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Middle School Newspaper

Falcon Times 2012: Issue 2

Jingle Ball

Sam Lack, Grade 6

Some of you might know off, or been to one of the biggest concerts in the nation, Z100’s Jingle Ball. The 2011 Jingle Ball was at Madison Square Garden on December 9 at around seven o’clock. Every eleven months Z100 asks certain artists that they thought had great hits for the year to be in the Jingle Ball. This year Lady Gaga, David Guetta, LMFAO, Foster the People, Pitbull, Demi Lovato, Gym Class Heroes, Hot Chelle Rae, and Kelly Clarkson are some of the artists who were picked because of their hits on the radio. For this Jingle Ball the special guest hosts were Karmin and Khloe Kardashian Odom. Tickets for Jingle Ball went on sale November 2 for $121. On SeatGeek, a secondary market for tickets, they went all the way up to $22,006! There have been so many Jingle Balls over the past years, starting in 2003, and who knows how many there are to come. One thing I can tell you that is true: Every year this amazing concert represents what have been some of the most hard‐working and talented artists.

Google Puts Up $11.5M to Join the Fight Rebecca Thau, Grade 8 Against Slavery It seems that Google is putting its money where its mouth is. They announced Wednesday, December 14 that they would be granting 10 organizations that work to end modern‐day slavery $11.5m. Gary Haugen, President and CEO of International Justice Mission (a grant recipient that is based in Washington and rescues victims of slavery and sexual exploitation), said the money was a “game‐changing investment.” He added, “This is the largest corporate step up to the challenge that is beginning to apply direct resources to the fight against slavery.” Google’s support will free around 12,000 people from slavery. It will also prevent millions more from being victimized. Jacquelline Fuller, the director of charitable giving at Google, said they chose to give so much money to the topic of slavery because the most basic of human rights—freedom— resonated with employees.


Tim Tebow: The Story of the Year

Cameron Pfaffle, Grade 8

This year an amazing and inspiring story has arisen from the NFL. It is a story of perseverance, faith, patience, and teamwork. This is the story of Tim Tebow, the rookie quarterback of the Denver Broncos. In the beginning of the season, the Broncos were in a rut. They had won only a single game and lost four. The situation was desperate, and with a push from the fans, Tebow was made the starting quarterback, despite doubt from the management of the team. Today, the Broncos have won eight games and lost five with Tebow at the helm. But how has this occurred, and how has this quarterback helped take his team to victory? When the year began, Tim Tebow was not even a starting quarterback, but today he is one of the most popular players in the league. His start was rough, and his position as quarterback was on the line after they had lost two consecutive terrible games. Presently, the Denver Broncos have won the AFC West. I believe it is because Tebow has risen to the occasion and earned his position in the NFL. At the start of the year, Tebow’s ability to lead the Broncos as quarterback was questioned, but he responded with perseverance. Today, some people still believe he does not have the characteristics of a legend. I believe Tim Tebow has something we should all learn from. He has shown the world his faith without any reluctance or shame, and has persevered when all odds were against him, on and off the field. I believe Tim Tebow has attained his success with confidence and hope in the hardest times. Whether you are interested in football or not, I believe that the story of Tim Tebow is a refreshing change, and shows that anything is possible with faith.

The World’s Third Smallest Baby Sam Gallen, Grade 6 In late August, something amazing happened. The world’s third smallest baby, Melinda Star Guido, was born. Weighing just 9.5 ounces (less than a soda can) she is the second smallest baby to be born in the USA. At birth, most infants her size don’t survive, but she was one of the few lucky ones. When born, her 22‐year‐old mother, Ibarra, was only able to hold her once. Now, she is only allowed touch her through an incubator. Melinda was born 24 weeks early. Most babies born that early don’t survive. Nobody thought that Melinda would make it this far but she’s been doing great. It’s said that the tiniest babies who survive tend to be females. Now 3 ½ months old, Melinda weighs four pounds and is getting healthier by the week. Doctors hoped to get her out of the hospital before the new year. 2

Curtains! (But How Do the Actors Feel?)

