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Packs of dogs in eastern Russia are inexplicably turning up pink and blue.

The bizarre phenomenon has occurred in and around the town of Dzerzhinsk, about 242 miles east of Moscow, near the abandoned Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo chemical plant that once manufactured highly toxic hydrocyanic acid, which is also a core ingredient in a once commonly used “Prussian blue” dye. Experts believe this detail may help explain why some pups are now blue through-and-through — including their excrement, according to vets.

Without clearer details, Dmitry Karelkin, head physician of Zoozashchita veterinary hospital, officially blamed the blue hue on “some kind of chemical,” which doesn’t appear to have harmed the animals physically.

Meanwhile, examiners from the Lobachevsky Research Institute of Chemistry at Nizhny Novgorod State University, as well as the Committee for State Veterinary Surveillance, found “no signs of irritating chemical burns,” while results from the blood and stool tests did not reveal significant toxicity.

The Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo plant is thought to be the source of the chemical dye that is causing some dogs to turn blue.

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Blue dogs Dzerzhinsk

The abandoned chemical factory produced hydrocyanic acid, an ingredient in the pigment known as “Prussian blue.”

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The blue dogs reportedly will remain under close observation for about 20 days. Meanwhile, no announcements have been made to specifically address pooches that are turning up pink, according to East2West news agency. However, some are calling for an investigation of a chemical dump in another area of Dzerzhinsk, where 300,000 tons of toxic waste was unloaded after the Cold War. The nearby Kristall defense plant was also implicated in local reports.

East2West has reported that city officials are calling the claims “exaggerated.”

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Dogs also appear to be turning up pink, though officials have yet to comment on why this could be.
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Room behind bathroom mirror led to Ruthie Mae McCoy’s murder

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A TikTok video that went viral this week for revealing an eerie portal between two apartments has prompted another chilling revelation involving bathroom mirrors and murder.

In the creepy clip posted on Thursday, the New York City renter Samantha Hartsoe shares that she felt a cool draft from behind her bathroom mirror. Intrigued, she decided to take down the mirror to investigate the breeze, and found a gaping hole leading into a mysteriously empty room.

“Seriously never would I have expected to find this … and I documented all of it,” Hartsoe wrote in a caption for the first clip, which has drawn 9 million views so far.

In a four-part series on Hartsoe’s TikTok channel, she is seen gearing up with a face mask and head lamp for an expedition into the dilapidated space — bringing a hammer with her for protection. When a friend, heard in the background of one video, tells Hartsoe she’s “holding it wrong,” she retorts, “Is there a wrong way to hold a hammer to kill somebody? No.”

Thankfully, the hammer wasn’t needed on this occasion; Hartsoe made it out of the apparently deserted adjacent apartment alive and unscathed. But a similar story dating back to the 1980s tells of a tragic ending to a mirror mystery, as followers of the spooky saga have since revealed.

“A woman named ruthie mae mccoy was murdered in chicago in the 80s by someone who came into her apartment through her bathroom mirror, the candyman movie is allegedly loosely based on it. lawsuit!!!” said @afroelven on Twitter, followed by a link to a 1987 article found on the Chicago Reader, which tells the complete story of McCoy: a woman who was murdered by someone who crawled through her bathroom mirror.

Journalist Steve Bogira, who wrote the original piece, has also suggested that the McCoy murder inspired the 1992 “Candyman” film.

Indeed, there are several parallel elements between McCoy’s murder and “Candyman,” such as the fact that the film also takes place in Chicago, in a public housing complex of a similar layout and demographic as McCoy’s. While the 1992 horror flick references the notorious Cabrini-Green complex in the South Side of Chi-town, the real-life mirror murder took place at Abbott Homes, not far from Cabrini-Green.

The “Candyman” protagonist, who investigates the site of the bathroom-based killings in the movie, also befriends a women bearing a familiar name: Anne-Marie McCoy.

Whether our heroine is in grave danger is yet unclear, but Hartsoe stated in her final installment that she plans to have a “really fun phone call” with her landlord.

In the meantime, godspeed ye bathroom defenders!

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CDC reports flu kills 1 child this season amid steep decline in cases

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CDC reports flu kills 1 child this season amid steep decline in cases

Thousands of American lives have been lost to the novel coronavirus this past year, but one historically lethal illness has taken a backseat this season: the flu, which, according to federal health estimates, has killed only one child this year. 

For context, nearly 200 pediatric lives were lost during the 2019-2020 flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

There have been just 1,499 clinical laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza this year, per estimates from the CDC, which also shows that flu-related hospitalizations are significantly lower this season compared to seasons past. 

