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Japan opens life-sized Godzilla park where you can ZIP-LINE into the King of the Monster’s MOUTH

Fortunately, visitors won’t have to deal with the creature’s dreaded atomic breath.

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(TMU) – If you’ve ever dreamed of flying directly into the mouth of the much-beloved King of the Monsters, Godzilla, your moment may soon be arriving.

And while 2020 may have been a monstrous year in its own right, Japan is ensuring – in typically larger-than-life form – that we can also enjoy life-sized creations depicting not only the famed mecha from the Gundam series, but also a life-sized Godzilla.

The world’s first Godzilla Museum has opened this summer as an expansion to the Nijigen no Mori amusement park at Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and one of the main attractions will be a gigantic statue of the iconic monster, complete with a zipline allowing you to fly into the beast’s mouth.

Fortunately, visitors won’t have to deal with the creature’s dreaded atomic breath.

The museum’s initial opening is being held from Aug. 8 until the end of the month, and will feature 80 figures from the long-running Toho Studios series representing the giant monsters or kaiju from the Godzilla films, as well as a Chibi Godzilla exhibit for children, according to Newsweek.

The second phase of the museum is still being prepared, but will include the zipline that lets you fly through the gaping mouth of a towering 400-foot statue of the “God of Destruction” modeled after his terrifying final form in the critically-acclaimed 2016 film Shin Godzilla (known in some markets as Godzilla Resurgence).

The attraction will be presented as a scenario where Godzilla lands on Awaji Island in a terrific display of his size and unparalleled power.

Those who are willing will be able to enlist as scientists for the “Godzilla Interception Operation – National Godzilla Awajishima Research Center” and take part in a duel of wits with the ancient creature through a shooting game involving a special gun and a zip line quest that will take you on a journey into his “body directly from Godzilla’s oral cavity” for the sensitive mission.

As a part of the “Godzilla Interception Strategy,” fans will also be able to sample a number of specialty food items themed on the kaiju series, including desserts teeming with eyes, rice dishes with dinosaur-style paw prints, and hotdogs resembling the beast in his second form from  Shin Godzilla.

And of course, one can’t simply participate in a Godzilla interception mission without being able to take home a ton of cool swag – and images of the merchandise that will be on offer at the Awajishima park includes kaiju-themed cups, pewter badges, notepads, t-shirts, and even some awesome fingerless gloves that will only cost 3600 Yen (about USD $34).

Godzilla, or Gojira as he is known in Japan, is easily one of the most recognizable and beloved film franchises to come out of Japan since he was introduced to the world in Ishirō Honda’s 1954 film Godzilla.

Godzilla was conceived in the aftermath of Japan’s own traumatic brushes with the apocalypse during World War II – especially during the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki – and is rooted in Japan’s postwar anxiety, pacifism, and fear of all-out nuclear annihilation.

While western audiences view the creature as a campy and light-hearted creature who wrestles with other beasts, the Japanese films often stress the destruction the kaiju are capable of.

Godzilla has been the basis of dozens of films from Japan and the United States, as well as animated series, video games, and creative works inspired by the original kaiju.

The film Shin Godzilla, which is the basis of the zipline ride, showcases the awesome and cataclysmic wrath of the creature in a truly terrifying manner – especially in a scene when Godzilla mercilessly lays waste to a metropolis in response to attempts to subdue him through military means.

 

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Video Showing UFOs Swarming Navy Warship is Real, Pentagon Confirms

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Late last month, reports emerged that a number of U.S. Navy guided missile destroyers sailing off the coast near Los Angeles encountered a swarm of strange unidentified flying objects or drones in 2019. While Navy investigators looked into the strange incident, no explanation has since been given.

However, new footage has been leaked to documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell that shows the strange flying objects swarming above one of the ships, and the Pentagon has confirmed that the videos are authentic.

“I can confirm that the referenced photos and videos were taken by Navy personnel,” a Department of Defense spokesperson told Futurism.

In the brief footage, which appears to have been recorded with night vision cameras, triangular or pyramid-shaped objects can be seen hovering above the deck of a Navy destroyer.

According to Corbell, the Pentagon has gone to great lengths to disavow any connection to the swarming UAVs.

“This was taken on deployment from the USS Russell,” Corbell told Mystery Wire. “It shows what they described as vehicles. And they made a great distinction. They made sure in this classified briefing, they made a great distinction that this is not something that we own either a black project, this is not something of a foreign military, that these were behaving in ways that we did not expect.

“And that they were you know shaped non aerodynamically,” he added. “Like pyramids, these are flying pyramids!”

The video, as well as a number of photos from the incident, have all been gathered by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, a group tasked with investigating encounters between the different service branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and a number of unidentified flying objects.

While officials have been baffled by the unknown flying objects, in recent years the Pentagon has been more vocal about past encounters, which they describe as having been frequent. Officials have also discouraged the use of the acronym “UFOs,” instead opting to describe them as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.

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Prince Philip Joke About Reincarnating as Deadly Virus to ‘Solve Overpopulation’ Resurfaces

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The Friday announcement of the death of Prince Philip elicited a range of reactions on social media, with some users eulogizing the late royal while others used the occasion to heap mockery upon the British monarchy.

However, others also shared an old quote from the Prince Philip where he bizarrely suggested that after he died, his wish would be that he is reincarnated as a deadly virus in order to help solve the so-called problem of overpopulation.

The decidedly anti-social quote was taken from a 2009 article published by The Guardian that listed out a number of controversial and generally distasteful quotes from the Queen’s husband on various subjects.

The full quote read: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.”

Tweeting a screenshot of the quote, user Riya said: “WHAT THE F*CK.”

While others replied to the misanthropic quote with a reference to the ongoing pandemic:

The Daily Express notes that the quote originates from a joking comment about deadly viruses that the prince made in a 1988 interview with Deutsche Press-Agentur. The quote was also widely shared during the initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Buckingham Palace announced the death of Prince Philip, royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II, on Friday morning.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the announcement read. “His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.”

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As Marine Life Flees the Equator, Global Mass Extinction is Imminent: Scientists

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The waters surrounding the equator are one of the most biodiverse areas in the globe, with the tropical area rich in marine life including rare sea turtles, whale sharks, manta rays, and other creatures.

However, rampant rises in temperate have led to a mass exodus of marine species from the sensitive region – with grave implications for life on earth.

While ecologists have long seen the thriving biodiversity of equatorial species holding constant in the past few centuries, a new study by Australian researchers published in The Conversation has found that warming global temperatures are now hitting the equator hard, potentially leading to an unprecedented mass extinction event.

The researchers from the Universities of Auckland, Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast found that as waters surrounding the equator continue to heat up, the ecosystem is being disrupted and forcing species to flee toward the cooler water of the South and North Pole.

The massive changes in marine ecosystems that this entails will have a grave impact not only on ocean life – essentially becoming invasive species in their new homes –  but also on the human livelihoods that depend on it.

“When the same thing happened 252 million years ago, 90 percent of all marine species died,” the researchers wrote.

To see where marine life is headed, the researchers tracked the distribution of about 49,000 different species to see what their trajectory was. The global distribution of ocean life typically resembles a bell curve, with far fewer species near the poles and more near the equator.

However, the vast alteration of the curve is already in motion as creatures flee to the poles, according to a study they published in the journal PNAS.

These changes augur major disruptions to global ecosystem as marine life scrambles in a chaotic fight for food, space, and resources – with a mass die-off and extinction of creatures likely resulting.

The research underscores the dire need for human societies to control rampant climate change before the biodiversity and ecological health of the planet is pushed past the point of no return.

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