Rebecca Thau, Grade 8

We all know that there was tons of excitement when Ms. Eastman started announcing hints about the MS Musical. And in turn, there was tons of excitement when she announced that the show is Curtains, a show about backstage murder and what happens when the star of “Robbin’ Hood!” is murdered during opening night. The show itself is hilarious and witty, but it isn’t only Ms. Eastman and Mr. Blair’s POVs that matter. So I went and asked some students I know are going to participate to tell me their opinions. First thing first, when Ms. Eastman and Mr. Blair told me the show would be a “hipster musical” (i.e. unheard of), I thought of Blood Brothers, a much less funny show about brothers split at birth because of poverty that eventually kill each other. Really bright right? It wasn’t just me who didn’t think of Curtains at first. Anabel Getz (8th grade) said, “I have never heard of Curtains. I thought it could be West Side Story, a more well‐known show.” That being the case, she also said that she is “excited to do a show I have never heard of so that I can see it with a fresh pair of eyes.” She wasn’t the only one surprised by the choice. Charlotte Jones (6th grade) seems to have done some detective work! She said that she, like Anabel, “never heard of the show.” Unlike Anabel, however, she is “slowly getting more information on it. I'm more excited now that I know what it is so I can learn about it. Even though I don't know much yet, I want to know everything about it!” Both of the girls seem excited to do the show for various reasons. Anabel said that she does the musical because “I have participated every year so far, and I love Ms. Eastman. It is overall a great experience.” In juxtaposition to the veteran, Charlotte will be experiencing her very first MS Musical. That didn’t stop her from having a very good reason why she wants to join in with the fun. “I love watching musicals. They are so interesting and the story of everything is exciting and thrilling. All of the foreshadowing keeps you thinking, ‘What will happen next?’ There is something like that always going on in your head. If you participate, it allows you to express yourself and step into a new character’s shoes and have the opportunity to portray them however you want,” she said. The show has even excited some Upper Schoolers. Emma Brick (10th grade) said, “Curtains sounds like a great choice for the Middle School show. It’s a show not a lot of people know so it will be exciting to see how it turns out!” An anonymous non‐middle schooler said, “I love that show! It’s so fun to watch and it’s a cute, inspirational show.” Auditions will be in late January.


Poem: The Pine Tree

Cameron Pfaffle, Grade 8

Snow gently cascades from the iced gray sky. Clouds of ornate white flakes follow one other through the pines. Animals tuck themselves within their homes, And the chatter of the creatures is muted brisk wind. The pine alone breaks this shroud of grey. Bursts of emerald green, and covered with crystalized cones. Their limbs are concealed within a layer of fresh snow, but their proud hearts stand strong to the face of the fierce chilling frost. The clouds melt at the presence of the distant sun. Silver rays of light immerse the pines. Its branches are illuminated. Laced with shimmering sheets of ice, and covered with plump heaps of white snow. The startling green pines awaken the forest from the snow's spell of grey.

Kim Kardashian is Already Divorced? Ernie Robinson, Grade 6 You knew this was coming. After a whirlwind courtship and a marriage that lasted all of 72 days before she filed for divorce, Kim Kardashian, age 30, is opening up to Glamour magazine about the ideal relationship she hopes to find in the future, less than one month after she asked for her current one to legally end! What’s up with that? In an interview that’s more of a conversation with her sisters, Khloe, age 27, and Kourtney, age 32, Kim confesses that she might have had her standards set a teensy bit too high when she expected her marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries to be perfect. “I think I need to not live in a fairy tale like that,” Kim reveals to the glossy. “I think I maybe need to just snap out of it and be a little more realistic.” The already divorced star, Kim Kardashian.


Funny Riddles and One Liners

Gabriela Gamez, Grade 6

Ever feel like you have nothing to say? Say one of these funny one liners and jokes! What you call dog with no legs? Don’t matter what you call him, he ain’t gonna come. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends? What has four wheels and flies? A garbage truck. I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. Friendship is like peeing on yourself: everyone can see it, but only you get the warm feeling. Children: You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 years telling them to sit down and shut‐up. How do crazy people go through the forest? They take the psycho path. What do you get from a pampered cow? Spoiled milk. What do you call a fish with no eye? A fsh. Two peanuts walk into a bar. One was a salted. It’s not hard to meet expenses. They’re everywhere. There are three sides of an argument: your side, my side, and the right side.


