Weirdest News Stories of the Week

1. Psst... Humans Aren't the Only Ones Who Whisper

The first example of whispering by non-human primates has been observed among a group of cotton-top tamarin monkeys in captivity in New York City’s Central Park Zoo. Researcher Diana Reiss describes how a small family of the monkeys lowered their voices when a potentially threatening supervisor entered their enclosure. BBC reports.

2. A Japanese Tradition: Sumo Wrestlers Making Babies Cry

In a strange but beloved sumo ceremony in Japan, infants are startled into shedding tears by men dressed as sumo wrestlers in the hope that it will lead to a long and healthy life.

3. Why Is Spam a Luxury Food in South Korea?

Asia is celebrating the annual lunar thanksgiving holiday this week. In South Korea, where it's known as Chuseok, the holiday is celebrated by visiting family, paying respects to ancestors... and the giving and receiving of packaged cans of Spam. It's become a staple of South Korean life, and the country is now the biggest consumer of it outside the US.

4. Babies Know Animals Have Gushy Insides

Living things are filled with stuff. We know this. But at what age did we start knowing this? Well, a study says it could be hardwired into our brains.

5. Scientists Accidentally Create World's Thinnest Glass

As scientists were developing graphene - a strong, thin material made of carbon atoms - when they discovered a film on its surface. The film was determined to be the world's thinnest sheet of glass, only two atoms thick, making its way into the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records.

6. NY Pet Cemeteries Will Now Accept Human Ashes

For those who simply can't fathom the thought of being separated from their animal companions, New York officials have finalized rules permitting pet cemeteries to accept the cremated remains of their humans.

7. Civet Cat Coffee's Animal Cruelty Secrets

It's an unusual, expensive coffee; kopi luwak is made from coffee beans excreted by Indonesian palm civets - small, mongoose-like creatures. But animal cruelty in its production has been exposed by a BBC investigation. Undercover reporters in Indonesia witnessed civets held in battery-cage conditions to produce the coffee, despite the industry's claims that the animals roam free and the beans are collected from the forest floor.

8. World's Shortest Woman Visits Empire State Building

The world's shortest woman visited New York on Thursday, making a stop at the Empire State Building observatory deck. Jyoti Amge, who stands just two feet and one half an inch tall, was in New York to promote the 2014 edition og Guinness Book of World Records.

9. Ig Nobel Awards Highlight Best in Weird Science

The Nobel Prize ceremony isn't for another month, but the scientific community celebrated another, albeit less prestigious, award show Thursday. The awards focus on research achievements that 'make people laugh, and then make them think.'

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