Weird Wednesdays

Weird Wednesdays: Plants enslaving ants

Weird Wednesdays: Plants enslaving ants

The Central American acacia plant Acacia hindsii enjoys a special relationship with its neighbors. These plants are myrmecophyte—plants that rely on the help of ants to clean them, guard them from predators and generally help it survive in the wild.

Weird Wednesdays: How Superman faced down the Ku Klux Klan (and won)

Weird Wednesdays: How Superman faced down the Ku Klux Klan (and won)

June 10, 1946. It was late afternoon for America, both in wake of the World War II, and in a literal sense, as the summer sun began to dip. Dizzy with excitement as the summer vacation approached, thousands of children plopped down in front of their radios, all for one reason: to hear the exploits of America’s caped crusader, Superman.

Weird Wednesdays: How Stan Lee, drugs and Spider-Man fought censorship

 Weird Wednesdays: How Stan Lee, drugs and Spider-Man fought censorship

Honestly, I was going to write something about Thanksgiving turkeys or whatever for this week’s column, but when I heard that Stan Lee passed away on Monday, I threw that out the window. This man was an icon, guys, to the point where writing about his entire life and accomplishments would take maybe a book or two.

Weird Wednesdays: Lies, statistics and other un-Trumans

Weird Wednesdays: Lies, statistics and other un-Trumans

By the time it was clear that Truman had managed to tip the swing states, snag 49 percent of the popular vote to Dewey’s 45 percent and flood the cabinet with his Democrat allies in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in American history, it was too late.

Weird Wednesdays: Never a Dullahan day, Ireland’s Headless Horseman legend

Weird Wednesdays: Never a Dullahan day, Ireland’s Headless Horseman legend

The most terrifying thing about headless horsemen, I think, isn’t the whole “undead spectre from the depths of hell” thing. My fear is more along the lines of “Oh god, that person with no visible eyes is driving a raging twitchy hellbeast going at a million miles an hour, RUN.”

Weird Wednesdays: A brief history of spirit photography

Weird Wednesdays: A brief history of spirit photography

Y’know, what with cellphones being pretty much universal in modern first-world America, having a camera in your pocket at all times, you’d think we would have solved a good chunk of the questions about UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, your roommate's Canadian girlfriend and other myths.