The Vatican secret library – what mysteries lay hidden in the Holy See’s Vatican Secret Archive

// September 28th, 2016 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

The Vatican Library

In Vatican City, there is an archive containing more than 75,000 codices from throughout history and an estimated 1.1 million ancient printed books. If you are a researcher, and can sufficiently document your need for access, the collection is open for limited periods of time – except for a section of the library known officially […]

The town that hanged an elephant – the macabre story behind Murderous Mary’s dreadful execution

// July 28th, 2016 // No Comments » // Odd Happenings

Murderous Mary the elephant hanging from a railroad crane

Using her trunk, Mary lifted Eldridge high into the air, then threw him into a nearby drink stand. To ease public outrage, it was decided that Murderous Mary would be hung the next day in Ervin. What followed became a cautionary tale of circus animal abuse.

These giant arrows blanket the U.S.A. from coast to coast – what are they?

// June 8th, 2016 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

These giant arrows blanket the U.S.A. from coast to coast – what are they?

You’ll find them in a nearly straight line between the East Coast and the West Coast. Like an ancient cosmic map, they are spaced about 15 miles apart and placed on any available surface – the side of a mountain, across the desert floor, and in the great, flat plains of the central United States. […]

The Salem Witch Trials – mass hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts ends in deaths of 25 people

// January 15th, 2016 // No Comments » // Odd Happenings

Accused witch rolls around on the floor during the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem witch Trials were a series of hearings, and executions, of people accused of witchcraft in the towns of Salem Village, Salem Town, Ipswich, and Andover, Massachusetts. In the end, twenty-five people died, most of them women. Today the trials are considered abominable and serve as a vivid cautionary tale about the dangers of […]

NASA satellites reveal hundreds of strange geoglyphs on floor of barren steppe in Kazakhstan

// November 1st, 2015 // No Comments » // Lost Civilizations

NASA satellites reveal hundreds of strange geoglyphs on floor of barren steppe in Kazakhstan

Using space imagery, NASA scientists have discovered hundreds of strange geoglyphs, including a swastika and perfectly-formed cross, etched across a barren savanna in Kazakhstan. Now known as the Steppe Geoglyphs, the mysterious patterns are believed to be at least 8,000 years old which would make them the oldest creations ever found. Thus far, researchers have […]

Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch – the little town with the unbelievably big name

// September 12th, 2015 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch–the little town with the unbelievably big name

Upon entering the town, you can’t help but notice the sign – “You are now at Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch”. “Llanfairpwllgwyn-gyllgogerychwyrndrob-wllllantysiliogogogoch” is 58 letters long and locals don’t mind if you refer to it as just Llanfairpll or Llanfair PG to speed things up. The town is located on the island of Anglesey in Wales and recently made […]

Forrest Fenn hidden treasure – millionaire hides chest of gold and jewels and encourages public to head outdoors to find it

// May 8th, 2015 // No Comments » // Lost Civilizations

Forrest Fenn gold, coins, and jewelry inside the bronze treasure chest

In 2009, a New Mexico millionaire gave the world a fascinating puzzle when he hid a treasure estimated to be worth between $1-5 million dollars and provided a cryptic poem full of clues hinting at its location. Tens of thousands have trekked through Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming in search of Forrest […]

Japan’s abandoned island of Hashima – experience the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse

// January 27th, 2015 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Abandoned Hashima Island (Japan

Hashima Island began life as a vibrant coal mining facility. At one point, with a population density of over 83,500 people per square kilometer, was the most densely populated piece of land on the planet. Barely 2/100 of a square mile, today, aside from rats and a few feral cats, the population of the island […]

The horrifying sound of an Aztec Death Whistle will make your skin crawl

// December 2nd, 2014 // No Comments » // Lost Civilizations

Aztec Death Whistle

For decades, archaeologists thought the ancient Aztec Death Whistles were nothing more than disturbing skull-shaped toys for Aztec children. They studied how they looked, how they were made, and where they were found. But nobody thought to blow into one. When they did, they found that the disquietingly-decorated skull-shaped clay objects made a spine-chilling noise […]

Earthly phenomena or alien attack – spontaneous fires in Canneto baffle worlds leading scientists

// October 27th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

A Canneto di Caronia man examines damage from a mysterious fire

The unusual enigma began in early 2004 forcing the evacuation of the entire town and now the mysterious spontaneous fires in Caronia, specifically the small town of Canneto on the northern coast of Sicily, Italy, have returned with a vengeance. Despite millions of dollars spent investigating the cause, scientists remain stymied. What is known for […]

GPS from hell leads man down strange, dark highway on most frightful night of his life

// October 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Odd Happenings

Canadian man describes night his GPS took him on a haunted journey to a terrifying destination

Today, an anonymous Canadian writer, we’ll call him “Jeff” for our purposes, revealed a true-life paranormal experience that rivals the terror of any horror movie. In what Jeff would later call a terribly “bad idea”, he followed the obviously errant guidance of his GPS to a T and found himself guided down a road of […]

Gibsonton, Florida – Showtown USA (aka Freaktown USA) is home for many famous sideshow freak performers

// October 9th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

An 8 foot tall fire chief and dwarf police chief in Gibsonton (Gibtown), Florida

The migration of sideshow freaks to Gibsonton, Florida began in the 1936 after legendary carnival performers Al “the Giant” Tomiani and his wife, Jeanie the Half-Girl moved to waterfront property in Gibsonton to start a fishing business. “Gibtown” looks like any other non-descript American town with a grocery store, gas station, and library, but if […]

Vietnam crazy train passes mere inches from resident’s front doors

// March 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Crazy train in Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam passes inches from front doors of residents

Located in the densely populated area of Old Quarter in capital city of Hanoi in Vietnam, this train passes down a narrow residential neighborhood street – mere inches from the front doors of residents. Residents know the train schedule, which passes by twice each day, and bring in possessions and children before the train passes. […]

There’s more to the Easter Island Heads (Moai) than meets the eye

// February 12th, 2014 // No Comments » // Lost Civilizations

Easter Island Head (Moai statue)

There’s more to the Easter Island Heads than meets the eye. In fact, if you dig under them, you’ll discover not only complete odd-shaped bodies but strange, undecipherable symbols and petroglyphs etched into the statues’ 20-foot-tall torsos.

WTF? Huge car-vending machine in China – customer inserts coins and out pops a car

// January 24th, 2014 // No Comments » // Unusual Places (you can visit)

Cars in the vending machine are housed on robotic-controlled platforms

Can’t say we blame them. With some of the worst pollution and only 10% of the population owning cars, a vending machine that dispenses cheap electric rental cars seems like a no-brainer to us. Wait a minute – a *vending machine* that dispense cars?!?! In Hangzhou, China, citizens walk up to the multi-story Kandi Car […]