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Those pink rings and streaks are a biofilm formed by colonies of a bacterium called Serratia marcescens, found worldwide. Like most bacteria, it’s harmless — unless you’re in extremely poor health.
That red-tinged bathroom gunk is related to an exorcism, Italy’s “bloody polenta” epidemic of 1819 and, years later in the U.S., a dangerous government experiment.
Serratia marcescens wasn’t officially discovered until 1819, when residents in one Italian province became fearful of “bloody” polenta during a particularly humid summer. “Families refused to stay in homes where the discolored polenta was kept, and one farmer asked for a priest to free his home from ‘evil spirits,’” writes microbiologist Steven Mahlen.
In 1950, the U.S. Navy secretly sprayed Serratia marcescens into the air just off the coast of San Francisco. Called Operation Sea Spray, the covert experiment was one of several similar tests conducted by the U.S. government in the 1950s and ’60s. This one was meant to simulate an off-shore bioweapon attack on a major American city, with the goal of tracking how the brightly-colored bacteria spread. Within a month of the tests, 11 people checked into a San Francisco hospital with infections. One patient, a 75-year-old man named Edward Nevin who was recovering from prostate surgery, eventually died. San Francisco hospitals also reported an uptick in pneumonia cases following the tests, although a direct correlation with the Navy tests was never established. Defense officials acknowledged Operation Sea Spray during a Senate subcommittee hearing in 1977 after journalists uncovered evidence of the tests. Nevin’s family tried unsuccessfully to sue the federal government for wrongful death.
Modern-day historians and scientists theorize that Serratia marcescens has long had a dramatic relationship with food, as it was likely mistaken for blood throughout history. The bacterium could be responsible for “bleeding bread” miracles throughout religious history, since it loves starch as much as it loves the soap scum on your shower wall. And bleeding statues? That could be Serratia marcescens, too.
Perhaps the truly miraculous thing about Serratia marcescens: The red pigment it produces (aptly named prodigiosin) seems to have cancer-fighting properties, although the exact nature of how it interacts with malignant cells is still being studied.
originally posted by: Advantage
Im tellin ya... catholicism is creepy as hell. Death cultish weirdness... cannibalistic vampires. They like weird crap too. Take for example that the Vatican has ( in its room of creepiness) a plume from the wing of the archangel Gabriel. Yep. They actually make this claim. Of course its from a peacock or Quetzal, but like liquifying blood.. its a MURICLE!!
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: loam
Dried blood that liquefies???
That's not a miracle, at best its a parlor trick, and they managed to screw it up. LoL
Should have got David Blaine to make an appearance, im sure he would have had something up his sleeve that could have passed for a miracle.
If indeed we are in for a hard time its not because of dried saint blood but it is because of the Vatican.