This Week

[May 12-18th, 2019] Kissing cows, an expensive typo, flying piranhas, and the rest of the week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Cow Kissing Challenge

A bizarre social media challenge sparked by the app Castl has swept through Austria, daring people to kiss cows. Health experts and farmers, however, are worried people could be hurt by irate cows. Castl started the trend to try and raise money for charity, even being as lenient to allow people to kiss, “with or without tongue.”

2.3 Billion Dollar Typo

Australia recently changed their $50 bill. It still features Australia’s first female member of parliament, Edith Cowan, but new features added security and design changes. Accompanying her portrait is a quote reading, “It is a great responsibility to be the only woman here.” Unfortunately, they misspelled responsibility, leaving out the last “i.” They promise to correct their mistake but didn’t catch the error until after the bill was printed 46 million times.

australia bill typo

Flying Piranhas

A Peruvian man was stopped by United States Customs officers after they found 40 piranhas in his luggage. The man was a chef, and promised the fish posed no danger, and that he was planning to cook them. After verifying his story and realizing the fish had been vacuum-sealed and frozen, they let him through.

grilled piranha

The Deepest Dive

Explorer and businessman Victor Vescovo descended to the deepest part of the Mariana Trench, landing deeper than Don Walsh, James Piccard, and James Cameron. At 35,853 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the pressure was roughly 1,000 times more than the pressure at sea level. He observed bacterial mats and small arthropods at the world’s deepest point but also recorded seeing a plastic bag and candy bar wrapper.


CC Richard Varcoe on behalf of Caladan Oceanic LLC

Elite Nomad Skeletons

A Russian farmer uncovered the remains of at least three nomadic tribesmen who roamed the plains northwest of the Caspian Sea. Along with the skeletons, which appeared to have been buried in wooden coffins, archaeologists uncovered a horse wearing a harness. The skeletons are believed to have once belonged to elite hunters because of the weapons, gold, jewelry, and bronze cauldron recovered from the site.

elite nomad skeleton

Credit: Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Astrakhan Region