1. The craziest instrument of all time is made out of marbles and Legos.
Meet the Wintergatan Marble Machine, a cross between an instrument, Rube Goldberg device, music box and really fun toy. Swedish musician Martin Molin has fashioned his insane device out of wooden pulleys and cranks, funnels, marbles, Legos and a whole bunch of other stuff. It starts out with a bunch of falling marbles, but once it gets going, it’s pretty rocking. And it looks like the ribcage of some kind of steampunk robotic whale. Check out the video below.
2. The Hubble Telescope has glimpsed the most distant galaxy yet.
The craziest thing about deep space? When you’re looking through it, you’re also looking through time. Stick that in yer pipe and smoke it and get really stoned and have an existential crisis about it. The Hubble Space Telescope broke the “cosmic distance record” this week when it snapped a shot of the farthest galaxy we’ve ever seen, 13.4 billion years in the past. It’s just a red splotch, but it’s a red splotch that offers insight into what a galaxy called GN-Z11 looked like only 400 million years after the Big Bang. That may sound like a long time, but in cosmic time, that’s, like, the universe when it was still in diapers. Whoa.
3. The first Ghostbusters trailer has dropped.
After much anticipation, a full trailer for Paul Feig’s all-lady reboot of Ghostbusters has hit the Internet, and the Internet is suitably pumped. The teaser features new paranormal-busting team Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon decked out in all their jumpsuited finery, ghosts laying waste to Times Square and a bespectacled Chris Hemsworth kicking down a door. What more could you possibly want? Even just hearing that synthy theme music gets us jazzed.
4. The world is running out of single-malt Scotch.
It’s the worst news for humanity since Trump’s primary sweep: Older bottles of single-malt Scotch—a.k.a. the best drink on the planet—are running low, causing rich jerks to drive up the prices by buying out all the good stuff. The shortage is apparently caused by a rise in the popularity of Scotch in recent decades, after demand was at an all-time low in the culturally bereft 1980s. Distilleries are speeding up production, but it may not be enough. We don’t know how, exactly, but we feel like Ron Swanson needs to step in and save the day here.
5. Scientists have recorded eerie sounds in the deepest place on Earth.
Space is super mysterious, sure, but Earth’s own oceans can be just as enigmatic and strange. Oceanographers have sent audio-recording equipment way the hell down to Challenger Deep, the deepest point of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench. The hydrophone recorded sounds for 23 days nearly 7 miles below the ocean’s surface—and it’s kinda loud down there. Not with sailor ghosts and sea hags, as you might expect, but with baleen whales, distant earthquakes and all sorts of other stuff. Because of the way sound waves behave in deep water, the recorded sounds can come from miles away. And boy, are they spooky.