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      CommentAuthorliamshiels
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2009 edited
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    A while back, I posted about a giant blob under Nevada.

    This time, there's one swimming around Alaska!
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    Hey, that's a nice one. I'm going to fuck it.

    But seriously, why hasn't someone sampled it and determined what it is?
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    Cthulhu Jism. It's heading for Sarah Palin's house.
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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    io9.com has some footage shot from a plane of the blob.
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    I want to adopt one. Maybe we can make the sea-blob and Barry the Stinging Sea Worm be friends?
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    If this doesn't appear in Scribblenauts I'm going to be very disappointed.
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    Christ, when will you people leave Sarah Palin alone?
    • CommentAuthorgzapata
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009
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    we had 8 years of jokes for bush and palin is even more hilarous soooo.....it might be awhile
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    In the original version of The Blob, it's dropped off in (presumably) the Arctic to remain frozen and inert forever. But I think the movie ends with a question mark instead of "The End".

    It's not just a movie! Global warming has doomed us all!

    (But seriously, samples were taken, it appears to be biological in nature, and a real analysis will take about a week...)
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    @ Orwells_eyes. If I knew any other dimwit politician from Alaska who was as bizarre and laughable, they would have done just as well.
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    They''ve analyzed a sample, and determined it's algae.

    Which is still fucking weird.
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      CommentAuthorthekamisama
    • CommentTimeJul 17th 2009 edited
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    It's probably just some large mass of something totally natural like an algal bloom. Not that such a thing is normal in that part of the world. Which then turns into a larger discussion of what the hell we are doing to the planet to make a phenomenon like this occur in a colder deep sea environment.

    (edit: I guess it is algae afterall?)
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    Algae? Cover up! It's clearly a shoggoth.
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    @Audley Strange

    @ Orwells_eyes. If I knew any other dimwit politician from Alaska who was as bizarre and laughable, they would have done just as well.

    Our House Representative, Don Young, comes very close... he's not as telegenic, but gets high marks in your other categories.
    • CommentAuthor/
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2009
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    Goddammit. Where's Steve McQueen when we need him.
    • CommentAuthorVerissimus
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2009
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    With all the chemical crap we dump into the seas I find it odd that the one thing environmentalists keep hammering on is global warming. Not that global warming couldn't become a serious problem, but the thing that really scares the crap out of me is that the continuous poisoning of the environment with chemicals and heavy metals might at some point screw up the food chain; say we killed off all the world's plankton, or conversely, cause one species of algae to grow in numbers to such an extent that it chokes off all other life in the ocean. That would suck really bad.
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      CommentAuthorliamshiels
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2009
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    Meh, my original link was from Fox News.

    It's not that surprising they played up algae as MYSTERIOUS BLOB.
    • CommentAuthor/
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2009
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    DEATH BLOB OH GOD

    ..wait, you mean this is a real, honest-to-god news story? I thought it was one of those OH GOD DEATH BLOB things.
    So it's just algae? Oh. Um...ok.
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    But it's still a mystery where the algae came from or why there's so much of it. Or what speficic algae it is. This is the Arctic, after all. The water is still pretty cold, and while there's lots of sunlight this time of year, that much algae congealed into a 12-mile long mass is unusual. This is not something that anyone has seen in these waters before.