While Driving, They Spotted Something Insane Hanging From The Power Lines

While driving through the Vale of Tempe in Greece, a group of men spotted something truly unexpected dangling from the power lines. No, it wasn’t a pair shoes, or even a balloon — it was a live goat.

Apparently the poor guy was reaching for some olives when his horns got tangled in the power cables (which were thankfully not live). One Good Samaritan called for help and workers from the town water and sewage company worked together to get the unlucky goat out of this “gruff” situation.

As you can see, by the end of the video, the goat is understandably a little shaken up, but then he happily prances away. I’m sure he built up quite a hunger while he was hanging out. He may have even scoped out some choice olives from that vantage point!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/hanging-goat/

You Might Feel Bad For These Strange-Looking Chimps, But Watch The Chaos They Cause

Alopecia is a disease that affects humans and animals, and it causes the immune system to attack hair follicles. In severe cases, alopecia sufferers can lose all of their hair. Take these chimps, for example.

It’s easy to feel bad for them, but let’s just say that they’re not defenseless. Watch what this patron at the Twycross Zoo in Atherstone, England, caught on film.

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Zookeepers at the facility assured visitors that these acts of aggression were part of a process called “displaying.” These intense rituals are more about securing higher positions in the social hierarchy than they are about harming other chimpanzees.

That being said, let this be a lesson to everyone reading — never mess with a chimp. They’re huge, strong, and sometimes menacing. No matter what they suffer from, weakness is not in their nature.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/naked-chimp/

6 Mysterious Plane Crashes That Baffle People To This Day

In 1903, the human race did the unthinkable and learned to fly. While aviation is a huge industry today, we often forget that every time we take off, we’re essentially tempting fate.

It’s highly unlikely that any of us will ever die in a plane crash, but accidents do happen. Here are some of the most mysterious plane crashes in history.

Star Dust

During a flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago back in 1947, a British South American Airways plane called Star Dust disappeared over the Andes mountains. For more than 50 years, we didn’t know what happened to the plane. In 2000, however, pieces of the wreckage were found on a glacier. Many speculated that it had been abducted by aliens before that discovery. Still, no one seems to know the meaning of the last morse code message that the pilot sent out: “STENDEC.”

Amelia Earhart

We know that she and her navigator, Noonan, took off from Lae on July 2, 1937. We know that she was having trouble with her radio near the Nukumanu Islands and that she never arrived to her destination on Howland Island. Other than that, we don’t really have any idea what happened to Amelia Earhart or her plane, although there are many theories. Some think that her plane merely ran out of fuel, and others believe that she may have been captured by the Japanese. There’s even a theory that she survived the flight and secretly moved to New Jersey after assuming a new identity.

Pan Am Flight 7

No one has ever determined what caused the crash of Pan Am Flight 7. On November 8, 1957, the plane departed from San Francisco on its way to Honolulu, but along the way, it somehow crashed. Pieces of the wreckage could be seen in the ocean. All researchers know is that corpses recovered from the scene contained high levels of carbon monoxide.

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EgyptAir Flight 990

While flying from Los Angeles to Cairo in 1999, EgyptAir Flight 990 crashed into the Atlantic 60 miles outside of Nantucket Island, killing all 217 aboard. The FBI was asked to join the investigation when evidence suggested that the plane was taken down intentionally.

Egyptian officials didn’t like that idea, so they launched their own investigation. That’s why there are two conflicting stories. The Egyptians insisted that it was a mechanical issue, while the Americans were sure that Gameel Al-Batouti crashed the plane on purpose. Al-Batouti was recorded saying “I rely on God” 11 times before the plane hit the water.

Helios Airways Flight 522

As Helios Airways Flight 522 was in its holding pattern, two F-16 fighter jets came to intercept it. But as they passed the cabin, they realized that the captain wasn’t in his chair and that all the passengers were dead. Apparently, the plane ran out of oxygen, which killed everyone on board. The plane then crashed into a mountain.

B-47 Stratojet

This plane’s 1956 disappearance was especially disturbing because it carried two nuclear reactor cores. It disappeared while descending toward its refueling station near the Mediterranean Sea. It went into a cloud and was never seen again.

On one hand, I know that the chances of being involved in a plane crash are pretty slim. On the other, stories like these make me never want to fly again. What goes up must come down, and sadly, the outcome isn’t always pretty.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/mysterious-plane-crashes/

This 1868 Discovery On The Banks Of The Mississippi Still Mystifies People

Thanks to modern science, we have a pretty good understanding of the history of Earth. However, there is a subset of conspiracy theorists that believe giant humanoids once lived here too. While the evidence to support this theory is pretty lacking, there are a couple of glaring exceptions. Take this one particular story that made headlines back in 1868 — a ginormous skeleton was found along the banks of the Mississippi in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota.

