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Silver Jackalopes, Headless Bigfoot, Electric Bacteria and More Mysterious News Briefly — September 3, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — September 3, 2021

Archeologists digging in the ruins of the Nunnery, one of the most well-preserved Roman forts in the British Isles, found a Nazi bunker built there during the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands off the coast of Normandy – making this occupation Germany’s only successful seizure of British territory during World War II. No nuns were harmed in the making of this bunker.

A lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) at Australia’s Taronga Zoo in Sydney named Echo has learned to perfectly mimic the wails of a crying human infant. There goes its chances of ever taking a trip by plane.

Osborne Mint, the oldest privately owned and operated mint in America, has released a pure silver commemorative coin honoring the Jackalope – the second cryptid, joining the Yeti, in its Cryptid Creatures Collection. Whatever it costs, finding a real Jackalope would be worth more.

A new species of dragon-like wood lizard (Enyalioides feiruzae) was recently confirmed from the premontane forest of the Huallaga river basin in the Andes of central Peru, which may hold the only protected population of the lizards. Maybe they should move to Florida where iguanas are thriving so well they’re falling from trees.

The Hubble Space Telescope has captured a photo of twin jets of superheated ionized gas that appear to be penetrating are cloud of leftover dust and gas surrounding a protostar, creates an uncommon celestial sight known as a Herbig-Haro object that romantic astronomers describe as a flaming blue sword piercing a giant cosmic heart. They need to get out more.

Residents of Benson in northern Utah are raising money to repair a beloved wooden Bigfoot that was decapitated by vandals – the family who owns it likes to dress it up and move it around town to cheer people up. Have they checked the area for Sasquatch-fearing termites?

A 23-year-old student in Germany can do something once thought impossible for humans – he can shrink and enlarge his pupils on demand by directly controlling them like a muscle … something that makes a great party trick and helps him when playing video games for long periods. Probably makes eye exams a lot more interesting too.

Archaeologists in the northern part of the City of David in Jerusalem’s Old City found a 2,700-year-old weight used to cheat customers because it was marked as two gerah, which equals 0.944 grams, but actually weighs at least 3.61 grams. What would prove it is the skeleton of a butcher bludgeoned to death with a lamb shank.

A team of researchers in woods materials science in Switzerland may have solved the world’s energy problems with their new invention — wooden floors with a silicone coating and embedded nanocrystals connected to a nanogenerator that turns footsteps into enough electricity to power LED lightbulbs and small electronics. Forget solar panels and windmills – teach more people how to Irish step dance.

A bizarre bacteria living deep beneath the seabed ‘exhales’ electricity through skinny snorkels containing nanowires connected to two proteins and scientists have now discovered the bacteria’s ‘on-off switch’ which could help develop new technologies like microbe-powered batteries and better medical treatments for bacterial infections. Forget electric wooden floors (see above) – we need more dirty pond water.

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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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