Scottish Sun stinks up star jelly story

Very sorry to have to link to this abysmal story from The Scottish Sun…

Unidentified Fluid Object baffles Scots boffins.

BAFFLED hillwalkers fear ALIENS have landed — after mysterious slime started appearing in the countryside.

They have discovered a strange jelly… and some experts believe it’s landed from space.

The first report of an unidentified fluid object was in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, triggering a flood of similar sightings.

Paranormal investigator Steve Mera is convinced he was dealing with aliens after a sample he collected DISAPPEARED.

He said: “I was dumbfounded. I had no idea what it was.

“I thought ‘let’s get some samples.’ The next morning, I saw the sample jar and I did a double take as there was nothing in it. It was there the night before, now it was empty.” Steve was sure he was dealing with star jelly left over from a meteor shower. He said: “It comes from space.”

Tip: @The21stFloor

Oh, man. *facepalm* Hard to know where to begin…

“Boffins”? That’s a clue right there that you should not trust this source. Boffins are never “baffled”.

Star jelly, as it’s called, is a rather common thing. But of course, this piece is hyped to extremes (“It comes from space.”) for a TV show. It’s pretty pathetic that this is considered a news source.

For the real scoop on this weird substance, see the Skeptoid entry on star jelly:

Perhaps the most important weak assumption about star jelly is its origin: having fallen from the sky. News reports almost always state the substance rained out of the sky, and indeed, most people talking to the reporters honestly believe that it did. Most of them are probably assuming it, but others have a firmer conviction. They saw the ground with no star jelly, then maybe regular rain fell or maybe nothing fell, and then they observed the star jelly. No other apparent explanation was possible, so the notion of its having fallen is often taken for granted as an observation. But the fact is that there is no testable, non-anecdotal evidence that any star jelly has ever fallen from the sky.

There is even a picture, that looks a lot like the same stuff, AND, it’s even from Scotland. Go figure. Then, go to the Skeptoid explanation and find out what most cases of this goo in the grass probably is (spoiler: slime mold).

Photo credit: Richard Webb (Skeptoid page)

  2 comments for “Scottish Sun stinks up star jelly story

  1. Iain Campbell
    August 18, 2012 at 3:47 AM

    It’s obviously Cthulhu’s tears.

  2. oldebabe
    August 18, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    It seems that lately the minute some people don’t understand something (real or made-up), it’s, therefore, got to be aliens. Maybe that’s better than `God did it’, but…

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