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Rocket Mail, World’s Oldest Water, NASA Studies UFOs and More Mysterious News Briefly — June 7, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — June 7, 2021

Bill Nelson, the former Florida senator and spaceflight veteran who is the new head of NASA, says the organization is jumping on the bandwagon and will begin studying UFOs. Moon landing deniers are already looking for the movie studio where NASA will fake UFO films.

Archeologists say ancient ornaments composed of elk teeth were suspended from clothing to make a loud rattling noise when moving and may have been used by Stone Age humans to create mesmerizing sounds while they danced. We saw Elk Teeth open for Spooky Tooth.

A new study found that the temperature in central East Antarctica during the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago was actually a few degrees warmer than once thought. We may be forced to change the name from Ice Age to Age of the Sweating Penguins.

Archaeologists hoping a sealed wooden box found in a thawing glacier in Norway would contain ancient Viking artifacts were disappointed to discover it contained a single beeswax candle dating to just 400 years ago. They weren’t as disappointed as the person 400 years ago who was hoping his birthday present was warm mittens.

Water found in an ancient pool below Canada in 2016 has been dated to at least 2 billion years ago, making it the oldest water ever discovered. It also may be the only water in Canada that was never fished or turned into a hockey rink.

Researchers at Durham University found that people can learn echolocation is as few as 10 weeks, allowing them to navigate around obstacles like bats by listening to the echoes of their finger snaps. Listening for finger snaps also leads to some really cool jazz clubs.

If your pupils look unusually large, researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology say it’s a sign you are smarter than average, with greater attention control, fluid intelligence and working memory capacity than most people. Eye drops which dilate pupils don’t make one smarter – as evidenced by the number of people leaving the eye doctor’s office and driving without sunglasses.

El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele plans to introduce legislation that will make it the world’s first sovereign nation to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. If you live in El Salvador, you may have a long wait before Elon Musk lets you buy a ticket for his Mars ship.

Despite the fact that rocket mail delivery has never caught on despite many attempts around the world, the U.S. Air Force announced it has requested $47.9 million for a new Rocket Cargo project that would deliver air cargo anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes. If Congress doesn’t pass the budget request, perhaps Domino’s or FedEx will make up the difference.

A new paper by New Zealand researchers suggests that Māori sailors visited Antarctica at least 1,000 years before the first Europeans. They probably left after seeing Antarctica didn’t have a rugby team.

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