Eventually, a team of physicists, chemists, and meteorologists teamed up to solve the mystery. What the investigation finally concluded was that the pits were actually the result of completely normal wear-and-tear from kicking up road debris. They had been there all along. People just hadn't noticed them until they read about the pitting epidemic in the newspaper and went outside to check their own car.
The Seattle Times
"Can we still destroy every insect on Earth, just in case?"
It's a classic case of people simply not being aware of something until someone points it out, and then they can't help but notice it, just like you weren't really conscious of your own breathing until we pointed it out just now. Also, sorry about that.
The Imaginary Disease That Spreads Through The Internet
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Back in 2003, Mary Leitao was at her wit's end trying to figure out what was bothering her 2-year-old son, Drew. He had a rash that dermatologists couldn't explain, and he kept complaining about bugs under his skin. Worse, strange fibers kept appearing on his body. He was struck with ... phantom sweater syndrome!
Morgellons Research Foundation
Freddy Kruger: the snuggly soft years.
Well, you come up with something better, because the doctors sure couldn't. When medical science met her with a collective shrug, Mary figured that she would take it to the Internet. She herself coined the term "Morgellons syndrome," based on a term she had found in an old medical journal. Soon, thousands of people around the world began to notice that they were afflicted with Morgellons. It starts with an itching sensation, and soon develops into strange fibers being excreted from your skin. Sufferers believe it's caused by everything from secret government aerosol programs to a byproduct of the government's weather machines.
And now you know why ugly Christmas sweaters still exist: because Big Brother wants it that way.
Up to 12,000 families are suspected of suffering from Morgellons, so there has to be something real behind it right? Real doctors with credentials above and beyond, who "have used the Internet at least once," have been investigating Morgellons for years, and concluded that the fibers are probably just normal detritus you pick up every day from your clothing and carpet. That's right: 12,000 people all over the world are suffering from "being kinda dirty." Won't you donate today?
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