Nov 26, 2022 I Paul Seaburn

Best Nessie Video, 2023 Psychic Predictions, World's Oldest Meal, New UFO Museum and More Mysterious News Briefly

A roundup of mysterious, paranormal and strange news stories from the past week.

Armchair Loch Ness monster hunter Eoin O'Faodhagain claims he’s recorded the best footage yet of the real Nessie while watching the feed from the video camera installed at Shoreland Lodges near Fort Augustus on loch's southern shore – it appears to be a 10-foot long “black shape” on surface of Loch Ness with a “curved hump, long snout and tail” moving across the surface in a seemingly controlled manner … Gary Campbell of The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register calls it the best he’s ever seen. After viewing the video, isn’t it a bit ironic that the register is kept in the form of a log?

Archaeologists in Mexico City discovered in sealed stone boxes that were offerings left for the Aztec emperor Ahuitzotl, who ruled from 1486 to 1502, and those opened held Aztec ritual offerings including a box of starfish, a sacrificed jaguar dressed like a warrior and sacrificial eagles, along with one boxed with a bulge in the bottom that could contain the emperor's remains. “Hold my tequila and watch me dress a jaguar like a warrior,” said one dead  Aztec.

British psychic Craig Hamilton-Parker has revealed his predictions for 2023 and they include more world conflicts and instability between nations, a global shortage of food, a cosmic event in our Solar System that could cause problems here on Earth, increased social division in Britain, falling house prices, and Meghan Markle having her own television show. So, except for the last one, another year like 2022.

The long-rumored Roman emperor Sponsian, who many historians doubted actually existed, may have been proven to be real by a hoard of gold coins found in Transylvania that were once thought to be fakes but have now been authenticated by researchers who say the coins with images of Emperor Sponsian confirm he reigned around 260 CE when the province of Dacia was cut off from the rest of the Empire during the reign of Gallienus. The rumors that the coins were used in Roman candy machines are still just rumors.

The world’s oldest known meal consisted of bacteria and algae and was found inside a jellyfish-like Dickinsonia which lived more than 550 million years ago -- the creature had no eyes, mouth, or gut and absorbed food through its body as it crawled across the ocean floor. That makes sense - without a mouth, they couldn’t tell their moms they don’t like bacteria and algae.

The European Space Agency announced a new class of 13 trainee astronauts and it includes the world’s first “parastronaut” - British doctor and former Paralympian John McFall who lost a leg in a motorbike accident and will become the first astronaut with a physical disability. It shouldn’t have taken this long since, in space, everyone needs to use handrails.

The National UFO Historical Records Center (NUFOHRC) will become the largest historical archive of records of unidentified aerial phenomena in the United States when it opens in New Mexico in a few years - researcher and historian David Marler says it will consolidate documents and collections held by numerous researchers across the country, including those owned by the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies. Do extraterrestrials get in free?

A video posted on the Internet reveals that the South American giant monkey frog (Phyllomedusa sauvagii) massages its skin to secrete a wax that stops it from drying in the hot sun – the wax is also considered by Amazonian tribes to be a powerful medicine they call "The Vaccine of the Forest" or Kambo. The Amazonian park service asks visitors not to lick these frogs, rub them on your skin or use them on your car.

Researchers digging in a Neanderthal cave complex in northern Iraq found the 70,000-years-old burnt remains of a pancake-like flatbread that appeared to have a very palatable nutty taste and is the oldest known flatbread and evidence that Neanderthals were bigger foodies than once thought. Since the flatbread was made from gritty flour pounded with rocks, their teeth were flat too.

Astronomers observing star clusters in the Milky Way have found some with a seemingly impossible uneven distribution of stars that exhibit modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND) — an alternative theory of gravity to Newton's widely accepted universal law of gravitation which, if they are real, would do away with dark matter and prove Newton and Einstein wrong when it comes to gravity. Somewhere in the afterlife, Newton and Einstein just high-fived and said, “Bring it on!”

A new mind-controlled wheelchair for quadriplegics was demonstrated to successfully allow them to navigate through a natural, cluttered environment after months of intensive training - a skullcap detects brain activities through electroencephalography (EEG) which are converted to mechanical commands for the wheelchairs via a brain-machine interface device. What will give them the most satisfaction is being able to ram their wheelchairs into cars illegally parked in handicap space.

Scientists at University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health report they’ve grown miniature human eyes or organoids that will make it easier to study and treat the blindness caused by the rare genetic disease known as Usher syndrome. We may be a long way from cloning humans, but with these mini eyes, mini brains and other organoids, we’re well on our way to creating a Mini-Me

Hunters around Lake Tanganyika in Burundi have been frustrated in their quests to kill a giant 20-foot man-eating Nile crocodile called Gustave that is said to have killed and eaten 300 people since 1987 – some experts believe Gustave is over 100 years old – making it far too wise to fall for their ‘live chickens or goats on a hook’ tricks. The only way to lure out a creature like that is to do a movie about it and make the CGI recreation of it look really wimpy.

Archeologists in Teotihuacán, Mexico, found the complete skeletal remains of an ancient spider monkey among thousands of 1700-year-old artifacts – this is the earliest evidence of primate captivity, translocation, and gift diplomacy between the Teotihuacán and Mayan elite. Or it could just be that the Mayas were tired of scooping monkey poop.

Scientists in Antarctica have discovered a living bloom of algae covering 5 million square km (1.9 million square miles) living permanently under the ice and photosynthesizing all year round using the sunlight which passes through the ice even in the winter. Does this make Antarctic scientists feel guilty when they stomp around or dance on the ice?

Ornithologists from the American Bird Conservancy on Fergusson Island, Papua New Guinea, captured photographs of the rare black-naped pheasant-pigeon which has not been seen in nearly 140 years. Like other pigeons, the best way to lure them out is with a newly-washed car.

Bigfoot expert and filmmaker Thomas Marcum said in a recent interview that Sasquatches, while at times curious about us, mostly think humans are a threat to them, so they try to avoid us … which explains why Bigfoot sightings are so rare, but he still warns that Bigfoot can be "aggressive" and "dangerous." Not to mention they think humans take really bad photographs and videos of them.

A man claiming to be a time traveler from 2671 (@RadiantTimeTraveler) warns that big bad things are going to happen on December 8, 12 and 25 of this year, but he won’t say what – and frustrated followers are reminding him that he forecast that 10 people would receive superpower on November 14, 2022, and that didn’t happen. Unless in 2671 they consider it a superpower to survive in 2022 for 2 weeks.

A team of scientists has determined that the mysterious Antikythera mechanism, which many believe to be the world's first computer, was first "started up" on December 22, 178 BCE – a very important date since all calculations using the mechanism are based on the start date. This would also be the first date when someone said, “Try turning it off and turning it back on.”

Scientists from Tsinghua University (China) have performed calculations using the Delta-V hodograph and found the best or ‘sweet’ spot to hit an asteroid with a missile in order to most effectively push it out of orbit and potentially prevent a catastrophic collision with Earth -- a nearly spherical asteroid like Bennu has a very different sweet spot than an elongated asteroid  such as Itokawa, and none of them are best deflecting by a hit to their direct center the way DART collided with Dimporph. Would baseball umpires agree?

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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