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Just For Fun

Posted by Rolf Luetcke  
Rolf Luetcke January 03, 2018 03:26PM
A number of years ago a friend wanted to go out collecting. He lived about an hour away and he called the day before to ask if he needed to bring anything on the collecting trip. I told him we could use a bulldozer since the digging would be so much easier.
I didn't think much about it but when he arrived the next morning he had a box he gave me and said it was what we had talked about the day before.
I opened the box lid and laughed until I nearly cried.
He had done just what I had said, he brought a bulldozer.
We have had that in our display cabinet for years now with the tumbled peridots in the shovel.
I took it out yesterday to get photos of specimens behind it and took a photo of it as well.
I thought people would get a laugh about this.

Timothy Greenland January 03, 2018 04:18PM
Love it Rolf!

Thank you

Bob Harman January 03, 2018 04:36PM
ROLF, Loved your bit of humor.

Here is my collecting partner. A keeper specimen has just been found! CHEERS.......BOB

Peter Chin January 03, 2018 09:38PM
Collecting spots in Oahu.

D Mike Reinke January 04, 2018 12:55AM
Peter, sure looks like rugged terrain in a hostile environment...
Tony Albini January 04, 2018 05:59PM
Funny sign in Maine.

Ed Clopton January 05, 2018 04:58PM
The mention of radioactive rocks & minerals is probably supposed to be a deterrant, but it just piques my interest!
Tony Nikischer January 05, 2018 09:19PM
Here are a couple of my favorite fun items! If only they were full size! This one is only 7cm long, filled with zeolite scraps and placed on a mining diorama built one winter. Weathering and custom decals make it look like the real thing!
My Rail Road Car

And if only this wulfenite sitting at the cabin door was really this tall! It is only a few millimeters, placed on the same mining diorama above.
Wulfenite on the cabin front porch.
Doug Daniels January 06, 2018 02:56AM
Tony - neat photos, but the rail car in the first photo has derailed (look at the left-most wheel)!
Chris Rayburn January 06, 2018 12:29PM
Two Christmas gifts from my long-suffering, infinitely patient wife

Rolf Luetcke January 06, 2018 01:04PM
Hi all,
Nice you are having a bit of fun with the post.
Tony, my wife mentioned only problem in your diorama, no graffiti on the train! We live in a railroad town and all the trains that go by are full of graffiti, some actually quite well done.
Love the rock art.
My wife made a sea shell creature one time and it was a laugh to all who saw it. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of it.
Have had fun seeing other postings here.
Rolf Luetcke January 08, 2018 02:21PM

On a trip down the Baja in Mexico one time got this photo and wanted to post it here to see if anyone comments. It does go along with the thread quite well actually.
Bill Cordua January 08, 2018 04:19PM
Here's some gold ore from the Princess Mine near Norseman, Australia. Note the hammer for scale. One of the geologists carried it in his wallet. Closeups taken with it were impressive to potential investors.

Matt Ciranni January 08, 2018 07:43PM

While hiking one day in the Owyhees, I decided to build a camp fire.

You would not believe the trouble I had getting this dang fire started. It just didn't work out so good, ha ha.
I didn't take any of the petrified wood home with me (even though it would have technically been legal to do so) but decided to leave it where it sits in this photo, so someone probably came across it and it messed with their mind a bit.
Gary Weinstein January 08, 2018 08:33PM
Fun-ny, but you cannot take a photo of the setting sun and a full moon in the same frame. If the moon is full then it must be 180 degrees from the sun.
Rolf Luetcke January 09, 2018 01:10AM
Thought I would have fun with it and it didn't fool you one bit. Double exposure of course. I wondered if anyone would catch on.
Did another double exposure of lightning in Bisbee of the sky and then of town, with lightning bolts going up and down the streets.
Bill, loved the tiny rock pick!! Gave my wife and I a good laugh.
Matt, yes, very hard to get the wood to light!!
Thanks for adding some nice things to all.
Rolf Luetcke January 23, 2018 01:25PM
I have a little story that may be a bit of fun.
I have gotten to be the go to guy in SE Arizona for identifications of things people find. One fellow had seen my postings on mindat and emailed me about a metallic specimen he found hiking deep in the woods. He sent me a couple of samples of the material and when I looked at them it looked like something that had been applied to the surface of a quartz seam. I told the fellow it seemed to be something man caused, something melted or painted onto the rocks. He said it had to be some mineral outcrop since it was so far from anything. I told him it was only surface and sure looked like it was man made. I told him to take it to the University in Tucson since he lived there. He did just that and apparently they also thought it was odd and offered to test the material.
I got an email about a week later and the test had come back and it was what I had thought. Turned out to be aluminum paint. Now how and why it ended up in the middle of nowhere nobody knows but the fellow's dream of discovering an unknown silver deposit evaporated with the analysis. Even the University was a bit surprised what it turned out to be.
Sometimes people get to places one doesn't expect and why someone painted a quartz seam is something we may never know.
I have run into a few things similar to this. One near us in the desert, no dirt road nearby, I found a dumped chunk of odd metal. It was something made up of tiny metallic pellets and had been dumped out in the desert. No idea what it was or why it ended up way off somewhere but I did not get it tested, just thought it was someone's experiment with smelting and the end result was just tossed. Why way off somewhere, who knows. It may have been toxic or who knows what else but I left it alone.
It does seem people do get just about everywhere and leave things behind that are mysteries to later discovers.
Rolf Luetcke February 05, 2018 08:06PM

