A Japanese scroll art created 200 years ago during the Edo period (1603-1868) is dedicated to gas warfare, but not the kind of gas traditionally used in combat.
A rare medical condition may be partly to blame for the violent feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. The feud is the most-celebrated rivalry between two families. Between the years 1863 […]
Divorces generally involve broken hearts, but how often do they address kidneys? When Dr. Richard Batista donated his kidney to his wife, Dawnell, in 2001, he undoubtedly thought that kidney would remain […]
A disease called Yaws can actually make people look like zombies. The disease causes painful, oozing sores the face, legs, arms, and feet. The painful wounds on the bottoms of the feet […]
The lifespan of a mayfly, once it reaches the adult stage, ranges from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the species. source
Human feet can produce a pint of sweat per day. source
One of the coolest-sounding disorders is fortunately not nearly as serious as its name suggests. Exploding Head Syndrome is a condition that causes people to hear extremely loud noises — a gunshot, […]
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), sometimes referred to as Stone Man Syndrome, is an extremely rare disease of the connective tissue. A mutation of the body’s repair mechanism causes fibrous tissue (including muscle, […]
Charles II of Spain (1661-1700) is widely regarded as one of the least competent kings to have reigned. He was the unhappy result of over a century of inbreeding within the Hapsburg […]
“Some actions require split second responses–withdrawing a hand from a hot stove, for example. To relay the information necessary for such a reaction, there are large nerve fibers that can conduct impulses […]
There’s something fishy going on in the Gulf of California. The fish know about it, but they aren’t talking. You could literally say that something has their tongues. Cymothoa exigua is a […]
When skydiver Joan Murray’s main parachute and backup parachute failed, she struck the ground at 130 kilometers per hour, landing on a mound of fire ants. Doctors believe that the shock of […]
Mourners at the funeral of William the Conqueror intended to send the great king off with a bang. They got more than they asked for.
The human eye blinks an average of 4,200,000 times a year. source
Canadian researchers have found that Albert Einstein’s brain was 15% wider than normal.