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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"   ( divider line
    More: Amusing, houseplants, marbles  
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12438 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Feb 2013 at 7:49 AM (4 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-01 08:27:13 AM  
3 votes:
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 11:41:26 AM  
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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 10:34:32 AM  
1 vote:
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 08:52:01 AM  
1 vote:
"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 08:30:07 AM  
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2013-02-01 08:13:52 AM  
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2013-02-01 07:53:51 AM  
1 vote:
I'm pretty sure that Geradine Vargas put them there.
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