7 Real-Life Mad Scientists Who Make Doctor Frankenstein Look Sane

From a two-headed dog to attempts to raise the dead, these scientists performed some of the most deranged experiments of all time — often with horrific results. The term “mad scientist” conjures up images of dangerous experiments and frenzied surgeries. It also denotes a time period when science was still in its infancy, thereby excusing … Read more

Titanoboa Was The 50-Foot Prehistoric Snake Of Your Nightmares

Titanoboa simply has no equal among modern snakes — with even the anaconda paling in comparison. Deep in a South American jungle, a huge snake once stalked its prey. After slinking closer and closer to an unsuspecting animal, the silent hunter would strike in a flash and snap its victim’s neck in one swift move. … Read more

Scientists Confirm Vikings Lived In North America 1,000 Years Ago

Wooden artifacts from the Norse settlement L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland show that the Vikings were living in the Americas by at least the year 1021. Dylan Industries/FlickrRecreated Norse buildings at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland. For years, scholars have only been able to guess when the Vikings first stepped foot in the Americas. But … Read more

Western False Asphodel Wildflower Found To Be Carnivorous

A recent study found that Triantha occidentalis, known as the western false asphodel, gets its nutrients by eating the innards of small insects. Wikimedia CommonsThe western false asphodel lacks a gene that would help it gain energy from sunshine, which tipped scientists off that it may be a carnivore. The western false asphodel is a … Read more

American Bumblebees Are Officially On The Verge Of Extinction

Over the last 20 years, the American bumblebee has seen a staggering decline in population due to habitat loss, disease, and pesticides. Wikimedia CommonsThe American bumblebee is an essential pollinator for crops like tomatoes, melons, peppers, and strawberries. Though their importance may be lost on many of us, American bumblebees are in fact a crucial … Read more

Newly Discovered Madagascar Moth Has Longest Tongue Of Any Insect

The moth, called “xanthopan praedicta,” or “Wallace’s sphinx moth,” has a tongue that stretches nearly one foot long. Minet et al. 2021Wallace’s sphinx moth, top, has a much longer tongue than the similar Morgan sphinx moth. While studying the long-necked Madagascar star orchid in 1862, Charles Darwin suddenly had an exciting thought. Some insects, he … Read more

The Habsburg Jaw And The Disturbing Cost Of Royal Inbreeding

Learn about the Habsburg jaw and the debilitating costs of rampant, decades-long incest among Europe’s most powerful royal families. While marriages between biological relatives were common in the ruling houses of Europe well up until the last century (Queen Elizabeth II actually married her own third cousin), the Spanish Habsburgs engaged in the practice with … Read more

The Celebrity ‘Herbalist’ Who Claimed To Have A Cure For AIDS

Born Alfredo Bowman in Honduras, Dr. Sebi sold vegan diets and “cell food” to some of the world’s biggest celebrities — and even claimed that he found a cure for AIDS. Dr. Sebi/FacebookDr. Sebi was a controversial herbalist and healer who worked with celebrity clients, including Michael Jackson. Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Sebi was a … Read more

History’s Largest Predator That Mysteriously Vanished

Megalodon’s name literally means ‘big tooth’ and with good reason — its jaws were strong enough to crush a car. The megalodon shark was one of the fiercest and largest predators to ever swim in the ocean. Capable of reaching lengths twice the size of Tyrannosaurus Rex and carrying a bite force that could crush … Read more

Dangerous Levels Of MDMA Found In River Near Glastonbury Festival

Experts blame public urination on the high levels of drugs in Whitelake River, which runs through the festival grounds. Wikimedia CommonsGlastonbury launched a 2019 campaign called “Don’t Pee On The Land” and claimed it had “measurable success.” The Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England is the yearly stomping ground of nearly 200,000 music fans. While the … Read more