The townspeople of Oakville, Washington, were in for a surprise on August 7, 1994. Instead of their usual downpour of rain, the inhabitants of the small town witnessed countless gelatinous blobs falling from the sky. Once the globs fell, almost everyone in Oakville started to develop severe, flu-like symptoms that lasted anywhere from 7 weeks to 3 months. Finally, after exposure to the goo caused his mother to fall ill, one resident sent a sample of the blobs for testing. What the technicians discovered was shocking – the globs contained human white blood cells. The substance was then brought to the State Department of Health of Washington for further analysis. With another startling reveal, they discovered that the gelatinous blobs had two types of bacteria, one of which is found in the human digestive system. However, no one could successfully identify the blob, and how they were connected to the mysterious sickness that plagued the town.
WHAT THE FUCK
I live 15 minutes from Oakville. O_O
I looked into this story and it checked out.
"Clear Blobs" incident
On August 7, 1994 during a rainstorm, a mysterious translucent gelatinous “blob” like substance fell in and around Oakville. One well known location was a farm owned by Sunny Barclift. Sunny’s mother Dotty Hearn as well as other townsfolk became sick with flu like illnesses after coming in contact with the blobs. It was also reported that during the time in question, some pets such as dogs and cats began to die mysteriously. The unknown material fell again a reported six more times in the Oakville area. Officials from the Washington State Department of Ecology that examined the substance, claimed there were a number of cells of various sizes, but that it was uncertain what animal they came from. A local doctor, David Little, had some of the substance tested and reported that it contained human cells but strangely they did not have any nuclei, which nearly all human cells have. In addition, it was said the material contained two types of bacteria, one of which is known to inhabit the human digestive tract. According to some theorists, 50 miles (80 km) away from the farm the military was doing bomb runs in the ocean and there was a theory that the bombs could have hit a smack of jellyfish that could have been dispersed into a rain cloud.
And the Wikipedia article is different now.
On August 7, 1994 during a rainstorm, blobs of a translucent gelatinous substance, half the size of grains of rice each, fell at the farm home of Sunny Barclift. Shortly afterwards, Barclift’s mother, Dotty Hearn, had to go to hospital suffering from dizziness and nausea, and Barclift and a friend also suffered minor bouts of fatigue and nausea after handling the blobs. However, Dr. David Litle, who treated Hearn, expressed doubt that Hearn’s symptoms were due to the blobs, and appeared instead to be have been caused by an inner ear condition. Hearn herself also acknowledged that the appearance the blobs could have been a mere coincidence unconnected with their maladies. It was also reported that Sunny’s kitten had died after contact with the blobs, following a battle with severe intestinal problems prior to the incident. The blobs were confirmed to have fallen a second time at the Barclift farm, but no one was reported to have fallen ill the second time.
Several attempts were made to identify the blobs, with Barclift initially asking her mother’s doctor to run tests on the substance at the hospital. Little obliged, and reported that it contained human white blood cells. Barclift also managed to persuade Mike Osweiler, of the Washington State Department of Ecology’s hazardous materials spill response unit, to examine the substance. Upon further examination by Osweiler’s staff, it was reported that the blobs contained cells with no nuclei, which Osweiler noted is something human white cells do have.
Several theories cropped up at the time to explain the appearance of the blobs, though none have been proven correct. A popular theory with the townsfolk at the time was the “jellyfish theory”, which postulated that the blobs were the result of bombs runs by the military in the ocean 50 miles (80 km) away from the farm could have hit a smack of jellyfish, which were then dispersed into a rain cloud. Although neither Barclift nor Osweiler favoured the idea, the theory was so popular with the townsfolk that there was discussion of holding a jellyfish festival, and that the local tavern even concocted a new drink in honour of the incident, “The Jellyfish”, composed of vodka, gelatin and juice.
Another theory, propagated by David Little, who handled the original analysis of the blobs, was that the blobs were drops of concentrated fluid waste from an airplane toilet, though when Barclift contacted the FAA about this later, this idea was rebuffed, as she was told that all commercial plane toilet fluids are dyed blue, a property the blobs did not possess.
To which someone said:
Stuff coming from the lavatory doesn’t always have to be blue, especially if whoever serviced the lavatory neglected to add deodorizer. I used to service lavatories on the odd day when I was working on the ground at my local airport. We normally fill the lavatories with a mixture of water and deodorizer (which is a blue powder which mixes with the water), but sometimes (due to poor logistics and management!) we run out of deodorizer and all we can fill the plane with is water!