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Freaks of nature

Okay, so I was in Kendall Square today to hit the Garment District for vintage duds to wear to an upcoming 80s party. In general, Kendall is pretty much useless, except for the Garment District and the movie theater, which can be counted on to show whatever latest indie flick is buzzing about. The bars are lame and spread too far apart for a crawl, there are too many hotels (for visiting Tech [k]Nnobs), and there's nothing within half-an-hour's walk worth looking at, unless you go to MIT. (To those who do, i sincerely apologize, and please don't blast me with your home-made cold-fusion death-generators.)

On this particular day, as I strolled down Broadway between Davis St and One Broadway, I spied an all-black squirrel in a park opposite to the Draper Laboratory. Now then. All-black squirrels are fairly rare, yet common enough to be noted as "melanistic."; i.,e., having extra pigmentation (as opposed to the lack of pigmentation, which is commonly known as albinism). Basically, the squirrel Isaw was the opposite of an albino.

Normally, this would not freak me out. Genetic freaks are inherent in any population large enough to sustain them, and god knows there are enough squirrels about in a town like Cambridge, However, the fact that this particular freak emerged from a snowbank just across the street from one of the creepiest labs in Cambridge (Draper) gives me paws. Er, pause.

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