Can you figure out what this is?

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Our apartment takes up the second story of the building we live in.  The photo below is of an object we found earlier today hanging up in a corner underneath our balcony.  Can you figure out what it is?  Leave a comment and give us your best guess!  This time we’re giving three points to whoever figures it out.

Oh, and if you live in Oaxaca, you’re not allowed to guess…sorry guys.

Mystery object

11 thoughts on “Can you figure out what this is?

  1. chris Post author

    I see I have some shy readers of this blog…

    So, in interest of getting a little two-way interaction going, let’s try this:

    Even if you have no clue what this is a photo of, go ahead and leave a comment saying something like, “I have NO IDEA what that is. Tell us, tell us Chris! Or at least give us a hint. I’m dying to know!”

    ‘Cause this one’s pretty good, I think you’re going to like it.

  2. leaker

    I must say, I would like to know what this is. I keep checking back to see if anyone has guessed. I have done all kinds of image searches to see if I can find anything close, but have gotten nowhere. Perhaps you could give us a hint…something like, plant, animal byproduct…whatever. Even an idea of the size/scale would help.

  3. chris Post author

    You make a good point. However, we don’t want to get carried away with too many hints too early. I figure I need to see at least a legitimate guess or two before we resort to hints. You never know, someone might nail it on the first try! Keep checking, though…if no one has figured it out soon, then I’ll start giving the types of hints you suggest.

  4. dan

    I think it’s a nest. Maybe of a bird? Maybe of some Mexican insect??

    Or maybe it’s a mustache that your building is growing…you know, changing up it’s look, trying to be hip and cool…

  5. chris Post author

    Good, good. Those are a couple of good guesses. Especially the one about the mustache, because big mustaches are definitely very hip in Mexico. Both, however, are not correct.

    So I’m going to give the first hint. Here it is:

    It’s alive.


    Okay, I’ll bite. I think I see berries (unless those are eyes). So I’m thinking some kind of parasitic plant. Like Mexican mistletoe.

  7. chris Post author

    Ding, ding, ding! That, my friends, is a massive clump of daddy long leg spiders. Pretty cool, huh?

    I’m not sure why they do that. Does anyone know?

  8. dennisleake

    Why do they do that? My theory is that the “clump” is a group of Christian daddy long legs having a potluck dinner. We know that they eat other spiders, spider eggs, beetles, caterpillars, etc., so I suspect that if we were able to zoom in for a closer look into the clump, we would see some of those very items which had been assigned as “main dishes”, “appetizers”, “salads” and “desserts”. Hmmm…here’s a thought: since many Christians feel that it’s improper for the Church to use the term “potluck” to refer to its social gatherings (because there is no such thing as “luck” in the economy of God), maybe the term “clump” could be adopted as an alternative. Bulletin announcement: “The next Church Clump will be held on Wednesday, January 9 in the Activity Center”.

  9. chris Post author

    Well, that’s definitely the best theory I’ve heard yet. So do spider eggs then fall into the appetizer category, or are those a dessert? Hmm…I guess we’ll never know. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for more of these church clumps now. Before I saw that one, I didn’t even know we had a megachurch in the neighborhood. I hope they don’t follow our lead and start planting house churches…

  10. Mary

    I found several theories of why they cluster. 1. to create a more comfortable climate. 2. to ward off predators either by concentrating their smell or giving the impression of greater mass.

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