June 12, 2007

Yellow Slime Mould

This is some strange stuff. It starts out looking like the cat barfed up a couple of Peeps. Then it puffs up and turns powdery pale yellow. It you break it open, it's got gooey fluorescent mustard inside. No, I didn't taste it. In a couple of days it turns grey and then brown like a dead mushroom.

I'd thought it was a fungus, but it seems to actually be a bunch of amoebas. Or amoebae. Wikipedia has a great article on it, which includes this gem:

In the DVD release of "This is Spinal Tap" there is an outtake of an interview with David St. Hubbins where he speaks of slime moulds, saying "They are both plant AND animal...it's like they can't make up their mind...and, you know, they think it's them...who've been running the earth all this time."

Slime Mould on Wikipedia


img_0826b_tn.jpg Posted by Hal Eckhart at June 12, 2007 09:55 PM

Welcome back to the blogosphere.

Ucky slimey moldie

Posted by: derek pita at June 16, 2007 07:46 AM
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