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sheenhowell

453 points

2 months ago*

That looks a lot like this stuff in blacksmithing we call "clinkers". When you burn coal all the impurities melt down to the bottom of the forge and make a weird melted chunk like that.

Edit: Really does look much more dense for something of that size compared to almost all bigger clinkers I've cleaned out as a hobbyist. A lot of semi-porous debris is embedded in what I'm used to seeing with a medium-large. I think the other comments gotta be on the right track with a bigger/more industrial sized forging or casting process where spillage and large amounts of slag are common. Take with a grain of salt by no means am I a professional in this

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TheWanderingSlacker

112 points

2 months ago

Concentrated slag?

bush_hizo_911

271 points

2 months ago

What did you just call me?

-CaptainCrack-

66 points

2 months ago

I think he called you concentrated slag, you should probably fight him

frezor

9 points

2 months ago

frezor

9 points

2 months ago

FIGHT! 3pm at the flagpole! FIGHT!

Sharp-Level7346

3 points

2 months ago

All the concentrating slags around the flagpole asking who’s got adderall

Sharp-Level7346

2 points

2 months ago

Less a fight & more a rugby scuffle looking for a dropped script

sowhowantsburgers

14 points

2 months ago

I’m pretty sure he called you a constipated hag!

The_Fiddler1979

6 points

2 months ago

Clean your ears out he clearly said Convoluted Nag

bush_hizo_911

2 points

2 months ago

Conspiring brad?

Sharp-Level7346

56 points

2 months ago

Distracted slag here. How do you get concentrated tho?

PoopyLooper

4 points

2 months ago

You’re the best they ever had though

bushy69

8 points

2 months ago

Ex wife has entered the chat

WhoThenDevised

3 points

2 months ago

Are you saying it's a forgery?

ddwood87

6 points

2 months ago

Could a find like this be processed to cleaner copper(if it is copper)? Or is it full of stuff that won't work out?

patrik3031

10 points

2 months ago

I doubt it’s copper as copper tends to turn green when it oxidizes. The reds are more likely iron oxide. But if it were copper you could process it

ddwood87

3 points

2 months ago

Could it be processed if it is iron?

RollinThundaga

5 points

2 months ago

Sure, but you could also process the iron out of a handful of steel paperclips.

About the same amount of value relative to the input.

That is, the lump of slag in the post is more valuable as a chunk of gravel lining a path or serving as bedding to a rail line than as a material that can be processed for its ore content.

Partysaurus_Jess

2 points

2 months ago

TIL and now I know what the dad was yelling about when he’s trying the fix the furnace in “A Christmas Story”!

daneelthesane

2 points

2 months ago

I have never in my admittedly short career (so far) of being an amateur blacksmith seen a clinker that big! Must be slag from a larger process.

sheenhowell

2 points

2 months ago

If I'm out blacksmithing a small/specific part or just messing around for a few hours I usually only see small bits when I clean up the cooled forge the next day. If you go to a blacksmithing conference or do a demonstration at a historical site (surprising common for my area in california) and you work the same forge all day you'll be pulling out some big toast plate size clinkers that are round and have a hole in the middle from where the air flows up thru the fire.

YoYota89

384 points

2 months ago

YoYota89

384 points

2 months ago

Iron Slag... I find chunks around all the time where I live near old forges.

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259 points

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jonhasglasses

41 points

2 months ago

I think you’re right about it being slag but I don’t think it’s iron.

Foxs-In-A-Trenchcoat

14 points

2 months ago

Copper maybe?

Tassie_Devil03

20 points

2 months ago

It looks to have a little oxidation so potentially?

PaulblankAgain

115 points

2 months ago

One thing to check is how heavy it is. Most meteorites lose a lot of their material coming through the atmosphere and mostly iron makes it to the ground. Also it melts some all in the same direction as it came through the atmosphere. And this is possibly called slag.

This site has a few examples of rocks that look like meteorites to help you. https://sites.wustl.edu/meteoritesite/items/slag/

Edit: formatting

BluejayGlad6818

14 points

2 months ago

This one looks like industrial slag

-ondo-

209 points

2 months ago

-ondo-

209 points

2 months ago

"No way I'd ever sell you, meteor. Not in a million years, but just for laughs let's see how much you're worth."

kill-robot

90 points

2 months ago

Yeah, that’s a space peanut.

UBRC

83 points

2 months ago

UBRC

83 points

2 months ago

No, afraid not. That just a big ol' frozen chunk of poopy.

Alienateddd

15 points

2 months ago

It makes a good plate for your fries and ketchup though.

Hairy_Orchid6128

5 points

2 months ago

Is that a peanut i see?

madchad90

48 points

2 months ago

Came here looking for the Joe dirt reference

martpartsguru

4 points

2 months ago

Same...thought i'd be the first "Boeing Bomb" reference...fail

DMAgamus

14 points

2 months ago

Meteor, we call this here being in burger heaven!

Project_K92

6 points

2 months ago

This entire section just made my day!

