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adam's picture
adam says:

it looks like a rock

posted on Fri, 10/10/2008 - 1:42pm
Meghan-Christina's picture
Meghan-Christina says:

I have seen a fungus like the crown gall on trees near my house in Wisconsin.

posted on Sat, 10/11/2008 - 2:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the rock looking thing is a rose stem with crown gall

posted on Tue, 10/14/2008 - 12:43pm
Taylor's picture
Taylor says:

It looks like a rock but it comes from a tree and it is very bumpy

posted on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 12:18pm
don&#039;t type anonymous's picture
don't type anonymous says:

what is the big bulb

posted on Thu, 10/16/2008 - 1:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

bumpy, bumpy
small and lumpy

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 11:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Looks like thetree man!

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 11:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks gross and i would never go near it...

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 3:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Even though does not mean that you can't learn. Science is very fun indeed and hope that you wil enjoy it while you can.

posted on Sun, 10/19/2008 - 10:45am
British Kid's picture
British Kid says:

the fungus looks like a rock!!! well yea it does because it is dry!

posted on Sun, 10/19/2008 - 2:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

fossilized droppings

posted on Tue, 10/21/2008 - 2:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Vegtable matter

posted on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 10:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this very unice

posted on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 2:16pm
Lolo's picture
Lolo says:


posted on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 2:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the corn got sick and evreything got sick .

posted on Sun, 10/26/2008 - 9:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i know its a fungus but it kind of looks like a brain!!!!

posted on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 9:18am
Super Anonymos's picture
Super Anonymos says:

that thing is so "platypus", it looks TO-tally disgusting.

posted on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 10:39am
Some kid's picture
Some kid says:

They are small and lumpy,
Infecting others

posted on Tue, 10/28/2008 - 10:42am
Scott's picture
Scott says:

An ostensibly dry and mundane root can spawna beautful flower.

posted on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 9:41am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

getting embarassing to have an "object of the month" that hangs around for 6 months (and counting!).

posted on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 12:44pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

True. Object of the Month is going to go away for a little bit, and come back in a new incarnation. Stay tuned...

posted on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 12:48pm
ricky13's picture
ricky13 says:

it looks like a pine cone or a rock

posted on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 1:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sat, 11/01/2008 - 3:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The sweet corn looks like it has been mummified. if you save it you could use it next year at Halloween for a decoration.

posted on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 1:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I saw corn smut in a corn maze a couple of weeks ago

posted on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 1:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why is there dental floss in there?

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 11:06am
Elizabeth B.'s picture
Elizabeth B. says:

The ones in the mmidle in the cup remind me about the prarie in the woods near my home, especially at this time of year when plants and such are dying for the winter.

This is totally unrelated, but I think the one on the right look like some sort of tumor.

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 1:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have no idea what so ever but it looks like the cup has sand in it! With weeds? Oh and popcorn?

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 1:10pm
Becky's picture
Becky says:

it reminds me of the indians. I like indians because i'm one.

posted on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 4:48pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a big object,one that I've never seen before. Is it edible or not? I am not sure.

posted on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 5:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't know what this thing is. It could be anything, from an old piece of bread to wheat stuck in a glass of milk. In conclusion, good night.

posted on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 7:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sun, 11/09/2008 - 4:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this just looks gross and other people problely think that to

posted on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 1:03pm
sherri hoss's picture
sherri hoss says:

Wheat is used for bread. Many indian cultures used to make many different types of bread in the early days. Corn is also used for many different carbohydrate foods. Carbohydrates give us fast quick energy. Unused carbohydrates turn into fat in the body

posted on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 4:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yeah my guess is droppings that are really really old

posted on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 8:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

corn smut

posted on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 2:37pm
Santa Claus's picture
Santa Claus says:

It looks almost excactly like pinecone but instead, it is very very brown all over...............why is that???????

posted on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 5:22pm
awesome's picture
awesome says:

that is disgusting. i would not eat that corn!

posted on Thu, 11/20/2008 - 1:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Science- the first wonder of nature. Generaly read and studied by different people to know more about our world.

