Apr 05, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Ghostly Texting, Doorbell Cam UFO, Ancient Odors and More Mysterious News Briefly — April 4, 2022

Analytical chemists studying the sweet smell still detectable in 3400-year-old jars found in the tomb of two ancient Egyptians determined the jars once contained fish, fruit and beeswax balm to sustain them in the afterlife. Who knew people in the afterlife got chapped lips?

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter was able to photograph the tiny Ingenuity Mars helicopter from orbit — the little Martian chopper’s rotors measure just four feet across. No, Elon Musk, this doesn’t mean NASA will help you find your lost rover keys on Mars.

The food technology company Primeval Foods announced it will soon offer lab-grown meat products from exotic animals, including lion burgers, tiger nuggets and giraffe ham. Get ready for the new fast food restaurant – Burger King of the Jungle.

In Oregon, the first state to legalize psilocybin "magic" mushrooms, two people who ate mushrooms that grew on trees experienced a condition called “wood-lovers paralysis” which caused them to temporarily lose all control of their arms and legs. If a person is walking funny after eating non-wood ‘shrooms, it’s probably because they stepped in a cow patty.

New research shows that people who grow up in rural or suburban areas are better at navigation that those who grow up in cities – especially cities organized in a grid layout – and the tendency can last for years after they move away. Does this explain why retirees from New York are such poor drivers in Florida?

A new study found that freshwater stingrays (Potamotrygon motoro) and zebra mbuna cichlids (Pseudotropheus zebra) can perform basic addition and subtraction with a success rate of around 90%. With grades like that, colleges will soon be offering them swimming scholarships.

A woman in York who visited a haunted location with her boyfriend claims she was later contacted by a ghost via text messages – first getting a message to ‘call back later' and then a cryptic message 'we are inv 4n 2 z 4nb' that her boyfriend deciphered as an equation created by German scientist Armand Hückel … the Hückel formula (4n+2) is a calculation of molecular orbitals on electron systems. Maybe it would help if they used a periodic table of elements as a Quija board.

Primatologists studying black-handed spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) in Panama found that they were eating fermented fruit with an alcohol concentration between 1% and 2% by volume, which they speculate proves the so-called ‘drunken monkey hypothesis’ which traces the human attraction to booze back millions of years to when our simian ancestors discovered that the scent of alcohol led them to ripe, fermenting and nutritious fruit. Do drunk monkeys text? (Asking for a lady in York.)

Some mindfulness experts are promoting using quiet electric cars as places to meditate for up to 15 minutes at a time – even while driving – as a way to combat road rage and tense moments in traffic. Can driver assistance tell the difference between a driver saying ‘ohm’ and ‘home’?

Police and newscasters in Southwest Bakersfield, California,  were baffled by Ring doorbell camera footage of what appears to be a UFO darting across the sky and appearing to leave a trail behind it – however, most UFO experts think it was just a bug. The newscasters were happy to have something other than actual news to report.

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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