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Extreme weather: Polar vortex in Midwest, record heat in Australia, weird warmth in Alaska. What's going on?

Extreme weather: Polar vortex in Midwest, record heat in Australia, weird warmth in Alaska. What's going on?Extreme weather has wreaked havoc worldwide this month: As the upper Midwest shivered with record-breaking cold temperatures, wild extremes in weather were reported elsewhere.



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Mysterious deep space world Ultima Thule already looks weird — and we've only had a glimpse

Mysterious deep space world Ultima Thule already looks weird — and we've only had a glimpseUltima Thule — an uncharted world over 4 billion miles away — is coming into view. On Monday, planetary scientists released a fuzzy image of Ultima Thule, snapped the day prior by the New Horizons exploration spacecraft from some 1.2 million miles away. Previously, New Horizons swooped by Pluto in 2015, capturing the icy, mountainous world in unprecedented detail. Increasingly rich, detailed images of Ultima will start arriving on January 2, but already the deep space object looks elongated, not round, said New Horizons deputy project scientist John Spencer from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the Maryland headquarters of the New Horizons program. The program is a collaborative effort between NASA, the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), and the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where scientists navigate and control the spacecraft. "It’s the first glimpse of what's going to get rapidly better from here on — it’s our first taste," Spencer said.  Ultima Thule as an elongated blob.Image: JHuAPL/NasaWhether Ultima's surface is heavily cratered and if it has a rich surface geology — like that of Pluto — remains to be seen.  "Anything is possible out there in this very unknown region," he said.  Ultima lies 1 billion miles beyond Pluto, in a ring of icy worlds known as the Kuiper Belt. Planetary scientists believe the objects out there have been frozen in time for some 4 billion years — preserving what happened during our solar system's early formation, long ago. SEE ALSO: How NASA recorded the eerie Martian wind, without a microphone "The Kuiper Belt is just a scientific wonderland,” Alan Stern, principal investigator of the New Horizons mission, said on Sunday.  “We've never, in the history of spaceflight, gone to a target that we know less about," Stern added. Already, Ultima has proven mysterious. As New Horizons travels closer to the object, the pattern of light reflecting off of Ultima, or its light curve, is inconsistent. With most other objects, these light patterns repeat as the objects spin.  An artist's conception of what Ultima Thule might look like.Image: nasa"It's really a puzzle," said Stern in a statement last week. But much of Ultima's mystery will diminish in the next few days. Just 33 minutes into the new year local time, New Horizon's will swoop some 2,200 miles above Ultima, capturing detailed snapshots of the uncharted world. But because Ultima is so far away, these rich images won't be immediately available. The data will be transmitted back to Earth, and on January 2 the first detailed snapshots will emerge of this elongated, though still largely mysterious, object. Ultima will soon become the most distant world humanity has ever visited. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?



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Beyond Times Square: 5 weird things American cities are dropping this New Year's Eve

Beyond Times Square: 5 weird things American cities are dropping this New Year's EveThe iconic ball in Times Square, isn't the only thing dropping on New Year's Eve. Among the things American cities are dropping: a huge guitar, a piñata and 'The Bologna Ranger.'



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Weird Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Doesn't Know He Wants (But He Does)

Weird Father's Day Gifts Your Dad Doesn't Know He Wants (But He Does)As a dad, I take Father's Day seriously ― but not the gifts.



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These Are The Mother's Day Gifts Your Weird Mom Really Wants

These Are The Mother's Day Gifts Your Weird Mom Really WantsMother's Day can be a mother of a day when it comes to gift shopping.



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Couple’s sexless marriage is ‘weird, weird, weird’ says Yahoo Newsroom

Couple’s sexless marriage is ‘weird, weird, weird’ says Yahoo Newsroom“People can do what they want. But the marriage is a joke.” “Huh? Am I missing something here?” Two friends of Tiffany Trump’s are in the spotlight after exchanging “unconditional, unconventional” vows for a sexless marriage. The story jumped to the “top-trending” category on Yahoo Newsroom, sparking thousands of skeptical comments.
New York socialites Quentin Esme Brown and Peter Cary Peterson tied the knot in Las Vegas (where first daughter Tiffany served as flower girl). On social media, the best friends turned husband and wife made clear that theirs will be a sexless, open marriage. Brown explained on Instagram, “Peter and I are not romantically involved — in fact we are still dating others and will continue to seek love in all forms — we are just each other’s hearts and wish to begin our journey towards evolution.” Their nontraditional relationship status raised one question over and over in the Yahoo comments: Why bother? One especially suspicious reader guessed that it’s a “business partnership and fraud.”
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Catholic School Statue Covered Up For Being Too Gross And Weird

Catholic School Statue Covered Up For Being Too Gross And WeirdA Catholic school in Australia has covered up a statue of a saint giving a loaf of bread to a boy after complaints that it was too suggestive.



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Yamaha Gets Weird for the Tokyo Motor Show

Yamaha Gets Weird for the Tokyo Motor ShowYamaha Gets Weird for the Tokyo Motor Show The Tokyo Motor Show is a popular venue for new ideas from Japanese car and motorcycle builders. While most of those concepts are pretty solid, a good handful are so pants-on-head crazy that you wonder how they ever



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Blacks for Trump guy has some deeply weird views about Cherokees, Masons and Obama

Blacks for Trump guy has some deeply weird views about Cherokees, Masons and ObamaMichael Symonette, who goes by “Michael the Black Man” has become a familiar face at conservative rallies and Trump events around Miami, but he has some seriously strange beliefs.



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4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird Whodunit

4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird WhodunitOrca whales have claimed the life of another great white shark by eating its liver and leaving it for dead, making it the fourth such gristly death in less than two months. During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa’s Western Cape province. Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company.



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