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April 8, 2012

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: not edible.

That's obvious?

Fair enough, one more: weighs 4โ€“5 pounds.

April 8, 2012 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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No - it wasn't calcite I was thinking of, calcite doesn't have those hair-like columnar crystals.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Apr 9, 2012 2:58:38 PM

hmm.. or it could be ulexite instead of selenite...

Posted by: retail maven | Apr 9, 2012 3:23:15 AM

it is a tealight holder made from selenite (a form of gypsum)

Posted by: retail maven | Apr 9, 2012 3:20:19 AM

It's a wine chiller made out of single cube of ice (from a mold they want to sell you).

Posted by: jonathand | Apr 9, 2012 1:54:17 AM

Skipweasel, I think you're thinking of calcite. That's what *I* thought, but I think Avogadro has pegged it.

Posted by: jim` | Apr 8, 2012 10:20:52 PM

Nd:YAG LASER boule blank.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Apr 8, 2012 8:08:20 PM

Bother - that's really going to bug me now. There's a big sample of it in Shrewsbury Museum and I just can't put my finger on the name.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Apr 8, 2012 5:56:10 PM

hmmm...It's crystalline, might be man made and it's beautifully carved on top (and bottom?). Can't tell if that's a hole? It's not a salt lamp, a candleholder of some kind?

Posted by: tamra | Apr 8, 2012 4:25:31 PM

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