Friday, January 20, 2017

High Enigma of the Striped Orb

Photo date: January 18, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

The photo below shows a striped orb I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York.

striped orb
Below is a closeup showing the strange stripe on the orb.  We see what clothes makers call a "shadow stripe," something I have 26 times previously observed in mysterious orbs, as shown here.

weird orb
Below are six other mysterious orbs I have photographed with a similar curved stripe at the top or bottom. Five of these also have a "shadow stripe."

recurring pattern
Below is my revised table showing recurring patterns I have observed in mysterious orbs.  You can see almost all of the examples of these patterns by opening this post.

Description Occurrences Comments URL
Inverted Y 7 Rather like the lower case lambda character, part of the Greek alphabet
Umbilical cord ( AKA "cul-de-sac") 10 Resembles an umbilical cord with a curved loop. Is it a symbol of motherhood?
Curved stripe at top or bottom 7 May be on top or bottom of orb This post
Diagonal stripe 13 Goes from one side of orb to another, diagonally. Looks like a slash (not a backslash)
Short diagonal stripe 5 Goes from top right corner toward center
Hose and circle 7 Looks like a ball that has fallen out of a tube
Slanted C 10 Looks like a C shape, tilted over quite a bit to the right
Inverted V 3 Looks rather like the caret character (an inverted V)
Hook-like stripe 4 Has a kind of candy-cane shape
Curvy 9 which fell down 2 Looks like a curvy nine which “fell down”
4 stripes 2 Straight lines intersecting in a particular shape
Broken squiggly T 3 One wiggly horizontal stripe at the top above a vertical stripe at the bottom

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