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Strange “Black Hole” Wave Clouds Form Over London During Trump Visit

United States President Donald Trump visited the Royal Family in London in June for a scheduled diplomatic appearance. President Trump’s family also joined him on his trip, as many of them are members or contributors of his administration.

The London meeting was highly publicized throughout the world, and especially in the UK where protesters clashed in response to the US President’s visit.

If you are superstitious, you may have looked into the sky during Trump’s visit and felt that perhaps nature was having a reaction to all of the tension that was in the air. The sky looked very ominous over the city of London for the President’s arrival.

Tourists and residents alike reported seeing a strange cloud formation hovering over the Houses of Parliament.

Photos of the strange formations began popping up online throughout the day. Various pictures showed different areas throughout the city that were covered by clouds that looked like strange waves.

IFL Science pointed out that while these cloud formations may look ominous, they are an entirely natural phenomenon, just one that researchers don’t know very much about yet.

Experts believe that these formations are caused by Asperitas clouds, which is a rare cloud formation that resembles rippling ocean waves in the sky.

According to the MET office, “Asperitas (formerly referred to as Undulatus Asperitas) is a distinctive, but relatively rare cloud formation that takes the appearance of rippling waves. These wave-like structures form on the underside of the cloud to makes it look like a rough sea surface when viewed from below.”

Asperitas clouds are still a bit of a mystery to scientists, who are currently unsure of how these clouds are even formed. Most experts agree with the theory that these clouds are formed in the aftermath of thunderstorms, but they have also been spotted in calmer environments, so that may not be a determining factor.

Another theory suggests that they are formed when mammatus clouds descend into areas of the sky where wind direction changes with height causing the wave-like movement. Researchers believe that this would also cause the wave-like effect seen in asperitas clouds.

The below time-lapse video shows how the clouds move through the sky like waves.

Oddly enough, Asperitas clouds were undocumented until 2008, when the cloud society proposed they be listed in the World Meteorological Organisation’s International Cloud Atlas.

That proposal was not actually accepted until 2015, when enough data was collected to show that the clouds deserved their own classification.

However, it is important to note that some sources say that the official classification finally came in 2017.

Despite the strange weather, the visit of US President Donald Trump continued as scheduled. His appearance sparked clashes between protesters who were in support or opposition to his policies.

In a later speech, the President called the protests “fake news,” and said that there were only a small number of demonstrators on the streets.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, addressed protesters who gathered in central London on Tuesday.

Speaking of the president, Corbyn said, “In welcoming visitors from the U.S, I hope there can be a conversation. I am not, absolutely not refusing to meet anybody. I want to be able to have that dialogue to bring about the better and more peaceful world that we all want to live in.”

However, Corbyn also expressed his “disappointment” with the harsh words that the president had for the Mayor of London recently.

“I am very disappointed, particularly today on their wonderful festival of Eid, that our mayor has been attacked the way that he has. I am proud that our city has a Muslim mayor, that we can chase down Islamophobia, racism of any kind, within our society. Racism divides. Exploitation of minorities divides,” Corbyn said.

While in London, President Trump praised the outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of the Brexit situation. Trump held a private meeting, and an extensive public press conference with May.

Boris Johnson, the current favorite to replace May, declined a meeting with Trump, but did hold a brief phone call with the president. Some political commenters believe that Johnson turned down a meeting with Trump as a sort of election time publicity stunt.

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Too much karaoke gives man a collapsed lung

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Too much karaoke can be bad for your health. 

A man in China recently ended up in hospital after an evening of belting out songs caused his lung to collapse.

For most of us, the ordeal of singing pop songs in front of an audience is punishment enough, but for one man in China recently, singing karaoke almost had fatal consequences.

The 65-year-old, who has been identified only as Wang, sang at such intensity and for so long that he started to experience difficulty breathing as well as pains in his chest.

When he visited a hospital the next day, doctors discovered that his lung had literally collapsed “because of the high lung pressure caused by singing high notes.”

The condition, which is known as pneumothorax, happens when air is rerouted into the area between the lung and the chest wall, putting pressure on the lung and causing it to collapse.

It is believed however that Wang must have had a pre-existing condition beforehand.

