Extraordinary, Eerie and Excellent: Our Best Stories You Might Have Missed This Week


Hosts Anney and Lauren deliver the scoop on apple pie in a new episode of the podcast FoodStuff.  diane39/Vetta/Getty Images
Hosts Anney and Lauren deliver the scoop on apple pie in a new episode of the podcast FoodStuff. diane39/Vetta/Getty Images

If you're in the U.S., there's a good chance you're gearing up for Independence Day. But before you get caught up in the fireworks and food, why not take some of that extra time to catch up on our stories? Keep reading for the scoop on our latest podcasts and articles.

The Extraordinary

Of all the superpowers one could have, predicting natural disasters would be pretty practical and lifesaving. It's said that animals have this very ability. But is that true? BrainStuff host Christian Sager has an answer in a new episode of the podcast.

Scientists are always working to make technology smaller, cheaper and especially faster. The latter is the case with 5G networks, which developers hope will provide an astonishing 10,000 megabits per second. Find out how 5G may be able to replace your home WiFi in a new article, "How 5G Works."

When we imagine the mysteries the deep ocean holds, we might think of oddball creatures in the Mariana Trench or aquatic cryptids. But one underwater wonder is 100 miles (160 kilometers) wide, 11,500 feet (3,500 meters) tall and more fascinating than freaky — the world's largest waterfall. Get the details on the impressive falls in this article.

The Eerie

The murky details of college student Elisa Lam's death were widely circulated when she was found in a hotel water tank in 2013. Between the location of her body and odd security camera footage, Lam's story inspired many creepy conspiracies. In a recent article, writer Diana Brown covers a Stuff They Don't Want You to Know podcast episode that digs into the curious case of Elisa Lam's death.

Desire for money can make folks go to extreme lengths. Read this article to learn about the thieves who crossed (or tried to cross) a line you probably haven't even thought about drawing: Exhuming famous people's corpses and ransoming them for cash.

Humans' affection for small animals doesn't usually extend to tiny arthropods, especially when they carry disease and suck blood. Hosts Robert and Joe get their hands dirty in a discussion about ticks and chiggers in an episode of the podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

The Excellent

You don't need a podcast to tell you that apple pie is finger-licking good. You do need a podcast to tell you why the heck "as American as apple pie" is a saying. (Was apple pie even invented in the U.S.?) FoodStuff hosts Anney and Lauren dig into the history of this yummy dish in a new episode of the podcast.

The advent of electricity made life so much easier. Just think of where we would be today without it — no scrolling through social media for hours on end, no Netflix binging, no massively multiplayer online role-playing games. TechStuff host Jonathan Strickland gives electricity its due in a new episode of the podcast.

Around this time in 1969, budding transgender rights activist Sylvia Rivera threw a Molotov cocktail in the uprising against the police raid at Stonewall Inn in New York. But it was just the beginning of her resistance against LGBTQ discrimination. Learn more about her work for sexual, ethnic and gender minorities in this article on a Stuff You Missed in History Class episode.