May 31, 2024 I Paul Seaburn

Las Vegas Aliens, Ufology Death Threats, Death Star Black Holes, Air Show UFO and More Mysterious News Briefly

The Las Vegas backyard alien sighting from 2023 – when many witnesses in four states and the LAPD saw an unexplained streak of light cross the sky and a family recorded a "tall, skinny alien creature with greenish color" about 8 to 10 feet tall in their yard -- is back in the news this week after crime scene reconstruction analyst Scott Roder reviewed the video of the incident frame by frame for a podcast and showed where he saw at least two “beings” and a "head… with smoke around it" that may have been a cloaking device, proving to him “That these entities… are real. They're there. This is not fake. This is not a fraud"; both Roder and paranormal podcaster Jim Quirk said they have just begun their quest to determine who these beings are, “Where are they from and what do they want?” We’re lucky that this is one time what happens in Vegas isn’t staying in Vegas.

The search for UFOs in Japan gets an organization as lawmakers there created a nonpartisan group to hound the Japanese government until it investigates and releases information on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) – the organization is headed by Yasukazu Hamada, parliamentary affairs leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and former Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi who will serve as secretary-general; the first formal meeting will be June 6. The second formal meeting will be held after they find out the government won’t cooperate.

Retired Air Force veteran Mark Ely has come forward to reveal that he spent the 1980s inspecting secretly obtained Soviet fighter jets in hidden hangers at the Tonopah Test Range, also known as Area 52, in the Nevada desert – he has stayed silent under military orders but has come forward now because the 63-year-old veteran suffering from diseases he believes were caused by the radiation he and other service members were exposed to at Area 52, which like Area 51 is believed by conspiracy theorists to house research related to extraterrestrials and their ships. Aliens or no aliens, secret missions or not – American veterans deserve top health care.

Radiation poisoning isn’t the only danger to those on secret UFO investigations as Stanford professor, UFO researcher and “aliens are here” proponent Garry Nolan claims that he has been warned by “someone in the government” to “be careful what you say” about the US government’s UFO program, especially after a person “associated with the UFO back engineering program” took his own life – Nolan has also don blood analysis on individuals who suffered from mysterious medical issues after investigating “an anomalous craft". Forget the crashed spaceships – it sounds like it’s time to reverse-engineer some government officials.

Eduardo Jaime, who also goes by “Edu Survivencia, posted images on social media of the remains of a tiny being he claims to have found in the Cerro de las Mitras cave in Monterrey, Mexico; the preserved skeleton appears to have arms longer than its body, is folded in a fetal position, has 20 ribs (four less than a normal human), long fingers and a large head, leading many who saw the photo on social media to compare it to the famous Atacama Mummy of Chile which was thought to be an alien baby but eventually identified as a human girl with serious genetic mutations – Jaime doesn’t think his discovery is a human fetus because it lacks an umbilical cord but appears to have calluses on its feet as if it could walk; while the being was found in an unnamed place where UFO sightings have been reported, most experts think it is a human fetus. These findings are easily solved with a DNA analysis, which is why the finders rarely submit them for DNA analysis.

Keep your heads down - here come those humans again.

If it seems that there are fewer ghost stories coming out of England these days, paranormal researcher and author Dr. Paul Lee agrees and puts the blame on an aging population of spirits as many ghosts have become dormant or passed over to the other side and are not being replaced by the spirits of people who meet tragic deaths that cause their ghosts to remain to haunt the location, exact revenge on a murderer, or just hang out with the resident gang of ghosts – Lee polled the proprietors and residents of many famous haunted locations and said that "So far I've had almost 800 replies and even some supposedly highly haunted places like Conisbrough Castle in South Yorkshire, the Ettington Park Hotel in Stratford said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the UK and Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly, say they haven't experienced anything in the last few years". Can jobless paranormal investigators collect unemployment?

While some government officials hide what they know about aliens on Earth, NASA continues to search for where they might have come from, with the latest possible location being Gliese 12 b, a moderately warm exoplanet just 40 light-years away orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 12 – astronomers using TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) say this temperate, Earth-sized rocky exoplanet is a good candidate to be studied using NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope because of its similarities to both Earth and Venus, which make it a good candidate for supporting life. We’ll know we’re getting close when aliens start worrying about reports from the JWST.

