The English seaside resort of Blackpool is currently coated in a mysterious white gunge, blowing in from the Atlantic ocean on storm-force winds. "We know it happens occasionally and can disappear again quite quickly so we will be looking further into what triggers it," said a spokesman for Britain's Environment Agency.



  1. Am I the only prude who thinks mainstreaming the phrase bukkake as a metaphor for anything resembling an excess of spunk is inappropriately legitimizing the fairly revolting pr0n meme that it describes?

        1. Oh, I love y’all, for sure. But I could have made the bukkake-connection on my own. I feel like I’ve been mindtrick-rickrolled by pornhub.

    1. No, you’re not.  Totally inappropriate title for both work and home.  My 8 year-old Japanese-speaking daughter was watching while I browsed the Boing Boing headlines.   She started sounding it out, and her 4 year-old brother copied.  Not at all amused.   

      1. Um no, “bu” is a prefix meaning “a lot” or “huge” … “kake” is the noun form of “kaku”, “to pile on”.  “bukkake” just means put on a big heaping pile. You can get Gyu Bukkake Gohan (a heaping pile of beef on rice). I’m sure you could find Cheese Bukakke Pizza (a heaping pile of cheese on pizza). And you can of course find Zamen Bukkake videos (a heaping pile of semen)

        It’s only American’s who mis-understood the word and started using it for one meaning only. Japanese use the world bukkake for many other things. I has no sexual meaning any more than the word “loads” or “buckets” does in English yet those worse might be used for “buckets of cum” or “loads of cum” etc…

        1. blah blah blah, until you update the wikipedia page that I copied and pasted that definition from, I’m right and you’re wrong.

          1. Or you could open your mind and learn Japanese. How about Japanese Wikipedia? Here’s the entry on “bu” as a prefix


            Here’s a translation of the verb kakeru http://eow.alc.co.jp/%E6%8E%9B%E3%81%91%E3%82%8B/UTF-8/  not sure where to find a Japanese lesson that shows how to convert verbs to nouns.Here’a search showing the common use of “bu” as a prefix. http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/srch/jn/%E3%81%B6%E3%81%A3/m0u/ Including the first definition which says “bu is a prefix used on verbs to suggest a stronger action”. Examples given “bu-tobasu” (super throw) and “bu-tamageru” (super astounded).

            And here’s some  bukkake rice
            http://www.kyounoryouri.jp/recipe/3800_%E3%81%B6%E3%81%A3%E3%81%8B%E3%81%91%E3%81%94%E9%A3%AF+%E5%86%B7%E3%82%84%E6%B1%81%E9%A2%A8.html as yet another example.

        2. [Removed most of my comment cause it doesn’t really matter. Still, joeposts is spot-on with his comment; also refer to definition 2 and/or 3 of either the Daijirin or Daijisen dictionaries.

          Also, the porn usage of that word was popularized (and trademarked) by a Japanese producer, not an American.


  2. I visited Scarborough in Yorkshire a few years ago in the middle of winter. The whole town had that faded, peeling paint look I associate with aging holiday attractions in the offseason. I mentioned to a local friend that it must be a lot less dreary in the summer. She laughed and told me that the problem wasn’t that it was winter, it was dreary because it’s England.

        1. I would humbly suggest that there are places which are neither Brighton nor Miami, some of which are very nice indeed.

          As far as making a generalization about “where Americans like to vacation”, well. Where does one even begin? It isn’t as if we all share the same tastes in… well, anything.

          Personally, my last two vacations were on the Black Isle in Scotland, and in southeast Alaska. Not much to be seen in the way of silicone, drugs, or “crime-ridden shitholes” as the parent poster so charmingly put it.

          …As far as where Brits like to “holiday”, well, that’s Ibiza, isn’t it?

          1. Point taken :P

            I suppose I just picked two cities off the top of my head to prove some kind of point. Like those silly pictures that compare the US and the EU that end up all over 4chan… Bit petty really :/

      1. Yeah, the US is a hell hole. Pardon me while I head out to the pool and pick some tangerines.

      1. Pollution, eh?

        “Officers visited Cleveleys on Wednesday and again on Thursday to collect more specimens to analyse. The results of the tests are expected to confirm the foam is natural and not caused by detergent in seawater or other pollution.”

