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Post What in the hell is this thing?
I found this very strange object in a university salvage yard, amid abandoned buildings, a couple of large aerial masts and what appeared to be a dismantled metal sculpture.

On one hand, it resembles some microwave-frequency ducting I've seen (at a certain frequency, you can't transmit signals over wire and have to do it via carefully sized and shaped "waveguide" tubes). OTOH, it looks as if it was built to handle pressure - or maybe it's made from a zillion pieces to allow very precise interior machining. In any case, it's the weirdest item I've seen in a while.

It probably cost a zillion dollars, and there it is, sitting outdoors in the snow, abandoned.


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Paging Bill Higgins. It makes me think particle collision chamber. Looks built to handle vacuum.


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I discovered that you can see the damned thing from space - on Google Earth, at least. It's in every shot back to mid-2009 and I think I can see it in a blurry 2006 shot. So it's been sitting there for 4-7 years at least; the lack of corrosion is impressive.

I agree that the extra ports weigh against it being a mold.


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That is way overengineered to be a mold for anything short of molten zinc. Hundred to one it's a pressure vessel.


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this out of a distillery ?


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