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    • Rare And Surprisingly Cute Three-Eyed Snake Discovered In Australia

      If you are looking for an omen for these uncertain times, here it is. A three-eyed snake was found, fittingly, near Darwin, in the Northern Territory, Australia. The animal was found by rangers from the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife who shared the photos on Facebook.

      The animal is a carpet python, a species that can grow to between 2 and 4 meters (6.6-13.1 feet) and it is commonly found in Australia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. The three-eyed creature was just a juvenile, believed to be no older than three months and only about 40 centimeters (16 inches). It was nicknamed Monty (python) when it was found in late March but, unfortunately, it passed away last week.

      “It’s remarkable it was able to survive so long in the wild with its deformity, and he was struggling to feed before he died last week,” Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Ranger Ray Chatto told NT News. The snake's body has been donated to science and is now at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Darwin.

      Its cranial malformation is what makes this particular specimen so fascinating. Its third eye appeared to be functioning perfectly and the team had to put the critter in an X-ray machine to understand properly what was going on. It turns out that the animal’s weird configuration was not caused by two separate heads fusing together as they had thought, but a single skull with an extra eye socket.

      “It was generally agreed that the eye likely developed very early during the embryonic stage of development," NT Parks and Wildlife wrote in their Facebook post. "It is extremely unlikely that this is from environmental factors and is almost certainly a natural occurrence as malformed reptiles are relatively common.”

      The Internet is filled with stories and videos about unusual reptiles (among other animals) with congenital malformations. Particularly popular are stories about two-headed snakes, including Gumbo and Filo a rather cute snake (or should that be snakes?) that is making the rounds of schools and community centers in Louisiana in the US with its owner Tanee Janusz to help people get more familiar with snakes in general and dispel some harmful myths about these creatures.

      Three-eyed snakes, however, are particularly rare. It's a shame Monty died before he could tell us how Game of Thrones ends, as he had undoubtedly already foreseen.


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          • N.J. man’s 9 kids all meet for the first time thanks to online DNA testing

            To say George Papageorgiou was a rolling stone is an understatement.

            A Greece-born Lothario driven by the allure of women, his travels across America left a trail of broken hearts, unfulfilled promises and fatherless children.

            But with just one-click of an online DNA testing link made nearly two decades after his death, the ashes of Papageorgiou’s scattered sins rose as a Phoenix, connecting the nine pieces of a fractured family’s heart.

            “My aunt said to me, ‘Demetre, it’s not like your father killed anybody. He just had sex with a lot of women,’” says Demetre Papageorgiou, 46, George’s second youngest son and the co-director of documentary short "9 Degrees.”

            The doc, a Tribeca Studios film set to premiere at the New Jersey Film Festival on Saturday, tells the story of five brothers and four sisters, separated by distance and decades, coming together for the first time thanks to

            “My mom kept calling me,” Demetre remembers, harkening back to the day in February 2017 that changed his life forever.

            “When I finally called her back she tells me, ‘This guy named Chris Bone from Dallas, Texas, called and said, I know this crazy, but I think your dead husband is my father.’”

            Though shaken by the news, Cynthia Papageorgiou, George’s long-suffering widow, was not altogether surprised to learn of her unfaithful husband’s extramarital child.

            Escaping the abusive father who ripped him from his 12-year-old mother’s arms at birth, a 22-year-old George jumped a merchant Navy vessel out of Poulitsa, Greece landing him in Elizabeth in 1958.

            After marrying his first wife, Mary Lou, and having four kids with her between 1960 and 1963 — one of which was given up for adoption as a baby due to financial issues — George abandoned his family for the nomadic life of traveling salesmen.

            It wasn’t until 1972, after welcoming at least three more children with as many women during brief dalliances, that George met and married Cynthia in Chicago.

            The couple welcomed sons Demetre and Charles Papageorgiou in 1973 and 1975, respectively, with the fragile nuclear family bouncing from home to home throughout the Midwest.

            George’s cheating never stopped. His incessant adultery not only strained his marriage, but also caused an irreparable rift between him and Demetre. Their relationship remained troubled until George died of cancer at 65 in 2001.

            Though initially indifferent to having a face-to-face with his dad’s alleged son, Demetre, at the urging of his younger brother Charles, agreed to join him in meeting Chris and another half-brother he’d connected with through, retired Mt. Olive police officer Sgt. Mike Pocquat.

            At first sight, the four men knew they were family.

            “Me and (Charles) go to a Marriott to go meet (Chris Bone and Mike Pocquat). We walk through the door and we see two guys walking towards us,” Demetre recalls of the moment he first laid eyes on the men claiming to be his dad’s sons in March 2017.

            “My brother goes, ‘That’s not them is it?’ and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s them.”

