Fun Size Countries: The Insane Histories of the World's 6 Tiniest Nations Do you ever get the urge to just start your own country, with your own damned rules? Well, some people actually do it. All it takes is a small, uninhabited piece of land you can claim (though it helps to also be completely insane, or to have balls the size of watermelons). Location: This little country is located in an abandoned World War II sea fort, called Fort Roughs. Official site:SealandGov.org The country: Paddy Roy Bates was a man with a dream. Roy, his family, and his helicopter of doom. Shortly after Roy moved in, Ronan O'Rahilly, who had claimed Rough Towers before Roy, sent his men on a boat to kick Roy out. In 1968, the Royal Navy entered Sealand's waters to fix a navigational buoy. Workman 1: "Fancy a beer after fixing this buoy?" Understandably, Roy's royal presence was summoned to court in England to figure out what the hell that was all about. At this point you have to think only a unique type of moron would dare to mess with Roy. King Bob the Bald, and his bald spot
The 7 Craziest Things Ever Done to Get Laid King Henry VIII Started a New Religion For His Penis In the year 1525, King Henry VIII had a problem with Anne Boleyn's pants -- specifically, whether or not he could legally get in them. See, even though he was married to Catherine of Aragon, he wanted to nail Anne Boleyn. Although Boleyn initially resisted, eventually she came around thanks to the prospect of becoming queen. So all Henry had to do was divorce his wife ... but therein lies the rub. Who would want to divorce a woman with such angular hair? Thing is, divorce was not a legitimate answer to anything in 16th century England back in the day, since marriage was considered holy and indissoluble by the Catholic Church -- best case scenario was an annulment, which could only be procured if the marriage had been entered into improperly. Pope Clement VII, here pictured giving exactly zero shits. Henry, however, was kind of used to getting his own way and decided to just go ahead and marry Anne anyway. No kidding. Getty
10 Bone-Chilling Urban Legends Creepy Myths and legends have been around since the first humans sat around a campfire and spun tales of the things that lurk beyond the firelight. History has no shortage of malicious serial killers, demented madmen, and nightmarish creatures, and when legends and killers come together, you get some pretty creepy stories. We hear it from the day we’re born: Don’t trust strangers. And as humans, we instinctively fear the things that lurk in the dark, because we know that that’s where the predators hide. 10Footprints In The Snow This urban legend involves a teenage girl who was home with her little sister while their parents were out on the town. After a while, she pulled down the blanket and found that the man was gone. 9The Chilling Discovery There are multiple versions of this story, and most of them start with a young college girl who was studying late, and thus was spending a lot of time in the library instead of her dorm room. 8The Unfortunate Coat Incident 7The Gas Station Attendant
6 Real Islands Way More Terrifying Than The One On 'Lost' Summer's right around the corner, and it's time to pick your next vacation spot. Now, we know the problem you're facing: You want a nice island paradise, but you also want to experience horrors beyond comprehension, and maybe you even want to die on your trip. Well, we've got some great islands for you... Ilha de Queimada Grande; A.K.A. Snake Island Over at Forests.org, there's an article that opens with a description of, "A deserted island where the forest floor writhes with the world's most venomous vipers. And no, Forests.org is not a site for terrifying Indiana Jones / Anaconda slash-fiction. Now you may be asking, "But Cracked, there are poisonous snakes in loads of countries. Remember how we mentioned the snakes only live on this one island? Not pictured: The dead people just out of shot. Now imagine five of those. Let's back up and talk about that fisherman: And the lighthouse keeper's family? Yeah. Think of the scariest premise you can for a horror movie. The year is 1945.
The 6 Creepiest Places on Earth It doesn't matter whether or not you believe in ghosts, there are some places in which none of us would want to spend a night. These places have well earned their reputations as being so creepy, tragic or mysterious (or all three) that they definitely qualify as "haunted." Places like... Aokigahara is a woodland at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan that makes The Blair Witch Project forest look like Winnie the Pooh's Hundred Acre Wood. It probably has something to do with all the dead bodies scattered around. What Niagara Falls is to weddings, Aokigahara is to suicide. More than 500 fucking people have taken their own lives in Aokigahara since the 1950s. The trend has supposedly started after Seicho Matsumoto published his novel Kuroi Kaiju (Black Sea of Trees) where two of his characters commit suicide there. Also skulls. Besides bodies and homemade nooses, the area is littered with signs displaying such uplifting messages like "Life is a precious thing! Winchester Mystery House Oh, bitch...!