posted on Fri, 11/21/2008 - 12:19pm
Ron Jeremy's picture
Ron Jeremy says:

looks like a wasp's nest.....sort of

posted on Fri, 11/21/2008 - 1:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like a blister but not on skin, like it got broken off

posted on Fri, 11/21/2008 - 1:37pm
elena's picture
elena says:

these are completely awesome! they deserve to be the object of the month.

posted on Sat, 11/22/2008 - 1:29pm
Sofalita's picture
Sofalita says:

ergot on rye. sounds like a kind of tasty sandwich! maybe you could put it on your restaurant's menu? ha ha!

posted on Sat, 11/22/2008 - 5:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this fascinating exhibit contains wheat growing in milky sand. plus a mushroom rock and decomposed corn husk.

posted on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 12:39pm
Rebekah's picture
Rebekah says:

This is a tumor extracted from the stomach of an ancient egyptian pharoah. The surrounding objects are his favorite things

posted on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 12:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Corn smut isn't as COMPLETELY unappetizing as it looks. In certain regions in Mexico, corn smut is harvested and used in a variety of dishes. Just ask Minnesota native and bizarre foods expert...Andrew Zimmern. He actually tried corn smut during his visit to Mexico!

posted on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 1:29pm
Sneek's picture
Sneek says:

It looks like a growth of some kind

posted on Mon, 11/24/2008 - 12:01pm
Thor Kommedahl's picture
Thor Kommedahl says:

Fungal cell growth out of control that can be both medicinal and poisonous depending on dosage. It may have triggered the Salem witch hunt.

posted on Mon, 11/24/2008 - 1:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I looks like a harvest with lots of food maybe thanksgiving some holiday must have toke a long time to grow

posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 1:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wats that lumpy thing on the far right

posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 3:28pm
Lynne's picture
Lynne says:

I don't know. A lump, maybe?????

posted on Fri, 11/28/2008 - 7:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the thing on the bottom left looks like an old burned piece of corn cob with the husk on.

It's grains and dung
Grains and dung
I'm writing a poem of
grains and dung

I'd be better off
if I were wrung
but why do you show us
Grains and dung?

posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 4:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Fri, 11/28/2008 - 6:39pm
Lynne's picture
Lynne says:

It looks like these weird driftwood thingies my grandma collects on the north shore.

posted on Fri, 11/28/2008 - 7:36pm
Zuidema's picture
Zuidema says:

dear love,
love you have lumps.
many many many lumps.
you taste like sweet wheat
all i want to do is eat
is that salt i see?
cause you fill me up with sodium babeeey

love me

posted on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 6:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks like it is from MARS.

posted on Sun, 11/30/2008 - 12:04pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how do you stop the growth?

posted on Sun, 11/30/2008 - 3:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

there's a beaker wit weeds in it, a bumpy rock and somethin mysterious

posted on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 12:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks like dino poop.

posted on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 5:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

these plant pathogens look like breakfast food

posted on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 12:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That looks realy wierd but cool at the same time.

posted on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 1:02pm
joany balony's picture
joany balony says:

Life in the woods!

posted on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 5:59pm
Rachel G's picture
Rachel G says:

I don't really know about this kind of stuff but it looks like poop and school food

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 2:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

were do you find rose stem with crown gall

posted on Fri, 12/12/2008 - 1:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

leaf with fuzzy seeds and bark and old corn.

posted on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 4:44pm
Colleen's picture
Colleen says:

This is wheat that growsin the fiefields across the US. Once it matures, it dies for other wheats shafts to grow!

posted on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 11:37am
Justyn's picture
Justyn says:

although much can be said about this poor old rock
our lives keep us moving with the flock

posted on Sat, 12/20/2008 - 12:55pm
Me and my BFF's picture
Me and my BFF says:

I think that this is sorta gross I wish i didn't see this! But its also kindda cool! i really like the texture of it!! It's sweet!

Peace Out!

posted on Sat, 12/20/2008 - 3:43pm
Me and my home girl!'s picture
Me and my home girl! says:

stckiny and wet makes mommy upset wet and sticky is very icky the rocks and fucus are very yucky and the corn is also weird!
- hope you like my poem question- are these things bad for you?

