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wood ovals that fit over your eyes like glasses but have tiny slits to see out of

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Gene's picture
Gene says:

Snow. Blanketing the ground for miles in every direction. Blinding, white and wet in the bright light of spring. The sun, rising sharply in the clear blue sky, shoots a million daggers off the glinting drifts. You cannot shade your eyes—the glare comes from all directions at once.

You pull out of your pocket a pair of snow goggles carved from ivory. The sinew strap holds them tight to your face. Soot darkens the insides. The curved edges fit snugly against your cheeks, blocking the glare from above, below and to the sides. In front, light squeezes through a narrow slit, like a permanent squint. Your eyes adjust.

There—on the horizon. The seals are moving. Time to start the hunt.

posted on Wed, 12/05/2007 - 10:50am
ciara's picture
ciara says:

dude! thats like pure poetry. its awesome. have you ever thought about being a poet or a writer??? you should. your style is beautiful. but now... "Time to start the hunt"

posted on Tue, 12/11/2007 - 10:32am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ohhhh i like that one its pretty :)

posted on Fri, 12/14/2007 - 12:25pm
Micaela's picture
Micaela says:

I love snow. its fun to play in and fun to have snowball fights

posted on Fri, 12/21/2007 - 2:35pm
Cortney Buesgens's picture
Cortney Buesgens says:

Snow Goggles,
Snow Goggles
Know what they are,
Snow Goggles
Snow Googles,
Don't keep them too far

posted on Fri, 12/07/2007 - 11:33am
SJ's picture
SJ says:

Cool poetry!

posted on Fri, 12/14/2007 - 11:23am
Courtney Buesgens's picture
Courtney Buesgens says:

Just curious as to where you are from? My name is Courtney Buesgens too, how crazy is that?

posted on Wed, 01/02/2008 - 4:23pm
scarlett's picture
scarlett says:

snow goggles are kind of weird.

posted on Sat, 12/08/2007 - 11:04am
Toni's picture
Toni says:

Hey Shel! These are the snow goggles we seen at the Science Museum. It was the Object of the Month. They were from 1905!!

posted on Sun, 12/09/2007 - 4:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

women in the days of the mayans used this item for beauty sleep to put over their eyes!!!! :)

posted on Wed, 12/12/2007 - 12:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

looks like tanning goggles to me

posted on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 10:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 11:47am
zury1's picture
zury1 says:

th53 g00gl35 r w31rd

posted on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 1:32pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Dear God.

English majors of the future will be unrecognizable. Papers will be presented in flashing binary code. It's going to be awesome.

posted on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 2:17pm
supergirl's picture
supergirl says:


posted on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 1:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how the heck did they see out of these?

posted on Fri, 12/14/2007 - 12:24pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

The slits in front let in enough light, while the rest of the eyepiece blocks the glare of the sun reflecting off the snow.

posted on Sun, 12/16/2007 - 6:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Perhaps a unique type of castanets which can be worn around the wrist for spontaneous use.

posted on Sat, 12/15/2007 - 11:24am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This object is obviously some sort of pygmy bikini top perhaps worn during their ritualistic ceremonies.

posted on Sat, 12/15/2007 - 6:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the world's first bra!

posted on Sun, 12/16/2007 - 1:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love the SM I go here EVERY sunday w/ my
garndparents. Im always finding somthing new here.

posted on Wed, 12/19/2007 - 1:09pm
Shelby,Janessa,Courtney's picture
Shelby,Janessa,Courtney says:

Snow goggles rock!!

posted on Fri, 12/21/2007 - 12:00pm
Scientist Jeff's picture
Scientist Jeff says:

i know... they are da bomb!!! lol

posted on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 11:19am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no-see goggles: These goggles are amazing! invented in Mpls, MN to allow for pinpoint vision

posted on Sat, 12/22/2007 - 4:24pm
alice's picture
alice says:

they're shinny.

posted on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 10:30am
`Gilda Bloom :-)'s picture
`Gilda Bloom :-) says:

Look closer, you will see little slits for the eyes!!!!

posted on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 10:38am
Peyton Woods's picture
Peyton Woods says:

Cool, I didn't see those before!

posted on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 10:45am
kristen's picture
kristen says:

It looks like something that would be inside of a shoe to keep it up.

posted on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 2:19pm
nancy wolf's picture
nancy wolf says:

These are snow peepers.

posted on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 2:34pm
Nzamuranza's picture
Nzamuranza says:

the slits in the midle allowed the wearer to see more clearly than if the goggles were nnot worn, and the snow blew in to the eyes

posted on Wed, 12/26/2007 - 2:54pm
Kouzin Skoutz!'s picture
Kouzin Skoutz! says:

this is awesome!!! let it snow :]] --angel

posted on Thu, 12/27/2007 - 6:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

These are snowgoggles.They are so cool.

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 10:39am
chimpy banana's picture
chimpy banana says:

the white things you put on your eyes so you can see in the winter without getting snow in your eyes

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 11:40am
Tannika's picture
Tannika says:

There were very helpful for people in the Arctic.

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 12:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Anna says:
Snow goggles are very popular. Wear them
all the time if you are skiing. Amazing

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 1:37pm
laura vaughan's picture
laura vaughan says:

i found the goggles to be quite interesting and innovative for the Inuit people of North America these tiny splits was a constant squint for them blocking sunlight from above and the relfection from the sun light below

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 3:34pm
Barb & Steve K's picture
Barb & Steve K says:

Snow Goggle Haiku:

Squint without wrinkes
A wonderful invention
Eskimo "Ray-Bans."

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 4:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Cover your eyes, the snow is blinding!! Wear these glasses for your own protection, and you will still be able to get change from your pocket!!

posted on Fri, 12/28/2007 - 5:00pm
Natasha's picture
Natasha says:

Yikes! What fun that would be!

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 9:43am
Robin's picture
Robin says:

Funky goggles dude.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 10:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Snow goggles are cool.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 3:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Snow goggles keep the snow out of your eyes.

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 4:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

no it just protects your eye from the snow

posted on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 12:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they look like shells

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 4:49pm
awesome girl's picture
awesome girl says:

this isa weird lookin goggle thingy

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 5:00pm
*Brittany*'s picture
*Brittany* says:

wow. those do look like shells! hahaha

posted on Sat, 12/29/2007 - 8:48pm
Alanna's picture
Alanna says:

I think they look like shells. Each one seems to be the size of a quarter and a half. It looks like they've been put on a necklace or something.

posted on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 9:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Don't you hate when you have to squint? Use these snow goggles to give you a perma-squint without hurting your eyes. Take a chance on ivory.

posted on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 2:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They look like shells. Or they could be some kind of nut shells tied together. They look somewhat like glasses.

posted on Sun, 12/30/2007 - 3:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Roses are red, violets are blue
Snow goggles look lovely on you.

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 12:48pm
Bill's picture
Bill says:

these goggles were made by Oakley in the early 1900's and are still used today. They only cost $5000 per pair and last a life time.

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 1:47pm
Dr. Moth's picture
Dr. Moth says:

Hobo goggles, what can you say? For the out of work man who hates the feel of ice, snow, and cold wind in his face, these are the perfect remedy.

posted on Mon, 12/31/2007 - 2:20pm
Olivia's picture
Olivia says:

If snow goggles were used everyday in the winter, would it prevent some cases of less than perfect vision?

posted on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 2:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It could have been an tropical or artic necklace!

posted on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 2:44pm
mikaela's picture
mikaela says:

I think that thay look like eye lids.

posted on Wed, 01/02/2008 - 5:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think they could be used for under water - kids could wear them. i think they are kind of cool because the way they look. I would wear them to school with my regular clothes. I could still see out because of the little slits. good luck.

posted on Sat, 01/05/2008 - 2:34pm
Mortimor martin's picture
Mortimor martin says:

These goggles are an excelent example of some the kinds of tools that people used over a hundred years ago.

posted on Sat, 01/05/2008 - 6:21pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Inuit Snow Goggles

These snow goggles are used by inuit people to protect their eyes from the blinding effects of the sun reflecting off of the snow. Made of caribou bone (scapula).

posted on Sat, 01/05/2008 - 7:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

these goggles look very old. they also are very different then goggles we use

posted on Sun, 01/06/2008 - 12:38pm
IC da' bomb's picture
IC da' bomb says:

they looklike they'ed hurt to wear.

posted on Sun, 01/06/2008 - 1:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a verry different object.i had no clue what it was. I bet that no one could guess it. ive never ever seen anything like it. otherwise its verry interesting that people actualy use them. I dont get why the quarter is there but O- well. th slits are so tinny that i caant imagine anyone seeing out of them. this object is one of the most interesting thing so far. peopl would probably look scary in it! all i have to say is...... olopop!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 01/06/2008 - 4:15pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

The quarter is there to allow people who see this object only on the website to get an idea of how big it is.

posted on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 8:32am
DDM :)'s picture
DDM :) says:

The object of the month is very interesting. Here in Minnesota, we would love snow googles :)!!!

posted on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 10:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It helped them through the blizzard storm and that is amazing. it's intresting the way things were back in time.

posted on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 10:48am