May 06, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Old Bigfoot Trap, Creepy Driving Clowns, Mislabeled Mummy and More Mysterious News Briefly

A Bigfoot trap was set up in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Jackson County, Oregon, back in 1974 by the now-defunct North American Wildlife Research Team (NAWRT) and a recent check found the 10ft by 10ft wooden box with a spring-operated metal trapdoor is still there and apparently operational. No Bigfoot caught after 48 years – and yet we still watch those cable shows.

Residents of Laindon, Essex, England, complain they’re being menaced by clowns driving around at night, “playing creepy music” from horror movies and chasing them. Local police say the whole thing sounds funny.

Professor Neil Gemmell, the geneticist from the University of Otago who spent years testing the waters of Loch Ness for DNA evidence of a monster and finding none, says the latest Loch Ness monster video being called the “best footage captured for 20 years” is probably logs or some other non-living floating thing. Poor Nessie – took a DNA test and found out its great-great-great-grandfather was a tree.

A new advanced neural network developed at MIT called Speech2Face has been trained to reconstruct people’s faces just by listening to the sound of their voices – the system uses a database of facial features and ethnic tendencies that are responsible for unique vocal characteristics. How disappointing it must be to hear a voice that sounds like it’s talking with its mouth full of food and your picture pops up.

An ancient 1,500-year-old Egyptian bird mummy stored and forgotten for years at Cornell University was found recently and a digital scan revealed it was mislabeled as the mummy of a hawk – it’s actually the mummy of a sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopica) that ancient Egyptians often sacrificed to Thoth, the god of the moon, thinking, learning and writing. If he’s the god of thinking, Thoth must be pleased someone thought to finally change the label.

Those who long for the “good old days” aren’t looking back far enough into the past – a new study found that humans because humans were primary apex predators from 2 million years ago to 12,000 years ago due to the ability to hunt and eat plentiful sources of meat like elephants and other large animals. Don’t try this today – you’ll get banned from the grocery store.

SpinLaunch recently performed the eighth demonstration of its suborbital mass accelerator satellite launcher and the flight vehicle was equipped with an onboard camera to record the pre-launch spinning, the launch and its spinning climb to 20,000 feet. Now we know what it’s like to be a souvenir T-shirt at a sporting event.

Old Russian rocket parts continue to mysteriously explode after orbiting the Earth for decades, endangering the ISS and satellites, and astrophysicists now think they’re caused by leftover residual rocket propellant – modern rockets use “spacecraft passivation” to discard unused fuel. The old Soviet Union has returned to cause problems in space too.

Astronomers using the old reliable NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope for clues on the cause of some massive supernovas found that they are the result of a binary system where one partner siphons off the hydrogen gas envelope from its partner star before it explodes, leaving no trace of it … a method that may explain the birth of most massive stars. Stars killing siblings – suddenly, the field of astronomy is turning into a soap opera.

Researchers in Brazil claim a newly discovered small prehistoric reptile, Maehary bonapartei, is the start of an evolutionary lineage that gave rise to the flying pterosaurs, even though it has no wings itself. Think of it as the Wright brothers’ dad flapping his arms to entertain them as children.

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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