Between Oct. 1 — the start of flu season — and Feb, 20, there have been some 183 laboratory-confirmed influenza hospitalizations, representing an overall cumulative hospitalization rate of 0.6 per 100,000 population, per the CDC. 

“This is much lower than average for this point in the season and lower than rates for any season since routine data collection began in 2005, including the low severity 2011-12 season. During the 2011-12 season, the rate was 2.2 times higher at this time in the season. Hospitalization rates stratified by age will be presented once case counts increase to a level that produces stable rates by age,” the agency says.

Experts who previously spoke to Fox News on the country’s lower than usual flu activity this year said that preventative measures to protect against COVID-19 — such as wearing masks, social distancing, frequent handwashing and avoiding indoor crowds — have likely played a role in keeping the flu at bay. 

School closures also likely played a role, as early research suggests kids transmit the influenza virus better than they do COVID-19, Dr. Abisola Olulade, a family medicine physician in California, said at the time. 

Olulade also pointed out that while some may suggest that people weren’t testing for the flu amid coronavirus, the positivity rate of those who were remained lower than usual, which indicates that the viral spread in the community was indeed low and not a matter of what test was conducted.

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He’s the Sherlock of TikTok.

Social media manager-turned-online lost and found curator David Gutenmacher is reuniting families with their long lost keepsakes. After finding the misplaced items at thrift stores, he shares the discoveries on his popular TikTok gallery @MuseumOfLostMemories.

“It’s like going on a treasure hunt,” the 25-year- old Gutenmacher told The Post. “The gold at the end of each journey is reconnecting families with their lost mementos.”

Gutenmacher thrift shops across the boroughs every week, hunting down abandoned pictures, rolls of film and video tapes. He buys, develops and digitizes the relics, converting them from analogue to social media-friendly files. Then he shares the revitalized visuals with his over 237,000 followers in hopes of finding their rightful owners. 

“Whenever I’d go thrifting I’d always see buckets of old pictures or videos and thought it was sad that a family’s memories were just collecting dust in a secondhand shop,” the Queens native said. 

“So I started buying the pieces to give them new life on TikTok.”

Since launching his account in January, Gutenmacher’s uncovered countless intriguing artifacts, including Andrew Cuomo’s senior year book and pictures of Bernie Sanders on his high school’s track team. He’s also reunited a number of people with their lost wedding videos, misplaced polaroids of holiday gatherings and old handwritten letters between loved ones.

But his most viral discovery came from a thrift store haul in Long Island. 

He purchased a VHS labeled “Africa,” and digitized it through video conversion system ElGato Video Capture. 

He edited the footage into a 45-second montage, set it to nostalgic jazz music and shared the clip on TikTok. Almost immediately, his followers began hunting down the video’s star, a young man wearing a “Wesleyan Swimming” shirt. 

One such social media sleuth, Julie Ross, was hot on the scent.

“The biggest clue that helped me find the guy was his Wesleyan shirt,” Ross, 49, told The Post. “I wanted to help find him and get him this footage.”

After combing through the over a dozen US colleges with “Wesleyan” in their titles, the mother of three from Minnesota got in touch with the swimming coach of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. He connected her with the guy in the decades-old video, Jono Marcus.  

“I got a voicemail from this lady named Julie claiming there was a video of me and my parents in Africa that was trending on TikTok,” Marcus, 54, told The Post. “At first, I thought it was spam or a scam.”

But, much to his delight, it was neither. 

“She texted me the link to the TikTok, and sure enough, the person in the video was me,” said Marcus, a non-profit fundraising consultant. “I was in disbelief, but so happy someone found it.”

The footage was from a 21-day family vacation to the William Holden Wildlife Center in Nanyuki, Kenya in 1989. Marcus was 23 at the time. 

The tape went missing when his mother moved out of their family home in Long Island after his father, Kenneth, died in 2015. 

Marcus, now a husband and dad of two living in Maryland, created a TikTok account and made a duet video to complement Gutenmacher’s post— which has amassed over 2.2 million views. 

His wife and daughters helped him re-enacted some of the scenes from the Africa trip, and he even wore his old Wesleyan Swimming sweatshirt to underscore his identity. 

But what was most important to him was seeing the moments of the footage that featured his late father. 

“Seeing my dad again in that video meant the world to me and my family,” Marcus said. “We’re grateful to have it back.”

Although Gutenmacher doesn’t get paid for posting his treasured finds, he says reuniting families with pieces of their past makes the job worthwhile. 

“Its so cool to be the person that brings joy to people by giving them something from their own history.”

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