Get behind the wheel with this week's writing inspiration!
They thought the children were in bed.
Something is wrong with my mouth.
a mall employee
a wrapped gift
"In 1986, La Mancha Negra first appeared as a smudge 50 yards long, it was noticed by workers as they patched the 30-year-old asphalt on a highway between Caracas and its airport. Initially, concerns for the blob were low but soon it spread. ... Despite its gummy texture, the blob rendered the roadway extraordinarily unsafe, causing vehicles to crash into one another or run off the road. In 1991, a group of experts consulted President Carlos Andrés Pérez about the problem but could not pinpoint the cause of the substance. 1,800 deaths were then attributed to La Mancha Negra in the five years before 1992.
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