Israel's Neighbors Live In Fear Of Animal Spies
In some parts of the world, fears over Israeli spying are not unfounded, and it's reasonable for people in such places to be suspicious of certain things. Just maybe not this. An Iranian military advisor has recently gone on the record accusing lizards of committing espionage. Found in the vicinity of uranium mines, these lizards have skin capable of recording atomic waves, you see. At least in this guy's mind, while it comes as a big surprise to both scientists and the lizards themselves.
Milan_Jovic/iStockTo be fair, this wouldn't be the first time a chameleon committed espionage.
In 2007, Iranians "detained" 14 squirrels with spying equipment on them, after what must have been the most amazing sting ever. Also, a vulture was captured by the Saudi government in 2011 (after what we can only presume was a series of increasingly wacky hijinks) and found to be wearing a GPS tracking device. Turns out this was part of an Israeli university's attempts to track the movements of these animals, but oh boy, the suspicions ... they were there. Something similar happened in 2016, when a different vulture strayed into Lebanon, and oh shit what if it was the same vulture?! What if this is like the James Bond of vultures? Has anyone optioned this movie yet?
In 2013, Egypt detained a stork with a strange device on its leg under suspicion of espionage. That stork was later determined to be innocent, though it was still killed and eaten, because those are the stakes of the game, apparently. Egypt was no doubt on high alert for such shenanigans after that time in 2010 when an official accused the Israelis of using a mind-controlled shark to disrupt tourism. That's a crime ... recycling an Austin Powers plot point like that.
Nazi Science Is Responsible For An Outbreak Of Twins In A Brazilian Village
The town of Candido Godoi in Brazil has an unusual claim to fame: Up to one in five pregnancies in the town have resulted in twins, which is way above the usual rate of, like, one in eighty. And while this has likely led to a spike in tandem bicycle sales and an endless cavalcade of Parent Trap-esque situations, it's also turned up something more interesting: a conspiracy theory suggesting that all this came to pass thanks to Nazi science.