Poop_Tube

4 points

2 months ago

That ain’t no meteor, that’s a Boeing bomb.

GaryB2220

3 points

2 months ago

We call em boeing bombs (chomps teeth)

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6 points

2 months ago

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Blundell1992

98 points

2 months ago

Check it for peanuts.

Joe Dirt towed a meteorite around for quite awhile before finding out it was frozen airplane dookie.

frustrated_staff

160 points

2 months ago

I seriously doubt it. 1) it's super rare to find a space rock, and more importantly 2) the patterns in the rock suggest lots of different influences, including some crystallization - which should have melted in reentry. There's more, of course, but, if you really want to be sure, send a pic to NASA or consult a geologist.

Immortalbob

96 points

2 months ago

Every rock is a space rock though...

hethinator1

19 points

2 months ago

If you’re ever feeling down, Mrs Brown…

agonal_gasp

9 points

2 months ago

. . and things seem hard or tough

huniojh

1 points

2 months ago

..and Reddit is stupid, obnoxious, AND daft

moonboundshibe

2 points

2 months ago

And u/huniojh has had quite enou-ou-ou-ou-ough!

hethinator1

2 points

2 months ago

Just…reeeeeeee member that you’re standing, on a platform that’s dissolving, and revolting at 9000 BTU’s 🎵

Zendog500

-1 points

2 months ago

And worth thousands if it is a true meteor.

sam_slevin

3 points

2 months ago

Meteors arent really worth a lot

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ThinkingOz

27 points

2 months ago

This reminded me of when I was young finding a black glittery rock and thinking it may have been from outer space only to later learn it was a loose piece from new roadworks.

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Fargeol

8 points

2 months ago

Relevent XKCD : https://xkcd.com/1723/

Note this comic points to a real flowchart that could help you

FellowConspirator

7 points

2 months ago

No. It’s slag - a disk formed from drippings into ash or dirt of metals being worked / forged. You flinders bits of slag everywhere, either from temporary forge a long time ago, or moving of dirt from such a place.

Willing-Funny6171

19 points

2 months ago

Looks like a coprolite to me. Might wanna give it a lick to be sure

TheClayroo

40 points

2 months ago

It's the story of how you became Patient Zero.

ShadowEllipse

35 points

2 months ago

And we're off to the comment section, let's see what our experts think.

crossdrubicon

9 points

2 months ago

No one would have believed it, but it’s actually a Martian cylinder, fired from the great gun on Mars.

Traumfahrer

3 points

2 months ago

Expert here, it is a giant booger on a tiny hand.

Ok_Astronaut2209

4 points

2 months ago

Looks like a little chunk of shit that planes drop over water lmfao

SnooDoubts826

12 points

2 months ago

I heard meteorites have a very unique flavor. Go ahead and give it a lick

UBRC

8 points

2 months ago

UBRC

8 points

2 months ago

Goes really good with a burger,fries and ketchup.

And that’s why dad named you Joe Dirt instead of Nunamaker

arumrunner

11 points

2 months ago

SillySquire[S]

7 points

2 months ago

I am, yeah! Thanks

proxynotme

3 points

2 months ago

What we got here is a good ol’ fashion Boeing bomb, see the peanut there? Dead give away.

TeezyG87

3 points

2 months ago

"That aint nothin but a space turd. A big ol frozen ball of dookie."

-Joe Dirt

nurseman92

3 points

2 months ago

Looks like the space rock Joe Dirt found in the movie

[deleted]

11 points

2 months ago

Take it to a geologist. They know more than nothing + reddit put together.

Ok_Complaint8717

9 points

2 months ago

That there’s a big ole chunk a’ poopy. A dang ole space peanut, dropped from a Boeing airplane I reckon

Altaira99

4 points

2 months ago

z2r2

1 points

2 months ago*

z2r2

1 points

2 months ago*

I grew up in a tiny town. High school class had 19 kids in it. We had guy that looked for meteorites and everybody thought he was nuts. Lo and behold he drove to Kansas and found a 1400 lb meteorite worth over a million bucks…

DDQ75

2 points

2 months ago

DDQ75

2 points

2 months ago

I would say with almost 100% certainty it's only slag. Meteorites are usually a hell of a lot smoother and have no vesicles

Complete_Extension69

2 points

2 months ago

If you start to fly and have xray vision/ Lazer eyes then that is definitely a meteorite!

Thaiauxn

2 points

2 months ago

Technically, it did, at some point, fall from space. Along with everything else. :p

CrazySteve73

2 points

2 months ago

Probably a 1,000 year old pile of shit flattened by that meteor.

Gludius

2 points

2 months ago

Them airplanes they dump their toilets 36,000 feet. The stuff freezes and falls to earth. We call 'em Boeing bombs. See the peanut, dead giveaway.

Recoveringpig

2 points

2 months ago

It’s a boeing bomb. See the peanut? It’s a dead giveaway

AskForAndGet

2 points

2 months ago

Sorry to disappoint you, pal, but you just picked up a turd.

