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The Jolly Jelly Jape

2 February 2014

At http://phys.org/print310294198.html … it seems NASAs Rover vehicle has dislodged a strange rock, white on the outside and red in the middle. It was described as looking like a jelly donut (these differ from UK doughnuts as they are more cake like in texture, but jam doughnuts are I suppose more or less the same thing as a jelly donut). Doughnuts are traditionally fried on one side and turned over and fried on the other side.

Well, the jolly jelly japes revolve around arguments that try to explain where the rock came from – did it appear out of nowhere? Somebody, who is reputed to have been published in the Journal of Cosmology (they do publish some difficult to read articles) claims it is biological in origin and was some kind of mushroom. He has gone so far as to lodge a legal petition which is now a Friday Funny – go to http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/01/31/friday-funny-if-you-thought-manns-… … and begins by pointing out the biological organism hasn't moved since it first popped up on the NASA camera. This is conspiracy theory at its finest. Bound to make Nexus – and Fortean Times (possibly even Private Eye and the Guardian). It's surprising the BBC hasn't mentioned it yet. May be Elvis has visited Mars at some time, leaving a little calling card (an alternative to, 'Kilroy was Here', or 'Elvis Lives'). Anyway, we don't want the magic mushroom with the red centre run over again  – we should give the chap some encouragement.

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