A potential new picture of the Tasmanian Tiger, a Canadian man who has been tormented by a 'mystery hum' for over a decade, and the detection of a slew of new fast radio bursts that had astronomers buzzing were among the strange and unusual stories to cross our desk this week.
Perhaps the most perplexing story to emerge over the past few days centered around a Canadian man who has been haunted by a maddening hum that has literally followed him from one home to the next. Dana Negrey's epic quest to silence the sound has seen him enlist an audio engineer who has confirmed that the noise is not all in his head. The pair went so far as to construct a homemade Faraday cage in the hopes of figuring out where the sound could be coming from, but even that ambitious tactic proved to be futile.
The mystery of fast radio bursts got a boost thanks to some truly compelling research out of Canada in which astronomers detected a whopping 13 instances of the puzzling pulses emanating from out in space. This latest haul of FRBS sparked considerable excitement among researchers as it included only the second repeating burst ever to be found. Scientists hope that further examination of the area could yield more pulses and, in turn, additional data that just may provide an answer to what is behind the FRBs.
While we wait to see if those enigmatic bursts are coming from something alien, the UFO phenomenon could be getting some renewed attention here on Earth as retired Senator Harry Reid revealed this week that he's hoping to persuade Congress to give the enigmatic phenomenon a fresh look. The former Senate Majority Leader told a Nevada radio station that he'd soon be speaking with a former colleague in Congress about developing a way for military pilots to report UFO sightings without fear of ridicule or reprisal.
After largely avoiding the spotlight for the last year, the Tasmanian Tiger was back in the headlines in a big way this week when an intriguing photo of a mysterious dog-like creature emerged out of Australia. The image proved to be particularly tantalizing to those who believe that the thylacine is not truly extinct and set off considerable debate in cryptozoological circles as to what was featured in the photograph. The prime suspects, at this time, appear to be either the legendary 'lost' creature, a fox with mange, or a clever photoshop, but no one is for certain.
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