The Purple Heart Sent to the Wrong Marines Rebecca Thau, Grade 8 A few Marine Corps families who lost a son or daughter recently got a little surprise in the mail: a Purple Heart ornament and a letter addressed to the fallen son or daughter. The Marine Corps had to apologize for sending those packages to families of the dead instead of those who were wounded, but still living. Col. John L. Mayer, commanding officer of the Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment, said, “There are no words to express how very sorry we are for the hurt such a mistake has caused the families of our fallen warriors. We always strive to honor the sacrifices these Marines, sailors and their families gave to this country.” He said that there is no excuse for what happened. In a statement he said that the Marine Corps “accepts full responsibility for this error.” Mayer is calling some of the families who got the package in error. All of the families are getting letters of apology.

This is a Purple Heart: A military medal given to those who were wounded in war.

Max Frank, Grade 8

A Hockey Update: Concussion, Realignment, and Surprises Max Frank, Grade 8 The NBA is back, thereby relegating hockey back to being forgotten (not like the lockout made a difference in that view anyway). So I’ve decided to give you an update during week 11 of the season. Here is a view of who’s good, who’s bad, and who is somewhere in between. This is accurate as of 12/15/11. The Top 10: Minnesota, Philadelphia, Detroit, Rangers, Boston, Vancouver, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Florida. The Next 10: Dallas, San Jose, Phoenix, Nashville, Calgary, Washington, Toronto, Buffalo, Edmonton, and Winnipeg. The Bottom 10: Montreal, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa, Islanders, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Anaheim, and Carolina.

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#maytheforcebewithkatie Rebecca Thau, Grade 8

Eight‐year‐old Katie Goldman is just like any other little girl, except that she is a Star Wars celebrity. School‐yard bullying last year created a huge wave of “geek pride,” and the Saturday after school ended for break (December 17) was Wear Star Wars, Share Star Wars Day. Katie has always liked Star Wars, and last year she wanted to hide her love for sci‐fi after she was teased. Her peers said that Star Wars was only for boys. Her mother ended up blogging about the experience, and the story went all over the Internet and ended up with its own hash tag on Twitter: #maytheforcebewithkatie. The grown‐ups on these sites understood what Katie was going through and responded with supported comments and donations, which went to students at Katie’s school. At Katie’s school in Illinois, Saturday is called Proud to Be Me Day, all because of this proud little girl who did what she loved. Kids are encouraged to show off what makes them unique.

Lots and Lots of Butter!

Zoe Williams, Grade 6

Recently a man was found with $50,000 dollars’ worth of butter in a truck in Elks Run, Iowa. The butter had disappeared from a truck stop. Apparently the butter was for a Target warehouse in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Black Hawk County sheriff’s office says the driver left the trailer at the truck stop to wait until the warehouse had space. Another truck was slated to pick up the trailer for the last leg of the journey. The thief took the trailer on Saturday night and the theft was found on Sunday morning.


A Hockey Update: Concussion, Realignment, and Surprises (Continued from Page 6)

Max Frank, Grade 8

As you can see, things have changed DRAMATICALLY since the beginning of the season. Philadelphia, Boston, Vancouver, and Pittsburgh have all become victims of the injury bug, yet still stay perched near the tops of their divisions, along with Detroit. But challengers have arisen in the forms of Minnesota, Florida, St. Louis, and the Rangers, all of which made big moves during free agency. San Jose, Chicago, and Dallas are emerging from slumps, as are Calgary and Phoenix. Most of the shockers in the standings are near the bottom, however. THE EDMONTON OILERS ARE NOT IN DEAD LAST. That’s right, the Oil’s rookie movement is finally yielding results, where they are hovering near the playoffs, as are the surprising Winnipeg Jets (hmmm…I wonder if having fans had something to do with this). Also, the Kings and the Caps (L.A. and Washington, respectively) are slumping mightily, sitting out of the playoffs with Tampa and Anaheim, surprising in their own right. The Islanders, Senators, and Avalanche are not doing well, but are doing better than usual. Former bottom dwellers Florida and St. Louis are now enjoying success up near the top. Inhabiting the basement are the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets, and surprisingly, both Anaheim and Carolina. Moving away from the standings, the NHL has approved a radical, four‐conference realignment system that would replace the current two conference divisional system, pending approval by the NHLPA. There would be two conferences in the East, one Central Conference, and one Western Conference. This would please teams such as Detroit, Columbus, and Winnipeg, who wanted change so they wouldn’t have to fly more than one time zone for every game. However, it has left other teams in an uproar, since legitimate playoff teams like, say, St. Louis would be snubbed, since they would be in a division with the four best teams in the West as of now. Again, the NHLPA must vote on it, so this is by no means final. Finally, we can move to the issue of concussions. By now, people are well aware of head injuries in sports like football. Hockey is in the middle of a rash of concussions. Top goalie Ryan Miller, points leader Claude Giroux, and, most notably, Sidney Crosby, the face of the NHL, have all been sidelined with concussions. Other notable victims include Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, the league’s top goal scorer, Ottawa’s Milan Michalek, reigning Rookie of the Year Jeff Skinner and his teammate Joni Pitkanen of Carolina, and many, many more. These players, and many more who have recovered from concussions, are the latest victims of a disturbing trend in hockey. The NHL is trying to prevent any contact with the head in order to prevent concussions, but to no avail. I hope that these players can recover.


