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Mis-baken Identity: Mysterious Beast Reported in Poland Turns Out to Be a Croissant in a Tree

In mid-April, a rogue pastry terrorized citizens of a neighborhood in Kraków, Poland.

The incident started when a menacing, brown object appeared in a tree near the home of an anonymous citizen. It remained for two days. The concerned woman called the Kraków Animal Welfare Society to report the unidentifiable animal on Tuesday, April 13, saying that residents were afraid to open their windows.

The team on the other end of the call struggled to identify the so-called “tree beast.” When they asked if it might have been a sick bird of prey, the woman responded by saying it looked more like an iguana.

This spurred some suspicion. A tropical reptile wouldn’t survive long in Kraków’s chilly spring weather, but they decided to follow up on the call anyway. Domesticated animals sometimes end up on the street after being abandoned by their owners, and the alleged iguana may have been an exotic pet.

When animal welfare officers arrived on the scene, the source of panic became clear. It didn’t take long for them to discover that the invader wasn’t an iguana—or an animal, for that matter.

Locals had confused a croissant stuck in a tree for a mysterious animal on the loose, the BBC reports.

The croissant had been lodged in the branches of the tree, apparently too high for citizens to recognize what it was. The story of how it got there in the first place remains a mystery. The Society’s spokesperson theorizes it was dropped from a window or tossed by someone trying to feed birds. Though this report turned out to be a false alarm, the organization still encourages people to err on the side of caution when they see something unusual.

“i saw a man angrily shouting at a pigeon.

i think there’s a strong chance it was a case of mistaken identity.”



source credits: Mental Floss, Michelle Debchak, BBC, Nationalpost.com 

finding myself.




one saturday night in 2012, a search party was organized in iceland to hunt for a woman who had apparently failed to return to her tour bus. but the twist? she had. she became part of the search party looking for her, unaware that she was the subject of everyone’s concern.


the tour bus in question had stopped near iceland’s eldgja canyon and the woman in question took the opportunity to go freshen up and change clothes.

when she reboarded the bus, the rest of the passengers didn’t realize it was her. instead, they became alarmed that she’d gone missing. the driver waited for an hour before the police were called.
things escalated. a search of the area took place, joined by around 50 people, some in vehicles, many on foot. the coast guard was alerted, and the search went on for several hours.
it wasn’t until three in the morning that the truth became apparent: that the woman everyone thought was missing was actually helping them in the search. once she realized she was the missing tourist, she informed the police. the search was called off.
moral of the story? it’s always worth properly counting the number of people on a tour bus. no matter what they happen to be wearing.

“not only do I not know what’s going on,

i wouldn’t know what to do about it if i did”

 – george carlin 

credits: mentalfloss.uk