Bigfoot Birthday Bash, Jetpack Man Back, ISS Spinning and More Mysterious News Briefly — July 30, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — July 30, 2021

A Boeing 747 pilot reported to air traffic controllers another possible jetpack idiot man flying near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) – the first one since at least four pilots reported seeing jetpack fliers last year in the same area. Are they migrating south to escape the fires?

A grand jury indicted billionaire Trevor Milton, the founder of the Nikola electric car company, on two counts of securities fraud and wire fraud for lying about “nearly all aspects of the business” to get investors and pump up the company’s stock price. Yes, Nikola competes with Tesla with the most obvious name since the Washington Football Team.

The University of Oxford is looking for volunteers to test a new vaccine to protect against the plague as outbreaks are on the rise – including a 10-year-old boy who died of complications from plague in the US last week. They might get more volunteers if they offered them free bird beak masks.

To combat the serious worker shortages in California, the Sugar Mediterranean Bistro in Stockton brought in a food-carrying robot to help deliver orders to customers. It gets bigger tips than the human waitstaff because it never comes back when your mouth is full to ask if everything is OK.

Bengali, a tiger living at the Tiger Creek Animal Sanctuary in Tyler, Texas, was confirmed by Guinness World Records as the oldest living tiger in captivity at the age of 25 years and 319 days old and counting. Bengali blew out all of the candles and opened her eyes, but the cake didn’t turn into a human on a platter.

A family in Broken Bow, Oklahoma – a Bigfoot sighting hotspot – thought it would be fun to invite a female Bigfoot impersonator named Cinnamon to their six-year-old daughter’s birthday party … instead, the kids ran screaming and crying out of the room thinking it was a real Bigfoot. Cinnamon eventually won the kids over – a good thing in the state where Bigfoot hunting is legal and offers a reward.

The 8.2 magnitude earthquake that struck off Alaska’s coast this week, about 56 miles (91 km) east southeast of Perryville, was the strongest one since 1964 but didn’t result in any tsunamis. That’s good news for coastal Alaskans, but bad news for Alaskan TV reporters in raincoats and waders hoping to boost their ratings.

A German-built space telescope called eROSITA has created the most detailed map of black holes and neutron stars ever, revealing more than 3 million newfound objects across the universe in less than two years of operation. “Hold our beers and watch this,” said Google’s black hole map developers.

Russia’s brand new Nauka module, just docked to the International Space Station, unexpectedly fired its thrusters and the entire space station spun uncontrollably by 45 degrees out of attitude, but NASA reported that “crew members are safe and will scrub their schedules for today in order to focus on recovery efforts following the unexpected loss of attitude caused by the Russian Nauka module’s thrusters firing.” Can they blame doping?

The journal Sustainability published a study stating that New Zealand—along with Iceland, the United Kingdom, Australia (specifically Tasmania) and Ireland—were the nations currently most suited to maintaining higher levels of societal, technological, and organizational complexity if a global collapse were to happen due to climate change. Book your flights no- … too late.

Three new studies cast doubt on the premise of subsurface lakes below the Martian south pole and provide evidence they’re just clay. Elon Musk just got hundreds of ticket requests from pottery makers.

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Vitalik Buterin gives expected timeline for Ethereum 1.0 and 2.0 merge

The merge of ETH1.0 and ETH2.0 will occur in 6 months or more from now says lead Ethereum developer Vitalik Buterin.
In the meantime, Ethereum validator nodes have increased to 200,000, and over $14B is now staked in ETH 2.0 ahead of migration to Proof-of-Stake.

Vitalik Buterin, Ethereum (ETH) co-founder, has spoken about the expected timeline of the Ethereum 1.0 and Ethereum 2.0 merger. He was quoted at the World Blockchain Conference hosted by 8BTC in Hangzhou Future Sci-tech City, saying:

…upcoming very soon, we have the Altair Hard Fork on the Proof of Stake chain. The London Hard Fork is under the existing Proof of Work chain. At some point, maybe about half a year from now maybe more, we will get the merge, which is when the Proof of Work chain is finished and everything on the Proof of Work chain gets moved over onto the Proof of Stake chain.

