Mar 22, 2024 I Paul Seaburn

Haunted Waterslide, Hudson River Monster, Alien-Human-Bear Hybrids, AI Football and More Mysterious News Briefly

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

In August 2023, Chie Kelly released 15 photographs she took in 2018 of what she believed to be the Loch Ness Monster (she kept them to herself for fear of ridicule) and longtime Nessie Hunter veteran Nessie hunter Steve Feltham called them “the most exciting surface pictures (of Nessie) I have seen” – now, the entire collection of Kelly’s 71 photographs has been released by the Cryptid Factor podcast and Feltham hopes they will “spark international debate and an analysis” because “they still defy explanation” and are not otters or a seal as some have speculated; the Cryptid Factor hosts called the video a “game-changer” because it “allows us to see how the monster moves”. We don’t need a game-changer – we need a sudden death overtime with a suddenly dead cryptid.

British paratrooper veteran Franc Milburn has come forward with new information on top secret UFO and alien recovery operations in the late 1980s that were told to him by a former member of the British special forces who recovered a downed ‘non-human’ craft and unsuccessfully chased after its occupants who had fled the scene on foot – while he wouldn’t identify the whistleblower, Milburn said he vetted the special forces witness, who was also a longtime friend, and believed him “100%”; Milburn says he has finally shared the story because he’s concerned about the “excessive secrecy” surrounding alleged UFO crash retrieval programs and suggests that “The various UAP [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena] programs need to be organized under one roof so that advances can be made before the Russians and Chinese get there.” If the aliens were smart, they’d start crashing in smaller countries with no UAP programs.

At the recent Exovision Symposium held in Limoges, France, and organized by the group Alliances Célestes, general director Jean-Michel Raoux introduced himself as being from the planet “Niam” and showed the attendees a set of grainy black-and-white photos of aliens he claims to meet with regularly and claimed that he can call extraterrestrials to specific places on earth where he’s witnessed UFO landings – while Alliances Célestes says its purpose is “to promote a serious strategy of predictable relations between terrestrial human beings and members of civilizations of an extraterrestrial exobiological nature” with “fair and effective mediation”, mainstream reporters were banned from the event and had to slip in wearing disguises. If these organizations want full disclosure from the governments, they need to lead by example and the media needs to report on them openly and without judgement – but with some scientific evaluation.

Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, an outspoken proponent of full disclosure of government UFO files, said this week on a podcast that there is “non-human higher intelligence” living in our oceans that “possess craft that can do things we can’t explain, with technology we can't explain, and with laws of physics that are not what we know them to be"; he said he saw the 'Go Fast' video before it was released via a “secret network” and it “convinced me that we weren't alone"; the retired admiral concludes that ‘Unidentified Submersible Objects’ (USOs) need urgent and focused research as they pose the "real threat" to international maritime security. Maybe he should have attended the Exovision Symposium in France.

Also in response to the latest AARO report, lawyer and longtime activist Daniel Sheehan, who represented former Pentagon official Lue Elizondo in his attempts to release reports on “unmanned aerial phenomena” cases he investigated, boldly announced on the social media site X that “Dr. Kirkpatrick and his associates at AARO are knowingly lying when they falsely claim that they have received no sustainable evidence of the existence of a secret U.S. government program” because Sheehan has seen “several official photographs of an operation active UFO recovery” provided to him by government officials; he also told Ross Coulthart that the photos showed a large mark on the ground left by the UFO and strange symbols were clearly visible on its dome that were from no known Earth language. Your move, AARO.

British pop singer and songwriter Brocarde is back in the news again for something other than her music as she announced the decision to become a paranormal investigator using her experience with a "devilishly handsome" Victorian soldier ghost named Edwardo who "burst" into her bedroom and seduced her, convinced her to fall in love and marry him, then cheated on her so much that she called in an exorcist to “divorce” them – all appears to be forgiven as now Eduardo is her partner and together they have investigated an alcoholic devil who gave her rope burns, and a malevolent hangman ghost who dragged from her bed. Sounds like she needs to investigate the haunted office of a ghost psychotherapist.

The exchanging of the vows should have been a clue.

