Apr 22, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Record-Setting Vampires, Nessie Sighting, Wedding Ghosts and More Mysterious News Briefly

Because of bad weather at the splashdown sites, the first entirely private group of space tourists has been stuck on the International Space Station well past their April 19 departure date and may not check out of their Space Hotel California until April 24. Have any of the bored crew members figured out how to make beer out of recycled urine?

A wedding video of a bride in India slapping the groom during a ceremony before walking out is shocking enough, but it got paranormal when her uncle claimed it was all because the bride “was haunted by ghosts.” If it was ghosts of the groom’s murdered ex-wives, she needs to make the video into a full-length horror movie.

Glenn Blevins, a 30-year resident of the Loch Ness area, became the third monster witness of 2022 when he saw what he said was a “large animate object” in the water near Aldourie Castle on April 15 – he claimed to have observed the dark Nessie with binoculars for 20 seconds before it sank back into the loch. Now he gets his name in the official log and can throw way his Loch Ness Monster Hunt participation trophy.

A new study found the human mouth has remarkable regenerative powers – a mouth cut heals three to four times faster than an identical cut on your skin because oral mucosa is much thicker than skin and it has more blood vessels to allow speedier healing and no scabbing. It’s a good thing because your mom can’t ‘kiss the boo-boo’ when it’s inside your mouth.

Insect researchers discovered a new sensory organ that picks up vibrational signals in leafhoppers, spittlebugs, and planthoppers – allowing them to send and receive vibrations via plant surfaces and communicate with other insects like on an old-fashioned telephone line. If birds and frogs find out about this, the bugs may want to invest in Caller ID.

NASA celebrated the one-year anniversary of the first flight of the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on April 21, 2021, by extending its mission  through September, allowing the 4-pound chopper plenty of time to add to its total of 21 flights so far on the Red Planet. Traffic helicopters on Earth must be so jealous.

The English seaside town of Whitby is looking for vampires to help set a world record for the largest-ever gathering of people dressed up as vampires – vampires need to show up with cloaks and fangs at Whitby Abbey on May 26, 2022, the 125th anniversary of Bram Stoker's classic horror novel, “Dracula,” which was said to be inspired by the abbey. Come early – parking for hearses is limited.

NASA celebrated the Hubble Space Telescope’s 32nd birthday with a tribute video showing Hubble’s beautiful photos of a close-knit group of five galaxies called The Hickson Compact Group 40. That beats its first birthday party with a clown making animals out of space balloons.

Seth and Scott Perkins, nicknamed “The Bearded Butchers," told Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson that even experienced butchers like themselves couldn’t dissect cows the way they’re being mutilated in New Mexico and other states, so they suspect it’s being done by extraterrestrials. Will their shop still offer discounts to aliens who don’t want to do the butchering themselves?

From the “What Could Possibly Go Wrong?” file, the private company Oxitec announced its release of genetically modified mosquitoes into the open air of the Florida Keys last spring was a success, killing the female offspring over three generations of mosquitoes in a 400-meter area. They died off faster than stock in bug-zapper companies.

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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