Sep 15, 2023 I Paul Seaburn

Alleged Alien Corpses in Mexico, New JFK Assassination Evidence, More Loch Ness Monster Sightings, Ancient Humans in Space and More Mysterious News Briefly

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

At this week’s UFO conference held for Mexico’s Congress, UFO researcher and journalist Jaime Maussan testified under oath that the specimens he displayed to an audience of lawmakers and scientists were “beings, non-humans who are not part of our terrestrial evolution and that after disappearing we do not [think] there is a subsequent evolution" that were found in mines in Cusco, Peru, and had been carbon analyzed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, which estimated them to be 1,000 years old – these are some of the three-fingered aliens whose tiny bodies have been heavily analyzed since their discovery less than ten years ago and many believe they have been debunked. However, with more and more people testifying under oath that evidence of extraterrestrials exists, how much longer can governments keep their own discoveries secret?

Meanwhile, in the U.S., NASA's unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) research team released its first report which disappointingly began with the admission that they found no signs of extraterrestrial origins for any of the sightings they investigated, but NASA Administrator Bill Nelson had no explanation for what these UAP were, so NASA is appointing a new director of UAP research chief to upgrade the use of its Earth observation satellites to help provide better data and evidence of UAP to the team. Perhaps it’s time to put all of these disagreeing researchers from around the world in a cage for a match on pay-per-view.

During an interview, UFO documentarian James Fox revealed he is working with a whistleblower who is going through the whistleblower process with the Inspector General (the way David Grusch did before making his revelations) and shared the contents of a letter to him in which the unnamed person explains they have firsthand knowledge about a UAP retrieval program involving laboratories and research facilities around the world which the U.S. government is keeping secret to protest the “weaponization of exotic technologies” which the whistleblower believes could help in “medicine, energy production, and the enlightenment of our collective mindset as human beings.” Enlightening our collective mindset … what a concept!

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has spotted a molecule called dimethyl sulfide (DMS), which on Earth is only produced by living, on the exoplanet K2-18 b about 120 light years away, along with methane and carbon dioxide but not ammonia in the planet's atmosphere – all of these are indicators that this could be a "Hycean" planet covered with an ocean and surrounded by a hydrogen-rich atmosphere that could support life; more data is needed and it is coming from the JWST. Somewhere in the afterlife, James Webb just got a high-five from Galileo.

Virgin Galactic is much more low-key that its competitors about trips into near outer space on its private spaceship, the VSS Unity, but it bragged about the most recent launch because its cargo included the two oldest ‘humans’ in space in the form of the fossilized bones of Australopithecus sebida, which lived in southern Africa two million years ago, and Homo naledi , which lived in Africa about 250,000 years ago – they were carried in a sealed carbon fiber container by Timothy Nash, a South African conservationist, entrepreneur and researcher in human origins. Don’t worry, William Shatner – you’re still the oldest Starfleet officer in space.

While Harvard astronomy professor Avi Loeb continues to spread the idea that the tiny "spherules" he found on the bottom of the Pacific are from either an interstellar meteorite that crashed in the ocean in 2014 or an interstellar probe from an intelligent species, British planetary scientist Monica Grady proposes they are actually fallout from nuclear tests conducted by the US military more than half a century ago on the nearby Marshall Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea – and measuring their "oxygen isotopic composition" would prove it. Too bad it’s not evidence of aliens who came to stop those and future nuclear tests.

According to new documents posted on the new website of the Pentagon’s Office of All Areas Anomaly Resolution (AARO), reports from between 1996 and 2023 show that the most common form of UFO is not a flying saucer or disc but a sphere, which is most often white or silver (metallic) in color, measuring between one meter (3.2 ft) and four meters (13 ft) in diameter, and flying at a low altitude of no more than several kilometers – far below the airspace of commercial passenger jets. Since we still don’t know what they are, “Ball of Confusion” is still a good name for one.

With some hammering, it could be a flying saucer.

From the “Something else to worry about” file comes a new study suggesting that two or three stellar mass black holes are hiding in the Hyades cluster of stars located just 150 light-years away – the open cluster is visible to the naked eye in the Taurus constellation and simulations of their mass and stellar motions show that strange interactions in the cluster can be best explained by the existence of a few stellar mass black holes. The astronomers who say there’s nothing to worry about are the same ones who had no idea the black holes were so close in the first place. Worried?

Paul Landis, a retired Secret Service agent who was guarding President Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, now claims he found a bullet embedded in the seat just behind where Kennedy was sitting and he took the bullet and placed it on the president's hospital stretcher, hoping it would help the autopsy investigators, but the bullet may have rolled onto Texas Governor John Connally’s stretcher and mistakenly became the so-called “magic bullet” which supposedly went through Kennedy's neck from behind, then entered Connally's right shoulder, hit his rib, exited under his right nipple, passed through his right wrist and hit his left thigh – if what Landis says is true, there was no magic bullet responsible for wounds to both men … meaning the multiple shooters theory is back in play. Meanwhile, the multiple conspiracies theory has never been out of play.

Spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller was showing around the blurred photo of what he claimed was a naked pregnant alien given to him by writer Whitley Strieber when he was hit with a warning from Facebook about showing photographs with “nudity or sexual activity” – Geller later cropped the photo to only show the alien above the waist but still thinks it’s real because Strieber showed him where the “prominent” vagina was and he believed it. Prominent Vagina might be a good band name unless you want to promote it on Facebook.

