Discovered in the summer of 1973, this thing has baffled both believers and skeptics for over 40 years. It’s called the Aiud Artifact, a metal object whose existence is a contradiction to traditional knowledge and beliefs.
Workers at a sand quarry on the banks of the River Mures, near the Romanian city of Aiud were the first to recognize the strange wedge-shaped object. Digging at a depth of 33 feet (10 meters), the workers accidentally uncovered a deposit of fossilized bones and a specialist was called on site.
Having determined that two of the items were fossilized mastodon bones, the consultant catalogued the enigmatic object as a stone axe head that was probably used by ancient men to hunt the mastodons. The findings were sent to the Museum of Transylvanian History in Cluj, where the unique item caught archaeologists’ eyes.
After carefully scraping off the layer of hardened sand which encapsulated the artifact, they were amazed to find an evidently artificial object cast out of a light metal. It quickly became obvious that the artifact was an anomaly.
The mastodon fossils were at least 10,000 years old but the metallic wedge showed signs that it was produced with modern equipment. It measured 8 x 5 x 3 inches and weighed approximately 5 pounds. Its shape was a clear indicator that it was once part of a larger assembly and many investigators have pointed out that it resembles the foot of an aircraft’s landing gear.
Mastodons walked the earth for over 34 million years until disappearing some 11,000 years ago. How can a flying craft be present on our planet such a long time ago and even end up losing one of its parts?
Hoping to solve this mystery, Romanian researchers sent samples from the object to the Radioactive Metal Research and Development Center in Baia Mare. Analysis showed the wedge was made from an alloy consisting of 80% aluminium and 11 other elements. Another sample was sent to a research institute in Lausanne, Switzerland, but the results came back the same.
But aluminium was a rather novel item. First discovered in 1825, it entered industrial production at the end of the 19th century. This light metal cannot be found in nature in its pure form and is present only as salts and oxides.
What was an aluminium object doing then in a pile of fossilized bones that could be millions of years old?
The fact that this question remained unanswered meant this inconvenient item spent its next twenty years hidden away in a museum storage room. In 1995, editors of a Romanian UFO magazine called RUFOR heard about the existence of this out of place artifact and requested a new set of tests. Chemical analysis found the same compounds as the the ones performed in the 1970s. There was no doubt about the object’s artificial origin.
This time, investigators focused on a clue that had been ignored by the previous team: the layer of aluminium oxide that covered the artifact. Aluminium does not corrode easily but the oxide layer on this object was as thick as 3 millimeters. Experts at the research center believed this was a sign that the object far predated the discovery of aluminium.
While no definitive age has been established, some went as far as calling the aluminium wedge of Aiud a 250,000 year-old piece of machinery.
Their statement was, in part, supported by another discovery. Using an electron microscope, researchers examined the internal structure of the aluminium alloy and found that the lattice structure itself seemed ‘aged’ and the ‘alloyed elements appeared to return to their own structures.’
We have no idea how a quarter of a million year-old piece of aluminum alloy is supposed to behave or how it’s supposed to look. But the Aluminum Wedge discovered near Aiud fits the profile quite well,” said George Cohal, one of the researchers who examined the artifact.
It’s the strangest thing I’ve seen in my entire life,” he added.
The Aluminium Wedge has yet to be explained by science. But unlike most other artifacts of this kind, it still exists and is on exhibit at the same museum in Transylvania. If it doesn’t disappear soon, it will probably continue to raise questions for years to come.
NASA scientists BAFFLED by perfectly rectangular MILE-WIDE iceberg
NASA has made a remarkable discovery of a mile-wide rectangular iceberg with perfect right-angled corners in Antarctica. The stunning iceberg was spotted floating in the Weddell Sea last week by scientists on a NASA research plane.
The US space agency said the object’s sharp angles and flat surface suggested it had recently broken away from the Larsen C ice shelf.
It is estimated to be around 1 mile (1.6km) wide.
However its true size may never be known with only 10 percent of its total mass showing above the water.
The iceberg found is known as a ”tabular iceberg” instantly recognisable by its smooth clean-cut edges as if carved with a knife.
It’s perfect edges are formed by breaking off ice shelfs with clear precision but are rarely kept in that state for very long.
In an interview to Live Science Kelly Brunt, a glaciologist at the University of Maryland and NASA was left stunned by the “unusual” discovery.
She said: “We get two types of icebergs. We get the type that everyone can envision in their head that sank the Titanic, and they look like prisms or triangles at the surface and you know they have a crazy subsurface.“And then you have what are called ‘tabular icebergs.
“What makes this one a bit unusual is that it looks almost like a square.”
This is not the first time the Larsen C ice shelf has shed a large iceberg.
