[June 2-8th, 2019] Glittering dinosaur bones, an FBI report on Bigfoot, pink tap water, and the rest of the week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
Opalized Dinosaur Bones
Recovered from an opal mine in Australia, a set of iridescent dinosaur fossils is proof of a previously undiscovered species. Thanks to the nearby gemstones, the bones fossilized inside the glittering stone. Though the fossils were removed in the 1980s, scientists have only just recently been able to analyze them, determining they belonged to a herd of dinosaurs, not just an individual. Four newly named Fostoria dhimbangunmal, made up the glittering bones. Scientists say these dinos had no claws or sharp teeth but were herbivores that relied on herding for safety.
FBI Releases Case File On Bigfoot
The FBI periodically releases old reports, case files, and documents to its vault site. They’re usually fairly pedestrian, but one report this week was in regards to Bigfoot. In 1976, they tested 15 unidentified hair and tissue samples to find out if they belonged to Sasquatch. While Bigfoot does have legal protections today, this FBI report seems to have nothing to do with them, the report concludes the hairs were merely from local deer.
10-Mile-Wide Ladybug Swarm
When National Weather Service meteorologists saw something huge pop up on their radar they were puzzled. Local reports confirmed it wasn’t precipitation—the cloud was actually a giant swarm of ladybugs. The mass of flying beetles was hovering a mile above the ground in a swarm that was 10 miles wide. They tracked the cloud south into the night, but then lost track of it.
— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) June 5, 2019
Casual Safe Cracker
A nearly 50-year-old safe has sat deep in the basement of the Vermillion Heritage Museum in Alberta, Canada, since the building was a hotel in the 1970s. When the hotel closed down, the safe was locked, and it seems no one has been able to find the combination. The museum has called in blacksmiths, the manufacturer, and former employees, but no one was able to crack it until one museum-goer tried his luck this week. Visitor Stephen Mills cracked the code by just guessing. The contents, however, were pretty disappointing, just some old checks, receipts, and a waitress’s notepad.
Pink’s In The Water
Some people love the color pink, but they probably don’t want it in their water. Unfortunately for the town of Coal Grove, Ohio, every city water tap ran pink water this week. Water treatment officials blamed the fabulous water on a malfunctioning pump, and even said it was still safe to drink!