Mysterious News Briefly — June 2, 2021
A new study found that elephants can dilate their nostrils to increase the volume by 60%, and can inhale at speeds over 492 feet per second (150 meters per second or 340 miles per hour), almost 30 times the speed of a human sneeze. And that’s how rings disappear when you feed them peanuts.
In a recent interview, Elon Musk claimed that his Neuralink chip implants could eliminate the need for human language in just five to ten years. Not a bad idea … if it means not having to listen to Elon anymore.
A team of astronomers at Caltech studying exoplanets and their solar systems found that they are surprisingly like our own, with some giant exoplanets as far away from their stars as Jupiter and Saturn are from the Sun in our own. If we’re not special, there goes convincing aliens to buy our souvenirs.
New fossil records show that New Zealand’s rare, highly endangered alpine parrots known as Keas – the world’s only mountain parrots -- once lived all over the country but may have moved to the mountains to avoid people. Give them enough frozen crackers and they may start to talk about it.
Some 5,000-year-old prehistoric deer carvings have been discovered for the first time in Scotland inside Kilmartin Glen’s Dunchraigaig Cairn. A real find would be carvings of prehistoric Scottish men tossing the deer in the world’s first Highland Games.
Remains found in a 3rd century cemetery in Somersham, Cambridgeshire, show over 33% of the bodies were decapitated and were probably soldiers or slaves who became victims of Roman military executions. Either that or they made the mistake of saying chips were better than pizza.
Tesla has enabled the in-car camera in its Model 3 and Model Y vehicles to monitor drivers’ inattentiveness when its Autopilot advanced driver assistance system is being used. Drivers like it but backseat drivers don’t like losing their jobs.
Another video taken on board the USS Omaha in 2019 has been released and this one shows a six-foot in diameter spheroid transmedium UFO which traveled alongside the Omaha for about an hour. Who was more bored – midshipmen or aliens?
Ukrainian polar explorers witnessed an unusual Fata Morgana in the Southern Ocean – instead of a ship, they saw giant icebergs that seemed to float in the air above the surface of the water. Or was it caused by an intelligent penguin doing a David Copperfield impression?
Italian artist Salvatore Garau sold an invisible statue for 15,000 euros ($18,250) – the only visible sign of its existence is a certificate of guarantee which attests to its authenticity. That thunder you hear is the sound of the spirits of da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli and other great artists facepalming.