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Of the nearly six million articles in the English Wikipedia there are some articles that Wikipedians have identified as being somewhat unusual. These articles are verifiable, valuable contributions to the encyclopedia, but are a bit odd, whimsical, or something one would not expect to find in Encyclopædia Britannica. We should take special care to meet the highest standards of an encyclopedia with these articles lest they make Wikipedia appear idiosyncratic. If you wish to add an article to this list, the article in question should preferably meet one or more of these criteria:

  • The article is something a reasonable person would not expect to find in a standard encyclopedia.
  • The subject is a highly unusual combination of concepts, such as cosmic latte, death from laughter, etc.
  • The subject is a clear anomaly—something that defies common sense, common expectations or common knowledge, such as Bir Tawil, Märket, Phineas Gage, Snow in Florida, etc.
  • The subject is well-documented for unexpected notoriety or an unplanned cult following at extreme levels, such as Ampelmännchen or All your base are belong to us.
  • The subject is a notorious hoax, such as the Sokal affair or Mary Toft.
  • The subject might be found amusing, though serious.
  • The subject is distinct amongst other similar ones.
  • The article is a list or collection of articles or subjects meeting the criteria above.

This definition is not precise or absolute; some articles could still be considered unusual even if they do not fit these guidelines.

To keep the list of interest to readers, each entry on this list should be an article on its own (not merely a section in a less unusual article) and of decent quality, and in large meeting Wikipedia's manual of style. For unusual contributions that are of greater levity, see Wikipedia:Silly Things. A star (Featured article) indicates a featured article. A plus () indicates a good article.

Places and infrastructure[edit]

Aphrodite's artistic nudity shows itself not far from Mount Olympus.
Good golly, Miss Molly – jus' love your folly!

For places with unusual names only, see: Wikipedia:Unusual place names

Breast-shaped hill Laid bare in many places around the world. May have given their name to Manchester.
Folly Buildings prized for their uselessness.
Gravity hill A hill that gives the illusion of objects rolling up it.
List of Eiffel Tower replicas Not as unique as you might have thought.
List of micronations Ever wanted to start your own country?
List of tautological place names Place names that contain truisms and say what they are.
Pizza farm All the ingredients of pizza, grown in one convenient location!
Spite house Various houses built solely out of spite for their neighbors.

North America[edit]

This bridge is a bit low, isn't it?
Oh no, this windowless skyscraper is definitely not a massive surveillance centre!
Mill Ends Park,
the smallest park in the world.
This lake hides many islands. And lakes in those islands. And islands in those lakes.
Capital status + no people = Plymouth, Montserrat!
North Carolina 11 foot 8 Bridge Try driving a truck under this bridge in North Carolina. Actually, please don't.
New York (state) 33 Thomas Street A windowless skyscraper in New York.
Arizona A Mountain Also known as Sentinel Peak, this hill in Tucson, Arizona literally has a big letter "A" on it.
New York (state) Agloe, New York A fictional town in New York.
Washington (state) Aroma of Tacoma "What an incredible smell you've discovered" could have been this Washington city's motto.
Alberta Badlands Guardian A natural topographic feature in Alberta, Canada, which, when viewed from above, looks remarkably like a human wearing a Native American headdress and earbuds.
Ohio Beatosu and Goblu Two non-existent Ohio towns that appeared on Michigan's official highway map as a reference to the University of Michigan and their rivals, Ohio State University.
Illinois Bubbly Creek The branch of the Chicago River that was so contaminated with blood from the Stock Yards that it gained this appetizing moniker.
Pennsylvania Centralia, Pennsylvania A town that's been on fire since 1962.
New Jersey Clinton Road (New Jersey) In addition to having the longest traffic light in the country, the road is also notorious for reported occurrences of paranormal activity.
California Colma, California A town where the dead outnumber the living by 1000 to 1.
Illinois Dixie Square Mall A shopping mall that stood abandoned for over twice as long as it was in business until it was finally demolished in 2012. It was featured in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers and became a popular target for urban explorers.
Cuba Ernst Thälmann Island An island off the coast of Cuba that was (sort of) ceded to East Germany and thus (sort of) remains part of East Germany, which doesn't exist anymore (sort of).
Iowa Fenelon Place Elevator The shortest and steepest railroad in the world, (supposedly) located in a town of around 60,000 people.
Kentucky Florence Y'all Water Tower A Northern Kentucky town's unique "welcome" sign.
Virginia Former counties, cities, and towns of Virginia All the places that are no longer found in Virginia, such as Illinois County, and a few that never were (including Walton's Mountain).
Wyoming Greater Green River Intergalactic Spaceport Consists entirely of a deeply rutted unmanned strip of soil/gravel and a windsock.
Washington (state) Gum Wall A brick wall in Seattle burdened by chewing gum. Cleaned in 2015, only to be turned into a memorial for Paris.
Wyoming Interstate 180 (Wyoming) An Interstate Highway that isn't really a freeway at all.
Arizona Interstate 19 The only U.S. highway marked in metric units, a relic of a historical push for metrication.
New Hampshire Republic of Indian Stream An area of land in northern New Hampshire that was an independent country from 1832 to 1835.
California Island of California The third-largest U.S. state was formerly an island – at least on paper.
Nevada Jackass Flats The aptly named test site for the world's first and only nuclear-powered rocket engines.
Rhode Island Jerimoth Hill The highest natural point in Rhode Island. For years, one of the toughest highpoints in the U.S. to scale, not because of its 812-foot (247 m) height, but because of an angry old man who lived nearby.
Newfoundland and Labrador Landsat Island A lonesome island with a frankly humorous tale.
Nevada List of Las Vegas casinos that never opened What happened on the drawing board stayed on the drawing board.
Michigan Featured article M-185 (Michigan highway) The only state highway in the country that bans motor vehicles. If you thought Texas State Highway 165 was an exceptional state highway, well...
New Jersey Mary Ellis grave A grave that found itself in the middle of a movie theater parking lot.
Michigan Michigan left Directions are more complicated in Michigan.
Oregon Mill Ends Park The smallest park in the world – 452 in2 (0.292 m2) – in Portland, Oregon.
California Mojave phone booth A public phone booth that stood for several decades in the middle of a desert, miles away from any roads or other structures.
N/A Pyramid mausoleums in North America Arizona Governor George Hunt will hereafter be addressed as "Pharaoh George I".
Nevada Republic of Molossia A 34-person micronation in Nevada which takes the meaning of the phrase "a man's home is his castle" to new extremes.
Nebraska Monowi A village in Nebraska with a population of one. Hi, Elsie!
Nunavut Nettilling Lake Located on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. It's the largest lake on an island and also contains the largest lake on an island on a lake on an island, which in turn contains the world's largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.
California Nitt Witt Ridge A house in California, built out of beer cans, abalone shells, car parts, and other garbage previously tossed out by local residents, is now a historic landmark.
Montserrat Plymouth, Montserrat A national capital with zero population.
Washington (state) Point Roberts, Washington When defining international boundaries, sometimes a straight line isn't the best solution.
Texas Prada Marfa, Texas For your luxury shopping bug, a Prada store in the desert.
Kentucky Rabbit Hash, Kentucky A town whose mayors, since 1998, have all been dogs.
Illinois Raising of Chicago During the 1850s, the city was raised on jacks, building by building.
Tamaulipas Rio Rico, Tamaulipas A city that was ceded by the United States to Mexico in 1977 due to an earlier diversion of the Rio Grande.
California Rough and Ready, California A currently populated, unincorporated mining town in the United States that seceded from the Union in 1850, forming the "Great Republic of Rough and Ready". Secession was rescinded less than three months later when its citizens noticed that they could not celebrate U.S. independence.
British Columbia Sam Kee Building Known as the world's narrowest commercial building.
Pennsylvania S.N.P.J., Pennsylvania A municipality consisting solely of a Slovenian fraternity's recreation center, established (in part) to get around liquor laws.
Quintana Roo Spiral Island An artificial island, now destroyed, built from thousands of empty floating plastic bottles.
Tennessee State of Scott Scott County in northern Tennessee seceded and formed its own state in opposition to Tennessee joining the Confederacy. It remained this way for over a century until it rejoined Tennessee in 1986.
California Tower of Wooden Pallets Now replaced by an apartment building, its site remains City of Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument no. 184.
New York (state) U Thant Island An island in the East River with a surprisingly in-depth history for only being 2,000 square feet (190 m2) in area.
Pennsylvania War of the Roses The historical rivalry between Lancaster and York. Not to be confused with Wars of the Roses, the historical rivalry between Lancaster and York.
Delaware Wedge It's harder than you think to construct the state of Delaware with a ruler and compass.
Alaska Whittier, Alaska A city in Alaska where (almost) all of its residents live in one building: Begich Towers.
Texas Good article World's littlest skyscraper The result of a fraudulent investment scheme, it's a four-story brick building constructed in 1920 in downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, that has only one room on each of its four floors.
California Winchester Mystery House A house believed to be haunted by the ghosts of individuals killed by Winchester rifles.
Michigan Zilwaukee, Michigan "Is this Milwaukee?" "Uh...yeah, it sure is!"
Idaho Zone of Death The part of Yellowstone National Park in Idaho, where any crime can technically be committed without punishment – but don't tempt fate!

South America[edit]

A desert with water in it. Or is it a lagoon with a desert in it? Hmmmm...
French Guiana Devil's Island A notorious penal colony off the coast of French Guiana.
Pará Fordlândia The man himself was not without his abject failures in Brazil.
Colombia Hacienda Nápoles The luxurious estate of the deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar that may lead to an invasive hippopotamus population in Colombia.
Misiones Province Isla Apipé An Argentine island in the Paraná River surrounded by Paraguayan waters.
Maranhão Lençóis Maranhenses National Park Wait, deserts don't seasonally flood. They just don't. Or do they?
Peru Nazca Lines A line museum, exhibited outdoors in southern Peru.
Chubut Province Y Wladfa A series of towns in Argentina's Chubut Province whose populations are largely Welsh-speaking.


Heard Island and McDonald Islands Mawson Peak The tallest mountain in Australia is not on the mainland, but on a barren, uninhabited island more than 3,800 kilometres away.
Ross Dependency McMurdo Dry Valleys An area of Antarctica which a) contains the world's second-most-saline body of water and b) has not experienced rainfall for over two million years.


Crouching tiger lake, hidden dragon CO2...
The buildings are in Spain. The ground at the bottom is in Morocco. Confused yet?
Bir Tawil One of the few places on Earth not claimed by any country. An American trekked there and claimed it in 2014 as the Kingdom of North Sudan so he could make his daughter a princess.
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo Pedicle Leopold, you've already done enough to the Congo!
Afar Region Gaet'ale Pond A small lake in Ethiopia that was created in 2015 after an earthquake. It's not bitter, it's just really, really salty.
Cameroon Lake Nyos A lake in northwestern Cameroon which exploded in 1986, killing 1,746 people. One of 3 known exploding lakes, the others being Lake Monoun and Lake Kivu.
N/A Mountains of Kong A non-existent trans-African mountain range that appeared on Western maps of the 19th century.
N/A Mountains of the Moon Another non-existent African mountain range, this time serving as the source of the Nile.
N/A Null Island A fictional island in the Gulf of Guinea, at 0°N 0°E. The site is currently occupied by a weather buoy.
Spain Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera A rock on the Moroccan coast connected to the mainland by an 80-metre-wide tombolo. Which is part of Spain.
Nigeria Republic of Benin (1967) One of the shortest-lived states in history, it was independent for only seven hours (07:00 to 14:00 on 19 September 1967).


A skyscraper with en suite highway.
Roughly 50,000 people lived in that.
Armenia Artsvashen An Armenian town surrounded and controlled by Azerbaijan. One of a number of similar towns on this border; others include Yukhari Askipara, Barxudarlı and Karki.
South Korea Camp Bonifas The bunkers on this golf course feature machine-guns and landmines.
Bangladesh Dahala Khagrabari India inside Bangladesh inside India inside Bangladesh. Formerly the only third-order enclave in the world.
Cyprus Dhekelia Power Station A Cypriot power station that provides power to a British military base that surrounds it.
Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
Diomede Islands Two islands in the Bering Strait separated by 4 kilometres and 21 hours' time difference.
Japan Gate Tower Building A skyscraper in Japan that has a highway offramp passing through its fifth, sixth and seventh floors.
China Hallstatt (China) An ongoing replica construction of a town in Austria.
Jewish Autonomous Oblast Jewish Autonomous Oblast In the depth of Eastern Siberia there's a place with street names in Yiddish, even though 95% of its population is not Jewish.
Hong Kong Good article Kowloon Walled City An enclave in the city of Hong Kong, known for its extremely high population density, food courts which served dog meat, and claustrophobic dwellings.
South Korea Love Land An erotic-themed sculpture park on Jeju island in South Korea.
Sharjah (emirate) Nahwa One of only eight counter-enclaves (enclaves of enclaves).
North Korea Peace Village (North Korea) A village in North Korea characterized by mainstream media as a North Korean propaganda Potemkin village.
N/A Peanut Hole A delightfully named patch of ocean in the Sea of Okhotsk which is totally surrounded by Russia's EEZ but not inside it. Often the subject of foreign overfishing.
North Korea Good article Ryugyong Hotel Once, it would have been the world's tallest hotel – except it lacked windows, fittings or fixtures for over twenty years.
N/A San Serriffe A lesser-known island in the Indian Ocean, subject of the April 1, 1977 Guardian.
China Sansha A disputed prefecture-level city in Hainan consisting of a collection of atolls and reefs throughout the South China Sea.
Japan Seikan Tunnel Tappi Shakō Line The closed funicular that connects an underground train station inside the Seikan Tunnel with a museum.
Japan Shingō, Aomori Did you know that Jesus escaped his crucifixion and raised a family in Japan?
Uzbekistan So‘x District An exclave of Uzbekistan enclaved within Kyrgyzstan with a 99% Tajik population.
Turkey Tomb of Suleyman Shah One of the burial sites of the first Ottoman emperor's grandfather is part of Turkey despite being 27 kilometres (17 mi) south of the country's border with Syria.
Japan Tsu Station By kana, the tersest railway station in Japan, serving the capital of an equally terse prefecture. By stroke count, the tersest in the world. By letters, only second-tersest.
China Wonderland Amusement Park (Beijing) The largest abandoned amusement park in Asia.
Japan X-Seed 4000 The tallest building ever designed, standing 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) tall and housing 500,000 to 1,000,000 people on 800 floors. It is, however, "never meant to be built".


A postman's labor of love.
Careful where you put that lighthouse, Eugene...
Borders, courtesy of Pablo Picasso.
Welcome to the Principality of Sealand.
A chandelier, decorating the Sedlec Ossuary, made from human bones.
A mosaic of 4.6 million seashells. Who built it? When? For what purpose?
The UK's northernmost and best-decorated bus shelter.
England Anti urination devices in Norwich Hostile architecture of the 19th century.
England Argleton A non-existent town in Lancashire, England, that appeared on Google Maps.
Flemish Region Baarle-Hertog Two municipalities, one of Belgium and one of the Netherlands, that surround each other twice and many times over. Some houses and shops are in both countries.
Netherlands Baarle-Nassau
Spain Barcelona Supercomputing Center A supercomputer in a medieval chapel.
England Beans and Bacon mine With such little ventilation, visitors may want to avoid any source of ignition. Nearby mines are not to be outdone and have the following names: Mule Spinner, Frogs Hole, Cackle Mackle and Wanton Legs.
Brandenburg Berlin Brandenburg Airport An unfinished airport whose construction finished in 2012, but hasn't yet been opened due to a series of delays mainly involving issues with the airport's fire system.
North Rhine-Westphalia Bielefeld Conspiracy The Bielefeld-Verschwörung tries to hide the horrible truth about a city in Westphalia, Germany, that doesn't exist... well, maybe.
Saarland Brennender Berg A German coal mine on fire since 1668.
Canton of Grisons Brusio spiral viaduct The title says it all, really.
Baden-Württemberg Büsingen am Hochrhein A German town that is fully contained within Switzerland.
England Butt Hole Road A tiny residential street in the UK that was so infamous for its name that it became a tourist attraction.
Ukraine Carpatho-Ukraine The third shortest-lived state in history (see Benin Republic in Nigeria); it was independent for only 24 hours.
Italy Colletto Fava A 1,500-metre (4,900 ft) hill with a 61-metre (200 ft) stuffed pink bunny on top.
Scotland Ebenezer Place, Wick The world's shortest street.
Moscow Fallen Monument Park A Russian park best known for its toppled statues.
France Ferdinand Cheval A postman, who, for thirty-three years, collected stones while making his rounds and used them to build a surreal Palais Idéal ("Ideal Palace") of astonishing proportions and intricate detail.
Scotland Flannan Isles Lighthouse Located on Eilean Mór, this lighthouse to the west of Scotland is the subject of an enduring mystery over the disappearance of its keepers in 1900.
Brandenburg Forest swastika A gigantic swastika made of larch trees that went unnoticed for nearly sixty years.
England Featured article Gropecunt Lane A street name found in English towns and cities during the Middle Ages.
Iceland Featured article Icelandic Phallological Museum A museum in Iceland solely devoted to the collection of penis specimens and penis-related art.
England JASON reactor The only nuclear reactor in a 17th-century building.
Lower Saxony Leaning Tower of Suurhusen Beating the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa by 1.22 degrees.
Spain List of missing landmarks in Spain Over 60 interesting buildings, including larger castles, royal palaces, leaning towers, city gates which were completely or partially demolished and no longer exist, with their respective articles and images.
Wales Llanfairpwllgwyngyll Or Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, if you want to get technical.
England Magic Roundabout Only in the United Kingdom would you find a large roundabout with five mini-roundabouts. (Not to be confused with the "Magic Roundabout"s in Colchester, Hemel Hempstead or High Wycombe – or, for that matter, this "Magic Roundabout".)
Märket A lighthouse built on this island led to a redefinition of the border between Sweden and Finland.
Bavaria Monte Kaolino A ski resort without snow.
Liechtenstein Municipalities of Liechtenstein The blotchy, angular borders between these divisions seem almost arbitrarily strange. The UAE's are similarly weird.
England Newhaven Marine railway station A railway station that is technically open, despite (a) no passenger trains serving the station since 2006, (b) an inability to buy tickets to the station and (c) the station itself being demolished in 2017.
Belgium Neutral Moresnet A tiny European region – approximately 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) – that existed for a century as neutral territory between Germany and Belgium.
Czech Republic Other World Kingdom A micronation and BDSM resort whose ultimate goal is "absolute matriarchy" – for all men to be enslaved by women.
Pheasant Island An uninhabited river island which switches sovereignty between France and Spain every six months.
England Principality of Sealand A micronation located 6 miles (9.7 km) off the coast of Suffolk, England, whose population rarely exceeds ten.
Vatican City Rail transport in Vatican City It consists of a 680-metre branch line and was constructed as a direct result of the Vatican's recognition as a country.
England Reality Checkpoint A lamppost with its own name.
Switzerland Röstigraben The "Coarsely Grated Potato Ditch" in Switzerland, dividing Swiss-German and Swiss-French cuisine.
Berlin Schwerbelastungskörper A piece of Nazi architecture in Berlin, built with the sole purpose of being heavy.
Netherlands Scottish Court in the Netherlands A former Dutch NATO base called Camp Zeist was briefly ceded to Scotland to enable the trial of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombers.
Czech Republic Sedlec Ossuary A Christian chapel decorated by the bones of approximately 40,000 people.
Spain Sexi (Phoenician colony) An ancient ruins, also known as Sex or Ex, with several Roman-era suburbs, including Pænis, Socordia and Villa Fatuus Maximus.
England Shell Grotto, Margate A grotto with a mosaic of 4.6 million seashells, hidden underneath a backyard. Nobody knows who built it, when, or for what purpose.
Wales Smallest House in Great Britain Only 5.49 square metres (59.1 sq ft) in size, in North Wales.
Baden-Württemberg Spreuerhofstraße The world's narrowest street.
Sweden UFO-Memorial Ängelholm A memorial to a reputed UFO landing in Sweden.
Scotland Unst Bus Shelter The only of its kind on the island of Unst, Shetland. It is periodically refurnished and contains a sofa and TV.
Belgium Vennbahn A disused railway in Belgium which separates five pieces of Germany from the rest of Germany.
Germany Weißwurstäquator The "White Sausage Equator" in Germany.


Watch your step around Coober Pedy.
New Zealand Baldwin Street, Dunedin A short suburban road in Dunedin, New Zealand, reputedly the world's second steepest street.
Lord Howe Island Ball's Pyramid A nearly 600-metre-tall (2,000 ft) stone stack in the middle of the ocean.
Western Australia Banjawarn Station Did a Japanese apocalypse cult test a nuke in the middle of rural Australia?
New Zealand Cardrona Bra Fence An eccentric tourist attraction in New Zealand.
South Australia Coober Pedy A mining town where most of the residents live underground.
Australian Capital Territory Concrete bus shelters in Canberra These brutalist cylindrical bus shelters are an icon of Australia's capital city.
Jervis Bay Territory Jervis Bay Territory The Australian Government's coastal exclave. Wait, the Australian government?
New Zealand New Zealand State Highway 78 A road in Timaru, New Zealand, that is designated a highway despite being only 900 metres long.
New Caledonia Sandy Island, New Caledonia An island which was shown on Google Maps satellite view until 2012 despite not existing.
New Zealand Taumatawhakatangi And that's the short version of the name.
New Zealand Te Urewera A forested area in New Zealand that is also a legal person (see below). Its Māori name means "The Burnt Penis".
New Zealand Whangamomona A self-declared republic in New Zealand, whose past presidents include a goat and a poodle.
New Zealand Whanganui River A river in New Zealand that is legally a person.


