An underwater expedition to possibly locate the legendary lost Amber Room, UFOs being featured on 60 Minutes, and a lake monster in Minnesota were among the strange and unusual stories to cross our desk this week.
The UFO phenomenon captured the public's imagination in a major way this past week following a blockbuster segment on the venerable news program 60 Minutes. The remarkable feature centered around Navy pilots reporting unidentified aerial phenomena and how the government has begun to take this matter seriously. As one might imagine, the segment spawned a slew of responses from pundits in the media with many marveling at this strange turn of events. Shortly thereafter, former President Barack Obama added fuel to the fire when he responded to a question about UFOs by giving credence to the seriousness of the situation and noted that "we don't know exactly what they are."
Mysterious aquatic creatures had something of a moment this week by way of several stories that popped up in the news, beginning with a curious piece of underwater footage posted online by a paranormal researcher. The video, said to have been recorded by a remote-controlled vessel surveying the floor of the Mediterranean Sea, showed the lengthy skeleton of an unknown animal which some have speculated is a heretofore undiscovered sea serpent. In North Carolina, wildlife experts were left scratching their heads when an odd blob was found on a beach and a $50,000 reward was issued to anyone who could prove the existence of a 'lake monster' said to lurk in Minnesota's Lake Pepin.
This past week saw news that a pair of longstanding mysteries may soon finally be solved. First, a team of divers announced plans to conduct an expedition to a sunken Nazi steamer ship off the coast of Poland where, they suspect, the legendary lost Amber Room might be located. Based on curious crates observed in the wreckage, experts consider the downed vessel to be a strong candidate for the final resting place of the ornate gold and amber paneling that was stolen from a Russian palace during WWII and subsequently vanished at the close of the war. Meanwhile, down in Australia, authorities exhumed the body of the mysterious 'Somerton Man,' an individual who was found dead on a beach in 1948 and has never been identified despite scores of researchers attempting to solve the case. The hope is that new forensic analysis of the remains will yield DNA insights to close the case once and for all.
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