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Do you remember when your
school science teacher told you never to fudge your data? Never,
ever. Apparently, Paul Kammerer wasn't listening. He was once the
most famous biologist in the world. Now he is the textbook
of scientific fraud and is virtually unknown. Find out how one
toad lead to his untimely death.
You may never have heard of Joseph Priestley, but
is considered by many to be one of the greatest scientists of all
What did he know that the leading scientists of the 1700's did
Certainly not science. He never took a single science course
his entire lifetime. That was to Priestley's advantage.
out this story to learn about his long list of important scientific
Also, discover Priestley's role in the future of soft drinks and rubber.
The Matchstick Man
What do you do with your
after you burn them? Do you toss them away? What a complete
waste of a natural resource. Could the landfills be filling up with
things? For an answer to this pressing problem, we need only to
to a man named Jack Hall. He found the perfect solution to the
matchstick dilemma. He used the matches to build... Well,
out this incredible story to see what he used the matchsticks for.
The Bath School
Incredible Stories of Survival
When people think about school violence, the tragic
of the Columbine shootings is the first thing that comes to mind.
Few people, however, have any knowledge the most deadly act of school
in American history. Even more surprising is that this was not a
recent event , but actually occurred during the Roaring 20's.
P. T. Barnum is best known for the circus that he
Exploitation should have been his middle name. If you were too short,
fat, skinny, hairy (you get the idea), you could get a job working for
him. Surprisingly, he had an even greater effect on our culture - he
the English language forever.
The Coldest Profession
Yes, it appears that
may have finally found what appears to be Earth's southernmost
district. Your first impression may be that this sounds like a
about lonely scientists living at the South Pole, but it is not.
Instead, this is a story about penguins and what they do in their spare
time. This time, however, it is the betrayed husband who is left
I can hear you screaming already - your English
told you that the plural of fish is still fish. Supposedly, there is no
such word called fishes. Well, your English teacher was wrong.
Count Victor Lustig could
you just about anything. Rich or poor, if he decided to make you
his next victim, he would certainly take you for all that you
He never did sell the Brooklyn Bridge, but he did manage to sell the
Tower. And, he sold the tower not once, but twice.
Without a doubt, this is the most controversial
Information story found on these web pages. While not written with the
intention of challenging religious belief, many have misinterpreted the
story this way. What it is intended to be is an interesting
analysis of how many animals the ark could actually hold. One thing
we can be sure of - it was certainly not a cruise ship.
The Pudding Guy
David Phillips is the type of
that just loves pudding. Now, it just can't be any type of
It must be Healthy Choice brand in those individual serving type
Phillips ended up buying 12,150 containers of this yummy stuff for his
family. Why would anyone want so much pudding? Why did it
to be Healthy Choice brand? And what could any typical family do
with all of this pudding. Check out this great story to find
These two words are rarely
used in the same sentence. Therefore, you are probably wondering
what these two items actually have in common. In regards to your
life, the answer is almost certainly nothing. If you are talking
about the author's life, then there is one unusual similarity.
a hint: Some items just seem to be cursed.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry
Did you ever wonder how Santa delivers all those gifts to the kids
year for Christmas? Let's just say that it's not an easy task and
that this overweight fellow seems to defy the laws of physics.
the fifth year, we are proud to present this hilarious story. This is
only non-original article on the site, and, to make matters even worse,
the story is totally fictitious. But, we had to keep our
tradition of posting this it. Enjoy!
to Sell Your Body?
Our bodies seem to be a depository of lots of
minerals. So how much could you get for these selling these resources?
World War II ended way back
1945. Someone forgot to tell Hiroo Onoda and his men,
They kept fighting and fighting and fighting. And when that
enough, they kept on fighting some more. Thirty years later,
war was still going on. It obviously ended, or you wouldn't be
to read this great story of survival.
Presidents and Rulers
The inventor of this modern miracle drug saw no use
it. Luckily, aspirin's formula was rediscovered nearly fifty years
and the rest is history. But, did you know that aspirin was included as
part of the Treaty of Versailles?