The infrastructural shortcomings of Faraday's times proved especially overpowering in the summer of 1858.
Abul-Abbas An Asian elephant given to Charlemagne by the Abbasid caliph Harun al-Rashid.
Cadaver Synod A deceased Pope was exhumed and put on trial!
Dancing Plague of 1518 In 1518 around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.
Julie d'Aubigny A bisexual fencer and opera singer known for burning down a convent to free her girlfriend.
Daughter of Emperor Xiaoming of Northern Wei A female monarch existed in Chinese history before Wu Zetian?
Defenestrations of Prague When was the last time throwing someone out of a window started a war?
Timothy Dexter Genius or loony?
Glass delusion Believing oneself to be made of glass was quite in vogue among Renaissance-era European nobility.
Great Molasses Flood A storage tank burst and flooded the streets of Boston with a 25-foot (7.6 m) high wave of molasses.
Kottabos The worlds first drinking game. Care to play? All you need is a bronze "lamp stand" with a tiny statuette on top and some wine.
Featured article London Beer Flood Nine people drowned by a flood of over 300,000 gallons of beer.
The Miracle of 1511 When the people of Brussels protested against their rulers by building satirical and pornographic snowmen.
Featured article Mutiny on the Bounty The true story starting with a stern captain and a lustful crew on a Royal Navy ship and ending with the British-Polynesian Seventh-day Adventist culture of the Pitcairn Islands. Plenty of drama in-between.
Norwegian butter crisis A massive inflation of butter prices caused illegal smuggling and an "emergency appeal" from a Danish television show.
Emilio Palma An Argentine national who was the first person to be born in Antarctica.
Pepsi Fruit Juice Flood A PepsiCo warehouse collapse flooded the streets of Russia with an assortment of juices.
Pope Benedict IX He became pope at twenty, and later sold the papacy. He was pope three times.
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion This one isn't exactly funny, but it is a hoax and an extraordinarily toxic one at that.
Puyi He became the last Emperor of China at the age of two and died as an ordinary citizen, ending 2,133 years of dynastic rule in China. In his twilight years, he also did community theater.
Sacred Band of Thebes An elite fighting force consisting of a hand-picked groups of 150 pairs of male lovers.
Taiping Rebellion One of the most lethal wars in history centers around a Chinese man claiming to be the brother of Jesus Christ.
Tank Man An unidentified man who achieved widespread recognition after standing in front, and blocking the procession of a column of tanks, the morning after the bloody suppression of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
War of Jenkins’ Ear An 18th century war that was pushed into action from a claim by Robert Jenkins (master mariner) that Spaniards amputated his ear.
Yang Kyoungjong The Korean defence of Normandy.
Volodymyr Zelensky When you play the President of Ukraine in a Ukranian TV Show so well you actually become President of Ukraine in real life.

Mathematics and numbers[edit]

"BEGhIL0S", "hELL0", "B00BLESS", etc. – there are many words that can be spelled on a calculator.
The day Sweden turned to the right side.
−0 Zero has a negative flavor in the worlds of computing, experimental science and statistical mechanics.
Featured article 0.999... An infinitely long way to write 1.
2 + 2 = 5 ...or perhaps it equals 1984...
616 (number) The real number of the beast?
Belphegor's prime 1 followed by 13 zeros followed by 666 followed by 13 zeros followed by 1.
Bertrand's postulate Despite now being a theorem, still conventionally called a postulate.
Calculator spelling Remember these from school?
The Complexity of Songs A treatise on the computational complexity of songs by venerable computer scientist Donald Knuth.
Erdős–Bacon number A combination of the degrees of separation from actor Kevin Bacon and mathematician Paul Erdős.
Extravagant number Don't take it shopping. Not very friendly with the frugal number either.
Graham's number A number so large that the observable universe is not big enough to write it in full in decimal notation.
Happy number Not just a cheery song on the radio.
Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia For beastly people bored of triskaidekaphobia.
Hilbert's paradox of the Grand Hotel A fully occupied hotel cannot accommodate any more guests. Or can it? Or, once it can, can it not?
Illegal prime Does the US government forbid knowledge of the existence of certain prime numbers?
Illumination Problem A room with a bit of a shadow.
Indiana Pi Bill A notorious attempt to legislate the value of pi as 3.2.
Infinite monkey theorem An infinite number of monkeys typing on an infinite number of typewriters will (almost surely) produce all possible written texts.
Interesting number paradox Either all natural numbers are interesting or else none of them are.
Legendre's constant After 91 years and much effort, this legendary constant was found to be ... 1. Just 1.
Look-and-say sequence Also known as the Cuckoo's Egg.
Mathematical fallacy Trying to prove that 2 = 1 or that 1 < 0.
Mathematical joke Complex numbers are all fun and games until someone loses an i. That's when things get real.
Monty Hall problem The counter-intuitive way to prevail when playing Let's Make a Deal.
Narcissistic number The pluperfect digital invariant says "Count me in"!
Nothing up my sleeve number A number which is "above suspicion".
Numbers station [Six bars of The Lincolnshire Poacher play]  "¡Atención! ¡Atención! One, four, seventeen, twenty-four..."
Minkowski's question mark function A function with an unusual notation and possessing unusual fractal properties.
Ramanujan summation Numberphile made a real Parker Square of it, on .
Sexy prime Prime numbers that differ from each other by sex. Er... six.
Six nines in pi A mathematical coincidence, the sequence "999999" appears a mere 762 digits into the decimal expansion of pi.
Spaghetti sort An algorithm for sorting rods of spaghetti.
Taxicab number Never tell a Numberphile that a number is uninteresting.
Tetraphobia Sometimes found in conjunction with triskaidekaphobia (see below) in East Asian cultures. More prevalent in Japan, where 49 is associated with "suffering until death".
Triskaidekaphobia No, it's not related to the Code of Hammurabi. No, it's not always considered unlucky. Yes, space exploration has been touched by it.
Ulam spiral A bored mathematician discovers an unusual numerical pattern while doodling.
Undecimber In Java, the thirteenth month of the year.
Vampire number Integers with real bite; some even have multiple pairs of fangs.
Will Rogers phenomenon When moving an element from one set to another set raises – counter-intuitively – the average values of both sets. Also known as the Will Rogers paradox.
Zenzizenzizenzic You know how x3 is called "x cubed"? Well, x8 is called...
Zeroth An ordinal number popular in computing and related cultures.

Dates and timekeeping[edit]

A soon-to-be bye-bye pi pie.
Don't panic – it's Towel Day.
11:11 (numerology) The time where all 4 digits are 1's
Ruth Belville She followed her parents in the business of selling people Greenwich Mean Time.
Chrismukkah A fictional Christmas-Hanukkah hybrid, popularized by the television show The O.C.
Festivus December 23: Holiday celebrated by the Costanza family on the television show Seinfeld, since appropriated by many.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day Shiver my timbers (a-harrr!) every September 19.
List of non-standard dates Including, among other things, January 0, February 30, and May 35.
Manhattanhenge Twice every year, the setting sun aligns with Manhattan's street grid.
Mole Day The Avogadro constant is celebrated on October 23rd starting at exactly 6:02 am.
Phantom time hypothesis A theory by Heribert Illig that the Early Middle Ages (614–911) never occurred. Therefore, it is now 1723 rather than 2020.
Pi Day The day – March 14 – on which the constant π is celebrated.
Tau Day The day – June 28 – on which the constant 𝞃 is celebrated.
Square Root Day Any date when the day and month are both the square root of the last two digits of the year (the next being 5th May 2025).
Star Wars Day May the 4th be with you.
Towel Day Don't forget to bring a towel, terrible or otherwise.
Winterval A word created as an alternative name for all the holidays at the end of a calendar year. It came to prominence after Birmingham City Council (the English city) used it in 1998.
Year 2000 problem A possible computing problem in the 1990's that may occur when the 21st century and 3rd millennium has arisen.
Year 2038 problem The computing problem that will arise due to the Unix time representation used in many computers.
Year 10,000 problem The collective name for all potential software bugs that will emerge as the need to express years with five digits arises.
Year zero Was there a year between 1 BC and AD 1?


Which of these typefaces do you think Hitler preferred?
Toynbee tiles found in downtown Washington, D.C.
The Voynich manuscript is written in an undeciphered script.
Antiqua–Fraktur dispute A dispute over which typeface was more "German". At first, the Nazis were for Fraktur...
Apples and oranges According to scholars, comparing the two may be easier than previously thought.
Arcaicam Esperantom How do you make things look "old" in a constructed language? By inventing a new one!
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo
buffalo Buffalo buffalo
A meaningful, grammatical construction that has inspired linguists to talk about bullying amongst Upstate New York's bison population.
Colorless green ideas sleep furiously A sentence contrived by Noam Chomsky to demonstrate that a sentence can be grammatical yet nonsensical.
Controversies about the word "niggardly" How a simple word can cause so much controversy.
Cryptophasia The secret language of identical twins, also called idioglossia.
Dipstick The name of this measuring device can also mean idiot.
Disambiguation (disambiguation) For when you're really not sure what you mean.[disambiguation needed]
Dord A nonexistent English word, supposedly meaning "density", which was listed in the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary from 1935 to 1939.
The Dozens A usually good-natured African American ritual in which two competitors, usually male, exchange trash-talk until one has no comeback.
Duck test A humorous abductive reasoning test based on the activities of a duck.
Engrish Attempts by East Asian people – especially the Japanese – to construct English words and phrases.
Etaoin shrdlu Cryptic echoes from the days of hot metal typesetting.
Faggin-Nazzi alphabet What? That's its real name. What did you think it was about?
Faux Cyrillic Give text some of that Яussiaи flavour.
Fictitious entry The content may be fictitious, but the entry is a fact.
Fnord Deliberately misleading, irrelevant or false information meant to suggest conspiracy. A popular word among Discordians.
Ghoti As good an argument as any for English-language spelling reform.
How now brown cow A way to greet those well-versed in rhetoric.
Hyphen War A dash between communism and independence.
Inherently funny word Some influential comedians have long regarded certain words in the English language as humorous because of their sound or resemblance to other words. Poodle, wankel, ni...
Intentionally blank page The self-refuting meta-reference that is "This page intentionally left blank".
James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher Repetition gone wrong.
Latin profanity Latin for the profane.
Featured list List of English words containing Q not followed by U A Scrabbler's dream article.
Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den A 92-character poem written in Classical Chinese, in which every syllable has the sound "shi" (in different tones) when read in modern Mandarin Chinese.
List of common false etymologies of English words Believe it or not, "crap" did not originate from Thomas Crapper.
List of ethnic slurs Ever wondered why they got so angry at you?
List of English words without rhymes Does anything rhyme with orange? Or silver?
Longest word in English Floccinaucinihilipilification, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and other contenders.
Mamihlapinatapai The Guinness World Record holder for the "most succinct word".[1]
Martian language Chinese language + Internet = new language.
Maternal insult What is this article about? Your mom!
Metal umlaut Gïvë thë lögö för ÿöür hëävÿ mëtäl bänd ä töügh Gërmänïc fëël.
Phaistos Disc Ancient spirals of undeciphered hieroglyphs.
Placeholder name You know, thingamajigs, doohickeys, whatchamacallits...
Pompatus All Steve Miller's fault.
RAS syndrome ...which is itself an example of RAS.
Russenorsk A Slavic-Scandinavian hybrid that lasted only 150 years.
Robert Shields You think you are hooked on recording every detail of your life...?
Shibboleth A type of slang used to identify an individual with a very specific region, usually with accompanied value judgments. Also, a funny word.
Shit happens A statement of philosophical existentialism boiled down to two words.
Spelling of Shakespeare's name What is the correct spelling of the famous English playwright?
That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is Punctuation matters, people.
Thinking about the immortality of the crab A colorful Spanish idiom for daydreaming; try using this one if your teacher notices you becoming inattentive in class.
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana Another example of syntactic ambiguity.
Toynbee tiles Tiles found embedded in asphalt, usually sporting cryptic messages.
Unknown unknown Things that we don't know we don't know.
Voynich manuscript An undeciphered illustrated book written six hundred or so years ago by an anonymous author using an unidentified alphabet.
  1. ^ Matthews, Peter; McWhirter, Norris, eds. (1994). The Guinness Book of Records. Bantam Books. p. 392. ISBN 978-0-553-56561-4.

Unusual names[edit]

See Nominative determinism for the idea that people gravitate toward careers that fit their names, e.g. urologists named Splat and Weedon.

Abcde 328 people were named this in the United States between 1990 and 2014.
Adolf Lu Hitler Marak This Indian politician does not dispraise his parents' questionable name choice.
Amandagamani Abhaya of Anuradhapura A king of Anuradhapura whose name has way too many As for me to be comfortable with.
Argélico Fucks A Brazilian footballer with a socially problematic last name. An unforgettable newspaper headline once declared "Fucks Off to Benfica".
Cesar Chavez Formerly Scott Fistler, this right-wing, pro-business politician changed his name to match the Hispanic left‑wing labor activist in an attempt to get more votes.
Cox–Zucker machine An algorithm named after its inventors.
Deportivo Wanka An unfortunately named Peruvian football team whose strips are remarkably popular in Britain.
Donaudampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft An officials' association in pre-war Vienna, Austria, of a shipping company for transporting passengers and cargo on the Danube.
Gregor Fučka A Slovenian-born Italian basketball player with a similar problem.
Ima Hogg American society leader, philanthropist, patron and collector of the arts, and one of the most respected women in Texas during the 20th century.
John le Fucker His surname probably didn't mean what you think it might mean.
Jennifer 8. Lee A former New York Times reporter whose middle name is the number eight. And you thought Harry S. Truman had a exceptional middle name...
Leone Sextus Tollemache Or Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache to his friends.
List of examples of Stigler's law Bode didn't discover Bode's Law, and Pascal didn't discover Pascal's Triangle.
List of people with reduplicated names ...such as Boutros Boutros-Ghali and (see below) Neville Neville.
Mansfield Smith-Cumming The first head of MI6, whose name became appropriate as he promoted the use of semen as invisible ink.
Mister Mxyzptlk Sometimes called Mxy, a fictional impish character who appears in DC Comics' Superman comic books.
Metta World Peace An NBA player who wants to promote World Peace and has a reputation for on-court brawls.
Good article Mannanafnanefnd A committee in Iceland that determines whether a name is suitable for integration into the Icelandic language. Apparently voted yes about themselves.
Naming law in Sweden An odd Swedish law regulating children's names, which has led to disgruntled parents submitting names such as Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, A, and Metallica.
Neville Neville The father of English footballers Phil Neville and Gary Neville.
Praise-God Barebone Christened Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone; not to be confused with his son Nicholas If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon.
Seán Dublin Bay Rockall Loftus An Irish politician who changes his name to emphasize political affiliations.
Pro-Life (politician) An American who did the same.
Preserved Fish A historical New York City shipping merchant.
Public Universal Friend An 18th century quaker who died, and was then revived, becoming an evangelist, gaining this unusual name, and becoming one of the earliest instances of a non-binary person in history.
Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos A warning to us all about taking double-barrelled surnames too far...
Roger Fuckebythenavele Perhaps the first use of the word fuck.
States Rights Gist A Confederate general during the American Civil War.
Téa This name is surprisingly French and not English.
Tiny Kox A Dutch politician.
Thursday October Christian I The son of Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny on the Bounty.
Tokyo Sexwale Despite not being Japanese or a sperm whale, he has control over the global diamond industry.
Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff, Sr. Longest name ever given.


Archaeoacoustics Can ancient pottery be used to play back recorded voices from the distant past?
Ota Benga The tragic story of a Pygmy man from the Belgian Congo who was briefly exhibited in the Bronx Zoo.
Buttered toast phenomenon But only if you're eating at a table.
Buttered cat paradox If a cat always lands on its feet and toast always lands buttered-side-down, what if...?
Vladimir Demikhov Eminent Soviet biologist and father of the canine head transplant.
Natasha Demkina Russian girl who claims to have X-ray vision.
Drake's Plate of Brass A forgery-related practical joke that went horribly awry.
Elvis taxon A taxon (species, genus, family, etc.) that is extinct but is later imitated by others.
Further research is needed Some journals have banned this infuriating and redundant cliché. Some researchers are researching its effects, but FRIN...
Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory You may have had a chemistry set when you were a child. I bet it didn't come with radioactive substances in the box.
Lazarus taxon Leaping Lazarus! Somewhat like Monty Python's Dead Parrot, it's not really dead, it's just resting.
List of Ig Nobel Prize winners Nobel Prize meets Weird Science. Result: Award-winning papers like "Injuries Due to Falling Coconuts" and "Chickens Prefer Beautiful Humans".
'Pataphysics A parody of science that purports to study what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics.
Pathological science A pejorative term for scientific ideas that will simply not "go away", long after they are given up on as wrong by the majority of scientists in the field.
Project Steve A wildly successful list of scientists in which all signatories (1) support evolution, (2) oppose intelligent design, and (3) are named Steve or a variation of that name (Steven, Stephan, Stephanie, etc.).
Raven paradox First, you'll grant that all ravens are black, yes...?
Sokal affair Physicist Alan Sokal demonstrates that at least some postmodernists can't see an emperor with no clothes.
"Women are wonderful" effect A phenomenon found in psychological and sociological research which suggests that people associate more positive attributes with the general social category of women compared to men.


This blue-looking noise is actually pink.
"Shit! It's Professor Pauli! Quick, pack that stuff away!"
Colors of noise Including white, pink, purple, blue...
David Hahn A 17-year-old, known as the Radioactive Boy Scout, who irradiated his back yard attempting to build a nuclear breeder reactor from spare parts.
Demon core A two-time radioactive killer.
Fictional elements, isotopes and atomic particles Not actual periodic elements. Many end in '-ite'. Some of the elements may indeed be minerals.
Flying ice cube They happen to live inside the computers of scientists trying to simulate molecules.
The Hum A phenomenon involving a persistent and invasive low-frequency noise of a humming character and unknown origin, not audible to all people, reported in various geographical locations.
Kundt's tube A serious piece of scientific apparatus whose name has induced sniggering among English-speaking schoolchildren for over 150 years.
List of unusual units of measurement Fortnights and nibbles, super feet and Sagans.
Magic smoke An alternative theory of integrated circuits: once the smoke is released they no longer work.
Oh-My-God particle Proof that physicists have a dramatic flair.
Pauli effect Something in the lab not working? Technical difficulties? Blame this guy.
Quantum suicide and immortality An infinite number of parallel universes means that any one person will always live forever.
Ranque-Hilsch vortex tube What happens when you blow in a hole in a tube? Hot air comes out one end and cold air comes out the other. No consensus reached on why it happens yet.
Smoot A strange unit of distance used to measure the Harvard Bridge.
Sound of fingernails scraping chalkboard Urrrgggh!

Earth sciences[edit]

"It's flat and that's all there is to it."
"No, this definitely isn't flat, but it's the other way!"
Aachenosaurus A fossil plant that was mistakenly identified as a dinosaur.
Bloop Does a mystery sound from the bottom of the sea indicate that Cthulhu may awake...?
Continental drip A playful theory devised to explain why the continents are tapered toward the south.
Expanding Earth A theory that the Earth is growing.
Flat Earth Society A society, originally British, that holds the belief that the Earth is flat, not spherical.
Featured article Snow in Florida Yes, snow is not unknown in the "Sunshine State".
List of unexplained sounds Must've been the wind.
Mumbai "sweet" seawater incident Salty creek becomes sweet for one tide cycle.
Rain of animals When it's literally raining cats and dogs.
Good article Red rain in Kerala Did blood rain from the sky?
South-up map orientation The crew of Apollo 17 snapped Earth with Antarctica on top. NASA followed Ptolemy and rotated it "back".
Featured article Andrée's Arctic balloon expedition An ill-fated attempt to reach the North Pole in 1897.
Roy Sullivan An unlucky park ranger who was hit by lightning on seven separate occasions. He survived them all, but came to his own tragic end.
Tinnunculite A recently discovered mineral that forms from bird feces.
Waffle House Index The U.S. government's alternative measure of disaster impact.

Chemistry and material science[edit]

Warning: It's LETHAL.
At last – the look of BO. Sounds fishy?
Dihydrogen monoxide A commonly used chemical that can be deadly to all forms of plant and animal life, contributing to global warming, erosion, acid rain, torture and countless other maladies. Or... that's what they want you to think.
List of chemical compounds with unusual names Some a consequence of their constituents or origins, others simply the work of whimsical chemists.
Thomas Midgley, Jr. Inventor of two of the world's most severe pollutants – and a machine that killed him.
Nanoputian A series of organic molecules having a structure that looks human.
New car smell Ahh, that new car smell. What do you mean, it might be toxic?
Pykrete A bullet-resistant frozen-water compound.
Red mercury A fictional substance which can create immense nuclear explosions in very small quantities.
Thiotimoline A fictional chemical which dissolves before it comes into contact with water.
Trimethylaminuria Do you smell something fishy? It may be you!
Unobtainium A term used to describe any material with properties that are unlikely or impossible for any real material to possess.

Space and astronomy[edit]

"Of course, it never reached the Moon..."
Cosmic latte The average colour of the Universe: a slightly beige white.
Cydonia (Mars) You've heard of the man on the Moon, now get ready for the "Face on Mars", well, sort of...
Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster Driving in space becomes reality.
Embryo space colonization A proposal for colonizing space using embryos raised by robots.
Extraterrestrial real estate Want to buy a housing plot on the Moon?
Fallen Astronaut A small statuette which is the only sculpture on the Moon.
Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum, and Phooey Five mice who circled the Moon 75 times on Apollo 17. Among the last eight Earthlings to travel to the Moon, upon returning to Earth the four remaining living mice were soon murdered and dissected in the name of science ("That's one small squeak...")
Hot, dust-obscured galaxies Hot DOGs, anyone?
List of hypothetical Solar System objects The planets that could have been. You think Pluto had it rough? At least it got its fifteen minutes of astronomical fame.
Lunarcrete Perfect for building your own cut-price Moon base.
Matrioshka brain Star-sized computer.
Milkdromeda The birth of a future galaxy, and the death of our own.
The Moon is made of green cheese Scientific consensus says it isn't, but are there people (or wolves) who think so?
Moon landing conspiracy theories Fake photos, slow-motion cameras and secret studios. All directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Moon Museum Only two people have ever seen its exhibits in person.
Nazi UFOs Did the Luftwaffe, in fact, explore the final frontier and make contact with alien races? Whether the secret Nazi base is on the Moon or in Antarctica, the truth is apparently out there.
Sex in space And when you've exhausted the list, here's something new to try!
Space advertising Plans to launch giant billboards into space.
Spaghettification What happens when you fall into a black hole.
Solway Firth Spaceman "Wasn't there when I took the pic – honest!"
Sylacauga (meteorite) The first fallen meteorite in recorded history to have verifiably injured a human.
Timekeeping on Mars How Martians know when they are.
Voyager Golden Record A compilation of sounds and images of humanity on a phonograph record made of gold-plated copper. It was sent to space in 1977 and is currently the farthest man-made object from Earth.
Writing in space How do you write in space?