Additionally, the Ethereum CEO said that following the much-anticipated merge, a post-merge cleanup fork will ensue. The cleanup’s idea is to fix some necessary aspects not done by the hard fork implementing the merge. An example of this is that the merge won’t facilitate withdrawals.

At the moment, all who have staked in the Proof of Stake system cannot make withdrawals of their deposits or rewards. Following the merge, withdrawals will still be undoable until after the post-merge cleanup, says Buterin.

Ethereum Proof-of-Stake implementation

Thereafter, Buterin says sharding will be the second development. Data shards are capable of giving Rollups 20-50 times more space, which translates to higher scalability. Eventually, this feature will support up to 100,000 transactions per second on the future Ethereum network.

Initially, sharding will have a basic level of security, the developer noted. However, as sharding upgrades, so will the security features. At this, he spoke about data availability sampling, which is a technology for improving sharding security. With it, nodes can verify that data in the shards is published without making massive data downloads.

Importantly, data availability sampling ensures that applications do not crush with increased scaling and huge data loads. Such an unfortunate incident would happen if blocks get accepted where there is no data access. Buterin concluded his speech, saying:

I think over the next 2 or 3 years, we’re going to see it become much cheaper to use Ethereum. And we’re going to see it become more possible for many more kinds of applications to use Ethereum. And the Ethereum ecosystem is going to become a lot more interesting and fun.

High merge expectations

The migration to Proof of Stake has received many delays in the past, which Buterin says are due to personal and not technical faults. However, there is much hype surrounding this development as validator nodes have increased by 20,000 in a month to 200,000+. Additionally, ETH staked in the network stands at over 6.6 million coins, which is worth over $14 billion.

So far, the amount of staked ETH is 5 percent of the total circulating ETH supply. The annual percentage yield (APY) on staked ETH now stands at 6.1 percent on the Ethereum network. Meanwhile, Ethereum is now trading at $2,399, up 4.4 percent in 24-hours, according to our data.

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Art of the Mushroom Gods: Stone Age Paintings Recall Ancient Psychedelic Journeys

In many parts of the ancient world, people left their mark for future generations… in the very most literal sense. Carvings in stone and drawings on cave walls using charcoal, or simple substances like the ferric oxide-rich ochre capable of producing colorful hues of red, remain today as a lasting testament to the ancient ways of life.

Such examples of ancient art grant us a unique view of the past. Often the art found at famous locations like Lascaux or Chauvet cave provides images of ancient hunters at work. Other locations like the Cave of the Trois-Frères in southwestern France show us scenes like that of the “Sorcerer,” an enigmatic figure depicted with deer antlers that were first shown to the world in the written works of Abbé Henri Breuil, who reproduced renderings of these 13,000-year-old images.

The “Great God of Sefar” as depicted at the caves at Tassili, Algeria (public domain).

Even stranger art can be found at locations like the caves at Tassili n’Ajjer, a national park and UNESCO world heritage site in modern-day Algeria. Among the paintings here are exotic-looking representations of peculiar humanoid shapes numbering in the thousands, which bear names like the “Great God of Sefar” or the “Great Martian God.” Looking at the art depicted at Tassili, it is easy to see how many proponents of ancient astronaut theories might employ these eerie-looking personages as evidence supporting ancient visitations to Earth by extraterrestrial beings. But what if the inspiration behind such images had another source entirely?

The late ethnobotanist Terrence McKenna was among the many who have proposed over the last few decades that such cave art might represent a very different sort of “contact” from that envisioned by proponents of visitation by ancient astronauts. On the contrary, the ancient artists who produced the imagery found at places like Tassili might have been drawing things that originated from inner space, rather than outer space.

When considering the appearance of some of the cave art in question, this seems to be a compelling argument; especially on account of one of the most peculiar figures depicted in the Tassili art, which resembles an insect-faced anthropomorphic shape with mushrooms sprouting from its torso and appendages.

Reproduction of the “Mushroom Man” at Tassili (public domain).

According to McKenna, this figure not only bears a striking similarity to the kinds of visions reported by modern users of psychedelic substances, but the inclusion of the mushrooms seems to be a dead giveaway for the influence of mushrooms containing the compounds psilocybin and psilocin, which are responsible for their powerful psychedelic effects.

