May 05, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Marilyn Monroe’s Hair, Dolphin Foreplay, Flying Cars and More Mysterious News Briefly

Rumeysa Gelgi now holds four Guinness World Records for being the world’s tallest living woman (7 feet, 0.7 inches) with the longest finger on a living female (4.4 inches), longest hands on a living female (9.81 inches and 9.55 inches) and longest back on a living female (23.58 inches). She also holds the unofficial record for most times a tall female living person said, “If you want a weather report, watch the Weather Channel.”

Scientists from the United States Rich Earth Institute say human urine is responsible for around 80 percent of the nitrogen and more than half of the phosphorus found in wastewater, which means urine can be the future of farm fertilizers if humans can get over being grossed out by the idea. Which country will stop flushing and become the first urine nation to embrace urination?

A rare giant squid measuring an estimated 11.5 feet long washed ashore on Long Beach in South Africa recently, but by the time marine experts got there, local fishers had already removed the squid’s eyes, beak, and parts of its tentacles. Neptune will not be pleased.

A viral video of Bolivian river dolphins swimming around with a Beni anaconda snake in their mouths caught the attention of researchers who did a study which found the most likely reason was that these were adult male dolphins that “were sexually aroused while engaging in object play with the anaconda." Views of the video just spiked on FishPorn.com.

Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov says he’s retiring from the Russian space program because he’s tired of having to work with American astronauts in order to keep busy on the International Space Station. Isn’t plugging leaks a full-time job?

Urban-Air Port’s Air-One, the world’s first flying-taxi hub, opened last week in Coventry, England, and displayed a cargo and logistics hub, vehicle hangar, security screening area, passenger lounge, café, and retail pop-up sites. The sad part is, even George Jetson would have to walk to it.

The Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! museum gave Kim Kardashian a lock of Marilyn Monroe’s hair when she wore Marilyn’s original “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” dress to the Met Gala, and Kim said she planned to “do some crazy voodoo shit” with it. Being a Kardashian, that either means she plans to put it in a too small bikini or make a sex video with it.

Bad news for Boeing – while its Starliner spacecraft was being rolled to the launchpad for a long-delayed test, a protective window cover popped off and fell to the ground. At this late date, the best they can do is instruct astronauts at launch time to keep their window covers in an upright and locked position.

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin modified an enzyme to break down the individual components of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the plastic that makes up 12 percent of global waste, and the enzyme was able to break down the plastic in one week instead of months or years – the broken down monomers can then be reconstituted back into virgin PET plastic. The tough part is switching to glass bottles to store it in.

A new study found that in places like the Chesapeake Bay, San Francisco Bay and Botany Bay where oysters are struggling to survive, Indigenous peoples once shucked and consumed billions of the bivalves, but their deep connections to oysters helped keep the fisheries productive and sustainably managed on a massive scale over thousands of years of intensive harvesting. Canaries choking in the coal mines are tweeting to listen to the oysters.

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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