When Sir Robert Stawell Ball published his popular Story of
the Heavens in 1886 the whole of Victorian was awoken to the fascination of
astronomy and gripped with the idea that life could very well live on other
planets. Our intrepid explorer and hunter of Lost Impossimals, Charles
Burroughs, was quite taken with the whole idea and decided to follow up an old
Moldavian folklore tale that centred on a mysterious creature called a Gwiazda
Mouse or Star Mouse but is more locally known as a Clanger.
So in 1896 Charles found himself halfway up a mountain in deepest Bessarabia on
a cold moonlit night looking for the fabled creatures. What he found instead
was even more fascinating. On the opposite mountain Charles saw, using his
powerful telescope, a creature that we now know to be a Gazing Groogablue, scanning
the heavens through its own powerful telescope.
Adjusting his own telescope he also noticed little pink pointy nose creatures
in various knitted garments excitedly pointing up and communicating with the
Groogablue. Charles believed that these were the fabled Clangers and judging
from their strange garments also deduced that they were inhabitants of another
planet. After studying them for sometime Charles also came to the conclusion
that the Groogablue was helping the Clangers find something they had lost,
maybe they were looking for home, maybe they were looking for the ‘ius extraho’,
another fabled creature that dispensed soup from a cave.
Unfortunately we will never know for shortly after the Groogablue and the
Clangers noticed the reflection of Charles telescope, removed a small dustbin
lid from the ground and disappeared, never to be seen again. Charles published
his celebrated paper on the Gazing Groogablue and the Clangers under the title
of Mooma’s & Moopa’s – The Darwinian Mystery, a paper that excited fellow
scholar H.G.Wells to publish ‘War of the Worlds’ in 1898.