Medicine and health[edit]

Well, stone me...
Quick – grab a tissue!
Got one of those headaches that just won't go away?
The pharmacy called, your maggot prescription is ready for pick-up
Put them where the sun doesn't shine.
Accessory breast Some people have more than two.
Alien hand syndrome An unusual neurological disorder, also known as "Dr. Strangelove syndrome", whereby one of the sufferer's hands seems to take on a life of its own.
Black hairy tongue Really?
Bristol stool scale Taking a close look at a toilet bowl for the sake of science. The scale was inspired by eye charts.
ChIA-PET Chromatin Interaction Analysis by Paired-End Tag sequencing, that is.
Dimples of Venus For fans of those dimples you don't find on a face.
Dr. Young's Ideal Rectal Dilators Forcibly withdrawn after officials clamped down on them.
Eigengrau The color seen by the eye in perfect darkness.
Fart lighting The act of igniting gases produced by human flatulence.
Five-second rule The notion that food dropped on the floor is safe to eat only as long as it's picked up within five seconds.
Gynecomastia Also known as "man boobs" or "moobs".
Hair-grooming syncope Who knew that brushing your hair could be deadly?
Human–animal breastfeeding If you have breast milk to spare, a puppy, piglet or monkey would like to hear from you.
Hypertrichosis Also known as "Human Werewolf Syndrome".
Hypoalgesic effect of swearing As Redd Foxx once observed, "if you've never said 'shit', come back with me after the show and I'll slam my car door on your hand'". And you will feel better.
Jenkem Huffing the gas from fermented human feces for a hallucinating effect.
Licorice poisoning Candy that needs a warning label by the Surgeon General.
Maggot therapy Those hungry, wriggling little larvae will clean up festering wounds because they are hungry.
Male lactation Given the right conditions, just about any male can do it. Fancy a try, boys?
Maple syrup urine disease For once, a sweet smell you don't want your infants exuding.
Medical students' disease A condition frequently reported in medical students who perceive themselves to be experiencing the symptoms of the diseases they are studying.
Mellified Man A legendary medicinal substance from Arabia.
Möbius syndrome A disease, most envied by poker players, that makes facial expressions impossible.
Mucophagy The consumption of mucus.
Nacirema An obscure New World tribe with some interesting practices.
Navel lint A study proves that most belly button fluff is blue and that women are less likely to have it.
Nasal sebum Yes, that stuff on the surface of your nose.
Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis A tooth in the eye (is worth two in the foot?).
Paleofeces Our ancestors' poop. Worth a close look, apparently.
Photic sneeze reflex People who sneeze when suddenly exposed to bright light.
Rapunzel syndrome Chewing on your hair is one thing, but actually eating it can have some untoward results.
Retained surgical instruments Instruments, that is, which surgeons say patients "keep" after operations.
Schmidt sting pain index An entomologist is stung by just about everything known to sting and, en route, describes the pain involved in terms of a four-point comparative scale.
Supernumerary nipple A condition in which one has an additional nipple. Apparently 1 in 18 people have this condition.
Thumb twiddling Maybe this is unusual to you.
Trepanation A form of surgery where a hole is drilled or scraped into the skull. It was thought that such a procedure could cure problems like epilepsy or allow a person to enter into a higher state of consciousness.
Uncombable hair syndrome Not just a bad hair day.

Human sexuality and reproduction[edit]

Autofellatio Acts of oral self-stimulation.
Bathroom sex Ever wanted to defecate and have sex at the same time? Well now you can!
Bread dildo A supposed Ancient Greek sex toy, made of bread.
Cello scrotum Don't worry, boys, it's a hoax.
Coregasm An orgasm caused by exercising of the core abdominal muscles.
Donkey punch Allegedly a sex move involving punching one's partner in the back of the head during intercourse.
Female hysteria A once-common diagnosis of a range of symptoms in women, cured through masturbation to orgasm.
Gerbilling An urban legend about a sexual practice purportedly observed by some male celebrities.
Hamster zona-free ovum test A test – sometimes called a "hamster test" – involving human semen, hamster eggs and a petri dish.
Human penis size Scientific data on average size, racial variations, surgical enlargement and urban legends.
Koro A condition where one (mistakenly) believes that his or her genitals are slowly disappearing.
Lithopedion The rare condition of an unborn fetus calcifying.
Male pregnancy For now, it's just a seahorse thing, but...
National Masturbation Day There is a day dedicated to protect the right to masturbate!
Parasitic twin A medical condition where one of two conjoined twins lacks essential organs and must rely on the other for survival, often leeching its blood. An especially rare variant of this, fetus in fetu, involves one partially formed fetus developing within the body of the other.
Penis panic A colloquial term referring to a type of mass hysteria or panic where males grow fearful of removal or shrinking of the penis.
Persistent genital arousal disorder Not as funny as it may sound.
Puppy pregnancy syndrome A condition found in remote regions of India in which people believe they have conceived a puppy shortly after being bitten by a dog.
Self-inflicted caesarean section In 2004 Inés Ramírez Pérez performed a successful Caesarean section on herself using a kitchen knife and hard liquor.
Sleep sex A form of parasomnia (similar to sleepwalking) that causes people to engage in sexual acts while they are asleep.

Individual patients and staff[edit]

Jeanne Calment A Frenchwoman with the longest verified human lifespan in recorded history. She was 122 at the time of her death.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel Conjoined twins with separate heads but joined bodies.
Stubbins Ffirth An American trainee doctor who went to unusual lengths in his quest to prove that yellow fever is not contagious.
Phineas Gage A 19th-century construction worker who survived a three-foot-long (0.91 m) tamping iron going through his skull. His resultant behavioral changes have made him an important figure in the development of neuroscience.
Hans Langseth A guy who had the longest beard recorded in history.
Robert Liston A 19th-century Scottish surgeon who, among other things, performed what has been described as "The only operation in history with a 300 percent mortality".
Lina Medina A Peruvian girl who gave birth to a son when she was five years old, becoming the youngest human mother on record.
Chandre Oram A man in India with a 13-inch (33 cm) tail.
Adam Rainer The only person known to be both a dwarf and a giant.
Alexis St. Martin A 19th-century French-Canadian fur trader who survived a gunshot wound and was left with a hole in his stomach, which allowed revolutionary experiments on digestion to be conducted.
Featured article Tarrare Tarrare (c. 1772 – 1798), sometimes spelled Tarare, was a French showman and soldier, noted for his unusual eating habits.
Featured article Mary Toft An English woman who hoaxed doctors into believing that she had given birth to rabbits.
Barry Marshall A doctor who, against the consensus of mainstream medicine, drank a vial of bacterial culture to prove that stomach ulcers were caused by bacteria rather than stress, spicy foods, and too much acid as was believed at the time. He won the Nobel prize for it, too.

Nervous system and behaviour[edit]

This skull's owner didn't even get a headache – but he was a changed man.
Anton-Babinski syndrome People who are blind but convinced they can see.
Bananadine Exactly how psychedelic are those dried banana peels?
Capgras delusion When you're sure a friend or loved one is an impostor.
Charles Bonnet syndrome Millions of perfectly sane people are having freakish hallucinations – and just not admitting it.
Cotard delusion Suffered by people, very much alive, who believe they're dead.
Cute aggression The reason why people want to squeeze cute things without harm.
Dancing mania Unknown forces cause large groups of people to dance hysterically until dropping from exhaustion in multiple incidents in Europe from the 13th to 17th centuries.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity For those allergic to Wi-Fi.
Encopresis Voluntary or involuntary defecation in persons who are toilet trained (older than 4 years of age.)
Exploding head syndrome Ever woken up after an hour or two of sleep thinking you've just heard a massive explosion?
False memory A strange anomaly; tens of thousands of people who have the same, inaccurate memory.
Foreign accent syndrome A rare medical condition whereby sufferers speak their native language with a foreign accent.
Fregoli delusion The belief that different people are actually one person in disguise.
Geophagia Eat dirt, pal.
Homicidal sleepwalking A real parasomnia that has been successfully used as a defence in court.
Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Like Tourette's syndrome, but more Gallic.
Klüver–Bucy syndrome A behavioral disorder with some very odd symptoms, including "hypersexuality" and a desire to examine objects with the mouth. Named after two doctors who gave psychotropic drugs to lobotomized monkeys.
Mariko Aoki phenomenon A Japanese expression referring to an urge to defecate that is suddenly felt after entering bookstores.
MK-ULTRA When a late-night radio host claims to have been brainwashed by the CIA, you may want to think twice.
Paris Syndrome Particularly common among Japanese tourists. Not to be confused with Jerusalem Syndrome or Stockholm Syndrome.
Rosenhan experiment An experiment involving certifiably sane mental patients.
Stendhal syndrome A psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art or natural beauty.
Tanganyika laughter epidemic What happens when contagious laughter becomes an actual epidemic.
Target fixation To become so fixated on an object you are trying to avoid that you collide with it.
Tip of the tongue A memory-related phenomenon familiar to us all.
The Truman Show delusion Those afflicted feel they are being watched all the time by a television audience, like Jim Carrey in the 1998 movie The Truman Show.
Urophagia The consumption of urine.


A major in Antelopology
Santa's little underwater worms.
Can only wear mittens, not gloves
Adactylidium A mite with a very unusual life cycle.
Animals in space An annotated list of the various animals used in space programs.
Animal attacks Not kidding: death by beavers, bunnies, squirrels, cats and other things you should not have as pets.
Apophallation Are you a snail and can't extract your penis? Amputate and change your gender.
Bobbit worm "Armed with sharp teeth, it is known to attack with such speeds that its prey is sometimes sliced in half." As if being a three-foot (0.91 m) worm were not impressive enough.
Candiru Barbed fish allegedly attracted to, lodged in, and extracted from human penises.
Conservation-induced extinction The extinction of highly endangered parasites at the hands of conservationists.
Depopulation of cockroaches in post-Soviet states A great ecological problem indeed complete with fifteen references in Russian.
Dog–cat relationship For centuries the two most popular house pets have been fighting like, well, cats and dogs
Epomis A deceptive beetle larva that entices its own predators by feigning prey-like movements in order to eat its predator.
Exploding toads An as-yet unexplained phenomenon observed in April 2005 in Germany and Denmark. Suggested as a possible weapons delivery system.
Hallucinogenic fish No, the fish are not trippin'; they will cause hallucinations if ingested. It is not known if hallucinations will occur if one fish consumes another.
List of animals displaying homosexual behavior Everything from salmon to seagulls to dragonflies.
List of animals with fraudulent diplomas Mostly due to pranks pulled on diploma mills.
London Underground mosquito A species of mosquito that lives in underground railways.
Good article Love dart Hermaphroditic snails play Cupid.
Nightingale excrement as facial Droppings of a nightingale variety used in facials. Some claim that it helps with acne. Project Medicine states that the references are not MEDRS. (MEDical Reliable Source)
Orbiting Frog Otolith A NASA frog experiment, sending two bullfrogs into space to test their sense of balance.
Paracerceis sculpta A species of isopod that has some males that mimic females and others that mimic juveniles, allowing them to mate without the alpha males realising what is going on behind their backs.
Pasilalinic-sympathetic compass Telepathic communication is not possible in snails no matter how far apart they may be. Nothing else has been ruled out.
Penis fencing A literal figurative variety of cockfighting between some species of flatworm.
Prostitution among animals Did you know that prostitution exists among animals?
Stephens Island wren Made extinct by feral cats, possibly the offspring of one pregnant female.
Supernumerary body part Having an extra body part, be it as simple as an eleventh finger or as extreme as a second head!
Suriname toad The mother's back is where the eggs are embedded and where they develop.
Thagomizer A feature of Stegosaurus anatomy named after a Far Side comic strip.
Tongue-eating louse A parasitic crustacean that, when female (they are hermaphroditic), attaches to and then destroys a fish's tongue, hooks itself to the remaining stub and becomes the fish's new tongue.
Traumatic insemination A form of mating in invertebrates in which the male stabs the female in the abdomen with his penis, and injects his sperm through the wound.
Worm charming No spade? No worries! There's a better way to get hold of earthworms.
Shortarse feelerfish Bathumycops bevianalis is a fish so named for its short anal fins - bevianalis meaning "short anus"


Bonsai Kitten The practice of growing small jar-shaped kittens caused controversy years after it was revealed to be a hoax.
Odd-eyed cat One of the national treasures of Turkey.


Good article Cow tipping This actually takes up to 14 people to make it happen.
Hardware disease A condition in bovines caused by ingesting stray bits of metal.


Cannibalism in poultry See: tastes like chicken.
Chicken eyeglasses Tiny spectacles for chicks, to stop them from seeing red.
Chicken Dance, Chicken (dance) There is a huge difference.
Chicken gun Valuable for the mitigation of damage from bird strikes. The chicken carcass must be thawed first, though.
Chicken hypnotism Have you ever wanted to hypnotize a chicken? If not, why not?
Chicken or the egg Which came first?
Chicken sexer A person whose job is to determine the sex of chicken hatchlings.
Chicken Powered Nuclear Bomb A British project to lay nuclear mines in West Germany during the Cold War.
Empathy in chickens Have some empathy when eating crunchy chicken nuggets.
Tastes like chicken But baked, grilled, or fried?


A very scary squirrel
Squirrel induced power outages in Pennsylvania Merged into Electrical disruptions caused by squirrels.
Squirrel fishing A sport of skill and patience.


Dried deer penis.
Flash photograph of an odd-eyed cat.
Georgian white Russian domesticated Fox
Ambergris Do you really want to know what your fancy perfume was made from?
Berserk llama syndrome The result of being too friendly with llamas.
Danish Protest Pig A pig bred to look like the flag of Denmark, to circumvent prohibition of the flag.
Deer penis It is said to enhance sexual potency in men and was banned by the Chinese government from the 2008 Olympics.
Diving horse A short-lived attraction during the 1880s.
Domesticated silver fox Soviet Russia subsidizes the breeding of silver foxes.
Exploding whale The next time a whale washes on shore in one Oregon county, the authorities will leave the dynamite at home.
Fainting goat A breed of goat whose muscles freeze for about 10 seconds when it is startled.
Globster Blobs of organic matter found washed up on beaches, which are frequently as mysterious as they are disgusting.
Guided rat Implanted electrodes let researchers "steer the animal over an obstacle course, making it twist, turn and even jump on demand".
Overtoun Bridge A bridge from which dogs keep leaping to their death.
Quokka An Australian animal which has developed a habit of posing for selfies with humans.
Panda pornography Pornographic movies created to achieve sexual arousal for Giant pandas, which have been proven to be unaffected by the popular drug Viagra.
Street dogs in Moscow Some of them have figured out how to commute using the subway system.
The dog ate my homework Instead of a pathetic excuse for an article, an article about a pathetic excuse.
Weasel war dance The behavior of extremely excited ferrets who are enjoying themselves too much.
Whale fall The ecological consequences associated with a dead whale sinking to the seafloor.

Individual animals[edit]

52-hertz whale Dubbed the "world's loneliest whale", it vocalizes at a frequency used by no known whale species.
Adwaita Possibly the oldest creature of modern times, this 255 year-old tortoise was the former pet of Robert Clive of the British East India Company.
Benson A fish. A big fish. Called Benson.
Good article Bubbles A chimpanzee who used human toilet facilities, moonwalked, and (allegedly) attempted suicide.
Casper A cat famed for traveling on a bus around Plymouth, England.
Dusty the Klepto Kitty Redefining the term "cat burglar".
Enumclaw horse sex case An unfortunate case of a horse riding a man, as opposed to a man riding a horse.
George A lobster weighing 20 pounds (9.1 kg), estimated to be 140 years old.
Grape-kun A Humboldt penguin who gained worldwide fame after apparently falling in love with a cutout of an anime character.
Grumpy Cat Unfortunately, this cat can't turn that frown upside down.
Harambe A gorilla killed to prevent it killing a child it was saving, became a meme.
Henry the Hexapus An octopus missing two arms due to an unfortunate birth defect.
Hoover the talking seal Hoover. A seal. Which talked.
Jack A Baboon who took over for his paraplegic owner as an employee of the Cape government railway.
Jenny Haniver A grotesque-looking sea monster made from the corpse of a ray.
Jeremy A left-coiled snail who became famous after a campaign to find another left-coiled snail so he could mate.
Jonathan Oldest known living terrestrial animal in the world (if it wasn't Adwaita). He made the reverse of the 5p of Saint Helena. What have you done?
Khanzir Possibly the world's loneliest pig. Even more lonely during the swine flu outbreak.
Lily Flagg A Jersey cow that produced record amounts of butter and got a sizable neighborhood named for her.
Lin Wang A Taiwanese elephant made famous for his participation in the Second Sino-Japanese War.
Mary Makes the phrase "hung like an elephant" take on a whole new meaning.
Mike the Headless Chicken A rooster that lived for 18 months with its head cut off.
Nim Chimpsky A chimpanzee, subject of long-running studies into animal language acquisition, named punningly for linguist Noam Chomsky.
Osama bin Laden (elephant) An elusive elephant who terrorized the jungle of Assam. He was eventually shot, but there are those who question the official story of his death. Much like his famous namesake.
Oscar the Cat A hospice cat who was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine for his purported ability to predict the impending death of terminally ill patients.
Owen and Mzee Hippo and tortoise that befriended each other after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Paul A now-deceased psychic octopus who could predict the winner of football games, notably during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Potoooooooo Actually, it's pronounced "potatoes".
Ravens of the Tower of London Ravens used as soldiers in the Tower of London
River Thames whale In 2006, a Northern Bottlenose swam into London and on to the front pages of the British newspapers.
Tillamook Cheddar The world's most successful and widely shown animal artist.
Timothy A tortoise that was present during the bombardment of Sevastopol during the Crimean War in 1854 and survived until 2004.
Topsy (elephant) An elephant that was electrocuted, as the event was filmed by the Edison Manufacturing Company.
Turra Coo An insurance protest gone too far.
Wojtek A soldier of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps who also happened to be a Syrian Brown Bear. He enjoyed beer and cigarettes.

Names in biology[edit]

Neopalpa donald­trumpi: They say it's really small.
Anophthalmus hitleri Rare blind beetle named after Adolf Hitler, poached by collectors of Hitler memorabilia.
Aptostichus stephencolberti A trapdoor spider named after Stephen Colbert. Naturally, because he asked for it.
Bill Gates' flower fly A flower fly, Eristalis gatesi, named after Bill Gates. Monkey A new species of monkey that was officially named after the internet casino.
Harryplax A genus of crab named in part after the titular character of the Harry Potter franchise. The sole species of this genus is named after the coldly hostile, yet emotion-concealing character from the same franchise.
Mothers against decapentaplegic Actually, it's a protein.
Neopalpa donaldtrumpi A moth remarkable for its orange head and small genitalia.
Pikachurin An extracellular matrix-like retinal protein named after Pikachu.
Scrotum humanum Nothing to do with trouser snakes, but lizards of an entirely different scale.
Setaceous Hebrew Character A European moth with wing markings bearing a chance resemblance to a letter in the Hebrew alphabet.
You may snicker now, but if you had any of these, I guarantee you wouldn't be laughing much.
Sonic hedgehog (protein) A protein in the vertebrate hedgehog family that was officially named after Sega's video game character Sonic the Hedgehog.
Good article Spongiforma squarepantsii A type of mushroom named after SpongeBob SquarePants.
Strigiphilus garylarsoni A biting louse named for cartoonist Gary Larson of Far Side fame.
Synalpheus pinkfloydi A species of snapping shrimp named after the famous English rock band.
Thaumatodryinus tuukkaraski A wasp named after NHL goaltender Tuukka Rask as both are acrobatic, and have a killer glove hand.
Zombie taxon Paleontology of the undead.
Zyzyxia lundellii and Zyzzyzus warreni The last plant name and animal name in the dictionary, respectively.
See also


The Queens Giant – the oldest living thing in the New York metropolitan area.
Arbre du Ténéré A solitary acacia that was once the most isolated tree on Earth before being run over by a drunken Libyan truck driver.
Bialbero di Casorzo A cherry tree that grows upon a mulberry tree in Italy.
Chandelier Tree A 300-foot-tall (91 m) redwood with a giant hole cut through the middle for cars to drive through.
Hitler oaks Gifts from the Führer. Some are still alive.
Moon trees Trees planted from seeds that were taken into space by Apollo 14.
Nepenthes lowii A plant that lures animals to release their droppings into a pitcher.
Mimosa pudica A plant that rapidly closes or folds its leaves after they are touched.
Old Man of the Lake A 30-foot tree stump that has been floating around Oregon's Crater Lake since at least 1896.
Pando An 80,000 year old quaking aspen colony that is believed to be one of the oldest and heaviest organisms on the planet.
Plant arithmetic Plants can do math!
Penis Plant A cactus the Germans call Frauenglück, or "Women's Joy".
Queens Giant A tulip tree located in northeastern Queens, New York City, that is confirmed to be the oldest living thing in the New York metropolitan area, as well as the tallest tree in the NY metro area. As of 2005, it is up to 450 years old and 134 feet (41 m) tall. It was alive before the birth of Shakespeare.
Tree of Knowledge (Australia) Killed by ignorance.
See also

Technology, inventions and products[edit]

World War I pigeon photography.
Cower, you leeches, in the presence of the Tempest Prognosticator!
Antikythera mechanism An analog computer built in Ancient Greece.
Canard Digérateur Or "Digesting Duck", an automaton built to simulate a duck eating, digesting, and excreting.
Good article Centennial Light A hundred-year-old light bulb that has been burning nonstop for 41 years.
Clocky An alarm clock that hides from its owner.
Digital sundial Unlike an analog sundial, a clock that indicates the current time with numerals formed by the sunlight striking it.
Dreamachine A device made with a light bulb and a record turntable that reportedly induces lucid dreaming. (And you thought the makers of Die Another Day made it up. There's still no news about invisible Aston Martin V12 Vanquishes.)
Electronic voice phenomenon Alleged spiritual voices heard in white noise and radio interference.
Hedy Lamarr Film actress co-invents communication system later used in cell phones, Wi-Fi and other forms of wireless technologies.
History of perpetual motion machines The concept has eluded and baffled the greatest minds for thousands of years – and will continue to elude anyone who tries to build one.
Klerksdorp sphere Spheres with three parallel grooves dated to be three billion years old... Evidence of ancient intelligent life? An unusual natural phenomenon? Who knows...
List of inventors killed by their own inventions Perilous parachutes, lethal lighthouses and murderous motorcycles!
Marvin Heemeyer Why it's always a bad idea to put the guy next door out of business if he has a ten-ton armor-plated bulldozer in his garage.
Mosquito laser A bug zapper with a difference.
One red paperclip A man's small piece of metal turns out to be worth more than expected.
Parking chair Using household objects to reserve parking spaces.
Featured article Pigeon photography Pigeons were used by the Germans for aerial surveillance in World War I, and apparently also in World War II. Not to forget the CIA's own pigeon camera.
Project Cybersyn Chilean robo-socialism control chamber invented by a Brit with a gigantic beard.
Royal Mail rubber band One billion are used every year and often seen littering the streets of UK cities.
Russian floating nuclear power station Self-contained, low-capacity, floating nuclear power plants.
Spork A cross between a spoon and a fork. Not to be confused with a knork.
Tempest Prognosticator Meteorology by frightened annelid.
Turboencabulator A device whose sole function is to expose technological ignorance.
Uncanny valley How to measure your emotional response to androids.
Useless machine In most cases, toys for adults.
Wheat lamp A type of lamp used by miners that is unrelated to wheat.
Wrap rage Ever been driven mad by packaging that just won't open?
Xianxingzhe A Chinese robot, according to the Japanese, that will save its country from corporate capitalism with its crotch cannon.

