MYSTERY OBJECTS

User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

Not antler, horn or tooth and not a tool, though I can see why you suggest those. :smile:
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Wendyf
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 7228
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:26
Location: Lower Burnt Hill, looking out over Barlick

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Wendyf »

It looks like the stalk from a green pepper that's fallen under the fridge and gone a bit mouldy! :laugh5:
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

I haven't got around to putting that photo on yet! :extrawink:
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

That semicircular groove in the top surface is nagging me. Is it a bone, possibly fossilised?
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

It's not a fossil, not bone and is not of animal or vegetable origin. It's a difficult one so I'll have to give a clue. It arose accidentally and not through design or intention.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Big Kev
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 5127
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 20:15
Location: Foulridge

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Big Kev »

Is it the result of something that has been subjected to heat or an explosion of some kind?
Kev

A Resigned Observer
User avatar
PanBiker
Site Administrator
Site Administrator
Posts: 11931
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 13:07
Location: Barnoldswick - In the West Riding of Yorkshire, always was, always will be.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by PanBiker »

Magma that has emerged in water?
Ian
User avatar
chinatyke
Donor
Posts: 3409
Joined: 21 Apr 2012, 13:14
Location: Pingguo, Guangxi, China

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by chinatyke »

Stalactite?
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

Not stalactite, not magma, not explosion debris but it has been subject to high temperature. It's composed of two different materials and it's not natural but a result of human activity.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

Wood and metal fused together by corrosion in sea water?
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Bodger
Senior Member
Posts: 1268
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:30
Location: Ireland

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Bodger »

Brimham , Nidderdale ?
1947 my school in Hazelhead, Yorks. offered pupils a chance to go on a 4 week outdoor holiday at Pately Bridge, my father thought it was a good idea and coughed up the money, it was a time i have never forgot , hard but enjoyable, cross country running, rock scrambling up running streams and water falls,mild pot holing, dancing lessons "it was mixed sexes", at 10yrs i was shy at putting my arms around the opposite sex !. One interesting note was that RC religion was scarce in my part of Yorkshire, i was b. C of E but practiced Methodist, ie Sunday school etc. there was one Catholic lad Roy Sutton on the holiday and the nearest Catholic chapel was a 3 mile walk away and Roy was nervous on his own so i offered to go with him on the Sundays involved, receiving religious instruction from Roy whilst walking on what to do with the palaver of confession, host, wine, and the crossing of ones self.

We were take all around the Nidderdale area to places of interest and Brimham Rocks was one of them. Who would have thought 70 years later i would still remember ?.
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

Like you Bodge I love the way bits of knowledge from years ago can suddenly pop to the surface. Even better is when something you learned like that turns out to be exactly right. That cropped up the other day in Sliver as in driver. It clicked with you and Brimham Rocks.
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

Stanley wrote: 17 Jan 2021, 03:09 Wood and metal fused together by corrosion in sea water?
No wood or metal or seawater, although it does consist of two different materials fused together by heat. Think of industrial processes.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

Lime and silica as found in slag?
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

That's close enough Stanley, it would be asking too much for a more detailed identification without me giving a lot of clues. It was among material collected by archaeologists from a glass furnace site at Glasshouse Lane, Kirdford, West Sussex. It's typical of what the workers called `stones', lumps of sand incompletely melted or, as here, a fragment of crucible or furnace roof that fell into the melt. The glassblower would pull them out of the molten glass using tongs and fling them aside on a pile of waste. The light material is the offending ceramic and the dark horn shape is the tail of molten glass that came out attached to it.

The photo was in an article about the glass industry and I learnt some new facts. For instance, I already knew how the tax on glass from 1746 accounts for many of those bricked up windows in old houses but I didn't realise how much it affected the industry. A law was passed to prevent the `stirring up of the fire or addition of new coals' to wilfully obstruct the tax officials carrying out their duty. There was so much tax avoidance that further regulation was introduced to allow the tax men to lock the annealing chambers with the keys held only by Excise officers. As a result, they alone had the power to release glassware for sale. There were further implications of the tax too. It was eventually realised by the government in 1835 that the tax was stifling innovation and England had failed to develop lens-making capability and so we had to import all lenses for spectacles, telescopes and microscopes. Excise taxation on glass was therefore repealed in 1845.
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

I was flailing round.....

Try this..... What is it?

Image
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Big Kev
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 5127
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 20:15
Location: Foulridge

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Big Kev »

Is it a staddle stone?
Kev

A Resigned Observer
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

Material from an old bloomery furnace?
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

Curses, Peter has gone straight to it. I can see where you were coming from Kev but this is the American version of the debris from the bottom of a bloomery furnace and is called a 'salamander' it's almost pure iron. The English version is heavy slag which gradually gathered in the sump of a furnace and was removed when the furnace was relined and was called a 'bear'. I first saw them in the Lake District near a bloomery where they had been used as top stones on a wall.
Next one?
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Tizer
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 14817
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 19:46
Location: Somerset, UK

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Tizer »

Also found often in the Forest of Dean.
Sorry to end it so quickly - perhaps I should have put up a spoiler instead? Enthusiasm got the better of me! :smile:
Nullius in verba: On the word of no one (Motto of the Royal Society)
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

No Peter, you knew the answer. Simple as that!

Image

First tell me what it is but then tell me what is the most widely accepted explanation for what led to the design?
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Gloria
Senior Member
Posts: 2397
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:14
Location: Nearer the sea than Barllick

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Gloria »

Is it some sort of turbine?
Gloria
Now an Honorary Chief Engineer who'd be dangerous with a brain!!!
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk
User avatar
Stanley
Global Moderator
Global Moderator
Posts: 64738
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:01
Location: Barnoldswick. Nearer to Heaven than Gloria.

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Stanley »

Yes Gloria it is but I want a name and a widely believed origin.
Stanley Challenger Graham
Stanley's View
scg1936 at talktalk.net

"Beware of certitude" (Jimmy Reid)
The floggings will continue until morale improves!
User avatar
Marilyn
VIP Member
Posts: 7408
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 20:29
Location: South Australia

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Marilyn »

Water cooled engine?
User avatar
Gloria
Senior Member
Posts: 2397
Joined: 23 Jan 2012, 12:14
Location: Nearer the sea than Barllick

Re: MYSTERY OBJECTS

Post by Gloria »

Pelton water turbine?
Gloria
Now an Honorary Chief Engineer who'd be dangerous with a brain!!!
http://www.briercliffesociety.co.uk
http://www.lfhhs.org.uk
Post Reply

Return to “Puzzles & Quizzes”