What Is It? #13


Last week, we asked you what this picture was:

We got some interesting answers for this one. Gittins suggested it was the design for a pair of socks that he had bought from Primark. It isn’t, although I think I have a pair of the same socks he’s talking about. Nigel put forward that it was an aerial view of a field of genetically engineered plants, while Rob thought that it might be a piece of tribal art, the bit on the right being a hand, the left being the side of a face.

All wrong, I’m afraid, although I like the tribal art answer. Closer was Jon D’s contribution, which suggested it was a nano-motor of some kind. Closest of all though, close enough in fact to call it a win, was Michael Gray’s answer:

“An etched silicon circuit.”

The picture is of a silicon tower complex at a height of 100 nm. It is a test piece for new semiconductor designs. So there you go! If we had a prize, it would go to Mr Gray.

Right, we’ve another off the wall offering for you this week. It’s quite a different picture from the last one. We like to keep things fresh!

You all know the game by now: what are we looking at in the picture below?

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  1. #1 by Jo on June 1, 2010 - 20:05

    An early ventriloquist double act?

  2. #2 by Paul Smout on June 2, 2010 - 11:24

    It’s either…

    Mike’s mental image of what he’ll do to Marsh if he slags off Doctor Who just once more.

    or…

    Romulus and Remus

  3. #3 by Michael Gray on June 3, 2010 - 01:56

    A “Lost Property” auction?

  4. #4 by Jon d on June 4, 2010 - 04:26

    The one on the left is showing off his homeopathic roman legion.

  5. #5 by Michael Gray on June 5, 2010 - 08:06

    Jon d:
    I thought it was the Greeks who invented homopathic head?

  6. #6 by Nate Stamness on June 26, 2010 - 16:19

    I believe that this is a depiction of one of the first ever puppet shows. They didn’t have socks to make sock puppets, so they went to the next best thing, which is a head on a pike.

    Either that, or this is a picture of some very morbid ice cream salesmen.

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