On June 24, 1374, one of the first documented outbreaks of St John's Dance struck Aachen, Germany. People would dance uncontrollably for no apparent reason, even continuing to writhe around on the ground after collapsing from exhaustion. toxipedia.org/display/tox…
Quokkas don’t throw their babies at predators like the rumors said. Instead, the mothers will make their kids lay writhing and hissing on the ground to attract predators (while they escape) africacheck.org/fact-chec…
A restaurant in Edinburgh held a charity hot curry eating contest that resulted in the first 10 contestants writhing in agony, panting, and vomiting, with one contestant being hospitalized twice. The 2nd group of contestants declined to participate. cbsnews.com/news/curry-ca…
After a botched execution by lethal injection in which the condemned man writhed in pain for over 30 minutes the warden stated that the condemmed man was actually just "stretching to see a clock in the death chamber" lethal-injection-florida.…
Right before and after totality in a solar eclipse, you can see undulating 'shadow bands' on plain-colored surfaces that look like writhing snakes, and scientists do not fully understand the phenomenon. eclipse2017.nasa.gov/expl…
Empty space is filled with a writhing, active population of virtual particles that physicists call β€œthe quantum foam,” with bubbles appearing and popping in wild abandon. At the subatomic level, space is never truly empty. pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/p…
The Korean delicacy of Sannakji is freshly chopped off, still writhing tentacles of a live octopus. en.foodie.fm/blog/2011/8/…
Six volunteers for an experimental drug trial were injected with tiny amounts of a substance, previously determined to have no obvious ill effects to mice, rats, rabbits, and monkeys. Shortly after, all six subjects were writhing on the floor in agony. slate.com/articles/health…
Leopard slug sex involves nibbling, writhing, aerial acrobatics, and glowing penises that protrude from their heads. youtube.com/watch?v=FhVi4…
Today I learned that the Scoville scale which is used to figure out the heat of any given pepper is determined by the number of dilutions of sugar water needed to eliminate the heat. pepperscale.com/what-is-t…
Football 'hardman,' John 'the tractor' Kay. Once broke his leg in a match and 'instead of writhing in pain, he sat up on the stretcher and pretended to row it off the pitch.' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Due to a shortage of drugs used in lethal injections the cost for the chemicals needed per inmate has risen from $83.55 to $1,286.86 in Texas articles.latimes.com/2012…

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