Mysterious News Briefly — May 10, 2021
Romania’s Bran Castle, widely believed to be the inspiration for the home of Dracula, held a vaccination drive and gave anyone showing up for a jab a free tour of the torture chamber. A request for two jabs to the neck got you an invite to come back after dark.
In its latest flight, NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flew one-way to its new location 423 feet (129 meters) south of the Perseverance rover, reaching a record altitude of 33 feet (10 meters) and taking high-resolution color images of Mars along the way. Somewhere in the afterlife, Orville Wright rooted for Ingenuity while Wilbur thought more credit should go to Perseverance who had to stay behind and watch.
Reginald Haupt, Jr., a former criminal defense lawyer known as “Bubba,” claims that 1960s era labor leader Jimmy Hoffa, missing since 1975, is buried at the Savannah Inn and Golf Country Club in Georgia under a spot where members of the mob stop to urinate. If investigators dig up two bodies and aren’t sure which is Hoffa, look for the hole in one.
Melting glaciers in the Italian Alps are revealing artifacts from Austro-Hungarian soldiers fighting in World War I during the so-called White War of the Alps, including weapons, lamps, eating utensils and corpses. Who wants to break the news to them that the War to End All Wars didn’t?
Marine biologists studying juvenile great white sharks discovered they have their own ‘training grounds’ in South Africa’s Mossel Bay where they can safely hone their hunting skills away from adult rivals. You can tell they’re juveniles because the bay is a mess.
Believe it or not, a hot new diet trend is eating raw meat that has been rotting for months – apparently the resulting weight loss is caused by explosive vomiting and diarrhea lasting several days. It’s said to taste just like the stuff Mom used to make to kill her ex-husbands.
An Austrian company has unveiled smart shoes that use ultrasonic sensors to help people with blindness or severe vision impairment to detect obstacles up to four meters away and move to avoid them. No, there’s no app for your cellphone.
Neuroscientists have developed a memory-editing technique called decoded neurofeedback which uses an electromagnetic scanner connected to an AI learning machine that maps which areas of the brain are active when particular memories are stimulated, allowing the AI to then train the person to eliminate the memories. What could possibly go … what was I thinking?
Climate change has dropped the level of Mexico’s Purisma Lake so much that the 18th century Temple of the Virgin Dolores, long hidden underwater, is completely visible for the first time since 1979. Sounds like the perfect place to bring those biblical stories about fishing to life.
Researchers at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory say new evidence shows volcanic activity on Mars as recently as 50,000 years ago and those volcanoes may still be active. “Take me with you,” begged Perseverance to Integrity after hearing the news.