Creepy Science Story of the Day: Mengele’s ‘Twin Town’

There’s an interesting read in the Telegraph today about Joseph Mengele, Auschwitz’s “Angel of Death” who was charged, in part, with “carrying out experiments to discover by what method of genetic quirk twins were produced – and then to artificially increase the Aryan birthrate for his master, Adolf Hitler.”

After the fall of Nazi Germany, Mengele fled to South America. In the early 1960’s, he often visited a town in Brazil called Candido Godoi, posing as a vet and also offering medical assistance to women there.

Here’s where it gets weird:

For years scientists have failed to discover why as many as one in five pregnancies in a small Brazilian town have resulted in twins – most of them blond haired and blue eyed.

According to the story, on average, only about one in 80 pregnancies results in twins. Was Mengele carrying on his master’s work long after Hitler killed himself?

The Mengele story reminds me of “Bubba Town,” the hamlet in Arkansas where one out of every five kids looks like Bill Clinton:


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