            Immediately, Demetre saw the late George Papageorgiou’s physical features, mannerisms, and even the way he walked perfectly mirrored by two men who’d never met his father.

            He was sure Chris and Mike were his brothers.

            “I knew right away. It was undeniable.”

            From there, Chris — who spent most of his life in desperate search for a dad he never knew — spearheaded a siblings meet-up with George’s three children from his first marriage, his oldest son George and two daughters Denise and Darlene Papageorgiou, all living in Florida at the time.

            Mike, the fourth child of George and Mary Lou Papageorgiou, was the baby given up for adoption.

            As the seven siblings begin bonding, Chris discovers two more sisters, Shelley Dunlap of Phoenix and Angela Smart of Culver City, California, through online DNA testing.

            Within months of George’s nine kids all learning of each other’s existence, Mike invites his newfound relatives to his home in New Jersey for a first-ever siblings meet-up.

            “It was overwhelming,” Demetre — who tapped longtime friend and fellow filmmaker Kalim Armstrong to video document the brood’s big reunion — says of being under the same roof with all eight of his brothers and sisters in July 2018.

            “There’s an immediate sibling connection. Like you’ve known these people, but you’re still conscious of the fact that they’re strangers. But they don’t feel like strangers,” Demetre recollects.

            “Everyone was just kind of open to it all and into it, which is one of the things that’s so unique about our story.”

            As chance would have it, Kalim — co-founder of production company Vacationland Studios in Brooklyn — just so happened to be sharing an office space with two award-winning documentary filmmakers working on video projects for

            “When I first started discussing doing a documentary with Kalim I learned most stories of long-lost DNA relatives (reconnecting) are not like ours. Most of these stories are not happy stories because a family is fractured ... and usually, there’s an unhappy (event that caused it).”

            After hearing the sordid tale George Papageorgiou and the Papageorgiou nine, the “9 Degrees” documentary came to life, seeing cameras capture everything from the tribe’s introductory interactions to their emotional family pilgrimage to George’s small hometown in Greece.

            “This is the single greatest thing that’s ever happened to me,” Demetre rejoices of his newly conjoined clan. “It’s completely changed my life in every way. For all of us it has.”

            Though the Papageorgiou pack isn’t sure whether their infamous and long-departed daddy is responsible for any other left behind little ones, the nine siblings — almost all of whom have one or more online DNA testing profiles — are happy to welcome more of their biological brothers and sisters into the fold.

            “I used to joke that the only thing I got from my dad were these incredible genes that help me look 20 years younger than I actually am,” laughs Demetre. “But it turns out I was wrong because I have this incredible family as a result of it all.”

            The New Jersey Film Festival is being held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

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                        • After A 17-Year Siesta, Millions Of Cicadas Are About To Emerge In Parts Of The US

                          Undeniably, 2020 has had a bit of an “end of the world” kind of vibe about it. First there were the fires, then the plague (read: global pandemic), and just to top it off (we're not even halfway through the year) there’ll soon be swarms of insects in their millions in parts of America. Instead of locusts however, May will see the return of millions of cicadas of the genus Magicicada that have been biding their time underground for 17 years.

                          Periodical cicadas are so named owing to their timely appearance above ground. "They are generational events,” entomologist Gene Kritsky, who developed an app for tracking these insects, told West Virginia's Register-Herald. “And many people use the emergence to mark the passage of time, recall key events in their lives and just remember where they were and what they were doing the last time the cicadas came out."

                          The brood emerging in 2020, called brood XI, hasn’t been seen since 2003. The length of time needed for cicada larvae to mature into adults underground varies across the genus, with some making an appearance after just one year while for others, like brood XI, it can be as long as 17 years. The life cycle of periodic cicadas is one of the great mysteries for biological scientists and exactly why they take so long still isn’t fully understood.

                          One thing we do know is that when the cicadas, which are buried in the soil during this time of maturation, are ready to emerge, breed, and lay eggs, they come out when the soil warms up, usually during May. Their numbers continue to increase, with peak emergence usually hitting by June. Once they reach the surface, the race is on to shed their underground coats and start finding a partner, as they have a brief life expectancy of around 4 to 6 weeks, and in their haste to get going these animals are not shy.

                          The tsunami of brood XI spells a noisy few weeks for Southwest Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia as the males sing to find themselves a female. Periodical cicadas are one of the noisiest insects on Earth, creating a vibrating sound using membranes on the side of their body to kick up a racket that can reach over 90 decibels, about the level of a lawnmower. With as many as 1.5 million cicadas expected per acre in the above-mentioned states, residents should steel themselves for an earful.

                          "Communities and farms with large numbers of cicadas emerging at once may have a substantial noise issue," warned entomologist Eric Day at Virginia Tech in a statement. "Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by just how infrequent – and amazing – this event is."



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