A number of years ago, my brother in law was out exploring with his jeep in a wash a few miles away.
He came by and was all excited because he had found a great fossil piece. He said it was a real chore to load it into his jeep because it weighed nearly two hundred pounds. He was sure they were starfish fossils. I went out to have a look at what he had brought over. As soon as I saw the piece I knew what it was and also where it had come from because I had been in the same canyon.
These were chunks of sandstone and the shapes were desert roses that had been growing at the same time the sandstone had and retained the shapes of the gypsum clusters. The disappointment on his face was easy to see. He asked for my help to take it out and it ended up in our yard.
My brother in law passed away a number of years ago but this fun story lives on.
Rolf Luetcke February 14, 2018 08:28PM

This is a piece that has a little story but I will post it to see if anyone has any idea what it is?
Wayne Corwin February 14, 2018 08:30PM
Rolf Luetcke February 14, 2018 08:36PM
That was quick! Got it. I had written an article about this and called it Sweet Halite. I had been given some dyed sugar candy with grape food coloring and thought it looked so much like a mineral specimen I broke it up and put it in little boxes in my store at the time labeled "halite pseudomorph after fluorite" and had lots of fun with people trying to figure it out.
I had lost the photos I took back then and just retook one after so many years, still has its color.
Good guess Wayne.
Chris Rayburn February 15, 2018 12:50PM
Thank you Wayne! You saved me a couple of hours of wheel-spinning research and embarrassing guesses.
Wayne Corwin February 15, 2018 01:11PM
Wasn't hard for me, I've seen lots of sugar crystals in maple syrup jugs, always has that fresh licked look.
Dana Morong February 15, 2018 03:21PM
I don't see how it could be pseudomorph after fluorite - it doesn't have the outward forms of isometric symmetry at all (looks as if it were dyed purple with some food coloring, but color does not affect crystal symmetry). I recall seeing a large crystal of sugar in class years ago, but I had already had (once) a sugar crystal that I took a goniometer to and measured its angles, made a diagram and noted the angles, so that I'd have a reference just in case.

I used to grow some water-soluble crystals, mostly alum, and some Rochelle salt, but never got around to sugar (sucrose).
Rolf Luetcke February 15, 2018 05:57PM
That was my whole point in doing a label that was ridiculous enough that someone who knew minerals would know immediately it was all completely made up. I had wanted to allow enough chance for someone to figure it out relatively easily.
Funniest part was a friend saw the halite after fluorite label and I had him taste the piece. Here is where the power of the mind is odd. He said upon tasting it that it tasted salty. My eyebrows went up and I asked him to taste it again. Then his eyebrows went up and he asked why and I just had him do it. Apparently when he saw the label halite, his mind said it was going to taste salty and to him it did. The mind over taste buds won out there. He and I had a good laugh over it.
Scott Rider February 15, 2018 07:04PM
You got to love how the human mind can play tricks, especially with the power of suggestion!

Or the placebo effect... "This pill will make you lose weight in 2 weeks!!!" But average person won't read the fine print (probably says something like "must be used with good diet and exercise!!").
Dana Morong February 15, 2018 09:56PM
Sign by highway just south of Amherst, Nova Scotia, actually 2 km before the Exit 4 that it notes. This one is funny because most people look for rocks at Parrsboro area at Low Tide, as the accompanying photo shows.

Rolf Luetcke February 15, 2018 11:18PM
Maybe the sign was written for those who like to skin dive!
Jamison K. Brizendine March 02, 2018 09:53PM
While doing research on the Tiffin Quarries, I came across this photograph. In 1931, Natcher France, who owned the France Stone Co. Quarries in Ohio hosted a beauty pageant in his quarry in Bloomville. Thought it was worthy to add to the database.

The France Stone Co. Bloomville Quarry Beauty Pageant

Hanson Aggregates Midwest Inc. Bloomville Quarry, Seneca Co., Ohio, USA
Rolf Luetcke March 03, 2018 02:09PM
Very interesting, guess it was like a big outdoor auditorium.
I don't have a photo but in Bisbee they would hold events in some of the big caves they found, had a whole band set up in one of them. I remember seeing some of those photos but it was some time ago and I don't remember where I saw them.
Kevin Conroy March 03, 2018 03:14PM
Rolf, same thing in Crystal Cave in Joplin, Missouri,
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