I'm stuck on Band-Aid 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on
Millions of these little adhesive strip have been sold over the years.
Yet, their existence may never have been if it weren't for Listerine.
Mary Phelps Jacob is widely credited with inventing
article of clothing way back in 1913. Did she really invent this
Better yet, did you know that it could possibly kill you? Check out the
Many men hate wearing these things, but one cannot
that they are an effective form of contraception. Find out where this
rubber device came from and what it has in common with America's
soft drink, Coca-Cola.
The man that invented the Eveready battery gave
the company so that he could play with his model trains. As foolish as
this may sound, it was the best decision that he ever made.
Who invented these illuminating devices? If you
Thomas Edison, you would be wrong. Find out who really invented the
and what it means to be Westinghoused.
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match... It just
that simple. Making a device to turn friction into flame turned out to
be much more difficult and dangerous than you could ever imagine.
A melted candy bar and some egg on someone's face
responsible for the invention of the first microwave. Check out the
history of this product's development. Also, is there any truth to the
rumor that people have cooked their babies alive in these cooking
Brush-it-on. Roll-it-on. Or, just plain slop-it-on.
you believe that when ready mixed paint was invented, many people had
doubts that anyone would ever buy it? It seems that consumers preferred
to mix their own paint.
It's hard to believe, but those old flip-top head
could be worth big $$$. Would you believe that those little candies
available in Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Licorice, and Chlorophyll flavors?
Find out what other flavors were once marketed and the answer to the
obvious question - Why are they called PEZ?
Love them or hate them, they
just hard to ignore. The plastic pink flamingo has become a part
of the American landscape and has had more staying power than just
any celebrity. The subject of many jokes, this truly American
was actually designed by a real artist as a serious piece of art.
Follow the path of the pink flamingo from its birth through to its gain
of legendary status.
One would think that inventions do not come any
than this. Put a little cotton on a stick and you're in business.
it was not that easy. And what is with the strange name?
These little soapy pads were originally designed as
giveaway to help sell aluminum pots and pans to housewives. The
didn't sell, but the pads were an instant success. By the way, the pads
are not named after the famous distress signal.
Zippers and Velcro
Hey! Your fly is open! (made you look...) Trying to
people to use the zipper many years ago was virtually impossible - this
contraption constantly rusted closed or failed miserably. Of course, we
now have that modern invention known as Velcro® to solve these
David Rice Atchison
What would you do if you could be President of the
States for one day? Would you start a war? Pardon all the
It just so happens that David Rice Atchison is the only man in history
to have had this honor. Find out what Atchison did during his 24 hours
James Garfield will never be one of the best
Presidents of the United States. You probably didn't even know that he
was assassinated. His assassin shot him twice, but probably did not
him. Find out who the real murderers are and how Alexander Graham Bell
helped speed up his death.
William the Conqueror
This great legend in history
an accidental death. His funeral was the real highlight (if you can
it that), however. His corpse sent the worshippers running out of the
You should be glad that you did not have to attend.
Why? Why? Why?
You are probably thinking
the endless stories of Dr. Richard Kimble and his escape from
This is actually the story of another fugitive named Robert Burns whose
run from justice inspired two Hollywood movies, books, and a change in
the Georgia penal system. He had one fascinating journey!
You've probably heard that old expression about
around like a chicken with its head cut off. Well, Headless Mike
gives new meaning to this expression. Check out this article for
one of the oddest stories that you may have read in a while.
it's not pretty, but you'll probably remember it for the rest of your
Sawing Off Manhattan
What would you do if you
that the island of Manhattan was sinking into the Hudson Bay due to the
added weight of its buildings? Such a problem faced the people of
this great city. It took the ingenuity of one man to find a
solution. The plan was to saw off the end of the island and spin
it around. Impossible, you say? Check out this wild story
see what really happened.
