1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member


    These almost certainly are gel "water beads" aka "jelly marbles", "Orbeez", or "water marbles". Made from superabsorbent polymers, and used for decorative functions, as kids toys, and to water plants. They could qute possibly just have been blown over from a neighboring property, maybe swept up high in the thunderstorm from miles away, or just some local kids playing with them. This type of thing:



    Here's a demonstration

    And here's a video of Orbeez, showing how they might end up on the lawn:


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  2. MikeC

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  3. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    Seems like the kind of things kids would like to play with. I'ts not too far a stretch of the imagination, that kids would like to have a play a throwing "war" with these small soft balls......often ending up broken, and resting in neighbor's yards and gardens.
  4. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    A fully loaded one would make an interesting projectile in a catapult or slingshot.
  5. GregMc

    GregMc Senior Member

    "Seems like the kind of things kids would like to play with. I'ts not too far a stretch of the imagination, that kids would like to have a play a throwing "war" with these small soft balls."

    That's exactly what my kids do with the neighbours up and down our street !
    The kids like the disgusting slippery sensation and the goal often seems to be to get them inside the others clothing so they squirm in horror. They buy cheap bags of them up at the local craft shop and swell them up in big salad bowls full of water, then run around with plastic shopping bags full of them reaching in for hand-fulls and throwing them and trying to tip the lot down the back of shirt or dress.
    I'm sick of slipping on those things when lawn mowing as it's easy to lose you footing on a group of them and I've taken to wearing steel capped work shoes.
    They seem to disappear after a few weeks probably breaking up into smaller and smaller pieces and just get covered up by the grass
  6. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Quite possibly they were chopped up into smaller pieces whilst mowing the lawn, and then swelled up a bit in the storm.

    Or course strange things DO fall from the sky from time to time.
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    Lots of people spotted this. It's just sad that the media like to run with stories without ever doing any investigation first. Next thing you know they will be publishing rod and orb photos.
  8. RolandD

    RolandD Active Member

    Here's another explanation for 'star jelly'. At work there is a tree that oozes sap which forms jelly-like blobs on the bark. When it rains, these blobs fall to the ground. When these first began appearing on the sidewalk, I initially attributed them to being super-absorbent polymers found in our bio-hazard cleanup kits, but they kept appearing year after year. Finally, we had a drought this year, so the rain wasn't washing them off the tree and there they were, all over the bark about ten feet up on the trunk. It only took four years to solve that mystery.
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  11. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    Or those in the top post :)

    Interesting comment on The Blaze

  12. Jay Reynolds

    Jay Reynolds Senior Member

    This has come up again. Purple spheres balls found in Arizona and the TV news seems to have no idea what they are.

    Chemtrails people jumped on it. But......
    How could something dropped from 6 miles up appear on the ground in a nice little pile, though?

    Next, they were contacted by a local seller of the beads:

    A week later, they seem to have been better informed,but were carrying on with the "mystery" aspect:


    There have been cases of children thinking the smaller dried gel spheres were candy eating them.

    Some of these swell massively, and have blocked up the intestinal tract.

    Don't simply leave thse things about where children can swallow them!

    Baby Needs Surgery After Swallowing Expanding Ball
  13. Oxymoron

    Oxymoron Banned Banned

    There are many cases of this which cannot be debunked and remain a mystery to date.



  14. MikeC

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  15. Oxymoron

    Oxymoron Banned Banned

    If you mean it is debunked... I think that a matter of opinion. Certainly no evidence put forward to say what it was.

    The story seems to have changed since that thread. It can only mean it has been expanded on or the thread was devoid of some of the facts/allegations.

    It has changed from, 'on a farm' to 'blanketing 20 square miles'... big difference.

    Also it is reported many people were very ill, (lasting many weeks or even months and cattle died.

    Police testimony is included.

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  16. MikeC

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    I didn't say "debunked" - I said that it was a beatup - by which I meant a lot more was made of it than it was - the "publicity" given it seems tied to a TV programme.

    AFAIK no-one knows what the "stuff" was, although there were suggestions.

    however some aspects of it are debunked: there was no mass illness for example, and neither did the "goo" appear all over the place - it was only on 1 farm IIRC.

    There is no "police testimony" in your extract - there are people recalling what they can recall, etc - you should go back to the original documents such as were linked in the older thread to see what was actually reported at the time.