Just Plain Weird

Fascinating features and odd occurrences—we bring you some of the more bizarre stories of the day.

Staten Island Ferry Octopus Attack

There is a fake memorial in Battery Park, Manhattan, that honors the deceased victims of a giant octopus attack of a Staten Island ferry. Read the full story.

Snollygoster

Here’s a word I’m betting you have never come across—SNOLLYGOSTER. As of February 2017 it has been reinstated into the Collegiate Merriam Webster Dictionary. It had been taken out in 2003 because it was thought that no one used it. … Continue reading

Trappist 1 Discovery

Exciting news revealed yesterday that NASA scientists discovered a new planetary system with seven rocky planets which have the potential to be habitable zones—that means that conditions imply they main contain water which is considered the essential element for life. … Continue reading

Smelly Feet

Polar bears have huge feet which act as snowshoes distributing their heavy weight when they walk over ice fields. Pads on their feet are covered in tiny papillae or bumps that also help their grip on the ice. But here’s … Continue reading

Walking in the Wind

Mount Washington Observatory in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, is a weather station where the scientists study weather and climate and conduct educational programs. It is 6,288 feet above sea level and the conditions in the alpine zone are … Continue reading

Frost Flowers

You have to get up very early on a cold and frosty morning to see these: the phenomena known as a frost flower is formed when water drawn up into the stem of a plant forms into a thin layer … Continue reading

Pizza Vending Machine

Soon to be seen in your neighborhood—well, maybe? The Wonderpizza company from Italy has invented a pizza vending machine. It apparently took them five years and six million dollars to develop a machine that delivers a choice of three different … Continue reading

Communicating with Curiosity

By Teagan Wall With cell phones and the internet, we’re used to communicating with anyone, anywhere, quickly and easily. But how do scientists communicate with things that aren’t on our planet—such as the Curiosity rover on Mars? This communication beyond … Continue reading

Petals Make Nests

Two discoveries, far apart and on the very same day identified species of bees that build their underground nests from petals and mud. In Turkey the female bees favor yellow, pink, blue and purple petals but in Iran, the rare … Continue reading

Two Moons?

NASA says there is another moon orbiting Earth. It is being called a “quasi-satellite” or a “near-Earth companion” because its orbit is apparently irregular and elliptical. It is actually an asteroid called 2016 HO3and is no larger that 40 meters … Continue reading