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(KGUN 9 Tucson)   Mysterious, purple spheres found in the desert. Or maybe groovy grape deco balls used in the local's "potted plants"   (kgun9.com) divider line 57
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2013-02-01 07:33:41 AM  
Alien invasion.

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2013-02-01 07:53:51 AM  
I'm pretty sure that Geradine Vargas put them there.
 
2013-02-01 08:01:07 AM  
Better than spheres of a blue variety, I suppose.
 
2013-02-01 08:11:14 AM  
Alien took a shiat.
 
2013-02-01 08:11:14 AM  
i22.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-01 08:11:57 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2013-02-01 08:13:03 AM  
My Klick-Klacks! I lost those YEARS ago!
 
2013-02-01 08:13:52 AM  
Popplers?
 
2013-02-01 08:15:34 AM  
Chupacabra droppings. Nothing special.
 
2013-02-01 08:27:13 AM  
The thing about having lots of a physical thing there is you can just bloody test it and find out what it is, maybe, you know, before writing the article.
 
2013-02-01 08:30:07 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-02-01 08:30:32 AM  
I vaguely recall reading a story similar to this in the past few years. About unidentified slimy globules found somewhere. Anyone else recall more?
 
2013-02-01 08:30:46 AM  
So the Ravens are going to win the Superbowl?
 
2013-02-01 08:34:25 AM  

Heraclitus: Popplers?


4.bp.blogspot.com
Mmmmm.....popplers.
 
2013-02-01 08:36:35 AM  
cinekatz.com
 
2013-02-01 08:43:43 AM  

AnotherOldFart: [cinekatz.com image 850x478]


Mmmmm....peanut butter and alien blob sandwich...
 
2013-02-01 08:47:03 AM  
Unicorn poop.
 
2013-02-01 08:51:15 AM  

Arthur Prefect: [i.imgur.com image 580x350]


You have the right handle to post that pic.
 
2013-02-01 08:52:01 AM  
"director of marketing at Tucson Botanical Gardens, who's husband is a botanist. He said if these are something naturally occurring, they could be a slime mold or jelly fungus."


But was too lazy to go look.
 
2013-02-01 09:00:14 AM  
These folks live out in a desert with no water.  STILL ALIVE
 
2013-02-01 09:12:07 AM  

wildcardjack: Arthur Prefect: [i.imgur.com image 580x350]

You have the right handle to post that pic.


Haha, thanks. Between the Doctor and Arthur/Ford, I figure I'll be safe if the Earth is ever threatened. ;)
 
2013-02-01 09:12:34 AM  

MrHappyRotter: These folks live out in a desert with no water.  STILL ALIVE


if you insist  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCt2nZF2nLk
 
2013-02-01 09:12:47 AM  
i.animecrazy.net

Oh wow, thanks for finding those for me.
 
2013-02-01 09:29:19 AM  
Say, can I have some of your purple berries?
Yes, I've been eating them for six or
seven weeks now, haven't got sick once
Probably keep us both alive
 
2013-02-01 09:47:26 AM  
Those things are so mysterious you have to travel all the way to a local Target to find them! They sell little boxes filled with scented spheres that look just like those for like $3 a piece.
 
2013-02-01 10:24:57 AM  
From  TFA comments, I choose the winner:  "eggs of a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple People Eater."
 
2013-02-01 10:27:58 AM  
"We've received tons of calls into the newsroom tonight from viewers who think they are a product like <a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.soilmoist.com/products/decobeads.php"> Deco Beads, which are tiny, colored, water-filled spheres that keep plants hydrated."

Certainly looks like it.

"But thousands of them? In the middle of the desert?"

Is that so hard to believe?  Maybe somebody was growing a bunch of pot and didn't want to just throw those things in their trash.
 
2013-02-01 10:34:32 AM  
I know in the toy section at Wal-Mart they have these things called Orbeez.  Just a thought.  I have also seen orbs like this at local floral shops.  They absorb water and help keep your plants watered as well as in place.  Maybe someone just dropped some there?
 
