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Attila the Hun Died of a Nosebleed

Of all of the ways in which to go, this would have to be one of the less ceremonial ways, especially for a ruler renowned for his leadership and ferocity. The scourge of Rome in the 5th century, Attila the Hun died of a nosebleed. This kind of reminds me of the episode in the Simpsons where Ralph is talking to Lisa. “The doctor told me I wouldn’t have so many nosebleeds if I just kept my finger out of there.” While this was the cause of the many nosebleeds of poor Ralph Wigum, and countless young children around the ... Read more

What Causes Red Hair?

What causes red hair? Nothing but a dark soul! But seriously, red hair is caused by a genetic mutation, quite possibly because they are the spawn of Satan or by conjuring the devil with evil spells and potions. If the mutation isn’t caused by that, maybe it’s their fiery temper and the ability to turn a bright, sunny, beautiful day into the darkest pit of Hell with but a mere glare from their piercing eyes that descend into the darkest recesses of their soul. But if you still feel that there is a logical, scientific explanation for the fiery redhead, ... Read more

Sugar Cures Hiccups in 19 out of 20 Cases

It seems that there is a merciful and kind God. Sugar cures hiccups, and with a surprising degree of success. So how is it that the hiccups, which have a dubious list of home remedies as long as my arm, can be cured with something so readily available, cheap and not to mention delicious? Well it all comes down to the way that the brain works. Everyone has had a case of annoying hiccups. In most cases they only last for less than an hour, and are nothing more than an annoyance. Although they can provide an observer with simple moments ... Read more

Baked Potato in Foil Can Be Poison

Baked potato in foil can be deadly. I bet that you didn’t see this one coming. So how is it that one of the most delicious ways to cook a potato, and a favorite method while camping, can be deadly? It’s not as if the end result of a cooked potato is any different, or is it? Many of us eat potatoes on a weekly basis. For many people they are an essential part of the diet. In fact, Ireland even went through a famine because of a shortage of the vegetable. They are delicious, full of wholesome goodness, and ... Read more

Pen Caps Cause 100 Deaths a Year

Oh my goodness. Pen caps cause 100 deaths a year. How could this be? One of the simplest and most inconspicuous items that can be found on the most common of office stationary, a pen cap, is incredibly dangerous, and even deadly. Well, it’s not really all that surprising at all, and given the number of people who court death on a daily basis, it’s surprising that pen caps only cause 100 deaths a year, and not many more. So why such a high number of tragedies? Pen caps can hardly be describes as the best thing to place into your ... Read more

Henry Viii Exploded in His Coffin

Well, I can think of a million bad things to happen at a funeral, but this certainly takes the cake. King Henry VIII exploded in his coffin at his own funeral. Disgusting if I may say so myself, and hardly befitting a monarch. But it’s what happened after Henry VIII exploded in his coffin that really makes this one of the more disgusting things that we have ever come across. King Henry VIII is a man who hardly needs an introduction. He is well known as being the over weight king of England who developed a habit of divorcing many wives, most often at the edge ... Read more

There’s a South African National Cleavage Day

All hail South Africa. Why? Well there’s a South African national cleavage day. It’s true, and sounds fun… Aah, I mean interesting and insightful. But why is there a national cleavage day in South African ? It is a pretty sexist thing to hold, and you don’t see anyone proclaiming a day to celebrate penises. Oh wait a minute, I forgot that there is one. But first thing first, we really have to ascertain if this is fact or fiction, after all, it’s really an odd thing for a country to celebrate. Even though we have come across some traditions ... Read more

Orgasms Clear Congested Sinuses

Yippee, orgasms clear congested sinuses. This isn’t a weird claim to make it easier for you to try and score between the sheets, it’s a scientifically proven fact. So how can an orgasm possibly clear stuffy sinuses? Stuffy sinuses. They’re one of my pet hates. I personally suffer from hay fever, so every spring my eyes turn into puffy, burning hot embers of itchiness, and my sinuses go berserk. They feel like they are swollen beyond all possibility, yet run like a river, a river of snot. But sufferers of hay fever are not the only ones to feel the ... Read more

Jfk’s Brain Went Missing

JFK’s brain went missing. Like seriously!  How do you misplace a brain? I know that we’ve all lost something from time to time, but seriously, WTF? It’s not like school homework or even a fucking mastercard. It’s a dudes brain, and a pretty important dudes brain at that. So JFK’s brain went missing, where did it end up being? John Fitzgerald Kennedy, he was the 35th president of the United States and became the fourth president to be assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. It was a tragedy that echoed around the world, and left a nation in mourning. But as if the ... Read more

Chainsaws Were Made to Deliver Babies

If I were to say that chainsaws were originally made to deliver babies, what would you say? You would probably think I’m off my face on some hallucinogenic party drug or something. How could a device that’s widely used in the timber industry, and I can’t forget B grade horror movies, ever be associated with the birth of a child? Well chainsaws were made to deliver babies, along with dreaded, but necessary amputations. Furthermore, they’re a lot older than you might think. Way back around 1783-1785, a couple of Scottish doctors were working on a new device to make the procedure of dissecting ... Read more