Hugo Review John Cicco, Grade 8 When I saw the first trailer for Hugo, it made me incredibly uneasy. Not that it looked horrible per se, but not as good as it should be. I was a very big fan of the book (I read it a very long time ago so I cannot provide any nit picky comparisons) and I knew Martin Scorsese could do better. Luckily, he did, but that is not to say the film is without fault. The film centers around an orphan named Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) who lives in a clock tower inside of a train station in 1930’s Paris. His father (played by Jude Law for approximately 4 minutes) was a clockmaker and taught Hugo everything he knows. In their spare time, they worked to fix a mysterious automaton that Hugo’s father found during his side job as a museum night guard. After Hugo’s father dies, Hugo is sent to live with his uncle at the train station. What does the uncle do, you ask? He operates all the clocks in the station (sensing a theme here?). Eventually, in a drunken stupor, the uncle abandons Hugo, leaving him to manage the clocks, steal food, and avoid the nasty and overly cartoonish station inspector played by Sasha Baron Cohen. Hugo also likes to steal machine parts from the grumpy old toy store owner named George, played by Sir Ben Kingsley. He finally gets caught and has his precious notebook taken away by George, a notebook filled with instructions about the automaton that seem to strike a deep and mysterious chord with George. Heartbroken and desperate to finish what his father started, Hugo enlists the help of George’s young and well‐read goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz) to retrieve the notebook and find out what George’s problem is. Now the first part of this film is a family movie through and through. It’s about two smarter‐ than‐average kids going on a big ol’ adventure. There isn’t anything wrong with that per se, everything is beautifully shot and the environments are stunning, but there isn’t really anything new or particularly engaging going on. At least not to me, anyways. I had the pleasure of having a group of small children in front of me, and I was able to gauge their interest in what was happening on screen. For the first forty‐five minutes while all this was taking place, they all seemed pretty enthused. But once the mystery of George is solved, and his real persona revealed (I will try not to spoil it), there was a significant increase in squirminess and what looked like restless leg syndrome. This is my main beef with this movie. I really don’t know who it was made for. The first part of the film is, while pretty looking and in no way irritating, just a little too childish for adult viewers, while the second part completely shifts tones and becomes a tiny bit too advanced for any child under the age of 8 or 9. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adored the second half. Without giving too much away, it becomes a study of early film history and the magic of cinema that is truly extraordinary coming from somebody like Scorsese. It is by far my favorite part of the film and I could almost recommend the film just on that. It’s just that while the first part is not bad by any stretch of the word, it definitely drags on for just a little too long and doesn’t mesh with the outstanding second act. As a lover of film, I see the second half as a true masterpiece and a fantastic ode to early cinema that was truly worth the price of admission. But as a critic, I’m not sure who to recommend the film to as a whole. If you are looking for a cute kids’ film, prepare to get a lot more then you bargained for, but you could find yourself asking for a little less.


A Report from the FLL LEGO Robotics Practice Competition Max Frank, Grade 8

Saturday December 17, 2011, at Lehman High School, Bronx, NY: I woke to the sound of my alarm clock at 6:30. As I rolled out of bed, half awake, I thought, “It’s the first day of winter vacation. Why am I waking up so early?” The answer: To come to the First Lego League competition. We have two teams competing. The Table Sassy Six, a team comprised all of sixth‐grade girls, and the Knights of the Rectangular Table, a reference to the rectangular tables that the competition takes place on. It is comprised of one ninth grader, one fourth grader, three seventh graders, one sixth grader, one third grader, and yours truly. Among the other teams competing was the team representing Horace Mann. There were fifteen teams in total. Round 1: KoRT gets 92 points, Sassy Six gets 108 points. Round 2: KoRT gets 88 points, Sassy Six gets 101 points. Round 3: KoRT gets 107 points, Sassy Six gets 89 points. Round 4: KoRT gets 83 points, Sassy Six gets 103 points. All in all, it was a very good showing for Riverdale, with Sassy Six getting 3rd and KoRT getting 4th. Also, we both beat Horace Mann, who got 8th, so that’s an added bonus.

