Jul 21, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Donut Universe, Drunk Droning, UFO Speed Calculated and More Mysterious News Briefly — July 20, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — July 20, 2021

The UFO Travel Calculator from the Omni Calculator Project has calculated the size and speed of the famous Tic Tac UFOs encountered by military pilots – they’re estimated to weigh more than 47,000 pounds (21,320 kg) with a span of 44.6 ft (13.6 m) and a speed of more than 11,800 mph, which would allow one to travel from London to San Francisco (5,351 miles) in 27 minutes. What would really be interesting is calculating how fast their flight attendants can serve drinks and pick up the empty cups.

A new study of ‘little’ black holes by an international team of astronomers using the Event Horizon Telescope found that they behave much like their supermassive big brothers, spewing mini jets of matter into space. Little black holes probably feel the same way as Indiana Jones – “Don’t call me Junior!”

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to yak poop (you need to get out more), a new study reveals that the Plateau pikas -- small, rabbit-like animals often compared to Pokémon’s Pikachu character – eat them to help survive the cold Himalayan winters. “They’re NOT Pikachus!” said Pikachu.

Magic mushroom fans rejoice -- a new study by Yale researchers found that a single dose of psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic ‘shrooms, given to mice prompted an immediate and long-lasting increase in connections between neurons in their brains. Not to mention some really cool new ideas about cheesemaking.

Astrophysicists from the University of Lyon in France propose that the universe is closed in on itself in all three dimensions like a three-dimensional donut, which would make it finite and allow a space traveler to head off in one direction and eventually end up back in the same spot. Are scientists who disagree with the universal donut theory called ‘sprinkles’?

Italian scientists have opened Nemo’s Garden -- the world's first underwater farm – and it is now producing crops of basil, tomatoes, squash, beans, green peas, mushrooms and more. That explains the mermaids swimming outside the windows with topless pizzas.

In a real-life scene straight out of Battle Bots, an Ocado grocery customer fulfillment center south of London that’s run by autonomous robots had to be partially shut down when three robots collided, causing a fire to break out. The bots exchanged insurance information and went looking for a combination ER/body shop.

In the first incident of this kind in Japan, a 56-year-old man was arrested for violating a new law against flying a drone while intoxicated after he crashed his into a neighbor’s window. Watch for drone makers to branch off into alcohol-free saké microbreweries.

An international team of researchers analyzed wild pig populations around the world and found they are uprooting carbon trapped in soil and releasing around 4.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide annually across the globe, the equivalent of 1.1 million cars. Possible solution – hickory-smoked wild pig bacon.

Scientists at UC Berkeley developed the world’s thinnest magnet that is able to operate at room temperature and could lead to new applications in computing and electronics such as high-density, compact spintronic memory devices. It will also be a lifesaver for people living in tiny houses with mini-refrigerators.

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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