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Werewolf babies, blinding fries, and the gut library


Someone needs carrots, stat

Eat your veggies or you’ll … go blind? A U.K. teen took picky eating to a whole new level, literally losing his vision after a steady decade-long diet of strictly fries, Pringles, white bread, and ham.

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Looks like Pringles needs to change their tagline a little bit: “Once you pop, the fun don’t stop – until you start losing hearing and vision!” We think it’s really catchy.

The teen first visited a doctor several years ago complaining of tiredness and was given B12 injections and sent on his merry way. Unfortunately, he quickly developed hearing and vision loss, and by age 17 years was diagnosed with nutritional optic neuropathy.

Somehow through all of this, he maintained a normal weight, proving once and for all the metabolism of teenage boys can withstand just about anything.

The chip-loving teen now joins the (very small) Nutritional Optic Neuropathy Hall of Fame of Developed Countries, previously only occupied by a man who pretty much drank vodka every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Cheers!

Teen wolf? Try baby wolf

Every parent just wants their child to be happy, healthy, and covered in a thick layer of hair, right?

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Well, that’s too bad for dozens of parents in Spain, whose children developed hypertrichosis, aka “werewolf syndrome,” and suddenly sprouted full-body hair growth that Tom Selleck would be jealous of. After a brief investigation, they discovered the fast-paced hair growth was caused by an unfortunate medicine mix-up at the lab. Instead of receiving omeprazole for their gastric reflux, the children had been given minoxidil, a drug that treats alopecia.

Luckily for the children who don’t want to impersonate Michael J. Fox anymore, the hair will go away when they stop taking the drug.

No official statement yet on the mysterious sightings of wolf children roaming the Spanish countryside terrorizing locals and howling at the full moon.

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