Religious Americans are More Connected to Communities, Study Shows Rebecca Thau, Grade 8

More religiously active people live more involved and connected lives, according to a Pew Research study. The study, “The Civic and Community Engagement of Religious Active Americans,” showed that Americans who participate in a religious organization usually also participate in civic organizations. Jim Jansen, senior fellow at Pew and leader of the study, said, “There is something unique about religious and spiritual involved people that contribute to their trust, positive outlook, involvement and engagement in the community.” Americans not involved in religious organizations participate in an average of 2.11 groups and religious Americans participate in an average of 5.11 groups. Also, 45% of religiously active Americans view their community as an excellent place to live and only 34% of not religious people viewed their neighborhoods as excellent places to live. The results were collected by phone interview. 2,303 adults were interviewed.


Albert Pujols: A Sellout, Not a Success (Opinion) Max Frank, Grade 8

Warning: If you are an Angels/Pujols fan, please turn to the next article. If you were a Pujols fan, stay and read. You will enjoy this article very much. This is purely opinionated, so please don’t take offense. Let the jersey burning begin. It was a bright sunny morning, full of promise. Nothing unexpected was supposed to happen. After the Marlins had pulled out of the running for Albert Pujols, Cardinals fans were optimistic about a Cardinals return. A few hours later, shock and anger prevailed in the city of St. Louis. News had recently come out that Albert Pujols, their Albert Pujols, the face of the Cardinals for the last decade, the man who brought them two World Series Championships, including this year’s, had gone and signed a 10‐year, $254‐million contract with the ANAHEIM ANGELS. They had not even surfaced as a contender to sign Pujols, yet they had swooped in and taken him, as well as C.J. Wilson, off the free agent market. Basically, Pujols threw away everything he had in St. Louis—his reputation, his loyalty, even his restaurant—for an extra $30 million. (The Cardinals offered him $220 million for ten years.) He already had $100 million in the bank, so an extra $30 million wouldn’t have made a difference. It’s not like he was going to start a Lamborghini collection. Gone. He left the city that had loved and supported him for the last decade like they hadn’t done anything for him. He left the team and, by extension, the city devastated. Even Cardinals fans, considered the best in the league, reacted with anger and hate. People have already started to burn their jerseys, trying to distance themselves from old No. 5 in any way they can. I, a fervent Cardinals fan, have already printed images of him just for the pleasure of putting them through the shredder. Just one year ago, he had said, “…God willing, I want to be a Cardinal for life…” What hurts is that he is very religious, and that statement should have meant a lot to him. Instead, he flushed his loyalty and his supporters down the toilet. But I guess this is how sports are: $$$ over everything. Do you see some similarities to another, high‐profile betrayal yet? This follows a disturbingly similar path of Lebron James. Everyone knows his story. The King taking his talents to South Beach. The hate from Cavaliers fans everywhere. The burning jerseys. The same thing is happening with Sellout Pujols. The fans have already lit up countless jerseys and watched them burn until there was nothing left. Even as Angels fans jumped for joy, Cardinal fans everywhere wallowed in despair. One final note: Lebron didn’t bring his city a championship. I fervently hope that old El Hombre suffers the same fate for years and years to come. Go Cardinals.

The baseball player taking a swing.


The Basking Shark Gabby Kauffman, Grade 6 Habitat: The basking shark likes to live in colder temperate waters and can regularly be seen around the shores of Britain. Food: This shark loves to feast on plankton and shrimp and can filter over 200 gallons of water an hour. Speed: This slow mover cruises the seas between 2 and 4 mph. Size: The basking shark is the second largest living shark, averaging 33 ft. in length. Top fact: These gentle giants have been heavily fished and whilst protected by many nations, they remain listed as endangered. The endangered shark.

Stolen California Monkey Returned to the Zoo Rebecca Thau, Grade 8 Banana‐Sam, a beloved monkey from San Francisco, has been returned to his zoo. He disappeared Friday, December 30 and was returned the next day to the bushes near the zoo. A passer‐by noticed him Saturday night. He coaxed the monkey from the bushes and into his backpack, then called authorities. Police brought Banana‐Sam back to the zoo, where zoo officials determined that it was the missing monkey. In a statement, the zoo said, “Although hungry, trembling and thirsty, Banana‐Sam is currently safe back.”