Hygiene and sanitation[edit]

Toilets in Japan have some special features.
"Darkie" toothpaste Racist toothpaste from Taiwan.
Fatberg A congealed lump of fat and non-biodegradable buildup in sewer systems. A 250-metre-long, 140 tonne specimen was discovered under London in September 2017.
Female urination device Used by women when needing or wanting to pee standing up.
Groom of the Stool The most intimate Royal office.
Hotel toilet-paper folding Ever wondered why it was so?
Interactive Urinal Communicator A talking urinal made for advertising purposes.
Good article iLoo Microsoft's attempt to bring you the interwebzzz inside the portable public loo.
Committee to End Pay Toilets in America A 1970s organization whose campaign was to end pay toilets in the United States of America.
Japanese toilets The most advanced toilets in the world with computers, nozzles and flashing lights.
List of people who died on the toilet You could say they died on the throne
Lloyds Bank turd Possibly the largest example of fossilised human feces ever found, discovered under the future site of a Lloyds Bank in England.
Stainless steel soap Metallic soap that removes odours from the hands.
Toilet-related injury Not all injuries and deaths linked to toilets are urban legends.
Toilet paper orientation On the pros and cons of letting toilet paper hang over or under the roll.
Whizzinator A fake penis used to beat drug tests (complete with dried urine, heater, syringe). Comes in white, tan, Latino, brown, and black
World Toilet Day International holiday declared by the United Nations.

Clothing and accessories[edit]

Good article The dress The biggest question of 2015: Is it white and gold or black and blue?
Koteka An unusual traditional garment of western New Guinea, also known as the "penis gourd".
Good article Meat dress of Lady Gaga A dress made of flank steak. Currently preserved as jerky in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Muffin top A marketing mishap, many well-meaning young women, and vanity came together to form this demographic.
Shoe tossing The practice of throwing footwear, whether for humorous or political purposes.
Sweater curse Think your loved one will be pleased if you knit them a sweater? Think again.
Three Wolf Moon A T-shirt with wolves howling at the moon that gained popularity after one person wrote a parodic review for it on
Tin foil hat Headgear which allegedly prevents a person from having their minds read or controlled.


East German Ampelmännchen.
Not so snail-mail after all, eh?
Don't reach for that sick bag 'til you're back on the floor.
2001 Japan Airlines mid-air incident Two Japan Airlines aircraft were roughly 135 meters away from causing the deadliest aviation accident in history.
Aeroflot Flight 593 A plane that crashed because the pilot let his kids fly it.
Ampelmännchen The East German "traffic-light little-man" (Ampelmännchen).
Amtrak paint schemes Various colors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak).
Boaty McBoatface What happens when you allow the British public to name a ship in an online poll?
British Rail flying saucer Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the 10:13 to Venus.
China National Highway 110 traffic jam The world's longest-lasting traffic jam, in which some drivers were stuck for up to 5 days, moving only 1km (0.6 miles) per day.
Cycloped The entrant into the Rainhill Trial that placed Horse Power against Steam Power.
Dagen H September 3, 1967: The day that Sweden changed its traffic directionality.
Dymaxion car A 1933 concept car with 3 wheels. It was 20 feet (6.1 m) long, carried up to 11 passengers, could go at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour (190 km/h), and had a steering wheel that turned the car in the opposite direction.
Experiment A boat with eight horse-powers. Literally.
Get Out and Push Railroad Just what it sounds like.
Gimli Glider A confusion over units leads to a Boeing 767 plane running out of fuel mid-flight and becoming a glider.
Human mail Why buy an expensive ticket when you can go by mail?
Iron Dobbin A mechanical horse made in 1933 for the Italian Fascist Youth Movement.
Jesus nut Not your local Bible-thumping preacher but the bolt on the top of a helicopter that connects it to the rotor blades.
Loose wheel nut indicator Yes, those little yellow tags you see on truck wheels really do have a purpose.
Mile High Club Soaring members.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri An Iranian refugee who lived in Charles de Gaulle Airport from 1988 until 2006.
Miss Belvedere A car buried in a time capsule in 1957 and unearthed in 2007, only to discover that it had suffered 50 years of water damage underground and wouldn't start.
Passenger train toilets Why passengers must be discouraged from flushing or using toilets while the train is at a station.
Peel P50 The world's smallest production car.
PZL M-15 Belphegor A Soviet attempt at a turbofan-powered crop duster. It is the slowest jet aircraft to enter production as well as the only jet biplane or jet crop duster to exist.
Reliant Regal A three-wheeled car formerly manufactured in England that could be driven with a motorcycle license.
Rocket mail The delivery of mail by rocket or missile, attempted by various organisations in many different countries, with varying levels of success.
RP FLIP A manned ship designed to be capsized at a 90° angle for weeks on end.
School bus yellow A color especially formulated for use on school buses in the United States.
Screw-propelled vehicle Get there by screwing.
Shipping container architecture The concept and art of using intermodal containers to build stuff.
Society for the Prevention of Calling Sleeping Car Porters "George" An association formed to oppose the custom of addressing railway sleeping car porters as "George" regardless of their actual name.
South Pointing Chariot An ancient Chinese mechanical compass which took a millennium to reproduce.
Train surfing As respectable and practical as drying one's hair in most parts of the world.
Unused highway Lost highways, unloved and unused.
USGlobal Airways An active airline founded in 1989 that has never operated a single commercial flight.
Vomit Comet Lack of gravity is not good for the stomach.
Wallsend Metro station All railroads lead to Rome. With "no smoking" signs, although tobacco was unknown to ancient Romans...
Westray to Papa Westray flight The world's shortest passenger flight, lasting as little as 53 seconds. Just don't expect an in-flight meal.
The wrong type of snow Possibly the most feeble excuse for why British trains are so awful.


Could a unicycle balance itself?
.nu Niue's top-level domain, which is regulated by Sweden and almost exclusively used by European countries.
Any key Press any key to continue.
The Book of Mozilla A well-known computer Easter egg found in the Netscape and Mozilla series of browsers.
Brainfuck Not what you think it is – unless, maybe, you’re a computer geek...
Brian's Brain He's so smart, he has his own cellular automaton.
Bush hid the facts Revelations of a vast right-wing conspiracy, or just a glitch?
Chudnovsky brothers A pair of mathematicians who built a supercomputer out of spare parts.
Esoteric programming language Refers to programming languages designed as a test of the boundaries of computer programming language design, as a proof of concept, or as jokes, and not with the intention of being adopted for real-world programming.
Evil bit Indicates if a packet has been sent with malicious intent, so that it can be ignored.
Guru Meditation error If you thought the blue screen of death was bad, this computer error would hamper your quest to reach Nirvana.
Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol Protocol for controlling and monitoring coffee pots. Attempting to use a teapot while brewing coffee will yield you the "HTTP 418: I'm a teapot" error message.
I Am Rich You must be if you could afford this US$999.99 iPhone application that did, well, not very much of anything.
IP over Avian Carriers An Internet protocol for sending data packets using homing pigeons.
iSmell A computer peripheral designed to emit smells for websites and emails, later named one of the "Worst Tech Products" by PC Magazine.
Leet T3h 1@ngu/\&e 0f H@xx0rz.
Lenna How an image of a nude Playboy model became the industry-standard digital image compression test subject.
lp0 on fire Want to panic a Unix user? Display an error that their printer is on fire.
MacQuarium Vintage Macintosh computers-turned-fishtanks.
MONIAC Computer A water-based analogue computer used to model the United Kingdom economy, bringing a new meaning to the term liquidity.
On the Cruelty of Really Teaching Computer Science A 1990 academic paper which argues that computer programming should be understood as a branch of mathematics, and that the formal provability of a program is a major criterion for correctness.
Reality distortion field Surely an obscure quantum-physics phenomenon? Nope!
Rubber-hose cryptanalysis Cryptography by other means.
Scunthorpe problem Spam filtering based on text strings can cause problems. Just ask the residents of S****horpe.
Self-balancing unicycle The ongoing academic effort to teach robots to ride unicycles.
Shellshock Worse than a heartbleed.
Tay (bot) An artificial intelligence who studied racism and sexism.
A biblical-themed operating system designed by a single schizophrenic programmer over the course of 10 years.
Trojan room coffee pot The fascinating target of the world's first webcam: a coffee machine at the computer science department of Cambridge University.
Utah teapot A 3D model which has become a standard reference object (and something of an in-joke) in the computer graphics community.
Pentium F00F Bug An Intel Pentium bug with an unusual name

Popular culture, entertainment and the arts[edit]

Ha ha ha... ha... gulp.
C'est Le Pétomane – who "performed" for royalty.
How far would you go to save yourself?
Allegedly, you can survive a conversation with Kuchisake-onna by saying the word "pomade" three times.
The Aristocrats A joke considered to be both "the world's funniest" and "the world's worst". Also a 2005 documentary of the same name.
Good article Bigipedia A unique experiment in "broadwebcasting", Bigipedia is the website on your radio. In association with Chianto—"Officially recognised by the EU as a wine-type product or by-product".
"Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them!" controversy T-shirt slogan aimed towards young women, rocks aimed towards young men.
Good article George P. Burdell A fictitious student officially enrolled at Georgia Tech in 1927, and, except for his "service" in World War II, has been continuously enrolled at the school ever since.
List of defunct amusement parks I thought Marine World was open! Darn it...
Hundeprutterutchebane Translates to Dog Fart Switchback. It is a flatulence-themed roller coaster.
Featured article The Bus Uncle A Hong Kong resident gets into an uncomfortably tense argument with a fellow passenger—all caught on video.
Conan the Librarian A perennial parody of Conan the Barbarian that has appeared in film, television, comics, and fan fiction.
Croydon facelift A hairstyle peculiar to parts of England.
Cultural depictions of Napoleon Fictional characters believing they are Napoleon are often used to suggest mental ill health.
Cuteness in Japanese culture It's not just Hello Kitty and Pikachu.
Evil clown A recent development in American popular culture in which the playful trope of the clown is rendered as disturbing through the use of dark humor and horror elements.
Evil Overlord List How to avoid the movie clichés.
Flash mob Wherein a group of people quickly meet up, engage in a random action such as a pillow fight, then disappear just as quickly.
Fuck for Forest Do your bit to save the rainforest—have an orgy!
Garden hermit In case you are in need of some backyard friends.
Ghost-riding One of the latest trends to be popularized by hyphy culture.
Great Stork Derby What could possibly be in the will of a notorious practical joker?
Gurn A Western term for creating odd appearances of the face.
Human rainbow A huge gathering of colours.
Issei Sagawa Writer, commentator, minor celebrity, murderer, and cannibal.
Kayfabe In professional wrestling, the portrayal of events within the industry as real.
Killer toys When children's toys attack!
Kuchisake-onna A Japanese urban legend (probably). Also known as "the slit-mouthed woman", Kuchisake-onna is asking you if you think she’s pretty. No matter what you answer, you’re doomed. Except if you say "pomade" three times.
Love padlocks Padlock your love to a fence, and throw away the key.
Masturbate-a-thon It's okay – it's for charity!
Meta-joke A joke that refers to itself as the joke.
Metafiction Fiction about fiction.
Mooning the Cog Bad weather isn't the only reason to avoid the summit of Mount Washington.
Nazi chic The approving use of Nazi-era style, imagery, and paraphernalia in clothing and popular culture.
No soap radio A prank joke intended to fool one of its listeners into believing that it is a joke.
NUKEMAP New York got blown up by the Tsar Bomba! Well, at least you can do that in this.
Obay A fictional mind-control drug that's at the center of a viral marketing campaign.
Pen spinning An activity in which assorted tricks are used to manipulate a pen in aesthetically pleasing ways.
Le Pétomane A French entertainer famous in Victorian times for being able to break wind at will. Practitioners of this... art are called flatulists.
Aron Ralston One tough guy who, to escape from death, cut off his own arm with a dull knife after a boulder fell on it.
Real-life superhero All you need is a cape and a dream.
Sardarji jokes Popular jokes in India, based on stereotypes of Sikhs.
List of school pranks Have you tried them all out?
Treacle mining The fictitious mining of treacle (molasses) in a raw form similar to coal.
Larry Walters Successfully piloted a lawn chair to 16,000 feet (4,900 m) over Los Angeles.
The World Famous Bushman A street entertainer in San Francisco who makes a living by pretending to be a bush.
Featured article VHEMT A group of people trying to get everyone to stop reproducing.
You kids get off my lawn! I'm gonna call your parents, you kids!


New York is not the only Big Apple.
"Surely you can see that THIS is art!"
Artist's Shit A quite literal and humorous meta-art.
A Woman Hitting a Neo-Nazi With Her Handbag A very famous photo taken in Sweden.
America (toilet) A fully-functioning solid gold toilet, on display (and available for use) in one of New York's finest art museums.
Australia's big things Giant folk art as tourist traps.
Banksy A graffiti artist who smuggles his works into world-class museums.
Bog Standard Gallery It's a museum... inside a portable toilet.
Boll Weevil Monument The only known monument built to honor an agricultural pest.
Bottle Rack A modern art piece created by Dada artist Marcel Duchamp. His sister, who mistook it for trash, threw it out.
Chamber of Art and Curiosities A cabinet of curiousities created by Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria in the 16th century.
Cool S A symbol of uncertain origins often used in graffiti.
Earring Magic Ken How Barbie's boyfriend, in an attempt to look cooler, became a gay icon.
Dinny the Dinosaur A larger-than-life, 150 ton sculpture of a brontosaurus in the desert of Southern California west of Palm Springs. Dinny's companion is "Mr. Rex," a 150 ton sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Fire photography The act of taking photographs of firefighting operations.
Fourth plinth, Trafalgar Square The horse is missing.
Fremont Troll An 18 foot, 13,000 pound concrete sculpture of a troll clutching a VW beetle located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.
Garden gnome liberationists Vive la révolution des gnomes!
Gävle goat A giant straw Yuletide goat that is the target of frequent arson attacks and vandalism.
Hahn/Cock A giant blue cock in Trafalgar Square.
The Headington Shark Oxford man has had a 25-foot (7.6 m) long sculpture of a shark embedded headfirst into the roof of his unassuming house since 1986.
Hellmouth The entrance to Hell envisaged as the gaping mouth of a huge monster, an image which first appears in Anglo-Saxon art.
Howard Hallis An artist who attempted to draw the "Picture of Everything", a massive painting containing drawings of thousands of people and items, both real and imaginary.
Katrina refrigerator Loot this! Free meal inside!
Good article Knitta Please NY Hip hop graffiti knitters.
La Princesse A 15-metre (50 ft) mechanical spider which stomped about Liverpool in 2008.
Le Rêve A Picasso painting that purportedly would have sold for a record price had its owner, Steve Wynn, not accidentally poked a hole in it, and which eventually did sell for a different record price.
Largest photographs in the world Includes information on print and digital photos that are reputedly the world's largest.
List of fictional colors Surprisingly exhaustive.
Mexican Perforation A French artistic movement that expresses itself in underground places.
Featured article Museum of Bad Art A Museum "dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of really awful artwork".
Paintings by Adolf Hitler The Nazi dictator and perpetrator of one of the worst genocides was also a painter.
Pantone 448 C "Drab dark brown", the least attractive colour, according to research. Used for plain tobacco packaging.
Phallic architecture Does the Washington Monument, Ypsilanti Water Tower or Peoples Daily building remind you of something?
Portland International Airport carpet A carpet design so famous that it gained a cult following.
Pink Lady In 1966, a woman secretly painted a 60-foot (18 m) tall portrait of a nude woman over a tunnel and sued when the county tried to take it down.
Abel Ramírez Águilar A Mexican sculptor who made a name for himself in ice and snow sculpture after winning gold at the 1992 Winter Olympics.
Roundabout dog Seen any dog on the loose while out driving lately? Chances are it's a roundabout dog.
Good article Sacred Cod There's also a "Holy Mackerel", Batman.
Scandinavian Institute of Comparative Vandalism Mine is better than yours.
Superlambanana A statue in Liverpool that's half-lamb, half-banana.
Tillie An odd painting of a grinning face, that used to be on the Palace Amusements building in Asbury Park, New Jersey before it was demolished.
Unique Forms of Continuity in Space At least sixteen casts of this "unique" sculpture exist. Not to mention that the sculptor already made a few similar designs.
Vermont Whale Tails Granite whales diving into a sea of grass near the Ben & Jerry's ice cream headquarters.

Comics and animation[edit]

Jenny Everywhere – at your service and in your hands.
Acme Corporation Their products have been used and endorsed by all the best cartoon characters.
Afghanis-tan Central Asian history has never been cuter. (Osama bin Laden makes an appearance as a turban-wearing stray cat.)
Archie Meets the Punisher The team-up you thought would never happen....
Arm-Fall-Off-Boy The first applicant to be rejected from the Legion of Super-Heroes, his superpower was the ability to temporarily detach either arm and use it as a club with the other
Arseface A comic book character from none other than Vertigo Comics.
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo Name of a Japanese manga (comic) whose subject matter is as surreal as its title.
Cartoon physics In animation, humour takes precedence over the ordinary laws of physics.
Censored Eleven A group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons pulled from syndication due to their racist depictions of black people.
Clan McDuck A fictional family in the style of a Scottish clan, from which a great number of Walt Disney Company's comic book characters held their origin..
Comic book death Comic book characters have a tendency to rarely, if ever, stay dead.
Der Fuehrer's Face Donald Duck won an Oscar as a Hitler-saluting Nazi.
Gorillas in comics A curious abundance of gorillas in comic book plots during the Silver Age of Comics.
Homosexuality in the Batman franchise For half a century, Batman and Dick Grayson have been rumored to have a relationship.
Jenny Everywhere An open-source webcomic character.
Kuso Miso Technique A homoerotic, scatological manga that ended up becoming an online meme.
The Metric Marvels Nothing says 1970s in the USA more than a spinoff of Schoolhouse Rock with superheroes who teach the metric system.
Moe anthropomorphism In this time and age even a washing machine can be the girl of your dreams.
Mr. Immortal A Marvel Comics superhero with no special powers except immortality, who has been killed in ways including crushing, burning, self-impalement on giant novelty scissors, bear trap, cannon, chainsaw, piranhas, ferrets, spear, and python, and alcohol poisoning (three times). Prone to fits of rage upon returning to life.
NFL SuperPro What some Marvel Comics writers will do for free game tickets ...
Tentacle erotica Human-cephalopod sexual relations, popular in hentai.
Uncle Grandpa An animated series about everyone in the world's magical uncle and grandpa. Think about that.


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Reading this list is its own reward.
T-rexes getting frisky, possibly with the help of dinosaur erotica
1885 medallion of the bogus Society of Science, Letters and Art
112 Gripes About the French A handbook produced to help American soldiers understand the French.
Aldiborontiphoskyphorniostikos Published in 1825 as a Victorian children's book and described as "a round game for merry parties", the object of the game was to quickly recite alphabetical tongue-twisting mock-Latin gibberish.
Anthropodermic bibliopegy The practice of binding books in human skin.
Atlanta Nights A group of science fiction authors get together and deliberately write an absolutely horrible novel to fool and embarrass a "vanity publisher".
The Book of Heroic Failures A book which glorifies failure. Started off The Not Terribly Good Club of Great Britain. The book was a success and thus declared a "failure as a failure".
Featured article Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year Who can forget such classics as Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, How to Avoid Huge Ships or Natural Bust Enlargement with Total Power: How to Increase the Other 90% of Your Mind to Increase the Size of Your Breasts?
La Bougie du Sapeur A French newspaper published every February 29th.
Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest A contest to find "the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels".
Dinosaur erotica Have you ever been Taken by a T-Rex or Ravished by a Triceratops?
Lyttle Lytton Contest Like the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, but "Lyttler"
Death poem The urge to have famous last words, taken to its logical, carefully rewritten extreme.
Fart Proudly An essay written by Benjamin Franklin about flatulence.
Henry Darger Writer of a 15,000-page manuscript along with several thousand watercolor paintings and other drawings illustrating the story, who rarely left his small room. His word was worth millions a few years after his death.
Early American editions of The Hobbit Now collectors' items because of their printing differences.
English As She Is Spoke A 19th-century PortugueseEnglish conversational guide and phrase book that is regarded as a classic of unintentional humour since it was apparently the product of translating a Portuguese–French phrase book by non-English-speaking Portuguese with the help of a French–English phrase book.
Evil laugh "Mua-ha-haha-ha-haaa" and the like.
The Eye of Argon An infamously bad heroic fantasy novella, written in 1970 by Jim Theis and circulated anonymously in science fiction fandom since then.
The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women A 1558 diatribe by John Knox against Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary Tudor.
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn" Supposedly the shortest story possible in the English language, though Ernest Hemingway had nothing to do with it.
Gadsby A 50,110-word long book famous for not using the letter "e".
Grammarians' War At the start of the 16th century, British schoolmasters were insulting one another. In Latin, of course.
Hawking Index Are you one of the 1.9% to have read Hillary Clinton's Hard Choices from cover-to-cover?
Hitler Diaries A sensational discovery in 1983, which turned out to be an elaborate hoax.
I, Libertine A non-existent novel that was the subject of a hoax intended to criticize the manner in which best-seller lists are determined.
Lecherous Limericks Dirty limericks... by Isaac Asimov.
Lesbian vampire They don't bite...necks.
"Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den" A poem written by a Chinese poet in Classical Chinese. It can be read and understood by all who understand the language, even though it consists entirely of the word "shi" repeated 92 times in different tones.
List of works with the subtitle "Virtue Rewarded" For some reason the "Virtue Punished" books never sell....
Lobby Lud "You are ____ and I claim my five pounds".
Magical negro A racist stock character who helps out white protagonists.
Marlovian theory A theory which states that Christopher Marlowe's unnatural death was a hoax and that he continued to write and publish under the pseudonym "William Shakespeare".
William McGonagall A writer widely held to be the worst poet in the English language.
Men in Aida A homoerotic homophonic translation of Homer: "Men in Aida, they appeal, eh? A day, O Achilles."
The Meaning of Hitler Sir Max Hastings called it 'among the best' studies of Hitler
My Immortal (fan fiction) A legendarily terrible piece of Harry Potter fan fiction that awkwardly inserted vampires, time travel, and emo/"goff" subcultures into J.K. Rowling's wizarding world. Someone who may have been the author of the piece almost got a major publishing deal for her memoirs.
Naked Came the Stranger Journalists prove a point when their intentionally awful sex novel becomes a bestseller. Later the basis of a porn film starring Darby Lloyd Rains.
Order of the Occult Hand "It was as if an occult hand had edited this Wikipedia article."
On Bullshit A very serious essay by Harry Frankfurt sketching a philosophical theory of, well, bullshit.
Ossian "The greatest poet that has ever existed", according to Jefferson. But he didn't.
Philip M. Parker Writer of “The 2007-2012 Outlook for Tufted Washable Scatter Rugs, Bathmats and Sets That Measure 6-Feet by 9-Feet or Smaller in India” and thousands of other works... by means of a computer program.
Political interpretations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Understanding the political context of the mid-to-late 1890s in the United States will give you a different understanding of the gold, silver and emerald symbolism, among other things.
Rolling Stone (Uganda) The Uganda version of Rolling Stone is kinda different from the US version. It doesn't cover music, but does list the names of alleged homosexuals, calling for their deaths.
Amanda McKittrick Ros The McGonagall of prose. J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis competed as to who could read her longest without laughing.
Saddam Hussein's novels Crimes against literature?
Shakespearean authorship A great conspiracy that concealed the identity of the true author of "Shakespeare's" works, implying that all contemporary references to Shakespeare's authorship were fraudulent or mistaken.
Shakespeare Apocrypha Anti-Stratfordians can take heart that there really are works attributed to Shakespeare that weren't written by him!
Society of Science, Letters and Art 19th century bogus literary society which duped learned (and would-be learned) people into purchasing the right to the society's academic dress and letters after their name.
Striking and Picturesque Delineations of the Grand, Beautiful, Wonderful, and Interesting Scenery Around Loch-Earn Angus McDiarmad, a native Scots-Gaelic speaker, writes a book on a Scottish Highland area with the help of an English dictionary to great comic effect and is termed "the world's worst author".
There once was a man from Nantucket... A gratifying theme for limericks; some of them obscene.
Le Train de Nulle Part A French novel, 233 pages long, written without verbs.


