This must be smack-dab in the middle of physical-type scientists’ radar screen since my Rocket Scientist(tm) friend sent a similar blurb from Yahoo News.
I expect Scully and Mulder have been called in to investigate. Rocket Scientist(tm) mysteriously alluded to the Colour Out of Space in his e-mail, signing off with the baffling words:
Ph-nglui mglw’nath Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.
The Thing From Beyond the Stars is either a meteorite that released volatiles or a man-made object containing similar gaseous substances as Steinn rationally suggests. Rocket Scientist ™, who has experience in these matters, likewise remarked that a man-made object was a possibility. Now my friend is also usually quite measured, but on occasion, he claims that he is the reincarnation of Abdul Alhazred. So I’m worried. Maybe – just maybe – Cthulhu Fhtagn Cheezburger.
My hat’s off to Steinn for that masterful alliteration and to gwyn for directing me to the LOLTHULHU site.
Purchasing that collection of Lovecraft short stories the weekend before last wasn’t such a great idea. I blame Warren for spinning me off on a Lovecraftian trajectory
Note added in proof.
LOLTHULHU was previously cited on Pharyngula. I should have known.