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Invisible Space Monsters Made of Arsenic Will Kill Us, NASA Announces

Mazel tov, arsenic things!NASA finally made their big announcement about alien life this afternoon: They were looking around some mud somewhere and found a microorganism that is made of arsenic instead of the usual stuff of which every other living thing on Earth is made. This means life can perhaps exist in many other ways we can’t conceive, so there are probably a bunch of invisible arsenic dinosaur-like things walking on the Moon, and we didn’t even know it. It may turn out there are intelligent beings with structures of PURE GOLD on other planets, when we were stupidly looking for worthless carbon-based humanoids all along. THERE IS A NEW FRONTIER: WE MUST VENTURE OUT AND KILL AND MAKE NECKLACES OUT OF THESE KIND GOLD-BEINGS.

Carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur are the six basic building blocks of all known forms of life on Earth. Phosphorus is part of the chemical backbone of DNA and RNA, the structures that carry genetic instructions for life, and is considered an essential element for all living cells.

But not anymore! Perhaps we can hoard this arsenic from these weird alien beings that need it and sell it to them at a high markup? Economy saved! [NASA]

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  • chascates

    NASA speculates that no other planet has tea parties, fortunately.

    • SorosBot

      Our little girl and English astronauts are going to be very disappointed, then.

    • bagofmice

      The search for intelligent life continues.

    • BTWBFDIMHO

      Thanks god this breaking news didn't come up before the election. Otherwise Ms. O'Donnell would be your senator now.

  • iburl

    I think Obama should appoint Palin as special ambassador to our new friends.

  • JimmyCarlBlack

    I, for one, welcome our microscopic arsenic overlords.

  • bitchincamaro2

    Did they find any "old lace"?

  • GuyClinch

    I'll bet these arsenic creatures are just FABULOUSLY gay! Oh wait, that was mercury, not arsenic. Maybe they live on planet Mercury?…

    • 738838

      I thought it was Uranus.

  • horsedreamer_1

    Given the lack of Bieber, otherwise, in that Blinging, I hope 'It's a boy!' means the Arsenic Golden Child is Justin Bieber.

    • Jack Stuef

      Yes. He's the one in the red party hat.

      • Jack Stuef

        SEVENTEEN PEE?! WHO DID THIS TO ME? I BLAME YOU ALL.

        • SorosBot

          Everyone else is also suffering from the case of the missing p.

          Well, everyone else but me for some reason.

          • horsedreamer_1

            Not you, & not I. I don't know how many you've lost, but there're not many.

            I'm down seven.

          • LionelHutzEsq

            Well, I figure that you have George Soros evil minnions protecting you.

            However, for some reason, I only lost 13 whore diamonds.

            The big question is, why doesn't Jack know what is going on?

          • DoktorZoom

            Or maybe the question is why does Jack pretend he doesn't know what's going on, hennggghhhhh?

  • genxr

    It's Mono Lake. You have to eat arsenic to survive.

    • jim89048

      So, brine shrimp then?

  • sarjo

    This THING was found in California! The aliens are already here!

    • ttommyunger

      And this is news, why?

    • LionelHutzEsq

      Schwarzenegger basically proved that.

    • SorosBot

      The aliens already came to California in the 80s, but phoned home and left.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    Now we know where our p went. Ken, now living out near Mono Lake California, has switched to adenosine triarsenate instead of adenosine triphosphate. We are now ATA-driven instead of ATP. Can 'Murica get ahead of the curve on this and also switch to arsenic and old Lasix?

    • Terry

      Ken took our p over to Gawker!

      • horsedreamer_1

        I knew it was Newell along along.

        Never trust a Ginger.

    • CivicHoliday

      a) I love you lots for being a microbiology nerd
      b) do you think bacterial plasmids containing DNA with an arsenic backbone could be useful for creating an antibiotic-resistant pathogen infectious only to Orange Americans?

      • deelzebub

        Does it really need to be antibiotic-resistant if the pathogen itself is essentially toxic?

        • CivicHoliday

          I should think so. In theory antibiotics could still be created to kill the thing, right? The trick is making sure it only infects the 'actors' in Jersey Shore and the soon-to-be speaker of the house.

      • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

        Agent Orange, once again?

  • BornInATrailer

    Yes, but like any good redneck my first questions is: are these new arsenic DNA lifeforms edible?

    • V572625694

      If you bread them and deep-fat-fry them, you betcha!

      • OneDollarJuana

        And they're rat-pruf!

    • PublicLuxury

      They can be turned into a high grade of 'shine'.

    • LionelHutzEsq

      This is California, so the first question should be can they be snorted or smoked.

    • transfatz

      Can they be shot from a helicopter?

  • arcane_allusion

    Gold?! I guess that means that the Paultards were right about going back onto the gold standard.

    Do you think we can convince them to go look for these gold-based lifeforms?

    • PublicLuxury

      The Great Gold Rush of the 21st Century. Here come the republitards to pillage every village.

  • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    So they found an earf Horta?

    I'll bet that Space Jeebus will have some harsh words for the (un)intelligent designer tonight.

    • BornInATrailer

      I'm a doctor, not a mason!

  • SorosBot

    I do hope that the astrobiologists get one with finding out if liquid methane can serve as an alternate liquid medium to water for life, though; come on, life on Titan!

    • GuyClinch

      Hey, SorosBot still has his/her/its big Pee number… He/She/It's in on it! "It", of course, being the Peespiracy.

    • DoktorZoom

      I was a victim of a series of accidents, as are we all.

  • Mindblank

    So, strange life exists on earth. Slow news day?

  • SayItWithWookies

    So NASA discovered that life isn't exactly what NASA expected it to be? Christ, I find that out every fucking day but I don't make a big deal out of it.

  • MinAgain

    I think I saw this episode of Star Trek. The structures turned out to be alien caviar.

  • StillGoinGreen

    I say it is time to put up an arsenic resisting wall around Texas!! We ain't havin any fucking aliens, brown, yella, full of beans, full of arsenic – WHATEVER!!! BUILD THE DANG WALL!!!

  • PublicLuxury

    So this explains Justin Beiber. Finally.

  • http://www.cheaphits.stumbleupon.com cheaphits

    I'm thinkin' the arsenic creatures are not a likely food source.

    • slappypaddy

      they taste like almonds. wrap 'em in cocoanut, sugar, and chocolate, and they'll be a joy.

      • DoktorZoom

        Milton: We use only the finest baby frogs, dew picked and flown from Iraq, cleansed in finest quality spring water, lightly killed, and then sealed in a succulent Swiss quintuple smooth treble cream milk chocolate envelope and lovingly frosted with glucose.

        Praline: That's as may be, it's still a frog.

        Milton: What else?

        Praline: Well, don't you even take the bones out?

        Milton: If we took the bones out it wouldn't be crunchy, would it?

        • slappypaddy

          lightly killed is my favorite. that's the way i do all my prey.

    • LionelHutzEsq

      Tell that to any store selling food imported from China.

  • Mojopo

    Everybody – can I get a high five on the sixth extinction? WOOOO!

  • Radiotherapy

    At least our new space monster overlords won't give us syphilis when they tongue punch our scientific butthurts.

  • Worthly Wokette Skum

    This means life can perhaps exist in many other ways we can’t conceive…

    "There is no life we can't conceive" – The Palin girls

  • jim89048

    Glen Blech is right then? Goldline+Mormons/other planets=profit?

  • CapeClod

    I was so hoping that they were going to say that they discovered Tribbles.

    • glindsey1979

      Soft, sessile creatures that do nothing but eat and produce children?

      I don't think I have to finish this joke.

      • DoktorZoom

        "A most curious creature, Captain. It's trilling seems to have a tranquilizing effect on the human nervous system."

        If Palin's a tribble, then I must be a Klingon.

  • PublicLuxury

    What do they look like going through the TSA Death P0rno Tubes? Are they tearists too just like teh brown?

  • jus_wonderin

    Horta: "No Kill I"

    • Angry_Marmot

      Hortas are silicone based. Katherine Harris lives!

  • LionelHutzEsq

    I assume that Sarah Palin has twatted that we now must nuke California to save us from the alien menace?

    Or did she just call for the nuking of California to stop the Urban menace to society?

    Either way, I'm sure she wants something nuked in California. It is what her North Korean allies would want.

  • Ducksworthy

    Boring. So some bug that used to rely on phosphorus adapted to use arsenic instead? WTF Why not?

  • http://s227.photobucket.com/albums/dd271/lascauxcaveman/?action=view&current=KZ1100shafty.jpg Lascauxcaveman

    Perhaps we can hoard this arsenic from these weird alien beings that need it and sell it to them at a high markup?

    Too late! They've already developed a taste for Lady Gaga's meat dress.

    • edgydrifter

      Oh hell, join the club!

  • LionelHutzEsq

    And did NASA explain how they knew that the bacteria were not just taking arsenic to look thin and pale?

  • ttommyunger

    Tony Perkins and Mike Hickabee are already beating the drums for a Constitutional Amendment prohibiting Arsenic-Based Life Form/Human Marriages.

    • WIDTAP

      Huckabee is still trying to figure out on what day God created that other genesis.

      • ttommyunger

        Hickabee: Living proof of Evolution….Reverse Evolution.

  • slithytovesss

    Didn't people use to snort arsenic back before they discovered meth? If only we could discover aliens made of Bombay Sapphire with olive eyes and big straws sticking out of their heads.

  • PublicLuxury

    The 21st Century equivalent of Manifest Destiny… Let the lands be explored and mauled and desecrated in the name of alien life. Go git 'em tea tards. Spank those bad, bad alien life forms. I hope some survive. Someone has to be in charge once the republitards get done fucking the planet.

