Apr 03, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Man-Eating Cats, Whipping Octopuses, Fenn Treasure Hunt and More Mysterious News Briefly — April 2, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — April 2, 2021

Microsoft signed a $21.88 billion contract to deliver the U.S. Army more than 120,000 devices based on its HoloLens augmented reality headset that will allow soldiers to fight, rehearse, and train using a single platform. Not to mention be unstoppable game players once they retire from the military.

A man swimming at a West Australia beach claims he was "whipped" by an octopus that lunged at him, leaving him with red marks across his neck and upper back. Octopuses may have big brains, but not big enough to comprehend the concept of ‘safe word’.

For those wondering what Saturn’s moon Enceladus is like, a new theory suggests the ocean underneath its 12-miles-thick ice surface may have currents very similar to those around Antarctica. Elon Musk – tell your engineers they’d better boost the SpaceX heater.

The Fenn Treasure has been found and Forest Fenn has passed on to the great hunt in the sky, but the saga lives on as a Utah man arrested for illegally digging in Yellowstone National Park’s  Fort Yellowstone cemetery in late 2019 and early 2020 was sentenced to six months in federal prison and ordered to pay $31,566 in restitution. At least his cellmate won’t be asking him to help find an escape tunnel.

The Psychedelic Research Group at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, is recruiting trial therapists to test MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD does not include stress over not fitting into any office clothes after a year of working at home.

A recent study confirmed that cats will definitely eat their owners if they die without leaving their cats any food, and felines prefer to start with the face. Dogs will do it too, but at least they show some appreciation.

A woman in England became pregnant while already pregnant and gave birth to twins conceived three weeks apart – a rare medical occurrence where two fertilized eggs are implanted in the uterus at different times known as "superfetation." This is one of those times when twins wear their own hand-me-downs.

Harvard University has canceled a controversial project called Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx) whose purpose was to release weather balloons high in the stratosphere and spread small particles in an attempt to geoengineer an end to climate change. The particles are now available for anyone resuming parades after the pandemic shutdown.

Virgin Galactic unveiled the VSS Imagine spaceship that will one day take private citizens on up to 400 commercial flights per year. The spaceship is so gorgeous, a ground-only version could easily make Elon Musk worried about the futures of both SpaceX AND Tesla.

Egyptian vultures in Eastern Europe and the Middle East are dying in record numbers and new research indicates the causes are human-created -- electrocution, collision with energy infrastructures, direct persecution or poisoning. We need to fix this before the main cause of traffic jams is piles of dead squirrels.

Paul Seaburn

Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious.

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