- Aug 25, 2001
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The Blob, the 1958 horror movie, was based on a true story:Well, the Corvid 19 lockdown got me to continue writing the book I never thought I'd finish. Here's a little ditty that might fit in this thread:
It Leaps and Creeps and Glides and Slides
In September 1969, a young man named Maurice Colbert drove the young woman he was dating to the northern outskirts of Nebraska City, Nebraska. They parked near the banks of the Missouri River on what is commonly called a “lover’s lane.”
After a while the young woman complained that she heard strange noises coming from outside the vehicle. Mr. Colbert had apparently heard this one before, because he did not bother to investigate for some time. Eventually, however, he himself heard what he described as “slurping” sounds. He reluctantly climbed out of his car and looked around. It was a brilliant moonlit night, but initially Colbert saw nothing unusual. He realized that the slurping seemed loudest near the rear bumper.
Several yards behind the car the young man found “an amoeba-shaped blob, about six feet across and about 18 inches thick, moving along the ground.” The nightmarish thing traveled (slowly) by extending an arm-like pseudopod out before itself then allowing the entirety of its mass to flow into it until the limb held all its protoplasmic mass. The gelatinous entity was purplish-pink in color and exuded no apparent odor. It crawled six to eight feet (1.9 to 2.4 meters) closer to the car even as Colbert watched, at which point he decided it was time to leave.
Investigators later found a wide, slug-like path from which twigs, leaves and pebbles had apparently been brushed aside, otherwise they found no evidence of this escapee from a 1950s B movie.
Despite all the blobs and slimes of films and role-playing games, a large creature lacking a skeleton – lacking, in fact, any discernible internal structure – should not be able to keep its outer surface from rupturing, let alone crawl, however slowly, across dry land. At least, not in our mundane universe.
Journal of the Fortean Research Center Vol. 1 no. 1 (April 1986), pp. 3-6.
Though the blob in that story didn't move about, or indeed eat people. It happened in 1950, though in 1953 Joseph Payne Brennan published a short story called Slime which seems to have been inspired by the 1950 real life blob, but was also ripped off by the subsequent Blob films.