Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Striped and Spooky

Photo date: March 13, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

In the top right of the photo below is a mysterious blue striped orb that I photographed in Grand Central Terminal in New York.

 This is the 16th time I have photographed a mysterious orb with a diagonal slash looking like the diagonal slash in this orb. See here for 15 other examples.

Below is my revised table of repeating patterns in mysterious orbs (most of the examples referred to below can be conveniently seen in 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 9 May be on top or bottom of orb
Diagonal stripe 16 Goes from one side of orb to another, diagonally. Looks like a slash (not a backslash) This post
Short diagonal stripe 5 Goes from top right corner toward center
Hose and circle 9 Looks like a ball that has fallen out of a tube
Slanted C 12 Looks like a C shape, tilted over quite a bit to the right
Inverted V 4 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
Hockey stick 2 A stripe with a shape resembling a hockey stick
Backslash 4 Goes from one side of orb to another, diagonally. Looks like a backslash (not a slash)
Belt-like 8 A stripe goes from the left side of the orb to the right side, horizontally.

The visual below summarizes these patterns and the number of times I have observed them.

orb pattern

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