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Ironic Lightning, Electrical Volcanoes, Brainy Flies and More Mysterious News Briefly — July 6, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — July 6, 2021

Experts are warning that ticks are on the rise and poison ivy may be more abundant this year due to the U.S. becoming warmer because of climate change. The Tick and Poison Ivy wish to remind you that it’s not their fault.

A large fire broke out at a coffin factory in Northern Ireland with firefighters suspecting the building may have been struck by lightning. Did a new worker accidentally stack them upside down?

Researchers from Ernst Federal Science Center for Animal Husbandry at Russia’s Moscow State University produced that country’s first viable cloned calf as a way to create gene-edited cows with hypoallergenic milk for the lactose intolerant. “What could possibly go wrong?” ads coming soon from the makers of almond, soy and oat milk.

Before you swat that fly, researchers at Yale University want you to know that these insects’ tiny brains actually make decisions over what food they eat based not just on taste and hunger but on whether they need higher or lower calorie foods because of their activity levels. OK, NOW swat it.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has classified the biomass of C. reinhardtii – green algae — safe for human consumption and studies show that it may help promote gut health, weight loss and a reduction in inflammation. Get the powdered stuff – green pond water only helps fish and frogs.

A 17th century illustrated map drawn by Danish physician and antiquarian Ole Worm is helping modern archeologists find the graves of Vikings and their ships in Kalvestene, a Viking cremation and burial site on the small Danish island of Hjarnø. Ole Worm was short for Olaus Wormius and not his porn name.

Japanese seismologists studying 97 explosions at the Sakurajima volcano since June 2015 discovered the eruptions produced mysterious, unseen surges of electrical activity early in their lifespan – now they need to figure out ways to use them to warn of impending eruptions. First they have to filter out the mysterious electrical activity from fools standing at the edge of the crater taking selfies.

Moveable theater props and three stone tracks used for a moveable stage were discovered at the 2,000-year-old ancient Greek Messene Theater in the Peloponnese region of southern Greece. Was it so the actors could hide after performing an ancient Greek version of ‘Cats’?

A new species of carnivorous land snail (Perrottetia rajeshgopali) discovered in India is a hermaphrodite with hooks in its penis but none in its vagina or atrium. If you’re already carnivorous, are hooks really necessary or just kinky?

A behavioral biologist searching for tadpoles in a pool of water in Australia’s Watagan Mountains accidentally discovered a new species of water beetle that actually walks on the underside of the surface of the pond. If it bites a human, will we get a new rival for Spider Man?

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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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