50 Mind-Blowing Things That Have Happened This Year Already

Folks, we're not even at the halfway mark.

50 Mind-Blowing Things That Have Happened This Year Already

Folks, we're not even at the halfway mark.

Lately, it seems like every magazine page or newspaper column contains a headline so wild, so wacky, so out-there that it’s tough to believe it’s true. While it may feel like little has changed in our day-to-day lives, 2018 has also brought us some of the most salacious, surprising, and altogether shocking news we’ve ever seen—and we’re not even halfway through the year yet.

From unimaginable political stories to unpredictable scientific breakthroughs, 2018 has been a seriously major turning point in every corner of the world. If you need a little excitement in your day, just take a gander at these 50 mind-blowing news items—all of which have already happened just this year alone. And for more wild info about the world around us, check out these 20 Crazy Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.

Ear transplant crazy news 2018

1
Doctors Grew a New Ear in a Soldier’s Arm

After Pvt. Shamika Burrage lost her ear in a near-fatal car accident, Army surgeons stepped up to make her a new one. However, instead of creating a prosthetic, Burrage’s new ear was grown from her own cartilage, under the skin on her right forearm, and was successfully attached at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. And for crazy trivia regarding our armed services, check out these 30 Celebrities Who Served in the Military.

Boy wakes up after brain death mind-blowing news 2018

2
13-Year-Old Wakes Up After Being Declared Brain Dead

After a dune buggy accident, 13-year-old Alabama native Trenton McKinley was pronounced brain dead. However, after being brain dead for days, just as his parents were preparing to donate his organs, the teen miraculously began moving his extremities. Even more impressive, following three brain surgeries, McKinley is talking, reading, and even walking again, just two months after his near-fatal accident.

snow in tulcea, romania

3
Orange Snow Falls Across Europe

In early 2018, parts of Europe got a picturesque, if peculiar sight: orange snow falling across the eastern part of the continent. While alarming, the orange snow wasn’t actually the result of some kind of chemical or other potential source of harm, but was caused by a low-pressure area moving over North Africa and into Eastern Europe, causing orange sand to mix with water droplets, causing the strange-looking snow. And for more dinner party fodder, check out these 40 Facts So Funny They’re Hard to Believe.

Bloody knife

4
The Golden State Killer Apprehended After 32 Years

32 years after the so-called Golden State Killer committed his last known murder in California, a DNA match was finally made. On April 25, 2018, Joseph DeAngelo Jr., a California-based former police officer, was arrested, thanks to DNA information found via the GEDmatch website. And for more crime facts, check out these 30 Illegal Things Practically Everyone Has Done.

Comey testimony craziest news 2018

5
Former FBI Director James Comey Testifies in Front of the Senate Intelligence Committee

The United States has long been rife with political scandal, but few things have been more shocking than former FBI Director James Comey testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Comey spilled additional dirt on the president during an ABC News interview, in which Comey described Donald Trump as “morally unfit” to hold his position. And for more on that matter, well, just see how our correspondent fared on Donald Trump’s cognitive exam.

Shark in ocean

6
Colorado Man Survives Both Shark and Bear Attacks

Dylan McWilliams has seen more adventure—and terror—in his 20 years than most people will see in a lifetime. Case in point: less than a year after being attacked by a bear during a camping trip, the Colorado native was bitten by a shark while boogie boarding in Kauai, Hawaii. However, despite his multiple brushes with death, Williams refuses to give up life as an outdoorsman: “I’m not going to let those things change what I want to do,” he told People. And for more wild trivia from the animal kingdom, discover these 40 Amazing Animal Facts.

$7 Million College Scholarships craziest news 2018

7
High School Senior Offered More Than $7 Million in Scholarships

Good grades can get you anywhere in life—just ask Shariah Williams. The Memphis, Tennessee, high school senior made headlines this year when she was accepted to a staggering 149 colleges, who offered her a combined $7.6 million in scholarship money. Maybe she’ll enroll in one of the 20 Most Unbelievably Ridiculous College Courses.

doctor holding a brain

8
Scientists Erase Alzheimer’s Damage in Human Cells

Approximately 5.7 million people have Alzheimer’s disease in the United States alone. However, 2018 brought some good news to those suffering: researchers at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco were able to change a protein associated with the condition into a less-detrimental form, reversing damage to the affected brain cells in the process. And for more exciting information about your body, check out these 20 Amazing Facts About Your Body.