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Example of an instrument recently added to the inventory.
Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music – joke, grudge or conceptual art? All three, probably.
Purveyor of the worst music of all time?
"Say, is Vic there? Ooooah!"
2001 Clear Channel memorandum America banning Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters from radio airplay after 9/11 is an odd choice. Though What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong brings to mind more questions.
27 Club A number of prominent musicians have died at this age, though statisticians attribute the "club" to apophenia - seeing patterns in random data. See also the related white lighter myth.
Elvis impersonator People pretend to be Elvis Presley and only him.
4′33″ A three-piece movement composed by John Cage in which the musicians are instructed to not play a single note.
AKB48 Group Girl group or franchise? Same with her "official" rival group and "spin-off" group as well!
All Lights Fucked on the Hairy Amp Drooling It is extremely likely that you'll never hear this album in its entirety (unless you're Reddit user u/casketjack of course).
Animutation The practice of taking lyrics of foreign songs, "mishearing" them into English, and producing a Flash video to go along with it.
As Slow As Possible A piece of music by John Cage to be performed until 2640.
Bleach (American band Bleach album)
Bleach (Japanese band Bleach album)
What happens to Wikipedia article titles when two different bands with the same exact name both release self-titled albums.
The Boy Bands Have Won Actually, this album's full title is "The Boy Bands Have Won" followed by a further 151 words. As of August 2009, it holds the record for the longest album title.
Rosemary Brown A spiritualist who claimed that dead composers dictated new musical works to her.
Camouflage (Chris Sievey song) A vinyl single from 1983 that contained a computer programme for the song's own music video for the ZX81. Created by a man who later found fame wearing a papier-mâché head.
Cat organ A keyboard instrument in which the keys cause cats to miaow.
CD Rev Because nothing says gangsta like being funded by a corrupt communist government.
Good article Chillwave The term was invented to make fun of music journalists and bloggers who hype "the next big thing". Ironically, they then wrote about chillwave as "the next big thing".
A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector One of the greatest Christmas albums ever...even if it was produced by a convicted murderer. And has his name in the title.
Cigarettes and Valentines An entire record by Green Day whose master tracks were stolen.
Collapse of Smile The very complicated story of the Beach Boys' "teenage symphony to God", an album of psychedelic children's songs about spiritual rebirth, American imperialism, cartoons, and exercising.
Curse of the ninth The superstition that any composer of symphonies, from Beethoven onwards, will die soon after writing their own Ninth Symphony.
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse Present: Dark Night of the Soul Due to a legal dispute, this album was released with a blank CD-R.
Dark Side of the Rainbow What happens when you mix Pink Floyd and The Wizard of Oz?
Das erste Wiener Gemüseorchester An Austrian orchestra whose musical instruments are made solely from vegetables.
Earworm It's got a hook in you.
Electroencephalophone A musical instrument controlled by brainwaves.
Escopetarra The Colombian gun-guitar.
Elvis sightings There are many who still believe.
Elvis' Greatest Shit Not the one he was trying to pass the night he allegedly died.
Euro-Vision The Belgian entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 1980 whose lyrics spoke precisely of the event in which they took part.
Flappie A Dutch Christmas song about cannibalism.
Fogerty v. Fantasy, Inc. That time John Fogerty was sued for sounding like himself.
Fyre Festival The organizers spent so much money promoting the event that they ran out of money to spend on the actual event. They were later faced with eight lawsuits.
Große Fuge A composition written by Ludwig van Beethoven which was universally put down at the time as being "incomprehensible", now accepted as one of his greatest works.
Grunge speak That time a receptionist convinced The New York Times that "wack slacks" was slang for ripped jeans and "lamestain" meant an uncool person.
Hatebeak The thing that should not beak.
Joyce Hatto A pianist who had many doctored recordings falsely attributed to her long after she stopped performing in public.
Helikopter-Streichquartett A string quartet by Karlheinz Stockhausen that must be played in four circling helicopters, the sound remixed, chopper sounds and all, for an audience on the ground.
Hitler Has Only Got One Ball Was der Führer only half a man?
Industrial musical A musical production performed for the employees of a business, intended to create a feeling of being part of a team, and/or to educate and motivate the management and salespeople to improve sales and profit.
Bobby Jameson Mercurial hippie outcast of the Hollywood music biz that never received financial compensation for his songs and records. Thought to be dead after the 1960s, but then resurfaced with a blog in 2007 aiming to set the record straight about his life story.
Jandek A prolific and pseudonymous singer/songwriter active since 1978 who only grants the occasional interview and has never provided any biographical information.
Jeg har set en rigtig negermand A Danish #1 single from 1970, extolling the virtues of racial equality while calling a "negro man" "black as a bucket of tar".
Florence Foster Jenkins An American soprano famous for her singing ability or lack thereof.
Leck mich im Arsch A canon, whose title translates as "Lick Me in the Arse", by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
The Lillywhite Sessions Never officially released, and yet fans and critics can argue that it's the best "album" by the Dave Matthews Band.
List of musical works in unusual time signatures What's the most absurd time signature you can imagine? 1/12? ⅔/2? How about 32/2/4?
List of silent musical compositions Not to be confused with "The Sound of Silence", these songs don't have really much to hear.
List of songs topping polls for worst songs We built this city on not being very good.
Literal music video What happens when you replace the lyrics in a music video with lyrics that describe what's actually happening in the music video? Hilarity ensues.
Loudness war Why recorded music is getting "louder" over time.
Manualism The little-known art of playing music by squeezing air through the hands.
Marilyn Manson–Columbine High School massacre controversy News media falsely accused Marilyn Manson and his band of the name same for influencing two mass shooters who actually hated his music.
Metal Machine Music A 1975 album by Lou Reed that consists of 64 minutes of audio feedback, widely believed to have either been an elaborate joke, or an attempt by Reed to escape from a record label contract.
Microgenre Because every band has to have a special name for the music they play.
The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief A three-sided LP.
Moondog A blind composer, theoretician, poet, and inventor of musical instruments who dressed like a viking and lived as a street musician in New York between the 1940s to 1970s.
Good article R. Stevie Moore A one-man band who has self-released over 400 albums through his home-based mailing service since 1982. Later noted as a pioneer of lo-fi music and indie rock.
More cowbell I got a fever, and the only prescription... is more cowbell!
The Most Unwanted Song Featuring operatic rapping, a children's choir urging listeners to go to Wal-Mart, bagpipes, cowboy music, and political slogans shouted through a bullhorn.
Mozart and scatology Mozart was fond of toilet humour, his letters to friends and family often contained scatological passages. He even wrote music dedicated to scatology, which was shared among a closed group of most likely inebriated friends, the most infamous of which is Leck mich im Arsch (literally "Lick me in the arse").
MP4 Rock music and politics do mix.
Musical saw The least favourite instrument of Ronnie Wood, The Hollies and The Screaming Trees.
Musikalisches Würfelspiel A system written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in which the musical piece is decided randomly by playing dice.
Musique pour Supermarché This album by Jean-Michel Jarre had only a single copy produced, which was then auctioned off like a painting. The master tapes were subsequently destroyed, making the copy unique.
My Way killings You can get killed for singing Frank Sinatra's signature tune in the Philippines.
Good article "Never Learn Not to Love" The Beach Boys' collaboration with Charles Manson.
Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah If you can see someone's underwear, here's the tune to tell them by.
Okilly Dokilly A band that performs metalcore songs about the character Ned Flanders from The Simpsons, while dressed as the character as well.
P Funk mythology The whimsical universe surrounding the P Funk all stars.
"Paul is dead" Was Paul McCartney replaced by a lookalike in the 1960s?
Pink Floyd pigs The band's recurring props and references.
PopMart Tour Take an unfinished studio album, hold a press conference at Kmart, and put on a show in countries around the world, complete with a spinning mirrorball lemon, a giant martini olive, a large golden arch, and the largest video screen ever toured. That would be U2's 1997–98 tour in a nutshell.
Proibidão As part of a crackdown on drug cartels in Rio de Janeiro, this uniquely Brazilian form of gangsta rap cannot legally be performed or broadcast on the radio.
Publius Enigma A mystery wrapped in an enigma related to Pink Floyd, which has remained unsolved since it appeared on Usenet in 1994.
Operation Nifty Package How do you get a dictator out of an embassy? With Music, of course!
Rage Over a Lost Penny An audience favorite from Beethoven's oeuvre. It's gleefully angry, but the maestro left it unfinished.
Ready 'N Steady A song mentioned in a top songs list of a notable magazine, that was long-believed by some to be non-existent because collectors were unable to find a recording or further information on it until 33 years after it was written.
Good article Rockism and poptimism The problems that arise from a music press driven by whatever's trendy.
The Shaggs None of this band's members really wanted to form a band, nor did they really have any musical talent, but hey, a fortune teller predicted success, so off they went...
William Shatner's musical career His rendition of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds regularly wins radio station competitions to find the "worst music of all time".
Sleepify Silence is golden, especially when you're trying to fund a world tour.
Subway Sect Not an organization dedicated to the worship of the London Underground, as one may reasonably assume, but a punk rock band who claimed that they despised rock-and-roll. Ironic, seeing how they made rock-and-roll-esque songs and toured with rock-and-roll-loving band The Clash. Believe it or not, some years later, a song was made dedicated to the lead singer Vic Goddard, who had by then quit to become a postman.
Thai Elephant Orchestra An orchestra of elephants playing specially-designed instruments.
To Anacreon in Heaven An 18th-century drinking song whose melody was later adopted for "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Tokyo Ghetto Pussy To this day I still wonder to this article.
Tout-à-Coup Jazz An African jazz band from the 1970s whose membership included two future Burkinabé dictators, Thomas Sankara and Blaise Compaoré, with the latter overthrowing the other in a 1987 coup. Unbelievably, the band's name was purely coincidental.
Tromboon An unusual instrument, with an even more unusual About this soundsound .
Ugly stick An instrument in Newfoundland, an insult everywhere else.
"Up to eleven" This article is one louder.
Ventolin Abrasive single by Cornish electronic musician Richard D. James, otherwise known as Aphex Twin.
Whamageddon A festive music challenge where you have to avoid listening to a certain Christmas song throughout the Christmas period. Perfect if you're not a fan of George Micheal.
You Suffer At a full 1.316 seconds in length, the shortest song with a physical single release of all time.
The Zimmers A rock band made up of elderly musicians. As of 2017, the oldest member had lived to 101.
Zombeatles Paul is undead.


It's just so...mysterious...
"[yawn]... Yup, it's still there."
Aww, watch them rip its tendon, so cute...let's make a movie!
From the earliest-known surviving motion picture. Don't blink – you'll miss half of it.
Thousands from Switzerland are getting their spaghetti by doing this one simple trick!
100 Years A movie that your grandchildren and great-grandchildren might be able to enjoy!
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn A movie about a director who makes a bad movie, but can't remove his name from the credits because his real name is Alan Smithee. In reality, the movie about the movie was so bad that director Arthur Hiller was credited as Alan Smithee to disguise himself from the production.
Ambiancé A film scheduled to be released on New Year's Eve 2020 that is planned to be 30 days long. A trailer released in 2016 lasted 7 hours 20 minutes. It is planned for the film to be destroyed after its sole showing.
Big Dumb Object A mysterious object (usually of extraterrestrial origin) in a film that is there simply to cause a sense of wonder.
Birdemic The answer to the question: What could be worse than a Sharknado?
Blue Harvest The best way to keep the paparazzi away from your movie: give the movie a fake title, like this one used by George Lucas for Return of the Jedi.
The Canadian Conspiracy A mockumentary released in 1985 that asserts that Canada is subverting the United States by taking over its media.
Conspiracy 58 A mockumentary that claimed that the 1958 World Cup was never actually held. Despite being revealed as a hoax at the end, people still believed it.
The Cure for Insomnia A movie that runs for 85 hours. Not the longest movie ever screened though (see below).
The Day the Clown Cried A notorious unreleased film about the Holocaust – hey, it's a comedy!
Good article Dump months Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer's favorite time of the year.
Empire A film by Andy Warhol consisting entirely of eight hours of still footage of the Empire State Building.
First on the Moon Proof that the Soviets got there, thirty years before Armstrong and Aldrin didn't.
The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! The most important WWE/Hanna-Barbera collaborative.
I Killed My Lesbian Wife, Hung Her on a Meat Hook, and Now I Have a Three-Picture Deal at Disney "I knew I wanted to be a director, and I did a couple of short films, and this is the only one that haunts me." —Ben Affleck, Academy Award winner
Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter What happens when you mix Jesus, lesbians and vampires in a film?
Kin-yan Lee A Hong Kong actor repeatedly cast in Stephen Chow films as a nose-picking, bearded transvestite.
List of films featuring giant monsters Oh no, there goes Tokyo, go go Godzilla!
List of films that most frequently use the word "fuck" Self explanatory.
Logistics (film) The world's longest movie ever made, it follows the entire five week process of making and selling a pedometer in reverse chronological order.
The Longest Most Meaningless Movie in the World A movie that runs for 48 hours. Despite its title, it isn't the world's longest movie, but the jury's still out on whether it's the most meaningless....
Maidstone A film where a director runs for president while being targeted for assassination attempts, which is notable for a fight scene that made it into the final cut, where actor Rip Torn hits director Norman Mailer on the head with a hammer.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl A type of stock character that is extremely eccentric and girlish.
Manos: The Hands of Fate A low-budget film created by a fertilizer salesman from Texas, which is largely considered to be the worst film of all time.
Mockbuster Not the movie you want, but the bargain-bin equivalent.
Modern Times Forever (Stora Enso Building, Helsinki) The second longest film ever shot: ten whole days of one decaying building Life After People-style and first screened in front of itself. The directors have a point.
Monster a Go-Go The film that was released to drive-ins when it was only halfway completed. In order to get around this, the ending consists of narration explaining what happened to the main characters and the titular monster.
Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Alien, Flesh Eating, Hellbound, Zombified Living Dead Part 2: In Shocking 2-D As if that wasn't bad enough, it spawned a sequel.
Nothing Lasts Forever A completed feature-length film with Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd that has never been released and may never be released.
Oscar bait There are certain rules one follows when making an Oscar film. Including mental illness, the Holocaust and Meryl Streep in your film also helps.
Paint Drying Created to test the patience of the British Board of Film Classification.
Plan 9 from Outer Space The epitome of so-bad-it's-good cinema, and Bela Lugosi's last film. Starring posthumously, Lugosi died before production began.
Pulgasari A Godzilla-esque film, supposedly an allegory for unchecked capitalism, created by Kim Jong-il and a director whom he kidnapped.
Good article Roar What do you think happens when a family of African wildlife activists gathers together to make an environmentalist movie with over 150 untrained big cats? 70 members of the cast and crew getting injured, with the worst victim needing 220 stitches; high turnover, with 20 members of the crew leaving en masse; and a combination of financial problems, a broken dam, and destroyed fences resulting in millions in debt.
Roundhay Garden Scene The first ever moving picture, which lasted for an epic two seconds.
Shaken, not stirred Why 007 prefers his martini shaken.
Sharknado Exactly what it implies: Sharks + Tornado = the best damn disaster movie on earth. You better know it's got an ungodly amount of sequels and a cult following too!
Space Nazis "Take me to your Führer!"
Spaghetti trees Place a sprig of spaghetti in a tin of tomato sauce and hope for the best.
SSSSSSS Dirk Benedict and snakes. Long before the day of Samuel L. Jackson.
Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Large marshmallow mascot seen in the film Ghostbusters.
Stinking badges Something nobody needs. Possibly the most frequently quoted and misquoted line from a movie ever.
Surf Nazis Must Die A film for anyone who thought the Space Nazi trope was insensitive.
Taylor Mead's Ass A film consisting entirely 70 minutes of Taylor Mead's buttocks.
Twin films When two studios make the same idea at the same time.
United Passions A 30 million dollar film sponsored by FIFA about how great they are. Came out right after the 2015 FIFA corruption case came to light. One of the lowest grossing sports movies of all time.
Wilhelm scream A stock sound effect first recorded in 1951 and used in dozens of films (including seven Star Wars films, two Lord of the Rings films and Kill Bill).
Zyzzyx Road Budget: $1.2 million. Box office: 30 bucks.


The end of you(r sitcom) looms.
The Mull of Kintyre. Almost indecent, apparently.
Al Murray's Compete for the Meat A British game show where the top prize is a frozen chicken and the second prize is some sausages.
Alternative 3 An April Fools joke by an ITV science show leads many to believe that scientists were being kidnapped to prepare for the colonization of Mars.
Anti-Barney Humor An article for all Barney & Friends haters.
Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos Forget Turn-On – this never even made it to the end of its only episode.
Good article "Dennō Senshi Porygon" An episode of the "harmless" Pokémon cartoon that caused seizures in almost 700 children.
Flemish Secession hoax Our regular programming is now interrupted to declare independence from Belgium.
Friday night death slot Where TV shows go to die.
Guy Goma A man who came to the BBC for a job interview is instead interviewed on its news channel about the Apple Corps v. Apple Computer lawsuit.
Greg Packer A man on the street, no matter which street you're talking about.
Heil Honey I'm Home! Hitler has his own sitcom.
I Wanna Marry "Harry" An American reality show to find Prince Harry a wife. Meghan Markle was not a contestant.
Judaism in Rugrats A Maccababy's gotta do what a Maccababy's gotta do.
Jumping the shark Metaphor for when a TV show attempts to become popular again long after its relevance has faded.
Good article K Foundation Burn a Million Quid Why did the K Foundation burn a million pounds in cash?
List of Saturday Night Live incidents From Ashlee Simpson's lip-sync fail to Adrien Brody's possibly racist introduction to Sean Paul.
Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion incident TV signals in Chicago are twice overpowered on 22 November 1987 by broadcasts featuring a person (possibly a male) disguised as the 1980s virtual TV character Max Headroom. The source of the broadcasts and the people involved remain unknown. Ten years previously, the sound during a broadcast by the UK's Southern Television is replaced by a voice claiming to be an extraterrestrial named "Vrillon".
Good article Michael Larson A man who won over US$100,000 in an American quiz show because he was able to notice a pattern in the flashing lights on the "Big Board."
Monkey Tennis Hypothetically, the worst television programme it is possible to make.
Mull of Kintyre test When can a human penis be shown on British television?
Odagiri effect Turns out that women find sexy men on TV shows quite appealing.
Smell-O-Vision A system designed to enhance films with odors. Used once for the 1960 film Scent of Mystery and never again.
Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome A tragic condition suffered by some young characters on soap operas.
Tomorrow's Pioneers A Palestinian children's show produced by Hamas and co-hosted by various costumed characters, including one resembling Mickey Mouse. Most of said costumed characters are killed by Jews in some violent manner.
Turn-On An ABC comedy series that was cancelled even before the first episode had finished.
Very special episode A genre of television episodes with controversial life lessons interweaved into the storyline, popularized by Blossom.
Good article Wank Week A Channel 4 project for all those who think there aren't enough jerks on TV.
Tommy Westphall How a child with autism, and Detective Munch, are responsible for more than 200 TV series.
TV pickup Britons regularly cause massive power surges by simultaneously making tea during program breaks.
Steve Wiebe The star of a film about him setting the world's high score... for Donkey Kong.
Who's your Daddy? To win $100,000, adoptees have to pick their biological father out of twenty five men.

