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The Week’s Most Eerily Fascinating Stories

I can’t look away. That’s the mark of an eerily fascinating story, and this week served up a pile of them. Whether it’s the clown who scaled a cemetery fence in Chicago and then stood waving very, very slowly to passersby, or the discovery of a snake with four little grasping “hands,” it just seemed like a creepier-than-average week. So […]…

Ever Wonder What a Neanderthal Considered a Delicacy?

I suppose “Neanderthal delicacy” may sound like an oxymoron. Most people think of Neanderthals and other ancient people as cave men, brutes capable of little more than smashing and grunting. To the extent you’ve ever thought about what they ate, you probably assumed it was, well, whatever they could get their dirty hands on. Or […]…

Surgeon Reveals Head Transplant Plan, But Patient Steals the Show…

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—Valery Spiridonov looks impossibly small. He is dressed in all white, from his white button-down shirt to the white socks on his feet, which dangle at the ends of white pants and a white blanket. Breaking up the look is a black strap, which holds him to a motorized wheelchair. He uses his left […]…

Injecting Electronics Into Brain Not as Freaky as it Sounds

No need to wait for the cyborg future—it’s already here. Adding to a growing list of electronics that can be implanted in the body, scientists are working to perfect the ultimate merger of mind and machine: devices fused directly to the brain. A new type of flexible electronics can be injected through a syringe to […]…

World’s Oldest Murder Mystery Was 430,000 Years in the Making…

The first known murder was just as brutal as any other. The attacker smashed the victim twice in the head, leaving matching holes above the victim’s left eyebrow. The dead body was then dropped down a 43-foot shaft into a cave—where it lay for nearly half a million years. Talk about your cold case. Paleontologists pieced together the 430,000-year-old skull and […]…

This Is What Happens When You Use Rat Poison: Flymageddon

I killed the rats in my basement ceiling. At the time, they were my biggest problem. Then I found myself in my car one night with the headlights aimed at my back door, hoping to lure a swarm of carrion flies out of the house. Carrion flies, if you’re not familiar, are the kind that […]…

Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts? Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said Popular Science. The International Business Times pronounced head transplants “not […]…

Now We Know What It Feels Like to Be Invisible

First, Arvid Guterstam made himself invisible. When he looked down at his body, there was nothing there. He could feel he was solid; he hadn’t vanished into thin air. He even felt a paint brush tickle his transparent belly, while the brush appeared to be stroking nothing but air. Being invisible is “great fun,” Guterstam […]…

Please Welcome Erika Engelhaupt to Phenomena!

Today, Phenomena gets a little spookier as we welcome Erika Engelhaupt to the salon. The name of her blog says it all: In Gory Details, she’ll be bringing you tales from the darker side of science — creepy thrills, macabre reality checks, and stuff for which the term “morbid fascination” aptly applies. Maybe it has something […]…