School-Safe Puzzle Games



Here is a cool mystery photo to start the week. What do you think is shown in the picture above? If you click on the photo, you can view the object in high-resolution (large 2MB file!), which upon further study, may give you some additional hints. Can your intellect pierce the natural mystery?

You know the drill! Enter what you think it is in the ‘comment” section below, and come Thursday I hope to unmask a golden spiral of correct answers¬†!

UPDATE: Will keep a list of those who get it correct:

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11 Comments to “Gotcha!”

  1. ahsergio | Profile

    i believe that this is human hair, but i have no idea why its shaped like this

  2. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    medieval nasal hair removal system?

  3. zedbot69 | Profile

    I reckon its a bee sting

  4. Denita TwoDragons | Profile

    It’s a grass seed! The long twisty part is called an awn, and it’s very sensitive to humidity in the air. In the morning when the dew point is high, the awn screws up tighter, and then slowly unwinds as the sun dries the ground up. This drills the pointy seed into the ground, planting it while the ground is moist enough for it to germinate–and thus ensuring that another generation of country kids will have plenty of grass spears to throw at each other… :-)

  5. hex | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    This is a kind of a plant/weed which, when dry enough, starts spinning like a clock.

  6. RK | Founder | Profile

    since this one is tough, will keep an updated list in the body of the post listing those who got it

  7. Blusummers13 | Profile

    It’s a seed. The corkscrew like tail helps dig it into the soil.

  8. Obiwan | Profile

    Looks a lot like a nematocyst, which is a defensive weapon of jellyfish, corals etc. (i.e., a member of the phylum Cnidaria).

  9. jmart574 | Profile

    It looks like it could be a super close up of a hair. that or maybe some bug antennae

  10. puigalter | Profile

    it is a lock of hair wounded around a wire

  11. RK | Founder | Profile

    This is a seed- Hex, Blusummers13, Denita TwoDragons got it.
    Specifically, it is a Filaree seed.

    How the seed plants itself(had a hard time getting the video up): When the seeds fall to the ground from the plant, they land at a slight angle. This angle is produced by the curve of its tail and the many fine hairs surrounding the spirally coiled shaft of the seed. This angle, though low, enalbes the seed to drill into the ground, twisting like the thread of a screw. Although very light in weight, the seed structure is strong enough to produce sufficient torque and power to drill without any of its parts breaking or twisting out of their shape. The drilling actgion of the seed is activated primarily by moisture. As the seed becomes damp, its coils begin unwinding, causing it to drill itself into the ground.

    The curling of the Filaree seed supposedly forms a “golden” spiral.

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