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Monday, May 25, 2020 5:01 PM ET

Live Science - Weird

Did men's beards evolve to absorb a punch to the jaw? -- Mindy Weisberger -- Thick facial hair could cushion the face and jaw, lending protection against punches, kicks and other combat blows.

12 days ago

Viral story of 'drunk elephants' in China is adorable ... and false. Here's what really happened. -- Mindy Weisberger -- Photos of allegedly "drunken elephants" quickly went viral on Twitter. But the elephants weren't drunk, they were just resting, officials said.

17 days ago

Florida lizard breaks world poop record, dies constipated -- Mindy Weisberger -- A curly-tailed lizard's belly was stretched by a mass of unpassed poo.

17 days ago

Conspiracy theorists falsely claim coronavirus pandemic is an elaborate hoax. Really? By - Anatoliy Gruzd, Philip Mai - In the midst of coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theorists are sowing seeds of doubts about its severity and denying the very existence of the pandemic.

1 month ago

Elephants in China got drunk and passed out in a garden -- Mindy Weisberger -- A herd of elephants recently overindulged on corn wine in a village in China's Yunnan Province, and a photo of two tipsy pachyderms went viral.

2 months ago

Why do some men have red beards, but not red hair? -- Benjamin Plackett -- It all boils down to genetics.

2 months ago

Woman's transplanted 'man hands' became lighter and more feminine over time -- Mindy Weisberger -- Years after surgery, a woman's transplanted hands from a darker-skinned male donor now appear lighter and more feminine.

2 months ago

Pig poops out a pedometer, starts a fire -- Mindy Weisberger -- A farm in northern England recently caught fire after a pig swallowed and then pooped out a pedometer, sparking a blaze with the device's battery.

2 months ago

Live Science podcast "Life's Little Mysteries" 9: Mysterious Flat-Earthers -- Live Science Staff -- Earth is commonly known to be a sphere — but some people disagree.

2 months ago

Man slams truck into Easter Island statue, causing 'incalculable damage' -- Brandon Specktor -- A resident of Easter Island accidentally crashed his truck into one of the island's famous moai statues, causing 'incalculable damage.'

2 months ago

'Welcome to Narnia': Frozen homes near Lake Erie are an eerie sight -- Mindy Weisberger -- Powerful winds and freezing temperatures recently made a chilling spectacle of several homes near Lake Erie, encasing them in thick layers of ice.

2 months ago

Bizarre 'ice volcanoes' erupt on Lake Michigan beach -- Nicoletta Lanese -- What are 'ice volcanoes,' and why are they erupting in Michigan?

3 months ago

Read an excerpt from 'The Falcon Thief' -- Mindy Weisberger -- Over decades, a brazen thief stole hundreds of eggs from rare and endangered falcons' nests around the world, to sell to private collectors.

3 months ago

'The Falcon Thief' exposes the high-flying life of a notorious rare-bird smuggler -- Mindy Weisberger -- Wild falcons are highly prized by private collectors, who pay tens of thousands of dollars for the rare birds.

3 months ago

Stolen painting reappears after 23 years, in the same gallery where it was taken -- Rafi Letzter -- A famous painting by Gustav Klimt that went missing 23 years ago turned up in the walls of the gallery from which it appears it was stolen from. No one knows who took it.

3 months ago

British 'X-Files' of UFO sightings is going public -- Mindy Weisberger -- The U.K.'s Ministry of Defense announced that it will soon release formerly classified government files about UFO encounters.

3 months ago

Cat with 4 frostbitten paws gets new feet made of titanium -- Mindy Weisberger -- Dymka the cat suffered severe frostbite in all four paws, but after they were amputated she received new titanium limbs.

3 months ago

Life's Little Mysteries -- Livescience.com -- Answers to questions you've long wondered about, and some you never thought to ask.

3 months ago

Florida weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of falling iguanas -- Mindy Weisberger -- Low temperatures in Florida prompted an unusual warning from the National Weather Service.

4 months ago

Why this 15th-century 'Jesus-lamb' painting is creeping people out -- Brandon Specktor -- A famous 15th-century altarpiece has been restored in Belgium, and people are freaked out by the artist's original image of a human-faced Jesus sheep.

4 months ago

Strange ice formations may have tricked physicists into seeing mysterious particles that weren't there

8 hours ago

Giant tectonic plate under Indian Ocean is breaking in two

2 days ago

COVID-19 is killing 20 times more people per week than flu does, new paper says

10 days ago

Ready, SETI, go: Is there a race to contact E.T.?

8 hours ago

How does the new coronavirus compare with the flu?

3 months ago

Pollen-starved bumblebees bite 'half-moons' into plants to make them bloom

2 days ago

Death mask of King Henry VII is brought to astonishing life in a digital restoration

2 days ago

Hawaii just got a new 'largest volcano on Earth.' (Condolences to Mauna Loa.)

8 hours ago

Mysterious inflammatory syndrome tied to COVID-19 is showing up in adults in their early 20s

2 days ago