Friday, 28 October 2011

Elder Things, call your service

Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography claim to have found single-cell organisms on the ocean floor the size of apples and are entirely too complacent about it.

You fools!  Those are baby shoggoths!  Leave them alone or you only future is madness and, if God is merciful, death!


eon said...


To; All elements, specifically all units under authority COMSUBLANT, COMSUBPAC;

Elder Sign to be immediately stenciled on all units. Special attention to bows of all submarines.



If that's a single-celled organism, I don't want to be around when it starts experimenting with mitosis and meiosis.



Cthel said...

This, coming after the discovery of viruses big enough to see with an optical microscope, seems to suggest that evolution seems to be developing life 2.0 - same basic units, but much, much bigger.

I don't think I want to be around when it gets to the Portugese Man-O-War 2.0, let alone the Slime Mould 2.0 ...

eon said...



Before this, I never seriously believed that in my (normal human) lifetime, reality at sea had the potential to start looking like a bad "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" episode.

And I always sort-of hoped that we could wait until we actually were building and launching starships to worry about countermeasures against "The Blob" or "The Green Slime".

Now I'm not so sure on either count. I'd have to say everybody who is worried (seriously or otherwise) about "zombie apocalypse" probably need to read less horror fiction, and more biology. Zombies are probably the last thing we'll have to worry about, somewhere between AGW and the collapse of the Altairean Dollar.

What do you say to a Man O'War (which is, after all, a colony creature) the size of Sydney Opera House when it's eying your boomer hungrily?

"Do you want fries with that?"