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Old 05-22-2011, 03:07 PM   #1
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Unidentified metal sphere mystery

I'm passing this along for my DD who lives in Missouri (and, no it's not a jawbraker or bubble gum ball):

"Can anyone tell me what this is?


I found it on our creek bank today. The closest match that I can find is that it might be a Civil War era musket ball. It is approximately 1.5" diameter and perfectly smooth and round, other than a distinct equator-like ridge. It has a few rust-looking spots on it, but isn't magnetic. Any thoughts? I'm very curious!"




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That's way too big for a musket ball.
Obviously two half spheres joined together, so does it seem solid or hollow? Did you weigh it?
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Rich, is it ceramic? Looks to me to be a catalyst used in a number of industrial processes:

Inert Alumina Ceramic Ball - buy Inert Alumina Ceramic Ball from China - ISP-384902
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Old 05-22-2011, 03:28 PM   #4
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A weight from a fishing net?
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It is a prosthetic testicle.

Or perhaps: buy Forging Steel Grinding Balls-China Forging Steel Grinding Balls reviews,price,picture or
http://www.topfreebiz.com/product/41...A.15-150MM.htm
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When you say it is not magnetic, It does not act like a magnet, or/and a magnet does not have an attraction to it?

Looks like a few of these:
grinding balls - Google Search


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God holding the Earth about to pop it between his fingers? Maybe that prophesy was off a day!
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When you say it is not magnetic, It does not act like a magnet, or/and a magnet does not have an attraction to it?

Looks like a few of these:
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I'm pretty sure she meant it had no noticeable attraction to a magnet.

She also said it was heavy like a rock.
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I think it is a ball bearing and the ring around it indicates that it was constantly spinning in the same manner. Theoretically they are supposed to move around occasionally in the bearing race but some will spin the same orientation.

That would be a heck of a musket ball, and probably required a pound of powder to move it.
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The heaviness makes me think it's a mixing ball, the kind used in a ball mill.
Ball mill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Could be a cast iron shot ball from the Civil War era. According to the table in Cannon bore, shot, and shell diameters for smoothbore guns it would weigh between 6 and 8 pounds.
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Sorry for the misinformation - it would weigh between 6 and 8 ounces.
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I've looked at some pictures of meteorites, but I can't find any spherical ones, and of volcanic beads, but these seem to be glassy, and you say the thing is metallic. An intriguing problem.
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A weight from a fishing net?
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I vote for this one. The fact that she found it in a creek confirms it for me.
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I have no idea what it is, but thanks for reminding me of a good movie. In Starman (1984) Jeff Bridges is a visiting alien that, according to Wikipedia, "has seven small silver spheres which provide energy to perform miraculous feats".
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That's my fake eye, thank's for finding it! (stupid HMO wouldn't even pay for a glass one...)
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Rich, I just have to take this opportunity to mention you look pretty dang sexy in that new avi of yours. Yowza baby. First time I've seen that picture :-)

Let us know what you figure out with the "thingy".
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Rich, I just have to take this opportunity to mention you look pretty dang sexy in that new avi of yours. Yowza baby. First time I've seen that picture :-).
I've changed just a bit .

The original was taken by my late mom in 1970. DW and I started out tent-camping in Virginia, got caught in an ice storm and were kicked out of camp by a ranger at 3 am. We headed south and barely stopped til we got to South Florida.

Mom and Dad had to contend with the hair, tie-dyed jeans, ambiguous sleeping arrangements, among otoer things. The pic (before cropping) showed us wringing out our wet, mud-covered tent the day after our arrival.
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