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A Texas kid spotted a rattlesnake in the toilet — and then the snake-removal crew found 23 more

When young Isac Mcfadden of Abilene, Texas, got up to use the bathroom recently, he found an unexpected surprise in the toilet.<p>But he knew the "clump" wasn't the sort to handle on his own, so he called for his mom.<p>"I found this big clump and I knew it was (a) snake," he told the local CBS affiliate …

Here’s the surprising reason why pen caps have a small hole at the top

Pen caps have a small hole to prevent choking if swallowed and to equalize the pressure inside the pen to keep it from leaking.<p><i>Produced by Emma Fierberg. Original Reporting by Jessica Orwig.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Twitter

5 Times the Jig Was Up Because the Parrot Squawked

Most of our feathered friends can sing, but only a few can talk. And if those talkers witness something naughty, they might just tell on you.<p>1. …

Meet the Realtor Who Specializes in Haunted Houses

Cindi Hagley looked at the spot where the woman had been bludgeoned to death and paused. It had happened on the front lawn of an expansive property …

Shock Tube: Most Deadliest Plants In The World

That help protect them from all the vicious animals out there that might want to eat them. In addition to stinging spikes and thorns, some plants are …

Egypt's Great Pyramid Might Have a Few More Secrets

Scientists have found two previously unknown "cavities" inside Egypt's biggest pyramid.<p>The Great Pyramid of Giza has been around for 4,500 years, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have a few surprises left...maybe. Researchers currently using non-invasive scanning called muon radiography to map the …

Where "Roger That" Really Comes From

Copy that.<p>The term "Roger that" is a widespread term for confirmation, either between truckers on their CB radios, kids playing back and forth with walkie-talkies, or even face to face. It's easy to adopt the phrase and understand what it means without ever really knowing where it came from. So …

10 Early Scathing Reviews of Works Now Considered Masterpieces

Many pioneering artists have endured abuse from critics and naysayers. But once in a blue moon, time brings acceptance and acclaim, making those …

Literature

Cut A Record From A Tortilla

Give new meaning to the term "sound bite"<p>When Dwight Chia, a senior at the University of California at San Diego, saw a YouTube video of a record player spinning a tortilla, he decided to turn the joke into reality. Chia’s hobby, creating 78 rpm acrylic records on a laser cutter, served him well. A …

10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind

Textiles made of organic fibers are easily destroyed by the ravages of time, as anyone who dragged around a favorite childhood blanket for years …

Indonesia Wants to Use Crocodiles as Prison Guards for Drug Convicts

Thanks to a national drug epidemic, Indonesia has some of the most stringent anti-drug laws in the world. Soon, it might also have one of the …

The Winds On This Exoplanet Are Over Mach 7

This weather will blow you away.<p>Astronomers from the University of Warwick have successfully measured and mapped the weather system of an exoplanet for the very first time. On HD 189733b, a Hot Jupiter about 63 light years away, the winds are blowing at about 5,400 mile-per-hour.<p>For comparison, the …

Scientists Created Single-Molecule Submarines Powered by Light

Step 2: shrink the scientists.<p>Researchers at Rice University have created nanosubmarines: submersibles that are less than 10 nanometers long. The single-molecule subs, each composed of 24 atoms, have motors powered by ultraviolet light that propel them forward 18 nanometers per revolution. This …

11 "Modern Antiques" Kids Today Have Never Seen

Even though I'm fairly ancient, I've never seen a Model T outside of a classic auto show. So I realize that there are many things that have been …

Solstice

The Graffiti Grammarians Correcting Street Art in Ecuador

Graffiti artists in Quito, Ecuador better bone up on their spelling and grammar, lest a group of vigilante street-art editors take a can of red spray …

Why Eat When You Can Just Shock Tastes Onto Your Tongue?

The future of food could be protein slime and electricity<p>The main problem with Soylent Green isn't that (spoilers!) it's people, but that it probably doesn't taste fantastic. After all, that's the case with real life soylent. But what if you could just choke down protein slime and electrify your …

23 Places We've Found Water in Our Solar System

Oceans, Ices, Vapors: Turns out the Solar System isn't so parched. We survey the moons and planets where scientists are finding water in all its forms.<p>Last week brought the news that Enceladus likely has a warm salty ocean, and that liquid water lurks beneath the surface of Ganymede. These findings …

PancakeBot Prints Flapjacks in Any Design You Want

If you can dream it, you can do it with batter<p>Finally, daring dreamers have brought 3D printing to the most important material of all: pancake batter. The PancakeBot touts itself as the first pancake printer, and it was just funded three times over its goal on Kickstarter.<p>Users design their …

Solar Plane Breaks the World Distance Record

Solar Impulse 2 flew more than 900 miles without stopping<p>The Solar Impulse 2 mission to fly around the world is off to a roaring start. On Monday the plane departed Abu Dhabi on the first leg of a long journey, and yesterday it was already setting world records: Bertrand Piccard flew the 910-mile …

11 Ancient Board Games

Some of these games have been around for over 4000 years, and although some have disappeared from history, archaeologists have worked tirelessly to …

9 Unsolved Mysteries of the Wild West

The lore of the Old West—stories of gunslingers, tribal and territorial warfare, missing treasure—is undying. But are the historical records to be …

10 Bizarre Objects You Didn't Know Were In Our Solar System

With 4,826 confirmed planets and Kepler candidates and the discovery of a gas giant with a colossal system of 160 rings, it may seem like we know …

Legendary Lost Japanese WWII Battleship Found by Billionaire Paul Allen

Musashi and Yamato carried the largest guns ever placed on a ship<p>With the discovery of the Japanese battleship Musashi, sunk in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines in October 1944, one of the lost legends of World War II—and one of the biggest warships ever constructed—has been found.<p>The search was …

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

12 English Words Derived from an Extinct Caribbean Language

When Columbus landed in the New World in 1492, the first humans he encountered were the Taino, an Arawak people, then the most numerous group in the …

The Time Napoleon Was Attacked by Rabbits

History tells us that Napoleon’s most upsetting defeat came at Waterloo. Or it may have occurred eight years earlier, after the French emperor was …

Modest Mollusk May Sport World's Strongest Material

Weird & Wild<p>The limpet's hardy teeth may inspire new vehicular designs, experts say.<p>Nature's latest discovered supermaterial comes from a decidedly modest creature: A type of mollusk found on the rocky shores of western Europe.<p>The teeth of these marine animals, called limpets, might be the …

Engineering

Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.<p>An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …