piled outside the door of a home in Snyder, New York
falls from the sky in New York
The FAA has launched an investigation after a mysterious greenish-yellow goo fell from the skies and splattered homes in Snyder, New York on Tuesday.
Homes along Washington Highway and Berryman Drive are now coated in yellow or green icicles. Walls and pavements are splashed with a bizarre deep brown substance.
Neighbours said the mystery substance appeared between the hours of 9am and midnight on Tuesday.
The FAA has ruled out 'blue ice' - frozen human excrement falling from passing airplanes
The colour and texture of the goo immediately sparked fears of 'blue ice' - that is, frozen human excrement known to fall from airplanes passing overhead, ABC News reported.
However the FAA swiftly launched an investigation and discarded that possibility.
A spokesman told ABC: 'The local flight standards inspectors investigated the situation and determined it was not from an aircraft.'
So what could it be?
The town waste engineer said they are looking in to it - and have already come across some rather distasteful theories.
such as leftover McDonald's French fries
'We received a call this morning from a woman who owns a house on the same street, Washington Highway. She gave us her explanation because it happened to her last year,' Lisa Kistner, a spokesman for the Amherst Town Supervisor's Office, told ABC.
'She said it's actually because the seagulls eat fast food at McDonald's, which upsets their digestive tract,' Ms Kistner explained.
The seagulls were eating leftover French fries out of paper bags discarded in the parking lots, the woman apparently claimed.
And, Ms Kistner said, as soon as the woman convinced fast food restaurants to clean up the rubbish in their parking lots, she no longer had that problem.
'She suggested that someone check the fast food parking lots because that is probably the root cause of this issue,' Ms Kistner said.
The woman's bizarre account may not be that far enough. Bird experts who have examined images of the goo actually agree they do resemble bird droppings - though seagulls were ruled innocent.
Instead, according to Cornell's Lab of Ornithology, the droppings may be from a large flock of birds often found in upstate New York in January - European starlings.
But with the town's engineers still doing tests, locals will, for now, simply have to wait a bit longer - and perhaps invest in a good umbrella or two.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
ToxicSkiesItalia | July 05, 2009
Mysteries The Blob
Robert Stack: It came from the skies to wreck havoc on the earth.
It sounds like a bad science fiction movie, but for the little town in Washington there was nothing entertaining about the scourge that befell them in 1994. Six times it rained down from above, leaving dozens of local residents ill, and several pets and small animals dead. It all happened in Oakville, Washington, population 665. Here in Oakville, clouds fill the skies daily, bringing rain some 275 days a year. So, when it began pouring on the morning of August 7, 1994, no one was particularly concerned - until they realized it wasn't raining rain. It was raining tiny blobs of gelatinous goo. It came down in torrents, blanketing 20 square miles, and brought with it something of a plague.
Maurice Gobeil (local resident): I got sick, my wife got sick, my daughter got sick and everybody that lived here got sick.
Beverly Roberts (local resident): Everybody in the whole town came down with something like the flu, only it was a really hard flu that lasted from seven weeks to two or three months.
Robert Stack: The local police were among the first to report the perplexing precipitation. Officer David Lacey was on patrol with a civilian friend at 3am when the downpour began.
David Lacey (police officer): We turned our windshield wipers on, and it just started smearing to the point where we could almost not see. We both looked at each other and we said 'gee this isn't right'. We're out in the middle of nowhere, basically, and where did this come from?
Officer Lacey pulled
into a gas station to de-goo his windshield. As an
added precaution, he
put on a pair of latex gloves.
On August 7, 1994, a bizarre gelatinous substance fell on the town of Oakville, by the afternoon of August 7, the residents of Oakville began to complain of a mysterious illness. They described having difficulty breathing, extreme vertigo, blurred vision, and an increased sense of nausea. One of the town’s residence Beverly Roberts was quoted as saying that everyone in town contracted a flu-like illness that lasted two to three months. Additionally, several cats and dogs that came into contact with the substance fell ill and died.
A sample of the substance was taken to a hospital and found to contain a large amount of human white blood cells, but nobody could identify how it came from the sky. The sample was then sent to the Washington State Department of Health for further study and determined to have two species of bacteria, one of which lives in the human digestive system. Evidence from the sample has supported the fact that the substance was alive.
-Space jelly falls from the sky
-People who came in contact with it became sick
-Jelly contained white blood cells and bacteria found inside the human body
-19 years later, no one knows what it was
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