Polish Town Opposes Winnie The Pooh For Being Gender Neutral

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(PCM) Officials in the Polish town of Tuszyn have recently expressed strong opposition to naming a playground in the area after the lovable Winnie The Pooh character because of the bears questionable gender and immodest clothing (if you are aware of Winnie-the-Pooh, you will know the bear doesn’t wear pants)

The officials held a closed door meeting to debate on the issue and while the matter was not public, voice recordings of the meeting were eventually leaked to the media. The recordings featured the officials discussing the ways in which Winnie-the-Pooh is immodestly clothed, lacks a clear gender and one person even went as far as to call the character a hermaphrodite.

Many of the officials would rather see the playground be named after a bear-character named Uszatek who is fully clothed.

When the officials were questioned about their thoughts on Winnie-the-Pooh, many claimed that they were only joking with their comments and felt that the playground naming ordeal had gone on for far too long.

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Lost Kitten Mysteriously Travels From New Mexico To Maine

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(PCM) A six month old kitten from Albuquerque, New Mexico named Spice was reported missing on October 31st only to turn up miraculously being found in Portland, Maine five days later. How the kitten managed to travel some 2,300 miles away from her home remains a mystery.

Spice was turned into the a local animal shelter in Portland, Maine in a duffle bag with cat food and cat litter, but no tags. The shelter learned that Spice was microchipped and were then able to contact the kittens, very surprised and grateful owners in Albuquerque.

Despite being thrilled that Spice had been found, her owners unfortunately did not have enough money to be able to afford to bring Spice all the way back home. Graciously, a veterinary and services corporation offered their assistance in getting Spice safely back home.

After treating Spice for a small cold and being sure that she is safe to travel, Spice could be reunited with her family in about a week or so.

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Man Discovers a Tapeworm in His Brain and the Horror is Too Much to Handle

Tapeworm(PCM) Oh, the absolute horror; this is honestly the stuff of nightmares. A man suffering from severe headaches discovered that the source of his constant perturbation was a species of tapeworm rarely seen in humans, Spirometra erinaceieuropaei.

The man ended FOUR YEARS of headaches that started in 2008 and gradually became compounded with seizures and issues with his sense of smell when an MRI revealed the rare tapeworm wriggling its way through his pink matter in 2012.

The Spirometra erinaceieuropaei has only been documented in 300 human cases, making this most recent case, discovered in the U.K., an oddity.

It is currently unclear how the 50 year-old Chinese man became afflicted with the parasite, but The Guardian speculates that he could have picked up the parasite during one of his visits to China, writing: “exactly how he came to be infected is not known, but he could have picked it up from infected meat or water and the worm then burrowed through his body to his brain.”

Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, commonly found in rats, birds, snakes, frogs, mice, cats, and dogs, is so rare that up until now very little was known about the parasite.

With the discovery of the tapeworm, which had grown up to 1cm in length and traveled a distance of 5cm from the right side of his brain to the left, scientists were able to sequence the genome of Spirometra erinaceieuropaei, providing more insight on where the parasite comes from and how it has evolved.

The research from the genome sequencing was published on November 21, 2014 in the medical journal, Genome Biologyand found that this species of tapeworm has a genome 10x longer than any other tapeworm.

Scientists have speculated that the tapeworm was able to survive for four years in the man’s brain by absorbing fats through the lining of its skin.

After using an MRI to diagnose the man with sparganosis, an infection caused by a parasite that inflames the brain causing seizures, headaches, memory loss, and can affect the sense of smell, doctors treated the man and cured him of his horrific ailment.

While it is highly unlikely that any other cases of Spirometra erinaceieuropaei will start cropping up, the thought of having a tapeworm burrow its way through your brain is enough to make anyone want to never set foot outside again.

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90 Pounds Of Marijuana Shipped To A Pennsylvania Clothing Store

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(PCM) Who ever said snail mail couldn’t be interesting? The City Blue clothing store in Upper Darby, PA got quite an interesting surprise by mail in the way of 90 pounds of marijuana being shipped to their store.

The manager claims that three mysterious packages arrived via FedEx between Tuesday and Wednesday. The packages were address to a woman that the store manager did not recognize so she contacted the authorities after opening the packages and discovering the marijuana.

Authorities revealed that each of the three packages weighed about 30 pounds and were filled to the brim with marijuana. The street value on the packages would equal out to be about $180,000 dollars.

Currently, detectives on both the East and West coast are investigating this case and attempting to find out just who shipped and purchased the packages and just why they were sent to City Blue.

 

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Russian Boy Becomes A Human Magnet After A Massive Electrical Shock

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(PCM) 12-year old Russian boy Nikolai Kryaglyachenko was one his way home from school when he stopped to lean against a lamppost with faulty wiring and received a massive electrical shock that sent him flying across the road.

He is now claiming that he has become a living magnet (think real life Magneto from X-Men) as he is now finding that coins, spoons and other objects are able to stick to his skin.

After the initial electric shock, despite being a bit groggy, the boy was able to make it home and tell his mother what had happened. When he awoke the next morning, he discovered that some coins that had been dropped in his mattress were suddenly stuck to his skin. During breakfast he dropped his spoon and it stuck to his chest, leading him to believe that some was definitely up.

The boy told new reporters that he can now do things that he could never do before and has even taken to demonstrating his new skill set to his classmates. He claims he does not have much control over the objects that he attracts and even had a glass of water start inching its’ way towards him at one point.

Young Nikolai is not the first person to claim to have magnetic ability. After the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernoybl a factory worker and his family claimed to have the same abilities.

Scientists have debunked the people turning magnetic claim and instead chalk it up to the individuals having incredibly sticky skin.

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