“Typically, a collapsed lung requires some degree of architectural abnormalities within the lung,” said Dr. Enid Neptune at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. “An absolutely, totally normal lung usually doesn’t suffer spontaneous pneumothorax in the absence of trauma.”

Source: Live Science

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Creepy Dolls Mysteriously Appearing in Missouri are Unexplained and Spreading

“All the dolls look similar. They are very realistic. People living in the community said it is not only the dolls that are creepy but where they are placed that is strange.”

The crime reports out of Festus – a small town on the eastern border of central Missouri – usually look like those of any other small municipality … DUIs, break-ins, noise complaints, etc. Residents may be referring to those as “the good old days” now that the city is in the throws of a mysterious epidemic of creepy dolls appearing in odd places that is keeping people and their kids indoors and the police on alert.

“When we found this one, it was laying in front of our building. We picked it up and it was the doll, they’ve been hanging on top of stop signs, laying in front of the license office.”

On a stop sign? That IS creepy.

The worried residents of Festus told local media they‘re finding the dolls on the ground, on the tops of road sign, hanging from light poles, leaning up against a building and other strange spots. The locations aren’t the only creepy part – the dolls are sometimes carefully placed to appear to be small children – sitting, leaning against a wall, on the ground as if they fell, etc. (Video here and photo here.) That causes concerned witnesses to stop and see what’s going on, says police chief Tim Lewis.

“If you were to see it from behind it looks like a little girl. If you’re out and about and you see that, it looks like a little girl crying, against a pole and someone is going to stop,” he said. “In this town, people are good-hearted. People are going to stop to make sure that’s not a child. They are going to get hit or they are going to get run over and then you’re dealing with a catastrophe.”

It’s bad enough when they realize they stopped for a doll. What’s worse is when they flip it over and find the doll has no face. Some have no heads at all. The doll leaning against the building had its hands sewn to its face. Many of the dolls appear at busy intersections, causing traffic jams. Others are in remote locations. No matter where they are, no one has seen (or admitted to seeing) who puts them out. Some have quickly disappeared and no one seems to have seen that either. Chief Lewis suspects the culprit or culprits are hiding, watching the commotion and laughing. While the number incidents have gone down, local station KSDK reports that at least one creepy doll has appeared in nearby Crystal City.

“Dolls are just creepy in general to me. I don’t like them.”

What about puppets?

Resident Logan Galczynski probably speaks for many people who feel the same way about life-sized dolls as they do about clowns. Some think it’s linked to the new Annabelle movie, but it could be something more sinister, like the so-called voodoo dolls found last year all over the Russian town of Zavetny. Those were the size of adult store mannequins but dressed like school girls. The voodoo part comes from the dolls being pierced by needles, some threaded. That thread finally help investigators determine that the dolls were once used in puppet theater, then donated to a museum, threw them out (too creepy?) but they were found and given to a school, which also threw them out (definitely too creepy for school) but someone found them in the trash and began placing them around town. That culprit was never caught.

Are the residents of Festus and now Crystal City doomed to deal with the dolls forever? Will they desert their towns, leaving them to the dolls like the island of haunted dolls in Mexico known as La Isla de las Munecas? Perhaps Logan Galczynski is right.

“Dolls are just creepy in general to me. I don’t like them.”

Source: Mysterious Universe

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World’s largest frog builds its own ponds

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Imagine finding this in your back garden.

The goliath frog is so ridiculously enormous that it is capable of building small ponds by moving rocks.

The species, which is found only in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, weighs in at a whopping 3.3kg.

Due to the frogs’ remote location not a great deal is actually known about them, but now, a new study published in the Journal of Natural History has revealed one of the more unusual traits of these gargantuan amphibians – their ability to move rocks around to form their own little ponds.

These small bodies of water are used by the frogs to help protect their vulnerable offspring.

“Goliath frogs are not only huge, but our discovery shows they seem to be attentive parents as well,” said study team member Marvin Schafer.

“The little ponds they make at the edges of fast-flowing rivers provide their eggs and tadpoles with a safe haven from sometimes torrential waters, as well as from the many predators living there.”

“We think that the heavy work they put into excavation and moving rocks may explain why gigantism evolved in these frogs in the first place.”

Source: Geek.com

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