Here, as always, are the Twitter #weirdscifacts for the past week!
459. June 15: The horrific 1983 Byford Dolphin decompression accident. Warning: the text description alone is grisly and awful. When a pressurized chamber is opened suddenly, terrible things happen.
460. June 16: Vladimir Demikhov‘s ghastly 1950s experiments that resulted, among other things, in a 2-headed dog.
461. June 17: One of the oddest theories of dinosaur extinction — caterpillars starved them! Unusual, even crazy, theories are not necessarily false, but this one almost certainly is. A striking example of the imagination of scientists. (classic by @laelaps)
462. June 18: From the other day: scientist attempts to tame belugas while swimming naked in Arctic waters. Somehow, this reminds me of a classic bit of dialogue from Ghostbusters: “What’s that got to do with anything?” “Back off, man, I’m a scientist.”
463. June 19: Star Found Shooting Water “Bullets”!
464. June 20: Horseshoe crab blood — an important ingredient to detect bacterial toxins in sterile medical devices.
465. June 21: In 1689, Robert Hooke presented to the Royal Society on the medicinal effects of cannabis: ‘very wholesome’. h/t @lucyinglis