This Week's Weird News

A government agency in Australia that is being forced to hunt for ghosts, a pair of paranormal-themed coins, and the prospect of finding life on Mars within the next two years were among the strange and unusual stories to pop up on our radar this week.

The law and, of all things, ghosts crossed paths this week via two very odd stories. In New York, an enormous mansion that was once deemed 'legally haunted' by the state's Supreme Court was put up for sale. The dubious distinction was due to a former owner telling the media about their paranormal experiences in the residence, yet neglecting to reveal the site's spooky reputation to a prospective buyer. Down in Australia, a government agency was forced to investigate whether or not their headquarters was haunted after a paranormal group filed an information request akin to an FOIA asking for details about eerie events that may have occurred there.

This past week saw a pair of unexpected stories in which the paranormal was celebrated on coins in two different countries. First, a series of pieces designed to recognize Australian icons from A to Z saw the so-called Bigfoot of Down Under, the Yowie, representing the letter 'Y.' Meanwhile, in Canada, a colorful new coin that vividly depicts the legendary Shag Harbour UFO incident was released and quickly sold out within just a few days. The glow-in-the-dark piece features a trio of astounded witnesses watching a massive flying saucer plunge into the waters off of Nova Scotia.

There were two stories this past week that concerned life in space and they offered dramatically different perspectives on the subject. In an interview discussing a pair of rovers set to touch down on Mars in 2021, the chief scientist for NASA speculated that they may quickly uncover some signs of life in the soil beneath the surface of the Red Planet and offered the worrisome observation that humanity may not be prepared to learn about such a paradigm-shifting discovery. On the other end of the spectrum, Elon Musk disappointed UFO enthusiasts when he told a crowd at a SpaceX event that he'd seen no evidence for aliens and opined that intelligent life is incredibly rare in space.

For more strange and unusual stories from the past week, check out the Coast to Coast AM website.