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Enchanted Dolls, Space Insults, Ghostbusters Teaser and More Mysterious News Briefly — August 11, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — August 11, 2021

Ghostbusters fans looking for a good sign … here it is: a new line of official toys from Hasbro includes three action figures of Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Raymond Stantz and Winston Zeddemore wearing their Ghostbusters uniforms, which means there’s a good possibility they’ll be making more than cameo appearances in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.” Fans of the original slime are still waiting hopefully.

Scientists from the University of Hull studying the combined impact of climate change, plastic and other molecules on marine species found that a plastic additive called oleamide – known to be a sex pheromone for certain species of insects – is having the same effect on hermit crabs. Now female hermit crabs know why their dates prefer takeout in a plastic bag.

A team of scientists from Russia, China, Germany, the United States and Sweden exposed carbon molecules known as buckminsterfullerenes to high pressures that exceeded atmospheric values by more than 245,000 times, then heated them to above 1.1 thousand degrees Celsius and created the world’s hardest glass. It put a damper on the celebration when they couldn’t smash their champagne bottles because they were made from the stuff.

New research found that dolphins, whales and porpoises all having blowholes that go through three phases of growth as embryos where the blowholes start on the roof of the mouth, move to the snout and then end up on the top of their heads. If these highly intelligent creatures could talk, they’d probably want them made smaller and moved to a different location.

If you’ve ever wondered what you would do with an extra finger, six pianists and six non-piano players were fitted with extra robotic thumbs next to their pinkie fingers and all adapted to them in an hour and used them for both familiar and unfamiliar tasks. This could be the start of a whole new set of obscene gestures.

Not all crocodile ancestors were monsters – a new species discovered in Chile that roamed Earth during the Late Jurassic epoch some 148 million years ago was only 27.5 inches (70 cm) long. The tiny lizard is called Burkesuchus mallingrandensis, but dinosaurs probably preferred croco-nuggets.

According to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, people with greater trust in science are generally less likely to believe misinformation, but when that misinformation is presented with scientific-sounding content to back it up, they become more easily duped by it. How do we know if THIS study is real or fake?

The legendary 2,500-year-old Evian olive tree on the Greek island of Evia has been tragically destroyed by the wildfires surging across Greece. As the say in the olive world — that’s really the pits.

After numerous delays in Boeing’s quest to transport astronauts into orbit as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program, including 13 valves in its Starliner’s propulsion system failing to properly open during a preflight test, Russia’s space agency Roscosmos is mocking the  company by offering to help fix the broken rocket. Watch for Boeing planes to start unexpectedly dropping blocks of frozen blue wastewater over Russian cities.

Police in Erongo, Namibia, are warning criminals that ‘witchcraft’ and ‘good-luck’ dolls they’re buying from witch doctors under the pretenses that they will protect them from getting arrested don’t work – the evidence includes the pile of dolls outside of the jail that were taken from arrested criminals. Don’t believe the witch doctors who say that’s because you didn’t buy the extra Ken good-luck doll and the witch doll dream house.

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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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