Tassili’s “mushroom man” is not the only instance involving modern psychedelic visionary experiences appearing in ancient art. A similarly compelling example was also discovered by researchers at the Selva Pascuala cave at Villar del Humo, Spain. In it, cattle seen close to a small row of mushrooms appear to depict the presence of Psilocybe hispanica growing on the waste left by these animals. Researchers believe this instance of ancient cave art to be the first direct evidence of ritualistic use of psilocybin anywhere in prehistoric Europe.

The fact that depictions of strange, alien-looking personages in ancient cave art appear to represent psychedelic visions makes these figures no less exotic in appearance to us today. However, it also shows that human interactions with “inner space” seem to go much further back into time and that the visionary experiences of modern psychonauts are nothing new. Instead, they represent the continuation of a long tradition of experiences between humans and the “others” who experiencers claim to find inhabiting the psychedelically stimulated realms of the mind.

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Aliens That Look Eerily Like Us and Who Roam Around Our Supermarkets! Huh?!

If there’s one thing you can say about aliens, it’s that most of them don’t really look like us. Okay, there’s the head, the torso, the arms and the legs, but largely that’s where things come to an end. For example, the small “Greys” have huge heads, large black eyes and emaciated bodies. The “Reptilians” are hardly human-looking. The lesser-known “hairy dwarfs” and the Flatwoods Monster of 1952 were nowhere near human-like. That said, however, there are a number of reports of non-human entities that look almost identical to us. There’s no doubt this applies, chiefly, to the “Space Brothers” and “Space Sisters” of the 1950s. They were encountered, usually, in desert locations and near the West Coast of the United States. The females were practically identical to us. The males, too. That is, apart from their 1980s-era-style, heavy-metal-band hair. They had fun and memorable names, such as “Rondolla” of the Fourth Density; “Zolton;” of Vela; “Ah-Ming” of Tarr; and “Numa” of Uni. Much better than the nameless Greys, right? Right! Then, there was Aura Rhanes, the ultimate alien uberbabe of the 1950s and a proud citizen of the planet Clarion, which, by the way, has never been found. Until his death in 1969, Contactee Truman Bethurum was totally entranced by Captain Rhanes. There are, however, other aliens that look just like us and who can pass for us on the streets, in the malls, and at the Friday night game. Whether or not they bet on the game, I don’t know.

Giant Rock, California, where human-looking ETs with stupid-but-fun names loved to hang out in the 1950s (Nick Redfern)

Giant Rock, California, where human-looking ETs with stupid-but-fun names loved to hang out in the 1950s (Nick Redfern) have friends who fully believe the Black Eyed Children are aliens. Personally, though, I think that is what we call in the U.K. “complete and utter bollocks.” In my view the BEC are something supernatural, rather than extraterrestrial. I have to admit, however, that those strange black eyes and the pale, sickly-looking faces do suggest that the BEC just might be ETs. Give them some human-like contact lenses, and, yes, they certainly could pass for us. Just maybe. Now, let’s take a trip to a store. UFO authority, and author, Denise Stoner told me the following: “At least three times here in Florida at a particular combination health/grocery/restaurant I have been observed by a strange character. This is a good place to blend as many folks who shop here are ‘odd characters’ to begin with or ‘hippie like,’ gone back to nature types. So, the person who has observed me is wearing a gauzy outfit, thin hair, woven straw Panama type hat and sun glasses fits right in.” Denise continued:

No way these guys are going to pass for us

“His skin, hair, and clothing are all almost the same beige color. The difference is he has a drink in front of him, a notebook, stares at me the whole time as we eat at a table on the sidewalk. He never has food of his own nor does he touch the drink. It seems he knows when we are almost finished eating, he gets up, walks slowly past our table, rounds the corner that is clearly visible but must pass a pillar on the corner of the shopping plaza by our table. Once he goes behind that pillar, he never comes out the other side. There is literally nowhere for him to go but out the other side, then down the sidewalk or out to the parking lot – but no, he is gone. I cannot get up to follow thinking I am going to bump in to him on the other side of the pillar. He lets me know in no uncertain terms that he is watching me or letting me know he is there.”