Running robot crazy news 2018

9
Boston Dynamics Creates Running Robot

We have robots that make our grocery lists and ones that vacuum our floors, but Boston Dynamics has taken things one step further, creating a robot that can effectively run and jump. While it’s unclear what the potential applications of this technology are, seeing this manmade machine take a human-like jog through a park is impressive, if a bit terrifying. And when you want more insight into what the future could look like, This Is What Life Could Look Like 100 Years From Now.

Shaquem Griffin NFL draft crazy news 2018

10
Amputee Shaquem Griffin Makes the NFL Draft

The NFL just got a little bit more inclusive with the addition of Shaquem Griffin—22-year-old linebacker, born with amniotic band syndrome, which necessitated the amputation of his left hand at age four—to the Seattle Seahawks roster. He was drafted by the Seahawks on April 28, 2018. And for more sports fun, check out these 12 Famous Actors You Forgot Were Once Amazing Athletes.

Black bear eats ice cream crazy news 2018

11
Bear Gets Ice Cream at Dairy Queen

There are many things you’re bound to encounter at a Dairy Queen drive-thru, from bored teens to hungry kids after soccer practice. One thing most servers don’t get to see is a Kodiak bear eager to get some soft serve, which is exactly what happened in Innisfall, Alberta, when the owners of Discovery Wildlife Park took one of their animals off the property and stopped in for a snack.

jeff bezos jacked

12
Jeff Bezos Creates 10,000 Year Clock

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has caused headlines for his ripped physique lately, but perhaps an even more surprising development was his $42 million investment in the 10,000 Year Clock. The clock, which will live in a hollowed-out West Texas mountain, will reportedly keep time for the next 10,000 years.

Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Blood vessel crazy news 2018

13
Antioxidant Found to Reduce Blood Vessel Aging

2018 was the year scientists may have just discovered the fountain of youth—at least for our blood vessels. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder found that antioxidant MitoQ can reduce aging in the blood vessels by up to 20 years, potentially increasing the human lifespan in the process.

bad puns

14
Hippo Accurately Predicts the Super Bowl

Want to win your Super Bowl bet next year? It might be a good idea to get a hippo on your side. Fiona, a hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo, made waves when she accurately predicted this year’s Eagles victory at the big game.

Diabetes insulin bottle

15
Mice Successfully Treated With Engineered Human Cells

Diabetes research advanced in a major way this year when researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center managed to treat diabetes in mice. Using engineered human tissue, the researchers made advances that may one day lead to the transplantation of organs using a host’s own regenerated tissue.

Taylor Swift Funniest Awards Acceptance Speech Punchlines

16
Katy Perry and Taylor Swift Made Up

After a years-long feud, pop stars Katy Perry and Taylor Swift did the seemingly impossible in 2018: the pair made up. Swift posted a shot of a card sent to her by Perry (which included an actual olive branch) in which Perry admits she’s “deeply sorry” for what transpired between the two former friends.

Dr. Dre crazy news 2018

17
Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Lawsuit to Actual Doctor

After gynecologist Dr. Draion M. Burch, who also goes by Dr. Drai, tried to trademark his name, he found himself in a surprising legal battle against rapper Dr. Dre. Over three years, the rapper tried to argue that Dr. Drai might try to capitalize on his fame, only to lose, giving the real doctor a license to use his nickname for business purposes.

Mouse brain crazy news 2018

18
Scientists Implant Human Brain Cells Into Mice

The future of neuroscience is happening as we speak, thanks to researchers who managed to implant human brain cells into mice this year. Over time, this may teach us more about the workings of the human brain and may help doctors repair damaged brain tissue in the future.

Stormy Daniels crazy news 2018

19
Rudy Giuliani Admits Trump Repaid Lawyer for Stormy Daniels Pay-Off

After multiple denials from Trump’s camp, Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, confirmed that the president had repaid his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 Cohen had used to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. Never before has such a brazen statement been made on live news programming.

higher energy person

20
Scientists Create “Everything Repellent”

We’ve got sunblock and bug repellent, but now, scientists have done us one better with “everything repellent.” Created by researchers at the University of Michigan, this product would repel virtually every liquid known to man, protecting everything from sofas to smartphones.

craziest hollywood rumors

21
Barbra Streisand Clones Her Dead Dog

In addition to her singing and acting careers, Barbra Streisand has a new claim to fame: as the pet parent to two cloned dogs. In March, 2018, Streisand admitted to Variety that she missed her dog, Samantha, so much that she’d had two new dogs created using her cells.