In celebrity paranormal news, English model and television personality Abbey Clancy and her ex-footballer husband Peter Crouch have been discussing Abbey’s mysterious UFO sighting on their podcast The Therapy Crouch – she claims she was driving on A3 when she saw “these three lights in a formation that all flew off in a different direction in the end” and now fears “I’m going to get abducted” – and Crouch says that as a result Abbey’s been swamped by calls and she’s become the spokesperson for those with UFO and alien encounters; she also sees a definite link between aliens and crop circles. ET … phone Abbey.

Not everyone is excited about the Apocalypso waterslide coaster being built at a waterpark at Georgia’s Lake Lanier, the first waterslide coaster in the state, because the manmade lake is considered to be haunted by the ghosts of some of the estimated 700 people who have drowned there since it was built in the 1950s and named after writer, poet, musician and Confederate army veteran Sidney Lanier – the nation’s largest “blasterango drop” will send water riders  uphill and downhill at an average speed of 30 mph over the waters allegedly cursed because cemeteries were moved to build it and some tombstones are still on its bottom. Even Disney’s Haunted Mansion thinks this is a bad idea.

Exorcist Reverend Bill Bean prefers to be called a non-denominational deliverance minister for allegedly helping remove demons from thousands of possessed people, and he also claims to have seen aliens and UFOs, but he has now become more famous among Bigfoot believers for his recent claims that those same aliens had sex with human women and their offspring then had sex with bears – and the end result is Sasquatch, making Bigfoot an alien-human-bear hybrid. If this doesn’t get him a Sunday morning TV show, nothing will.

If you like cocktails but gave them up so that you could one day become an astronaut, you can start drinking them again as an international team of astronomers using the James Webb Space Telescope discovered two young protostars known as IRAS 2A and IRAS 23385 which are surrounded by icy compounds made up of complex organic molecules like ethanol or alcohol – they also contain acetic acid, formic acid, methane, formaldehyde and sulfur dioxide, so there are some ingredients space travelers can mix with the alcohol rather than drinking it straight. Now we know what really drew Chief Engineer Mongomery Scott to his job on the USS Enterprise.

Since November 2023, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has been sending a steady radio stream of gibberrsih from deep space and worrying engineers that its flight data subsystem (FDS) computer is busted and the little ship’s nearly 50 year mission has ended, but it may have redeemed itself recently when NASA sent a ‘poke’ and it responded two days later with a non-gibberish reply that turned out to be the entire FDS memory – not exactly what the engineers wanted but valuable data which they can compare to previous FDS memory dumps from before the breakdown to see what variables have changed and determine if they may have caused the problem. I’m not saying it wasn’t aliens, but it wasn’t aliens.

Voyager 1 just keeps on going and going and going ...

Myrtle Beach is South Carolina’s most popular tourism destination, but those looking for spiritual mediums, fortune tellers and other similar services were out of luck until recently when council members considered a new zoning rule to allow divination services like bone readers, clairvoyants, numerologists, palm readers and other practitioners a chance to do business there legally compete for business. Do golfers really need to know what they’re going to shoot ahead of time?

Some companies are working hard to solve the world’s food shortages by making lab-grown meats while others are developing vegan beef and pork, but a new study published in the Scientific Reports journal found that farmed pythons could provide a low-emission source of protein because the large snakes grow rapidly, require minimal water, will eat rodents and other crop pests, are low maintenance for farmers and are considered a delicacy in many places. Get ready for dishes like Snakes on a Plate and Monty Python and the Holy Gravy.

Before you start complaining about how hard it is to find a good tattoo artist and how painful the procedure is, a new study of Ötzi the iceman, the 5,300-year-old frozen mummy, found that Ötzi’s body-covering tattoos, some of the oldest ever, were made by Ötzi himself using a hand-poking technique where he took a sharp bone or pointed copper awl, dipped it in a plant-based ink, and repeatedly poked himself in lines that became shapes and drawings all over his body – to prove this theory, one of the study authors tattooed himself using the same hand-poking technique. Kids, don’t try this at home.

Space medicine researchers studying the effects of a microgravity environment on the human body during long space missions recently interviewed 24 astronauts from the U.S., European and Japanese space agencies who traveled aboard the International Space Station for up to 26 weeks and found that all but two of them reported experiencing headaches in space, with some resembling migraines and others resembling tension headaches, and the headaches occurred both at the beginning when their bodies were adapting to microgravity, and also at the end when should have been acclimated – their study published in the journal Neurology suggests the headaches have various and differing causes. No wonder those aliens with their giant heads always look pained.

