Oct 22, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Eight-Foot Aliens, Quantum Leapers, Sasquatch and Sports, Nessie Sighting and More Mysterious News Briefly

According to a new YouGov poll, 67% of Americans believe they've had at least one of 13 paranormal experiences – with "feeling a presence or unknown energy" reported by 37% of those polled, "hearing an unexplained sound or music" (33%), "smelling an unexplained odor" (30%), “inexplicable change in temperature (28%), lights or devices turning on and off (25%), and observing an object move on its own (22%). Coincidentally, those are the same signs you have a teen son whose band is practicing in the basement.

Some sad news for both UFO and architecture fans – the Frisco Futuro House, one of the few remaining UFO-shaped lightweight, fiberglass-reinforced prefabricated home designed in the late 1960s by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, was destroyed in a fire on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. No injuries were reported, but there were rumors of a tiny greyish man pointing to it and crying, “Oh, the alien-ity!”

Proving once again that bad behavior knows no class boundaries, researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority studying the wall of King David's Tomb on Mount Zion in Jerusalem found graffiti bearing the name of Swiss Knight Adrian von Bubenberg and his family emblem -- von Bubenberg was a hero of the Battle of Morat in the Burgundian Wars of the 15th century. His biography may have to be updated to include his new nickname – Sir Writes-a-Lot.

From the “Quantum Leap is Real!” file comes a photo from the Beijing Olympics 2008 which many think shows a man wearing Airpods which didn’t hit the market until 2016, and a photo of a beach in Cornwall in September 1943 showing a man in a business suit looking at what some think is a smartphone. The second has to be a fake – why take photos on a beach if you have no social media to post them to?

Gov. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts held a ceremonial signing at the Museum of Science in Boston declaring the “fleet-footed lizard” known as the Podokesaurus holyokensis as the official state dinosaur because the species was discovered in Holyoke in 1910 by Mignon Talbot, a Mount Holyoke College professor and paleontologist who became the first woman to discover a non-avian dinosaur species. It’s a great day for New England dinosaur fans, but the rest would rather have a fleet-footed wide receiver for the Patriots.

Proving the world is steadily warming up to cryptids, Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was spotted in courtside seats at the season opener of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves sitting next to Sasquatch where they watched the T-Wolves defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-108 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Was Bigfoot disappointed the Timberwolves had no Wolf-Men on the roster?

Google's ping pong robot, which was trained using used real-world and simulation-based table tennis scenarios, was recording playing a four-minute, 340-hit rally against a human player before it hit a weak shot into the net. Let see how it does in real world conditions like a dingy basement with a low ceiling and a beer in its other robotic arm.

James Ford of North Staffordshire, England, posted a video of a UFO right outside of his bedroom window and claims he was contacted telepathically by a grey alien named Abu and was abducted by another UFO a week before – he claimed his three alien abductors were eight feet tall and took him into the ship’s cockpit before returning him back to his bed … he says he now believes in aliens. We welcome any alien overlords tall enough to clean gutters without a ladder.

A new study by researchers at the University of St Andrews and the Central European University in Vienna found that chimpanzees unintentionally synchronize their steps when walking alongside one another -- a very human trait. We’ll know we’re in trouble when the gorillas start marching in formation.

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and others have captured images of an immense jet of energy, now named gravitational wave (GW) 170817, ignited by an unprecedented collision between two neutron stars, that appeared to be traveling at seven times the speed of light but has been downgraded to about 99.97 percent of the speed of light or about 670 million miles per hour. It promised to stay under the speed limit and was let go with a warning.

The sixth Loch Ness monster sighting of 2022  was reported to the Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register when a mother and daughter photographed “a black lump” about 200 yards off of a bank – the lump was boxy in shape and boobed in and out of the water twice in a minute before disappearing. The Bobbing Lumps would be a great grunge band name.

An odor machine or olfactometer developed by Stockholm University and Malmö University which makes it possible to smell in VR environments has been implemented in a virtual reality "wine tasting game" where the user smells wine in a virtual wine cellar and gets points if the guess on aromas in each wine is correct. They get bonus points if they identify why the VR cellar smells musty.

Homeowner Linda Hill in Gainesville, Texas, claims her old house is haunted by "sexual" ghosts who "talk dirty" and have chased away at least ten tenants she’s rented it to, with the longest anyone stayed in the house being just six months – she has audio recordings of a ghost apparently saying “Oh baby, oh baby yeah, I like it like that" and thinks it may have once been a brothel. Sounds like the perfect place to get over a breakup or divorce.

Scientists from the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) published a new study of Neanderthal dietary practices and revealed that chemical signatures of ancient tooth enamel on a tooth found in a cave on the Iberian Peninsula showed that Neanderthals living 50,000 years ago consumed a strictly carnivorous diet. Paleo dieters say those de-extincted woolly mammoth clones can’t come soon enough.

An astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) took photos of two bizarre blue blobs of light hovering in different parts of Earth’s planet's atmosphere last year and they’ve finally been ‘officially’ identified by NASA - one is a massive lightning strike somewhere in the Gulf of Thailand, and the other is the result of warped light from the moon hitting tiny particles in the Earth's atmosphere and appearing as a bright blue blob with a fuzzy halo. The astronaut was not identified in case he or she made bets they were alien ships.

NASA engineers tested anti-meteoroid shield material that will protect a Mars sample return orbiter at the White Sands Test Facility in New Mexico by firing micro-bullets at tiny pieces of it – the micro-bullets have two stages, with the first using conventional gun powder to propel it and the second using highly compressed hydrogen gas for an extra boost. Look for Tom Cruise to demand one of these guns for his movie being filmed on the International Space Station.

Archaeologists in Rastan, a town in central Syria, discovered a 65.5-foot-long by 20-foot-wide (20 by 6 meters) mosaic mural dating to the 4th century CE depicting Hercules completing one of his 12 labors and Neptune with his 40 mistresses in scenes from the Trojan War. Mistresses and Trojans – was this an early ad for condoms?

Ghost hunters Linzi and Lee Steer claim they were at Spofforth Castle in North Yorkshire when they encountered the shadowy presence of Hazel, the famous ghost of a woman who died when she fell from the castle's tower – they claim Hazel told them via a spirit box that her death was an “accident.” There goes her chance to be immortalized on “CSI: North Yorkshire.” 

Radiance Technologies, a secretive company in Nevada which makes cutting-edge weapons and systems for the Pentagon, can’t reveal much about what it does but its president says his company is ready and willing to reverse engineer unidentified flying objects or alien technology if asked. While they’re waiting, how about reverse engineering us some cheaper electric vehicles?

Researchers from the University of Oxford tested whether goldfish (Carassius auratus) had the neural circuits necessary to discern distances so they could perform a task central to spatial mapping-distance estimation and found that goldfish are excellent at estimating distances and remembering them later, even with visual distractions trying to throw them off. If this is true, why can’t they seem to stay far enough away from the piranhas in the fish tank?

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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