Most Dangerous Animals in Europe

Wild boar

As demonstrated by our article on the most dangerous animals in the UK you have to dig pretty hard to find anything too scary in most of Europe and even then the term ‘dangerous’ is pretty relative.  However, through diligent research I have found around fifteen animals that have been known to kill humans and can be … Read more

Incredible Photos of Nuclear Explosions

Christmas Island nuclear test

If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one… …Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds. Those were the words of Robert Oppenheimer in 1945 after Trinity atomic bomb test – the first ever nuclear test. Months later … Read more

Most Dangerous Animal in North America

Grizzly Bear

On the deadly scale, the continent of North America is somewhere in the middle. Probably even on the safe side. But don’t let that lul you into a false sense of security. There are quite a few dangerous animals both big and small roaming the wilds of the USA and Canada. To cram in the … Read more

The World’s Most Dangerous Scorpions

Arabian fattail scorpion (Androctonus crassicauda)

Along with spiders there are few creatures that of such small size can illicit such a degree of fear. It is probably no coincidence that they are both members of the arachnid class although the scorpions are a far older branch, going back over 400 million years. Indeed some of these prehistoric scorpions were huge … Read more

The Biggest Big Cat – Ever

Siberian tiger

As the name suggests, big cats are, well big cats! But which of all the cats is the biggest? And what was the biggest cat ever to stalk the Earth? First of all let’s define what a big cat is. We’re not talking about Mr Tibbles, next door’s tabby who’s eaten too much Kitty-Nibbles! There … Read more

Most Dangerous Animals in Asia

Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis)

For those of you who’ve seen the Jungle Book then you’re halfway there on this one. We’ve got snakes, bears and even tigers, but there’s also a few even nastier deadly animals to be found across the vast continent of Asia. Stretching from the deserts of the Middle East to the steamy jungles of South … Read more

Medieval Torture Devices

The rack

Of all the times to live in throughout history the Medieval period was probably one to avoid.  Roughly speaking Medieval times (or the Middle Ages) started at the end of the Roman Empire, around 500 AD, and continued until around the 1500s. Whilst I’m sure plenty of lovely things happened during this time none of them … Read more

Slow Slicing (Lingchi)

Lingchi - Death by a thousand cuts

Please note: this article contains some graphic (black & white) photos of executions lower down the page. Do not scroll down if you do not wish to see them. Slow slicing (or lingchi) is a method of execution in which slices of flesh are systematically removed from the body of the condemned. It was used … Read more

Most Horrific Forms of Execution

Gibbeting cage

Back in the good old days if you did something wrong, for example stole a goat or impersonated a chicken, you were pretty much assured being handed a death sentence. In those days there was no hanging around on Death Row, contemplating the errors of your ways whilst waiting for some form of humane, painless … Read more

The 10 Deadliest Viruses

Hepatitis C virus

So, what is the deadliest virus on Earth? You’d think this might be an easy enough question to answer but it turns out there is more than one way to define deadliest. For instance is it the virus that kills the most people overall (death rate); or is it the disease that has the highest case … Read more