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Albino One-Eyed Wonder That is NOT a Trouser Snake:



Other news includes the October story of the albino Cyclops shark.

Found by a commercial fisherman in the pregnant belly of another shark discovered in the Gulf of California, the one-eyed wonder set even the experts back.

“This is extremely rare,” said Felipe Galvan Magana. “As far as I know, less than 50 examples of an abnormality like this have been recorded."

Any student of AP Style knows he should’ve said “fewer than 50 examples,” but I regress. Even people whose primary language is English don’t get this right…

Anywhoo, a sports-fishing company called Pisces Fleet put out the word about the fetal being, whose optical tissue was functional, say experts. The fisherman who found it is said to be hanging on to the preserved remains, and X-rays have authenticated it.

Although rare, cyclopia is an actual developmental anomaly and sometimes affects human fetuses, too. An Israeli case in 1982 was reported three years later in the British Journal of Ophthalmology detailing a female infant born seven weeks early with a single eye in the middle of her face and no nose. Also suffering from severe brain abnormalities, she died a half hour later.

Other species with similar anomalies rarely live long and MSNBC says the baby shark likely would not have survived beyond the womb. At least two cases of two-headed shark embryos have been reported, and are believed to have been caused when twins failed to completely form.

Pisces Fleet spokesman Seth Romans claims that Magana and his colleagues are also publishing a scientific paper about the find.

No word on who will type it.

 

 

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As if There Isn't Enough to Haunt Us About School...


Cincinnati’s Dent Schoolhouse offers a little more than the average property, which tends to be good for owner Bud Stross, business owner of 1031 Productions.


That’s because it’s a haunted building with re-enactors, created on the site where a mass murder really occurred.

"The school opened up in 1894 (but) was shut down in the 1950s, after it was discovered that a janitor named Charlie McFree killed a bunch of kids and put the bodies in the basement," Stross told HuffPost Weird News.

The children’s disappearances occurred between 1942 and 1952, but McFree also disappeared. By the time the building was stormed by parents looking for their kids, they found only rotting corpses and he was gone. The accepted story now is that the kids still roam the building, and so does McFree’s spirit.

Until recently, Stross discounted the reports of his employees’ ghostly encounters. But he is seeing things differently now, apparitionally.

He claims it happened at three or four in the morning when he saw his first ghost. Something caught his eye.

"A lady in a black mask," he said. "We jetted out pretty quick."

Stross says there have been other reported events, too.

"The guys in the construction crew were skeptical, so when they report hearing strange footsteps, I take them seriously," he said. "We've never had a problem that hurt the show, but some actors have been pinched."

Now, Stross turns his haunted lemons into lemonade, letting word travel that the place has some non-paying guests, and that has landed it in the Most Haunted Places in America. Although he tried to document Dent events, he has been stymied by the lack of records, he says.

"The district that the Schoolhouse is in — District 12 — is the only one with corrupt records, suggesting a cover-up," he said. "And the Cincinnati Enquirer has no stories about it. It's really strange because we're always looking for information about it."

Records at HauntWorld.com — which is centered on haunted attractions — says there are at least 13 such businesses that are actually haunted.

Website editor Larry Kirchner says such business owners didn’t set out to locate their attractions on real haunted land, but it happened, nevertheless. He attributes that to the lack of spooky vintage homes to house haunted attractions in the 1980s. That led to the businesses then being centered in old warehouses, which undoubtedly had histories of their own.


(This photo is from a different haunted school than Dent.)

 

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