May 22, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

UFO vs. Drone, Cicada Rats, Mach 17 Planes and More Mysterious News Briefly — May 21, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — May 21, 2021

A man in Nerang on Australia’s Gold Coast claims the footage taken by his drone as it was mysteriously knocked out of the sky shows a car-sized UFO rising from the ground to attack it. It’s sad to see ETs on Earth adapting to the ways of humans – they’ll probably go to court and claim they were threatened.

Florida researchers have finally determined that the colony of monkeys living in urban South Florida near an airport escaped from the Dania Chimpanzee Farm in 1948, with a few evading recapture and living in a mangrove swamp ever since. That doesn’t make them native Floridians until they start complaining about Spring Break-ers ruining the state.

The Third Thumb experiment, in which 36 people were fitted with a robotic third thumb, found that the brains of the wearers quickly adapted to the new appendage and used them to flip pages of a book, holding a banana while peeling it, open a bottle one-handed and perform other tasks. The only problem was a sudden desire to have a second nose to thumb at annoying people.

A new study found that people hate the sound of their recorded voice because it follows a different path to the ear and they don’t like dealing with the reality that the recording is how others hear them. Worse news – karaoke machines don’t like how you sound either.

The arrival of the cicadas just got worse – experts say they’re a favorite food of rodents so expect a rat population explosion soon after they wake up. Don’t expect cats to help because they’ve got their paws over their ears to block out that annoying cicada chirp.

From the “Did you know?” file comes word that the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and 1972 Liability Convention – both adopted by the United Nations – say that countries are internationally responsible and liable for any damage caused by falling space junk, even if the damage was caused by a private company from that country. Elon Musk hopes you’ll take a Tesla or Dogecoin.

The largest piece of coprolite – fossilized human poo – ever found is currently on display at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York because the 20 cm (7.8 inch) long by 5 cm (2 inch) wide turd was found in York and dates back to the 9th century, making it a Viking deposit. Sign of a good Viking – he knew dropping that onboard might have sunk his ship.

Delft University of Technology researchers are working with the ESA on a plan to dig tunnels on Mars and excavate building materials using a group of swarming subterranean robots. Some band just changed its name from The Martian Moles to The Swarming Subterranean Robots.

University of Central Florida engineers have designed a prototype engine with a unique new propulsion technology that stabilizes explosive detonations and then uses their shockwaves to provide hypersonic propulsion to an aircraft, allowing it to reach Mach 17 – a speed that would get a plane from New York to Los Angeles in under half an hour. “Hurry up,” said flight attendants tired of pushing drink carts.

Sleep researchers believe sleep is needed to give the brain a rest, but a new study found that  hydras – tiny creatures consisting of a foot and a mouth but no brain – fall asleep without one. If your spouse calls you a hydra, it’s not a compliment.

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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