Hot Springs, AR - After two decades of study, researchers are confident enough to say that Lake Hamilton is home to the descendants of a group of Umpa Lumpa refugees. "We have suspected for a long time that the fictional race of characters from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory might actually be real," one researcher said. It wasn't until one of them was speaking at a school in the district, on an unrelated topic, that the connection between the Umpa's and the female population in the area was made.
Dr. Emmett Brown, head of the research team, says his team has come up with a very compelling hypothesis as to how the descendants of the creatures have lived among people "virtually" unnoticed for so long. "For years people have made fun of how Lake Hamilton ladies makeup looks. It's not that these ladies are putting too much on. That is just how the chemicals react to their skin," Brown said. He went on to explain that the only way to effectively get the green out of their hair, they have no choice but to bleach it. "It's a practice they have been practicing for decades probably," he continued.
The genes responsible for these traits are only present in the female population, and therefore researchers haven't been able to confirm if it's an all female population or the males have adapted to their environment better.
These ladies are an endangered humanoid species, and Dr. Brown's team are working to get state approval to tag and track them.
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