The Strangest News To Come Out Of 2019, From A Meth-Fueled Death Party To A ‘Genderless Alien’

Published December 27, 2019
Updated March 12, 2024

Check out these 11 strange news stories from the past year, like an accidental nine-hour LSD trip or a Spiderman-loving kid bringing heroin to school.

Strange News Of A Humpback Whale In The Amazon

Bicho D’agua Institute/FacebookIn a baffling bit of weird news, a 26-foot-long humpback whale was found in the Amazon rainforest 50 feet from shore.

While the news cycle in 2019 was no doubt filled with unprecedented political developments and scientific breakthroughs, it was also filled with some of the strangest stories we’ve seen.

It was a year of investigations, scientific discoveries, political undoings, and wild tales. Sometimes news can get a bit overwhelming, especially when it’s dark and dreary. But there are always strange news stories to keep you on your toes — whether it be surprisingly uplifting news or just plain weird.

Throughout the year, strange news has popped up around the world, from Florida-Man-style crimes to alien-like underwater jello balls, to things you just have to see to believe. Here is a roundup of our favorite strange news stories of 2019:

News About The Strange Incident At Dyatlov Pass

Dyatlov Pass Tent

Wikimedia CommonsInvestigators inspect one of the hikers’ tents on Feb. 26, 1959, weeks after a group of Soviet college students set out to hike the Ural Mountains and never came back.

In 1959, a group of college students from the Soviet Union’s Ural Polytechnical Institute ventured into the Russian wilderness on a hiking trip, only to never be seen again.

The group — comprised of skilled hikers and scientists — set out to cover 190 miles of the Ural Mountains in 16 days, in order to reach a distant village and send a telegram to complete their journey. But they never came back.

Six days after a search party was sent out to look for them, the hikers were found — but their discovery raised more questions, as their bodies were found in a mysterious state.

Some of them looked like they had been ripped apart (one woman was missing her tongue, her eyes and parts of her lips), while another looked as though he’d been crushed. Only a car could have done the amount of damage found on his body, but there were no cars around for miles.

A criminal investigation was opened upon the discovery of the bodies, but for the past 50-odd years, no official cause of death has been determined. Authorities simply blamed the “spontaneous power of nature,” and the case remained a mystery known only as the Dyatlov Pass Incident.

That is until this year. For the first time since the initial investigation, Russia has begun to look into the Dyatlov Pass Incident.

“Relatives, the media, and the public still ask prosecutors to determine the truth and don’t hide their suspicions that something was hidden from them,” Alexander Kurennoi, the official representative of Russia’s Prosecutor General told CNN.

The case is ongoing and hasn’t resulted in any clear answers yet — but stay tuned.

Katie Serena
A former staff writer at All That's Interesting, Katie Serena has also published work in Salon.
John Kuroski
John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.
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Serena, Katie. "The Strangest News To Come Out Of 2019, From A Meth-Fueled Death Party To A ‘Genderless Alien’.", December 27, 2019, Accessed June 23, 2024.