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Cave Ghosts, Monster Hunt, Billionaire Space Race and More Mysterious News Briefly — July 5, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — July 5, 2021

Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, has launched into the lead in the ‘first billionaire sending himself into space’ race with his official announcement that he will fly into space aboard his company’s VSS Unity rocketplane on July 11 for an up-and-down test flight, beating Amazon-founder and rival Jeff Bezos into sub-orbital space by nine days. Elon Musk is suspiciously silent – has he snuck onboard one of his own ships and is getting ready to reveal the video?

The latest Bigfoot video making the TikTok rounds shows a man driving an ATV while a friend briefly catches something that looks like Bigfoot running in the woods to his left. Even the Bigfoot in the insurance commercial is facepalming this one.

The author of a new book, “Water Horse of Lake Champlain: The Search” detailing her decade-long quest to find the Lake Champlain monster, has a new boat and is back on the lake looking for the elusive monster. Will she find it right away or after the last boat payment?

Elon Musk blamed the state of the world on the parasitic disease Toxoplasmosis in a tweet explaining how it infects rats, then cats, then humans who make cat videos, then the AI that trains on Internet cat videos. This news comes courtesy of those wondering why so many still listen to this guy.

Combined data from three NASA satellites have produced a long-term record that reveals the mesosphere, the layer of the atmosphere 30 to 50 miles above the surface, is cooling and contracting in response to rising human-made greenhouse gas emissions. Is this why so many politicians hate passing NASA budgets?

For the first time, scientists have found a new species – a 230-million-year-old beetle named Triamyxa coprolithica – in a hunk of fossilized dinosaur feces, also known as coprolites, which kept the beetle whole and remarkably intact. It’s so complete, you can see the face the beetle made when it realized where it was.

Two ghost hunters exploring the 300-year-old Carnglaze Caverns in Liskeard, Cornwall, claim they caught a couple of ghosts on video before hearing a sinister voice come out of nowhere and tell them to ‘get out’. Apparently, ghosts aren’t happy tourists are back and maskless.

While the recent Pentagon UAP report promised to increase investigations into UFOs buzzing Navy ships and pilots, the UK announced it has no plans for similar investigations because there has been no indication of “the existence of any military threat.” So why is the queen wearing even bigger hats?

For those still unimpressed by cows, scientists found that microbes living in the stomachs of our favorite ruminants can break down certain kinds of plastic, including the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) used in soda bottles, food packaging, and synthetic fabrics. Another reason to eat more chicken?

Researchers studying ancient sediments found deep beneath Antarctic ice discovered microbes feasting on crushed rocks in a subglacial lake. To be on the safe side, Antarctic scientists may want to switch to plastic floors.

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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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