2013-02-01 10:40:15 AM  

Bungles: The thing about having lots of a physical thing there is you can just bloody test it and find out what it is, maybe, you know, before writing the article.


That's what I took from the article, as well.  We squeezed them, asked an expert kind of  guy over the phone, and asked what people on the internet thought they were.  Here's an article.  Maybe they could have taken them to an environmental lab and had a basic set of tests run?
 
2013-02-01 10:42:55 AM  
[grape-ape-bukkake.jpg]
 
2013-02-01 11:08:19 AM  
Somebody dumped a whole bunch of potting soil in the desert, and it had these things in it.  The soil washed  and blew away, these things kind of melted and  didn't.   Actually I don't know.  But whatever it is, I'd be willing to bet that it's man-made trash, and not some naturally-occurring thing.

I was  more amused by the station's name.  K-Gun  "on your side."  That's........OK, that's  good.  You never know when you might be menaced by shiny purple balls in the desert, or something.
 
2013-02-01 11:32:51 AM  
Zoidberg barfed.
 
2013-02-01 11:41:26 AM  

cryinoutloud: Somebody dumped a whole bunch of potting soil in the desert, and it had these things in it.  The soil washed  and blew away, these things kind of melted and  didn't.   Actually I don't know.  But whatever it is, I'd be willing to bet that it's man-made trash, and not some naturally-occurring thing.

I was  more amused by the station's name.  K-Gun  "on your side."  That's........OK, that's  good.  You never know when you might be menaced by shiny purple balls in the desert, or something.


They're the water beads, when you buy them they're usually in little test tube like things and hundreds of them in there, smaller than a BB when you get them dehydrated. They absorb water and grow to be about the size of a marble.

Looks like someone dumped a bunch there, it rained, they hydrated up and then a local redneck discovered it and freaked out and apparently a reporter who doesn't leave their home wrote to the world how farking stupid they are and couldn't do any research.
 
2013-02-01 11:45:01 AM  
I'm going to start leaving out of place things outdoors to confuse people.
 
2013-02-01 12:21:24 PM  

cryinoutloud: Somebody dumped a whole bunch of potting soil in the desert, and it had these things in it.  The soil washed  and blew away, these things kind of melted and  didn't.   Actually I don't know.  But whatever it is, I'd be willing to bet that it's man-made trash, and not some naturally-occurring thing.

I was  more amused by the station's name.  K-Gun  "on your side."  That's........OK, that's  good.  You never know when you might be menaced by shiny purple balls in the desert, or something.


It's a classic case of reverso absurdum. When would a station ever brand itself "not on your side"?
 
2013-02-01 12:24:35 PM  
ecx.images-amazon.com
Orbeez?
 
2013-02-01 12:26:54 PM  
I think it would be fun to go get a couple packets of these beads and pour them out in a few places. Oh, especially if it's going to rain. Then they will seem to grow out of nowhere.
 
2013-02-01 12:29:48 PM  
I'm not saying aliens, but Zoidberg!
 
2013-02-01 12:52:13 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: I'm going to start leaving out of place things outdoors to confuse people.


After a beach trip I found someone had left about 2 cups of small, worn seashells in my car. I took them down to the neighborhood park (about 300 miles inland) and buried them in and around the big sandbox. Didn't see what happened, but every one of them was gone when I checked a few days later.
 
2013-02-01 12:53:34 PM  
kenoshakid.antville.org
 
2013-02-01 01:09:15 PM  
The top photo looks like the man-made product used with cut flowers and to water plants automatically, but the next photo looks like an egg.

My guess is that they are some kind of amphibian egg that was possibly laid in a temporary puddle that has since disappeared.

Frogs and salamanders can lay substantial numbers of eggs. If they are sterile or fail to develop, they would look much like these purple tinted spheres. I'll see if I can find a candidate with my Google fu.
 
2013-02-01 01:10:08 PM  
My first thought was that maybe it's some kind of algae like the purple slime algae you sometimes find growing in aquariums, but looking at the pics I'd guess not.

/that and it's in the desert
 
2013-02-01 01:34:35 PM  
I haven't been able to find anything that looks exacty like these things, although they do seem to be nucleated and possibly contain embryos, as can be seen in close-up.