Last summer an iceberg known as A-68 detached itself and had a surface area of over 2,000 miles.
The discovery was made as part of Operation IceBridge, the largest ever aerial survey of the planet’s ice around Greenland and in Antartica.
The survey is building a three-dimensional map of the ice at both poles.
Strange lights filmed during storm over Myrtle Beach, South Carolina spark UFO theories
Mysterious lights caught on a time-lapse video recorded from a pier in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in early August have triggered conspiracy theorists who claim the footage is evidence of a UFO sighting.
The recording, which shows lights hovering in the night sky above a Myrtle Beach pier, was captured on August 5 and later uploaded onto website Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) on October 4.
The footage was also shared on YouTube on Sunday by user UFO Zone, who stated in the video’s description that it shows a “massive ‘spaceship'” lingering above the area during a thunderstorm.
”I was taking the pictures off the edge of a long pier after dark, so there were no reflective surfaces around,” the unidentified filmer who shared the recording with the site wrote. “I did not notice the objects until I returned home and checked the photograph and video.”
The individual noted that they had been intending to simply capture “pictures and time-lapse of the incoming storm.”
Commenters on both MUFON and UFO Zone’s page were quick to shut down the claims being made, with some suggesting the lights were “all internal camera lens reflections.”
“It’s just lens flare from the bright pinpoint lights below in one of the lens elements,” Buzz K wrote on YouTube. “Nothing to see here. Move along back to your Bud Light. Dilly dilly. ”
Another unconvinced user wrote, “I think I saw bigfoot on the ferris wheel.”
The latest reporting on puzzling and eyebrow-raising content comes days after a “mysterious object” washed ashore on South Carolina’s Seabrook Island. Photos of the suspicious object were uploaded and shared on Facebook by the state’s Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network, a nonprofit tasked with increasing awareness and education regarding marine mammals of the Palmetto State.
“There’s no metal on it. The whole thing is just layers of foam,” Lauren Rust, founder and executive director of the nonprofit, told the Charleston Post and Courier. “It also doesn’t look like it’s been in the water that long. You’d think if it were in the water [for a long period of time], it would be covered in barnacles and all sorts of [sea life].”
Officials have since taken the strange object away in order to investigate the matter and possibly solve the mystery of its origins.
The mysterious Min Min lights of Australia: Is there a scientific explanation for the phenomenon?
Min Min lights are a mysterious phenomenon that have spooked many people in the outback of Australia.
But is there any scientific proof that Min Min lights exist? Or is it simply an Aboriginal folktale that has been passed down for generations?
The lights have been described by witnesses as floating, fast-moving balls of colour that glow in the night sky and stalk people, leaving some feeling confused and frightened.
Sometimes the lights are blue and other times they are white or yellow.
In Queensland, the Boulia Shire Council notifies visitors “in the interest of tourism” that they are in the land of the Min Min lights and that they may spot them as they drive for the next 120 kilometres.
In the Kimberley in Western Australia some Aboriginal people believe the Min Min lights are the spirits of elders.
“As a kid growing up the old people used to tell me, they [Min Min lights] were old people’s spirits looking after country,” Wyndham local James Birch said.
Mr Birch, a Balanggarra ranger, said everyone from his childhood grew up hearing the stories.
“If you’ve lived in the Kimberley you would have experienced spotting a Min Min light once in your life,” he said.
Mr Birch has not seen the Min Min lights for two years but said the lights tend to distract people and take them off their chosen path.
We were heading back into town after hunting. I was driving towards town when all of sudden a Min Min light appeared,” he said.
“We all stared at the light and all of a sudden we were going in the opposite way, going back into the bush and following the light without even realising.”
What does science say?
Curtis Roman, a senior lecturer at Charles Darwin University, is gathering stories from Indigenous Australians about Min Min lights as part of an ongoing research project.
Dr Roman said there were several scientific theories that could explain the phenomenon.
“One is that they’re a mirage, [caused by] natural gases or warm air and cold coming together,” Dr Roman said.
Some of the other theories are that they are bio-luminous insects, owls or birds.
Although he is only in the early stages of his research, Dr Roman said that all the Indigenous people he had interviewed so far had described how frightened they felt when they saw the lights.
Outback lights star in movie
From a young age, writer and director Jub Clerc heard the tales about the Min Min lights and how they would follow people and take them if they stopped to watch the lights.
In 2015, Ms Clerc directed a short film called Min Min Light based upon her own experiences of the lights when she was growing up in the Pilbara.
“When I was a young girl lying in my backyard, these lights came down,” Ms Clerc said.
Two of them came down in front of me and then suddenly shot off. I was in awe.
“It could be our spirits that look after country. Who knows what it is? I like to think there’s more to life that what we think.”
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