Man eats 30,000 Big Macs crazy 2018 news

22
Man Eats 30,000th Big Mac

Think you love fast food? You’ve got nothing on Wisconsin resident Don Gorske, who consumed his 30,000th Big Mac this year. The 64-year-old is such a big fan of the McDonald’s burger that he’s eaten approximately two a day for the past 46 years.

Neanderthal brain crazy news 2018

23
Scientists Prepare to Create Neanderthal Mini Brains

Our understanding of human development will soon be more advanced than ever, thanks to an upcoming experiment from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany. Researchers at the Institute are creating miniature brains using Neanderthal DNA in a bid to understand how human consciousness has developed.

Lottery ticket Never Buy

24
Virginia Man Wins Lottery After Numbers Come to Him in a Dream

Some people are just born lucky, like Victor Amole of Virginia. After lottery numbers came to him in a dream, Amole bought four Cash 5 tickets and played using the exact same number combo, winning a staggering $400,000 in the process.

happy woman at computer

25
Computer Transcribes Words Without Sound

Dictation has just gotten a whole lot more advanced. In April, 2018, researchers at MIT debuted a computer interface that can transcribe words a person is thinking—and as such, giving tiny physical cues to indicate—even if they don’t actually say the words aloud.

Pig brain crazy news 2018

26
Scientists Bring Pig Brains Back to Life

Have you ever wondered what life after death might look like? Well, researchers may have just figured that out. Yale neuroscientist Nenad Sestan and his colleagues have managed to reanimate pig brains following their slaughter for up to 36 hours, using a technology called BrainEx.

Rose hair tarantula spider

27
North Carolina Restaurant Perfects the Tarantula Burger

Think your taste is adventurous? Then you’ll love the menu at Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, where you can now get a roasted tarantula atop your burger.

Hobby Lobby artifacts crazy news 2018

28
Hobby Lobby Returns 3,800 Smuggled Artifacts

Craft giant Hobby Lobby’s smuggling days are behind them. After being caught with 3,800 illegal artifacts, the retail chain returned the antiquities to Iraq, from which they had been unlawfully removed for use in the chain’s Bible Museum.

robot future prediction

29
Robot Runs for Mayor in Japan

In pursuit of a better, less corrupt political structure, a robot named Michihito Matsuda ran for mayor in Tokyo’s Tama City. While Matsuda lost to the incumbent, the robot still managed to get 4,000 votes.

Bobcat crazy news 2018

30
Family Brings Home Bobcats Instead of Kittens

Bringing home a new pet can be a nerve-wracking experience—especially when you bring home the wrong one. That’s just what happened to a family in Texas, who believed they had adopted abandoned Bengal cats, only to discover their new kitties were actually bobcats.

Spider crazy news 2018

31
Scientists Train Spider to Jump on Demand

Arachnophobes, beware: 2018 was the year that researchers at the University of Manchester taught a spider to jump on command. The spider, named Kim, demonstrated skill in 15 different jumping tasks assigned to her, moving up, down, and from side-to-side.

habits after 40

32
Woman Arrested After Sending Date 65,000 Texts

Think you’ve had a bad date or two? Your experience likely pales in comparison to the poor man who went on a single date with 31-year-old Phoenix resident Jacqueline Ades, who was arrested in May after sending 65,000 texts—many of them harassing—to the object of her of her affection.

endangered species

33
New York Tiger Turns Out to Be Raccoon

If you’re a lifelong resident of New York City, you probably see three kinds of animals on a regular basis: pigeons, rats, and dogs. Unfortunately, a lack of experience with animals led to a misidentification in Harlem on April 12, when police responded to reports of a tiger roaming the streets. The only problem? It was just an oversized raccoon.

Joggling crazy news 2018

34
Boston University Student Breaks Joggling Record

A Boston University student has set a new world record for a sport most people don’t even know exists: joggling. On May 8th, student Zach Prescott managed to run a mile in just 4 minutes, 43.2 seconds, all while juggling a trio of lacrosse balls.

Flute brain surgery crazy news 2018

35
Woman Plays Flute While Undergoing Brain Surgery

Multitaskers got some serious inspiration this year, courtesy of Anna Henry. While she was concerned that she might never play again due to a hand tremor, the 63-year-old flautist managed to play her instrument of choice during brain surgery.

3d printer, unusual gifts

36
3D Printer Prints on Skin

3D printing is no longer just for making models and toys. In fact, researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new application: printing on skin. On April 25, 2018, a 3D printer successfully printed on human skin for the first time, offering a wide variety of medical applications in the future.

