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Unsolved Mystery: Lumps from the sea

Mystery lumps are washing ashore in New Zealand. What they are: large, barrel-shaped lumps of grease ("like rancid fat or lard") covered in barnacles. Where they come from: nobody knows. The theory that they could be ambergris from whales was quickly disproven. Some entrepreneurs are carving them up and selling the stuff as moisturizing sunblock. Link: stuff.co.nz.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu Sep 25, 2008 | Number of Comments: 10
Category: Nature, Unsolved Mysteries
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The near-perfect barrel shape is very interesting, how would that occur naturally?
Posted by Jules in Connecticut on 09/25/08 at 09:49 AM
My dog loves to dig through the garbage in the garage a few days after I've made chicken (and we all know how bad rotten chicken smells.... don't we?) so I can't imagine how bad this stuff must be. :(
Posted by KW in Dallas, TX on 09/25/08 at 10:16 AM
It does look like a 50 gallon barrel shape. My sister had two marroon ones that held horse food.
Posted by Maegan on 09/25/08 at 12:09 PM
Is that the first mention of Cthulu at WU. If so congratulations. Shouldn't balloons and ticker tape fall or something?
Posted by Pablo on 09/25/08 at 12:49 PM
Are there any sunken ships from WWII in the area?
Possible ship's garbage?
Posted by Eris, Goddess of Discord on 09/25/08 at 05:42 PM
A blast from the past: "Get out of here with that (boom boom boom) and take it down below." http://tinyurl.com/43635k

Did y'all miss the fact that this thing washed up on a nuddie beach? Could it be a sentient visitor from some far distant star system and we're just cutting him up?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/25/08 at 10:41 PM
And I quote from the article (ppg 5)

Mrs Wilkie was keen to cut the greasy lump into blocks and sell it as moisturising sunblock. "It could be a godsend for nudies on our beach."
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 09/26/08 at 07:29 AM
But she doesn't even know what the gunk is! Why would she want to sell it as moisturizer? It makes no sense.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 09/26/08 at 02:22 PM
Humour people......... The lady quoted to saying she thought about making sunblock was just being funny. I'm sure she dosnt intend on actually doing it. Weird universes article is a misrepresentation of the original article, so I'm curious to how many other articles are twisted to sound more unusual than reality. Tip to the author; translate quotes into reliable statements, and also to everyone alse; grow a funny bone! smile
Posted by steph in christchurch, newzealand on 01/22/13 at 04:29 PM
Hey Steph, have a look at some of our stuff that isn't 5 years old ok.
Posted by patty in Ohio, USA on 01/22/13 at 07:56 PM
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