The discovery of the giant bones was made by a group of workers with the Sauk Rapids Water Power Company.

At the time, the workers were quarrying for rock to build a new dam nearby when they found the bones. The burial site they found the bones in is estimated to have been 12 feet long, four feet wide, and three feet deep. The actual grave itself was found about two feet below the surface of the river.

News of the workers’ discovery spread quickly. The following headline ran in the newspaper the next day.

The skeleton measured just over ten feet tall. Those who took the measurements estimated that the giant must have weighed at least 900 pounds.

However, within days of their discovery, the massive bones were gone.

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There are a number of conflicting reports from the time about just how the bones disappeared, or if there really were any bones to begin with.

One story says that a gentleman traveling back east took the bones with him to Boston, but the remains never resurfaced.

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So was it all a hoax, or were there real giant bones found in Sauk Rapids?

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More than 150 years later, the residents of Sauk Rapids still occasionally discuss the mystery of the giant skeleton. Many now think it was actually a hoax, but there are still some true believers out there…

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/giant-bones/

Who Knew Powdered Sugar Did THIS When It Came Into Contact With Fire?

George thought it was just going to be another boring birthday dinner with his family.

Poor George…he had no idea what was coming.

When his mom brought out his celebratory birthday brownies that were sprinkled with powdered sugar, she told him to blow out the candles. Easy enough, right? Well, aside from the sugar going everywhere, this craziness happened…

Who knew THIS happened when you blew powdered sugar into flames?!

Let’s look at that again…

Aside from how terrifying that looks, it’s also pretty epic.

While I’m not going to stop using powdered sugar, I might abstain from covering birthday cakes with it unless I’m wearing full protective gear.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/powdered-sugar-fire/

Pregnancy Can Be Beautiful…And Amazingly Creepy

If there’s one dream that millions of people around the world share, it’s to grow up and start a family.

Those dreams come complete with white picket fences, sprawling backyards, and laughing kids running around when the weather finally gets warm. And that’s a beautiful thing. In fact, pregnancy itself is pretty spectacular.

But even in the presence of so much beauty, there are a few things about pregnancy that are…well…a little weird. After all, something as hardcore as creating another human life is bound to have its creepy charms.

1. The only scientifically proven way to induce labor without medication is nipple stimulation. It’s a practice known as “the comfort technique.”

2. Pregnant women who suffer from heartburn are more likely to give birth to babies with full heads of hair.

3. Babies develop fingerprints during the first trimester.

4. New mothers and pregnant women can lactate at the sound of babies crying (and they don’t need to be their own).

5. A baby girl is born with all of the eggs she’ll use in a lifetime.

6. Babies pee in the womb and then drink that pee. Yum.

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7. One out of every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth.

8. A full-term pregnant woman can produce more estrogen in a day than a non-pregnant woman can over the course of a few years.

9. A woman’s uterus can expand to over 500 times its normal size.

10. It’s not likely, but it’s possible for a woman to become pregnant through oral sex.

11. If you give birth to a son, you are more likely to develop an autoimmune disease.

12. In the womb, babies are known to cry.

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13. Babies can taste the foods that their mothers eat while they’re in the womb.

14. There are more twins born in Central Africa than anywhere else in the world.

15. The longest pregnancy ever lasted over a year! That poor woman.

16. During pregnancy, a woman’s heart and feet increase in size.

17. Blood volume increases when carrying a child, which leads to pregnant women getting frequent nosebleeds.

18. About 90 percent of women experience changes in skin tone during pregnancy.

19. Pregnant women experience a heightened sense of smell, which is supposed to protect them from eating foods that’d be bad for the baby.

20. Newborns, on average, are getting heavier and heavier every year.

21. After pregnancy, it is common for women to experience hair loss.

22. Pregnant women are more likely to break bones because heightened hormone levels affect bone density.

(via Mom.me)

Pregnancy is a wonderful thing, but that doesn’t mean that the process isn’t a little wacky. Props to all the ladies out there who have endured the miracles of pregnancy and birth! You are tougher than the rest of us.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/creepy-pregnancy/

This Artist Puts A Disturbing Twist On Something We All Loved As Kids

When it comes to embodying all things innocuous, toys reign supreme.

