There were a lot of great answers for Friday’s locations puzzler. “How did you get a photo of my refrigerator?” asked Clazy8. “Taken at the Bowery…picture of a fungus on a homeless person’s toe,” wrote Robert C. “The Statue of Liberty’s underarm hair? She IS French…” suggested Ann Onimous. And of course, “some zombie graveyard at midnight” from Jeff.
You know, when I put this up, I was afraid I’d chosen something way too obscure…and then reader John E. answered both the correct location (the American Museum of Natural History) – AND the substance (malachite) literally 15 minutes after I posed it.
The picture was indeed taken at the American Museum of Natural History in the very interesting but often overlooked Hall of Minerals/Gems. The room has a bunch of fascinating and beautiful specimens like the zombie fingers above, but man, if there’s one room at the AMNH that feels trapped in a really uncreative 1970′s design scheme, it’s this one (I’m no chemist, but I’m pretty sure one or two of the periodic tables in the dusty display cases are missing some elements).
And the best part of the gem hall – the display case of elements that glow when the lights turn off – is gone! What gives??
Winner is John E. Congrats to Lazenby, Patrick, Noel, and Dennis for also guessing correctly.