I had a USB stick once, and I misplaced it. It's never been seen again, likely buried under the waste of papers and other junk sitting on my coffee table that I should probably sort before I get buried under it myself.
That said, it would never cross my mind that my elusive USB would be found in the... um... stool of some animal somewhere.
But guess what? That's exactly what's happened here, because the world is weird and funny as hell, man.
Researchers with The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), a Crown Research Institute of New Zealand, say they came across the "unexpected discovery" of a working USB stick while analyzing the scat of leopard seals. The scientists are now trying to locate the USB stick's rightful owner because why not?
Here's some video that was on the drive:
NIWA is searching for the owner of a USB stick found in the poo of a leopard seal… Recognise this video? Scientist… https://t.co/KFA3myG1Sx— NIWA (@NIWA) 1549333627.0
Also: What kind of sorcery is this poop resistant USB stick? I want one. We all want one. (And yes, I doubt most of us would actually drop our USB sticks in a pile of poop––let alone leopard seal poop––on purpose.)
Other people are just as stunned by this development as I am. IT'S MAGIC!
Holy smokes! USB drive recovered from leopard seal poop still in working order! https://t.co/32dnKKVTeO— Dr. Dolly (@Dr. Dolly) 1549337865.0
A sturdy build & poo-proof. What more could one ask for from a USB drive? https://t.co/JZeL2PeDMl— Jackson Williams (@Jackson Williams) 1549335719.0
I want to know the maker of this USB stick so I can buy the same (not that I plan to feed a seal with it) https://t.co/51veXiSRXJ— Emilie VALLEE (@Emilie VALLEE) 1549336846.0
I feel like we're not talking about how a USB apparently survived the gut of a leopard seal enough WHAT https://t.co/9o0dj8XTSt— Dr. Michelle LaRue (@Dr. Michelle LaRue) 1549333837.0
Hello out there! We've found your video!
Anyone recall taking video from a kayak but then losing it because it was swallowed by a seal? Does it help to know… https://t.co/BJo1FcPZmj— Ann M. Gallagher (@Ann M. Gallagher) 1549336101.0
Amazing! Attention #NewZealand folks or recent visitors, your USB stick has been found...💩 https://t.co/b5RE9hyR1Y— Tiff Stephens (@Tiff Stephens) 1549339744.0
It's pretty cool, isn't it?
Some heroes sift through leopard seal poo https://t.co/vFxHZd4aZQ— Tairāwhiti Doc 🏳️🌈 (@Tairāwhiti Doc 🏳️🌈) 1549337187.0
Sometimes I really love being alive in the 21st century https://t.co/qY6jZBx2HH— Park Life (@Park Life) 1549335152.0
Bless you, New Zealand.
This is the most NZ CSI ever https://t.co/pPCjDUcMvi— Ethan Tucker (@Ethan Tucker) 1549334902.0
I don't see how this tweet can ever be topped https://t.co/HsEkkQyjw8— James Jeffrey (@James Jeffrey) 1549337524.0
What a time to be alive. And, just because we know you're asking for it, here's a video of leopard seals doing their thing. They're beautiful––and somewhat fearsome.
Leopard Seal - The King Of Antarctica - National Geographic www.youtube.com
Just... don't feed them your electronics.