What Is It? #12

Sorry it’s been so long since the last ‘What Is it?’ It appears we were wisked away by aliens and subjected to long-winded diatribes on the nature of change… or was that the election? Either way, we’re back, so throw on your thinking caps and get yourselves ready for another ‘What Is It?’   

Last week, we asked you who the man in this picture was:   

What Is It? #11

What Is It? #11 (Click to embiggify)


It wasn’t Paul Simon, Jim Carrey or a member of the Polyphonic Spree. It was Claude Vorilhon, facial hair enthusiast and self-proclaimed alien contactee, who changed his surname to Rael and founded the bonkers Raelian movement after his supposed visitation by alien beings.   

There was no messing about this time around. Rob got the correct answer with the very first comment:   

“Claude Rael – Founder of Raelian Movement and apparently the beneficiary of a visit by aliens. Also started Clonaid who claimed to have cloned a baby called Eve.”   

Hopefully, this week’s puzzle will give you something to chew over for a bit longer. It’s a classic ‘What’ rather than a ‘Who’ this time round. So, what is it we are looking at in the picture below? Answers on a postcard. Well, not really. On the comments board below will do nicely!  


  1. #1 by Michael Gray on May 18, 2010 - 10:29

    An etched silicon circuit.

  2. #2 by Jon d on May 18, 2010 - 13:12

    Nanotechnology? is it part of a very small motor.

  3. #3 by Rob on May 18, 2010 - 13:30

    Tribal art – It looks like a man waving a hand. Head on the left of with the thin white line as eyes and then a Homer Simpson-esque mouth below and a hand on the right.

    Pareidolia at work on my behalf I guess.

  4. #4 by Gittins on May 20, 2010 - 16:54

    It’s the design on a pair of socks I got from Primark.

  5. #5 by Nigel on May 21, 2010 - 12:53

    Aerial view of a experimental genetically engineered field of plants.?

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