May 27, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Metaverse Murders, Moon Dust Roaches, Loch Ness Monster Spotted and More Mysterious News Briefly

Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are using CRISPR gene editing to alter starch molecules in potatoes to make healthier spuds as well as make them more useful in the production of bioplastics, food additives, adhesives and alcohol. “What could possibly go wrong?” asked anyone who has never seen “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.”

Northwestern University engineers have developed the smallest-ever remote-controlled walking robot -- a half-millimeter wide, crab-like, flea-sized bot that can bend, twist, crawl, walk, turn and jump in order to perform tasks inside tightly confined spaces. Think about that the next time you get an itch in a place where you don’t scratch in public.

RR Auction in New Hampshire is now taking bids on a small sample of moon dust brought back to Earth in 1969 by the Apollo 11 astronauts which has the distinction of being eaten by cockroaches and then extracted from inside them – they were part of a test to make sure moon dust was safe and three of the roaches are included with the lot. What would they have done if the moon dust had killed the roaches – take it back for a refund?

The haunted farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island which was the location of the many strange paranormal events that inspire “The Conjuring” was sold for $1.525 million – 27% more than the asking price – and the new owners had to promise to continue to allow visitors stay overnight, conduct paranormal investigations but never actually live in the house for their own safety. Paying that much for an old house you can’t live in sounds like a fixer-downer.

Police in Kakamega, Kenya, report a man suspected of stealing a television set had the TV stuck to his head by a witch doctor and was attacked by bees while returning it, whereupon the TV was removed via another witchdoctor ritual and he was arrested – some locals say this was a fake scene created by the witchdoctor to drum up business with other people who suffered from break-ins. Sounds strange … but is it any different than those personal injury lawyers who advertise on late night TV?

Scientists from the University of Lorraine in France believe pieces of the planet Mercury are hiding somewhere on Earth as the result of it once being twice as large as its present size before a collision with another space object that left its core in orbit and its mantle sprayed towards Earth, where chunks of it are now in museums where they’re mistakenly labeled meteorites. Mercury should have known this would happen because it was in retrograde.

A new study published by Australia’s Murdoch University analyzed the jaws of 525 ancient dogs from archeological sites in Europe dating 5,000 to 10,000 years ago and found that their jaws and cutting teeth were much stronger than modern dogs’ because their diet consisted primarily tough raw meat. As a result, those ancient dogs were probably much more careful when licking themselves.

Loch Ness monster webcam spotter Eoin O Faodhagain claims he saw two humps rise four feet out of the water about 500 meters (.3 miles) from the shoreline at Urquhart Castle on May 24 – he estimates the entire object or creature was 18 feet long and submitted it to Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register for approval, even though his last submission was rejected when it was proven to be paddleboarders. Maybe he’d have better luck looking for logs that turn out to be monsters.

Italian beekeeper Rocco Filomeno has opened the world’s first Air Bee and Bee – a one-room structure he built around a giant hive of over one million bees which allows guests to fall asleep to the buzzing of bees, a humming sound he claims has a soothing effect. That’s the same thing the owners of cheap motels say about the ice machine.

During a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for artificial intelligence Omar Sultan Al Olama said that committing serious crimes in the metaverse, including murder, should be made illegal – a change in virtual reality that might warrant the need for a virtual police force capable of aggressively enforcing the law. Shouldn’t we fix crime in  non-virtual reality first?

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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