Kudos to the creative folks at Takhini Hot Pools in Whitehorse, Yukon. In February, they have cold. They have dark. They have hot pools. And, since 2011, they have a hair-freezing contest, Huff Po reports. The winner (naturally) has the most outrageously frozen hair. There…

Police in southern Iceland pulled over 2 erratic drivers last week, suspecting they were drinking while driving. It turns out they were driving while under the influence of Aurora Borealis, Iceland Magazine reports.

For your Friday Diversion, we direct you to Sawbones: For the unfamiliar, it’s a rollicking podcast by married physician duo Sydnee and Justin McElroy about all the “dumb, bad, gross, weird and wrong ways” medicine has tried to fix people.  

A highlight of the Rotterdam Natural History Museum’s new Dead Animal Tales exhibit is the stone marten (weasel) that knocked out the lights at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva last November. The ambitious weasel gnawed through a substation cable at the LHC and got 18,…

If you’re feeling weary of all the American politics, we take you now to the Netherlands and the public health version of cute cat videos: an animation of Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek’s adventures with microbes.  

From time to time, you must wonder why Canadians are apt to complete a thought with “eh."   Wonder no longer. The brilliant folks over at Atlas Obscura have unleashed their linguistic investigative skills on what they call “Canada’s most distinctive verbal tic.”    

It’s a dirty trick to play on some innocent langur monkeys.   Spy in The Wild, a new BBC documentary, observes how animals interact with uncannily lifelike animal robots with virtually undetectable cameras concealed  in their eyes.   In the first episode a group of langur…

So you’re Paul Ryan. You’re Speaker of the House and you’re swearing in legions of new Congressional representatives. Each one gets a photo op with you and the fam.   Then this kid to your right puts his face into his elbow for the photo. You express concern about the…

It’s 1945. The dark forces of fascism have been beaten back. Freedom is in the air. And so are germs.  

Rats love being tickled. At least the happy rats do.   Dedicated researchers at Humboldt University of Berlin tickled rats in order to determine the brain’s tickle center. They found it: the trunk of the somatosensory cortex! Nat Geo reports (video included).