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[June 9-15th, 2019] A giant wolf head, Star Fleet on Mars, shame bags, and the rest of the week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not!

Where No Man Has Gone Before

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter hasn’t found life on Mars—at least not yet—but it did find a rather familiar symbol on the planet’s rocky surface. A feature that looks very much like the Starfleet symbol in Star Trek. Given the show’s frequent use of time travel, some fans see it as a sign, but researchers explain it was formed by wind and lava.

star trek mars

Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Preserved Severed Wolf Head

While hiking the shore of the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia, Russia, one man noticed something strange poking out of the permafrost. Upon further investigation, it was found to be a severed giant wolf’s head, still bearing fur and a wicked snarl of teeth. Scientists determined the head was roughly 40,000 years old. The head alone is about half the size of a modern wolf’s entire body, and was so well preserved by the ice that researchers will be able to extract DNA.

Albert Protopopov, Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences

Shame Bags

In an effort to cut down on plastic waste generated from plastic grocery bags, Vancouver’s East West Market in Canada implemented a bag fee for people who wanted plastic bags, but it didn’t seem to do very much to curb waste. Now they’ve opted to make their bags as embarrassing as possible to dissuade customers from using them. Bags now have graphics like, “Into the Weird Adult Video Emporium,” “Dr. Taew’s Wart Ointment,” and “Colon Care Co-op.”


ISS Bed And breakfast

While space tourism has been around for nearly two decades now, the prices have always been high and the trips very short. NASA’s looking to change that. They’ve announced private trips to the International Space Station are coming as early as 2020. Prices are estimated to start at $58 million with a stay on the space station lasting up to 30 days.

D-Day Veteran Reunites With Lost Love

Army veteran K. T. Robbins fell in love with a French girl in 1944. Now at 97, he’s finally reunited with her. Invited to attend a memorial ceremony for the D-Day Invasion’s 75th anniversary, a team of journalists helped track down Jeannine Ganaye, his long-lost lover. They reunited on the beach where Robbins had served, with Ganaye saying she had never forgotten him.