"Some people claim that it is manna from heaven, first sent down by God to feed the children of Israel. Others, more prosaically, say that it is stag semen. Alternative theories for the origins of star jelly, a strange mucous substance found on the Scottish hills in the autumn abound. Could it be the remnants of a meteor shower, regurgitated frogspawn, fungus - or, less romantically, the gel from disposable nappies? Is it evidence of extraterrestrial life, or perhaps the fallout from top-secret attempts by scientists to manipulate the weather?" - Melanie Reid, Nature 1, Science 0 as finest minds fail to explain star jelly, timesonline.co.uk, 18 Sep 2009.