Crossing the path of a black cat portends misfortune to come. Breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. Walking under a ladder is just asking for trouble. These common superstitions have permeated our culture for thousands of years, leaving some of their sinister origins long since forgotten…
It’s not a stretch to say that André the Giant lived in a different world from the rest of us. Standing at 7 feet 4 inches tall and weighing in at 550…
As we set our clocks back one hour this Saturday — this is your reminder; you’re welcome — you’re probably asking yourself why you’re doing it. That is, if you even need to manually set back your clocks anymore. Most of us have digital timekeeping mechanisms that respond to whatever timezone we’re in, accounting for DST.
Still, if asked why we turn the clocks back most of us would be left scratching our heads. Here’s a quick explainer:
The monster shark from Jaws pales in comparison to the one whose teeth are now showing up on North Carolina’s beaches.
Prehistoric Megalodon teeth up to six inches long are hitting the sands of North Topsail Beach, N.C., and Surf City, N.C. The teeth come from Megalodons that have been extinct for more than 2.5 million years. Interest in the sea creatures has spiked in recent years, partly because of Discovery Channel mockumentaries like “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives” and “Megalodon: The New Evidence,” which aired during Shark Week.
The real Megalodon was somewhere between 30 and 60 feet long, weighed up to 65 tons and had the largest bite force of any animal ever. According to experts at the Aurora Fossil Museum, each inch of a tooth’s length is equal to ten feet in body length. That means that the teeth that washed ashore in North Carolina one belonged to a Megalondon around 60 feet long. For comparison: An adult great white is 11 to 16 feet long and the largest great white ever measured was 20 feet long.
Megalodon teeth aren’t incredibly uncommon in North Carolina, but in recent weeks, record amounts have turned up. It’s believed that the teeth were pushed toward shore from Hurricane Joaquin’s heavy rain, strong winds, and high tides.
The heavy chains of superstition weigh on European history like the shackles of a Dickensian ghost. When a place is continuously inhabited for thousands of years, a few spooky stories will eventually get lodged into the collective memory. Add to these a handful of cults that build their chapels with bones and skulls, and the result is a pretty creepy continent. Here are nine European sites that will make your hair stand on end.