The Head-Scratching Mystery Of The Green Children Of Woolpit

from Kaleena Fraga on All That’s Interesting

On an otherwise normal day in 1150, residents of the English village of Woolpit made a startling discovery on the edge of town — two small children with green skin. Not only did the children look strange, but they also spoke a strange language and seemed perfectly repulsed by most food.

Taken in by the villagers, the odd pair eventually lost the green tone in their skin and learned to speak English. They claimed that they’d come from a distant land called St. Martin where people rarely encountered sunlight.

In the years since, the Green Children of Woolpit have become a befuddling historical mystery. If they truly existed, what turned their skin green? What was the land of St. Martin? And could the explanation be extraterrestrial?

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