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This year was strange.
If the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, the weird news of 2021 has taught us to always be on our guard and expect the unexpected.
It’s unclear what lies ahead in 2022, but for now, let’s take a look back at some of the weirdest events of 2021:
Texas DPS Mistakes an AMBER Alert for “Chucky” Doll
The Texas Department of Public Safety forced Texans to stop and look at their phones in January after accidentally sending an AMBER Alert for a pair of disturbing dolls – Glen Ray and Chucky from the “Child’s Play” horror movies .
The alert, sent on Friday, Jan. 29, said Chucky was last seen wearing “blue denim overalls with a multi-colored striped long-sleeved shirt wielding a huge kitchen knife.” Glen was seen wearing a blue shirt with a black collar.
Eventually, DPS officials clarified the reason for sending the alert, saying IT had mistakenly sent it during a test.
The good news is that scary dolls have never been loose in Texas.
Pentagon UFO report released, has few answers
The long-awaited report on UFOs released by the Pentagon was not exactly what it was supposed to be.
Investigators said they found no evidence of aliens after examining 144 sightings of airplanes or other flying devices; however, they drew a few other conclusions.
According to an Associated Press report, the researchers said they needed “better data collection” and that there was “too little information” for them to even “comprehensively characterize the nature of the incident â.
In short, there is still work to be done before U.S. authorities can determine whether any of the air threats examined could pose a risk to national security.
Tongue-eating creature discovered in Texas state park
Yes, this tongue-eating parasite is real, and worst of all, it was found in a state park in Texas.
A tongue-eating louse was found inside the mouth of an Atlantic Croaker at Galveston Island State Park in October, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. And, believe it or not, they’re actually quite common in some species of fish.
The creature actually detaches the fish’s tongue before attaching itself to the fish’s mouth, essentially replacing the tongue.
Fortunately, it doesn’t kill fish and it doesn’t affect humans.
House that inspired ‘The Conjuring’ for sale
If you’re a horror movie fanatic then listen – one of the country’s most haunted houses is always up for grabs.
The presumably haunted Rhode Island farmhouse that inspired the movie “The Conjuring” has hit the retail market. If the house’s spooky story doesn’t scare you, maybe the price will, as it’s listed at $ 1.2 million.
The farm, listed under estate agent Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, resides in Burrillville and has 14 rooms on 8.5 acres of land.
Granted, “The Conjuring” was not filmed on the farm, but its story will surely give you chills.
Deadly parasite that burrows into bare feet infects 16 near Austin
As if the COVID-19 pandemic weren’t enough of a concern, another deadly infection was discovered this year in an unincorporated small town in Texas.
Although this time the infection was from a parasite that burrowed into the bare feet.
According to a report by The Guardian, 16 people contracted the Strongyloides parasite in an “unsanitary environment” in the town of Rancho Vista, which has approximately 400 homes.
The parasite can survive for decades without being detected. It digs through bare feet, enters a human’s bloodstream, the lungs, and then travels to the trachea, where it is then spat out and swallowed, according to The Guardian.
The parasite can become fatal at “certain times”, for example if the infected person is taking steroids.
Those who tested positive for the parasite were unaware until they provided blood and stool samples for a university study. The researchers said they may have found a common link with the infections – terrible failures of the health system.
The Guardian reports that those who tested positive informed their doctors about their infections and were treated with a single dose of ivermectin, a pest control drug.
As for the breakdowns of the sanitary system, and to prevent future infections, the recommended solution was for the city to be connected to a municipal sewer system or to repair the existing septic tanks. You can read more about the story here.
Diver finds SpongeBob and Patrick in real life
Who lives on coral under the sea – pants not so square SpongeBob and his good friend Patrick Star.
A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration diver actually found the porous pair, a yellow sponge and a pink starfish, off the New England coast.
Anyway, there were no pineapples in sight and the sponge wasn’t quite square.
But still, what are the odds? Maybe Nickelodeon was on to something.
One of America’s most haunted hotels is in San Antonio
Aside from the River Walk or the Alamo, downtown San Antonio also has a haunted history you might not know about.
A recent report from Historic Hotels of America called the Emily Morgan Hotel, located on Houston Street in downtown SA, as one of the most haunted hotels in America to date. And yes, if you dare, you can book an overnight stay.
The hotel was originally used as a medical arts building from 1924 to 1976, which housed doctors’ offices and served as a hospital, according to the hotel’s website. Then the building was converted into a modern office space. But almost a decade later, it has become the Emily Morgan Hotel.
The most haunted floors in the hotel are the seventh, ninth, and fourteenth floors, all of which have spooky histories, according to the report. These floors would have served as a psychiatric ward, surgery level, waiting room and morgue, according to the HHA.
If that doesn’t give you the chills, then maybe it will: some guests who have stayed on the fourteenth floor claim to have smelled a smell that smelled like hospital, and when they open the room doors from the hallway , they claim they found a scene of a hospital inside.
If you would like to experience the hotel for yourself, you can find out more on its website here.
Plumber finds 500 envelopes filled with cash in walls of Houston mega-church
It was an extremely lucky day for a Houston plumber after he found hundreds of cash and check envelopes in the walls of Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church while he was doing repairs.
It comes years after $ 600,000 was stolen from the church in 2014, according to KPRC, KSAT’s sister station in Houston. It was a crime that has never been solved.
The plumber, who wishes to remain anonymous, was first called on November 10 to remove tiles to repair a loose toilet. When he started moving the toilet and the insulation, that’s when about 500 envelopes fell from the wall containing the money.
He then contacted the church maintenance supervisor and reported his findings.
However, the plumber got a sizable reward – $ 20,000 – from Crime Stoppers for his discovery.
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