maggiekb at April 16th, 2014 13:22 — #1
irmo at April 16th, 2014 13:32 — #2
Why don't you purify yourself in th water of Lake Minnetonka?
maggiekb at April 16th, 2014 13:41 — #3
phasmafelis at April 16th, 2014 13:51 — #5
[nitpick=obligatory]If it's 1000 years old, it's "millenium-old," not "millenia."[/nitpick]
Pretty cool, though! Wonder if it's still watertight. Probably not if it managed to get underneath a lake.
1vw2go at April 16th, 2014 14:20 — #6
bodhipaksa at April 16th, 2014 14:36 — #7
Yes, that should millennium, not millennia. Instant disappointment, even though it's an interesting find.
anansi133 at April 16th, 2014 14:37 — #8
I can't parse that headline. If it was in a hallway in a museum, then it must have been discovered already. Unless the test that updated its age was conducted in that same hallway, there's no reason to mention the hallway at all. Oh, except for the cutesy-sounding humor. I hate it when legitimate science headlines aren't considered interesting enough on their own merits. Science fetish is not science.
wysinwyg at April 16th, 2014 15:02 — #9
There are tons of interesting archaeological and paleontological discoveries that were found, catalogued, and then forgotten in various storerooms, hallways, etc. Sometimes they are rediscovered and found to be very significant discoveries that have been ignored for a long time. This is one of those stories and this is why the "museum hallway" part is a significant part of the story.
Finding cool stuff in forgotten storage rooms is, to me, an interesting part of science. It's legitimate to report on it I'm pretty sure.
brainspore at April 16th, 2014 15:14 — #10
I've got an old inflatable raft taking up space in my garage if anyone wants to carbon-date it.
prestonsturges at April 16th, 2014 15:41 — #11
The hallway was an important trade route for the Mesoamerican Mound Builders, who traveled by water from the museum gift shop ATM to the vending machines in the break room.
spunkytws at April 16th, 2014 15:46 — #12
This reminds me of the "My Favorite Museum Exhibit" series of posts, which remains one of my favorite things ever on BoingBoing, and that's setting the bar pretty high.
awjt at April 16th, 2014 16:04 — #13
There's no way I'm going to date your old raft. What is this, sloopy seconds?
brainspore at April 16th, 2014 16:09 — #14
Something something little man in the boat.
anansi133 at April 16th, 2014 17:07 — #15
That's a really good point. Maybe some day we'll have to add a caveat to 'new' discoveries, the same way we say (by white men) to "new" discoveries today. It might prove more fruitful to mount an expedition into old archives than into the field.
uberalice at April 16th, 2014 17:16 — #16
I wouldn't carbon date your raft with someone else's accelerator mass spectrometer.
prestonsturges at April 16th, 2014 17:54 — #17
This classic bit from Extreme Elimination Challenge seems to be missing a key piece of dialogue...
colorado_bob at April 17th, 2014 00:57 — #18
I have just finished the 3rd installment of, " Your Inner Fish ".
Hosted by Neil Shubin.
Paleontologist and evolutionary biologist.
University of Chicago.
Not one word about a landmark series.
This is " Deep Time for Dummies ".
PAID BY YOUR TAX DOLLARS.
So watch this series and learn how a fish, gave us all, opposable thumbs.
Neil Shubin has made 400,000 Million years of rocks "fun".
othermichael at April 17th, 2014 16:26 — #19
- Hardly any of my tax dollars (as compared, to say, Military Brass Bands), and mostly, I think by Fjohürs Lykkewe
maggiekb at April 21st, 2014 13:22 — #20
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