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Old 29th January 2012, 01:13 AM   #1
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Blue Balls!

No, I haven't been out in the cold too long.
I just heard a report on Radio5 live concerning Blue organic balls dropping from the skies over Bournemouth on the south coast of England.
Anyone know more of this?
My first, and last thought, was, Alien poop. I am sticking with this theory until solid evidence points elsewhere.
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Old 29th January 2012, 01:25 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by learner View Post
No, I haven't been out in the cold too long.
I just heard a report on Radio5 live concerning Blue organic balls dropping from the skies over Bournemouth on the south coast of England.
Anyone know more of this?
My first, and last thought, was, Alien poop. I am sticking with this theory until solid evidence points elsewhere.
You're almost right. It's poop, just not alien poop. I've heard similar cases of this being tied to the disinfectant used to sanitize aircraft sewage tanks. It's almost always colored blue. Normally the tanks are sealed when the aircraft is in flight, but sometimes they leak and if they do the leaking sewage freezes from the cold temperatures and hits the ground as solid blue chunks, globs, spheres, etc.
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Old 29th January 2012, 01:41 AM   #3
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The guy says it doesn't dissolve in water. Wouldn't airline sewage be water-soluble?
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Old 29th January 2012, 02:02 AM   #4
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Thanks A.W and M.C.
It's interesting that it is not water soluable. Not sure why that would be but I suggest a default assumption of Alen origin. It certainly explains the more than average incidence of old women in Bournemouth with blue rinse permed hair. I knew it couldn't have been deliberate
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Old 29th January 2012, 05:01 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by learner View Post
My first, and last thought, was, Alien poop. I am sticking with this theory until solid evidence points elsewhere.
Saying, "aliens dunnit" just because you don't know of an earthly explanation is no different to saying, "God dunnit".
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Old 29th January 2012, 05:16 AM   #6
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I suspect water beads, used for decoration and for ammo in 'xploderz' toys.

ETA: another poster elsewhere suggested that the guy may have put dry silica gel beads down on the lawn himself, misunderstanding how they were to be used (or discarded). Rain + hailstorm + "hey, what's that?" = assumption that the larger balls fell from the sky, when in fact they simply grew in place (and cracked when oversaturated). Or some kids were shooting them at his house...

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Old 29th January 2012, 06:44 AM   #7
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Warning to all who live under fly ways:

Even in the post SALT world, you can still get killed by falling Icey BMs.
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Old 29th January 2012, 09:13 AM   #8
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Watched video.
Not blue.
Not balls.

I want a refund.
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Old 29th January 2012, 09:28 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by psionl0 View Post
Saying, "aliens dunnit" just because you don't know of an earthly explanation is no different to saying, "God dunnit".
Are you sure?

One of those things probably exists and the other one, not so much.
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Originally Posted by psionl0 View Post
Saying, "aliens dunnit" just because you don't know of an earthly explanation is no different to saying, "God dunnit".
Blimey! Does your post mean I can claim to have subtle humour? Cool!
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Old 29th January 2012, 01:25 PM   #11
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Mythbusters did a show on this. Said it was from aircraft.
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Old 29th January 2012, 02:00 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Andrew Wiggin View Post
You're almost right. It's poop, just not alien poop. I've heard similar cases of this being tied to the disinfectant used to sanitize aircraft sewage tanks. It's almost always colored blue. Normally the tanks are sealed when the aircraft is in flight, but sometimes they leak and if they do the leaking sewage freezes from the cold temperatures and hits the ground as solid blue chunks, globs, spheres, etc.
Got it in one!!! Well done Andrew Wiggen!!
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Old 29th January 2012, 02:01 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by casebro View Post
Warning to all who live under fly ways:

Even in the post SALT world, you can still get killed by falling Icey BMs.
Comedy win for the thread!!!
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Old 30th January 2012, 09:32 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by learner View Post
Blimey! Does your post mean I can claim to have subtle humour? Cool!
I think it says more about psion than you.
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Old 30th January 2012, 02:51 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by psionl0 View Post
Saying, "aliens dunnit" just because you don't know of an earthly explanation is no different to saying, "God dunnit".

It's very different. "Aliens" has two more syllables than "God" so the former takes about 67% longer to say.

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