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The internet is a very strange place right now. For the last month we’ve seen multiple Joe Exotic memes popping up, our FaceBook friends showing off their ‘ironic’ Carol Baskin merchandise and talk shows dedicated to one documentary: Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.

If you’re one of the millions who have watched this seven part documentary and you’ve endured the eighth instalment hosted by comedic actor Joel McHale, you’ve probably got itchy feet and are on the search for something as wildly dramatic and outright bizarre to binge on. Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the depths of the streaming sites to find you eight documentaries that are just as crazy as Tiger King, if not crazier.

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer 

Here’s another one with cats, only this time, they’re your everyday house cat. 

We aren’t talking about your favourite YouTube video of kittens curling up into balls of cuteness, we’re talking about the viral videos of a man abusing kittens and brutally murdering them. Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting An Internet Killer centres around one killer and the online manhunt of thousands looking to track him down. It’s heartbreaking, hair-raising and, at times, hard to watch, but you’ll be gripped from the get-go.

The Most Hated Family in America

Arguably one of Louis Theroux’s most beloved documentaries, The Most Hated Family in America is as outrageous as it sounds, and follows the insufferable Phelps family and the Westboro Baptist Church, set up and led by Fred Phelps and how they became to be one of the most hated families in America, if not the world. Since the 2007 documentary, Theroux has made two follow-up documentaries that are just as agonising to watch.

Stream on Netflix and BBC iplayer

Wild Wild Country 

We all have different ideas of our perfect utopia. For some it may be a tropical beachy island, while others find comfort on a mountain range. For Indian guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (Osho), however, he decided to build his utopian sanctuary in the Oregon desert. 

This Netflix documentary follows the upheaval caused by one man and his utopian dreams and the immense conflict brought about with local ranchers, leading to the first bioterror attack in America.

Three Identical Strangers 

Friends often joke about how they were separated at birth and that they’re really ‘twins’ because they’re so in sync, but imagine if that was your actual reality? Three Identical Strangers follows three individuals who, at the age of 19, discover they are actually identical triplets, while in the process unbury the truth surrounding their strange and frightening adoption.

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

If the storyline is anything as bizarre as the title, you’re in for one hell of a ride.

The Barkley Marathons aren’t your average marathon. Held in Frozen Head State Park, Tennessee, competitors can enter either the ‘fun run’ which is made up of 60 miles, or head on further for the full course accumulating of 100 miles in total. The worst part? It’s limited to a 60 hour period.

But why was one year so different? This documentary explores why in its first 25 years only 10 people actually finished the marathon. And if the title is a give away, you’ll know why that was…

Abducted in Plain Sight

Back in 1974, a young girl named Jan Broberg was abducted from a tight-knit church community in Idaho. The culprit? A close family friend and neighbour.

What you think is going to be a classic abduction story ends up involving aliens, the end of the world and messianic prophecies. Expect twists and turns around every corner as the story unravels and a lasting feeling of: who can you really trust?

Finders Keepers

What do you do when you find a miscellaneous foot in your barbecue? Turn it into an exhibition for all to view and enjoy, duh…

Find out how John Wood’s mummified leg ended up being found in Shannon Whisnant’s grill that she purchased from an old storage unit auction… It’s as odd as it sounds.

How did John Wood's leg end up being found in Shannon Whisnant's grill?

Project Nim

Sure, we’ve just found out that there’s more exotic tigers living as pets in America than there is in the wild, but a chimp as a pet? That’s just odd.

Project Nim follows a chimpanzee named Nim who was brought up and raised in a human home, as part of a study at Columbia University on animal language acquisition. Set out by Herbert S. Terrace, the study aimed to prove that a chimp could learn sign language if he/she was nurtured by humans and was brought up by one of the ‘family’. A lot of questions surrounding animal rights come into play here, should a chimp really be brought up as if they’re a human?