The Smithsonian has had some really interesting articles recently, though admittedly this one steers more in the vein of terrifying than just plain awesome…
Seriously – can you imagine a snake that was over 40-feet long, weighed over a ton, and literally ate crocodiles for breakfast?! It’s name *dramatic pause* was Titanoboa!
(note: the pic is actually a replica based on fossil findings – the beast itself lived about 58 million years ago, give or take a day…)
(Boy, that’d be something to find out in your living room when you’re still trying to wake up on a Sunday morning, wouldn’t it?!)