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Friendship Paradox, Skyquake Solved, Cow Cryptocurrency and More Mysterious News Briefly — June 14, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — June 14, 2021

Researchers at the University of Bradford in England found that naked mole rats (Heterocephalus glaber) have a unique DNA repair mechanism that enables them to prevent cancers and other degenerative conditions, including dementia – a discovery that could one day help humans. This could be a tough sell if it involves living in underground nudist colonies.

A viral TikTok video shows a man turning his head 180 degrees so he’s facing backward, before spinning it back to its proper place. If can spit pea soup at the same time, there’s a movie sequel in his future.

Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) developed a design for a directed-energy array to power a lightsail towing a nanocraft across vast distances in space, but it would require at least a million lasers working together. Space travel or hair removal – the choice is yours, taxpayers.

A farmer in northwest Wales is hoping to become rich by using a generator powered by cow manure to mine for Ethereum – the second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization after Bitcoin. Older cows who thing they deserve a percentage are calling it ‘farting for a farthing’.

A group of mathematicians has developed new equations to explain the “friendship paradox” – the theory that your friends are more popular than you – and found that popular people have popular friends, unpopular people have unpopular friends, and the end result is that your friends are about as popular as you are. This may not make you feel better about yourself, but the mathematicians do.

NASA has finally scheduled missions to put payloads on the far side of the Moon, with one purpose being to help find potential future destinations for Artemis astronauts. They want to make sure there’s no grass or lunatics on it.

The iconic “Doge” meme, which emerged online in 2013 and inspired the Dogecoin cryptocurrency, smashed the record for the most expensive meme nonfungible token (NFT) when it sold at auction for more than $4 million. The seller demanded Ethereum cryptocurrency just in case Elon Musk opened his big mouth again.

Archeologists are furious over the installation of new concrete pathway across much of the hill leading up to the Acropolis of Athens to make it more accessible to tourists. So far, the top meme describing the project is “Aw-crap-olis!”

That mysterious ‘skyquake’ heard in San Diego as well as other parts of California and Mexico last week may have been a sonic boom caused by an unidentified aircraft flying off the coast at 1,112 MPH (967 knots). Sadly, if it wasn’t a TicTac chasing a Navy warship, nobody cares anymore.

A 7,000-year-old clay impression discovered in Israel ‘s Beit She’an Valley may be a seal used to sign for deliveries in a time before writing in use. They didn’t have doorbells or Ring cameras either – how did they know they had a package?


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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