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The CIA used cyborg cats to spy on the Soviets and they were rubbish


The 1960s was a swinging time for international espionage – Bond, The Man from Uncle, those IMF people from Mission: Impossible, they were all at it. Of course, that was all just fictional spying. Meanwhile, in the real world, the CIA thought cats could do a much better job. So they launched project Acoustic Kitty, which would eventually… Continue Reading

When you die, would you like your body to be eaten by scavenging animals?


Forward-thinking folk make sure they’ve considered all the options for what happens to their bodies when they’ve kicked the bucket. Some people opt for a traditional interment in a local cemetery, others prefer to have themselves cremated, with the ashes scattered at a favourite spot or in a garden of remembrance. But what if you want… Continue Reading

Oscar the therapy cat has predicted the death of around 100 people


If you are a resident of Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, and a friendly cat comes padding into your room and decides to take a nap on your bed, you are officially allowed to freak out. Because that cat may be Oscar. And Oscar the cat appears able to predict the impending death of… Continue Reading

The US Air Force thought about building a ‘gay bomb’


In the years that followed the unfortunate episode that become know as the Second World War, senior people pondered whether or not dropping nuclear weapons on fellow humans represented the best battle plan they had to offer. Surely there was another way? In 1994 the Wright Laboratory in Ohio, a predecessor to today’s United States Air… Continue Reading

The cat organ is history’s weirdest – and cruellest – musical instrument


  Ok, first thing’s first for all the cat lovers reading this: There is no official record of a cat organ actually being built. But it didn’t stop a lot of influential people thinking about it. A lot. And in great detail. The instrument was described by the French writer Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin in his book Musiciana,… Continue Reading

Why are clowns so damn scary?


Was there ever a time clowns weren’t just entirely creepy? Evil clowns are so ingrained in popular culture today it seems that this has always been the right way to see these freaky grease-painted monstrosities and there never was a golden age of clown innocence. Of course some people will say this is just a… Continue Reading

Got a sniffle? You may have this disease that kills millions


Got a runny nose? Sore throat? Muscle pains? Headache? And absolutely no sympathy from family and friends who reckon you’ve just got a bit of a cold and you’re milking it for all it’s worth? Well fair enough, you might not have tuberculosis or the Black Death, but even if it is in fact just an… Continue Reading

How long can you watch one of the creepiest videos on YouTube?


There are plenty of creepy videos on YouTube, but this one just won’t go away. Quite literally. The film is called Dining Room or ‘There is Nothing’ and it’s written and directed by film-maker, artists and designer David Earle. This short film flips back on itself, explains Earle on his site. At exactly the midway point,… Continue Reading

Rat kings are bad omens – and seriously weird in the flesh


You know when something makes a huge cultural impact? One minute they’re brand new on the scene and in the blink of an eye you just can’t avoid them, they’re absolutely everywhere. Then they seem to disappear overnight. They take a break away from the public gaze…before coming back even bigger, badder and bolder than ever…. Continue Reading

You’ve got drug money in your wallet (and possibly Hepatitis-C)


If you’re in the UK, open up your wallet or purse and take out the contents. (If you’re not in the UK you can pretend by standing under a cold shower). If you’ve got more than two banknotes in your hand, you’ve almost certainly got drugs in your possession. Forensic scientists have said that around… Continue Reading

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