A farmer's encounter with a bizarre mystery creature in Poland, a massive fossil unearthed in England, and a Doomsday theory which suggests that the Mayan Calendar will actually end on Sunday were among the strange, unusual, and enlightening stories to pop up on our radar this past week.
Given the strangeness of this year, many have understandably wondered if perhaps we're living in End Times and, as if on cue, a new doomsday prediction popped up online this week to fuel those fears. Despite having something of a dubious background, a scientist's theory that the infamous Mayan Calendar end date was miscalculated and, in fact, actually occurs this coming Sunday, June 20th, captured the imagination of people online and spawned headlines around the world. Fortunately, unlike the first time around, we'll only have to wait a few days to find out if the prediction is correct.
A pair of fabulous fossil finds made news this past week, beginning with the discovery of an enormous shell from an ancient sea creature known as an ammonite. The amazing object, which was unearthed by a pair of college students in England, measured two feet in diameter and weighed a hefty 211 pounds. Meanwhile, it was announced by a team of researchers that a curious fossil discovered in Antarctica and resembling a deflated football had finally been identified after nearly a decade of stumping scientists. Dubbed 'The Thing,' the puzzling find was a deflated egg left behind by a massive marine reptile.
Two fantastic pieces of footage surfaced online this week showing some serious high strangeness. From a forest in Poland emerged a video in which a farmer was investigating bizarre animal shrieks and wound up stumbling upon a truly weird mystery creature that caused him to flee in terror. He later claimed that such oddities are known locally as "crawlers" and they normally reside underground. On a less unsettling note, a pet camera stationed in a woman's home may have captured the ghost of her late cat Blackjack materializing on her couch. The bewildered homeowner insists that the footage was not manipulated in any way and theorized that perhaps the spirit of her feline friend was paying her a visit.
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