If you’re looking for another reason to be disgusted with Elon Musk, new research has found that his SpaceX Starlink satellites can become extremely bright when sunlight reflects or flares off of them and one of these flares was reported as an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena by the pilots of two commercial aircraft, while people on the ground are also confused as to what these super-bright objects might be and astronomers, both professionals and amateurs, are frustrated by how they can distort and block our views of real stars and space objects - Anthony Mallama of the IAU – Centre for the Protection of Dark and Quiet Skies from Satellite Constellation Interference recommends that these satellites be designed and positioned to reflect sunlight into space. Can someone send him a message on X?

Speaking of Elon Musk, he was in Paris where he told attendees at VivaTech, a worldwide summit for technological start-ups, that “I am an alien – yes, I keep telling people I'm an alien. But nobody believes me,” - Google's artificial intelligence bot Gemini was asked to comment on this and it said that "Musk's companies work on futuristic concepts like colonizing Mars and brain-computer interfaces” and “These ambitions can lead to the idea that his thinking is 'otherworldly'" but "The real likelihood of him, or anyone else for that matter, being an alien is extremely low based on our current knowledge". Look for Musk to buy Gemini and drive it into bankruptcy.

Why don't they believe me, Sir?

Indian astrologer Kushal Kumar, who is being called the ‘New Nostradamus’ so he’s not confused with Brazilian psychic Athos Salome who calls himself the ‘Living Nostradamus’, is hoping to prove he’s worthy of the comparison to the legendary psychic by predicting the exact date World War III will start – the date is June 18, although Kumar hedges his bet by saying that this date has “the strongest planetary stimulus to trigger WWIII although June 10 and 29 may have a say as well”; Kumar supports his prediction with actual events that could lead to World War III, including tensions between the Koreas, China-Taiwan, the Middle East and Ukraine-Russia, plus the death of Iran’s leader. If he was smart, he’d call himself an economist instead of a psychic so no one notices when he’s wrong.

Not to be outdone (or out-psychiced), parapsychologist and ‘Living Nostradamus’ Athos Salomé looked at the recent controversial statement by the Vatican about treating apparitions and supernatural phenomena as divine or miraculous and warned of a scenario “where artificial intelligence technologies are used to deceive people, making them believe in divine apparitions or even a false second coming of Christ" – while not a prediction, he suggests that "The latest handbook from the Vatican holds value for believers providing guidelines on how to understand and react to supernatural occurrences,” and “Its purpose is to prevent fear and uncertainty ensuring that one's faith is rooted in encounters than mere technological tricks" like those from artificial intelligence. Wait a minute - how do we know Athos Salomé is not the Living Artificial Intelligence?

In Mexico, a security camera recorded a guard at the Señor de los Milagros market, in the Lima district of Ventanilla talking to an empty space as if there was a small person there; when questioned later, the unnamed guard swore he was talking to a little girl crying in the hallway who he tried to console as she told him responded that she was looking for her mother; the guard says he went to get help (as seen in the video) but the girl was gone when he returned – because there is no girl visible on the video, many watching it are calling this a paranormal encounter with a 'ghost girl' but no one can explain what actually happened. This is why security guards go back to flipping burgers.

Speaking of strange small encounters, a video making the rounds on TikTok shows a man yelling “Come back out!... I'm just trying to be friends with them, maybe I'll come give them some food," into a hole in a tree where many claim they can see a tiny 'person' peeking out – some commenters warn this could be a ‘dunede’, which in Latin American folklore is a two-foot-tall being covered with long hair so it doesn’t need clothes and is very protective of its home in trees. Too bad he didn’t look around to see if any squirrels were shaking their heads or face-palming.

The Earth’s moon is generally thought to be the product of a collision with a massive space rock and the two moons of Mars are considered to have similar origins, but a new study presents evidence suggesting that Phobos, the innermost and larger moon, may have been a comet that Mars captured in its early years and Deimos could be a chunk torn off of that comet – the study’s authors point to how Phobos reflects sunlight and its porous sand-like surface that are similar to comets associated with Jupiter’s massive gravitational pull; a future mission to Phobos to collect soil samples is the only way to prove this interesting theory. Does Elon Musk have a young assistant who can work on this while he focuses on Mars?

Many stargazers have been baffled by the sudden disappearance of stars, often vanishing without a warning or an explosion, and a group of University of Copenhagen astrophysicists have come up with an explanation after watching an unusual binary star system at the edge of our galaxy called VFTS 243 where one of the massive stars collapsed under its own weight into a black hole so complete that no explosion occurs, nothing escapes and no supernova signals its demise. Isn’t there some way we can blame this on Elon Musk?