Banana‐Sam, now safely back home.


Review: Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows John Cicco, Grade 8 The first Sherlock Holmes movie was a huge success, making millions worldwide and coming to at least some critical success. In Hollywood, that basically means a sequel is on the way. I was personally excited for this film. I liked the first film despite some of its problems, and this one looked like it was to expand and improve upon the series. And it did….at times. This movie’s range jumped from very good to really just okay with very little in between. The plot centers around Holmes and a recently married Watson (played respectively by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law) as they travel across the globe to stop Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris) from starting a World War. The problems lie mostly in the movie’s pacing and writing. While the first movie was very quick, funny, and fresh, this one took its time, made me smile twice, and overused elements from the first film, making them feel either cheap or stale. The slo‐mo is a hard topic to talk about, because there are times when it is used very well (the forest chase scene was mind blowing) and other times it was just unnecessary (at least two fights could have been cut, along with at least 20 minutes of the film). In terms of humor, almost all of it falls flat. That falls mostly on Downey, whose Holmes jumps from quirky to just flat out silly, and while Law and Downey have great chemistry, their dialogue wasn’t as fresh or fun as before. But as I said, when the movie works, it really works. The last 15 minutes were fantastic and there were other great moments, most of them being when Holmes and Moriarty shared the screen, but that severely lacked consistency. Overall, even though the movie showed some serious sparks of greatness, it was brought down by poor pacing, less‐than compelling dialogue, and an over reliance on the charms of the first film.


Don’t Worry, Adele lovers! Gabriela Gamez, Grade 6 Adele has canceled all of her remaining tour dates through the end of the year in order to undergo surgery on her vocal chords. Despite online rumors, the singer does not have throat cancer, but a bleeding, or hemorrhaged vocal chord. Doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and wait until she recovers completely before scheduling new concerts or recording sessions. Ticket holders for all of Adele's live concerts will receive a refund at the point of purchase. The singer had already scrapped 10 gigs in the United States in October, and the rest of the dates were all in the United Kingdom next month.

The recovering singer.

Subway Riders are Dropping Their Pants in a Global Event Rebecca Thau, Grade 8 Train commuters worldwide will be dropping their pants in the annual No Pants Subway Ride. The people involved will be wearing shirts, shoes, socks, and—image that!— no pants. The goal of this prank is to make people laugh. They have no political goals. There is only one rule to this special day started in 2002 by Impov Everywhere: Do exactly what you would normally do and act normally. Just do it without pants on.


Amazing Unborn Cyclops Shark Defies What We Call “Normal” Maya Rubin, Grade 6 It was just a normal day for a local fisherman in La Paz, Mexico. He was fishing, as he usually did, in the Gulf of California. Only this time, the catch of the day was not salmon, but a full grown, pregnant dusky shark. There is nothing extremely unusual about this, only the fisherman discovered something that would definitely be categorized as odd, and later, nothing short of phenomenonal. The dead pregnant shark’s fetus turned out to be the only specimen of a genetic mutation never seen before. The unborn, albino, three‐foot‐long shark was sliced from the stomach of its mother and had one enormous eye smack in the middle of its forehead, hence the name, “Cyclops Shark.” Scientists and marine biologists flocked to the scene, all wanting to get a glimpse of this mysterious creature. It is unlikely that the unborn shark would have survived for long outside its mother’s womb, but it is still a fascinating specimen that will probably remain a mystery to scientists in years to come. When the first articles were published by skeptical citizens and marine biologists alike, there was a fair amount of skepticism, as to be expected from something so unusual. People said that the pictures were nothing but a hoax, a cheap prank, and a Photoshop scam. These voices were silenced when more and more evidence surfaced. New photos and statements from important scientists quieted the people who had said that the shark was a trick. Despite the shark’s seemingly cartoonish exterior, the shark is now most definitely real, and not doubted by many people, as it was before. The fisherman who discovered it is now allegedly holding onto it, without regard to the increasingly frequent demands of scientists and collectors alike. This little Cyclops Shark is truly one of the world’s true phenomenons.


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The Falcon Times 2012: Issue 2  

The second issue of the 2012-13 edition of Riverdale's Middle School newspaper.