Since they're not quite sure, the towns people thought it could be many different things, "Other hypotheses include meth labs, sinkholes, underground rivers and even a corporate conspiracy to drive home prices down," the article reads.
We were talking about the 11 parts of the newspaper story -- something I came up with to help showcase the difference between language arts writing and journalistic writing. Based on that sentence, one of my students asked:
The class laughed. Apparently, they knew what it was.
"It's a drug," I said.
"Isn't it in NyQuil?"
"No, that's menthol," I said.
"No, it's not," I said. "Menthol is like mint, whereas meth is an illegal drug."