Fact or Fiction? 35 Unusual Real-Life Stories – Part 4


Banana slug

Banana slug

Sometimes the penis of a banana slug becomes trapped inside the body of the partner. Apophallation allows them to separate themselves by chewing off the other's or their own penis. Once the penis has been discarded, they are still able to sexually reproduce because they hermaphrodites.

12Jenny Haniver

Jenny Haniver

Jenny Haniver is the carcass of a ray or a skate that has been modified by hand then dried, resulting in a mummified specimen intended to resemble a fanciful fictional creature, such as a demon or dragon.

13Weasel war dance

Weasel war dance

When ferrets get very excited they do a frenzied series of sideways and backward hops called a "weasel war dance." It is believed that in the wild, ferrets use this to disorient prey.



Oscar is a nursing home cat in Rhode Island who appears to be able to predict the impending death of terminally ill patients-by choosing to nap next to people a few hours before they die. Oscar has been mentioned in The New England Journal of Medicine and so far has predicted at least 100 deaths.

15Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken

Mike the Headless Chicken was a decapitated chicken who lived for almost two years without a head. His owner would administer droplets of milk and water down its open throat with an eyedropper.

16Tree That Owns Itself

Tree That Owns Itself

The “Tree That Owns Itself” is a white oak tree in Athens, Georgia, that is widely assumed to legally own itself and the eight feet of land surrounding it. According to newspapers, a deed written by Colonel William Jackson was written to the tree, giving ownership of the land to itself in the 1800s.

17Grooms of the Stool

Grooms of the Stool

Henry VIII had someone whose job it was to wipe his bottom for him. They were called 'Grooms of the Stool' and Henry VIII had 4 of them during his reign, all of whom were knighted.

18Jesus nut

Jesus nut

The nut that is attached to the main rotor of a helicopter is referred to as the "Jesus nut." If it comes loose, the only option you have is to pray.



There is an alarm clock named “Clocky” which has wheels, runs away from you, and hides forcing you to get out of bed.

20Great Stork Derby

Great Stork Derby

The Great Stork Derby was a contest held in Toronto from 1926-1936, in which women competed to produce the most babies in order to win $750,000 as stipulated in the will of a wealthy lawyer. The prize ended up being split among four women who each had 9 babies.