Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Alien Life-form

It all started with me looking for my thermometer.  I looked in the usual places and nothing!  Then I thought I would look in the “white box”.

 Background on the white box: 

This is a hinged, plastic box (I think made for clothes pins) that I keep on my kitchen counter as a sort of back-up medicine chest.  I keep analgesics, antacids, bandaids, cat prescriptions, etc. in it.  It keeps things nice and neat!

When I opened it I saw something that my brain could not interpret.  I stared for several seconds then I rapidly closed the box and stood back. I was so un-nerved by this thing that I went into the living room and watched a TV show.  This distracted me for half an hour and then a movie came on … about a Martian invasion!  OK, it was time to go back and check this thing out again and see if it had moved.  It hadn’t (whew).

Oh yes, here is what it looked like (pictures below):  it was slightly smaller than a golf ball; was gray and furry on its ruffled underside; was cream coloured and furry on its upperside with what looked like six or seven “legs” in an upright position.  It looked like a dead, mutant, head-less mouse lying upside down!

Mustering my courage, I began to remove things (with long tongs) from the box until only the “alien” remained.  It never moved through-out this process (even when I accidentally bumped the box) so I started feeling much braver.

I took the first picture and noticed that the camera flash revealed that the “legs” were greenish (keep in mind that Martians are reported to be green)!

All of a sudden, a flash of a different sort occurred in my brain and I think I knew what it was and under what circumstances it came to be in the box.

Can anyone guess what it is?  (It is not an animal)!

I’ll post the answer in a day or two.  (Please note that the answer now appears in the comments below the posting). Keep in mind that without DNA testing, this is still conjecture on my part. J
P.S. Although I was going to post this on Thursday, I thought I would wait to see if the world ended yesterday or you would be left in suspense.  Dead - but in suspense.


  1. It looks like an old shriveled-up mushroom left to long in the dark. Whatever you do, don't smoke it.


  2. Intriguing post and fascinating pictures, but I don't have a clue what it is, or rather was! Flighty xx

  3. Does Doris posting mean that the world really is coming to an end? :)

    A shrivelled something or other, I guess.

  4. OK, time for the "reveal". To the best of my knowledge, it is (was) a tomato.

    My cat Darcy has the habit of biting tomatoes and I think to protect this one, I put it in the box planning to eat it the next day. Obviously I forgot all about it!

    Georges - I resisted any temptation to smoke it!
    Flighty - I think of all of us you are the vegetable/fruit expert but you obviously never let anything get to this state of decay! - smart!
    Anvilcloud - I should be posting more often with my impending retirement in a few days. I thought you had given up on me after no comment on the "Squirrels of the World" post.

  5. Now you've said what it was I agree that's what it looks like, although I've never seen one in that state.
    I'm sure that somewhere out there there are pictures, or perhaps time lapse film, of what happens to fruit and vegetables when they decay.
    Happy New Year! Flighty xx

  6. Thanks Flighty. Happy New Year to you too and may all your tomatoes be delicious! :-)