Captain Aura Rhanes. Now, that’s more like it.

For his book Selected by Extraterrestrials, William Tompkins wrote: “The time was 1:30 p.m. It was an afternoon in late 2010. The location was an exclusive neighborhood in Oceanside, California. I needed some things from our local store. Walking fairly close to the rear entrance, I spotted an expensively dressed, tall, blonde, vision that immediately reminded me of the first day I met Jessica, my Nordic alien.  She stopped and turned, facing me. With a sincere, deep, penetrating look, this vision said, ‘My father is several levels above 32 Mason, and I’m going to help you with your book.’ We talked for about ten minutes, outside of the door.  She gave me her phone number and said, ‘Meet me tomorrow, in the coffee lounge at 1:30.’ Obviously, I was extremely impressed and in total confusion about her remarks, because I never met her and didn’t know who she was. How could she have known I was writing a book?  And what did her Freemason father have to do with the subject matter in my book?” Don’t ask me. I’m just the messenger.

There’s no doubt, whatsoever, this story is a bizarre one. How could it not be when supermarkets, UFOs and aliens become integral parts of it all? Aliens that look so much like us they can wander the aisles, get stuck in the check-out lines for twenty minutes (just like me and you!), choose the shopping cart with the fucked-up front-wheel, and not be outed for what they really are? Now, that’s impressive!

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Modern Day Alchemists Turn Water into Shiny Golden Metal

Turning anything other than gold into the precious ‘noble’ metal has been one of the dreams of alchemists — along with creating an elixir for immortality — since alchemy began some 4,000 years ago across three continents. Since people today are trying to get rich by turning electricity into bitcoin, one could assume that the lead-or-straw-to-gold transformation hasn’t yet been achieved. That would have been correct until recently when physicists in the Czech Republic turned water into a shiny golden metal. Was it gold? Are they rich? Is it time to pull out of bitcoin? (You might want to check with Elon Musk first.)

Tell me more!


Wait a minute! Any liquid can become metallic when placed under enough pressure! Physics 101!

Yes, junior physicists – you are correct. However, as the study published this week in the journal Nature points out, no laboratory can afford the equipment to do this. In fact, the only place in the solar system where it’s possible to pressurize liquid into metal would be in the centers of the massive planets Neptune and Uranus, where water has been pressurized into a solid metallic core. Pavel Jungwirth, a physical chemist at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague and co-author of the study, decided there had to be another way. According to the press release, he theorized that he could turn water into a solid metal by borrowing electrons from alkali metals such as sodium and potassium.

Wait a minute! Don’t alkali metals tend to explode when mixed with water?

Correct again, junior bomb-maker. Jungwirth and his team took the precaution of slowing down the reaction time between alkali and water by mixing liquid sodium and potassium in a syringe at room temperature, then placing it in a vacuum. Droplets were squeezed out gently into water vapor. As the water condensed in a .1 micrometer thick layer, its electrons quickly became diffused with the positive metallic ions in the alkali droplet. In seconds, the water layer turned golden.

Gold! Sell the bitcoin and buy a vacuum and some syringes!

We’re gonna be rich!

Not so fast, junior alchemist. The gold-colored layer was analyzed using optical reflection and synchrotron X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies and found to definitely be shiny, golden and metallic – but not gold. On the positive side, Jungwirth and his colleagues – both those working on the project and others in the lab – were more excited about not blowing themselves up. Jungwirth and team member chemist Phil Mason conducted a similar risky experiment in 2015 to discover the mechanism that makes sodium explode when it touches water and were forced to conduct in on a balcony, chasing off people using it for smoking. Peter Edwards, a chemist at the University of Oxford who was not involved with the experiment but reviewed the results, was impressed with the latest one.

“They have managed to get to a quasi-steady state such that the physics of metallization wins over chemical decomposition.”

In other word, close and impressive on the explosion prevention side, but no cigar.

Should we keep our bitcoin?

That’s up to you and your financial advisor or teen friend who’s already a bitcoin millionaire on paper. It may be risky but it’s still safer than mixing alkali metals and water.