Top 10 Lesser Known Mysteries Mysteries It was Einstein that said ‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.’ For me, mystery is the fabric of Life, and since I discovered Listverse a few years ago I have noticed it’s a sentiment many people share. The Brentford area of London is a peculiar place in terms of the names. There have been no other sightings since, and the Legendary Griffin has drifted into local folklore. Amphibians in Ancient Iraq In ancient Mesopotamia, the world’s first academically ratified, fully functioning civilizations of Babylon, Sumer and Akkadia emerged. In the district of Dowa, 100km north of the nation’s capital, Lilongwe, reports emerged of a rabid animal, with hyena like features, attacking and mauling members of the region. Valley of the Headless Men Mysterious Man of the US Declaration
Myths & Legends At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained. The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe. We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives. By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings.
10 Animals You Probably Didn't Know Existed - Knowledge Salad We’ve all heard about the flying squirrel, vampire bats, and naked mole rat, but I bet you haven’t heard of Markhor, Lamprey, and Gerenuk! Here are ten animals that you probably haven’t heard of! (Too lazy to write a good introduction!) Related: 1. Tufted deers are a small species of deer that are found in China. 2. Star-nosed moles are small moles found in eastern Canada and United States along wet and low areas. 3. Southern right whale dolphins are small species found in cool waters far south. 4. Raccoon Dogs, or Tanuki, are found in East Asia. 5. Patagonian Maras are large rodents found in parts of Argentina. Relevant: 5 Members Of The Animal Kingdom That Will Blow Your Mind 6. Markhors are large species of wild goats that are found in Afghanistan and Pakistan. 7. Maned Wolves are found in South America. 8. Lampreys are the spawn of hell. 9. Gerenuks are long-necked species of antelopes found in Eastern Africa. 10. Amazonian Royal Flycatchers are found in the Amazon.
The 5 Most Insane Moments in Indian Comic Books 1980s Indian comic books were the best. Sometimes the English translation was baffling, other times the plots were inscrutable, and -- if you were really lucky -- these twain did meet, and you were transported to a realm of semi-unreadable fantasia. Here are five such glorious occasions. #5. Superman Goes to India, Gets Casual About Murder AlanHunt.Ca The greatest comic ever published is neither Watchmen nor The Annotated Hi and Lois. AlanHunt.CaI hope Supperman also has Supper-Vision, so he can shoot casserole out of his eyes. In this issue, the Indian superhero Nagraj fights alongside these paragons of justice, as well as a random circus ringmaster that the translators (for reasons unknown) designated as the now-deceased WWF wrestler Captain Lou Albano. YouTubeR.I.P., greatest Super Mario in human history. AlanHunt.CaThe guru is summoned by the power of prayer. Did Marvel and DC Comics sign off on this crossover? AlanHunt.Ca #4. PyareToons PyareToonsBosh, Nagraj. #3. PyareToons
10 Bizarre Human Mysteries Mysteries WARNING: this list contains some graphic images. Every so often, we’ll come across strange and inexplicable conditions found in the human body. Shamanistic practices were once much more prevalent in the world, and considered a profound foundation of the tribes that believed in them. Many of these shamans have been discovered as fraudulent, proving the use of slight of hand tricks and passing them off as legitimate procedures, but that isn’t the case for all of them. Much like entrancing healers, psychic surgeons can perform procedures that would normally require tools and what we consider conventional medical supplies (like anesthesia). These types of surgeons are mostly found in Brazil and the Philippines, where people strongly believe in spirits (which aid every procedure/treatment). Spontaneous Human Combustion SHC is burning from the inside out. Fire Immunity and Fire Starter On the subject of fire, we come to the Leidenfrost effect. D.D. The Delphic oracle did it.
10 Universal Myths Of The Ancient World Religion No matter where you’re from, you probably have your fair share of wild myths. From stuff like the legend of King Arthur and his magic BFF to the mischievous gods of Ancient Greece to the insane epics of Hindu mythology, just about every culture comes with a set of stories that most other cultures call foreign or strange. But then there are the universal myths—myths that crop up repeatedly in cultures separated by hundreds of miles and thousands of years. These myths are so near-universal that their prevalence is downright spooky. 10 The Great Flood The idea of a flood that drowns the entire world pops up in almost every single culture. These tales may or may not be inspired by reality. 9 Paradise Lost As anyone who’s heard to their grandpa wax lyrical about the 1950s knows, people see the past through rose-tinted glasses. Take the Garden of Eden. Interestingly, there may be a scientific reason behind all this. 8 Epic Cosmic Battles There are couple of ways of looking at this.