Strange History

The dancing plague involving up to 400 people that lasted for three months

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What happened?

In July 1518 in Strasbourg, a woman started dancing intensely in the street. Other people then joined in, mostly young men to begin with. Between July and September between 50 and 400 people danced for days at a time. Eventually, doctors intervened and took some of them to the hospital.

Why did it happen?

Absolutely 100% Not Fake News At All

“This is the best thing that’s ever happened to me in my whole life!”

Ingo Hoffmann, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Edited with Canva.

What the bloody hell was Jason thinking when he agreed to this?

Damn it, he’s got writing to do, and a publication to run. He can’t just go off around the world as a support act for a thrash metal band. It’s only going to lead to bad things. …


The one thing that makes it better than most other meditation techniques

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If your meditation practise requires effort, you are meditating the wrong way.

I’ve tried many different meditation techniques over the past 15 years. Most of them involve effort. But not NSR. It’s easy and effortless.

(By the way, I am not financially connected to NSR. …

Amusing Myself With Silly Anagrams About Hogan Torah

It doesn’t make any sense, but why does everything have to make sense?

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Hogan Torah: my favourite kung fu master and inventor of the aglet. I love him from the very bottom of my custard bowl, the bastard.

Nothing you read here is true. Even that. Okay, well perhaps that, but not anything else. …

Funny Quotes & Video Clips

“It wouldn’t happen… There hasn’t been one publication by a monkey”

Rick Walker from Scotland, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons. Edited with Canva.

Karl Pilkington is absolutely hilarious, just by being himself.

Of course, there’s long been a debate about whether he’s genuinely that stupid. But regardless, many of the things he’s said have caused Ricky Gervais to fall off his chair laughing. Let’s take a look at some of those things.



“Run towards the things that scare ya. I dare ya.”

By Lrheath — Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

“Strap in, get ready.”

Those words are from Marillion’s latest song:

Enjoy the music. Read the lyrics and think about them. You’ll be glad you did.

Who are Marillion?

A British band formed in 1979, originally as Silmarillion. Until 1988 their lead singer was Fish, but since 1989 the lineup has been:

Steve Hogarth


After more than 60 years, most of it is still empty

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Would you want to buy a house in the middle of a desert?

No, me neither. Which is probably what went wrong here. Let’s dive into this…

California City, California

California City covers an area of 203.63 square miles (527.4 square kilometres). That makes it the third-largest city in California by land area…

The continuous underground coal fire that never seems to go out

Image by Николай Егошин from Pixabay

Centralia, Pennsylvania, has been on fire since 1962.

The coal mine beneath it caught fire and never went out. Almost everyone who lived there left. It’s now almost completely empty.

But how did this happen?

Centralia, the mining town

Centralia, Pennsylvania, was for many years a thriving mining town.

The first two mines opened…

Edward John

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