Upside-Down Goose, Space Blobs, Galactic Family Feud and More Mysterious News Briefly — August 2, 2021

Mysterious News Briefly — August 2, 2021

Poor (figuratively speaking) Elon Musk – a Tesla Megapack part (Megapack is a large battery system for utility-scale energy storage projects) in Victoria, Australia, caught on fire and created a blaze spewing possible toxic fumes that was difficult for fire crews to control or extinguish. Somewhere in the afterlife, Nikola understands the challenges of research but would still like Musk to change the name.

Bad news for Bigfoot believers – a trail cam video from central Missouri clearly shows a female bear walking upright on her hind legs for a long period of time in a very Sasquatch way. Fortunately, Bigfoot considers imitation the sincerest form of flattery.

The Old Picture House & Haunted Museum, which was already filled with haunted items, has moved from the Mapperley area to Nottingham’s Hopkinson Vintage, Antiques & Art Centre, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of Harry Hopkinson, a previous owner. Will he want a cut of the admission fees?

Now back in business, the Hubble telescope photographed a three-way gravitational tug-of-war between interacting galaxies that NASA describes as a galactic sibling rivalry in its Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. And for adults interested in astronomy, the galactic three-way is called something else in the secret Atlas of Kinky Galaxies.

In an experiment called “Blob,” NASA and the ESA are launching Physarum polycephalum, a slime mold “capable of basic forms of learning and adaptation,” to the ISS so students can study how the blobs of slime are influenced by microgravity. Or are they working on a student space-thriller film project called “Space Blobs”?

A new study published in Ecology looked at the unusual behavior of “kleptotrichy” (theft of hair) among tufted titmice and similar birds to steal hair from mammals – including cats, dogs, humans, raccoons and even a porcupine – and determined they do it to both insulate their nests and keep away predators by confusing them with the smell. Unfortunately, “Hair-raising Tits” was a true but confusing headline.

Poor (figuratively speaking) Jeff Bezos lost his bid to secure a Moon lander contact for his company, Blue Origin, so the business goes to Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Musk needs to be wary if a giant Stetson shows up at his door – it could be a Trojan hat.

A British judge has ruled that the proposal for a tunnel beneath the Stonehenge World Heritage Site to improve congestion on the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down past Stonehenge is illegal. No one is more disappointed that the company which won the contract to make traffic cones in the shape of little orange Stonehenges.

Bird experts say a mystifying photograph of a Bean goose flying upside down near the Dutch town of Arnhem is actually a goose maneuver called whiffling where the bird rolls its body upside down and twists its head 180 degrees around in order to avoid avian predators during a long, slow descent. The giveaway is a honking that sounds like “Hold my fish and watch this.”

A new study presents evidence that the anterior insular cortex is the brain location that is the ‘gateway’ between the conscious and unconscious minds. All third eyes are on this research.

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