A Map of the United States' Mythical Lake Monsters

While Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and the Mothman might get most of the attention on land, there are plenty of cryptozoological myths surrounding the US's lakes, rivers, and swamps as well. Atlas Obscura has mapped out the Loch Ness-type monsters, webbed hominids, and giant killer sea creatures that, according to… » 11/30/13 9:00am 11/30/13 9:00am

The legend of Isaac Newton's most foolish (and cat-friendly) invention

Isaac Newton accomplished some very important things in his life. He came up with a modern version of calculus (although not the modern notation). He described and explained a little thing called gravity. But he also is said to have invented a very useful thing for cats, in a very stupid way. » 6/07/13 4:20pm 6/07/13 4:20pm

Could you actually have an LSD flashback decades after taking the drug?

Ever hear someone tell a tale about an elderly man who used LSD in his youth going on a fish trip, only to randomly have an LSD-linked flashback and die via drowning? Scary, eh? I remember this urban legend particularly well, thanks to an unusually creepy elementary school assembly about drug awareness. » 10/19/12 4:20pm 10/19/12 4:20pm

Behold the water slide so dangerous it was shut down immediately

From 1978 to 1996, the Action Park of Vernon Township, New Jersey provided thousands of teenagers with the white-knuckle thrills only inattentive employees and poorly conceived amusement park rides can deliver. The Park's dubiously safe rides were responsible for countless scrapes and bruises and at least six… » 4/23/12 8:40am 4/23/12 8:40am

Flesh-eating banana email hoax strikes Mozambique

Necrotizing fasciitis-infected bananas have been the boogeyman of potassium lovers and people who enjoy checking their email unmolested by chain letters for over a decade. Now, rumors of flesh-eating bananas are resurging in Mozambique, where an email hoax is bedeviling plantain superfans. The email's spurious medical… » 12/04/11 7:30am 12/04/11 7:30am