Well bye!

posted on Sat, 12/20/2008 - 3:51pm
marissa's picture
marissa says:

This looks disgusting!!!What is it???
whats the purpose 4 it being here>>

posted on Sun, 12/21/2008 - 3:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks beautiful when there is a large field of gold across the north dakota prarie

posted on Mon, 12/22/2008 - 11:39am
Francie's picture
Francie says:

what kind of material is the brown thing made of?

posted on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 2:13pm
Emilie's picture
Emilie says:

The bacteria looks like a huge bumpy piece of wood with two sticks coming out of it.

posted on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 2:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what's up with the dental floss?

posted on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 6:49pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks like a rock.

posted on Fri, 12/26/2008 - 2:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

when i was in class one day the teacher siad that researchers believe that ergot fungus in the wheat might have caused the villagers in salem to go insane leading to the salem witch trials.

posted on Sat, 12/27/2008 - 11:27am
hanna's picture
hanna says:

It looks like a brain crust

posted on Sat, 12/27/2008 - 11:33am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like somethiing to do with the petrification process.

posted on Sat, 12/27/2008 - 12:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I feel that being a retail professional, this type of object would not sell well in a grocery store. We take the corn smut, husk and kernal and grind it down to make corn meal.

posted on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 11:52am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

It all depends on which grocery store you're talking about, I suppose.

Corn smut: Huitlacoche=Corn smut
Corn smut: Huitlacoche=Corn smutCourtesy HH4X

posted on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 12:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This looks like an overgrown acorn.

posted on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 3:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'm not sure what a plant pathogen is!

posted on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 5:38pm
olivia's picture
olivia says:

I think it's a rock, or something petrified on a stick.

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 10:38am
Olivia's picture
Olivia says:

Why does the fungus look dry?

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 10:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hmm... It looks like something from the desert or the forest.

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 11:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My question is what is it and how does it grow?

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 11:33am
Lord Dolor's picture
Lord Dolor says:

the fluffy gold stuff must be wheat because it has a stem like wheat it has a fluffy top like wheat dos it just looks like wheat there are eight sticks the stuff in the cup i think its salt because i like it and i know what it looks like the thing next to the cup i think its a pin cone and i think the thing with the white wrapper is corn.

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 5:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is brown and lumpy
it's texture is bumpy
i like it alot

it flows
and glows
and tickles ur toes
i like it alot

it's rough and smooth
it appears to move
i like it alot

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 6:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Ergot is a major disease of small grains. Spreads from the fungus spores going from leaf to leaf up the plant.

posted on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 9:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is weird and kooll at the sam time rock on!!!

posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 1:31pm
brooke's picture
brooke says:

dried mud?

posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 5:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like a torch!!!!! with flowers in a cup

posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 7:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This little brown thing is ugly and gross.

posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 9:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like flower and it reminds me of cooking with my mom

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 11:09am
Dawson's picture
Dawson says:

Ways that plants get sick.

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 12:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This looks like native to Minnesota items, like corn, mushrooms, grains etc. You have to use your imagination.

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 1:53pm
Sasha  aka Mrs. Cullen's picture
Sasha aka Mrs. Cullen says:

-the big item on the far right looks like rock that formd together to form a bigger rock!
-the middle item looks like wheat in sand
-the far left object looks like dead corn!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 3:57pm
Amber!!!'s picture
Amber!!! says:

It is corn smut, rose stem with crown gall, and common rye with ergot fungus.

Am i right? :-/

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 5:11pm
Hannah's picture
Hannah says:

I live in Iowa and there is a cornfield in my back yard. It is important to know about plant diseases in Iowa because corn and soybeans are its main product. This is because if a plant disease destroyed all the crops there would be a corn shortage and the farmers wouldn,t make any money. in my town there is Iowa State University. At Iowa State University they learn how to make plant hybrids that are resistant to disease.

posted on Sat, 01/10/2009 - 3:43pm
Jeramy and Ashley's picture
Jeramy and Ashley says:

Must have been touched by radio active chemicals like those three legged frogs you see around now days.

