Ready to take your mind off the craziness that is 2019? We sure are. You devoured our previous roundupsof mind-expanding stories, so we’ve curated six more of the weirdest, WTF-inducing items sure to send you into a google tailspin. This time, we’ve got stories so strange they’ll hopefully take your mind off our unpleasant reality. Get your tin foil hats ready, and let’s dive in!
1. Mysterious blobs containing complex cells fell from the sky in a small Washington state town, causing residents to fall ill and drum up military conspiracies.
Featured on “Unsolved Mysteries,” the strange blobs coated the town of Oakville, Washington, half a dozen times in August 1994. Researchers discovered white blood cells and digestive bacteria in the blobs, and townspeople who came into contact with the strange substance became ill and suffered serious flu-like symptoms. The appearance of the blobs coincided with an increased military presence in the skies above Oakville that August, leading to speculation of possible biological experimentation.
2. Famed astronomer Tycho Brahe had a pet elk who died from a fall after drinking too much beer.
A common 16thcentury problem, I’m sure. Scientists are often known for being eccentric, but Brahe, a wealthy nobleman who lived in a castle and was possibly murdered due to his affair with the Queen of Denmark, is a cut above the rest. (Speaking of cuts, he lost a large chunk of his nose in a 1566 sword duel — classic scientist stuff.) His pet elk loved beer so much it died after a drunken fall down the stairs in a Danish nobleman’s home.
3. In 2008, twin sisters Ursula and Sabina Eriksson experienced a shared psychosis, and a film crew caught them repeatedly flinging themselves into traffic.
Viewer beware, footage of the Eriksson twins is disturbing. Britain’s “Motorway Cops” happened to be filming that day, and their camera crew recorded the women avoiding police restraint to repeatedly throw themselves in front of speeding cars on a busy highway. Did the twins have a psychic link? Did they both look at one of the baddies from “Bird Box”? We have no answers. Ursula Eriksson was committed to a mental hospital and Sabina Eriksson was released back into society; still experiencing psychosis, she murdered a stranger shortly after that.
4. Kowloon Walled City — a lawless, high-rise tenement in Hong Kong that housed nearly 50,000 people in just 6.5 acres of land — existed for decades before being demolished in 1993.
Although it seems ripped from a dystopian sci-fi flick, the Kowloon Walled City existed under both Chinese and British jurisdiction, leading to neither country quite claiming rule over the self-sufficient pocket of crowded apartments and shops. Crime thrived in the ungoverned maze, and residents typically traveled among corridors carrying umbrellas, as thousands of leaking pipes dotted the makeshift ceilings.
5. Millions of people around the globe report hearing “The Hum,” a low-frequency buzzing sound that may or may not be real.
“The Hum” — is it feedback from mechanical devices? Radio waves? A particularly bad case of tinnitus? Or is it all in the hearers’ minds? Researchers haven’t conclusively decided whether or not The Hum is real, but sufferers would say otherwise.
6. A stalker who dubbed themselves the “Watcher” terrorized a New Jersey family so effectively they sold their million-dollar home before ever moving in.
Let’s end this on a nightmare-fueling note, shall we? New homeowners in Westfield, New Jersey, were terrified to receive multiple anonymous letters from the “Watcher” shortly after buying the property in 2014. The stranger claimed their family had been surveying the property for decades, and now it was their turn to do the watching. “Do you need to fill the house with the young blood I requested?” wrote the stranger in one letter. “Once I know their names I will call to them and draw them out to me.”
Are you freaked out once again? Me, too! Leave your favorite WTF stories in the comments so we can keep this weird train runnin’!