Video games[edit]

ET and Pac-Man's final resting-place?
Good article Atari video game burial Are your video games not selling? Why not do what Atari did—bury them in a New Mexican landfill?
Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing A racing video game that is considered one of the worst of all time due to its opponents that don't move, the ability to drive through buildings and accelerate infinitely in reverse, and a notorious "YOU'RE WINNER !" [sic] message after each race.
Good article Bloodbath of B-R5RB A player-versus-player battle in EVE Online which involved over 7,500 players, lasted 21 hours, and cost over US$300,000 worth of in-game currency.
Boss key A special key or key combination used in computer games to quickly hide the game from superiors or coworkers.
CleverPet Inc Ever had a dog bored at home and jealous of your game playing? Try this video game console for dogs that rewards pet treats for winning puzzles!
Communist Mutants from Space A Cold War Space Invaders clone in which you do battle with the Mother Creature, driven mad by radioactive vodka.
Corrupted Blood incident An unintentional virtual epidemic in World of Warcraft, which became an important medical case study.
Don't Buy This A rare example of truth in advertising.
Eggplant run A challenge playthrough of Spelunky in which you carry an eggplant and toss it into the final boss's face
The Great Giana Sisters A game that was withdrawn from the shelves virtually as soon as it went on them.
Hong Kong 97 A video game where the dead Deng Xiaoping is a weapon of mass destruction.
JFK Reloaded A video game released in 2004 where the player gets to assassinate President John F. Kennedy.
Good article Kanye Zone Can you keep the disembodied head of rapper Kanye West out of his "zone"?
Mighty No. 9 A video game notable for having the longest closing credits of any media, at just under 3 hours and 48 minutes long, in part thanks to the game's sluggish and somewhat mismanaged development and the developers' decision to credit the game's 70,000+ Kickstarter backers.
Featured article MissingNo. A Pokémon species that only appears as the result of a glitch, and has since been the subject of many sociological studies.
Overwatch and pornography Yes, many people would like to, "Nerf This!"
Phalanx Who knew that putting an old man playing a banjo in a video game that had nothing to do with him would make for an effective marketing campaign?
Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors A compendium of computer games all created to allow the owner to scam his or her friends. Includes "Desert Bus": a painstakingly realistic 8 hour bus journey from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas through a featureless desert in real time.
Polybius An arcade game that supposedly causes its players to go insane.
Tetris effect A psychological effect where Tetris players start arranging blocks in the real world.
List of video games notable for negative reception And we were so sure NO MAN′S SKY would be a hit!

Internet memes and online culture[edit]

You can find this guy on talk pages filled with contentious discussions.
All your base are belong to us A phrase that originated in the 1989 video game Zero Wing and sparked an Internet phenomenon in 2001 and 2002.
Bernie Sanders' Dank Meme Stash A Facebook group dedicated to memes about American politician Bernie Sanders.
Boobquake Female users of social networking websites agree to determine whether their scandalous clothing can cause earthquakes.
Good article Bronies You thought My Little Pony could never be loved by rugged grown men. Wrong. Very wrong. An erotic(?) website devoted to women trying to free their cars from various obstacles.
Cute cat theory of digital activism "Web 1.0 was invented to allow physicists to share research papers. Web 2.0 was created to allow people to share pictures of cute cats." — Ethan Zuckerman
Elsagate Here kids, watch these YouTube videos with Elsa and Spider-man, I'm sure nothing inappropriate will be on them...
Every time you masturbate... God kills a kitten If that's not a good enough reason why you shouldn't, I don't know what is.
Florida Man Superhero native to the state of Florida best known for his frequent run-ins with law enforcement and intoxicating substances.
Getting to Philosophy All links lead to Philosophy.
Godwin's law Every long, protracted online discussion always ends with comparisons of others to Hitler. Really...
The Hampster Dance A web page featuring dancing hamsters set to music. The music (itself a sample) was sampled in a song, and made No.4 in the United Kingdom in 1999.
How does one patch KDE2 under FreeBSD? An Internet meme in Russian internet culture. Various heads of state at Internet press conferences were asked this question – here are their answers.
Sam Hyde An American comedian blamed for numerous terrorist attacks and killings.
Instagram egg An image of any old what this egg would be if it didn't take over Instagram and become the most-liked post on the internet.
Good article Internet Watch Foundation and Wikipedia Talk about a major violation of WP:CENSOR and WP:POINT...
Numa Numa Or how a fat kid dancing to the O-Zone song "Dragostea din tei" in front of his computer became very popular.
O RLY? The sarcastic owl image that is becoming increasingly ubiquitous on the 'net.
OS-tan A small Internet phenomenon where certain types of software (including various Microsoft and Linux operating systems) are depicted as young anime women.
Polandball A comic genre with balls and other bits for different countries doing what real countries do.
Rickrolling Careful: that link you're about to click on might take you to a video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up".
Mark V Shaney A fake Usenet user whose computer-generated postings were created using Markov chain techniques.
Shock site Don't look! (No, really.)
Shrek fandom Maybe "fandom" isn't the correct word?
Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us An Internet meme which, as all great things, began on Facebook and spiralled a bit of out control, and of course Wikipedians couldn't be stopped in making it its own article.
Ted Cruz–Zodiac meme A mock conspiracy theory gone wild.
Tide pod challenge Ever thought a Tide pod looked kind of like candy? Apparently you're not alone.
Time Cube The personal website of a schizophrenic old man who claimed that time is "cubic" in nature and that all of modern science is a lie.
John Titor The name of a purported time traveller from the year 2036. He posted on several time travel-related Internet bulletin boards during 2000/2001.
Tourist guy The picture of a Hungarian man on 9/11.
Very erotic very violent How erotic and violent would it be?
Unusual eBay listings Those strange things people sell on the Internet...
Wikipedia The site you are on right now.
Yaminjeongeum 세종머앟늰익 읚머한 윾산.

See also List of Internet memes.


One from Schroeder's collection?
Kanamara Matsuri A phallus festival in Kawasaki, Japan.
Mexico City Alebrije Parade Parade and contest of giant alebrijes ("colorful monsters").
Testicle Festival "Would you like to supersize those?"
Toy piano festival A concerto of toy pianos.

Stage shows[edit]

The Elvis Dead Evil Dead II retold in the style of Elvis Presley. "I need a really groovy chainsaw arm".
See also


Nom nom nom burp nom nom nom nom...
No durians. (But no fine if you have some anyway?)
Engastration – here in the form of turducken.
Fried spiders on sale.
(May include excrement.)
Meal time at a Modern Toilet restaurant.
Did William here eat them all?
Alferd Packer Before Dahmer there was Packer...
Ayds Ayds was a great way to lose weight, until the mid-1980s...
Banana production in Iceland Weirder than Björk?
Bird's nest soup Asian delicacy.
Boneless Fish A frozen fish scaled, gutted and deboned, then glued to its original shape using a food-grade enzyme.
British Rail sandwich A culinary match to the quality of the train service.
Bacon Explosion Not as dangerous as it sounds.
Cannabis foods Various foods containing cannabis.
Carmine A common food dye manufactured from insects.
Casu marzu Italian "maggot cheese" – cheese designed to be eaten while it is infested with cheese fly larvae.
Century egg A Chinese dish which involves preserving a duck, chicken or quail egg for several weeks to several months before eating.
Chubby bunny A common (but sometimes lethal) game played with marshmallows.
Competitive eating In which the main goal is the quick and vast consumption of food.
Cockle bread Bread made by English women in the seventeenth century that involved kneading and pressing against the woman's buttocks.
Deep-fried Mars bar A Scottish delicacy.
Deep-fried Twinkies America's answer to the above.
Featured article Charles Domery A Polish soldier noted for his unusually large appetite. While imprisoned in England, he remained ravenous despite being put on ten times the rations of other inmates, eating the prison cat, at least twenty rats and, on a regular basis, the prison candles.
Featured article Durian King of fruits. King of smells?
Engastration Dishes consisting of animals stuffed into each other. Turducken and whole stuffed camel are prominent examples.
Eyes (cheese) There are eyes in the cheese, but no cheese in the eyes.
Flies graveyard A delicacy in the United Kingdom.
Fried spider Exactly as it sounds – and a regional delicacy in Cambodia.
Hitler bacon Can it possibly be kosher?
Hufu For all you vegetarian cannibals out there, the tofu product designed to look and taste like human flesh.
Human placentophagy The consumption of a newborn's placenta is common among mammals; humans do it too.
Kit Kats in Japan There have been more than 300 limited-edition seasonal and regional flavors of Kit Kats produced in Japan since 2000.
Ketchup as a vegetable Makes junk food seem healthier.
Kosher locust Can Jews eat grasshoppers?
Luther burger Described as the "cardiologist's worst nightmare"
Lychee and Dog Meat Festival Vegans are the only group who can oppose this festival without any fear of hypocrisy.
Michel Lotito Known as Monsieur Mangetout (or "Mr Eat-all").
Milbenkäse A type of German cheese containing live mites, which are eaten along with the cheese.
Monkey brain A Chinese delicacy that has been made famous through films.
Pieing A slapstick stunt, or a kind of political protest. And there's even a list of victims.
Products produced from The Simpsons Fictional trademarks gone real.
Rhubarb Triangle A recipe or a dangerous area to fly through?
Roadkill cuisine Yes, Skunk a la Michelin sounds tasty to some people.
Sannakji Small octopuses eaten alive with sesame oil.
Sealed crustless sandwich A patented peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Good article Stargazy pie A Cornish fish pie that looks back at you.
Stinky tofu Fermented soybean curd is apparently a delicacy for some people. One external link describes its scent as "a used tampon baking in the desert."
Surströmming A Swedish dish consisting of rotten herring, said to have the worst smell in the world.
Takeru Kobayashi A slightly built Japanese competitive eater. He has consumed 63 Nathan's Famous hot dogs and buns in 12 minutes and holds a host of eating records for other foods.
Featured article Tarrare A French showman and soldier noted for his unusual eating habits. Among other things, he ate a meal intended for 15 people in a single sitting, ate live cats, snakes, lizards and puppies, and swallowed an eel whole without chewing.
Tim Tam Slam An Australian method for drinking tea through Tim Tam biscuits.
Tomatina A gigantic food fight with a ham-topped greased pole as the start.
Sonya Thomas What weighs 105 pounds (48 kg) and eats more hot dogs in 12 minutes than most people do all summer?
United States military chocolate Originally designed to taste "little better than a boiled potato". Not much has changed.
Unusually shaped vegetable "While some examples are just oddly shaped, others are heralded for their amusing appearance, often representing a body part such as the buttocks."
Vegetarianism of Adolf Hitler Hitler believed that a vegetarian diet could both alleviate his personal health problems and spiritually renew the Aryan race.
Virgin boy egg Eggs cooked with the help of young boys' urine.
Who Ate All the Pies? A chant sung by football fans in England and Scotland, aimed at supposedly overweight footballers, officials or opposing supporters.


Some coffee, sir? ...... Coming right up out, sir.
Beer goggles Does drinking a certain beverage make other people more attractive to you?
Capitol Hill's mystery soda machine A vending machine in Seattle that might be haunted.
Civet coffee Not coffee made from civets, but rather from ordinary coffee beans the civet has, well, excreted.
Cola wars A marketing battle between Coca-Cola and Pepsi.
Fucking Hell A German beer named after the Austrian village of Fucking.
Grapefruit juice effect Be careful – that delicious food item could be dangerous to prescription-drug users.
H2NO Why drink tap water, when you can pay to have a cool, refreshing glass of Coca-Cola or freshly chilled bottled tap water?
If-by-whiskey A famous speech successfully both attacking and defending booze.
ISO 3103 The ISO standard cup of tea.
OpenCola The world's first open-source beverage.
Snake wine A type of Vietnamese wine that includes a whole venomous snake in the bottle.
Soda and candy eruption Diet Coke + Mentos = geyser.
Vodka eyeballing Here's looking at you, kid.


Conflict Kitchen A Pittsburgh take-out restaurant, exclusively serving ethnic foods from countries in which the United States is in conflict.
Cross Cafe A Hitler-themed Indian restaurant, formerly known as "Hitlers' Cross" [sic].
Dinner in the Sky Enjoy a delicious meal—suspended 150 feet (46 m) in the air.
Fortezza Medicea restaurant Eloquent, fine dining in a high-security prison.
Hamburger University Where McDonald's employees learn their stuff.
Heart Attack Grill Noted for its 8,000-calorie "Quadruple Bypass Burger".
Ithaa The world's first underwater restaurant.
Kayabukiya Tavern A Japanese restaurant where guests are served by employed monkeys.
MaDonal A McDonald's knock-off in Iraq.
McDonald's urban legends Is that worm meat in your Big Mac?
Modern Toilet A restaurant chain whose furniture and decor is based on – yes – toilets.
Original Spanish Kitchen A Los Angeles restaurant that suddenly and unexpectedly closed in 1961, giving rise to an urban legend about the fate of its proprietors. The restaurant's contents – even as far as the place settings – remained untouched for decades.
Pyongyang A restaurant chain whose sole proprietor is the Government of North Korea.


Jump rabbit, jump rabbit, jump jump jump...
The "Estonian Carry". Mmm.
1916 Cumberland vs. Georgia Tech American football game The most lopsided game in American football history (featuring the godfather of American football himself, John Heisman).
1967 NFL Championship Game Often called "The Ice Bowl", a game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers played in absolutely frigid conditions, at a temperature of -15°F (and that's before the wind chill.)
1978 CONCACAF Champions' Cup The only time in the history of association football in which an official championship ended up being championed ex aequo by more than one team, in this case there were three.
1992 Troy State vs. DeVry men's basketball game The highest scoring NCAA basketball game ever.
2005 United States Grand Prix A race in which 14 drivers retired before the start of the race.
2014 Hiram vs. Mount St. Joseph women's basketball game How a dying teenager's wish became one of the year's biggest stories in American sports.
Artistic roller skating All the grace and charm of figure skating...but with roller skates.
AS Adema 149–0 SO l'Emyrne Taking own goals to the extreme.
Good article Australia 31–0 American Samoa The most lopsided "fair" match in association football history since World War I.
Australian Football International Cup The "World Cup" of Australian rules which Australia does not participate.
Barbados 4–2 Grenada (1994 Caribbean Cup qualification) An association football where the winning team won with 4 goals despite scoring only 3 goals due to a weird rule change that was abused by both teams in the last few minutes of the match.
Baseball metaphors for sex Basic Instinct...? No, Baseball Instinct.
Bat and trap An English bat-and-ball pub game.
Battle of Bramall Lane An English professional association football match that was ended at the 83rd minute because the home team lost too many of their players due to injuries and red cards.
Bladderball Yale University's contribution to the world of team sports.
British baseball Not Baseball in the United Kingdom, but an intermediate species between cricket and baseball played in the hinterlands of Wales and Western England.
Bog snorkelling The noble art of competitive snorkelling through cold, noxious bog water.
Bottle-kicking A ruleless drunken rugby-like sport played every Easter Monday since the 1700s in Hallaton, Leicestershire.
Butt fumble Be careful where you run with that ball, Mark.
Chess boxing A sport that alternates rounds of speed chess and boxing.
Collision in Korea A WCW pay per view event in 1995 wasn't so unusual. A professional wrestling match in North Korea, however, is a once in a lifetime event.
Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake An annual event held each May at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester.
Featured article Disco Demolition Night What could go wrong with encouraging people to bring unwanted disco albums to a baseball doubleheader and blowing up the records between games?
Dwarf tossing A sporting competition where padded dwarfs are thrown by competitors.
Dwile flonking A sport that gives a new meaning to the term "drinking game".
Eton wall game A sport played annually on St. Andrew's Day on a 5-by-110-metre (16 ft × 361 ft) field. The last goal was scored in 1909.
Extreme ironing A sport whereby participants take an ironing board to a remote location and iron a few items of clothing.
Fair catch kick A little-known way to score points in American football left over from rugby. It was last used successfully in the pro game in 1976.
Fierljeppen A Frisian sport where the objective is to jump over a trench.
Football tennis Wimbledon meets Wembley... in Czechoslovakia.
Featured article Heidi Game The last-minute comeback in this American football game wasn't seen by television viewers, as the network cut off the game to show the children's film Heidi.
Henley-on-Todd Regatta An Australian boat race that is cancelled when there is water in the river.
International Rutabaga Curling Championship Rutabaga curling originated in the frosty December climes of Ithaca, New York.
Isner–Mahut match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships A record-breaking 11-hour, 5-minute tennis match at the 2010 Wimbledon Championships.
Lawn mower racing Leaves the lawn in a very poor condition.
Lingerie Football League "Uniforms consist of helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads, knee pads, garter belts, bras, and panties." Renamed the Legends Football League in 2013, with the garters, bras, and panties replaced by slightly more modest performance sportswear.
Mall walking Usually done with larger groups of senior citizens.
Muggle Quidditch An international real-life sport, without magic objects.
Mythical national championship When is a champion not exactly a champion?
New Testament athletic metaphors Blessed are the healthy in heart...
One-armed versus one-legged cricket According to Charles Dickens: "The one-legged men were pretty well with the bat, but they were rather beaten when it came to fielding."
Pillow Fight League The first rule of Pillow Fight League is that you do not discuss Pillow Fight League.
Plainfield Teacher's College Their American football team was un-beaten, un-tied...and non-existent.
The Play (American football) Before going onto the field for your postgame musical performance, make sure the game is over.
Rocket Racing League A racing league intending to use rocket-powered aircraft to race a closed-circuit air racetrack.
Smiggin Holes 2010 Winter Olympic bid During the 2002 Winter Olympics, the two Australian comedians who gave the world Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat (see "Animals in sports" below) launched a bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympics in New South Wales, Australia.
Sports-related curses A variety of excuses for bad performance.
Stoolball An ancestor of cricket (a game it resembles), baseball, and rounders.
Ten Cent Beer Night A Major League Baseball game that tried to attract fans with a beer promotion got progressively worse, until an all-out riot broke out at Cleveland Stadium.
Traditions and anecdotes associated with the Stanley Cup An ice hockey trophy with a long history of abuse, superstition, and tests of buoyancy.
Ultimate Typing Championship Created in order to promote typing and find the fastest typists in the United States of America.
Underarm bowling incident of 1981 An infamous end to an international cricket match that was arguably not cricket at all.
Wellie wanging Competitors are required to hurl a Wellington boot as far as possible
Wife-carrying One need not carry one's own wife to take part, although you may want to run away as fast as possible afterwards.
Wooden spoon A Cambridge University tradition adopted by rugby league and rugby union, the Wooden Spoon is awarded to the last-placed team in a competition.
Yukigassen Competitive snowball fighting.

Animals in sports[edit]

Buzkashi Something like rugby, played on horseback, with a dead goat.
Conger cuddling The "most fun a person could have with a dead fish".
Egg tapping One holds a hard-boiled egg and taps the egg of another participant with one's own egg intending to break the other's, without breaking one's own.
Fatso the Fat-Arsed Wombat Sydney's other Olympic mascot.
Good article Ferret legging A stunt in which a live ferret is put down one's trousers. According to Snopes: "Ferret-legging, allegedly a 'sport' ... was reported in an article twenty years ago [in] Outside magazine, was riddled with factual errors ... that apologists attribute to 'poor research on an actual sport.' The Wikipedia article ... has no direct sources except for Katz's article. It has been nominated for deletion twice; both times, the votes were split fifty/fifty and the article was kept. Did Katz write a poor article on an actual sport, or did he make it up?"
Fox tossing A popular sport in 17th and 18th century Europe that involved tossing foxes and other live animals as high as possible into the air.
Goose pulling Hang a live goose from a rope, gallop under it on a horse and pull its head off. What could be simpler?
Hamster racing A uniquely British response to foot and mouth disease.
Kudu dung spitting Games for conservationists.
Legend of the Octopus If you're going to an ice hockey game in Detroit, be sure to bring your octopus.
Octopus wrestling A sport which once attracted crowds of thousands to watch free divers wrestle North Pacific Giant Octopus from the waters of the Puget Sound.
Pig Olympics An international contest between pigs.
Rabbit show jumping Watership up, Watership Down. Watership up, Watership Down. Watership...
Robot jockey Robots designed to ride dromedary camels.
Snail racing Ready, steady, slow!
Teddy bear toss A Christmas tradition in minor league ice hockey.
Turkey bowling So much for "don't play with your food".
Good article Vinkenzetting Finch-singing in Belgium. More competitive than you might think.
Yak racing A spectator sport held at traditional festivals in Tibet and Mongolia, among other places.


Beware the wrath!
Ironically, his team didn't finish as the best 1988 Winter Olympics bobsled team from the Caribbean.
"Hey, how are we doing this season?"
1956 Olympic Flame hoax Why the Olympic Flame is pants.
Ali Dia A guy who tricked his way into English soccer team Southampton F.C. by claiming he had won 12 caps for Senegal, was related to George Weah and had played for Paris St Germain. In 2007, The Times branded him the worst-ever player in top-flight soccer.
Barefoot running Why is there an entire article devoted to running without shoes?
Paula Barila Bolopa A swimmer from Equatorial Guinea, who – much like Eric Moussambani below – competed in the Sydney Olympics. Her time in the 50m freestyle is apparently the longest in Olympic history.
Philip Boit How many other Kenyan skiers can you name?
Curse of Billy Penn How a skyscraper in Philadelphia kept the city's sports teams from winning championships for over 20 years.
Good article Curse of the Colonel Colonel Harland Sanders wreaks revenge from beyond the grave on a Japanese baseball team.
Rajai Davis "Quick, Jason, ride me to Citi Field, I've been called up!"
Dock Ellis Baseball pitcher who, among other things, threw a no-hitter while under influence of LSD, and once tried to hit every batter in the Cincinnati Reds lineup.
Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards A British sportsman famous for coming last in the 1988 Winter Olympics ski-jump competition.
Eddie Gaedel A 65-pound (29 kg) baseball player, 3 ft 7 in (1.09 m) tall. Career on‑base percentage: 1.000.
Dolly Gray impostor Possibly the least known NFL football player in history.
Prince Hubertus of Hohenlohe-Langenburg A blue blooded Alpine skier, from the frozen wastes of Mexico City.
Carlos Kaiser A footballer who managed a decade-long career despite lacking pro-level ability and never playing a regulation game.
Jeffrey Maier The twelve-year-old who helped the Yankees win the pennant.
Mendoza Line Baseball's standard for underperformance.
Eric Moussambani A swimmer from Equatorial Guinea who, in the Sydney Olympics, took twice as long as anyone else in the 100m freestyle.
Fuahea Semi As though being a luger from Tonga wasn't unusual enough, he tricked the world's media and the International Luge Federation for more than two years into believing that he bore the same name as a German lingerie firm.
Sturla Snær Snorrason An Icelandic alpine skier who (as of October 2018) has competed in 1 Olympic Games and 2 World Championships, but has yet to finish a single race.
Elizabeth Swaney A Hungarian-American freestyle skier who competed at the halfpipe event at the 2018 Winter Olympics, despite being incapable of performing basic tricks.
Shizo Kanakuri An Olympic marathon runner who took a 54-year detour.
Taro Tsujimoto An imaginary ice hockey player drafted because a manager was reportedly "fed up with the slow drafting process via the telephone".

