Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's not Crocodiles & Alligators any more

A few months ago I came across this report

"for the third time in just over a month, a healthy human placenta has been found by workers at the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District. Urbana Police contacted the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD), and the Champaign County Coroner's Office for assistance with this unusual situation".

at the time the question was asked OK mainly over at IO9,

"which mad doctor has been doing experiments with transgenic babies in the sewers again? Seriously, if you're going to be hatching superhuman babies in your underground lair, don't flush the evidence down the toilet, genius/"

Which is where I assume the story would end.

However below is footage posted on youtube from a private contractor using sewer cam to inspect a drain in the sewers under Cameron Village in Raleigh, North Carolina. Yes I realise its a bit blurry but give me a break is a fibre optical cable as thin as a pencil inserted up the rectum of a city -do you really want HD. Honestly watch it, especially when it shudders -

That's just disturbing.

New York State University biologist Thomas Kwak claimed the sewer ball monster, can some one come up with a more mediapathic title for this beastie please? Kwak claimed the monster was thousands of tiny organisms called bryozoans, or moss animacules. "Invertebrates, they bunch together in colonies and feed with tiny tentacles".

Sounds good, plausable after all this is what bryozoans look like,

Dr. Timothy S. Wood, an expert on freshwater bryozoa and an officer with the International Bryozoology Association. He said:".....No, these are not bryozoans! They are clumps of annelid worms, almost certainly tubificids (Naididae, probably genus Tubifex). Normally these occur in soil and sediment, especially at the bottom and edges of polluted streams. In the photo they have apparently entered a pipeline somehow, and in the absence of soil they are coiling around each other. The contractions you see are the result of a single worm contracting and then stimulating all the others to do the same almost simultaneously, so it looks like a single big muscle contracting.

Which still leave me unsatisifed,
mainly because all I can think of it they look like
these, and we all know how well that ended.


  1. That's gross...yet I kinda hope they have a few in Kalamazoo's sewers for some reason.

    Also, I wanted to bring this to your attention. There's an awesome game for the Nintendo Wii called "House of the Dead: Overkill." I've never played a zombie game before, but it's hands-down one of the best games I've ever played. You have to check it out. It even broke a world record for swearing in a video game (so I wouldn't recommend it for any child).

    It's a wish of mine to play that game with you someday (it's two players).

  2. Cheese and crackers!! OMG! Ewwww!

  3. Cartguyforever
    I imagine there'd be something special breeding in the Kalamazoo sewers, given the remarkable citizens the town has produced.

    I have played ‘House of the Dead:Overkill’ and on the combined player it is indeed an awesome zombie shooters, the only problem I have is I have to wait until after 9:30PM at night when the_weapon goes to sleep before I get to play these training exercises.

    If you are that concerned I recommend you pour large volumes of caustic soda into your toilet and sinks, you know - just in case.

  4. This sounds like a helluva good basis for a sci-fi flick. "Revenge of the Sewer Ball Monster" would work.

  5. thats what flame units are for....

    Oh and 10mm HEAP rounds...

  6. Moko
    me too!

    Heidi Germanaus
    Are you sure Sewer Ball monster I think only works if it were first translated in to Japanese then back in to English.

    well what are they supose to use, harsh language.

  7. Ahhhh....your right. I'm sure you've seen the trailer for "Zombieland". Can't wait!

  8. Heidi Germanaus
    Its at the top of my list

  9. Barnesm, m'love, I've been reborn (though I assure you I've not returned as a zombie!). Come play with me at my new-ish place!


  10. Tubifex worms make great fish food. I had a pet Australian Bass years ago and he LOVED them.