They lived to tell the tale, which is more than you can say for some scientists who, although they spent their lives studying them, misjudged the unpredictability of volcanic eruptions. On the risk front, it’s hard to go past Murray, Australia’s answer to Houdini. He was never happier than when hanging upside down outside a plane in a straitjacket or trying to extricate himself from a lions’ cage. In the process he managed to win an army of fans, including Hitler and the King of Siam. You’ll also find out what it’s like to write questions for Trivial Pursuit, illustrate celestial bodies for NASA and come up with a new language for Game of Thrones. Hold onto your caps (yes, you can read about them, too) – that’s just the start of it. For more, including zombies, toothbrushes, old computers, flat Earthers, disgusting food and all sorts of other strange and surprising things, click one of the links below.