‘Legally Haunted’ New York Mansion Is on the Market for $1.9 Million

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A 4628-square-foot house that just went on the market in Nyack, New York, has a lot to offer: five bedrooms, riverside views, and a history of being haunted. The so-called "ghost house" has such an infamous reputation that it was legally declared haunted in 1991. Now, People reports that you can own it for $1.9 million.

Built in 1890, the Queen Anne Victorian home on the Hudson River had a relatively unremarkable track record until the 1960s. That was when a woman named Helen Ackley moved there with her family and started spreading rumors of its otherworldly residents. She alleged that spirits from the Revolutionary War lived there, and they made their presence known by shaking beds and hovering in midair. Her accounts were reported in the local newspaper and Reader's Digest.

The poltergeists apparently weren't terrifying enough to make the home uninhabitable, and the Ackleys lived there for more than 20 years before listing it in 1989. But the house's next would-be owners didn't share their relaxed attitude. When the couple discovered the mansion was reportedly haunted after signing a contract, they backed out of the deal and sued. They argued that, like mold or vermin, a potential ghost infestation should be disclosed to potential property buyers.

The New York Supreme Court agreed: In 1991, it declared that because the Ackleys had widely publicized their beliefs about the house, they had created a stigma around it, and that information needed to be shared with the next home owners. The "Ghostbusters ruling" is still referred to today when determining what qualifies as a "legally haunted" house.

Since that supernatural scandal, there hasn't been a lot of negative press about the home at 1 LaVeta Place. Celebrities like singer Ingrid Michaelson and rapper Matisyahu have lived there for brief stints, and neither reported seeing ghosts. If you don't mind the property's spooky history (or perhaps consider it a perk), you can check out the listing on Trulia. And even if there is a ghost or two haunting the halls, the in-ground saltwater pool and views of the Hudson may make up for it.

[h/t People]

The Reason Why a Puppy in North Carolina Was Born Bright Green

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When a dog owner in Canton, North Carolina, first saw her new puppy, she knew exactly what to name him. Hulk the infant pup is much smaller than his namesake, but like the comic book character, he's green from head to toe.

As WLOS reports, Hulk was born with a coat of fur the color of avocado toast. He is one of eight puppies in a litter a white German Shepherd named Gypsy delivered the morning of January 10. Even though one came out lime-green, it was healthy, normal birth, according to Gypsy's owner Shana Stamey.

Hulk's unique coloration isn't a sign of any health issues. Meconium—or the matter in the intestines of a fetus—is mostly made of water, but it can also contain something called biliverdin. This chemical makes bile, and when it gets into the amniotic fluid of a birth sac, it can stain a puppy's fur green. This is especially noticeable when the newborn's fur is white, as in Hulk's case. You can see the rare phenomenon in the video below.

After a few weeks of baths and licks from mom, the meconium stains will eventually fade to reveal his natural white coat. But while he won't be green forever, Hulk gets to keep his colorful name for life.

[h/t WLOS]

Not-So-Fancy Feast: Your Cat Probably Would Eat Your Rotting Corpse

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Cat enthusiasts often cite the warmth and companionship offered by their pet as reasons why they’re so enamored with them. Despite these and other positive attributes, cat lovers are often confronted with the spurious claim that, while their beloved furry pal might adore them when they’re alive, it won’t hesitate to devour their corpse if they should drop dead.

Though that’s often dismissed as negative cat propaganda spread by dog people, it turns out that it’s probably true. Fluffy might indeed feast on your flesh if you happened to expire.

A horrifying new case study published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences offers the fresh evidence. The paper, first reported by The Washington Post, documents how two cats reacted in the presence of a corpse at Colorado Mesa University’s Forensic Investigation Research Station, or body farm, where the deceased are used to further forensic science for criminal investigations.

The study’s authors did not orchestrate a meeting between cat and corpse. The finding happened by accident: Student and lead author Sara Garcia was scanning surveillance footage of the grounds when she noticed a pair of cats trespassing. The cats, she found, were interested in the flesh of two corpses; they gnawed on human tissue while it was still in the early stages of decomposition, stopping only when the bodies began leaching fluids.

The cats, which were putting away one corpse each, didn’t appear to have a taste for variety, as they both returned to the same corpse virtually every night. The two seemed to prefer the shoulder and arm over other body parts.

This visual evidence joins a litany of reports over the years from medical examiners, who have observed the damage left by both cats and dogs who were trapped in homes with deceased owners and proceeded to eat them. It’s believed pets do this when no other food source is available, though in some cases, eating their human has occurred even with a full food bowl. It’s something to consider the next time your cat gives you an affectionate lick on the arm. Maybe it loves you. Or maybe it has something else in mind.

[h/t The Washington Post]

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