Martians may resemble the Spanish.
August 25, 2002 7:03 PM   Subscribe

Martians may resemble the Spanish. Scientists are studying a red river in Spain which flows through a deposit of pyrite, "has a pH similar to that of automobile battery acid and contains virtually no oxygen in its lower depths" to get an idea of what Martian microbes might be like. The critters found in the Rio Tinto are extremophiles, little microscopic buggers that can live miles underground, or in water 170 degree Celsius under deep-sea hydrothermal vents. (No word yet on whether there's a Portuguese connection.)
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posted by slipperywhenwet (5 comments total)
Sigh. Of course, I goofed the one link I forgot to check. Correct: RRE
posted by slipperywhenwet at 7:06 PM on August 25, 2002

Mrs. Richards: I've booked a room with a bath and a sea view.
Martian: Qué?
Mrs. Richards: K?
Martian: Sí.
Mrs. Richards: C?
Martian: No. Qué, "what."
Mrs. Richards: K. Watt?
Martian: Sí: qué, "what."
Mrs. Richards: C. K. Watt? Is he the manager?
Martian: Ah! Manajer! Mr. Fawlty.
Mrs. Richards: This man is telling me the manager is a C. K. Watt, aged forty.
Martian: No, Fawlty.
Mrs. Richards: Faulty? Why? What's wrong with him?
posted by phong3d at 7:22 PM on August 25, 2002

"He's from Barcelona."
posted by yhbc at 7:35 PM on August 25, 2002

Exremophiles!? I hope they keep a registry of these guys in case one of them tries to move into my neighborhood.
posted by dakotadusk at 7:43 PM on August 25, 2002

my girlfriend is spanish, although not from barcelona. i haven't been brave enough to ask her if she has some distant interplanetary relations...
posted by triv at 2:49 PM on August 26, 2002

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