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Today In 2020: A Group Of Monkeys Escaped From A Lab In India With A Bunch Of COVID-19 Blood Samples

Reuters- A troop of monkeys in India attacked a medical official and snatched away blood samples of patients who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, authorities said on Friday. “Monkeys grabbed and fled with the blood samples of four COVID-19 patients who are undergoing treatment ... we had to take their blood samples again,” said Dr S. K. Garg, a top official at the college.

Authorities said they were not clear if the monkeys had spilled the blood samples, but people living near the leafy campus feared further spread of the virus if the monkeys carried the samples into residential areas. Garg said it was not clear if the monkeys could contract the coronavirus if they came into contact with infected blood. “No evidence has been found that monkeys can contract the infection,” Garg told Reuters.

You know what? At this point I have no choice but to tip my cap to 2020 for not only being a daily nightmare but for now going Hollywood on us. I figured if this hellscape of a year was going to embrace the silver screen with its next crazy twist, it was likely going to be an "I Am Legend" zombie apocalypse following a half baked vaccine to the pandemic that has gripped the world. But instead, we have a troop of monkeys (which makes this sound the appropriate amount of scary) with vials of the super contagious disease escaping in the middle of a country with 1.38 billion people in it. Good times!

I'm not sure what this year has lined up next, but I hope we at least get a delightful musical number before humanity, if not the entire planet, goes down in flames.