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Posted 10 January 2012 - 01:51 AM

Hello! My name is Abraham Griffiths, I'm an Assistant Professor of English at a little Liberal Arts School. One of my side gigs (if you will) is helping out with little cryptozoological or unusual mysteries that pop up. Your house is haunted? I go to the library and find out if somebody died there. Cult killings? Detective Joe Blow rings me up and I hit the newspapers from five years ago from the next county over to see if Murder X matches Murder Y.

Not a lot of money in it, but there you go.

I'm working on something now and I was wondering if anybody could help me with it. Specifically, might anybody have any idea what this instrument is?

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That's a copy of a picture I found in a journal.

More information on this case can be found here! Maybe we can start making some sense of it together? http://www.electricf...ts/show?cid=484

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:33 PM

What is that, a mosquito?

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 10:28 PM

Well, to start with, as any high-school geometry student knows, 3 4 5 is the Golden Ratio. The golden ratio is visible in nautilus shells...perhaps turtles as well? It is turtles all the way down.

...Is it cheating to google reverse image search the picture?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 02:24 PM

Not being a high school geometry student, the first thing I thought of when I saw it was a date, but a cursory google search later and I figured out the right triangle thing. Easy-peasy. With that in mind ...


"Because of the typical spacing of the resonances, these frequencies are mostly limited to integer multiples"

Again, I'm not a math guy, but based on the picture, and based on the quote (which leads me back to a wiki on 'harmonic series') I'm thinking that 3 4 5 is a reference some mathematics-based music theory (and maybe related to the instrument)?

[[Also, that would be absolutely cheating. :blink: ]]

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