Dec 29, 2021 I Paul Seaburn

Swaying Matterhorn, AI Lawyer, The Man Who Never Was and More Mysterious News Briefly — December 28, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — December 28, 2021

A new study in the scientific journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters confirms that the Matterhorn, one of the highest mountains in the Alps, oscillates forward and then backward every two seconds – a movement linked to provoked by seismic activity as well as human activities. Synchronized rocking chairs?

Archeologists in Sicily found traces of a lost World War II American B-25 heavy bomber shot down in 1943, and it contains possible human remains that the Pentagon's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency hopes to identify and notify their families. Wars are too easy to start and they never end.

An anonymous witness claims to have video of legendary 'Black Cat of Tynedale' taken in the Allen Valleys, a remote region of Northumberland, but the distance makes it hard to determine the size of the cat. Isn’t it time Apple addressed the smartphone camera needs of those trying to photograph UFOs, Bigfoot and other paranormal phenomena?

A woman in the Yorkshire town of Todmorden broke her 40-year silence about witnessing a diamond-shaped UFO there in 1981 because it was approximately one year after police officer Alan Godfrey's famous UFO abduction in which he claimed to see a black dog on the craft and later stated the incident ruined his life. Was she worried about aliens, the media or black dog fans?

From the “This can’t be good” file comes news that researchers in China have created an AI legal prosecutor that can reportedly identify crimes and file charges against criminals with more than 97 percent accuracy. Bad news for lawyers … worse news for actors who play lawyers on crime shows.

President Biden signed the $768 million 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes far-reaching UFO-related provisions to investigate Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). What kind of movie would “Independence Day” have been if Will Smith’s character had to check with Congress first?

If your tongue is sticking out as you read this intently, comparative cognition researchers think  it’s because of motor overflow – the region of the brain devoted to language is highly overlapping with the area devoted to dexterity and tool use and neurons firing during concentration overflow or "spill over" into the language region, causing the mouth and tongue to engage. On the other hand, if you stick your tongue out first, it could cause someone else’s hand to throw a tool at you.

MIT scientists have generated the most detailed, three-dimensional “atlas” of the largest “oxygen-deficient zones” (ODZ) and found two of these life-depleted zones in the tropical Pacific – one off the coast of South America measuring the equivalent of 240 billion Olympic-sized pools, and another off the coast of Central America that is three times larger. However, the highest concentration of ODZs is still in the brains of politicians.

Veganuary, the non-profit encouraging people to try vegan for one month, launched a PSA cartoon with Bigfoot – voiced by actor James Cromwell – signing up in order to help cut his carbon footprint. If people listen to Bigfoot, is it time for a Sasquatch Party to field a presidential candidate?

The Spanish tomb of William Martin – the “Man Who Never Was” whose corpse was used in Britain's famous Operation Mincemeat plan to fool Hitler about the Allied invasion of Sicily during WWII using fake intelligence documents -- may be exhumed to determine once and for all his true identity … in time for the release of a new “Operation Mincement” about the event. It was nice of them to wait until after Christmas so as not to ruin the eating of mincemeat pies.

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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