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Houston, We Have A problem

  1. Aug 5, 2004 #1
    As you all know, the weird, purple jellyfish is a creature of great importance to me. Last week or so, I discovered one of these washed up on Pacific Beach, here in San Diego. I rolled it into a plastic bag and brought it home for further study. Here, at the zoobie brush shelter, I placed it in a bucket of water, and poked at it when the spirit moved me.

    It was quite dead, of course. After a day it started to stain the water in the bucket purple. That was fascinating. Day after that the water was so purple you couldn't see the jellyfish any more. I took it out in the back yard and dumped it on a pile of brush. I though it would be cool if it dried out in the sun. I might be able to send it through the mail to someone.

    A few days later I went out to see what shape it was in, and it was completely gone! Not the slightest weird, purple trace of it.

    I am positive it didn't crawl away. I believe something ate it. The suspects are: a stray kitty, two skunks, a possum, several racoons, and possibly a coyote I once saw out in the brush back there.

    I am worried that whatever ate it may start mutating. I am afraid I have started an ecological chain reaction that could have dire consequences for the planet. What do you suppose would be the characteristics of a skunk fortified on a diet of weird, purple jellyfish? Or a possum? It's too horrible to consider.

    This is the weird purple jellyfish in quetion, for those of you who may have advice back up with biological knowledge:

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    Ask Monique, she's a molecular biologist
     
  4. Aug 5, 2004 #3
    The jellyfish in quetion are primarily clear. They sport weird, purple stripes.
    What would I hunt? I don't even know what ate the dam thing.
     
  5. Aug 5, 2004 #4
    Oh thank goodness this is just about jellyfish. I thought you might have had a 'Main B bus undervolt' or something... :tongue2:
     
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  6. Aug 5, 2004 #5
    You assume way too much about my gender with no evidence whatever to back your assumption.

    I need some good, critical thinkers to help me with this potential ecological disaster, not conclusion-jumpers.
     
  7. Aug 5, 2004 #6

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    Yeah - c'mon JFruit, his name is Zooby, not Zoobie!!! :tongue2:
     
  8. Aug 5, 2004 #7

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    Zoob, this is very serious. Have you noticed anything else unusual taking place in the immediate enviroment? Animals turning purple or growing tentacles for example?
     
  9. Aug 5, 2004 #8
    Rocketry stuff.
     
  10. Aug 5, 2004 #9
    Sounds like what happen to Stewie on the Family Guy apocolypse episode. :tongue2:
     
  11. Aug 5, 2004 #10

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    First, you need to fence off a circular area of about a 1000 square miles, centered on the pile of brush in your backyard. Then you need to assemble a search team (of course, armed with proton packs and clothed in radiation safe bio-suits) to look for "anything weird". Have a team of FBI's biological-chemical experts on standby. Of course, only pick those that can also kick butt and deliver a mean punchline.

    I think you can take it from there...
     
  12. Aug 5, 2004 #11
    come on dont make fun of him.. I thought this was the place to seek help.

    It doest really matter if this story is true or not.. but I am sure nothing will really happen.... the worst that can happen is that the animal that eats it dies..
     
  13. Aug 5, 2004 #12

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    No one is making fun of zooby, what has happened could have very serious ramifications. I do not believe that the normal laws of physics apply within the confines of the zooby brush shelter. Right now I can picture a purple cat with tentacles growing out of it's body, similar to those pictures of the cats with "wings" pictures that were posted earlier this year. :surprise:
     
  14. Aug 5, 2004 #13

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    Expecting gender related correction from Math-I-H...
     
  15. Aug 5, 2004 #14

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    Where? Wha'd I miss??? Was there another one? :eek:
     
  16. Aug 5, 2004 #15

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    (hey - Evo - it's "Zoobie Brush Shelter")

    I've been kinda wondering: is the "Zoobie Brush Shelter" a shelter for "Zoobie brushes"? (Do Zoobies need brushing? Or do they have compulsion to brush lots of things?) Or is the ZBS a "Brush Shelter" for Zoobies? (And if so, does it use brush to shelter the Zoobie or does it shelter the Zoobie from brush?) Maybe a ZBS is the place where a Zoobie shelters their brush? (But is it intended as a place where brush is stored, or is it a place where brush with a violent home life can go to recover?)

    Hmm, can a Zoobie brush be used on weird, purple jellyfish? Perhaps to keep the purple stripes from fading or getting tangled?
     
  17. Aug 5, 2004 #16

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    Zoob, why do you have the ie ending on Zoobie brush shelter? I thought a Zoobie was a female Zooby. :confused:
     
  18. Aug 5, 2004 #17

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    :surprise: You're right! I never noticed.

    MIH, perhaps "zoobette" would be correct for a female.
     
  19. Aug 5, 2004 #18

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    When is it ever the guy's house ?
     
  20. Aug 5, 2004 #19

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    I like that! Sounds sassy!! :biggrin:
     
  21. Aug 5, 2004 #20

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    I suspect the most likely solution to the mystery is that kin of the jellyfish finally found and retrieved their poor relative for jellyfish funeral rites. After all, if you were a jellyfish and your relative was missing, isn't a Zoobie Brush Shelter one of the places you would check?

    What worries me is that Zooby didn't notice anything when the body was taken. This leads to the conclusion that jellyfish have developed stealth SCOBA*.

    However, I suspect that Zooby should still keep a lookout for possums dangling purple tentacles out of trees and trying to catch unwary passers-by.

    I was talking to a possum once and she said, "You know I've often wished I had a few purple tentacles. It would help so much with keeping the little possums from straying!"

    * "Self-Contained Out-of-water Breathing Apparatus"
     
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