Weird Orange Goo in Alaska Proves Aliens Exist

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alienIt sounds like the premise for a science-fiction/horror movie from the '70's. Mysterious "orange goo" started washing up on Alaskan shores Wednesday night, and so far, nobody has the slightest idea why. If you're like me, your first thought was something like, "Great, what did we spill into the ocean this time?" But here's the weirdest part ...

Initial tests of the substance show that it's neither petroleum-based nor man-made. And the area of Alaska where it's showing up, a "remote" village called Kivalina, isn't even heavily populated.

So ... what the heck is this stuff?

Apparently the people of Kivalina are requesting that an algae expert perform further analysis on the goo, and I don't blame them -- if I lived there, I'd want this mystery solved ASAP. Because, let's face it, the longer we let this alien larvae sit there (come on, you know that's what it is!), the closer we get to extraterrestrial takeover!

Even if (and this is highly unlikely) the orange goo is not part of some alien plot, it stands to reason that we'd want to figure this out sooner rather than later. I'm no marine biologist, but I'm going to go out on a limb here and propose that maybe, probably, this substance is a sign of some sort of ... sea change we might want to be aware of? Just saying.

At least we can take comfort in the observation of one villager brave enough to dip her hand into the sherbet-colored muck: It doesn't smell bad. Phew! That has to be a good sign, right?

What do you think the orange goo washing ashore in Alaska really is?

 

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nonmember avatar adam

come on. da title is misleading. lolol got me excited for a min

nonmember avatar Finn

It is obvious. As unknown as the depth of space are the depths of the sea, where a lot of unknown life forms exist - and unbeknownst to mankind a highly intelligent lifeform - sealiens. Possibly, some fallout from a super-gau power-plant accident they had. But I also wouldn't rule out residues from some chemical weapons they use during war. But most probalby, you are right, kind of, and they messed with the sea-climate - eating all the algae instead of letting them convert CO2 to O2...

blue_... blue_glass_mama

The aliens came back to get Sarah Palin and the others, many, many years ago they dropped off a few of there developmentally disabled, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck.

Neelah Neelah

I'm hoping for aliens, but it's probably a chemical or a chemical reaction...something in the ocean reacting to changes in the environment...we also have a "bloody" lake deal going on...but that turned out to be mineral residue that is only being seen b/c the water has never been so low before...


But I'm keeping my fingers crossed for alien larvae. Alaska seems like a logical place for that to happen.

Victoria Goins

wow, that freaks me out. doodleicious, I agree with you

Greg Roth

Blue Glass Mama wrote, “The aliens came back to get Sarah Palin and the others, many, many years ago they dropped off a few of there developmentally disabled, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck.”
Hahaha, I get it. You are very clever and witty. You made a funny about the evil bad people in a satire article about orange goo. You are very clever. I especially liked the part about “developmentally disabled” aliens. That was very clever. I like your rainbow icon too. That is really neat.
To paraphrase, If you knew about the Sarah Palin and the others, many many years ago dropping off there Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck. Then why you no stoppy them, and how old are you? I await your very clever response. I know you won’t disappoint me.
If your response is as clever and witty as I think it will be, I would like to hire you as a speechwriter for my campaign. Sincerely Joe Biden. Klaatu barada nikto!

nonmember avatar kathryn cooper

It looks like it could be some form of phosphorus; white phosphorus changes to a red color when heated. The fact that it was glowing, would indicate at least the presence of phosphorus. Some phosphates are non-water soluble, so it would float and would have a powdery texture; being mostly a silicon-based element, however finer than sand. It could also be mixed with finely crushed Pumice, which also floats. Pumice is a volcanic rock, and with over 40 active volcanoes in Alaska, it is possible that this substance could have been produced from one of the underwater eruptions, which then turned red when exposed to the oxygen in the atmosphere. The red color would be indicative of the presence of iron, and may be what gave the orange substance its color. Neither pumice, nor phosphorus have any discernible odor, however, if sulfur were present the odor would be fairly strong. Red phosphorus is used on the tips of Matches. White phosphorus, is very toxic so it could present a danger if the local water is contaminated with it. The third possibility is that phytoplankton are growing in that region, now, because the water is becoming warm enough for algae reproduction. These types of algae are normally blue/green in color; so the orange color could mean that the photosynthesis process did not absorb enough light for chlorophyll production. Anyway, those are my thoughts upon the subject.

Guy Varcados

Those theories all sound good until you introduce the "it rained" part. Then more on roofs and water buckets??? Its not from the sea. Airborne issue....very strange indeed

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