Slip Slidin' Away
We tend to think of rocks as objects that remain in
same place for long periods of time. Weathering, erosion, or even
has been known to move them. Yet, there are rocks in Death Valley,
that seem to mysteriously move hundreds of feet at a time. Do these
have legs? Did the aliens from outer space move them? Or was it some
supreme power? Why don't you take a look...
The US Camel Brigade
It’s hard to imagine the old
without images of the classic cowboy riding his horse off into the
Yet, if things had gone differently, those old western movies would
had John Wayne riding into town on his camel. When the Lone
was blurting out, “Hi yo Silver, away!” he would have been referring to
his two-humped friend. And Roy Rogers would have had a dromedary
You've Got To Be Kidding!
This simple little celebration is enough to bring
to a complete halt in one small upstate New York community. Just
where did the idea of planting trees come from? Why was the
so important a century ago, yet largely forgotten by all today?
you can know...
Can you imagine having to compete with thousands of
males to win the heart of the only mating female in the kingdom? Even
once you do get her, your genitals end up exploding.
What's the deal with those old movies? They
so fast. Antique cars zoom across the screen. People walk across the
like their pants are on fire. It's seems like someone was able to put
on fast forward.
You probably know that raisins are just plain old
grapes. Do you have any idea what the difference is between the Golden
and Sun-Dried varieties? Now you can know.
That old magic question is finally answered - If
sticks to Teflon, how do they get Teflon to stick to the pan?
And since the manufacturers have obviously gotten
to stick, is it true that the fumes produced by the Teflon are actually
toxic? Hint: your pet birds are in grave danger.
The breakfast cereal that provides you with 100% of
recommended amount of iron. Do you know how they get the iron into the
cereal? You may not want to know.
Are you tired of those rock hard tomatoes that the
supermarket sells? What ever happened to those juicy specimens that
available years ago? Would you believe that the red tomato is really a
Other Site Files
The Olympic Committee probably wants to
that these 1904 St. Louis games ever occurred. The whole affair ended
being one big circus sideshow. How about a gold medal in mud throwing,
totem pole climbing, or spear throwing? Check out this story for a good
Sounds like a ridiculous idea, but it's true.
are being outfitted with contact lenses. Find out why these chickens
The Electric Pickle
Edison may have missed the
on this one. Why use the standard incandescent and fluorescent
that we are so familiar with when we could be lighting our homes with
power? I am not kidding here... The guys at Digital Labs
did research on this. And, the pickles really do glow!
Many people never hesitate to scream "A FIGHT!" at
first indication of a brawl. Yet, these words proved to be extremely
at Birmingham's Shiloh Church in 1902. Surprisingly, no fight ever
and no punch was ever thrown. Find out what really happened.
Did you ever wonder what homogenized actually
You probably drink it every single day, but the homogenization process
was a hard sell when it was first introduced to the marketplace. So
was it to move this new product that the salesmen had to resort to a
marketing gimmick - bottles of vomit.
Remember that Seinfeld episode in which Jerry was
picking his nose by his beautiful date? He kept screaming to her
that "It wasn't a pick", but she refused to listen and dumped him
immediately. Just how common is this disgusting habit?
out this story - you'll be amazed at what they are studying in our
institutions these days.
The Other Stories
M.I.T. students that paid
to a dance based on their girlfriend's weight. A guy that had
than one hundred shoe tacks removed from his stomach. A kid that
collected some 334,000 dead flies in jars. Naturally cooked apple
pie. What it means to be "sucking brains". These are the
stories that almost got away.
In the Walt Disney version of this story, Sleeping
is awakened by the handsome prince and they live happily ever after.
original version did not quite read the same way. Instead, the fairy
is really a story of rape, illegitimate children, and cannibalism...
Billions of dollars are spent each year to help
our teeth cavity free and looking pearly white. We have toothpaste with
baking soda, peroxide, and whiteners in what seems to be every flavor
color possible. Luckily, one flavor is no longer used - that of
It's the stuff that we use on our salads all of the
But, this food product also doubles as the chemical acetic acid.
In this true-to-life story (meaning that it happened to the author),
out what kind of protective gear you will need to eat that delicious