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Something I learned today (-yay, something I learned to-DAAAAAY-YAY):

There are these things in caves, recently discovered, that hang down from the cave roof and look like stalactites. Only they are alive! Living! Organic! They are actually vast colonies of single-celled bacteria, and they feed off of the run-off of warm water and volcanic sulfur that drips down from above. So basically, they eat -- and secrete -- sulfuric acid, which drips down from them and can burn and kill anything that happens underneath.

And these things, which have a thick, gooey consistency and a yellow/white color, are called...

SNOTTITES.

I am so pleased to know that there exists in the world something that sounds like it came from a collaboration between the Aqua Teen Hunger Force writing staff and Gary Gygax. Hooray for crazy science!

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yuriverse
Aug. 1st, 2007 02:41 am (UTC)
Between those and trying not to step in the poomites, I'm never, ever going to go spelunking.
threepunchstuff
Aug. 1st, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Black and white is always gray?
calamityjon
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:45 am (UTC)
Those're the non-magical type people in Harry Potter, right?
ludickid
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
I do not get this joke!
roseyv
Aug. 1st, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
Well, FINALLY! Clinching and irrefutable proof, if anyone still needed it, of the existence of God and the scientific soundness of Intelligent Design. Can anyone possibly argue that something like this could just occur randomly in the Universe? For God's sake, they're giant, upside down agglomerations of living, breathing boogers! What more do you people want?
roseyv
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Actually, in all seriousness, does anyone know if they occur *only* in caves? Because I've often wondered what those things were that used hang down from the ceilings of really old subway stations that looked like Satan had hocked a giant loogie.

Because, in retrospect, God I hope they were snottites.

ludickid
Aug. 1st, 2007 05:49 pm (UTC)
Far as I know, they only occur in caves, and only in caves in Mexico, for that matter. What you were looking at was probably some sort of hobo byproduct.
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