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Tezos welcomes Smartlink as newest corporate baker on the network

Smartlink has become the newest corporate baker on Tezos.
Other than Smartlink, there are more than 400 bakers including global gaming giant Ubisoft, on the Tezos blockchain network. 

Decentralized escrow smart contract platform Smartlink has announced its expansion in the Tezos ecosystem by becoming the newest corporate baker. On becoming a corporate baker officially on Tezos, Smartlink will now begin to validate transactions on the blockchain. The latest move by Smartlink fulfils one of the project’s commitments to expand in the Tezos ecosystem. Apart from Smartlink, more than 400 corporate bakers globally are validators on the Tezos blockchain. Other Tezos corporate bakers include insurance company Wakam, cloud provider Exaion, global gaming giant Ubisoft, Sword France, and more. 

Smartlink joins over 400 bakers on the Tezos blockchain

Smartlink specializes in end-to-end online escrow solutions, incurring reliable transactions. The platform offers reduced processing costs as it exempts third parties, which drive transaction costs up. Additionally, Smartlink guarantees the safety of funds during transactions and reduces potential risks and fraud on multiple blockchain networks. The platform provides these features through an end-to-end payment solution that ensures seamless transactions. 

We are pleased to announce that @smartlinkHQ is now a @tezos corporate baker!
“The promise of this technology is consistent with the ambitious goals we have for our platform.” @BenConstanty
Learn more #blockchain #crypto #smartlink

— Nomadic Labs (@LabosNomades) July 29, 2021

Smartlink founder and CEO Ben Constanty commented on the platform’s latest achievement on becoming a corporate baker on Tezos. Expressing his satisfaction with the new move, the CEO stated:

I am now more convinced than ever that we have made the best technological decision choosing Tezos. The promise of this network is consistent with the same ambitious goals we have for our platform. We are pleased to strengthen our commitment to this ecosystem by becoming a co-baker today.

Tezos upgrade mechanism limits disruptions and also offers constant upgradability and improved functionality over time. Over time, Tezos has gone through six network upgrades for advanced features. With the several upgrades, Tezos now offers reduced fees, improved token standards, increased transaction speed, and mcuh more. 

Nomadic Labs welcomes Smartlink

In a statement, the president of Nomadic Labs, Michel Mauny:

We are always delighted to see project leaders becoming increasingly involved in our ecosystem. Smartlink holds great promise and the dynamism that its team express will be a plus for all.

The blockchain network, Tezos, is a Proof of Stake (PoS) network and uses 2 million times less energy than other networks that use Proof of Work (POW). Since the beginning of 2020, the Tezos community has featured some popular NFT and DeFi applications. In addition, the Tezos community has recorded growth in its network activity up to 1,200 percent since the year began. The blockchain network has grown over the years and now accommodates different clients across several sectors. Some of the clients building on Tezos include non-fungible token (NFT) artists, sporting franchises, music labels, game developers, real estate developers, global NGOs, and more. 


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Man Woke Up and Suddenly Forgot the Last 20 Years of His Life

Most of us have had minor lapses in our memory (usually caused by a drunken night of partying – no, I don’t remember singing karaoke…), but imagine waking up one morning and forgetting the last 20 years of your life. Well, that’s exactly what happened to one man in Granbury, Texas.

Last July, 36-year-old Daniel Porter woke up thinking that he had to get ready for school because in his mind he was still 16 years old. But when he opened his eyes, he noticed a strange woman lying next to him in bed. Surprised at seeing the strange woman, he got out of bed and walked over to the mirror only to see an “old and fat” man staring back at him.

In reality, he was 36 years old, married to his wife Ruth, and had a 10-year-old daughter named Libby – none of which he remembered. In fact, he thought he was kidnapped by a stranger but his wife and parents had to reassure him that he was safe at home with his family.

“He woke up one morning and just had no idea who I was or where he was. He was very confused. I could tell he didn’t recognize the room,” Ruth explained, “He thought he was either drunk and gone home with a woman or that he’d been kidnapped. I could see him looking for an escape route.”

