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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 believed to be extinct but is falsely claimed by someone to still exist.
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, 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.

Physics[edit]

This blue-looking noise is actually pink.
"Sh**! It's Mr. Pauliosote! 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.
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...?
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".
Mumbai "sweet" seawater incident Salty creek becomes sweet for one tide cycle.
Raining animals When it's literally raining cats and dogs.
Red rain in Kerala Did blood rain from the sky?
Reversed map The crew of Apollo 17 snapped Earth with Antarctica on top. NASA followed Ptolemy and rotated it "back".
Featured article S. A. Andrée's Arctic balloon expedition of 1897 An ill-fated attempt to reach the North Pole.
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.
Waffle House Index The U.S. government's alternative measure of disaster impact.

Chemistry and material science[edit]

Warning: It's LETHAL.
Thankfully this is now done in specialised reactors, but at first
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, and countless other maladies.
Hall–Héroult process Invented in a wooden shed, uses temperatures over 2000 °C.
List of chemical compounds with unusual names Some a consequence of their constituents or origins, others simply the work of whimsical chemists.
Mole Day A day in celebration of Avogadro's number, 6.02×1023.
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.
Pykrete A bullet-resistant frozen-water compound.
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 colour of the Universe: a slightly beige white.
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.
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 Planet-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 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.
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.
Writing in space Pens or pencils?

Medicine and health[edit]

Well, stone me...
Quick – grab a tissue!
Got one of those headaches that just won't go away?
Abigail and Brittany Hensel Conjoined twins with separate heads but joined bodies
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.
Autofellatio Acts of oral self-stimulation.
Bristol stool scale Taking a close look at a toilet bowl for the sake of science. The scale was inspired by eye charts.
Cello scrotum Don't worry, boys, it's a hoax.
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.
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 belief that food dropped on the floor is safe to eat only as long as it's picked up within five seconds.
Gerbilling An urban legend about a sexual practice purportedly observed by some male celebrities.
Gynecomastia Also known as "man boobs" or "moobs".
Hair-grooming syncope Who knew that brushing your hair could be deadly?
Hamster zona-free ovum test A test – sometimes called a "hamster test" – involving human semen, hamster eggs and a petri dish.
Human–animal breastfeeding If you have breast milk to spare, a puppy, piglet or monkey would like to hear from you.
Human penis size Scientific data on average size, racial variations, surgical enlargement and urban legends.
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.
Koro A condition where one (mistakenly) believes that his or her genitals are slowly disappearing.
Lithopedion The rare condition of an unborn fetus transforming to stone.
Mad Gasser of Mattoon A figure said to have terrorized the town of Mattoon, Illinois in 1944.
Maggot therapy The use of fly larvae in medical practice.
Male lactation Given the right conditions, just about any male can do it. Fancy a try, boys?
Male pregnancy For now, it's just a seahorse thing, but...
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.
Lina Medina A Peruvian girl who gave birth to a son when she was five years old, becoming the youngest human mother on record.
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.
National Masturbation Day There is a day dedicated to protect the right to masturbate!
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.
Chandre Oram A man in India with a 13-inch tail.
Osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis A tooth in the eye (is worth two in the foot?).
Paleofeces Our ancestors' poop. Worth a close look, apparently.
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.
Persistent genital arousal disorder Not as funny as it may sound.
Photic sneeze reflex People who sneeze when suddenly exposed to bright light.
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.
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.
Thumb twiddling Maybe this is unusual to you.
Featured article Mary Toft An English woman who hoaxed doctors into believing that she had given birth to rabbits.
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.

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.
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.
Donkey punch Allegedly a sex move involving punching one's partner in the back of the head during intercourse.
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity For those allergic to Wi-Fi.
Exploding head syndrome Ever woken up after an hour or two of sleep thinking you've just heard a massive explosion?
Female hysteria A once-common diagnosis of a range of symptoms in women, cured through masturbation to orgasm.
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.
Phineas Gage A 19th-century construction worker who survived a three-foot-long tamping iron going through his skull. His resultant behavioral changes have made him an important figure in the development of neuroscience.
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.
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.
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.
Rosenhan experiment Sane mental patients.
Sleep sex A form of parasomnia (similar to sleepwalking) that causes people to engage in sexual acts while they are asleep.
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.

Animals[edit]

A major in Antelopology
To boldly go where no monkey has gone before. Well, where a few monkeys have gone before.
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.
Apophallation Can't extract your penis? Amputate and deploy your spare.
Bird strike One of the more unusual aviation hazards.
Bobbit worm "Armed with sharp teeth, it is known to attack with such speeds that its prey is sometimes sliced in half."
Candiru A small parasitic freshwater catfish that swims into the gill openings of other aquatic species – or human penises.
Christmas tree worm A worm that looks like... a Christmas tree.
Depopulation of cockroaches in the ex-USSR countries A great ecological problem indeed.
Elysia chlorotica A sea slug that can photosynthesise and has stolen various genes required to do so from algae.
Emerald cockroach wasp Insects can be cowboys?
Epomis A beetle larva that lure predators by making prey-like movements in order to eat its predator.
Exploding toads An as-yet unexplained phenomenon observed in April 2005 in districts of Hamburg, Germany and near a lake at Låsby, Denmark.
Exploding whale The next time a whale washes on shore in one Oregon county, the authorities will leave the dynamite at home.
Ichthyoallyeinotoxism Some fish produce a toxin with hallucinatory effects.
List of animals displaying homosexual behavior Everything from salmon to seagulls to dragonflies.
List of animals with fraudulent diplomas Your pet may be smarter than you.
London Underground mosquito A species of mosquito that lives only in underground railways
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.
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.
Pasilalinic-sympathetic compass The snail telegraph hoax.
Penis fencing A l̶i̶t̶e̶r̶a̶l̶ figurative variety of cockfighting between some species of flatworm.
Prostitution among animals Did you know that prostitution exists among animals?
Pseudis paradoxa A shrinking frog.
Stephens Island Wren Made extinct by feral cats, possibly the offspring of one pregnant female.
Stray animals at Indian airports Talk about wild protesters!
Supernumerary body part Having an extra body part, be it as simple as an eleventh finger or as extreme as a second head!
Surinam 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.

