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Did Stranger Things rip off a 1997 episode of Walker Texas Ranger?

stranger things, walker texas ranger, eleven, chuck norris
Alternative title: Walker, Hawkins Ranger

When I first encountered Boots, an old polydactyl stray cat who lived under a car near my old house in Hackney, I made a promise that one day I would show him what it meant to have a family and a safe home.

At the time I didn’t realise that he would also be showing me a few things, mostly that I can survive on a few hours of sleep thanks to his incessant afterdark mewing; that cats with no teeth still think they can boss you about; some cats eat cucumber; and to never underestimate a 20-year-old street cat’s ability to shred a bin bag if he has his mind set on retrieving half a sandwich at 3am.