When she helped him get dressed, he thought that he was putting on another man’s clothes and that Ruth’s husband was going to “come home any minute”. Daniel did remember watching a WWE episode and when Ruth researched it, she realized that it originally aired in the 1990s.

He didn’t remember meeting his wife in 2006 when they both worked at Walmart, or that they got married in 2007. He was even scared of their dogs. Furthermore, he forgot all of his training as a hearing specialist, ultimately leading to him leaving his job. Ruth added that his memory loss caused him to become different in certain ways like changes in his personality and that he now has “different tastes in food”.

Doctors diagnosed Daniel with having Transient Global Amnesia (TGA) which is normally a sudden and temporary lapse in short-term memory. It affects 3 to 10 out of every 100,000 people and those who suffer from it have become confused or disorientated about their whereabouts and the time. Their memories usually returns within 24 hours but unfortunately for Daniel, it’s been a year and a lot of his memories regarding his last 20 years are still missing.

There is no known cause for TGA, but it mostly affects people older than 50 years of age with some of them having a history of migraines. The condition could be caused by several factors such as hard physical activity, sexual intercourse, sudden exposure to very hot or very cold water, emotional stress, or mild head trauma.

Prior to his memory loss, Daniel did suffer from extreme stress in addition to stress-induced seizures. The non-epileptic seizures were so bad that he suffered a slipped disk in his back. “He walks with a walking stick and a bit like an old man. He dealt with that for around six months and all this other stuff back to back and it was like his brain just said it didn’t want to do it anymore and just swiped 20 years of memories,” Ruth said.

Let’s hope that Daniel fully recovers and regains all of his precious memories.

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Global crypto users more than doubled in the first half of 2021 research reveals that global crypto adoption has doubled since January. 
As of June 2021, the number of global crypto users has reached 221 million. 

According to the latest research by, the market size of crypto users globally has more than doubled in the first half of this year. The report showed that there are now 221 million crypto users in the global market. While compiling the result, analyzed on-chain data with other parameters. The research utilized data garnered from the 24 largest crypto platforms in the world. 

Crypto users globally doubled between January and June 2021

Noting that the number of crypto users globally reached 221 million in June, the report stated that crypto users all over the world nearly doubled in just about four months. The market size, which was around 106 million earlier this year in February, increased to 203 million in May. 

Before then, the global crypto user base advanced from 65 million to 100 million within nine months, beginning from when started using the new research methodology in May last year. 

Notably, Bitcoin fueled the growth recorded in the first two months of the year. Additionally, there was a significant growth in the adoption of altcoins in May, which supported the total crypto market size to a new high. 

Factors behind increased crypto adoption in the last six months

The report tied the surge in crypto adoption to some notable events in the crypto space. Firstly, there is an increase in the number of institutional investors in cryptocurrencies. More specifically, Bitcoin led the global crypto adoption from January through April. During the period, institutions like PayPal, Visa, Mastercard, and MicroStrategy announced their BTC investments. These giants announced their Bitcoin acquisitions and declared their support for the top coin. Following the announcement, Bitcoin saw notable increases in its adoption. 

Likewise, the second crypto by market cap, Ethereum, also grew in May and June with a spike in institutional demand. 

The research also mentions Tesla CEO Elon Musk as one of the influencers of the increased crypto adoption globally. After Musk triggered a rise in Bitcoin earlier, the electric vehicle (EV) company CEO also caused a dip in the value of the cryptocurrency. After entering 2021 on a high note, Bitcoin continued to pull in gains and reach new record highs between January and early April. However, the coin began to drop following Musk’s criticism of Bitcoin mining. As Bitcoin started losing its value, the number of Bitcoin and Ethereum holders also began to reduce. However, other altcoins, led by SHIB and DOGE, recorded an improvement of about 50 percent in the number of holders. 

The co-founder and CEO of commented: 

Our Research and Insights team have continued to fine tune their market assessments, giving us and the broader community a clear understanding of the market, The growth we have seen in the first half of 2021 on our platform and industry-wide is very encouraging and we will continue investing heavily as we pursue our goal of putting cryptocurrency in every wallet.


