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What Is It? game 260

Once again, it's time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog! Do you know what the object in this picture is? You can win even if you don't know!

Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you'd like. Post no URLs or weblinks, as doing so will forfeit your entry. Two winners: the first correct guess and the funniest (albeit ultimately wrong) guess will each win a T-shirt from the NeatoShop.

Please write your T-shirt selection alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize, okay? May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?

Check out the What Is It? Blog for more mystery items of the week. Good luck!

Update: the mystery item is indeed a millstone. The first commenter who got it right (and followed all rules) was Craig Clayton, who wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The funniest answer was from Dug, who said it is a "Recently unearthed Pompeii Satellite Dish Network receiver. It was still tuned to the Discovery channel when found. Some alarmist rhetoric show about end of the world, cataclysm, apocalypse, yadda yadda yadda." That one deserves a t-shirt, too! There were lots of funny answers this week; you should read them all. Several people mentioned the currency of Yap, which you can read more about in the post Funny Money: Strange currencies of the world. The answers to all this week's mystery items are posted at the What Is It? blog. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone for playing along!


An exhibition piece in a museum, ...

that looks like it once served as bedstone of a pair of millstones.
(maybe there has been some use as anchor or weight, or as an instrument for punishing just like the Millstone form Luke 17:2 or Mattew 18:6)

Hoppy Holidays
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It's the first rock album, predating Bill Haley by 3000 thousand years or so. Fun fact: notice the grooves, they're showing a 3/4 time signature, indicating that rock and waltz might have a common ancestor. The center hole also suggests it was meant to play at 45 rpms.
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Definitely a grinding mill stone from a grist mill. Most likely a water powered mill.

I'll take a "Don't make me send out the flying monkeys", black, size XL (since they run small)
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You know the saying "put nose to the grindstone"? This was used on the famous noses of Barbara Streisand, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Jennifer Grey, Owen Wilson, Gerard Depardu, Frank Zappa, and Michael Jackson.

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Its actually a lost piece of Mayan Calendar telling us that 21/2012 was a miss calculation and the world will actually be destroyed by aliens in 2014. It was only recently translated by a group of archaeology undergrads who weren't so useless after all.
(Althought in reality it is just a mill stone)

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Recently unearthed Pompeii Satellite Dish Network receiver. It was still tuned to the Discovery channel when found. Some alarmist rhetoric show about end of the world, cataclysm, apocalypse, yadda yadda yadda.

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Why, it's the first wheel of course! Some crafty caveman created this using sticks and perseverance. The nice notches on the face are sweat-grooves, which came in very handy considering inspiration is 99% perspiration.

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The very first wheel carved by Smendoral Oogenthrop of Klanduk cave in Omo, Ethiopia. Created 2.1 million years ago, this piece was first an artistic installment entitled "Thurgondifal Cherisamot" (translated into current language: "Things I Made With Rock"). The work was originally thought of as the crazed folly of a backward-thinking humanoid. Only when this particular piece was accidentally dropped, causing it to roll down a small decline, was the true potential of the invention realized.

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It is a bronze-age spinning rim from a tricked out goat cart. The reverse lines gave the impression of reverse spin, making it doubly cool! Those hebrews knew how to show off for the ladies!

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half an uneaten bagel the rockbiters (neverending story) didn't eat. Probably the baby rock biter as kids never eat all their breakfast.
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