        Actually, pollution is not suspected at all. It’s just a rather ordinary phenomenon caused by a conflux of wind and tide. See it all the time after hurricaines/lengthy wind storms.

        1. Other kinds of pollution besides detergents. coliform bacteria from sewage or cruise-ship dumping for example.

          Personally, I suspect some kind of algae dieoff in the Sargasso (possibly due to organic pollution?) that got blown ashore. If true there should be piles of seaweed coming ashore in a few days. Unless the wind changes, of course.

    1. As one who’s been there a number of times (due to family living there, not as a destination tourist), I can honestly say it’s not all that bad.  Sure, I’ve been to more idyllic beaches – but it really is not that bad at all.

    2. http://chromasia.com/

      Blackpool-based photographer (and former university lecturer who actually chooses to live there). Also check out his blog. Turns out the beaches can actually be quite nice (if you’re into the whole English beach promenade thing).

  3. “I hate the ocean, it’s all whale sperm. Everybody Google it, because that’s why the water is salty, from the fuckin’ whale sperm.”


  4. http://science.kqed.org/quest/2011/05/02/sea-foam-lathers-up-the-ocean/

    “Dissolved organic matter is full of proteins and lipids (plus lots of carbon, which we’ll get to later). The DOM molecules can act as surfactants, similar to soap and other detergents. The molecules have a hydrophilic end that sticks to water and repels oil, and a hydrophobic end that sticks to oil and repels water. The DOM decreases water’s surface tension and promotes the creation of bubbles as the water is stirred by wind and waves.

    Big storms can create huge amounts of sea foam. In 2007, the area north of Sydney, Australia was dubbed the Cappuccino Coast, as foam engulfed 30 miles of shoreline. All this foam can obscure things like rocks and sea snakes, so foam frolickers should frolic with caution.”

    It’s more like a bubble bath, but keep your vision of beschism if you must.

  5. yeah, my cousin has a holiday home on the beach up the coast from there (West Cumbria, so quite a few miles but the same sea) and this is quite common, although I’ve never seen it as bad as that!

  6. At first sight, it almost looks like snow.  Then I thought you know spooge kind of looks like icing…

    Back to 4chan I go…

  7. I feel bad for those who don’t know what bukkake refers to and just image googled it.

    I also feel a bit ashamed for knowing what it is.

    1. It’s the noun form (ren’yôkei, verb stem really) of a verb that means “to pour over sth.” Used for a number of dishes that are topped with sauce or other things, e.g. Bukkake-Udon (noodles).

      Really, sometimes a word is just a word.

    2. don’t feel bad, everyone seems to develop a secret love for bukkake once they’ve discovered it

  8. just a question, what is the credit at the end for animation and post-production all about? is this really what it seems?

  9. “We know it happens occasionally and can disappear again quite quickly so we will be looking further into what triggers it,”

    That’s what she said

    (the bukkake reference allows for one repetition of “she said.”)

      1. No excuse, it happens on rivers and streams as well.  Don’t they have those in Idaho and the Midwest?

  10. I’ve seen the same in Punta del Este, a famous coastal touristic point in Uruguay, right at the point where the land goes into the estuary/ocean. The wind is really strong there, and this oceanic “emulsion” covers everything, like some type of dirty meringue.

  11. Jeez! What is so unusual about sea foam, you see it anytime there is a storm blowing in at the beach… some of these people that are baffled by it need to get up from their computers and wander out into the real world now and again.

    1. In people’s defence, I live a couple hundred yards from the sea, walk by the sea every day; in a very windy part of the south coast of the UK.  I’ve never seen this sea foam before, and would be somewhat alarmed if I saw it myself (especially s demonstrated in the video!).

      That said, from the comments above it seems somewhat ludicrous that after a little journalistic googling and speaking to the environment agency, that some of the mystery couldn’t have been shaved off.

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