Bits You Missed: Raging pumpkins, flying monkeys, and a penny saved
You never know what you’ll miss if you look too quick, which was the case for one man today. We’ve got your weekly round up of the weird, what, and super spoopy news for this Halloween edition of Bits You Missed!
One rich penny
When is a penny not a penny? When it’s worth over 17,000 American dollars. Come on, you knew I had to go there. An auctioneer at Duke’s in Dorset, England found the US coin when he was going through a bag of change for any interesting and rare bits. The penny, which was wedged in the bottom of the bag, almost went overlooked, but by hook and by crook, he managed to pull it out. It was dated from 1794, one of the earliest ones printed in the United States (which started minting pennies in 1793). The coin ultimately sold for $17,338.67.
Mega tooth versus beach man
This isn’t the next SyFy original movie, and no, it isn’t Shark Week. But a man in North Carolina found a giant, prehistoric shark tooth on the beach one day. And this isn’t even the first one to wash up in the last few weeks. After some recent heavy storms and high tides, several of these mega teeth have been coming ashore. The teeth can range from 6 inches to the size of an adult hand, and belong to the largest sharks that have ever lived. Just don’t expect to see the sharks themselves washing up any time soon, they went extinct some 2.6 million years ago.
The great pumpkin caper
Trick or treat! Drivers in AZ had an early Halloween surprise when a giant pumpkin went on a rampage in Peoria Thursday afternoon. The massive 25-foot-tall, 350-pound jack-o-lantern left surprisingly little devastation as it bounced across roads, between traffic lights, ultimately getting caught up under a street light. But the pole couldn’t keep the menacing pumpkin at bay forever, it eventually broke free and tumbled down into a park, presumably sending small school children into a frenzy. The company who owns the demonic inflatable claim strong winds set the pumpkin assail, but anyone who ready Scary Stories growing up know how these really start out.
Aaaaappppesss in Spaaaaaccceeee
It looks like the first people to set foot on Mars wont be humans, but those damn dirty apes. Or at least some pretty cute monkeys, if Russia beats us in this new generational space race. Following the old standard, Russian scientists have been training monkeys for a potential manned mission to the red planet that could launch as early as 2017. The monkeys chosen are rhesus macaques, known for their cognitive thinking and high learning abilities. So when humans plan to make their own Mars landing in 2030, they may be greeted by a Planet of the Apes of their own making.
Siiiingeeeeers in Spaaaaaccceeee
And because it’s about time he got back to doing something awesome, director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon the Professional, Taken) is working on a new sci-fi film and it sounds awesome in the title alone: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. But the recent news is that he’s cast singer and actress Rhianna in an unknown role. Rhianna hasn’t done a lot of big budget film work, but if it plays out anything like the Diva in Fifth Element — as in, a really amazing character with a set of vocal chords that stirs the soul — I’m 100% behind it. Valerian, based on a French graphic novel of the same name, is set to come out July 21, 2017.
Hopefully Valerian will be more Fifth Element and less Lucy, but we can’t have it all. Enjoy your spooky celebrations this weekend, everyone! We’ll see you next week for more Bits You Missed!
Source: News – Geek.com