Ghost Rescued, Ingenuity Hacked, True Millipedes and More Mysterious News Briefly — December 17, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — December 17, 2021

You may have assumed “millipedes” had a thousand or more legs because of their name, but no species had more than 750 until recently when underground drillers in the Eastern Goldfields Province of Australia found the Eumillipes persephone – a 3.77 inches (95.7 mm) long insect with a cone-shaped head, antennae, a beak, no eyes but 1300 legs. Did they gouge their eyes out after seeing the shoe bill?

A couple in Altamira, Mexico, thought they had rescued a screaming young woman from a building fire, but after she disappeared the neighbors claimed no one was living even temporarily in that apartment and what they had rescued was a ghost. True or not, this sounds like a great opening scene for a Stephen King novel.

A NASA press release about the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter mentioned it had lost some data on its last flight and some are convinced it’s because the little chopper is powered by Apache Log4j which has a critical flaw that has allowed hackers to execute arbitrary code on millions of systems. If you get an order for a thousand pizzas delivered to Mars … ignore it.

Edinburgh Police are looking for the person who entered the allegedly haunted mausoleum of Sir George “Bloody” Mackenzie in the Greyfriars Kirkyard graveyard, disturbed the remains and took photos of them. Shouldn’t they just let the unnatural take its course?

JFK assassination researchers say there is little new in this week’s National Archives release of previously classified documents into the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy – most of the almost 1,500 documents appear to be duplicates of previously released documents with only a few redacted words now revealed. “Welcome to the club,” said UFO researchers.

Coming this weekend is December’s Cold Moon, the longest full moon of the year and the last full moon before the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, which can be seen at its fullest at 11:36 p.m. EST or 0432 GMT on December 19 but will look full from 12/17 to 12/20. Does this make it a werewolf weekend? (Asking for a hirsute friend.)

Sebastián Álvarez, a former Chilean Air Force pilot, just became the first person ever to fly in and out of the crater of an active volcano while wearing a wingsuit. Even Tony Stark said, “Kids, don’t try this at home.” (Is this the new definition of ‘wingnut’?)

Wildlife officials trying to stop the spread of invasive mosquito fish that eat the eggs of native fish and amphibians from Europe to Australia have a new tool — a robotic fish designed to mimic one of mosquito fish’s natural predators, thus stressing them out so much that they can’t reproduce. If this really works, can we try it on politicians?

Before you share another meerkat meme, consider a new study which found that the matriarchal societies of the cute creatures are ruled by a dominant female with extremely high levels of testosterone which can cause her to attack pregnant subordinates, expel them from the group, or kill their newborn pups. Cat ladies are usually harmless … meerkat ladies apparently aren’t.

Researchers exploring caves on Haida Gwaii’s Huxley Island in Canada found a tooth from 13,100 years ago that is the oldest reported evidence of domesticated dogs in the Americas. If they find leather bags filled with dog poop – this really changes everything.

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