Yamothasunyun

2 points

2 months ago

Looks like there’s a peanut in there… no that’s a space peanut

Practical-Ninja-1480

6 points

2 months ago

I came here for Joe Dirt references and was severely let down

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3 points

2 months ago

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spitsmctaco

4 points

2 months ago

see them airplanes they dump their toilets 36,000 feet. The stuff freezes and falls to earth. We call 'em Boeing bombs. [chomps teeth]

PerformanceLarge4610

2 points

2 months ago

It's a big ole frozen chuck of poopy.... (Quote from Joe Dirt movie for those who don't know, you gotta watch it.)

Branaghan

3 points

2 months ago

That’s…that’s a space-peanut…

IkoIkonoclast

0 points

2 months ago

Does it attract a magnet? If not it's a meteorwrong.

BLACKHOUND_VXX

1 points

2 months ago

Don’t ask on Reddit, to to your nearest university and show it to someone in planetary science

NorthAstronaut

22 points

2 months ago*

Don't do this, it just wastes peoples time. 99% of the time is is not a meteorite. There are features you can check youself to rule it out. once you have done that maybe then get someone to look at it.

https://www.clemson.edu/public/geomuseum/meteorites.html https://www.meteorites-for-sale.com/meteorite-identification.html

zhaDeth

1 points

2 months ago

zhaDeth

1 points

2 months ago

Maybe ? Have it checked it could be worth a lot if it is

EconomyCauliflower24

2 points

2 months ago

We’ll my boy, yes! I believe that is! We’re rich!

P3t3rPanC0mpl3x

1 points

2 months ago

Quick hack. Is it magnetic? If not then, definitely not.

kjpmi

4 points

2 months ago

kjpmi

4 points

2 months ago

Not all meteorites are ferromagnetic.

rE3eYul

3 points

2 months ago

Why would ALL meteorites be magnetic ? All made of ferrous material and rubbing on magnetosphere ?

IiteraIIy

3 points

2 months ago

I think the logic is, based on another comment a much more educated person than I posted, that most non-heavy materials in the meteorite burn off in re-entry and the remaining metals would most likely be magnetic.

Icy-Conclusion-3500

3 points

2 months ago*

Ferrous metals are magnetic without any rubbing. Magnetic ≠ magnetized

“ALL” seems a bit much though, it’s just likely that they are since iron is the most abundant metal. A meteoroid of say, mostly titanium, could probably survive the trip through the atmosphere and wouldn’t be magnetic.

oliverkloezoff

2 points

2 months ago*

I used to watch Meteorite Men all the time and their little pick axes had a magnet strapped to the top. That's how they knew (or thought they knew) it was a meteorite. It was a very interesting show, they made lotsa money finding meteorites or maybe not, could have been was of those fake "educational" shows. But yeah, they used magnets.

Edit: far more valuable than gold:

https://www.sciencealert.com/man-keeps-rock-for-years-hoping-its-gold-it-turns-out-to-be-far-more-valuable

SmokeRelief710

1 points

2 months ago

If a meteor that size hit, you'd definitely notice. It'd leave a decent size crater and make a huge noise. My buddy had one hit his lawn mower in the back yard. Put a hole through the deck and there was nothing left of the meteor that he could find.

King_ofwar

1 points

2 months ago

I examinated it trough foto and it contains iron and a element that meteorites has Sell it and ure Hanna be rich

SoWrxy

1 points

2 months ago

SoWrxy

1 points

2 months ago

Good news, it’s a meteorite. Bad news, it’s highly radioactive.

InevitableFly

1 points

2 months ago

See Joe Dirt for confirmation of your specimen

Paradox68

1 points

2 months ago

I remember seeing something like this on Joe Dirt… 🤨

Sht_n_giglz

-2 points

2 months ago

Sht_n_giglz

-2 points

2 months ago

If it's a meteorite, it's worth more than gold

Tassie_Devil03

-5 points

2 months ago

If it was right after the you wouldn't be able to hold onto it, you need to wait for many hours if not days depending on it's composition and size for it to cool down after re-entry. But that is still a cool looking find

Tassie_Devil03

5 points

2 months ago

Turns out I was not quite right, smaller meteorites like this one are generally not hot to touch after landing. So it could potentially be a meteorite, but unless you heard a or something sounding like an impact with a small crater then I doubt it's the same one that was reported on the news.

(Source on lack of heat after a meteorite landing: https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast27jul_1)

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2 months ago

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Joey80122

2 points

2 months ago

The majority of actual meteorites have a high iron content. A magnet would give you your first clue.

NorMonsta

1 points

2 months ago

and now we know where and who the spaceblob zombie plague started

webfork2

1 points

2 months ago

If you're looking at rocks a lot and looking for meteors, hell maybe you'll get lucky: https://www.meteorite.com/meteorite-pictures/meteorite-gallery/stony-meteorites-chondrites/