My guess is that they are the eggs of some type of frog, salamander or a new species of legless amphibian like the one that was discovered in India (looks like an earthworm). The eggs of the latter are similar in that they aren't stuck together in a mass and they look purplish because of the colour of the tiny snake-like amphibian inside. They look rather like marbles.

This is not the most likely candidate, however, because this new group of amphibians is only known from that one Indian species.

There is apparently only one salamander species iin Arizona, so unless that is the culprit, I have to go with frog eggs. Unromantic, mundane but probable.
 
2013-02-01 02:09:00 PM  
my thought too
 
2013-02-01 02:39:00 PM  

cryinoutloud: I was more amused by the station's name. K-Gun


It is Tucson.  They like their guns here.
 
2013-02-01 02:57:09 PM  

brantgoose: I haven't been able to find anything that looks exacty like these things, although they do seem to be nucleated and possibly contain embryos, as can be seen in close-up.

My guess is that they are the eggs of some type of frog, salamander or a new species of legless amphibian like the one that was discovered in India (looks like an earthworm). The eggs of the latter are similar in that they aren't stuck together in a mass and they look purplish because of the colour of the tiny snake-like amphibian inside. They look rather like marbles.

This is not the most likely candidate, however, because this new group of amphibians is only known from that one Indian species.

There is apparently only one salamander species iin Arizona, so unless that is the culprit, I have to go with frog eggs. Unromantic, mundane but probable.


Did you try a GIS on groovy grape deco balls?
 
2013-02-01 03:23:27 PM  
Most species of Arizona frog can be eliminated because their breeding season is later in the year.

Of all the species, the lowland leopard frog is one of the strongest candidates because it breeds in Janaury, can be found in Southern Arizona (although its normal range probably does not include the area where these eggs were found) and attaches its egg mass to rock, gravel or plants in shallow water.

The egg masses I looked at did not look a lot like the eggs shown in the pictures and film clip, however. I can't seem to find anything that has eggs as loosely connected or bright purple in color. This might be something else altogether, but there aren't a lot of Arizona frog species that breed in late January so if I had to bet a dollar against a Timbit, I would bet on this species.

I suspect that the bright purple color is produced by a red algae on the eggs. The eggs themselves are transparent except for the nucleus/embryo.
 
2013-02-01 03:36:51 PM  
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2013-02-01 04:27:14 PM  
I Googled Roadside Picnic. Looks interesting. I like SF that delves into the sociology, politics, economics and so forth of alternative realities rather than being mere sword and bosom fantasy translated to space or a high tech world. Since it is downloadable, I'll probably have a look at it. I've nearly finished the Larry Niven novel I'm reading now.

SF novels, like satires, tend to be portraits of the society which creates them, and thus to deal with real world concerns in imaginative ways. Not only do SF writers anticipate and "invent" a lot of technology, but they explore the problems this technology creates far better than the market place or government does.

This looks like it is worth reading. Thanks for the reference, which is apt and drole as well as useful.
 
2013-02-01 04:47:18 PM  

brantgoose: I Googled Roadside Picnic. Looks interesting. I like SF that delves into the sociology, politics, economics and so forth of alternative realities rather than being mere sword and bosom fantasy translated to space or a high tech world. Since it is downloadable, I'll probably have a look at it. I've nearly finished the Larry Niven novel I'm reading now.

SF novels, like satires, tend to be portraits of the society which creates them, and thus to deal with real world concerns in imaginative ways. Not only do SF writers anticipate and "invent" a lot of technology, but they explore the problems this technology creates far better than the market place or government does.

This looks like it is worth reading. Thanks for the reference, which is apt and drole as well as useful.



Roadside Picnic is the short story that Tarkovsky's film "Stalker" is based on.

The film Stalker is the basis for the computer game that was released a few year ago and was apparently hugely popular in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia, but never really caught on here.

It's an amazingly eerie and imaginitive story. I saw Stalker first and was just blown away by the story and Tarkovsky's ability to generate mood through visual techniques.
 
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