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Michael “Mick” Meaney, Who Volunteered to Be Buried Alive for 61 Days

Mike Meaney is pictured

Not everyone attending the wake upstairs at The Admiral Lord Nelson Pub in Kilburn, near London, England, knew Michael “Mick” Meaney personally. But the Irishman had certainly developed a reputation. Meaney was known for great feats of strength in his labor-intensive jobs, for his love of boxing, and for his desire to become a professional […]

Does This Picture Show a Fully Dissected Human Nervous System?


Claim: A photograph genuinely shows a complete human nervous system preserved and displayed in a manner similar to a human skeleton. Rating: A popular image shared by science–focused social media accounts is that of an image labeled as some variation on “the complete human nervous system dissection” or “a fully dissected nervous system.”  This is […]

The Murder Of Blair Adams — And Why It Remains Unsolved Today

Blair Adams

Blair Adams became convinced that someone was after him just before he fled his home in Canada in July 1996 — then he mysteriously turned up dead in a Tennessee parking lot just a few days later. Riddle-Me-This/TwitterBlair Adams was found dead just outside Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1996 — and his murder remains unsolved to […]

Scientists Find Genetic Distinctions In Chernobyl Dogs

Chernobyl Dogs

Researchers used blood samples to pinpoint genetic differences between dogs in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and in surrounding areas. These findings may help scientists understand the effects of radiation on large mammals, including humans. Dimitar Dilkoff/Agence France-PresseHundreds of free-roaming dogs wander around the Chernobyl exclusion zone, including near the highly radioactive power plant. Almost 40 […]

Huitzilopochtli, The Aztec God Behind Countless Human Sacrifices


The Aztec Sun god and the impetus for countless human sacrifices, Huitzilopochtli left a blood-soaked mark on Mesoamerican history. Juan de Tovar/Wikimedia CommonsHuitzilopochtli, the Aztec Sun god, as depicted in the Tovar Codex. If asked to name an Aztec god, most people would probably point to the serpent god Quetzalcoatl. But the Aztec pantheon contained […]

No, the World Economic Forum Hasn’t Ordered Governments to Legalize Marriage With Animals


Claim: In March 2023, the World Economic Forum ordered governments to give people the right to marry animals to promote diversity and inclusion. Rating: On March 1, 2023, the website NewsPunch published an article with the headline “WEF Says It’s Time To Legalize Sex and Marriage With Animals To Promote Inclusion.” The article claimed: The World […]

New Moai Statue Discovered In Dried-Up Volcanic Crater Lake

New Moai Statue

The new moai was found in the dried-up lake bed around the Rano Raraku volcano — and researchers believe there may be more statues nearby. Sergio Pitamitz / VWPics/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesMoai were created by the Rapa Nui people, the native ancestral inhabitants of Easter Island. Moai statues are among the most famous […]

Does Pic Show a 2nd Norfolk Southern Train Derailment in Ohio?


Claim: On March 6, 2023, a picture posted to Reddit authentically showing another Norfolk Southern train derailment in Ohio after the Feb. 3 derailment in East Palestine. Rating: On March 6, 2023, a picture was posted to Reddit claiming to show another Norfolk Southern train derailment in Ohio, roughly a month after a train carrying […]