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Ethernity Chain to Drop NFT of NAS’s Performance in South Africa on the 20th Anniversary of the end of Apartheid

Johannesburg, South Africa, 29th July, 2021,

Ethernity Chain is proud to announce another unique NFT collection is coming to its ecosystem. This aNFT (Authenticated NFT) collection contains UNRELEASED and never before seen footage of Nas performing a sold-out show of Illmatic with a full orchestra in South Africa on the anniversary of the ending of Apartheid. This drop is made possible with the help of Audio Up and will occur on July 31, 2021. 

The connection between NAS and the Apartheid is intriguing. Ending Apartheid in South Africa was a major milestone that coincided with releasing Illmatic in the United States. So having NAS perform on the twentieth-anniversary date of ending Apartheid makes a lot of sense in that regard. Additionally, this cross-over anniversary highlighted a crucial reason why the Apartheid needed to be abolished.

Before abolishing the Apartheid, it would not have been possible for an African-American hip-hop artist to perform in front of a wide audience like the performance that NAS did in 2014. The fact that performance was held signals a crucial change and is part of the broader narrative of how hip hop is a defining force for African-American voices globally. Additionally, it has become the definitive global music genre that tops streaming and sales charts globally, even today.  

In 2013, Jared Gutstadt, Founder of Audio Up, had a wild idea to create orchestral tracks based on Illmatic–it would be legendary. Due to a chance meeting between Nas and Jared, they started working on bringing this vision to life. Jared composed the orchestral tracks, partnered with an orchestra, and Nas crushed it by performing his lyrics over the music to a live audience in 2014. This NFT collection is compiled from never-before-seen footage of that performance.

As serendipity would have it, the date of that performance in South Africa fell upon the anniversary of the end of Apartheid. Coincidentally, the anniversary of the Nas Illmatic album release also falls on this date. The charitable beneficiary of this collection is the We Are Family Foundation, founded by legendary musician and producer, Nile Rodgers. The foundation focuses on initiatives that unite the world. These proceeds will benefit WAFF’s Youth to the Front program. Nile has personal experiences as a creator showcasing his craft in South Africa at the end of Apartheid. His song “We Are Family” gave Nelson Mandela hope when he was still imprisoned in South Africa. Nile composed the music for the movie “Coming To America” which was the first movie premier shown to an integrated audience in South Africa. The synergy of Nas and Nile’s creative talents coupled with the power of their music to unite diverse groups of people makes this collection one of great importance for fans as well as a marker for this moment in history. It’s an ode to how far we have come and a reminder of how far we have to go.

About Ethernity Chain:

Ethernity is the groundbreaking authenticated NFT project which auctions verified artwork featuring the top artists and stars from sports, music, film, gaming, tech, history and entertainment. Each of these digital artworks is represented as a non-fungible token (NFT). The pieces feature well-known public figures, and a portion of all funds raised from the endeavor will be donated to charitable causes. Ethernity Chain combines the utility of DeFi and merges it with NFTs to create an exclusive pipeline to rare, collectible content from notable figures and well-established digital artists.

About Audio Up Media:

Audio Up Media is a podcast content production studio, housing a world of infinite, audio-based properties. Ran by Audio Up CEO and Adweek’s 2020 Podcast Innovator of the Year and Podcast Producer of the Year recipient, Jared Gutstadt (formerly of the Jingle Punks), Audio Up is building an ecosystem of premium entertainment content within the music and audio space. From fictional scripted podcasts, which include a Marvel-like universe of musicals, where the records themselves become the story foundation, to one-on-one interview formats, Audio Up’s goal is to create a new and innovative form of IP. They are bringing audio blockbusters to life and taking this media from black and white, into technicolor. Current properties include the riveting top 20 crime podcast Where The Bodies Are Buried, Michael Cohen’s new chart-topping podcast Mea Culpa, and Tom Green’s The Tom Green Interview. Their recent projects include Make It Up As We Go with Scarlett Burke, Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell and other huge country entertainment names; and four-part scripted Halloween podcast Halloween in Hell with Machine Gun Kelly, 24kGoldn and iann dior. Up next, Audio Up will debut Sonic Leap featuring Hero The Band, and Uncle Drank: The Totally Hammered Podcast starring Gary Busy and Dennis Quaid. 


