Weird Wednesday – 14 October 2015

National Geographic’s weekly wrap-up of the world’s strangest stories

The mushroom that triggers spontaneous orgasms

A Hawaiian mushroom releases ‘hormone-like compounds’ that can trigger women to orgasm. In a recent study, almost half of women experienced an orgasm after a single sniff.

Aussie scientists find new rat with extra-long public hair

The new hog-nosed rat species was discovered in remote Indonesia. Find out more. 

The doctor who thought monkey testicles could make us immortal

Dr. Serge Voronoff thought that aging could be stopped by transplanting monkey testicles into humans. In 1920, conducted his first monkey-testicle-to-man xenograft. Until the day he dies, Voronoff held steadfast to his hypothesis – and yet never underwent the procedure himself…

Herpes prevalent among kangaroos and wombats

Australian researchers have found that herpes is widespread in our marsupials, with nearly half of all wild wombats infected and 92 percent of eastern grey kangaroos exposed. Find out more.

The Nazi chocolate bomb plan

New sketches have been released of Hitler’s plans for exploding chocolate bars and other booby trap bombs. Find out more. 

Plant makes fake dung to fool beetles

A South African grass disguises its seeds to look like antelope droppings, complete with a pungent smell, to attract dung beetles. The beetles then roll and bury the seeds, helping to disperse the plant.

The truth behind zombies

National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Wade Davis looks at the truth behind real-life zombification. Find out more. 

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