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18 Bizarre Discoveries That Can Baffle Even Scientists



Amazing and incredible things are everywhere. We simply don’t stop long enough to notice them. Fortunately, there are curious people who find extraordinary things and share them with us on the internet.

Bright Side still doesn’t understand what’s going on in some of these photos. Will you help us?

18. A marine Pokémon?

Nope, it’s just a glass ball covered in sea shells.

17. A car part found in a place where a cyclist was hit by an unidentified vehicle that didn’t stop

Reddit users identified the part as being from a mid-1980s Chevy. The driver was later arrested.

16. “I found this book in my aunt’s house, it’s got really weird writing. What is it?”

It’s a book with encoded Masonic text.

15. Shoes for a giant

Nothing strange here, just a size 20 shoe.

14. “What is this thing under the kitchen counter of my new apartment?”

It’s an arc chute, a set of insulating barriers on a circuit breaker arranged to confine the electrical arc and prevent it from causing damage.

13. “Found this when fishing in Latvia, weighs more than 250 lbs. Maybe an old bomb?”

It’s a naval mine produced in 1887. These mines were used during World War I.

12. A transparent leaf

You actually can make a transparent leaf on your own. You’ll need a brush, a pan, and sodium carbonate.

11. “Is it an old school camera?”

10. “Inherited this table from my dad. He used it as a sofa back for years.”

9. “Machine tool?”

8. “Found at work, very hard and has hair on it.”

It’s the fruit from the Osage orange (or hedge apple) tree.

7. “This weird foldable hook. No idea what year it’s from.”

It’s a pocket fishing spear.

6. “An extremely durable ball”

It’s called Wiggly Giggly. It’s a toy for kids, but people usually buy them for their dogs because they are really durable.

5. “Some driver hit one of our neighbor’s horses. I would appreciate it if I could find out what this car part went to.”

Internet users identified that it was Plymouth Reliant released at the end of the 1980s.

4. “Found some sort of a door. Any idea what it’s used for?”

It’s still unknown what this was used for. Some people think it’s an old lime kiln, others claim it’s a cellar or a bomb shelter.

3. “Found this tall wooden box, it’s open on one end with a hole on the other end. What is this for?”

It’s a box to store wine.

2. “My grandma got this in Japan years ago.”

1. “Noticed this weird thing on the side of this car near the light in London.”

It’s for attaching a flag when used by diplomats.

Bonus: “Found Winnie-the-Pooh’s house while trail riding.”

It’s still unknown what this door is for.

Will you help us solve the riddle in the bonus? Share your thoughts!

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The Vatican prepares to talk about the sexual abuse of minors; Australia is hit with a cyberattack.

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  • The Vatican prepared Monday for a Thursday meeting called “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” which will address the long and destructive history of sexual abuse of children by officials of the church. Pope Francis and presidents from international bishops’ conferences will gather for four days to meet with abuse survivors and increase transparency. [NYT / Jason Horowitz and Elisabetta Povoledo]
  • Boston Archbishop Seán O’Malley, one of the few Americans who advise Pope Francis, says the church still lacks a procedure for how to deal with bishops accused of abuse. And addressing those wrongs is only complicated by the fact that most of the cases still waiting for justice occurred decades ago. [Atlantic / Emma Green]
  • The Vatican took decisive action over the weekend against a cleric it had long shielded: ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The former archbishop of Washington became the highest-ranking American cardinal to be defrocked after he was found guilty of abusing minors. McCarrick was made cardinal in 2001, despite the church knowing of accusations against him. [Vox / Amanda Sakuma]
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  • Gay Catholic priests have long been terrified to come out, fearing repercussions from the church, which almost always controls a priest’s housing, health insurance, and retirement pension. The Times spoke to two dozen anonymously, who said the environment is only getting worse, with homosexuality increasingly being blamed for clergy abuse of young boys. [NYT / Elizabeth Dias]
  • Relations between the Vatican and US church leaders like O’Malley on abuse cases are becoming more and more tense. O’Malley was excluded from organizing this week’s summit on sex abuse, despite his top position on the commission for the protection of minors. The Vatican thinks American leadership is going too far — even in the practice of publishing accused clergy members’ names. [WSJ / Francis X. Rocca]

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  • An unidentified foreign government is likely responsible for a hack of Australia’s major political parties and its parliament’s computer network, according to a statement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday. [NYT / Jamie Tarabay]
  • The Australian government was already investigating an attack on the parliament that occurred early February when it became aware, 10 days later, that the Liberal, Labor, and National parties had also been breached. [Al Jazeera]
  • Australia’s federal elections are coming up in May, but Morrison assured the country there had not been any electoral interference — even as the Australian Cyber Security Centre admitted it did not know what information had been stolen. [BBC News]
  • “A sophisticated state actor” is the culprit, according to Morrison, and many policy experts are pointing to China or Russia. The attack draws attention to the potential meddling (by at least one of those countries) in the 2016 US elections, and how this could be repeated. [TechCrunch / Jon Russell]
  • It’s also possible the responsible organization tried to mimic China to encourage Australian and foreign officials to point fingers. China has denied any role in the attack. [The Verge / Jon Porter]


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