Mysterious News Briefly — August 27, 2021
A Seattle software company has developed an AI-powered program that allows lawyers to dig deep into litigation documents to automatically spot misrepresentations. Get ready for a new show called “Law & Order: CPU.”
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos skipped the second Blue Origin suborbital flight since he took his and instead turned the capsule into a space art exhibit by allowing Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo to paint three portraits on the capsule’s main chute covers – his mother, the mother of a friend and himself. Guess we know what some people are getting for Christmas.
A new study found that some female white-necked Jacobin hummingbirds in Panama fight off harassment from male hummingbirds during feeding by developing the same brightly colored feathers as males. The next trick in this ruse will be to slow down their wing flapping enough to give high-fives.
If you thought Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket looked like a certain sex toy, you can now fulfill your strange fantasies with a scaled-down 1/66th size model of one that’s an actual model rocket capable of launching up to 400 feet in the air. And if you don’t think the company making it has this in mind, the price is $69.
In other space billionaire news, an alleged email leak appears to show SpaceX competitor United Launch Alliance plotting to spread damaging conspiracy theories about SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. This is bad if the conspiracy theories are worse than the ones Musk himself spreads.
Octopuses may be intelligent and possibly from another planet, but new research found that they don’t like each other — a team of scientists from the University of Sydney studied videos of common Sydney octopuses (Octopus tetricus) and saw them “throwing” shells, silt, and other seafloor litter at each other. Is it a fight, a game or some kind of strange foreplay? (Asking for a friend thinking about buying an aquarium.)
A video of a strange UFO in the skies over the Canadian town of Mississauga near Toronto on Lake Ontario has been solved – it was a Mr. Peanut hot-air balloon floating too far away to be identified. Not surprisingly, people who thought it was an alien spaceship had some ‘salty’ words to say.
Another mystery from the 79 CE eruption of Mount Vesuvius — bones of victims found in the nearby town of Herculaneum show that the men there ate more cereals and seafood, while the women ate more eggs, dairy, and meat from land animals for reasons not yet known. This obviously predates women saying, “I’m not hungry – I’ll just nibble off of your plate.”
The United States Space Force has unveiled its new “Guardians Wanted” recruiting campaign with a video on YouTube touting the reasons why young people should join the nation’s newest military branch. That beats the rejected slogan, “It’s not just a job – we’re not sure what it is yet but the uniforms are cool.
Scientists in South America discovered the tiny skull of a lizard-like creature (Taytalura alcoberi) “profusely ornamented” with features that suggest it’s the missing link that gave rise to all living lizards and snakes. Wouldn’t that make it the missing ‘skink’?