 15-mile radius.

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The Great SNL Debate

Is it alright for the Saturday Night Live cast to laugh throughout their sketches?

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Now That’s A Fish Tale

Even if you aren’t a fisherman, these viral fishing stories are rather interesting.

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I Knew That Seemed Like A Bad Idea

Sticking your head inside of a crocodile’s mouth is one of those “zero margin for error” type activities. Safely doing it a thousand times is well and good, unless you’ve attempted it 1,001 times.

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Ward 3B

In this article, The Big Roundtable details the world inside a psychiatric ward.

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On This Date: The Post Office Established

On this date in 1775 the US Postal system was created. So you might be wondering if you can start your own.

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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water
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How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Water. Young gas giants throw debris toward inward planets, including hydrogen-rich materials.

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Brazil's Geography Problem. It's a big country with lots of people, so why isn't it a world power?

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The Science of Hearing. Our ability to detect and interpret sounds is due to an amazing and complicated biological system.

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Lucasfilm Might be Putting Future Star Wars Spinoffs on Hold. Solo's disappointing box office was a surprise glitch in the moneymaking machine.

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Why Women Say Nothing Is Wrong When Something Is Clearly Wrong. She has plenty of reasons not to share it with you right now.

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How to Decorate Like a Viking. Archaeologists have built a palette of the paint colors used on Viking homes and buildings.

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The Breastfeeding Zealots of the Neonatal Ward. Maternal lactation is pushed to the point of shaming mothers with hungry babies.

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9 Amazing Tiki Bars. A visit will cool you off even on the hottest day.

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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain
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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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