Mysterious News Briefly — August 18, 2021
National Park Service biologists in North Carolina discovered a rare two-headed baby turtle while checking on sea turtle nests at Cape Hatteras National Seashore the Outer Banks. Two heads are better than one – unless you‘re trying to hide from biologists.
As a way of preserving the smells of Europe, ODEUROPA has become the first pan-European initiative to use artificial intelligence to create a library of historic aromas going back to the 17th and 18th centuries. We’ve seen the Monty Python movies – do we really want to smell that?
Your experience may prove otherwise, but a new study published in the Journal of Operations Management found that live service center agents can outperform technology when handling help desk and customer service calls. It’s true – have you ever tried convincing a computer to let you talk to their manager?
Call the galactic EMS – astronomers discovered a previously unrecognized contingent of young stars and gas clouds sticking out of one of the Milky Way's spiral arms at an awkward angle that makes it look like it’s broken. Can the handle of the Big Dipper be used as a splint?
Researchers at Texas A&M University studying instruments crafted by the renowned violin maker Antonio Stradivari and others proved that their unique sound is the result of them being treated with chemicals and for the first time identified them -- borax, zinc, copper, alum and lime water. Before you get any ideas, soaking your guitar in lime water and 20 Mule Team Borax won’t help – you need to practice more.
Uh-oh – astrophysicist and satellite tracker Jonathan McDowell at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics discovered that the March 2021 breakup of China’s Yunhai 1-02 military satellite was caused by a collision with a piece of debris between 4 inches and 20 inches wide from the Zenit-2 rocket that launched Russia's Tselina-2 spy satellite in September 1996. If Mad magazine were still around, this would be parodied as a Spy vs. Spy Satellite cartoon.
Wildlife officials at Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve report the birth of an extremely rare spotted zebra, whose condition is caused by a genetic disorder called pseudo-melanism. Forget ‘born to be wild’ – this cute baby was born to be memed.
A home security camera in Virginia Beach, Virginia recorded a large fish falling from the sky onto the roof of a parked car, then bouncing onto the ground – causing some to blame a bird while others saw this as a Fortean phenomena. Let’s hope their insurance covers acts of ‘cod’.
A woman in Singapore posted a video of a spinning wheel exercise device spinning on its own in her outdoor workout area and the person shooting the video blamed it on an exercising ghost. Oh no – did Richard Simmons die?
Residents of the Canary Wharf area of London are baffled by a mysterious flashing light that appeared to be coming from below the River Thames, with some blaming a submarine, a few thinking it’s an unidentified submersible object filled with aliens, and most saying it’s a reflection of a traffic light. How about avenging fish looking for the chip shop that fried their brother?