This is one for fans of the surreal pages of Fortean Times, except it’s being reported in the news feed of the major media portal Guardian.co.uk.
A bunch of these weird jelly balls fell into Steve Hornsby’s garden, in Dorset, over the weekend; he’s scooped them up and has them stored in a jar in his fridge whilst he tries to identify what the mysterious earth-bound objects are. Not sure if it’s time for Dorset to dig out the NCB suits just yet or start bowing down towards the South Pacific to worship mighty Cthulhu in his dream temple on sunken R’lyeh.
Can you say, “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” in a Dorset accent?
You should read the full article on the Guardian website: Blue marble mystery rains over Dorset garden
The nightmare corpse-city of R’lyeh…was built in measureless eons behind history by the vast, loathsome shapes that seeped down from the dark stars. There lay great Cthulhu and his hordes, hidden in green slimy vaults.
— H. P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu
UPDATE 31st Jan 2012:
There’s been some further developments in this story. Check out the evolving story in the Guardian, here; the truth or cover-up.
Update 4th Feb 2012:
The mystery has finally been solved. Cthulu Spawn? No. Sodium polyacrylate, an absorbent polymer used in nappies and by gardeners to keep the soil moist. Read article here on Guardian: Blue Balls Mystery Solved.