Sport teams and associations[edit]

Atlanta Black Crackers A Negro League baseball team named like many others after a local white baseball team, but in this case the Atlanta Crackers were named after a racial nickname.
East Africa rugby union team Did this rugby team really select a future dictator to play for them?
Jamaican bobsled team The real life inspiration for the film Cool Runnings.
London Rippers A Canadian independent league baseball team that modeled its logo and mascot after Jack the Ripper. Local feminists were not amused, but Rush Limbaugh came to the team's defense.
Mongolia national baseball team They've only scored 3 runs at the Asian Games. Without ever finishing a game, because of the mercy rule.
Oorang Indians An all-Native American National Football League team put together as a marketing gimmick to sell Airedale Terriers and known more for its halftime dog shows than for its football play.
Sark national football team Also known as The Bad Lions, the only national team that failed to ever score a goal.
Sports teams get relocated all the time (especially in the NFL), but what if they had mergers? Wartime conscription forced the Pittsburgh Steelers to do exactly that.
Tropical nations at the Winter Olympics More than just Jamaican bobsledders.
Windsor Swastikas A Canadian ice hockey team with a well-known logo.
Vatican City national football team The squad makes up more than 2 percent of the national population.

Games and strategy contests[edit]

Careful where you place that stone – your innards may not approve.
Sloane Square... Bond Street... Mornington Crescent!
The Game A mind game in which players try not to think about The Game – which means that, by reading this, you just lost The Game.
Blood-vomiting game "Go" is serious business.
Ghettopoly An unauthorized version of Monopoly that played on black and other stereotypes. The NAACP was not amused.
Human chess Enacted by costumed "pieces" on a scaled-up chessboard.
Kancho A Japanese children's game that simulates anal probing.
Mornington Crescent (game) A deceptively tricky game of navigating the London Underground—don't be caught in Nidd!
Poole versus HAL 9000 "I'm sorry, Frank, I think you missed it..."
Taikyoku shogi Japanese 'ultimate chess', with over 400 pieces per side.
The Turk An 18th century chess computer, which turned out to be a hoax.
USA Rock Paper Scissors League Organised finger sport.
War on Terror, The Boardgame A boardgame satire of the real "War on Terror" that has proved so popular, it has ended up in national museums, in a TV sitcom, as part of a military training simulation and as a teaching aid in higher education institutions.
World Black Pudding Throwing Championships A super championship for a super food.


Bird people The widely recurring motif in legends and fiction of birds who are people, or people who are birds.
Behind the sofa Where young British children hid from menacing scenes in sci-fi TV, now recalled humorously and nostalgically by British adults.
Bigfoot trap Believed to be the world's only Bigfoot trap.
Featured article Cottingley Fairies A successful photographic hoax in 1910s England.
Easter Bilby How do you have an Easter Bunny in a country that has had a bad experience with rabbits? With an Easter Bilby of course!
Flying ointment A hallucinogenic ointment said to be used by witches in the Early Modern period.
Global Orgasm Make love, not war... all over the world!
Kaspar Hauser A German youth who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell, and was once thought to be linked to the princely House of Baden.
Icelandic Elf School Possibly the only school granting elf-spotting degrees. (Though certificates are also available from John Oliver.)
Josiah S. Carberry An expert on cracked pots, and one of only three fictional people to have won the Ig Nobel Prize.
Liver-Eating Johnson A 19th-century mountain man with a penchant for revenge and the consumption of livers.
Machine elf An entity that people claim they become aware of after having taken tryptamine based psychedelic drugs such as DMT.
Man-eating tree Hoaxes and unsubstantiated reports in Madagascar and elsewhere.
Monkey-man of New Delhi Reports in 2001 of a strange monkey-like creature appearing in New Delhi at night and attacking people.
Phantom social workers Mysterious claims of "social workers" seeking to abduct infants and children.
Proverbs commonly attributed to be Chinese ...although they're probably not.
Reptilian humanoid A recurring theme in fiction, especially science fiction, pseudoscientific theories and conspiracy theories.
Rods Photographic anomalies which some think are undiscovered flying creatures or miniature UFOs.
Russian reversal In Soviet Russia, Wikipedia edits YOU!
Spring Heeled Jack A mysterious character said to have existed in England during the Victorian age.
Telling the bees An alternative explanation for the declining bee population.
Titivillus The patron demon of scribes, responsible for many errors.
Tsukumogami According to Japanese folklore, if you keep your straw sandals (or any other household items) around for 100 years, they may become "alive and aware" and develop eyes and sharp teeth.
Vagina dentata The tooth, and nothing but the hole tooth.
Vampire pumpkins and watermelons A folk legend from the Balkan peninsula of south-eastern Europe based upon the idea that any inanimate object left outside during the night of a full moon will become a vampire.
Vril A belief that aliens controlled Nazi Germany and helped Hitler and others to escape to the South Pole when the war was lost.
Well to Hell A 9-mile (14 km) borehole drilled by Soviet scientists uncovers the sounds of millions of damned souls. Hot stuff.
Witch window A superstitious practice in the State of Vermont to prevent witches from flying through open windows at night.

Mystery animals and animal folklore[edit]

Looks a load of Bonnacon to me...
Pieter Dirkx's imagining of the Mongolian death worm.
That's either one fast-growing plant, or...
Bonnacon A mythical ox which flings burning dung at its enemies from its rear and horn.
Cattle mutilation The alleged killing and subsequent mutilation of cattle, sheep or horses by unknown perpetrators. Some say they may be aliens.
Chupacabra A legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, generally reported in Latin America, that preys on livestock.
Dog spinning Do Bulgarians really twizzle their domestic canines to foretell prosperity? The British Green Party thinks so, and they're not happy about it.
Drop bear A fictitious Australian marsupial supposedly related to the koala.
Entombed animal Tales of live toads and other creatures encased in stone.
Fearsome critters North American lumberjack folklore, with Axhandle hounds and jackalopes.
Flying pig The classic impossibility has been officially proved possible by the Internet Engineering Task Force: "With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine."
Gef the talking mongoose A poltergeist-like creature which claimed to have been an 80-year-old Indian mongoose, alleged to have haunted a Manx cottage during the 1930s.
Humanzee A hypothetical(?) human/chimpanzee hybrid.
Hodag The animal of Rhinelander, Wisconsin and has been confronted by Scooby Doo
Jersey Devil A mythological creature said to inhabit the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Liver bird A legendary cormorant or eagle that is the symbol of a major English city.
Lluvia de Peces It's raining fish in Honduras.
Mongolian death worm A large, bright red worm that kills using acid and electrical discharges – allegedly.
Montauk Monster Actually a decaying raccoon... or is it?
Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus An endangered creature, whose major predator is the sasquatch. Apparently.
Phantom kangaroos They're not just found in Australia.
Popobawa A bat-winged monster from Zanzibar said to sodomize people during election campaigns.
Featured article Pig-faced women A lesson never to compare a person's children to pigs when pregnant, lest you be cursed.
Rat king Not the rodent monarch familiar from The Nutcracker, but a rare (some say nonexistent) phenomenon in which a group of rats grow up with their tails tangled in a knot.
Good article Rhinogradentia A fictitious mammal order documented by an equally fictitious German naturalist.
Sidehill gouger Fictional creatures said to inhabit the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and the southwestern sandhills of Saskatchewan.
Spherical cow "Consider a spherical cow in a vacuum..."
Vegetable Lamb of Tartary Money might not grow on trees, but maybe sheep do.

Society, economy and law[edit]

At the heart of an international incident.
Bagism A social ideology created by the Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono which involves wearing a bag over one's entire body to promote peace and equality.
Banned in Boston Boston now has a reputation as a liberal city, but it wasn't always so ...
Beard Liberation Front A British interest group which campaigns in support of beards and opposes discrimination against those who wear them.
Biotic Baking Brigade Pie-throwing anarchists.
Burning money Which can provide for behaviour modification, political notoriety and a warm fireplace. (See also K Foundation Burn a Million Quid in the "Television and film" section above.)
Frank Chu All he wants is royalties for being featured in a real life soap opera broadcast in 12 galaxies - or was it 785,249,000,000,000?
Featured article Stephen Colbert at the 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner A controversial performance, directed, amongst others, toward an uncomfortable President nearby.
Fedspeak A deliberately confusing, carefully rehearsed cryptic language, whose delphic dialect is used to effectively prevent the understanding of Fed policy.
Fourth International Posadist Trotskyism and UFOs. Yes, really.
Guerrilla gardening "Quick... torch on... plant those carrots!"
Go Topless Day A day to advocate topfreedom for women
Let's trim our hair in accordance with the socialist lifestyle A television show produced by the communist government of North Korea intended to educate the public on good and bad hairstyles.
Man of the Hole The last survivor of an uncontacted tribe in Brazil, and arguably the world's loneliest person.
Đorđe Martinović How the insertion of a beer bottle into the rectum of a Serbian farmer caused a major ethnic and political controversy in Serbia in 1985 and contributed to the collapse of Yugoslavia.
Montreal-Philippines cutlery controversy A 7-year-old boy's eating habits became an international incident.
Featured article Emperor Norton Emperor Norton I, the man who claimed to be "Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" in 1859.
Pink Pistols They're here, they're queer – and they're armed to the teeth.
Pole and Hungarian cousins be A two-nation proverb often cited, usually while drinking, in both Poland and Hungary.
Reply of the Zaporozhian Cossacks Amongst other insults and profanity, it supposedly told Sultan Mehmed IV of the Ottoman Empire to fuck his mother.
Sentinelese people An autonomous stone-age human tribe which completely avoids contact with the outside world.
Socialist Patients' Collective An organization that charged that diseases were caused by capitalism.

Politics and government[edit]

All hail the Conch Republic !
Who knew legislation could be so sweet?
Not a killer rabbit after all.
A senator uses an old debating trick.
A work by the "Kowloon emperor".
1803 Gatton by-election Two candidates, only one ballot cast, in this by-election in one of the UK's most notorious rotten boroughs of the early 19th century.
Munafri Arifuddin Ran unopposed for mayor of Makassar, Indonesia, won more than 250,000 votes, and lost.
Featured article Alaska Mental Health Enabling Act An apparently innocuous piece of congressional legislation that became the subject of outrageous but widely believed conspiracy theories in 1956.
Good article Threatening the President of the United States Illegal words?
Animals as electoral candidates Why be ruled by some monkey when you can get a real chimp, rhino or pig into office?
Bald–hairy Russian leadership has alternated between bald and hairy leaders since 1825.
Ruth Ellen Brosseau An assistant bar manager who was elected to Canada's parliament from Quebec despite having never visited the district, barely speaking the language and spending part of the election campaign in Las Vegas. She proved to be a competent politician and was re-elected in 2015.
Featured article Brown Dog affair Political scandal that resulted in police protection for the statue of a dog.
Bushism Any of a number of peculiar words, phrases, pronunciations, malapropisms, semantic or linguistic errors that have occurred in the public speaking of former United States President George W. Bush.
Candy Desk A desk on the floor of the U.S. Senate has been filled with candy since 1968.
Mel Carnahan In 2000, he was elected to the United States Senate, despite dying in a plane crash 3 weeks before election day.
Jimmy Carter rabbit incident Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter's scrape with a "killer" rabbit.
Featured list Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office An official government position in the United Kingdom.
Conch Republic As a protest against the actions by the United States federal government, Key West in Florida seceded from and then declared war on the United States, surrendered one minute later and then applied for $1 billion in foreign aid.
Democracy sausage Part of Australia's tradition of holding a fundraising sausage sizzle at polling places on election day. Probably not connected to the observation about similarities between how laws and sausages are made.
Donald Duck Party A non-existent political party, at occasions among the top ten parties in Swedish parliamentary elections.
Eddie Eagle The National Rifle Association's controversial mascot who is supposed to teach kids gun safety. What, you didn't know the NRA had a mascot?
Euromyth Paranoid and imaginative speculations about the bureaucratic excesses of the European Union.
Flatulence tax When you keep a lot of cattle, you're contributing significantly to the greenhouse effect ... aren't you?
Jennifer Gale A homeless transgender woman who gained some measure of fame for repeatedly running for public office in Austin, Texas and for singing during city council meetings.
Jón Gnarr An Icelandic comedian who started the satirical Best Party, and became the mayor of Reykjavik.
Greek Ecologists A Green party which uses nudity in its political campaigns.
H'Angus A monkey football mascot who was elected mayor of Hartlepool, England, with a platform of "free bananas for all schoolchildren".
Ich bin ein Berliner President Kennedy did not call himself a jelly donut in front of a German audience.
Kasongo Ilunga A man who spent most of 2007 as the Minister for Foreign Trade of the Democratic Republic of the Congo - even though he wasn't a real person.
Ku Klux Klan titles and vocabulary If you ever find yourself an alien in the Klavern and someone asks "AYAK?" remember to answer "AKIA". Its all "CABARK".
Pedro Lascuráin President of Mexico for 45 minutes.
Legislative violence Where politicians actively fight for what they believe in.
List of Kim Jong-il's titles Because just being the "Great Leader" wasn't enough.
Lord Bloody Wog Rolo Australian political personality and founder of the British Ultra Loyalist League Serving Historical Interests Today.
Marxist-Leninist Party of the Netherlands A fake Maoist political party set up by the BVD in order to spy on the Chinese government. Fooled Zhou Enlai, and may have helped facilitate Richard Nixon's tour of China.
McGillicuddy Serious Party A satirical political party in New Zealand.
Merkel-Raute More than one German leader has been known for a distinctive hand gesture
Jakob Maria Mierscheid A fictitious politician in the German Bundestag since 1979, originally introduced in the 1920s by Weimar Social Democrats to avoid paying restaurant bills. Discovered the Mierscheid Law.
Antanas Mockus The surprisingly effective mayor of Bogotá, Colombia known for civically-targeted publicity pranks.
Niuas Nobles' constituency An electoral constituency consisting of just three voters, who elect one of their number to one of the twenty-six seats in the Legislative Assembly of Tonga.
New shoes on budget day One of Canada's less grand political traditions.
Richard Nixon mask One of the United States' most popular masks.
Nuisance candidate In the Philippines political candidates can be disqualified for bringing the election into disrepute, having a name which confuses voters or not actually intending to run for office.
Official Monster Raving Loony Party Among other policies, this British political party advocates the banning of semicolons as "no-one knows how to use them".
Old Sarum A notorious rotten borough in Great Britain which, before 1832, was entitled to elect two members of Parliament even though it had only eleven voters and no residents.
Dunwich Another rotten borough which had almost entirely fallen into the sea over two centuries before it was abolished.
Patrol 36 The most famous group of Neo-Nazi Israelis.
List of people who have lived at airports Wish you were here?
Polish Beer-Lovers' Party One of the major political powers in Poland in the early 1990s.
Resignation from the British House of Commons Illegal since 1624.
Rhinoceros Party of Canada (1963–1993) A former political party in Canada, which often promised outlandishly impossible schemes designed to amuse and entertain the voting public.
Günter Schabowski A Freudian slip of this East German official started the demolition of the Berlin Wall.
Screaming Lord Sutch British musician, founder of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party. Holds the record for losing all 40 elections in which he stood.
Shanghai Fugu Agreement A completely fictitious international treaty accepted by the German state of Hesse in 1985.
Statue of Lenin (Seattle) How a statue of Lenin made its way from Czechoslovakia to Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.
Ilona Staller A Hungarian porn star elected to the Italian Parliament.
Texas Legation Don't worry, you're not the only one that doesn't pay their rent!
Tsang Tsou Choi From the 1970s to his death, he claimed to be the "Kowloon emperor".
John C. Turmel With a record of no wins and 86 losses in campaigns since 1979, he's probably the world's least-successful would-be politician.
Unabomber for President Somehow, there was a presidential campaign for an infamous serial killer serving eight life sentences in a supermax prison.
Why I Want to Fuck Ronald Reagan A fictitious scientific study by J.G. Ballard supposedly circulated at the 1980 Republican Convention which, among other things, compared the face of Ronald Reagan to a penile erection.
Nicolás Zúñiga y Miranda Mexican eccentric who participated in the presidential elections no less than ten times. He always lost but claimed to be the victor, and considered himself to be the country's president for several decades.
Deez Nuts A satirical candidate who ran for president during the 2016 U.S. presidential election and polled 10% at his best. In the polls, he had defeated other notable candidates such as Harambe, Beast Mode, Darrell Castle (this one is real), and nearly Jill Stein.

Business and economics[edit]

Orion in the sky, EURion on your money.
...we're going to need a bigger wallet.
BackpackersXpress It's hard to see what went wrong with this proposal to fly Boeing 747s full of singing, dancing and drinking backpackers between Australia and the UK.
Big Mac Index Big Mac economics.
Billboard Utilising Graffitists Against Unhealthy Promotions Or "BUGA-UP" for short. An Australian group of subversive artists who live up to their self-description by defacing tobacco and alcohol billboard advertisements to promote healthy living.
Boss key A special button on an application used to quickly mask an employee's counterproductivity.
Dead cat bounce In finance, a small, brief recovery in the price of a declining stock, because "even a dead cat will bounce if it falls from a great height."
EURion constellations Not-so-secret recognition patterns you can find on banknotes.
Ghetto tourism And if you look to your left you will see an impoverished minority neighborhood.
Hungarian pengő The worst inflation in history caused this currency to be replaced with another that was 400,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times its value.
Men's Underwear Index An economic indicator popularised by Alan Greenspan.
Merchant marine of Switzerland A landlocked country with a significant commercial fleet.
Rai stones Stone money, some of which is 3 meters (10 ft) in diameter, and weighs 4 metric tons (8,800 lb).
Swastika Laundry A laundry service whose electric vans cheerfully displayed the notorious symbol around Dublin until the 1960s.
Tanganyika groundnut scheme A scheme, stymied by a lack of water, to grow peanuts where none had been grown before.
Ting Hai effect A sudden drop in the stock market that follows whenever Hong Kong actor Adam Cheng stars in a new TV show.
Good article Us Tareyton smokers would rather fight than switch! An ad campaign that figured the best way to sell cigarettes is to show all the consumers with black eyes.
Veblen good Goods whose demand increases as price increases, violating the law of demand.

Law, law enforcement and crime[edit]

An acoustic kitty. Well, almost.
Not my first thought when you said "armored personnel carrier".
A fruit or a vegetable?
A vegetable or a fruit?
A vegetable.
2007 Boston Mooninite panic A guerilla marketing campaign for an animated TV series that quickly became a homeland security issue.
Sada Abe Sensational journalism—from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Acoustic Kitty A failed CIA experiment at using a cat for covert surveillance.
Animal trial Historically, the law in some areas of Europe subjected animals to criminal liability for their conduct.
Good article Baby Jesus theft When a child is gone...
Batman v. Commissioner Batman said his teenage son was his partner. The Commissioner wasn't having any of it.
Beard tax Used to be imposed in England and Russia.
Bowling Green massacre A nonexistent massacre mentioned by the Trump administration, subject to parody.
Cicada 3301 Criminals or puzzle enthusiasts?
Cummins v Bond When a medium is dictated a text by a spirit, who gets the copyright?
Michael Cicconetti A judge renowned for his strange alternative punishments.
Dead Man's Statute Prevent a witness from testifying about communications with a dead person.
Free Bench An unusual English legal custom permitting a widow to inherit her deceased husband's land. In one version, she would have to ride into court backwards on a black ram while reciting a nonsense verse.
FTC v. Balls of Kryptonite In some ways the U.S. government is more powerful than Superman.
Glasgow Ice Cream Wars In 1984, violent conflicts between ice-cream vendors left six people dead.
Guano Islands Act This strange piece of legislation enables citizens of the U.S. to take possession of islands containing guano deposits.
Hermesmann v. Seyer A Kansas Supreme Court case that decided that a 12-year-old boy who was molested by his 16-year-old babysitter had to pay for her child support.
Jarvis v Swans Tours Ltd A legal complaint about the lack of gemütlichkeit during a Swiss Christmas holiday.
A moron in a hurry A real legal doctrine used in passing-off law.
Not proven A controversial Scots law verdict for those neither guilty nor innocent.
Lawsuits against the Devil Who would you think had the best lawyers?
Lawsuits against God A notoriously apathetic defendant, he/she/it has never turned up for one of his/her/its hearings.
Leonard v. Pepsico, Inc. Would you expect to be able to swap 7 million points (worth $700,000) for a Harrier jump jet (worth $22 million)? This man did and took Pepsi to court when they failed to supply him one. Unsurprisingly – to everyone except him – he lost the case.
Lesbian rule Not the replacement for the Patriarchy, but an archaic term meaning legal flexibility (and originally a building tool from Lesbos).
The Matrix defense A claim that the defendant committed a crime under the belief of being inside a simulated reality. The defense has been successful more than once.
Memoirs v. Massachusetts A U.S. Supreme Court case concerning whether the 1749 book Fanny Hill was entitled to First Amendment protection. One of the dissenting opinions contained an extensive discussion of the supposedly pornographic content.
McMartin preschool trial The most expensive trial in U.S. history, a sexual abuse trial in which hundreds of children made bizarre allegations of flying and killing giraffes, orgies at car washes, flying in hot-air balloons, and being flushed down toilets into secret underground rooms where they were abused. They also claimed Chuck Norris was a Satanic Cult leader.
Miles v. City Council of Augusta, Georgia Can a city require a business license for a talking cat, and does the cat have free-speech rights?
Mormon sex in chains case The religious rape case that became a movie and involved the cloning of a dog.
Nix v. Hedden The U.S. Supreme Court decides that the tomato is a vegetable, not a fruit.
Old Deluder Satan Law How 17th-century Massachusetts sought to rid itself of the Prince of Darkness.
Perry Mason moment "Mr. Menendez, did you know Big 5 stopped selling handguns in 1986?"
Phantom of Heilbronn A DNA-traced serial killer, also known as the "Woman without a face", who turned out to be nonexistent.
Prenda Law A law firm which blackmailed people for allegedly downloading pornography; the firm was described by one court as a "porno-trolling collective".
Prohibition of death There are really some places where death is illegal. (Although it is unknown what happens to anyone who breaks this law.)
Shaggy defense Caught committing a crime, but don't know what to do? Say it wasn't you.
Small penis rule A technique used by authors to avoid libel lawsuits.
Stambovsky v. Ackley Also known as the "Ghostbusters case", the court ruled that a house in Nyack, New York was legally haunted by ghosts.
Taxation of illegal income in the United States Don't worry: you can deduct your illegal activity expenses.
Keron Thomas In 1993, aged sixteen, he posed as a motorman on the New York City Subway and managed to operate a scheduled passenger train for over three hours.
Twinkie defense When you don't want to go to jail.
Toy Biz v. United States Are the X-Men humans under U.S. law?
Trial of the Pyx Whence the British Pound lands in court every year.
Angie Sanclemente Valencia A former lingerie model alleged to have run one of the largest drug cartels in the world.
Whipping Tom On seeing an unaccompanied woman, he would grab her, lift her dress, and slap her buttocks repeatedly before fleeing. He would sometimes accompany his attacks by shouting "Spanko!".
United States ex rel. Gerald Mayo v. Satan and His Staff Who has jurisdiction over Satan?
Good article United States v. Approximately 64,695 Pounds of Shark Fins The fins won a case that turned on whether buying something from someone counts as "aiding or assisting" them.


