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Blob of Arctic Goo Floating in Pacific Ocean Near Alaska

This huge blob of arctic goo is nearly 12 miles long.
This huge blob of arctic goo is nearly 12 miles long.

Have you heard about the huge blob of arctic goo that is floating in the Pacific Ocean near Alaska? Oh yeah. It’s true. And apparently this huge blob of arctic goo is nearly 12 miles long. Furthermore, it’s not garbage. It’s not oil. Nobody knows for sure what this goo is. Call it crud, gunk, goo or whatever you want. Now matter what you call it, there are globs of this goo for a stretch of 12+ miles near the North Slope Borough of Alaska.

To make things even more odd, no one in the area can recall ever seeing anything like it before. According to Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer of the United States Coast Guard:

“It’s certainly biological. It’s definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristics of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter. It’s definitely, by the smell and the makeup of it, it’s some sort of naturally occurring organic or otherwise marine organism.”

The brownish-blackish arctic goo could be algae.
The brownish-blackish arctic goo could be algae.

Interestingly, witnesses have seen a jellyfish tangled up in the goo. Gordon Brower, of the North Slope Borough’s Planning and Community Services Department, says someone turned in a dead goose – just bones and feathers – that was apparently found in the arctic goo. Weird, huh?

It’s probably some sort of algae of some sort, but this arctic gunk is definitely a mysterious story. I’ll update the post when I find out more.

By the way, because they are finding dead animals in this goo, I couldn’t help but think of the 1987 movie Creepshow 2. In this movie, there were 3 stories, and one of them was called The Raft. If I remember correctly, all 3 stories were written by Stephen King. The Raft featured 4 people stranded in the middle of a lake, and there was some sort of gooey blob in the lake. I was able to find the movie on YouTube. Check it out if you want. It certainly brought back some memories for me. These types of movies terrified me.

World Beard and Mustache Championships 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska

Just in case you missed it, the 2009 World Beard and Moustache Championships were held on May 23, 2009 in Anchorage, Alaska. Surprisingly, the United States dominated the competition, winning 12 of the 18 categories and the overall champion, David Traver of Anchorage, is also American. He was the hometown favorite (and rightfully so!), and he is a member of the Southcentral Alaska Beard and Moustache Club (WBMA).

Also known as the”Facial Hair Olympics,” the competition got its start in 1990 in Germany. Germans typically dominate the competition, but this year it was the US that shocked everyone. There were almost 300 competitors, and those competitors represented 15 different countries. For full results, visit the official site of the World Beard and Moustache Championships. In fact, here are some links for further reading if you are interested:

  • Official Site of the World Beard & Moustache Championships (link)
  • CNN covers the 2009 Championships (link)
  • Beard & Moustache Championship page on Wikipedia (link)

Here is a beard and mustache champions photo gallery from the 2009 Beard and Moustache World Championships:

2009 World Beard Champion - David Traver
2009 World Beard Champion - David Traver
English Moustache Champion 2009 - Lutz Giese
English Moustache Champion 2009 - Lutz Giese
Freestyle Beard Champions 2009 - Hans-Peter Weis, Gerhard Knapp, Daved Traver
Freestyle Beard Champions 2009 - Hans-Peter Weis, Gerhard Knapp, Daved Traver
Freestyle Moustache Champion 2009 - Keith Haubrich (Gandhi Jones)
Freestyle Moustache Champion 2009 - Keith Haubrich (Gandhi Jones)
Full Natural Beard Champion 2009 - Jack Passion
Full Natural Beard Champion 2009 - Jack Passion
Fu Manchu Champion 2009 - Ted Stedman
Fu Manchu Champion 2009 - Ted Stedman
Imperial Partial Beard Champions 2009 - Udo Fritzsche, Karl-Heinz Hille, Mark Voermans
Imperial Partial Beard Champions 2009 - Udo Fritzsche, Karl-Heinz Hille, Mark Voermans
Natural Full Beard with Styled Moustache Champions 2009 - Bob Gengler, Bernd Popiak, Kyle McNair
Natural Full Beard with Styled Moustache Champions 2009 - Bob Gengler, Bernd Popiak, Kyle McNair
Natural Moustache Champion 2009 - Kees Lek
Natural Moustache Champion 2009 - Kees Lek
Sideburns Muttonchops Champion 2009 - Toot Joslin
Sideburns Muttonchops Champion 2009 - Toot Joslin

Cheers!