It sounds like the beginning of a horror movie, a mysterious blob unleashed on the world. And it has 720 sexes. I’m not sure what that even means.
Reuters reported earlier this week that, “This newest exhibit of the Paris Zoological Park, which goes on display to the public on Saturday, has no mouth, no stomach, no eyes, yet it can detect food and digest it. The blob also has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs or wings and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half.”
“The blob is a living being which belongs to one of nature’s mysteries”, said Bruno David, director of the Paris Museum of Natural History, of which the Zoological Park is part.
“It surprises us because it has no brain but is able to learn (…) and if you merge two blobs, the one that has learned will transmit its knowledge to the other,” David added.
The blob was named after a 1958 science-fiction horror B-movie, starring a young Steve McQueen, in which an alien life form —The Blob — consumes everything in its path in a small Pennsylvania town.
Read the full story here and watch Trevor Noah’s hilarious take on the blob on The Daily Show.