A roundup of mysterious, paranormal and strange news stories from the past week.
More than 4,300 dinosaur footprints, some circular and some clawed, have been found in north China's Hebei Province in a rock layer dating back around 150 million years – the footprints belong to four dinosaur species, with one being a newly discovered species. Did anyone count the smaller dinosaurs between their toes?
Researchers from the University of Toronto and University of Montreal in Canada grew a tiny working model of a human heart using cardiovascular cells from young rats – the tiny heart beat like a full-sized one and pumped fluid just like the muscular exit-chamber of a human embryo's heart. If you model a rat heart to look like a human’s, could it be successfully transplanted into a politician?
Fr. Evaristus Bassey, a priest in Calabar, Nigeria, posted photographs of what he claimed is an apparation of the Virgin Mary hovering in the sky over St. Charles Church and a shrine – the apparition was said to have been witnessed by more than 100 people, including a Protestant pastor, before rising up and vanishing. It’s probably a good sign when people think it’s a religious apparition rather than an alien hologram.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to create a secure government system for reporting UFOs and to protect current and former military personnel, government civilians and contractors from reprisal for reporting them. What about a law like this for Bigfoot, Mothman and the Lake Champlain monster?
Experts at the National Galleries of Scotland X-rayed Vincent Van Gogh’s "Head of a Peasant Woman" before an exhibition and found behind it a never-before-seen self-portrait of the 19th-Century artist showing the ear that he later cut off. The self-portrait was hidden under layers of glue and cardboard, which is how most people feel about their selfies.
The beast of Rodborough Common -- an alien black cat rumored to have killed a sheep, stalked deer and chased foxes in the area – was seen recently by the manager of the nearby Winstones ice cream parlour who saw it leap over a wall so she knew it was a big cat and not a dog. It must have been scary to see the big cat and know the only things you have for defense are those pointing ice cream cones.
The US Space Force's mysterious crewless X-37B space plane, currently on its sixth mission known as Orbital Test Vehicle-6 or OTV-6, broke its own record for non-stop time spent in Earth orbit when it reached 781 days and counting. If it’s crewless, why do we need a Space Force? (Asking for a friend.)
NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover is using used one of its navigation cameras to find the perfect landing site for the Mars Sample Return lander that will perform a soft landing, retrieve rock samples Perseverance has dug up, and return them to Earth. There’s no red carpet to roll out, but maybe the Ingenuity helicopter can fly over and pretend to be paparazzi.
A new study found that rats do not need to physically explore an environment to learn about a specific location; they can simply observe another rat and copy them – a discovery that will help in understanding the ‘internal GPS’ of animals and humans. Let’s hope no rat ever learns how to open the cage door.
The Lotus Desaru Beach Resort & Spa in Malaysia has threatened to sue a former guest for posting on social media that she and other guests experienced paranormal activity while staying there – door mysteriously locking, disembodied voices crying and other scary experiences. If only there were ghosts of bedbugs to help get rid of them.
An Oklahoma man is facing a murder charge after he allegedly killed his friend and claimed it was self-defense because the victim had summoned “Bigfoot” to kill him while they were noodling (barehanded fishing) for catfish. Coming soon to a theater near you: “Bigfoot the Hit Man.”
Workers clearing away the rubble of the Georgia Guidestones went looking for the time capsule allegedly buried at the site, according to the granite plaque, but found nothing even after digging six feet in the ground below the granite marker. Watch for nearby farmers to say it’s buried on their property so they can get their fields plowed for free.
Space scientists at Japan’s Kyoto University unveiled The Glass – a 1,300 foot 'artificial gravity living facility’ to be built on the moon that would rotate every 20 seconds to achieve 'normal gravity' and replicate living conditions on Earth; a simplified version could be ready by 2050. Between then and now, this sounds like a great new amusement park ride.
A man named Douglas Windsor McCloney III posted a security cam video on social media he claims is a pale hunchbacked humanoid in his garage in the town of Morehead, in the Red River Gorge area, Kentucky. The poor being is so bent over, it may be a stoop-acabra.
As if you didn’t have enough to worry about at the beach, researchers in South Africa claim great white sharks can change colors and blend in to match their background as a way to sneak up on unsuspecting prey. Which is scarier – great white shark or great camouflaged shark?
If you hate going to the dentist, this may be for you – engineers are developing shapeshifting microbots that could one day brush, rinse, and floss your teeth while the dentist guides them with a magnetic field, finishing things off with an antibacterial rinse. If you swallow them, do the provide the same service on the way out?
Jemima Packington, known as ‘Mystic Veg’ or the Asparamancer, predicts political events by tossing asparagus spears into the air and interpreting how they land and correctly called Brexit, Boris Johnson becoming PM four years before he took office, Prince Philip’s death and Harry and Meghan stepping back from the Royal Family – she now says that her spears are pointing towards Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to take over as prime minister once Johnson leaves. The spears may have been hoping for someone else – witnesses said they looked steamed.
Beautiful blue Spix’s macaws (Cyanopsitta spixii) went extinct in the wild 20 years ago but a flock raised in captivity was released in Brazil and seems to be thriving after an animated film, “Rio,” a Romeo & Juliet story with birds, helped get the public interested in saving Spix’s macaws. Does this mean our forests will soon be overrun with wild Minions?
Some 5,300 years after he was murdered in the Alps and mummified by the cold, the contents of the stomach of Otzi the Iceman have been analyzed and his last meal has been identified as cooked (possibly grilled) ibex (wild goat) and red deer, with a side of einkorn wheat. Sounds like an excellent dinner – was he murdered for leaving a restaurant without paying his check?
A video from New Zealand shows a burning bus driving across a road on its own just before the flames and potential explosion would have caused serious damage to the residential housing it was parked near – while it looked like a ghost trying to save the living, automotive experts think the fire caused a short in the van’s ignition, starting it up and allowing it to move on its own. At least that’s what the ghost driver told the cops.
The ground under New Zealand’s Lake Taupō over Taupō Volcano, the supervolcano responsible for one of the largest eruptions in human history in 232 CE, is shifting but seismologists say it’s not going to erupt any time soon. And if you believe that, they have some lakefront property on the shores of beautiful Lake Taupō they’d like to show you.