Thursday, July 2

Contest - With a Prize - and now a WINNER!

Well, this is my very first contest. The quiz question is "What was that lovely yellow object part of before it left its home?" In case of a tie, the tiebreaker question is "In what jurisdiction was it found?" Extra credit if you can spell the object's name correctly.

Prize - You win the lovely yellow object. Shipping not included.

Rules - Doohickie and ChipSeal are NOT eligible, though either is welcome to the object if there is no legitimate winner, and either may post misleading comments. Addition on Friday - My daugher Abbey isn't eligible either. She's seen a picture of the object in its native home. Second addition on Friday, "erinbear51" is another one of my daughters and is now ineligible as well. She's been talking too long with Abbey...

Hint - For the particular object in question, neither ChipSeal's nor my horror stories are true. And no, I didn't hit it, though somebody else did.

Friday Hint added - These little devils remind me of barnacles for the road. In the interests of fairness, I also included an extra "secret hint" in my second comment here. Follow that link or your ears might drop off...

Saturday Hint added - Like barnacles, these little devils can be slippery when wet. Besides the attractive yellow, they frequently come in basic white. I've heard tell of blue ones, but I can't recollect actually having ever seen one of those.

Sunday Hint added - Some in Texas would regard these as "Infernal Yankee Contraptions," even though they've spread like Kudzu throughout Texas.

Monday Hint added - Clarification, for those with narrower definition of "Yankee," as in many "innovations," these have California roots. This precious item, in case you're really literal, has nothing whatsoever to do with the California Yellow Cab Company.

Check it out. Ranwick scored big time, missing only the opportunity to guess the jurisdiction. That was only a tiebreaker. FOR A REAL TREAT, SEE IT IN ITS NATIVE HABITAT HERE.

16 comments:

Rantwick said...

I obviously haven't been paying close enough attention... is it part of a bollard?

ChipSeal said...

Hah! There was no need to preemptively disqualify me, I can do that all by myself, thank-you-very-much

(ChipSeal looks at the photo again and scratches his head.)

Steve A said...

I will add another hint each day. It IS a piece off a traffic device. This one is yellow, but they do come in other colors.

Rantwick said...

I'm seeing a kind of beveled corner now. Is it a bit of traffic light, that kind of flat apron/plate that goes round them?

Rantwick said...

Damn You! It's after one AM and I'm here guessing about your contest! Now I'm gonna think about it until I fall asleep, no doubt. Good night!

erinbear51 said...

I am holding the yellow chip and have no clue what it is! but I can tell you it is like ceramic. . . . now I am hooked too!

Doohickie said...

I had absolutely no idea what it was until you mentioned myself and ChipSeal. I started thinking back to recent conversations. If I remember correctly, you characterized the object that came from much the same way as the object in the microwave oven at the end of "Time Bandits". Am I correct?

Steve A said...

Doohickie's comment isn't striking a bell, as my memories of "Time Bandits" are somewhat fuzzy. Perhaps I've been exposed to too much microwave energy.

Regardless, he's entitled to mislead potential winners as much as he desires, in the hopes of acquiring this priceless (as in not worth much) treasure himself when all others fail...

Steve A said...

After an internet search, in honesty, I have to admit this was from one that was good when dry, and even better when wet. ChipSeal clearly suffered from a "senior moment," but he'll agree when he sees where the little dickens came from.

ChipSeal said...

I am glad to see you are still dropping clues!

Steve, check your SBCGlobal.net e-mail account please!

ChipSeal said...

I have seen with my own eyes the blue ones, but not in Texas. When blue, they are not really used as a traffic control device. More of a help for government workers in a hurry.

Now you must ask yourself; "Self, is ChipSeal posting a clue, or a misleading post?"

Rantwick said...

Ooh, Ooh! I know! I would have answered several clues ago, but my blog following list in my blogger dashboard has stopped listing new DFW entries... Steve, did you change any settings when you did the re-design?

Anyway, drum roll please... is it those road- surface-button-reflector things? I forget what they're called, but I remember one of you saying they were tricky sometimes.

Rantwick said...

They're usually used as lane markers...

Rantwick said...

Botts' dots!

Doohickie said...

I actually guessed it, but since you said I was not eligible, I put a very convoluted clue out there on July 3 to show that I knew, without really giving anything away.

To spell it out: a comment on my blog, Steve A called lane dots EVIL.

In the very next comment, I called them by their proper name (a bit of education to Steve A).

If you go to the quotes page for the movie Time Bandits and search for the phrase last lines, you will see the character of Kevin stating, "Mom! Dad! It's evil! Don't touch it!" [This was in reference to an object in the microwave.]

So in my convoluted hint above, I was linking the word evil in Time Bandits to Steve A's comment on my blog in the discussion about Bott's dots. So really..... I won.

Except I wasn't eligible.

Steve A said...

After I used the wonder of the internet to refresh my memory of Time Bandits, I KNEW that Doohickie KNEW. I just wasn't sure if Doohickie KNEW that I KNEW that he KNEW. My July 3 4:49 comment alluded to this little dot not really being evil.

I think Rantwick's somewhat daunted at the prospect of shipping it to Canada (note the "shipping not included." I wonder if one can exchange Canadian Tire dollars for postage?

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