Those mysterious fairy circles of Namibia, the bare rounds of grass which appear in regular patterns in the dry Namib Desert, are a little less mysterious due to a new study by researchers from the University of Göttingen in Germany and Ben Gurion University in Israel published in the journal Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics which revealed how freshly germinated grass dies inside the fairy circle due to a lack of water in the topsoil just ten days after rainfall – this refutes alternative theories that termites cause the circles. Now, can these scientists go back to finding a cure for cancer?

Artificial intelligence has invaded the sports arena as the computer programming company DeepMind, owned by Alphabet Inc. (Google) has developed “TacticAI” and used it to accurately predict the outcome of corner kicks in football (soccer) and provide realistic and accurate tactical suggestions in matches – experts from the Liverpool Football Club tested TacticAI and preferred its suggestions over existing strategies 90% of the time; those suggestions included predicting receivers and shot attempts and recommending player position adjustments. In order to be truly useful, TacticAI must also predict when hooligan fans from opposing teams will try to pull its plug.

Are you ready for the AI World Cup?

The European Parliament held a hearing on UFOs this week and announced that China has ordered its military to shoot down all UFOs as threats to its aerial and national security; the MEPs made this decision after hearing testimonies from UAP experts and researchers, pilots who have witnessed UAPs (including American pilot Ryan Graves), and astrophysicist Beatriz Villarroel from the Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics, Stockholm University and member of the Sol Foundation , who called for serious EU scientific research into UAPs – sadly, only 120 people attended the hearing. If a UFO lands in the woods and no one in the government saw it, does that mean it didn’t happen?

Two papers published this week in the journal JAMA revealed the results of investigations by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on over 80 people who reported having experienced “anomalous health incidents” attributed to the mysterious “Havana Syndrome” which affected American and Canadian diplomats while stationed at their embassies in Havana, Cuba, in the late 2010s; the MRI scans and other medical tests were compared to a control group and the researchers found few if any differences between the two groups – they have no idea what caused the reported symptoms which were at various times blamed on a “directed energy weapon”, a foreign adversary, pesticides or other physical causes. Did anyone check the exhaust coming out of all of those old American cars still running in Havana?

Hudson Valley resident Jo-Ann Martin posted a photo on social media of what many say is Kipsy, the legendary monster said to be living in the Hudson River – while some viewing the picture think it resembles a piece of driftwood or a monstrous Atlantic sturgeon (a 14-footer was caught in the Hudson River in 2019), others are convinced it is "Kipsy", named for Poughkeepsie, the so-called "The Queen City of the Hudson". Still others think anyone who believes this is Kipsy are probably tipsy.

From the ‘Not everything is an alien’ file comes these photos taken of strange, jelly-like objects found in the McGee Creek Reservoir on the south-east edge of the Ouachita Mountain Range in Oklahoma which many described as being a sack of unhatched eggs from an alien creature – they were disappoint to learn that they are actually simple, aquatic invertebrates known as zooids which reproduce by cloning, and the sacks are a colony called a bryozoan which allows the zooids to collectively filter large numbers of tiny food particles from the water, thus feeding them and cleaning the reservoir at the same time; the well-fed zooids are then food for mussels, snails and small fish. We saw The Zooids open for The Zombies.

The 8,000 volunteer astronomers working on NASA's Active Asteroids project scanned 430,000 images of asteroids from the Dark Energy Camera (DECam) and found 15 with activity on them such as comet-like tails or envelopes of gas and dust – their study, published in The Astronomical Journal, suggests these rare active asteroids will someday help us better understand the formation and evolution of the solar system, as well as providing s[pace travelers with a source of power and breathable air. It is truly a great time to be involved with astronomy!

The North American eclipse is fast approaching (April 8) and, while most people know not to look directly at the eclipse without certified protective eclipse viewing glasses, many are puzzled by the warnings coming from government agencies in the path of the brief blackout to stock up on emergency food, water and toilet paper, gas up their cars, and stay home at all costs – the problem is not the Sun or the Moon’s fault but the millions of humans converging in the path of the eclipse, and then immediately heading out, causing traffic jams, fast food shortages, overused toilets and other emergency conditions. The only thing worse would be if we found out the Sun was dating Taylor Swift.

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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