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The Loch Ness Monster - one of the world's enduring legends

As one of the most famous cryptids in history, the Loch Ness Monster, or Nessie, as she is affectionately known by the locals, is something of a cottage industry all to herself. Along with Bigfoot, the monster is one of the few semi-mythical creatures who is given much validity by the public....(more)

Despite what you've heard, lemmings do not commit suicide

In some ways, it is an integral idiom of the language. Who hasn't heard or said something about individuals committing suicide like lemmings or used lemmings as a metaphor for dangerous groupthink gone wild? But the popular perception of these animals is wrong. Lemmings don't engage in mass suicide....(more)

The chupacabra: Does it exist or not?

Whether it is Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster, people seem to have a desire to seek out mysterious creatures. And in Latin America, few semi-mythical animals have aroused quite as much attention as the chupacabra, a creature which has been making headlines for years from South America to the U.S....(more)

Weird sea creatures sometimes wash up onshore and into the spotlight

Humans have long associated the ocean with strange life forms. From the giant monsters etched on maps for ancient mariners to today's reports of odd animals residing in the furthest reaches of the deep blue, the planet's seas are well-understood as a repository for the unknown....(more)

Holidays

Unique Holidays Around The World

Unusual holidays are the lifeblood of many cultures reflecting everything from ancient traditions to religious rites to modern oddities. ...(more)

Muslim Postage Stamp and Alleged Terrorist Attacks

On September 1, 2001 the United States Postal Service issued its first Muslim Postage Stamp that commemorates two Muslim Holidays. The stamp features the phrase, Eid Mubarak, which means, "blessed festival" in English. The calligraphy was done by an Islamic calligrapher named, Muhammad Zakariya. Some Americans, mistakenly think this stamp is the equivalent of a Muslim Christmas Stamp because the script appears to be in the shape of a Christmas tree. It is believed by some, that terrorist attacks, such as the ones carried out of September 11, 2001 were carried out to boycott the idea of a Muslim Christmas Stamp, but these notions are unfounded....(more)

Walpurgis Night

There are many holidays that are celebrated in the United States; almost one for every night. But there are a plethora of holidays that most Americans do not know about and may even find weird. For instance, Walpurgis Night is a little known holiday stateside, but it is celebrated in many parts of Central and Northern Europe. There have been many questions regarding the holiday, its origins, and what it is all about from those who have heard of it....(more)

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Six famous people with name changes you didn't know about

It is little secret that some of the most famous names in the spotlight of American life weren't the ones on the birth certificates of the people who would later shine in the public eye. Actors, actresses and sports figures sometimes adopt other names before or after becoming well-known....(more)

Alien Hand Syndrome - a bizarre problem in the brain

In terms of voluntary movement, we tend to take a great deal for granted when it comes to controlling our own bodies. In most cases, the conscious mind reigns supreme and the muscles obediently carry out the will of the brain. But could your brain have more than one will?...(more)

Five of the oddest ad campaigns in history

By its nature, advertising is designed to get our attention. If it doesn't hook you immediately, it has little chance of making a sale. Still, some advertisers go further than others to pull viewers into a commercial....(more)

David Baugher is a journalist and editor who works as a freelance writer for a variety of web and print publications. A former executive editor for the St. Louis Jewish Light newspaper and ex-managing editor for TED Magazine, a trade publication serving the electrical distribution industry, his clients now include... Read More

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