Dec 28, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Mysterious Mexican Monolith, Antarctic Kraken, ETs with Lasers and More Mysterious News Briefly — December 27, 2021

We couldn’t make it to the end of 2021 without a mysterious monolith story -- a Google Maps user claims to have spotted a mysterious 12-foot-tall obelisk and four markers lined up with it in the middle of the Mexican desert where a mini Washington Monument shouldn’t be. What would some quarantined people do without Google Maps?

Another Google Maps user claims to have spotted a 'Kraken' surrounded by crashing waves in the ocean near Antarctica but many who check it out think it’s just a blurred image of aptly named Deception Island. See comment above.

Two laser-detecting devices have been installed on the summit of Haleakalā in Hawai’i to scan the Pacific skies in hopes of detecting powerful laser pulses sent by an extraterrestrial civilization. If they find some, does it mean ETs like Pink Floyd too?

According to a new study, venomous snakes, lizards and mammals split off from non-venomous animals more than 300 million years ago when they all shared the same ancestor and the same salivary protein that became venom. You can’t get the venomous protein back no matter how many jalapenos you eat.

It’s the latest variation of Big Brother – the companies ShotSpotter and Airobotics have joined forces to develop drones that use acoustic sensors to detect gun shots and fly to the location to take videos before the police arrive. Are we ready for “C-S-Sky: Miami”?

Meteorologists have identified a new type of weather condition called ‘atmospheric lakes’ which occur only over the western Indian Ocean and flow towards Africa as compact, slow-moving, moisture-rich pools detached from the weather system that creates it. We saw Atmospheric Lake open for Yes.

Because people in Greenland had a relatively sugar-free diet for thousands of years, many lost the function of a key sucrose-processing enzyme and a new study found that children without it had severe reactions to sugar but also had high levels of a chemical called acetate which has been linked with lower appetites. How can one live in Greenland without ever eating sno-cones?

British robotics firm Engineered Arts unveiled a video of Ameca, the 'world's most advanced' and most realistic humanoid robot, that can be seen moving someone's hand out of the way when it gets into their 'personal space'. It may be named Ameca, but it’s not ameca-ble.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope was launched successfully and is on its way to the Sun-Earth Lagrange Point 2 (L2), about 930,000 miles (1.5 million km) from Earth in the Marsward (not sunward) direction where it will hopefully one day operate at around minus 370 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 225 degrees Celsius). Frosty the scope, man.

In what could be the scariest tweet ever, CCTV footage in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows a security guard walking in the rain holding an umbrella taking a direct hit by lightning and surviving after four days of treatment with only burns on his hands. No news on the umbrella until authorities locate its next of kin.

Paul Seaburn
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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