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Mini Michelangelo, Handstanding Skunks, Molecular Cameras and More Mysterious News Briefly — September 6, 2021

The Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center in Missouri threw a “sweet 16” birthday party for a two-headed black rat snake that has managed to defy the odds and live to that ripe old age. Who knew how to bake a rat cake?

Doctors who specialize in Tourette’s Syndrome and other tic disorders have seen an uptick in tics in young people aged 12 to 25 years (almost exclusively girls and women) due to the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic and spending too much time on TikTok. It’s a tic-ing time bomb.

University of Cambridge scientists invented a molecule-sized “camera” made of gold nanoparticles, semiconductor nanocrystals called quantum dots and a molecular glue which they use to observe chemical reactions in real-time. The conspiracy theories about molecular cameras will begin in 3-2-1 …

Villagers in Sangeh on the resort island of Bali are wondering who to call to deal with the sacred  gray long-tailed macaques that have been raiding their homes for food now that the Covid pandemic has eliminated tourists feeding them at their sanctuary. Have they considered giving them cash and a Costco card?

According to a new study, the process of creating Bitcoin consumes around 91 terawatt-hours of electricity annually, more than is used by Finland, a nation of about 5.5 million, and almost half-a-percent of all the electricity consumed in the world. That sound you hear is aliens monitoring the Earth slapping their giant foreheads with their tiny hands.

Three leather shoes and slippers that were found in Michelangelo’s home after his death and are thought to have belonged to the Renaissance artist were used to estimate their owner’s size and show the art world giant was physically a mere 5 feet 2 inches (1.6 meters) tall. A life-changing day for little Mick was probably the day he learned how to build a scaffold instead of using a brush on a really long stick.

The Ministry of Antiquities in Cairo has discovered a 2,200-year-old alabaster statue of Alexander the Great in what was an ancient “residential and commercial zone” in Alexandria during the Ptolemaic period. Back then, the ‘e’ in eBay stood for Egypt.

Researchers from the University of Utah, Drexel University, Northeastern University and the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute identified a new genus and species of worm-like clam which they called Lithoredo abatanica that looks like a wood-eating shipworm but actually consumes solid carbonate limestone. Sounds like the perfect bait for fishermen looking for a worm and sinker in one package.

A landscape photographer in the Philippines accidentally captured an image of what experts believe is a super-secret stealth flying wing aircraft with a diamond-shaped fuselage and slender wings, a centralized exhaust, twin engines, and a ventral fuselage known as the so-called RQ-180 Sentinel high-altitude, long-endurance, very low-observable drone. Its flight across the sky took less time than it does to describe it.

A team of scientists has identified three new species of spotted skunks whose other characteristic unique from other skunks is that they do a handstand and spray their target while upside down. Why is this not on America’s Got Talent?

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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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