Chickens[edit]

Chicken eyeglasses Tiny spectacles for chicks, to stop them from seeing red.
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 who has been specially trained to determine the gender of chicken hatchlings.
Chicken Powered Nuclear Bomb A British project to lay nuclear mines in West Germany during the Cold War
Empathy in chickens Show some sensitivity when you're hanging out with the McNuggets.
Hollywood Freeway chickens A colony of feral chickens that have been living underneath a highway off-ramp since 1970.
Mike the Headless Chicken A rooster that lived for 18 months with its head cut off.
Tastes like chicken But baked, grilled, or fried?

Mammals[edit]

Dried deer penis.
Flash photograph of an odd-eyed cat.
Berserk llama syndrome The result of being too friendly with llamas.
Featured article Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office ...otherwise known as the cat who lives at the official residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Cow magnet A plastic-coated magnet fed to cows to prevent gut damage by ingested bits of metal, aka hardware disease.
Cow tipping The act of pushing over sleeping cows.
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.
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".
Hardware disease A condition in bovines caused by ingesting stray bits of metal.
Odd-eyed cat One of the national treasures of Turkey. As owned by Muhammad.
Overtoun Bridge A bridge from which dogs keep leaping to their death.
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.

Individual animals[edit]

Colonel-in-Chief Sir Nils Olav.
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.
Jack Black Queen Victoria's officially appointed rat-catcher and mole destroyer.
Bubbles A chimpanzee who used human toilet facilities, moonwalked, and (allegedly) attempted suicide.
Bummer and Lazarus Two stray dogs that roamed the streets of San Francisco, California in the early 1860s and were exempted from local ordinances.
Casper A cat famed for traveling on a bus around Plymouth, England.
Cat Mandu The late co-leader of one of Britain's more unusual political parties.
Courtaud Even the city walls aren't safe. Wolves and the medieval psyche.
Domino Day 2005 sparrow A sparrow that ruined a Domino exhibition, was killed and became a legal case.
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, estimated to be 140 years old.
Handsome Dan The various incarnations of Yale University's athletic mascot. "In personal appearance he seemed like a cross between an alligator and a horned frog...".
Henry the Hexapus An octopus missing two arms due to an unfortunate birth defect.
Hoover the talking seal Hoover. A seal. Which talked.
Jenny Haniver A grotesque-looking sea monster made from the corpse of a ray.
Khanzir Possibly the world's loneliest pig. Even more lonely during the swine flu outbreak.
Lily Flagg A Jersey cow who made a lot 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.
Nigger A black dog whose portrayal in The Dam Busters (1955) somehow had to be edited out, overdubbed, or renamed. Nigger's grave remains unredacted, though.
Nils Olav A King Penguin who is Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Norwegian Guard.
Nim Chimpsky A chimpanzee, subject of long-running studies into animal language acquisition, named punningly for linguist Noam Chomsky.
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.
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. (Please do not judge all elephants based on the behavior of this one rogue specimen.)
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.
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.
Rose A goat that was married to a Sudanese man in 2006.
St Guinefort A 13th-century French dog unofficially venerated as a saint until the 1930s.
Tama The official station master of a railway station in Japan.
Tamworth Two In 1998, two pigs escaped from an abattoir in Wiltshire and made news, both in the United Kingdom and worldwide. (Their story was turned into a TV movie in 2003.)
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.
Tirpitz A pig who survived the sinking of one warship, to become the mascot on one of the ships that had sunk his first home. Tragically he was then auctioned off and eaten.
Topsy (elephant) An elephant that was electrocuted, as the event was filmed by the Edison Manufacturing Company.
William Windsor A Cashmere goat that is a lance corporal in the British Army's 1st Battalion of the Royal Welsh infantry.
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.
Yvonne A runaway cow with a 10,000 € bounty.

Names in biology[edit]

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.
GoldenPalace.com Monkey A new species of monkey that was officially named after the GoldenPalace.com internet casino.
List of names for the Wild Turkey Not included: "the Wild Turkey".
Mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 3 Actually, it's a polypeptide.
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 A protein in the vertebrate hedgehog family that was officially named after Sega's video game character Sonic the Hedgehog.
Spongiforma squarepantsii A type of mushroom named after SpongeBob SquarePants
Strigiphilus garylarsoni A biting louse named for cartoonist Gary Larson of Far Side fame.
Zombie taxon Paleontology of the undead.
Zyzyxia lundellii and Zyzzyva The last plant name and animal name in the dictionary, respectively.
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Plants[edit]

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.
Gernikako Arbola The Basque national tree, centre of a number of political disputes, once put under armed guard.
Axe murder incident A popular tree once nearly caused a war between North and South Korea.
Chandelier Tree A 300ft tall redwood with a giant hole cut through the middle for cars to drive through.
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.
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 tall. It was alive before the birth of Shakespeare.
Tree of Knowledge (Australia) Killed by ignorance.
Tree That Owns Itself An oak tree in Athens, Georgia which is popularly regarded as owning itself.
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