70’s Rock Stars at Home With Their Parents

What are the wildest stars of rock and roll like when they're at home with their mum and dad? That was the premise behind these images captured by John Olson for LIFE magazine in 1971. Pictured above is Eric Clapton with his mother at the house in Surrey where he grew up. In 1971 at ... Read More...

The Berners Street Hoax

A Victorian precursor to Beadle's About in today's weird Wikipedia article, trawled from the interweb by the Wikiworm... The Berners Street hoax was perpetrated by Theodore Hook in the City of Westminster,London, in 1810. Hook had made a bet with his friend, Samuel Beazley, that he could transform any house in London into the most talked-about address in a ... Read More...

The Cobra Effect

Unintended consequences gives some bureaucrats a comeuppance, in this weird Wikipedia article discovered by the Wikiworm... The cobra effect occurs when an attempted solution to a problem actually makes the problem worse. This is an instance of unintended consequences. The term is used to illustrate the causes of incorrect stimulation in economy and politics. ... Read More...

Bundling

In honour of Valentine's Day, The Wikiworm presents a rather frustrating form of romance, taken from the weirder side of Wikipedia... Bundling, or tarrying, was the traditional practice of wrapping one person in a bed accompanied by another, usually as a part of courting behavior. The tradition is thought to have originated either in ... Read More...

Chicken Hypnotism

A useful survival technique, should you ever need to fend off a particularly vicious chicken. Another weird Wikipedia article courtesy of the Wikiworm. A chicken can be hypnotized, or put into a trance, by holding its head down against the ground, and drawing a line along the ground with a stick or a finger, starting ... Read More...

Hikikomori

What can Japan do about its 'perpetual teenagers'? A strange cultural phenomenon from the far east in today's weird Wikipedia article, unearthed by the Wikiworm. Hikikomori, literally "pulling inward, being confined" or "acute social withdrawal" is a Japanese term to refer to the phenomenon of reclusive adolescents or adults who withdraw from social life, ... Read More...

Hunkerin’

Surely the most feeble fad ever invented? All will be revealed in today's weird Wikipedia article, presented by the Wikiworm. Hunkerin' (hunkering) is where a person sits in a squatting position. It briefly became an American fad in the late 1950s. Hunkerin' had been in use in many cultures, particularly in Asia, for centuries when it suddenly ... Read More...

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Prepare your brains for some seriously mind-mangling wordplay, with today's weird Wikipedia article, unearthed by the Wikiworm. "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" is a grammatical sentence in American English, used as an example of how homonyms and homophones can be used to create complicated linguistic constructs. The sentence uses three meanings of the word buffalo: the city of Buffalo, New York, ... Read More...