14 Aug '12, 7pm
Seriously, what the hell is this thing:
io9 is asking for help on behalf of a reader who found a horrible tentacle-thing on the ground in Stockholm, Sweden. He wants help identifying it, presumably so that when he gets devoured his next-of-kin knows where to search for its lair. I’m gonna go with “the unholy offspring of a sea urchin, an Elder God, a Koosh ball, and a carrot.” According to io9, submitter Richard Turner “described the mass as unusually soft, almost like jello, a characteristic he deduced by poking at it with a pen,” which ruins my theory that it’s some kind of mutated root ball (unless it’s just rotten?). It’s fist-sized, and it’s not attached to the ground — just lying on the grass, like the worst sunbather imaginable. And Turner says it appears to be organic, not a prop for a terrifyingly realistic game of “Call of Cthulhu.” If you’ve got ideas for what the hell this thing could be, go post the...