Apr 21, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Taylor Swift's Millipede, Orange Texas UFOs, the Physics of Oreos and More Mysterious News Briefly

Astronomers have detected a new type of tiny stellar explosion called a "micronova" which occurs when the larger star in a binary system consumes its partner – only to have the smaller one explode inside the other … shooting superheated plasma out the poles of the bigger star with an explosive power the astronomers described as being enough to release around 22 quadrillion tons, which is the same mass as around 3.5 billion Great Pyramids of Giza. Do they really understand the definition of “micro”?

A federal judge has ordered the FBI to release records on the search for Civil War-era gold at a remote woodland site in Pennsylvania to the Finders Keepers, the group that led the FBI to the site and then were cut out of the search and any information on what was found. Another example of why the U.S. Civil War may never end.

The producers of the new film, “Who Can He Be?”, have offered the British Museum $1 million US if it can replicate the image of the Shroud of Turin and prove it’s a medieval forgery and not the 2,000-year-old burial cloth of Jesus – the challenge must be undertaken in six months and the producers will have the exclusive right to film the process from start to finish. Here’s today’s meme: WWJD with $1 million?

Planetary scientists and astrobiologists of the prestigious National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has asked NASA to probe Uranus, saying a mission to Uranus is considered the highest priority program the planetary science community wants to see happen over the next decade. If they’re so prestigious, you’d think they could come up with a better description than ‘probe Uranus’.

A team of rheologists – physicists who study complex fluids – from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new field called “Oreology” to study of the flow and fracture of sandwich cookies when they are twisted open to access the creamy center and their research was actually published in the journal Physics of Fluids. Milkologists – it’s your turn.

An 80-foot-long, 700-year-old ship discovered five feet beneath the streets of the Estonian capital of Tallinn has been identified as a 13th-century Hanseatic cog that was part of the Hanseatic League, a powerful trading network formed in 1356 that stretched from England to Russia – the ship once sailed the Härjapea River which no longer exists due to construction and pollution. Pollution can change the course of rivers … and history.

Multiple witnesses in Kyle, Texas, claim mysterious orange, glowing orbs they’ve recorded over the city’s skies many times recently are not drones or Chinese lanterns and a local ufologist agrees, saying the altitude was too high to be a drone. Could it be aliens who are fans of the University of Texas football team and its official color – burnt orange?

Virginia Tech scientist Derek Hennen discovered a new species of millipede in Tennessee and he named it the Nannaria swiftae or Swift Twisted-Claw Millipede after singer Taylor Swift because he’s a big fan, claiming her music him get through graduate school. Swift is so appreciative, she’s planning to break up with one of the millipedes so she can write a song about it.

We store our data in clouds but research and design studio Framlab wants to store the rest of your stuff in the clouds too – it unveiled plans for Oversky, semifloating modular structures using zeppelin technology to put occupiable clusters of rooms in the sky connected to adjacent buildings or other fixed structures to enable access. If only there was a movie to show what a bad idea this might be.

The space company Astrobotic unveiled its Peregrine Lander, the first US lunar lander since the last Apollo mission almost 50 years ago – it will send a 200-pound payload to the Lacus Mortis crater on the near side of the Moon later this year. Shouldn't Buzz Aldrin at least be allowed to kick its landing gear? 

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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