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(NPR)   Mysterious green blobs appear in the Andes Mountains. UNIT believes the Adipose are using camouflage in an attempt to infiltrate the world   (npr.org) divider line 38
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2014-05-18 09:51:39 PM
As the Bolivian guide explains in the video below (the plant can be found throughout the Andes), llareta is such good fuel that, even though it's very ancient, people regularly use it to start campfires and even, back in the day, to run locomotives. (That's 3, 000 to 4,000 years of captured sunshine thrown into a steam engine for a quick ride - I'm trying not to think about that.)

Yes, let's share this knowledge with everyone. I'm sure no one will increase the harvest for the sheer novelty of it.
 
2014-05-19 12:10:07 AM
So THAT'S what the Andromeda Strain mutated into
 
2014-05-19 12:16:14 AM

ladyfortuna: As the Bolivian guide explains in the video below (the plant can be found throughout the Andes), llareta is such good fuel that, even though it's very ancient, people regularly use it to start campfires and even, back in the day, to run locomotives. (That's 3, 000 to 4,000 years of captured sunshine thrown into a steam engine for a quick ride - I'm trying not to think about that.)

Yes, let's share this knowledge with everyone. I'm sure no one will increase the harvest for the sheer novelty of it.


The thing is, even with lots of tourism, the places this stuff grows don't see immense amounts of human activity, and the plant is on the rebound through conservation efforts. The plant almost went extinct decades ago because of "over-exploitation" by everybody from campesinos to saltpeter miners. In Chile, the plant is considered "vulnerable" by the Ministry of Agriculture, and there are organizations ready to intervene if the situation worsens.
 
2014-05-19 12:17:25 AM
Yeah, well, according to this, Egyptian mummies used to burn Mark Twain as locomotive fuel.
 
2014-05-19 12:22:38 AM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-19 12:45:01 AM
1cm a year means a meter every century, so those 3000 year old ones must be 30 meters high.

I want to believe
 
2014-05-19 12:58:39 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: 1cm a year means a meter every century, so those 3000 year old ones must be 30 meters high.

I want to believe


Maybe not high, so much as wide.
 
2014-05-19 03:48:56 AM
Green growing fuzzy rocks.

We can be worried, sure.
 
2014-05-19 03:55:55 AM
So these didn't so much "appear" as some white people finally took note of the fact that they've been there for thousands of years.
 
2014-05-19 03:58:32 AM
This comes to mind:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pb1nKng4hk

Not obscure, but you probably don't remember it.
 
2014-05-19 03:59:34 AM
www.sundaydumbday.com
 
2014-05-19 04:01:54 AM
Whatever it is, it sounds like another way to justify excessive power consumption and wasteful transportation practices. Do not want.
 
2014-05-19 04:18:04 AM
Keep this knowledge away from Chinese herbalists.

/Tiger penis
 
2014-05-19 04:36:10 AM
wonder if they can be transplanted somewhere else where they might grow faster.
 
2014-05-19 05:00:54 AM
i.imgur.com


Soon
 
2014-05-19 05:05:20 AM
Also in the Andes, air plants growing on the power lines

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-19 05:12:04 AM
Neat
 
2014-05-19 06:12:58 AM

HotWingAgenda: So these didn't so much "appear" as some white people finally took note of the fact that they've been there for thousands of years.


Bears repeating.

/sensational journalism for the loss
 
2014-05-19 06:30:25 AM

omeganuepsilon: HotWingAgenda: So these didn't so much "appear" as some white people finally took note of the fact that they've been there for thousands of years.

Bears repeating.

/sensational journalism for the loss


And from NPR, no less.
 
2014-05-19 06:47:54 AM
cdn3.whatculture.com

It looks like the Rutans have finally arrived in force to gain a foothold against the Sontarans.
 
2014-05-19 07:07:53 AM
In fact, some of them are older than the Giant Sequoias of California.  many of them go back 3,000 years

Yeah Subby. They just appeared out of nowhere.
 
2014-05-19 07:18:20 AM

WeenerGord: wonder if they can be transplanted somewhere else where they might grow faster.


I recommend the South East. I know it worked for me.
 
2014-05-19 07:37:42 AM

hogans: It looks like the Rutans have finally arrived in force to gain a foothold against the Sontarans.


The solution is simple: we attack the moon.

/damn moon
 
2014-05-19 07:45:05 AM

Danger Avoid Death:


I know! If they had just ratcheted the scheme back a notch so nobody died, it would have been brilliant.

"So, here's the plan: your fat turns into cute alien toddlers."
"And?"
"And nothing. You lose all that unwanted weight without lifting a finger, and the cuties get beamed up to the mothership."
"Where do I sign?"
 
2014-05-19 07:50:28 AM

Son of Thunder: Danger Avoid Death:

I know! If they had just ratcheted the scheme back a notch so nobody died, it would have been brilliant.

"So, here's the plan: your fat turns into cute alien toddlers."
"And?"
"And nothing. You lose all that unwanted weight without lifting a finger, and the cuties get beamed up to the mothership."
"Where do I sign?"


Actually that is pretty much what was happening until The Doctor and Donna got involved. IIRC
 
2014-05-19 07:56:29 AM

shamanwest: Son of Thunder: Danger Avoid Death:

I know! If they had just ratcheted the scheme back a notch so nobody died, it would have been brilliant.

"So, here's the plan: your fat turns into cute alien toddlers."
"And?"
"And nothing. You lose all that unwanted weight without lifting a finger, and the cuties get beamed up to the mothership."
"Where do I sign?"

Actually that is pretty much what was happening until The Doctor and Donna got involved. IIRC


I'm pretty sure people were dying wheneer the process got out of control.
 
2014-05-19 08:05:46 AM
Green blobs in the Andes?  NO WAI
conornordengren.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-05-19 08:05:49 AM
Not mysterious, not scary.

I know, welcome to fark.
 
mhd
2014-05-19 08:22:56 AM
Green blobs and you're going with the Adipose?
i.imgur.com
 
2014-05-19 08:40:52 AM

WeenerGord: wonder if they can be transplanted somewhere else where they might grow faster.


Let me get this straight... something that can be transplanted?
bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com
 
2014-05-19 08:43:21 AM

mhd: Green blobs and you're going with the Adipose?
[i.imgur.com image 500x385]


"bubble wrap monster' seemed like a bit of a stretch.
 
2014-05-19 08:43:45 AM
Oh, those should yield some good xp if anybody needs to level up. Just need to make sure someone can cast light, heat, frost, and/or cure disease spells.
 
2014-05-19 08:53:17 AM

fireclown: mhd: Green blobs and you're going with the Adipose?
[i.imgur.com image 500x385]

"bubble wrap monster' seemed like a bit of a stretch.


Hey, at the time, bubble wrap was wacky new stuff.
 
2014-05-19 09:18:08 AM
img.fark.net

DO NOT WANT
 
2014-05-19 10:26:10 AM

Mega Steve: [img.fark.net image 655x506]

DO NOT WANT


Penis goes where?
 
2014-05-19 11:35:08 AM
Hmmm.

Mutant Moss, adapted to its enviorment.

So, what's scary?
 
2014-05-19 12:52:26 PM
As Mulder and Scully have retired, I guess we're going to have to call Lattimer and Kelly.
 
2014-05-20 02:56:17 AM

hogans: [cdn3.whatculture.com image 600x300]

It looks like the Rutans have finally arrived in force to gain a foothold against the Sontarans.


Seriously, Subby, the reference you were looking for was Rutans.

Rutans.
 
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