"Had a little too much to drink, have we, sir?"
Drunkard's cloak Attire for the village drunk.
Hanged, drawn and quartered Dark Ages punishment for high treason.
Rough music A form of vigilantism, more loud than violent.
Scold's bridle A muzzle for the nagging wife.
Whipping boy A boy who received corporal punishment for misdemeanors of a prince; as well as some of his privileges.
See also

Religion and spirituality[edit]

A John Frum cargo cult ceremonial flag raising.
Can be a hare-y matter in Wicca.
Sometimes Jerusalem can be too much.
A representation of Kolob (reference numeral 1).
"Thou shalt commit adultery." So says the Bible.
An artist's impression of one of Xenu's space planes.
The All-Joking, All-Drunken Synod of Fools and Jesters Started by Peter the Great, and consisted mostly of drinking and partying.
As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. An oldie but a goodie from the Bible.
Asher yatzar A Jewish blessing, read to praise the ability to excrete urine or faeces.
Axinomancy Foretelling the future by looking at an axe or hatchet.
Banquet of Chestnuts Enough to make even the most committed and diehard Roman Catholic agree that the church was in a pretty poor state at the time of the Reformation.
Ben Hana A homeless man in Wellington, New Zealand who worshiped the Māori sun-god Ra (not to be confused with the ancient Egyptian sun-god Ra).
Bible errata A typesetter's complaint finds justification in Psalm 119.
Braco (faith healer) Meet the Gazer and be healed with a single glance.
Cadaver Synod In 897, Pope Stephen VI had the body of his predecessor Pope Formosus exhumed, dressed in papal vestments and then seated on a throne while he read charges against it and conducted a trial.
Caganer A traditional Catalan statue, similar to a garden gnome, that depicts a person defecating. Often included in Catalan nativity scenes or other Christmas decorations.
Cargo cult Tribal rites and rituals developed in the belief they will attract the goods, wealth and materials – the "cargo" – of a more technologically advanced and affluent culture.
Christmas in Nazi Germany The Nazi Party reinvented Christmas by removing a certain baby boy raised in the Jewish faith.
Criticism of Mother Teresa Seriously? Yep, seriously. Her detractors include Christopher Hitchens, Tariq Ali and devout Hindus.
Dhana Kumari Bajracharya A woman did not walked during 60 years.
Disconnection The result of a poor signal with Scientology.
Harold Davidson A 1930s Church of England clergyman, known as "The Prostitutes' Padre", who was defrocked and later died after being mauled by a toothless lion.
Descent from Adam and Eve Some living people actually claim to have traced their genealogy all the way back to Adam and Eve.
Five-minute hypothesis Have we only been around for 5 minutes?
Flirty Fishing Sharing the Gospel through prostitution.
Fluffy bunny A controversial epithet in Wicca.
Good article Flying Spaghetti Monster The basis of a satirical religion created to make fun of Intelligent Design.
Gambling on papal elections How much you wanna bet he's going to be Catholic?
Gang Bing After his act of self-castration, he became the patron saint of eunuchs.
The Great Disappointment Hundreds of people were convinced the world would end on a very specific date. Turns out they were wrong. Ahem.
Hell house A type of Christian horror house to make children more pious.
Holy Prepuce One of several relics purported to be associated with Jesus. Also known as The Holy Foreskin. (See also Circumcision of Jesus.)
Homosexuality and voodoo Surely a troll, you say? No! A perfectly legitimate article!
Incident (Scientology) Bubble Gum Incident, Obscene Dog Incident, Bodies in pawn, blah, blah...
Immovable Ladder A ladder in Jerusalem that can't be moved unless the Catholic and Orthodox churches come together. (Though it has been moved twice.)
International date line in Judaism and Jewish law in the polar regions Jewish law can get tricky when you travel to Hawaii...or go for a hike near the North Pole
Invisible Pink Unicorn Best buds with the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Islamic toilet etiquette The large number of rules to be followed by Muslims when relieving themselves.
Islamic views on anal sex There are fatwas for everything. Even Grand Ayatollah Sistani weighed in on the issue.
Jedi census phenomenon A phenomenon in which 390,000 British citizens listed their religion as "Jedi Knight" on a 2001 census form, which would've made it the fourth-largest religion in England and Wales.
Jerusalem Syndrome For some people, a visit there is just too much.
Jesus H. Christ Does it stand for Henry?
Jewish pope Andreas A Jewish pope..?
Johnson cult Was US President Lyndon B. Johnson worshiped as a god in Papua New Guinea?
Kachchhera Sikh underwear.
Kolob Which star does God live on?
List of UFO religions Our Father, which art in spaceship...
List of people claimed to be Jesus Christ has risen...again...and again.
Love Jihad Where Muslim boys try to romance non-Muslim girls for conversion to Islam.
Matshishkapeu The "fart man" of Innu mythology. Don't cross him or he'll make you constipated.
The Miracle of the Sun 70,000 people in Portugal gather to witness a miracle and are treated to an inexplicable solar event.
Non-canonical books referenced in the Bible The Bible refers to lost books – even pagan ones – much more than you'd think.
Open source religion And we're not talking about the Church of Emacs either.
Our Lady of Perpetual Exemption A legally recognized religion created by comedian John Oliver for the sole purpose of exempting his show from taxes by way of the Religious Tax Exemption
Pope Joan Medieval documents cite the existence of a female pope – proof of a Vatican cover up or a blasphemous slur?
Pope Michael Elected Pope in 1990 by a group of Conclavist or post-Sedevacantist Catholics to fill the vacancy they consider to have been caused by the death of Pope Pius XII in 1958.
Prince Philip Movement A religious movement on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu which holds that Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is a divine being.
Pseudoskepticism The philosophical or scientific argument that tries to appear skeptical, but really is trying to prove a position, as in "I don’t see enough evidence that we landed on the moon".
Pornocracy The period of the papacy in the early 10th century, beginning with Pope Sergius III from 904 and ending with the death of Pope John XII in 963. During this period, the popes were under the influence of corrupt women (though not necessarily prostitutes), especially Theodora and her daughter, Marozia. This period is also called the "Rule of the Harlots".
Religion in Antarctica There's no continent on Earth without organized belief.
Reincarnation Application Must be filed by all living Buddha within the People's Republic of China before they are allowed to reincarnate.
Religious pareidolia A tendency to see religious imagery in the textures of corn chips, cinnamon rolls, toast, clouds, etc.
Rumspringa Amish Gone Wild.
St. Priapus Church A religion based on the worship of the phallus.
Space opera in Scientology scripture L. Ron Hubbard's history of the universe, including alien Invader Forces, "little orange-colored bombs that would talk" and brainwashing episodes in "a railway carriage quite like a British railway coach with compartments".
Taghairm A couple of uncomfortable methods of fortune telling.
Tiberius Iulius Abdes Pantera Was Jesus' father buried in Germany?
Turtles all the way down A myth about the nature of the universe, or perhaps a myth about a myth about the nature of the universe.
Unfulfilled Christian religious predictions Doomsdays that didn't.
United Nation of Islam Royall, Allah in Person claims to have spent the 1980s in a spaceship with angels who informed him that he was God and instructed him on how to govern the world. Public records say he was a truck driver.
Universe people Specific cult in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Urantia Book Over two thousand pages of anonymous, religious, subconscious ramblings on religion and "God" (whatever that means in the billion planets out there).
Wicked Bible A 1631 reprint of the King James Bible, which contained an infamous printing mistake.
Featured article Xenu An ancient interstellar dictator who unleashed a genocide which created Christianity and psychiatry and whose story is "calculated to kill (by pneumonia etc.) anyone who attempts to solve it".
Zipporah at the inn God apparently tries (and fails) to kill Moses.
See also


Ablutophobia Fear of showering or any other form of bathing
Chemophobia Fear of chemicals and chemistry
Cherophobia Fear of happiness. Who knew not liking happiness is possible?
Chromophobia Fear of colors
Chronophobia Fear of time
Coprophobia Fear of feces or even defecation, and liking [constipation]
Cyberphobia Fear of computers and internet
Decidophobia Fear of making decisions
Dentophobia Fear of dentists
Emetophobia Fear of puking
Globophobia Fear of balloons or balloons popping
Mageirocophobia Fear of cooking
Numerophobia Fear of numbers
Osmophobia Fear of odors and smells
Phallophobia Fear of the erect penis
Philophobia Fear of love
Phobophobia Fear of having a phobia. How ironic.
Thalassophobia Fear of the sea or sea travel
Telephobia Fear of making or answering telephone calls


An entire war in one diagram (and less than one hour).
For Gallantry – if you're an animal...
...such as Sergeant Stubby here, World War I's most decorated war dog.
Should the United States ever want to go to war against the British Empire...
3rd Dental Battalion Even Marines have to keep their teeth clean.
Adrian Carton de Wiart Fought in two World Wars, shot repeatedly, survived a plane crash, escaped a POW camp, married a countess, and amputated his own fingers when his doctor refused. Also looked like a pirate.
Boot Monument In celebration of Benedict Arnold's foot.
Jack Churchill Longbows and broadswords weren't used in World War 2. Or were they?
Deborah's Hole Camp An Iron Age hillfort situated atop the cliff above Deborah's Hole cave.
D-Day Daily Telegraph crossword security alarm Crossword puzzles: A major danger to national security.
Devil Eyes A psychological warfare program designed by the CIA to distribute Osama bin Laden action figures throughout South Asia. The faces, when heated, were designed to peel off and reveal a demonic face underneath. They were made by Hasbro, the same company behind the G. I. Joe toys.
Dickin Medal Only awarded to animals.
Dreadnought hoax A practical joke at the expense of the Royal Navy, inspiring the influential Bloomsbury Group.
Line-crossing ceremony An initiation rite performed when a ship crosses the equator.
List of wartime crossdressers Because war demands proper fashion.
Miss Russian Army A beauty contest minus the swimsuit competition but plus the automatic weapons drills.
Montauk Project Real military science experiment or urban legend? Maybe the civilians who were in full view of the military base will be able to tell you.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front A rebel, some might say terrorist, group in the Southern Philippines who may or may not be aware that their initials are also an acronym for mom I'd like to...
Navies of landlocked countries Mongolia once had once of the world's largest navies. Today they have one vessel with a crew of seven sailors, one of them able to swim.
Nebraska Admiral The landlocked U.S. state of Nebraska and its "Great Navy".
NORAD Tracks Santa A tradition with the American and Canadian military to track Santa Claus for children.
Hiroo Onoda A Japanese soldier who hid out in the Philippines during World War II, refusing to surrender until 1974.
Philadelphia Experiment An alleged experiment in 1943 involving electromagnetic technology to render vessels invisible.
Portuguese Fireplace A fireplace in the middle of the New Forest.
Sergeant Stubby The only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat.
Siachen Glacier The world's highest battlefield, with very predictable terrain.
Simo Häyhä Showed some extraordinary finnish sisu in the Winter War against the Soviet.
Stanislav Petrov Potentially averted a nuclear war.
The terrorists have won Or have they?
Truelove Eyre A man who supposedly saved William the Conqueror's life during the Battle of Hastings.
Vasily Arkhipov Another guy who potentially averted nuclear war.
Wojtek Arguably the most extraordinary soldier of all time.

Wars, operations and battles[edit]

Featured article Anglo-Zanzibar War The world's shortest war that literally lasted 38 minutes.
Battle for Castle Itter American and German soldiers team up against the Nazis in a battle for a medieval castle.
Bahia Incident Did you know that the American Civil War also took place in Brazil?.
Battle of Domažlice A Hussite army routs the twice as numerous crusading Holy Roman army with the power of singing.
Battle of Fishguard That time when France tried to invade Wales, got drunk and surrendered because they took the British forces too seriously.
Battle of Karánsebes How the Austrians fought against themselves over liquor and resulted in 1,200 own casualties.
Battle of Kiska In 1943, 7,800 American and Canadian troops invade the island of Kiska which had been occupied by Japan since 1942. Allied forces suffer 122 dead, 300 injured and lose one destroyer due to mines, difficult terrain and friendly fire before realising that the Japanese had secretly abandoned the island two weeks prior.
Battle of Tanga A World War I battle where 8,000 British troops were defeated by a German-led force of 1,100 Askaris – aided by swarms of angry bees.
Emu War A military operation undertaken in Western Australia against hordes of emus, or, how large flightless bird triumphs over modernized army.
Football war A six-day war fought between El Salvador and Honduras in 1969 that was triggered by a game of football (soccer).
Featured article If Day A simulated Nazi invasion of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, complete with book-burning, arrests of politicians, and newspaper censorship.
Gombe Chimpanzee War A four-year war, fought between two groups of chimpanzees in Tanzania.
Featured article Operation Mincemeat A misinformation plan to hide the invasion of Sicily using the corpse of a homeless man.
Good article Operation "Pig Bristle" A daring air force operation to transport 25 tonnes of pig bristles from Chongqing in China to Hong Kong during the Chinese Civil War. The bristles were shipped to Australia to be made into paint brushes.
Operation "Tamarisk" Claimed to be the most successful intelligence operation in the Cold War; emptying supplies of Soviet Union toilet paper, forcing them to use documents, and retrieving these documents after use.
Pastry War Looting a pastry shop? This means war!
Pig War (1859) A war between the United States and the British Empire that almost erupted over one dead pig.
Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War A "war" that lasted 335 years without a single shot being fired, between the Netherlands and the tiny Isles of Scilly.
Featured articleToledo War A war between the State of Ohio and the Michigan Territory that resulted in one injury and over a century of bitterness.
Toyota War A war between last phase of the Chadian–Libyan conflict, Named after the Toyota trucks that were used in the battle.
War of the Bucket Started when Modenese soldiers stole a bucket from a city well in Bologna.
War of Jenkins' Ear A nine-year war, started when Captain Robert Jenkins complained that the Spanish Coastguard had cut off his ear.
War of the Stray Dog Greek soldier chases his pooch across the Bulgaria border. Warfare nearly ensues.
War of the Insane Hmong revolt against taxing by the French colonial administration in Indochina lasting from 1918 to 1921.
War Plan Red U.S. war plans from the 1930s to invade Canada in the unlikely event of war with the United Kingdom. Also see the counterpart war plan Defence Scheme No. 1 (the Canadian war plan to invade the United States).

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The Antonov A-40 flying tank.
The Bazooka Vespa – the ultimate in Mod warfare.
No pilot required?
Anti-tank dog Failed Soviet weapon of the Second World War.
Antonov A-40 The "flying tank", an experimental Soviet tank with wings and tailboom, meant to glide into the battlefield, ready for combat. Trials were unsuccessful.
Bat bomb A World War II plan to bomb Japan with bats carrying tiny incendiary bombs.
Baynes Bat An experimental British glider, designed to convert tanks into gliders which could fly into battle.
Bazooka Vespa Placing France at the cutting edge of weapons system design.
Bicycle infantry Soldiers have occasionally been trained to use the bicycle for military purposes.
Chicken-powered nuclear bomb In a cunningly misnamed project, domestic chickens were set to wage nuclear warfare.
Cornfield Bomber An F-106 jet fighter made a perfect gear-up landing in a farmer's field – after the pilot had ejected at 15,000 feet (4,600 m).
Dazzle camouflage A colorful way to hide in plain sight.
Double-barreled cannon A failed civil war era attempt to create a weapon of mass destruction. Now a monument in Athens, GA.
Explosive rat A World War II weapon designed to cause boiler explosions. Never used, yet still a success.
Gay bomb A speculative non-lethal chemical weapon that could be dropped on enemy troops to cause "homosexual behaviour". Not to be confused with the fag bomb.
Grand Panjandrum Britain's World War II Catherine wheel of death.
Human torpedo Secret naval weapons of World War II.
Most-wanted Iraqi playing cards A set of playing cards created by U.S. Army soldiers featuring the most-wanted Iraqis, with Saddam Hussein as the Ace of spades.
Project Habakkuk A British plan to construct an aircraft carrier out of ice (pykrete).
Project Pigeon Bombs guided by pigeon pecks.
Puckle gun A gun with square bullets to be used against non-Christian enemies.
Good article Sticky bomb The most unpopular weapon the British soldier has ever been asked to use.
Tachanka Twentieth century chariot used in combat.
Tsar Tank An Imperial Russian tank designed as a tricycle with nine-metre wheels.
United States Navy Marine Mammal Program A U.S. Navy program which studies the military use of Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions.
Who me? A top secret stench weapon designed to be unobtrusively sprayed on German officers by French Resistance members.
Zanbatō An enormous Japanese sword that does not exist.
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All aboard the Necropolis line – at least, those that can.
Don't panic – you're in a safety coffin.
Vultures enjoying a sky burial.
One moment he was here, the next...
Good article Coffin birth When a pregnant woman dies, the decomposition of her body can result in a gas build-up that causes the fetus inside her to be expelled.
Collyer brothers When packratting was taken to a tragic extreme.
Death by coconut You can die if a coconut falls on your coconut.
Death by GPS Turn-by-turn directions to the afterlife.
Death during consensual sex Arguably, the best way to go.
Death from laughter Don't laugh – it's happened.
Death erection It is possible to die happy, even if you've lived a less-than-stellar life.
Death by misadventure Death probably due after one saying "Hold my beer, and watch this!"
Defenestration The time-honoured tradition of throwing people out of windows.
Dyatlov Pass Incident A group of Russian hikers attempt to escape an unknown horror on "Death Mountain."
Euthanasia Coaster A roller coaster intended to kill its passengers.
Featured article Execution by elephant An unusual form of capital punishment used throughout history. (See also History of elephants in Europe.)
Fan death A persistent urban legend in South Korea, where the media – and even medical professionals – regularly report on people dying because they left a fan running in a closed room.
Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead An early catch phrase used on Saturday Night Live, based upon the dictator's lengthy death.
Ghost bike Bicycle rider in memoriam.
The Hands of Che Guevara Documentary about the search for the severed hands of the Latin American guerrilla fighter, Ernesto Che Guevara, who was captured and executed by Bolivian Special Forces in October 1967.
Hell bank note Apparently, the Chinese afterlife is subject to hyperinflation.
Jack the Stripper The other unidentified serial killer named Jack.
Joyce Vincent A woman who sat dead in her home with the TV and heater running for three years until her corpse was found.
Kick the bucket A heated argument lies behind the origin of this idiom.
Lal Bihari An Indian, who, among other things, ran for elected office despite the notable handicap of being officially dead.
List of expressions related to death "Go home in a box", "go bung", "hop the stick", ...
List of people who died on the toilet You could say they died on the throne
List of entertainers who died during a performance "And for my last act...I shall die and not come back to life"
List of postal killings "Don't let Walter Hobbs deceive you, this life is not all shiny bins and fun", ...
London Necropolis railway station Single tickets only, unless you're a mourner or other visitor.
Lord Uxbridge's leg The grisly afterlife of a leg lost during the Battle of Waterloo, formerly owned by Henry Paget, 1st Marquess of Anglesey.
Maschalismos The act of mutilating the dead to prevent them from rising again.
Michael Malloy A man who could not get killed by drinks.
Micromort A quantitative death risk equivalent to one in a million.
Good article Oliver Cromwell's head This English political leader's head has an interesting journey after its owner is posthumously executed, more so than the one he cut off himself.
Poe Toaster Not a kitchen appliance, but a mysterious figure who paid an annual tribute to American author Edgar Allan Poe.
Post-mortem photography Back in the early days of photography it was common to take pictures of recently deceased loved ones, propped up to look as if they were alive.
Republican marriage A form of execution in which a naked man and woman are tied together and drowned. (What did you think it was?)
Rookwood Cemetery railway line, Sydney A former railway line that served a cemetery near Sydney.
Richard Chase The only way to stop the Nazi-controlled UFOs from poisoning your macaroni and cheese is to inject yourself with animal blood and eat human brains.
Safety coffin Coffins manufactured just in case their tenant is not actually dead before being buried.
Salish Sea human foot discoveries Dismembered feet keep washing up.
Sky burial It's not really a form of burial. Also known as jhator which means "giving alms to the birds."
Sogen Kato Regarded as the oldest man in Tokyo, he turns out to have died at age 79.
Sokushinbutsu A practice of self-mummification among Buddhist monks.
Space burial Around 150 people have had their remains interred in space. Or would that be ex-terred?
Spontaneous human combustion The sudden burning of a person's body without any apparent source of ignition.
Suicide booth A common feature in the world of tomorrow.
Taman Shud Case A dead man is found on an Australian beach with no identification and a bizarre fragment of a book in his pocket. To this day, his identity and cause of death are still unknown.
Toilet-related injury As if constipation wasn't enough.
Uttar Pradesh Association of Dead People A group of Indians suffering more from theft than cardiac failure.
Valentich disappearance An Australian pilot disappeared in the ocean, having seen a strange object above his aircraft. No trace of either his body or the aircraft have been found.
Video-Enhanced Grave Marker Graves with video screens and speakers on them.
Xin Zhui A remarkably preserved Chinese mummy from 163 B.C. with all features and soft tissue still intact.
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Wikipedia is not afraid to tackle the tough questions:

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? A proverbial question of theology.
If a tree falls in a forest Philosophy meets the logging industry.
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ? Lady Marmalade wasn't the only one asking this.
Where's the beef? In 1984, people thought this was really funny for some reason.
Why did the chicken cross the road? People have asked this for over 150 years.


List of common misconceptions A gold mine of strangeness.
List of lists of lists The no. 1 meta-list.

Unusual featured pictures[edit]

Wikipedia:Featured Pictures contains some unusual images.

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