A mysterious green liquid seeping out of manholes and sewers in New York surprised social media this week. The fluorescent liquid was dubbed “slime” or “sludge” by many users on X (formerly Twitter), where the video first appeared. Others began to offer ‘Batman‘references along with the green goo from the 1990s phenomenon’Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘. “Am I too late with the referral?” one of the users wrote along with a GIF of Dr. Ray Stantz from ‘Ghostbusters‘.
However, a disclaimer is on original post on X added a context that it was a water filled with green dye. “Plumbers often use harmless, fluorescent green dye to detect leaks in plumbing and sewer systems,” the disclaimer added.
According to National Park Service“dye tracing” is also used to “help scientists visualize how water moves from one place to another”.
Despite the sensible explanation, reactions to the post continued to pour in.
“It’s probably part of the district heating system. They literally add antifreeze to these systems. Maybe the green stuff to make it easier to see. Does it smell?” commented an X user.
“As a Gen Xer, here’s what I know about New York underground sludge: green = cool mutants, pink = angry ghosts,” said another.
One of the viral images showed white smoke coming out of the manhole, from which the green slime was oozing. One user referred to the Vatican’s tradition of releasing white smoke at the selection of a new pope – saying in an X post that a “new Ninja Turtle has been chosen”.
This is not the first time something like this has appeared in New York. Earlier this year, subway riders had to step over streams of fluorescent green slime on their way to their trains in Prospect Heights, according to New York Post.
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