Mystery Of Ohio’s Purple Creek Solved

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In less than 24 hours, the mystery of what caused the Little Bear Creek in Dayton, Ohio, to turn a lovely shade of purple was solved. Of course, during that time, everything from UFOs and secret government testing to “Barney using the creek to bathe” were blamed. Turns out it was just chemicals.

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According to WHIO, the Ohio EPA concluded the culprit was the inorganic chemical compound, potassium permanganate, which is commonly used to “treat and clean” water “before it’s discharged” (i.e.: dumped into a creek). A nearby company, Fulmer Landscaping, “discharged” water that had been treated with potassium permanganate into the creek, but they had apparently used too much of the chemical, which resulted in the purple color.

The case is ongoing, but Fulmer Landscaping has agreed to “shut off the process” while the Ohio EPA continues to monitor the situation.

Personally, I still think Barney had something to do with it. Admit it: that’s one evil dinosaur.

Read the full report from WHIO here.

 

 

 

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Mysterious “Booms” Over Dayton, Ohio, Remain A Mystery

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Around 7:00 pm on Sunday, November 16th, three “earth-shaking booms” were heard around Dayton, Ohio. Not only in the Dayton area, but across most of Montgomery county and even neighboring Warren county.

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Reports seemed to be centered around Montgomery County (highlighted in red) — via Wikipedia

As reported by WHIO, local authorities, including fire and police, reported receiving calls from numerous people, all claiming to have heard the noises. Some claim the noises were so loud, they caused their houses to shake.

Most people, including yours truly, would chalk the noises up to sonic booms coming from nearby Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. However, a check with Base personnel revealed that “no aircraft were flying in the area that could have caused a sonic boom by breaking the sound barrier”.

Local utility companies did not report any abnormal activity or outages, either, leaving authorities scratching their heads as to the cause of the mysterious sounds.

So what of it, my Dayton-area readers: did you hear anything strange & spooky on the night of November 16th? If you did, tell us about it!

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WHIO’s news report on the unexplained booms can be accessed here.

 

 

ONW: Toy Wand In Dayton Store Contains Hidden ‘Demonic’ Image

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According to Dayton’s WHIO, mother Nicole Allen walked into a local Dollar Store and purchased what she thought was a “magic wand” for her 2-year-old daughter. When they got the wand home and the daughter started playing with it, Nicole was shocked to find that when the silver metallic “snowflake” was peeled back, it revealed a photo of what appeared to be a demonic woman slitting her wrists with a knife.

Nicole was outraged but when reporters confronted store owner Amar Moustafa, he simply said that parents need to pay more attention to what they are buying for their children, pointing out that the name of the toy is “Evilstick”. He has no current plans to pull the toy from the shelves, but said he would consider doing so if enough people complained.

OK, I’ll admit it: I absolutely LOVE dollar stores of all kinds! You can find some of the coolest, weirdest things lurking in their aisles. But there’s a reason everything’s being sold for only a dollar. These types of stores sell everything from expired food and damaged products to items which could only be termed “bootlegs”. In these stores, you get what you pay for.

I’m not faulting this woman for buying a $1.00 toy for her child. Heck, I’ve gone into those stores and dropped $20.00 on stuff for Courtney (and OK, some stuff for me, too. Gotta feed the Strange & Spooky Museum, you know). But here’s the thing: I don’t let Courtney out of my sight when she playing with any of those toys because I know they are all probably going to break, leak, or perhaps spontaneously combust within 15 minutes.

I think the fact that, as the shop owner points out, what is being called a “magic wand” is actually clearly labelled “Evilstick”. That and the idea that the “wonderful music” the device is said to emit is actually one of those traditional Halloween laughs should have given the mom a couple of hints that this wasn’t really a wand that was going to summon rainbows and magical pixies.

Do I think it’s an appropriate toy for children, especially a 2-year-old. whom the mother bought the EvilStick for? Certainly not. For one, if you look closely at the picture above, you can see it’s labelled for ages 3 and up. But I think even 3 might be a little young for something like this. But again, I think in this case, the mom should have taken a closer look at the packaging and the toy before chucking it in her buggy.

And yes, if anyone happens to be in a Dayton-area Dollar Store, I’d like an EvilStick, please. Not for Courtney, though. It’s for me, even though I’m pretty sure just touching that metallic-looking snowflake is going to give me cancer, Black Lung, and perhaps a wee bit of gout.

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You can read the original report and watch the video, on WHIO’s site. Just give a click here. 

Another report on the incident is available at The Independent, a news wire site from the UK. Great article if for no other reason that the author of the article seems amazed that the US has places called “Dollar Stores”, although they often refer to them as the “$.100 store”.

ONW: Boy Finds Mummified Body Hanging Inside Dayton Home

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It sounds like the kind of story you’d hear as a child when you’re huddled around a campfire: a young, adventuresome boy decides to investigate an old, abandoned house. Once inside, he finds a mannequin hanging in one of the closets, no doubt put there by previous trespassers to scare those who followed in their footsteps. Upon closer inspection, however, the young boy is shocked to find that the mannequin is, in fact, the mummified remains of a man.

It’s a creepy story, to be sure. What makes it even more disturbing is that this particular tale is true.

According to Dayton resident Michelle McGrath, her 12-year-old son could best be described as “adventurous”. That’s the only reason she could think of as to why he decided to wander across the overgrown lawn and into the rundown house on Harbine Avenue in Dayton. Locals report not having seen any activity at the house for years, so it’s unclear what the boy expected to find inside.

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The abandoned house on Harbine Avenue –via CNN

What he did find, hanging from a belt inside a closet, was what the boy originally mistook for some sort of mannequin, made up to look like a mummy. But once he realized that he was looking at actual human remains, he ran back home and told his mother, who called the police.

When authorities arrived, they were able to determine that the body belonged to Edward Brunton, who purchased the home back in October of 2009. The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office concluded that Brunton committed suicide shortly after purchasing the house and that his body had been hanging inside the closet, undisturbed, for close to 5 years. The door to the closet had apparently been closed, which kept the body out of direct sunlight and away from critters, allowing it to take on a mummified-like form.

As to how Brunton’s body was able to remain undiscovered for so long, residents claim they never saw anyone coming and going from the house. Indeed, it would appear as though Brunton never even officially moved into the house as it was mostly unfurnished. He had also never paid any taxes on the house. Brunton was also estranged from his family and friends, which may be why he was never reported missing. And that, to me, is what makes this story so damn depressing.

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Front view of house — via CNN

You see, each and every one of us would like to think that we matter. That there are people who care about us and will miss us when we’re gone. What’s more, they will keep our legacy alive, in some small way, by reminiscing and telling stories about us. Put another way, one of my greatest fears, and one that I think I share with many of you, is that I will be forgotten. That I’ll be gone one day and no one will care.

Yet, that is exactly what happened to poor Edward Brunton. He passed away and no one knew or seemed to care. In fact, had it not been for a random neighborhood boy, Brunton’s body might still be hanging there in that house. Sad.

OK, it’s getting way too serious and depressing around here. So let’s lighten the mood a bit. I’ll leave you with this: a monkey trying to ride a bicycle! Check him out! “He thinks he’s people!”

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–via Net Dump

 

Check out CNN’s coverage of the story, complete with video, by clicking here.

The Washington Post also covered the story. Go here to read it.

Want to check out even more Ohio News Of The Weird (ONW)? There’s a whole mess of stories right here!