Looks like a bad STD.

posted on Mon, 01/12/2009 - 2:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The rose stem with crown gail looks like poop.

posted on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 2:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the crown gail grows on mary o'briens head and or feet It might be contagious so WATCH OUT

posted on Thu, 01/15/2009 - 2:55pm
Rowan's picture
Rowan says:

I think is wheat

posted on Sat, 01/17/2009 - 12:29pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks like a big, big brain.
The wheat thing-e looks like plants.
And the thing wrapped up in a bag looks like dirt.

posted on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 1:53pm
Mama Mia's picture
Mama Mia says:

Milk with wheat and moldy broccoli

posted on Wed, 01/21/2009 - 11:02am
Erin&amp;Abby's picture
Erin&Abby says:

We think that they look cool.Erin has heard about them.

posted on Sun, 02/01/2009 - 12:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

john gordon....myth or legend?

posted on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 11:27am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Or a mental construct, or a social meme.

But why do I have to eat and get haircuts still?

posted on Fri, 02/06/2009 - 3:26pm
canisrufus's picture
canisrufus says:

The drug LSD is a derivative of the ergot found on the rye plant (the stuff that looks like wheat).

posted on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 2:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think it should be a lost item froma ship
because I think it's interesting

posted on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 2:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love corn, and corn husks, this reminds me of dough made out of corn that has solidified after not being used for a long time. It reminds me of my native Mexico.

Parece maiz y masa para tortillas. Como se usa en Mexico.

posted on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 4:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think its pretty weird how things like that can make you sick and cure migrains and such. 2 of the pland like things look old and 1 of them looks just big and lumpy! there HUGE!!!!!!!!!(the one to the way right on the bottom is HUGE.)
I wonder what they are? well thats it see ya!

posted on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 5:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

How does the disease get on their in the first place?
And what other plants can get infected by it?

posted on Sun, 02/08/2009 - 1:11pm
reagan  boston's picture
reagan boston says:

way is corn delicious and way do flowers smell so good

posted on Tue, 02/10/2009 - 1:15pm
test post's picture
test post says:

rock with a stick through it.

posted on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 2:08pm
Test Post's picture
Test Post says:

Grass like this has been used for flashback shots in Films, Gladiator, starring Russel Crowe, and Zak Snyder's visual effects lauded film 300.

posted on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 2:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yeah it does look like a rock!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 8:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like a rock and a forste

posted on Thu, 02/12/2009 - 8:06pm
jpbmerritt3's picture
jpbmerritt3 says:

Cool yo

posted on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 3:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Corn on the cobb is one of the staples of summer. You have to rotate crops ever few years so maybe the farmer went with wheat the next year. If you thought that clump was a rock then when you threw it into the lake it would be a bummer. The screen for peeping is at first, kinda like a mirror.

posted on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 2:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think I saw this in my teenage son's gym bag.

posted on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 2:37pm
cupcone's picture
cupcone says:

i know that through plant pathogens, we can learn about the environment and we can see what has already happened, what will happen and what we can do to prevent

posted on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 4:53pm
Lizzy's picture
Lizzy says:

Germs are another name for pathogens.

posted on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 6:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I've never seen something like the rose stem. It is pretty awesome

posted on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 9:52am
breanna's picture
breanna says:

Once when I was up in lake supirier, me and my friends and family were walking through the grass and we saw the thing on the far left we didn't know what it was we spent weeks trying to figure it out

posted on Sat, 02/14/2009 - 1:23pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

briefly,I do not liketalking about plant pathogens

posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 11:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

not so sweet corn

posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 3:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont get what your asking because it says the answer right in front of it......??

anyways you need a few more exhibits that are fun because personally., some are a waste of space.sorry.

posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 6:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like a banana

posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 6:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it resemles a brain.

posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 6:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

looks like a banana with a brain and sand with wheat growing it it.
kinds of gross if you ask me.

posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 6:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

brains are gross
sand is cool
bananas are slipppery
this thing is gross.

posted on Mon, 02/16/2009 - 6:10pm
Graham Anderson's picture
Graham Anderson says:

Like us animals, fungi can't live without consuming other living things, and some share our taste in food. Most food fungi are harmless competitors, like the edible corn smut. Others can cause perennial plants to become sick or die, like the crown gall. Many fungi don't like being eaten by people, and can even cause LSD-like hallucinations, disfigurement, and death, like the common grain fungus ergot. The constant vigilance of farmers and grain elevator operators ensures that our breads, especially rye breads, are free of fungal poisons.

posted on Wed, 01/11/2012 - 8:04pm