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This Ooze Is Seeping Into a Street In China and Nobody’s Sure What It Is

OK. Hang on for this one, because it’s weird. Early this week, this thing started oozing out of a crack in the sidewalk in the Pukou district in Nanjing, China. At this point, nobody’s exactly sure what it is, but they are sure that authorities showed up, cordoned off the street and evacuated nearby homes. Eventually, the whatever-it-is seeped back into the ground, leaving local residents with no real clues as to what it was—but that wasn’t stopped them from theorizing (“looks like some kind of alien,” notes one observer on a Chinese blogging site, who is just saying what everybody’s thinking.) China’s Propaganda Ministry is now saying that the substance was being used to soften soil for subway construction, but not many locals are buying it …

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