This Week’s Strangest Science News
A man in China buying a replacement battery for his iPhone had an explosive experience when he tested the battery by biting it. [Read more about the exploding battery]
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The puckered pouts of 12 camel contestants in a Saudi Arabian camel beauty contest led to the camels’ disqualification, when officials discovered that a veterinarian had injected the animals’ faces with Botox. [Read more about the chemically enhanced camels]
A garbage collector got an unpleasant surprise when he opened a plastic trash bin near the banks of the Seine, and found dozens of rats swarming inside. [Read more about the rat swarm]
“Mad” Mike Hughes, a flat-Earth conspiracy theorist, is revisiting a previous aborted attempt to prove the Earth is flat, by launching a homemade rocket to take photos from about 1,800 feet (550 meters) above the ground, thereby “revealing” that the planet is a flattened disc (spoiler: it’s not). [Read more about the DIY rocket launch]
Scientists recently discovered a previously unknown population of peculiar-looking fish in waters near Tasmania, Australia. Known as “red handfish,” they have distinctive red markings, dour expressions, and can “walk” using their fins. [Read more about the red handfish]
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