Weird News


October 18, 2016

Scientists have discovered that spiders' legs can detect human speech.

Research has proved that noises can be picked up by the creepy crawlies from several metres away, although the eight-legged creatures have no ears, according to The Guardian newspaper. Paul Shamble, an arachnologist who led the research at Cornell University, said: "Surprisingly, we found that they also possess an acute sense of hearing. They can hear sounds at distances much farther away than previously thought, even though they lack ears with the eardrums typical of most animals with long-distance hearing." The study found spiders' sense of hearing appeared to rely on tiny hairs on their forelegs. Paul added: "I'm not sure that everyone's going to be thrilled that spiders can hear them as well as see them."

A female teacher has been told she must not use her maiden name at work.

Advocacy for Japan's gender equality suffered a setback when a court ruled a female teacher must use her married name when at work. According to The Daily Telegraph newspaper, the teacher, who asked to remain anonymous, launched a lawsuit against Nihon University Daisangakuen to keep the right to use her maiden name at work. But three judges have ruled that although the practice was increasing, it was "not deeply rooted in society". In Japan, while the law doesn't stipulate which name they should use, in practice women take their husbands surname in 96 per cent of cases.

A shark thrashed its way into a cage while a diver was still inside.

The shark was seen biting on a line on the surface of the water before breaking a metal rail and entering the cage from the side.

Onlookers, who witnessed the incident off Guadalupe Island in Mexico, managed to open the top door as it wriggled around looking for a way out before its head popped out the top, according to Sky News.

The bloodied shark made its getaway and unbeknownst to onlookers, a diver who is shaken but unharmed, surfaces from inside the cage. Footage of the rare breach has been posted on YouTube.

A man said: "These awesome sharks are biting at large chunks of tuna tied to a rope. When a great white shark lunges and bites something, it is temporarily blinded. They also cannot swim backwards, so this shark lunged at the bait, accidentally hit the side of the cage, and was most likely confused. And not being able to swim backwards, it thrust forward and broke the metal rail of the cage."

A man was attacked by a horny bear while running.

Dan Richman was chased by the rampant animal in California recently, but as he tried to back away, another bear, who was also said to be feeling frisky, stood behind him. He told KTLA: "I was pretty freaked out." And during a chat with KCAL-TV, he said that as he yelled and tried to walk off the trail, the second bear attacked him while he ran past.

Dan ended up on his hands and knees with one of the bear's mouth around his neck. Wildlife officials claim Dan may have interrupted a mating session.