A roundup of mysterious, paranormal and strange news stories from the past week.
Richard Carter, a senior lecturer in digital media at the University of Roehampton, has released a new collection of poems called Signals, which was written in an artificial language that was designed specifically for communications with extraterrestrials – the poems touch on essential human themes such as distance, social connections, warfare, and our experience of the material universe. There once was an alien from the Nantucket galaxy …
A TikTok time traveller who claims to be from the year 2096 is warning that a virus from a “third world country” will spread around the world in 2024, causing a “mysterious and dangerous” new pandemic in 2024 – he also warned that “Some people don't believe that I am a time traveller from the year 2096.” Well, one out of two isn’t a bad average.
A man in Canada named Terence Leano posted a video on TikTok of himself throat singing in the woods – a technique that appeared to attract some deer and a pair of Bigfoots either checking out the weird sound or the tasty mesmerized deer. I always thought Bigfoot would be more interested in someone singing selections from the soundtrack of “Hair.”
The Loch Ness Monster is pretty benign compared to what England’s Lake District resident Wayne Owens witnessed in Ullswater lake – a mysterious underwater creature gulping down unsuspecting geese; while some people say it’s just a large pike or catfish, Owens fears it’s something worse – a crocodile or a lake monster. If it’s not afraid of geese, it’s got to be a monster.
A new theory proposed by a multinational group of researchers in the European Journal of Science and Theology suggests an unusual coin minted in 1054 by Byzantine Emperor Constantine IX showed two stars around the emperor's head, one which they say represents the supernova SN 1054 – an event only recorded in Chinese astronomy documents. Or does it represent a 1054 plague of royal horse flies?
Space scientists studying photographs of the lunar surface say they’ve found the crash site of a rocket (either the second stage of a SpaceX Falcon 9 that launched the Deep Space Climate Observatory in February 2015 or a Long March 3C rocket launched by China), but they can’t explain why the rocket left a mysterious double crater – they surmise there was a heavy mass at the top of the stage to simulate a kinder and there were rocket engines at the bottom which together could have created the two craters. Not aliens on vacation pulling a trailer saucer?
Researchers studying 7-million-year-old fossilized sperm whale skulls found in Peru speculate that bite marks in their nose area were made by prehistoric megalodon sharks which killed the huge sperm whales just so they could feast on their huge noses which made up one-third of their bodies and were filled with tasty oily saturated fats. New associated theory – megalodons were wiped out by heart attacks.
Breeze In, a bar for sale in Tipton County, Indiana, is for sale and the spirits are included – six ghosts that the owners have photos of in a one-inch binder from encounters with the apparitions over the 22 years they’ve been running it -- friendly ghosts whose presence has been supported by customer eyewitness accounts and several paranormal investigators. “Breeze In” sounds like the perfect name for a haunted bar – much better than Something Here Will Tip Over Your Beer.
Texans still nervous that the mysterious bipedal creature recorded on security cameras outside the Amarillo Zoo has not been caught or explained have something new to worry about – a carport video security camera in La Union picked up another Dogman, Chupacabra or alien creature walking in front of it, then peek back into the viewfinder. When will this creature figure out that you don’t mess with Texas?
The mysterious Jetpack Man – what appears to be a person flying a jetpack near Los Angeles International Airport which happened in 2020 and 2021 – has returned as the pilot of an American Airlines jet saw "a guy with a jetpack" flying at an altitude of "about 4,500 feet just 15 miles from LAX – the FAA and the FBI are again investigating but have no leads on who or what these pilots are seeing. Out of habit, Robert Downey Jr. changed his cellphone number.
The latest thing in Mars rovers is drills for digging into the Martian soil, but the current 5-inch length won’t find much – new NASA research suggests any evidence of amino acids, the building blocks of life, left over from when Mars was habitable are probably buried at least 2 meters (6.6 feet) underground because anything shallower than this would have been destroyed by cosmic rays due to the planet’s lack of a magnetic field and a protective atmosphere. If they're six feet deep, should the first Mars explorers be gravediggers?
While animals do it consciously and constantly, a new study found that humans sniff each other subconsciously to compare body odors with their own and choose their friends from the group that smells most similar to themselves. Sniffing other people sounds like a good way to make enemies too.
We’ve all seen wearable exoskeletons that give a body extra strength from head to toe, but researchers at ETH Zurich’s Sensory Motor Systems Lab have developed wearable textile exomuscles that add strength to specific muscle areas – an aid that will help people with physical impairments increase their upper body strength and endurance. This sounds promising, but will anyone want to see a Marvel movie about Iron Arm?
Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk told a crowd at the Qatar Economic Forum that a prototyupe of the company’s Optimus robot will be unveiled at Tesla's AI Day September 30 – the robotic factory worker will stand nearly six foot tall, be able to walk at five miles per hour, and deadlift 150 pounds. Not to mention never go on strike … unless that pesky AI goes sentient.
One might think that wildfire goes back to the beginning of planet Earth but palaeobotanist Ian Glasspool found the oldest evidence of wildfire – a piece of charcoal -- in South Wales and it only dates back 430 million years during the Silurian Period when there were just a few giant (25-feet tall) fungus plants on land and just enough oxygen in the atmosphere to help them burn. Flaming Fungus sounds like a great name for a band.
Forget photosynthesis -- scientists at UC Riverside and the University of Delaware have found a way to bypass the need for biological photosynthesis altogether and create plants in complete darkness using a two-step electrocatalytic process to convert carbon dioxide, electricity, and water into acetate (the main component of vinegar) which food-producing organisms then consume in the dark to grow … sunlight is used to power solar panels to generate the electricity for the electrocatalysis, making the total process more efficient than photosynthesis. Get ready the new musical: “Little Shop of Horrors at Night.”
Bad news for astrology fans: a study published in Personality and Individual Differences says people who believe in star signs are less intelligent and more narcissistic than those who don’t. Astrology fans are already arguing about which sign is the smartest and least narcissistic.
The latest space tourist is a hamster launched 23 km (14 miles) into subspace by the Japanese firm K.K. Iwaya Giken in a specially-designed cabin carried by a balloon – the capsule contained monitoring sensors for internal oxygen levels, temperature and pressure, and the first hamster in space returned safe and sound. One small wheel spin for hamster – one giant leap for hamsterkind.
The US State Department has announced that US diplomats and family members who suffered from severe "Havana syndrome" symptoms which required at least a year of medical treatment will be eligible for compensation payments of between $140,000 and $187,000. No, you can’t claim the money if you got sick eating a Cuban sandwich.