Scientists came across an egg-shaped agate rock in the Soledade region in Brazil that has a mirror image of the Cookie Monster on the inside.
Nature has different ways of surprising us and sometimes we come across uncanny resemblance of different stuff in objects created by nature that blows our mind.
Something similar recently happened with scientists analyzing rocks form by volcanic lava. They were looking for rocks in the Rio Grande dol Sul region near Soledade in Brazil when they came across an egg-shaped agate rock that was taken back to the lab.
When the rock was split in half for further study, the scientists found Sesame Street's Cookie Monster on the inside. The oval-shaped rock has a hard, white pitted outer shell about the size of an egg.
A rock specialist Mike Bowers from California said the object was recovered in November 2020 and due to its rarity could be worth as much as $10,000. He said,
“I think this is probably the most perfect Cookie Monster out there. I have seen others but here you have it complete (both sides) Lucas Fassari is actually the one who found it. This is very unusual! There are a few famous agates out there: the owl, the scared face... there are many approximate ones but rare to find clear well defined like that. Prices can be very high. I was proposed over $10,000 by 5 different buyers . Rare.”
He also uploaded a video featuring his newly acquired rock along with a soundtrack taken from Sesame Street where Cookie Monster signs about the letter C.
For those who don’t know agate is a 'semiprecious silica mineral' and is a type of quartz. It can be found across the globe in areas with ancient lava that has settled in a cavity. The hard outer layer of rock is then penetrated by a liquid, often silica which makes its way inside the existing rock and solidifies in different layers. These layers are what provides the interesting patterns within the agate. The stones have been used as ornaments going back to the time of the Ancient Greeks.
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