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Showing posts from April, 2012

Six-Legged Baby Born In Pakistan

Medical experts believe that a rare genetic condition has resulted in the birth of a baby with six legs in the Pakistani city of Karachi.  According to Jamal Raza, who is the director of the city's National Institute of the Child Health, the baby boy was born earlier this month to the wife of an X-ray technician named Imran Shaikh.  "It is not one baby actually. They are two, one of them is premature," said Raza.

A statement from the provincial health department said "The doctors are examining the infant to plan for necessary treatment to save the baby's life and ensure he lives a normal life."

Baseball's Most Bizarre Fatalities

With such a long and colorful history, the game of baseball certainly has no shortage of stories steeped in myth, legend, and tragedy. Though millions of baseball fans around the world like to think of major league ballplayers as invincible heroes, this article proves that even professional athletes aren't safe from the Grim Reaper. Below are five baseball players who have met their demise in unusual (and sometimes downright bizarre) ways.

Chick Stahl (1873-1907). Known as a "ladies man", Stahl was known to have love interests all over the country. Boston's star outfielder, adored by women from coast to coast, mysteriously chose to end his life in 1907 by swallowing four ounces of carbolic acid- a popular embalming fluid of the day. Stahl's widow died of suspicious causes one year later, and the details surrounding both deaths remain a mystery.

Geremi Gonzales (1975-2008). As a rookie pitcher in 1997, Gonzales led the Cubs in wins and seemed poised to become a fut…

Giant Crustacean Found Near New Zealand

If you think the jumbo shrimp you served to guests this past New Year's Eve were impressive, then take a look at the foot-long crustaceans recently discovered in the deep sea near New Zealand!

In November of last year, researchers from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland pulled up a trap and were shocked to find seven enormous amphipods, which are 20 times larger than their nearest amphipod cousins.

These super-sized amphipods, known as Alicella gigantea, were first discovered in 1899 but haven't been seen the 1980s.  However, the specimens caught four miles deep in Kermadec Trench, off the northeast coast of New Zealand, are the largest ever recorded.

The full story from the Christian Science Monitor can be read here.