Monday, June 18, 2012

The Mystery Thing Revealed: The Truth Hurts

For the past few days, my readers and I have been playing Guess The Mystery Thing.  The challenge: identify the secret ingredient (those bright green rings) in this upcycled necklace:

Think you know?  Did anyone figure it out?  Read on to discover the answer!

Before the reveal, here is Mich's Honor Roll of Most Creative (Totally Wrong!) Guesses:

Moira: Those long thin balloons that clowns make into animals, but deflated and rolled down over themselves into doughnut shapes.
Maple girl: Pool floaties for fairies?
Rae: Hemorrhoid rings for fairies!
Stella: Moldy Cheerios.
Saraccino: Alien worm eggs, for sure.
Shannon: Leprechaun donuts.
Dena: Lacquered Froot Loops.
Amy: Green Lantern's pinky ring.
Meijo's JOY: A brand new wasabi-flavored cereal.
Brilliant guesses all.  If only!

Time to reveal the answer.

It's a doozy.

It might make you queasy.


Oh dear.

Okay.  They're these:

Castrator bands, for removing the unwanted dangly bits of various livestock.

I know: waaaah!  But at the feed store where I found them, I was assured it's a relatively humane way to go about the job.  I'd have been nuts* not to turn them into a Mystery Thing.

Winners?  Yes, indeed!  The brilliant Ashley (who lives on a farm) was first to enter a correct answer - yay, Ashley!  Now if only your parents will be okay with you wearing jewelry made from such a thing...if not, I shall send you something completely unrelated but equally cute.  And my winner: jillshope.  Congratulations to you both!

Thanks for playing, all you groovy people.  You always make my week!  See you again soon.

In the meantime, I'll be trying to avoid thinking about the reality of these rings.   Trying to think only of the jewelry.  Pretty jewelry, pretty jewelry, pretty jewelry...

It's not working.  Waaaah!

*pun intended


  1. Brilliant...odd, but brilliant!

  2. OMG! Not recommended for calves over 250 pounds. Ouch!!

  3. Ahahaha!!! Nuts. *giggles for a good 5 minutes* Interesting items aside, I like the necklace. It's cute. And no one really has to know. But you'll know.

  4. This has to be your best yet Mich! How can you possibly go crazier than this??

  5. And I thought Ashley, Lisbonlioness, and Elizabeth were joking..but then I didn't see them on the HONOR ROLL, UH OH..can you be serious?? Where's the nearest feed store here on the East Coast? So cute..but CRAZY..I'm with Lisbonlioness, hope doggy is hiding. This is the craziest upcycle yet.

    1. Heck, just wait until she uses these bad boys! Mich, please, this is NOT a challenge. Honestly. Don't feel obliged. Oh my...

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  7. OMG is unbelievable!!!!!
    now i'm sure you can do a beautiful bijoux with ANYthing:-D

  8. Hihi! I really would never have thought of that! ^^

  9. Yikes! And to think that someone got it right! :-)

  10. I remember those from when I was a kid - we raised sheep and we used them both for castrating purposes and for removing the tails of lambs.

    I wouldn't have guessed - of course childhood was a really, really, really long time ago.

  11. What are hemorrhoid rings?
    Please don't answer that, fairies or not.
    Congrats Ashley! You'd have to be mad to ask for a different item, this is just too ace not to wear!! :)

  12. Went through all the Mystery Thing posts recently to put my guessing skills to the test...can't believe I missed this one!! LOVE it! A while back I was searching and searching for inexpensive latex rings to use in my chainmaille jewlery. Little did I know that all I needed to do was visit my local feed store for some of these rid-o-ball bands!! LMFAO!!