Researchers at North Carolina State University claim they’ve created a “brainless” soft robot which can navigate through complex and dynamic environments without human or computer direction - turning on its own, moving through twisty mazes and negotiating its way around moving obstacles … its asymmetrical design allows it to turn without having to come into contact with an object. Were these brainless soft robots inspired by politicians?

The War Zone website reports that after the downing of a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina and the shooting down of three unidentified objects over Alaska, the Yukon and Lake Huron earlier this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received a secret memo outlining how the Canadian government was responding to the Yukon incident and that the "full exploitation" of whatever the U.S. Air Force shot down over Alaska had "not yet been completed" - the "Memorandum for the Prime Minister" was obtained by the Canadian CTV News outlet from a source who filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA); the War Zone states that “What exactly was known about these objects and how they differed from each other, and when that information was known, remains a mystery to the public.” It’s starting to look like the definition of “transparency” in dictionaries has also been shot down.

Professor Sir Ian Wilmut died at the age of 79. Wilmut was working at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh in 1996 when he helped take DNA from a cell from the mammary gland of a dead adult sheep, insert it an egg, stimulate it with electricity, add chemicals and implant it into a surrogate sheep where it came to term, resulting a living animal sheep that was genetically identical to the donor – that sheep was Dolly, the world's first cloned mammal. You don’t suppose? Nah. But maybe …

Mama ... or me? Uh ...

From the overflowing “What could possibly go wrong?” file comes news that molecular genetics researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have created complete models of human embryos from stem cells cultured in the lab and were able to grow them outside the womb for two weeks before destroying them – the synthetic embryo models grew a placenta, yolk sac, chorionic sac and other external tissues without needing an egg and a sperm. Should we change the title of Aldous Huxley’s novel to “’Grave’ New World”?

Since it landed on Mars in February 2021, NASA's Perseverance rover has been operating its Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE) device to generate oxygen by converting carbon dioxide, and NASA announced this week the rover has generated a total of 4.3 ounces (122 grams) of the element – the equivalent to what a small dog breathes in 10 hours or what an astronaut would breathe in three hours; it doesn’t sound like much but NASA says it is and proves it will be easy to produce oxygen on Mars for making breathable air or rocket propellant. “Why are we sending solar-powered electric cars that can produce oxygen from carbon dioxide to Mars?” asked a long line of people waiting for one on a climate-changed Earth.

D. B. Cooper researcher Eric Ullis went to Tena Bar, the spot on the Columbia River in Washington state where a portion of the ransom cash from Cooper’s 1972 hijacking was found, then walked for 11 miles from that spot to Greyhound bus terminal in Vancouver, Washington, where he appears to have bought a ticket, got on and disappeared forever, leaving behind one of the greatest unsolved mysteries - Ullis didn’t learn anything new on the trip, but now thinks Cooper buried the money near the location of the owner of the beach so he could find it easily. Even the elusive Bigfoot is impressed.

While the big Loch Ness monster hunt with hundreds of volunteers, boats and drones didn’t turn up anything, the annual total of Nessie sightings by the public keeps climbing as The Official Loch Ness Monster Sightings Register reports one by civil servant Alastair Gray, who saw three seemingly connected shapes with one sticking out of the water at 45 degrees and the others going up and own as if it was moving; one by Siobhan Janaway, who photographed what looked like something creating a 20-foot wake; and one by Fiona Wade that was in the same area between Foyers and Whitebridge as Gray’s and about the same shape. The hunters with the drones would have been better off looking for people on the shore jumping up and down and pointing.

Pareidolia, the phenomenon where one sees faces in inanimate objects, has been a source of ridicule and disbelief by those who can’t see the faces, but a new study found that the condition is common in postpartum women because they have a high level of oxytocin, the “love” or “trust” hormone which is involved in social bonding and possibly key in helping new mothers read new mothers read their baby’s facial expressions. The kids don’t want to know why their mother sees Abraham Lincoln in a piece of burnt toast - they want to know why Mom keeps burning their toast.

This is too easy.

In what could be described as the opposite of pareidolia, mothers of new baby giraffes at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, a private game reserve in central Namibia, and at Brights Zoo in Limestone, Tennessee, can’t see anything on their babies because both were born solid brown and without spots, making them the only two known spotless reticulated giraffes in the world - Sara Ferguson, a wildlife veterinarian and conservation health coordinator at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, says this is pure coincidence and an example of “the weird way the world works.” It may be a coincidence, but Las Vegas bookies no doubt are taking bets on three spotless giraffes in 2023.

We don’t have flying cars yet, but the German hydrogen propulsion startup H2FLY has successfully accomplished the world’s first crewed liquid hydrogen-powered flight as part of Project HEAVEN (High powEr density FC System for Aerial Passenger VEhicle fueled by liquid HydrogeN) - the HY4 plane and its two pilots stayed in the air for 3 hours and 1 minute using 10kg of hydrogen; the aircraft’s 24kg fuel tank can hold enough for an 8 hour flight. Will this finally put an end to all of the “Oh, the humanity!” references to the Hindenburg airship disaster?

The Apollo 17 crew placed three seismometers on the lunar surface to collect data between October 1976 and May 1977, and a new study by Caltech of that seismograph data found that moonquakes took place regularly every afternoon as the lunar surface begins to cool, but in the mornings there were unusual repeating signals that couldn't be explained by natural causes – the researchers have now determined that the repeating tremors are coming from the Apollo 17 lander itself as the sun’s heat causes it to expand and pop off every five to six minutes over a period of five to seven Earth hours regularly and repeatedly. It’s over 50 years old – it has earned the right to make creaks and pops in the morning.

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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