Whether they’re fashion-savvy Barbies or Star Wars-themed LEGOs, playthings are consistently innocent. That’s kind of the point. While we deal with the incessant onslaught of adulthood and its many harsh realities, little ones get to whittle away the hours in the company of their favorite plastic, plushy friends.

But one artist and toy designer by the name of Jason Freeny (previously) puts a deliciously dark spin on childhood staples like balloon animals and gummy bears.

As the son of a costume designer and a professor of sculpture and painting, Freeny was destined for quirky, artistic greatness.

The multidisciplinary creator’s career really took off after he started building anatomical toy sculptures in 2007.

Drawing influence from the likes of Andy Warhol and M.C. Escher, Freeny’s work is at once whimsical and twisted.

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There’s something refreshing about his flair for butting the frigidity of scientifically accurate anatomy up against the frivolity of toys that we all recognize.

Over the years, his designs have been picked up and produced by toy companies in Hong Kong and the U.S.

The best part? You can build some of these sculptures yourself!

(via BoredPanda)

It’s not often that we’re invited to spend some time inside an artist’s mind, so if you want to pick up a few models, head over to Amazon. For regular updates, pay Jason Freeny’s website a visit — and you should follow him on Facebook and Instagram while you’re at it!

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/anatomical-balloon-animals/

If You’re Headed To Lake Tahoe This Summer, Watch Out For The Plague

For those on the West Coast, no place is more magical for a vacation in nature than Lake Tahoe. However, if you’re planning a visit for your summer vacation, you might want to think twice…or at least consult your doctor first. That’s because researchers recently discovered the presence of bubonic plague nearby.

During routine testing of the rodent population near Lake Tahoe, a flea pulled from a yellow-pine chipmunk tested positive for the presence of bubonic plague.

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While this took place in May, the results were only recently confirmed by state officials. However, further testing has been scheduled to determine exactly how this chipmunk came to carry the plague.

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Bubonic plague is a deadly bacterial infection spread by chipmunks, squirrels, and other rodents. It’s possible for humans to contract the disease when they’re bitten by bugs that have come into contact with infected rodents.

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Symptoms include fever, nausea, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes. These signs usually show up within two weeks of initial contact and can turn deadly if not treated swiftly with antibiotics.

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This doesn’t mean you need to cancel your trip to Lake Tahoe this summer, but it does mean you should stay up to date. Risking the plague for a nice vacation just isn’t worth it.

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(via CBS)

I think I’ll just stick to city life this summer. Nature is honestly too scary.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/plague-found/

If You Think You Play Loud Music In Your Car, Wait Until You See What This Guy Does

I thought I listened to my music loud, but this guy pumps up his volume to a whole new level.

What you are about to witness is an optical trick. In reality, the loud bass is making the car rattle at a speed faster than the camera can capture. As a result, what we see looks a bit like ocean waves. The phenomenon is called “flexing.”

Watch as this car’s window and frame appear to ebb and flow with the bass. It’s fascinating, but we don’t suggest giving it a try!

Read More: 20 Of The Most Ridiculous Things People Have Seen While Driving

Listening to loud music is fun and all, but it’s an easy way to rupture an eardrum. Dads around the world do not approve.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/car-flexing/

This Picturesque Greek Town Is Slowly Sliding Down The Side Of A Hill

Once a bustling town in Thessaly, Greece, Ropoto is now a ghost town. What happened to this locale to make it so desolate? Well, in 2012, a landslide caused homes and buildings to cascade down the side of a hill, displacing 300 families in the process.

The 12-minute documentary Ropoto: Greece’s Sinking Ghost Town details what happened on the day of the landslide, reveals that the sinking continues to happen, and sheds light on the unwillingness of the Greek government to help its own people.

As you walk through Ropoto, you might confuse it with the set of a disaster movie. Indeed, the town is still reeling from the effects of the real-life disaster that changed everything 4 years ago.

Due to poor drainage, townspeople always relied on specialized machines to move the water around. But when the machines didn’t do their job in 2011, it led to a massive landslide that occurred on April 12, 2012.

When the mountain began forming cracks in the ’60s, scientists warned the Greek government that something like this would happen. Sadly, people continued to build on the dangerous land for profit.

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Many people are still left without homes, and to this day, the town has no electricity. Many residents stay in barns with their animals. Since the last landslide, the town has slipped between 10 and 15 centimeters down the hillside, and Ropoto continues to sink more every year.

Here is the entire documentary. It features one of the village’s former council members, Yorgos Roubies.

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The Greek government refuses to send aid to Ropoto. Some villagers say that they still receive bills for taxes on properties that were ripped out from under them years ago.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/ropoto/