Apr 28, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

NFL Bigfoot, QR Codes in Space, Working Hoverboards and More Mysterious News Briefly — April 27, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — April 27, 2021

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked in an interview about his recent revelation that he and his wife had a UFO encounter this year in Texas and he added a new wrinkle when he said, “I'm a firm believer in UFOs and Sasquatch." Is this a hint as to who the Browns may draft this year at tight end?

It’s not red and it’s called a ‘sea’ but scientists using high-resolution seafloor maps and chemical investigations of rock samples plus gravity and earthquake data have concluded that the Red Sea may actually be a mature ocean that once stretched from Africa to the Arabian Peninsula. “That makes me even more impressive,” thought Moses somewhere in the afterlife.

British marine archaeologist Dr. Sean Kingsley claims he’s found enough evidence to not only prove the existence of the biblical King Solomon but to also show that Solomon was possibly the world’s first shipping magnate who funded voyages carried out by ships belonging to the Phoenician king Hiram. Solomon was probably wise enough to not board the ships himself so no one ever saw him get seasick.

Bilibili, a Chinese video-streaming platform, celebrated the first anniversary of the Chinese release of the Japanese video game Princess Connect! Re:Dive by flying 1,500 drones to form the image of a QR code that was actually scannable, taking users to the game’s website. That slapping sound you hear is astronomers face-palming.

Professor Moriba Jah, an aerospace engineer at the University of Texas, has developed AstriaGraph, a map that reports in near real time where large space junk objects are, and has identified around 200 of what he calls “super-spreader” events – discarded rocket bodies he describes as “time bombs” because they could explode or be hit by some object that makes them break into thousands of pieces. “Time Bombs in Space” is either the title of a space thriller movie or a recruiting video for Space Force.

Ukrainian officials want to turn Chernobyl, the site of the deadliest nuclear accident of all time, into a World Heritage site that would place it in the same category as Stonehenge, Beijing's Forbidden City and the Easter Island statues in Rapa Nui. Get ready for souvenir T-shirts that read, “My parents went to Chernobyl and all I got was this lousy radioactive glowing T-shirt.”

The East Asian jumping worm, Amynthas spp, was believed to have been brought into the U.S. as fishing bait in 2013 and has already spread to at least 15 mostly Midwestern states where no one actually uses them for bait because they get their name from their tendency to thrash wildly when handled. American earthworms are hoping to learn this before the jumping worms are exterminated.

Konya Provine, better known as Turkey’s breadbasket because it’s covered in massive wheatfields, is slowly disappearing as at 660 huge and very deep sinkholes have opened because so much irrigation water has been taken from the underground aquifer. Konya may have to change its nickname to ‘Turkey’s sponge’ or ‘Warm Siberia’.

No CGI was needed when Omni Hoverboards released a video of a man riding its latest electrical hoverboard down a busy street filled with stoplights, apartment buildings, restaurants and traffic. For $20,000 you can be Marty McFly … or for far less you can buy a used DeLorean and be Doc Brown.

Caltech scientists studying fruit flies have determined that they can fly up to 15 kilometers (about 9 miles) in a single one-day trip – which is 6 million times their body length or the equivalent of over 10,000 kilometers for the average human. As usual, it’s far less if the swarm includes kids constantly wanting to know when they’re going to get where they’re going.

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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