  • Serolf_Divad

    I envy the British right now who get to make a bunch of jokes about alien arsenic creatures from uranus. If you're American it's only half a joke, and not particularly funny.

    Curse you Noah Webster!

  • LionelHutzEsq

    NASA's Headline: NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

    Surely they could have just gone over to the Naval Observatory between 2000 and 2008 and figure that one out.

  • elviouslyqueer

    "If something here on Earth can do something so unexpected, what else can life do that we haven't seen yet?"

    By Jove, I think we've found the epigram for Bristol Palin's autobiography.

  • Crank_Tango

    So this makes me wonder, who would win in a bacterial cage match, the Mono Lake Arsenic Muncher, or MRSA, the plucky hometown hero from a hospital near you…?

  • GOPCrusher

    Mormons are flocking to Mono Lake in the attempt to covert these arsenic based life forms to Mormonism.

    • natoslug

      It's going to be a real mindfuck when we finally meet the beings of pure gold, and they're tablet-shaped.

  • indecencycmdr

    I want a website: LOL GFAJ-1z! "I can haz arsenic?!?" nom nom nom.

  • SorosBot

    The Governor of Kentucky is already trying to figure out how Noah safely collected these toxic creatures from Lake Arsenic for his theme park display.

  • fuflans

    are they sure it isn't mel gibson on a bender?

  • OneYieldRegular

    Is this anything like when BP discovered that Corexit was a beneficial sentient being that offered maternal, life-giving protection to the oceans?

  • problemwithcaring

    Inexplicable: Todd discovers new forms of life in Sarah's vagina almost everyday, but US Gov't can't discover microorganisms on treasonous balls of gas, billions of miles away?11!

  • XOhioan

    There's a dinner theatre somewhere in the Alpha Centauri doing a production of "Carbon and Old Lace."

  • WarAndGee

    The possibilities are endless with this news.

    I've always thought there were aliens made of fart clouds that come out of pig-eyed entertainers mouths and pass through TVs and radios and crawl into ears and hijack cognitive function.

    Then the unsuspecting host victim starts to believe a whole host of paradoxical shit like expanding the military while cutting the revenue stream to pay for it.

    I don't know where I'm going with this…hurray rat poison is aliens!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    This sort of explains that aroma wafting off Ann Coulter.

  • Mahousu

    Presumably phosphorus compounds are just as poisonous to these bacteria as arsenic compounds are to us. Which means the only thing keeping these creatures back was all the phosphate we were dumping into rivers and streams. Now that that's disappearing, I assume the bacteria will soon emerge and arsenate the whole world. Thanks, EPA.

    • DoktorZoom

      Look on the bright side–maybe after we're gone, the arsenic-based life forms will evolve into intelligent beings. And maybe next time it'll stick.

      • Mahousu

        Nah, that's what the dinosaurs used to say about mammals, before they blew themselves up with their iridium reactor. It didn't work then any better than it would work now. In fact, I suspect the great grandmother of Arsenic Sarah Palin has already been born.

  • christianmuslin

    Should we send these new people small pox blankets yet?

  • mumbly_joe

    I just polled my co-workers, and it's a fact: I'm the only person I know who thinks this is interesting and and fantastically exciting news.

    • Angry_Marmot

      You were probably the only one who knew there was anything unusual about an arsenic based life form.

      • Mahousu

        He's probably the only one of his colleagues who knew that arsenic is an element.

  • AntonovBureau

    Big deal, this finding will never make it into the textbooks with all the creationist crap that has to be inserted in the name of Texas.

  • HateMachine

    I'd like to say that it isn't NASA's fault that this got blown insanely out-of-proportion, but honestly the entire precedent of NASA press releases is media outlets loudly proclaiming during the run-up that there's LIFE ON MARS and WE'RE COLONIZING JUPITER and OMG THE SUN IS EXPLODING TOMORROW. You can't work for NASA, think "maybe we should have a press conference!" and not know what's coming.

    NASA should probably just never send out a press release ever again, or at least not until FOX and CNN don't exist anymore.

  • Plowmon

    But the real question is how much money can be made with these organisms, how they can be packaged and marketed. Focus groups are up and running… Then there is the secondary market, potential derivatives of the contractual agreements and so forth, Christ, this thing could be bigger than Ling-Temco-Vought!!!

    • transfatz

      Dibs on the top tranche!

  • transfatz

    We're looking for new life. God, this is so exciting. Meanwhile we are throwing the old onto the ice floes, the unemployed onto the streets, the sick into their graves and the helpless into the maw of our military machine. There's no consequential life here. I'm ready for that Arsenic yogurt (bourbon) now.

  • mavenmaven

    "Jim, I'm a doctor not a bricklayer…"

  • Swampgas_Man

    That's an "Arse-based" life form.

  • sanantonerose

    Sorry, NASA, but if I can't kill it, deep fry it, and smother it in cream gravy, it ain't "life."