New Competition: What Is It? #1

What Is It? #1

What Is It? #1 (Click to enlarge)

Bit of a change of pace for the blog this morning – rather than a large dollop of skepticism served with a side dollop of sarcasm, topped with a tiny dollop of seriousness (yes, I do consider all of our posts definable in terms of dollops. Dollop dollop dollop), we have something a little fun and light-hearted for you, from our good friend Prof. Dowling.

Below is an image captured by the good Prof. and his electron microscope. Your task, quite simply, is to tell us: What Is It?

Leave your answer below and we’ll announce the correct answer next week…


  1. #1 by Gittins on January 21, 2010 - 11:49

    It looks like paper to me, which comes in wads rather than dollops.

  2. #2 by Betty D on January 21, 2010 - 12:22

    I’d say paper too, but i cheated a bit with google image search. With google I can do all things.

  3. #3 by AexMagd on January 21, 2010 - 12:54

    While paper seems to be popular so far I’m going to go against the grain.

    Balls. It’s a really really close-up shot of balls.

  4. #4 by Bonobo on January 21, 2010 - 12:59

    It’s Water Memory? You’ve discovered the neural network on a water molecule.

  5. #5 by Damian on January 21, 2010 - 12:59

    Is it a close-up of some fibreglass?

  6. #6 by Julia on January 21, 2010 - 13:17

    Without resortign to cheating, I’m guessing it’s a scab

  7. #7 by Sion Hughes on January 21, 2010 - 14:11

    It’s crying out for some bolognese!

  8. #8 by Tom W on January 21, 2010 - 14:30

    I’ll be boring and go for paper too, perhaps a box of homeopathic pills?

  9. #9 by Ross C on January 21, 2010 - 18:48

    the Flying Spaghetti Monster, shot from below so you can’t see his meatballs?

  10. #10 by Andy on January 22, 2010 - 07:00

    Another vote for paper. Or possibly cardboard 😉

  11. #11 by Yorkshire Skeptic on January 22, 2010 - 19:15

    I’m going to say skin just to be different!

    A bit off topic, but worth sharing… it looks like those dowsing rod bomb detectors that we’ve been flogging to Iraq are FINALLY being exposed as the woo it really is:

    Score one for reason and empiricism! 🙂

  12. #12 by david smith on January 24, 2010 - 22:04

    looks a little bit like cellulose fibres although maybe not straight enough.
    anyway i’m gonna say a cell wall.

  13. #13 by savocado on January 25, 2010 - 01:11

    an image captured by the good Prof. and his electron microscope \stupid joke

  14. #14 by Jon d on January 25, 2010 - 07:10

    Looks a lot like how I remember paper under an optical scope looking when I was a kid, something with a bit of texture and absorbancy to it – old style School kids rough book or bogroll.

  15. #15 by Simon Mac on January 30, 2010 - 09:36

    Is it a close-up of a human hair?

  16. #16 by MadCatMan on January 30, 2010 - 14:14

    Non woven polyethylene cloth?

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