Steve D’Agostino

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The Erratic Enigma: A Few of These Ancient Geological “Orphans” Remain Mysterious

During the nineteenth century, many a traveler throughout America’s heartland found themselves transfixed by their observations of large, errant boulders which occasionally sprang from the landscape in the middle of large stretches of forest or fields. These mysterious stony outcrops appeared to defy the expectations of geologists, since they were not associated with any native veins of similar stone. The question at the time had been, if not of natural geologic origin, what was the origin of these massive stones?

Known today as erratics, a word derived from the Latin word meaning “to wander,” these massive stones are believed to have been transported by the movement of glacial ice during the Pleistocene. However, to nineteenth-century travelers, the mysterious misplacement of these massive stones had presented serious problems and aroused a number of creative theories about their origins.

Example of an erratic known as “Tripod Rock,” resting atop three smaller boulders as it has remained for thousands of years at Pyramid Mountain, New Jersey (Credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr).

One leading theory among investigators at the time had been the notion that erratics represented evidence of the great flood described in the Christian bible, or at very least, some similar flooding event that occurred sometime after Earth emerged from the most recent ice age. According to this view, the colossal energy of floodwaters would have provided the necessary force to have moved the stones. However, by the middle of the nineteenth-century research by those like Swiss naturalist Ignaz Venetz began to focus on how glaciers offered a better explanatory mechanism for the mysterious erratics.

Following Venetz, the publication of Charles Lyell’s Principles of Geology also offered an explanation for the curious movement of erratics with the aid of glaciers. Similar observations had been made by the German polymath Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and several colleagues that stones found along the slopes of the Jura Mountains had likely been deposited after the movement of glaciers during the last ice age. Even naturalist Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to the theory of evolution, had taken interest in these geological wonders of the ancient world and wrote of his observations of erratics from aboard the HMS Beagle while sailing south of the Strait of Magellan.

Charles Darwin

Of course, while glacial movement appeared to be a reliable mechanism for the movement of such massive stones, the question remained as to what might have placed them on top of glaciers to begin with. The leading theory about this among nineteenth-century scholars had been that landslides and rockfalls, occasionally helped along by the movement of the encroaching ice itself, had likely resulted in stones coming to rest upon the ice sheets, which were thereafter carried along as the glaciers moved. Once the ice sheets began to melt and the glaciers receded again, these stones—some of them carried along for great distances—would have found their way to their present positions on the ground far from where they originated.

While such geological mechanisms are well understood today, there are still some erratics that maintain a few unusual aspects. Along the coasts of Washington and Oregon today, several erratics can be found which appear to have spent a significant amount of time below ground. Mostly of basaltic origin, these peculiar stones are otherwise similar to other known glacial erratics, although the evidence suggesting that they have spent significant amounts of time as much as 40 kilometers below Earth’s surface seems to preclude their movement above Pleistocene glaciers. So where did they come from, and how were they moved to their current positions?

Geologists have noted that these unusual erratics are in an area where few fossil discoveries have turned up. Some have gone so far as to suggest that there is evidence of some kind of disruption or another mechanism that causes this part of the northwestern coast to appear “upside down,” at least geologically speaking.

Yeager Rock, another obvious erratic visible on the Waterville Plateau, Washington (Public Domain).

In 1980, researcher Robert Muir Wood offered a theory about the origins of these curiosities in his New Scientist article “Orphans of the Wild West.” The theory proposed for the region’s odd appearance and its potentially non-glacial erratics suggests that these stones were forced down to great depths in the ancient past, and later carried back to the surface by geological pressure that squeezed the surrounding soil, causing them to rise again to their present aboveground positions.

While the theory appears to make sense, not everyone saw it as the most viable explanation for the curious non-glacial erratics that appear to have been left “orphaned” along the coasts of certain western states. While the debate over their origins remains, the question over what mechanism might have actually led to these seemingly “non-glacial” erratics is, of course, a fascinating one.

Hence, perhaps at least a few of these mysteries of the geological past remain unexplained today, and no less perplexing to the modern scientists who continue to marvel over them.

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