A monstrous monitor lizard that ran amok in a Thai grocery store, an unnerving masked man roaming around a South Carolina neighborhood, and a search for Bigfoot conducted by, of all people, the "Real Housewives of Dallas" were among the strange and unusual stories to cross our desk this past week.
The world of pop culture and the paranormal came together this week in an undeniably weird way when the latest edition of the reality TV program "Real Housewives of Dallas" saw the ladies embark on a hunt for Bigfoot. The bizarre episode saw the cast venture to Oklahoma for a road trip vacation and, upon arrival, they enlisted local Sasquatch enthusiast Charles Benton to lead them on a search for the famed cryptid. While the clash of very different worlds produced more than a few amusing moments, such as when the ladies attempted their best Bigfoot howl, it was not without a fair share of drama, as one can expect from reality TV, when one of the cast members took issue with Benton's affinity for hunting and proceeded to lambast him for the practice.
One of the creepier stories we've seen in a while unfolded this week in South Carolina, where police cautioned residents about an eerie-looking masked man lurking around a neighborhood in the city of Sumter. While the warning alone would normally be enough to make people concerned, what really raised eyebrows was an image of the individual that authorities shared on social media. The unsettling stranger sported a haunting mask which some likened to the infamous Slenderman entity. As of this writing, the person has neither been apprehended nor, thankfully, seen again.
Shoppers at a grocery store in Thailand found their visit turn into a viral moment when the supermarket was invaded by a massive monitor lizard looking for food. The jaw-dropping footage of the creature foraging down an aisle and clambering to the top of a shelf while onlookers screamed in fright quickly found its way online and subsequently made headlines around the world. As for how the six-foot-long lizard ended up in the shop in the first place, experts theorize that it came from a nearby canal and was looking for something to eat as a drought in the country has left local wildlife lacking in sustenance. Fortunately, a team of animal handlers were able to corral the creature and return it to its home with no one getting hurt in the process.
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