Friday, September 28, 2012
It's made out of turtle toes.
I will never look at turtle toes the same way again...but now that I think about it, I've never really thought much about turtle toes to begin with. Way to be, random Outsider Artist. I wish you weren't dead so I could talk to you (I know he's dead, this item was part of his estate that was purchased by the owner of this particular pawn shop.)
Thursday, September 27, 2012
http://www.uiowa.edu/~osa/Silos/Ice_Age_Residents.html this is a nice little article that describes the time, it's short so don't be afraid) and a fossil can be made in about 200 years in the right conditions; pressure, amount of water it's exposed to, the type of soil it's in. It looked old. It looked very old. Like Discovery Channel old.
|I did not take this picture. It just shows you what parts of the deer knuckle bone look like when they are fresh. http://rs.leaftradingpost.com/images/thumbs/0000000047852_600_0.jpg This is where I borrowed the image, thanks Leaf Trading Post.|
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Left to right
1. An old half pint milk bottle from the 1940's. It still boggles my mind that something could exist in a rocky river with a current for so long and barely break.
2. A broken bottle from the M & M Star Bottling Company. We actually found this a week ago but the scanner didn't do it any justice, it needed to be photographed. It's a pretty cool li'l bottle. The company embossed a star on the bottom. I have no idea how old this bottle is but people from around the area say it could be from the 1890's. Who knows?
3. This is a telephone pole insulator from the Bushwick Glassworks Company in New York. This piece was made somewhere between 1864 and 1923 according to the internet (which never lies). But my guess is closer to 1923 because of the color of the glass. http://www.myinsulators.com/glass-factories/brookfield.html
4. An old ass Pepsi bottle. It still has some of the paint from the 40's or 50's stuck to the top but when I washed it with Dawn Dish Soap my dumb ass scrubbed off the ancient paint. Le Sigh.
Monday, September 24, 2012
|This is the back of the same solitary coral (or what I believe to be a solitary coral). It's about the size of a dime.|
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
We made a hot fire and threw the blade in in an attempt to burn away the old, chunky rust (and yes, this does work in many cases). It sort of worked. But when I took it out of the fire it still looked like an old ass rusty axe blade. It's shelf worthy, however, and really pretty cool.
Monday, September 17, 2012
|Left to right: 1. a layered fossil of tiny shells. 2. I believe this to be a part of coral, it has a hole in the center and is fossilized. 3. this one I'm not so sure about. It branches like a coral but plants also do that. Any ideas, readers?|
|This is the single best example of a horned coral I've ever seen. It was 100% there. No chips, no dings. Very nice.|
|This appears to be another type of plant fossil but there looks like there is some type of circular shell in it and some type of crinoid in the very center. Someone help! I feed feedback! It looks like a layer of ocean trapped in a smallish rock.|
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Iowa vs. Iowa State!
Well, I've never been to a football game in my entire life and a fierce rivalry game is taking place at Kinnick Stadium tomorrow between Iowa and Iowa State. I am proud to say that I'll be attending my first game tomorrow. Let the debacle begin!!! Go Iowa?
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Oyster mushrooms are an underrated delicacy and we ate them three different ways.
1. Floured, dipped in eggs, rolled in Ritz cracker crumbles, and then deep fried. Oh god, salivating over here.
2. Simply cooked in butter. You could really taste the mushroom. So fresh.
3. Lightly sauteed and then decorated with lemon, cocktail sauce, and horseradish.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
|I think the acorn is nailed to his decrepit paw.|