Man steals fajitas crazy news 2018

37
Texas Man Steals $1.2 Million Worth of Fajitas

Think you love fajitas? Not as much as Gilberto Escamilla, a former employee at the Darrel B. Hester Juvenile Detention Center in San Benito, Texas, who was recently sentenced to 50 years in prison for stealing 1.2 million worth of fajitas from a food supplier to the detention center.

books in a bag

38
Book Returned to Library After 47 Years

Lost library books are a fact of life. However, a particularly conscientious individual wouldn’t let that deter them, managing to return a copy of Eldridge Cleaver’s Soul on Ice to the San Francisco Public Library, from which the book had been missing for a shocking 47 years.

Lottery winner crazy news 2018

39
Man Wins $4.38 Million on Free Lottery Ticket

Anyone who thinks you never truly get something for free in life should tell that to Davenport, Iowa, resident Chuck Anderson. After purchasing a Powerball ticket, Anderson was given a free Lotto America ticket at a Kwik Star store in his hometown, and ended up winning a massive $4.38 million from it. To increase your own chances, these are the most common Powerball winning numbers.

breast cancer prevention, onions

40
Space Station Gets Sprouting Onion

Space food just got a whole lot more flavorful in 2018. This year, the International Space Station is now home to a sprouting onion, its green top a renewable source of flavor for future ISS cuisine.

Amur tiger

41
School Brings Live Tiger to Prom

Most high schools are hard-pressed to get a live DJ for their prom. However, at Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, students got an impressive dance floor accessory: a live tiger. However, after a serious online backlash, the school apologized for bringing the caged cat to the dance.

R Kelly Spotify crazy news 2018

42
R. Kelly’s Music Removed From Spotify and Pandora

After years of investigations into his personal life, including multiple allegations he’s at the helm of a cult that dabbles in human trafficking, R. Kelly got some professional comeuppance for his behavior. In 2018, Spotify removed his music from their recommended algorithm and the playlists the company owns and manages, while Pandora removed his music from new playlists as well as their advertising and social media accounts.

Earthworm

43
German Supermarket Serves Buffalo Worm Burgers

Move over, crickets: if you’re looking for a more sustainable source of protein, look no further than the buffalo worm. In 2018, Netherlands-based company Bugfoundation rolled out buffalo worm burgers, touting them as a healthy, sustainable alternative to traditional beef patties.

Sick woman

44
Woman Discovers Runny Nose Is Actually Brain Fluid

Nebraska woman Kendra Jackson got an unpleasant surprise when she discovered that her runny nose was more than just the result of seasonal allergies. In fact, after meeting with a specialist at Omaha’s Nebraska Medicine, Jackson was told that she had actually been leaking half a pint of brain fluid each and every day since 2013.

self driving car future

45
MIT Builds Self-Driving Car Capable of Navigating Unmapped Roads

No GPS? No problem! 2018 was the year that MIT researchers managed to build a car that not only drives itself, but is capable of navigating previously unmapped country roads.

Bill Cosby

46
Bill Cosby Convicted of His Crimes

After years of accusations about his serial sexual assaults, once-beloved actor Bill Cosby got his just desserts this year. The 80-year-old former Cosby Show star was convicted of three counts of sexual assault for an attack that occurred in 2004, and may face up to 10 years in prison on each count.

hobbies for your 40s

47
Paris Museum Opens Its Doors to Nudists

If you love art but hate clothing, the Palais de Tokyo may have just solved your problem for you. In May, the contemporary art museum opened its doors to nudists for the first time, inviting them to enjoy the museum in their birthday suits for a single special event.

Monkey

48
Mummified Monkey Remains Found in Minnesota Department Store

Purses and cosmetics aren’t the only things you find in department stores these days. In fact, in April, a mummified monkey carcass was found in the air vents in a Minneapolis department store, although his origin remains unknown.

California tumbleweed crazy news 2018

49
Tumbleweeds Take Over California Town

Tumbleweeds aren’t just an ominous set piece in western movies. In fact, in April, tumbleweeds all but took over the California town of Victorville, where, following particularly strong winds, tumbleweeds piled up to seven feet high throughout the town, temporarily trapping many residents in their homes.

Ice Age horse crazy news 2018

50
Ice Age Horse Discovered

While some people find remnants of their home’s previous residents when they do landscaping projects, a Utah family found something even more impressive: an Ice Age horse. A family in Lehi, Utah, discovered the well-preserved, but not fossilized, horse when landscapers dug up their yard; the skeleton is currently being excavated by paleontologists. And for more wild info about the world around us, check out these 20 Crazy Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.

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