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What Is It? for 4/1/12

Posted April 01, 2012 12:00 AM
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04/01/2012 12:15 AM

Licking.

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04/01/2012 2:57 AM

Thermoabrasioned ice wedgie...

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04/01/2012 6:58 AM

Some sort of Graphite experiment gone wrong.

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04/02/2012 3:51 AM

No no no.....It's a Graphine water purification test rig - in-field testing began last year.

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04/01/2012 8:23 AM

Huge prehistoric shark's tooth, petrified and eroded over eons of time.

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04/01/2012 9:25 AM

It's Bill trying to call out the ground fairies. Well that's what Bill calls them. The Doctor says that its OK if we humour Bill by saying we see them. Bill's harmless without medication.

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04/01/2012 12:27 PM

Nah, that's another of them burried UFOs that we get crashing round here every million years or so.
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04/01/2012 10:22 PM

Elephant salt licking station?

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04/01/2012 10:30 PM

It is the beginning of what Walter hopes will be his greatest earth sculpture of the Athens owl.

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04/01/2012 10:33 PM

Man finds evidence of Autobot activity on Earth.

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04/01/2012 11:29 PM

It's the fossil of a natural nuclear fission reactor.

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04/02/2012 12:14 AM

Hans Solo vacation spot ?

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04/02/2012 2:35 AM

The new, Gaudi-inspired dwellings for the hobbits?

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04/02/2012 3:20 AM

Who can pee the highest contest.

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04/02/2012 3:40 AM

You tell me and we'll both know!

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04/02/2012 4:01 AM

Fossilised root system from a pre-historic redwood

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04/02/2012 4:03 AM

"The biggest darned flint arrowhead I've ever seen!" exclaimed Del, "Not even my latest Mary Rose tribute bow could shoot the arrow needed to fly that thing."

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04/02/2012 4:11 AM

In breaking news here on Channel Six and Seven-Eighths, EPA Officers are considering their next moves in dealing with the outflow from yesterday's accident at LynDoor™ Inc's latest HHO field test. A spokesman told this reporter that the site of the leak had been found, after extensive excavations.

No representatives of LynDoor™ Inc were available for comment. It is believed they have left the area by making use of underground tunnels that link to the international network known as The CR4wlSpace.

And now to the weather...

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04/02/2012 4:24 AM

One would ordinarily expect that the end-of-life disposal of KrisDelTM products would take place in accordance with the WEEE Directive these days. It's outrageous.

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04/03/2012 7:13 AM

Only for the electrical and electronic products. KrisDelTM of a nonelectrical nature, say the super liquid cyanoacrylates, are not covered by those regulations.

Of course this doesn't mean they can be poured into a hole in the ground as it appears may have happened here.

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04/02/2012 5:43 AM

It's the final resting place of Kamacuras, one of godzilla's foes -- of course.

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04/02/2012 7:42 AM

"T-Rex went pee-peep here"

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04/02/2012 8:21 AM

It's an April Fool's!!!!!!!

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04/02/2012 9:50 AM

"Hon...I think you are right! The septic system IS plugged up down here."

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04/02/2012 12:09 PM

Grey Goo experiment....

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04/02/2012 12:34 PM

Petrified dinosaur bugger, slightly eroded. -- JHF

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04/02/2012 3:03 PM

Plausibly a mafic igneous intrusion into a bed of pelytes. The scaring appears to be associated with glacial erosion, but that's just hogwash without having a closer look.

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04/02/2012 3:15 PM

Yep - could certainly be fossilized prehistoric hogwash -

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04/02/2012 4:08 PM

A shot concrete retaining wall that failed.

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04/02/2012 4:11 PM

It is a short cliff.

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04/02/2012 4:49 PM

"Careful Dr. Clymer, that's where the alien pods hatched......."

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04/02/2012 8:56 PM

It is photoshop?

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04/03/2012 12:41 PM

Fracing. Coming to a syncline near you.

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04/03/2012 1:28 PM

Proof that as a kid God tried to light up a smoke in his back yard.

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04/03/2012 1:45 PM

Angus was stunned to see that the rain from last week revealed the largest iron meteorite he's ever seen to be in the hill of his own property.

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04/03/2012 2:56 PM

Geologist marveling over the corona effect on the contact zone of an intrusion after being called to investigate fracking subsidence.

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04/03/2012 4:42 PM

"Modern Art" gone badly.....

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04/04/2012 6:25 AM

It's 750,000 year-old ice in Dawson City, Yukon. The ice was exposed by a gold mining company.

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn14756-americas-oldest-ice-discovered-then-it-melts.html

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04/04/2012 6:46 AM

Very cool (if you'll excuse the pun) !

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04/05/2012 5:05 AM

Good Answer, and, I've given Savvy one. But really it's lonster who deserves the credit for a good question and answer: I don't think anyone got close.

If you (lonster) reply to this post, I for one, will give you a GA. Seems only fair.

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04/05/2012 5:42 AM

Oops, I'd forgot Savvy wasn't the poster. Have put that right with a creep vote for good research/knowledge.

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04/05/2012 7:43 AM

Thank you for the kudo's. I lived worked/mined there for years and saw this all the time. Never appreciated it untill I saw this article. As well as ice we were contantly finding Mastadon bones and Ivory.

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04/05/2012 11:01 AM

Dolly Parton slept here.

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