If aliens decide to visit the UK, the most likely places they would land, according to Google’s AI bot Gemini, are either the Peak District National Park or Loch Ness – while Loch Ness would make sense because of the paranormal nature of its monster, Gemini predicts that both locations would erupt into chaos as local witnesses post videos on social media, causing a worldwide frenzy and forcing the UK Ministry of Defence to deploy the Royal Air Force to investigate and “potentially establish a perimeter around the craft” while other groups try to communicate with the aliens and determine their intentions. Isn’t that what AI is supposed to do?

North Carolina groundskeeper and his coworker Justin Clontz found a three-foot-wide metal object covered with burnt and frayed carbon fibers resembling fur in the middle of a trail in the town of Canton recently and social media went wild with claims it was from an alien spacecraft, but Smithsonian astrophysicist Dr Jonathan McDowell was finally able to analyze it and determine that it was a piece of a storage trunk from – you guessed it - one of Elon Musk's SpaceX's reusable Cargo Dragon spacecraft which Dr McDowell was able to link to two other objects found in Canada and Australia which are also from SpaceX Dragons, with one being from a Dragon trunk. This will not end until one falls on Elon.

Like the Genesis bomb terraforming planets in the fictional Star Trek universe, The Astrophysics Journal published a study in which astrobiologists at the University of California, Riverside, propose looking for the technosignatures of artificial greenhouse gases in the atmospheres of other planets where alien civilizations may be terraforming a new world to escape to or terraforming their own world before it can become an ice ball or a frozen desert due to climate change or war or industrial pollutions – they suggest using the James Webb Space Telescope to examine the nearby Trappist-1 system located some 40 light years away for an odd-looking planet with a high concentration of artificial greenhouse gases. Spock thinks this is logical.

Yuliya Minina from Stary Oskol in Russia owns what she claims is the world’s largest cat, a Maine Coon named Kefir that appears to be as large as she is and has a scary-looking face that resembles an albino Grinch (of Dr. Seuss fame), including a menacing scowl that as some people convinced it is a different species than Maine Coon or perhaps even an alien being – she claims it is docile and a real Maine Coon. The cat may be from Earth but whatever those giant things are in the litter box look alien.

A new study suggests that a lack of good daycare facilities could be why Neanderthals went extinct - paleoanthropologists analyzing the frequency of dental enamel hypoplasia, an indicator of early stress, in samples of Neanderthals and Upper Paleolithic humans, found that Neanderthal children had more growth disruptions starting with the weaning process and determined this was probably due to Neanderthal parents kicking their children out of the nest earlier than the human parents did, forcing them into a stressful life of fending for themselves so unsuccessfully that the species quickly died out. If they could speak, did the Neanderthal kids try to explain to their parents how bad the job market was in that era?

When the ancient Egyptians weren’t building pyramids or preserving mummies, they were practicing advanced medicine according to a new study published in Frontiers in Medicine authored by Edgard Camarós, a palaeopathologist from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, which describes newly discovered cut marks in a 4,000-year-old Egyptian skull that Camarós believes are evidence of an ancient treatment for cancer – the skull of a woman over 50 had several healed fractures made by a sharp instrument and a large hole caused by a tumor, and the woman lived long enough for the fractures to heal, which would have required both a "group and social response in terms of care". Were no ancient aliens needed for this? 

The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy’s precision flight demonstration squadron made up of top fighter pilots, but it appears none of them saw a UFO flying near them during the Bethpage Airshow in New York over Memorial Day weekend; fortunately, one fan recorded it, reported it to the National UFO Reporting Center and gave the video to the media – according to the report, the object was flying very fast at around 40,000 feet before taking “an immediate and distinct 90 degree turn downward to about 18,000 feet within two to maybe 3 seconds”, after which “it simply disappeared”. With all of the radar in the air and on the ground not picking it up, are we starting to see more stealth drones?

Could it have been one of ours? (Not the actual photo.) 

As if we don’t have enough to keep us awake at night, NASA announced that researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered what it calls “Death Star black holes” - supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies that can swivel around and fire their giant particle beams over a 90-degree swath of space in just a few million years their beams almost 90 degrees over the course of just a few million years, destroying baby stars, wiping out young planets and wreaking havoc around their galaxy. We saw Death Star Black Holes open for Death Cab for Cutie, Starship, the Black Keys and Hole.

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. His new book, “What Would You Say to a Naked Space Alien?”, is a collection of his favorite stories of close encounters of the absurd kind. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange 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. For contact information, visit his web page.

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