Today’s Triviracy




There have been 6 manned landings on the moon. On some of the missions, reflectors were placed on the moon’s surface which will reflect any laser pointed at the right spot(s) – visible for anyone with the right telescope set up. (source)


At the altitudes jets tend to fly the atmosphere is low pressure and typically very cold. Among other things, a byproduct of jet exhaust is water vapour, which tends to be very hot due to the high temperature around the engines. The hot, humid air hitting cold, low pressure atmosphere produces condensation which rapidly turns to ice crystals. We are able to see this trail of condensation, or ‘contrail’, behind the jet as it moves through the air. (source)


In 1978 Australian pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared after reporting an unidentified aircraft was ‘playing some sort of game’ with him. The final recorded contact from him to the control tower was: “That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again… it is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.” He was never heard from again and no wreckage was ever discovered. (source)


There have been multiple sightings of big cats across Canterbury over the years. A couple years back two guys captured some footage of a pretty big animal moving like a cat – and supplied some classic Kiwi commentary. (source: LINKS TO VIDEO LANGUAGE NSFW)


The Moa dominated NZ for many years as the largest herbivore with only the equally impressive Haast Eagle as a natural predator. The arrival of the Maori at some point just prior to 1300AD put paid to them though – they only lasted until about 1400AD when they were essentially extinct. Sporadic, unverified sightings continued into the late 19th Century but as cool as it would be to have a few around, they’ll only be back if we can Jurassic Park their DNA. (source)

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