Today's collaboration with What is It? blog brings you this strange object - can you guess what it is? First one to guess correctly will win a FREE Neatorama T-Shirt!
Place your guess in the comment section (post no URL, please - let others play). Check out What is it? blog for size and material information.
Update 8/3/07 - the answer is:
Fiber optic magnifier, made from over 15,000 tapered fibers. Created by heating the central region of a cylindrical bundle of fused optical fibers, pulling it into an hourglass glass shape, and then cutting it in the middle. Lots of drawings can be found on the patent page, number 5,600,751. These are also made to be used as part of night vision scopes.Congratulations to chris #21 who got it exactly right. Close guess by libon #4, but I was looking for an exact match.