Of all the stories we ran over the past year, here are the ones that grabbed your attention the most.
The news cycle seems crazier now than ever before, and there was no shortage of incredible stories that were produced over the past 12 months. With all the attention-grabbing headlines that 2018 saw, it may be hard to pick only a handful of favorites. But there are stories that got more clicks than the others, and here are the most popular stories that you loved best over the past year.
A Woman Who Was Swallowed Whole By 23-Foot Python And Found In Its Stomach
On June 15, an Indonesian, 54-year-old Indonesian woman was found dead on the island of Sulawesi after being swallowed whole by a 23-foot python.
The night before, Wa Tiba left her village, Persiapan Lawela, to tend to her garden located about half a mile from her house. Tiba’s family reported that she wanted to check on the garden because wild boars often destroyed its crops.
When Tiba didn’t return home by sunrise, her sister went to look for her near the garden. She could only find some of her sister’s belongings, including a flashlight, her machete, and her sandals.
Soon, about 100 worried locals including Tiba’s relatives, launched a search party. Then they came across a 23-foot reticulated python with a bloated midsection about 100 feet away from where her belongings were found.
“Residents were suspicious the snake swallowed the victim, so they killed it, then carried it out of the garden,” said the local police chief, identified as Hamka.
After carrying the python back to the village, the villagers sliced open its carcass. Inside they found and extracted the body of Wa Tiba, who’d been swallowed head first.
Reticulated pythons like this one are the longest snakes in the world and are widespread in Indonesia as well as other parts of Southeast Asia. These creatures, which can reach lengths of more than 25 feet and weigh more than 120 pounds, use their incredible size to squeeze their prey to death before swallowing it whole and digesting it over the course of days or even weeks.
They regularly kill and eat creatures about a quarter of their own size, including monkeys and pigs, but reports of humans being killed by these pythons are rare. However, this was the second attack of a human by a python in Indonesia in a little over a year.