This Week

[November 26th-December 2nd, 2017] Fish living in the wet abyss, Griswold Christmas trees, and a man eats 15 pounds of metal.

5. DIY Civil Engineering

You feel helpless sitting in standstill traffic day after day, but one man in China took matters into his own hands. He was caught on surveillance cameras painting his own traffic directions on a lane he thought was under-utilized, and redirected traffic the opposite way. Authorities fined him for his dangerous behavior as cars had to swerve around him as he painted.

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4. Can a Christmas Tree be too Big?

Police in Massachusetts had to pull over a rogue Christmas tree they found driving down the highway. After investigating further, they realized there was a car underneath it, almost entirely covered by the giant tree’s branches.

3. Navy Stops Pepper-Spraying Soldiers

Believe it or not, the Navy has routinely hosed its soldiers with pepper spray every three years. The training involves being sprayed in the eyes, then completing a combat circuit. The exercise was meant to keep their soldiers ready to operate under duress.

2. Surgeons Remove Coins and Nails

After going to the emergency room with abdominal pains, surgeons puled 263 coins and 100 nails from Maksud Khan’s stomach. Doctors at the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Satna, India, also found razor blades, glass, stones, and a shackle inside Khan, who, believed to be a mentally ill, was seen swallowing coins he was paid at his taxi job.

1. New Deepest Fish

Researchers at the University of Washington have collected samples of what is the deepest living fish discovered so far. The Mariana snail fish lives in the Midnight Zone—named for the pitch blackness of its waters—one of the deepest parts of the Mariana Trench. These delicate-looking pink and white fish survive the crushing pressure and harsh environment of the deep by feasting on invertebrates that other fish can’t swim deep enough to eat.

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Adam Summers/University of Washington