A mysterious and heretofore unexplained purple slime in bubble-like form was discovered in the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, recently, and it has people abuzz trying to figure out what it is and where it came from. The mud-puddle-size blob consists of thousands of shiny, purple, gooey marbles that ooze out a watery substance when squeezed. Did the Purple People Eaters leave this mess behind? Aliens? Or is there a perfectly good explanation, like…air freshener beads? KGUN 9 in Tucson has the story:

Gerardine Vargas and her husband were out in the desert taking photos when they came across this purple blob.

“How could you miss this?” Vargas told KGUN. “It’s just glittering in the sun. It’s just one of those things you’ve never seen before.”

When Vargas couldn’t get an answer from a zoologist friend, she sent KGUN photos of the purple slime hoping it could figure it out.

A local botanist told the KGUN reporter if it occurred naturally, then it could be slime mold or jelly fungus.

Oddly enough, the co-anchor of KGUN suggested it might have come from the beads of an air freshener, since something similar happened to her mother when the beads broke through a bag, were scattered on the ground, and were rained upon.

Quite frankly, we tend to favor the alien angle. It’s much more fun.