Can You Guess What This Is? [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago Science

One hint: It"s magnified 1000 times. Answer in the forum.
There are 93 comments:
Male 24
looks like i can drat it
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Female 169
A Wrinkle?
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Male 22
Is it a gap thing in an old record?
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Female 59
the mooon?
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Male 117
Oh my God, i actually guessed straight away it was a groove in a vinyl record xD
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Male 28
i said it was a scratch on a cd so i was close
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Female 236
silver? no?? Ok, whatever. NEXT!!
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Male 115
@mart1964
does anyone really GAF?
it all sounds the same
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Male 236
fingerprint groove?
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Male 440
It`s a razor blade cut! That`s it, that`s definatly it. It has to be that, so there`s no changing my mind what-so-ever. Nope, none.
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Female 397
wow. i guess you are still boring...
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Female 119
skin... do i get a t shirt?
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Male 40
Vinyl has a wider frequency range than CD.
CD`s are recorded 16bit 44.1khz. Which gives a highest frequency of 22.5khz. This is just on the edge of the highest frequencies humans (well young humans) can hear. However the reality is higher frequencies are used by the ears to detect location in 3D space.

Also Digital audio is lots of snapshots of the audio waveform. 16 bits is not enough to capture every nuance correctly so the missing bits cause steps in the audio.

MP3`s have up to 90% of the data stripped out of the audio - mostly this is fine detail and a lot in the middle ground.

In order of quality
Worst MP3
Then CD
Then Vinyl
Then 24bit Wav
Then 2" reel to reel tape at 30 inches per second. (ask your dad!)

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Male 3,296
i saw this pic on the chive, so i knew before hand
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Male 3,756
I think when people say vinyl sounds better they`re comparing it to mp3`s, not CD`s.

Also, mp3`s are crappy quality and I can`t stand when someone spends a lot of money on sound equipment and then plays mp3`s on it.

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Male 2,748
cool
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Male 374
Right click the picture and press save as...

Too clever for you Fancy! ;) Didn`t even need to look at the comments

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Female 393
looks like something carved into a desk...
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Male 4,547
Sorry Saka.
Vinyl scratches worse than CDs.
It is the more delicate of the two. I can leave my CDs in the car. I cannot leave a Vinyl record in the car.

This may be an extreme example, but this guy suggests *walking softly when near the playing turntable*.

CDs will always sound cleaner. The effect achieved on LPs to some degree is the equivalent to "blur" on a TV screen. Making it too sharp often makes it seem strange, even though it is the higher quality (crisper/sharper) image.

If you want to argue you like them better, good for you, but don`t go throwing around words like "definitely". It definitely isn`t that clear cut.

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Female 5
a record...
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Male 2,796
According to everyone else this is a groovy record from the 70`s? Do I win?
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Male 730
Marshmallow!
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Male 4,547
I got it, but I don`t know why.
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Male 2,788
a groove on a record.
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Male 74
part of your fingertip?
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Male 549
a moose?
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Male 3,915
imma record your groove...=D
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Female 465
Is it a groove on a vinyl LP?
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Male 4
who cares???
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Male 419
record groove... not very hard and no i didnt read the damn comments
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Male 510
its a record groove
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Female 4,197
oh wow, that`s pretty interesting :)
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Female 397
it`s a puppy wearing sunglasses.
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Male 2,056
Sweet! so thats what my vynle looks like
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Female 1,043
uh...a scratch in a cd?
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Male 93
so record?
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Male 1,081
I don`t know... a frag grenade?
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Male 268
SumRandom1
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
30 Posts Thursday, March 11, 2010 8:12:42 AM
already saw this on thechive


NO one cares where you saw it

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Male 438
according to the title it seems to be the grove on a vinyl record.
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Male 154
some recording medium, could be vinyl, or a CD, or even a tape
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Male 2
I can`t work it out either!! =[ Where are the forums? I am sure there were some.
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Male 4,793

hey fancy, i think i just won. (this is a CD pit btw.)

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Male 253
its... its.... a close up of Ceiling Cat watching us!
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Male 2,199
vinyl is better because you can throw it at zombies to stop them from attacking, vinyl wins...
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Male 5
Those are balls. This close, they always look like landscape. But nope, you`re looking at balls...
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Female 3,828
lol @ how do i get to the forum.
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Male 2,345
grove on a record maybe?
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Female 864
I find myself just really not giving a sh*t what this is.
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Male 25,416
A record groove it is! who ever said that wins!
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Male 2,220
fabarati : "Also, the Sound Quality of vinyl starts degrading as soon as you play it, both due to groove being altered by the needle, and the needle itself being blunted."

Depends on what you use as a
needle

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Male 476
SO WTF IS IT ALREADY? IS it a record groove? what WHAT!???
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Male 9,306
"How do I get to the forum?"

You`re already here. :)

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Male 2,690
A record groove?! Awesome.
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Male 138
How do I get to the forum?
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Male 1,240
@Ikeray: Music sounds best when in stereo.

Also, the Sound Quality of vinyl starts degrading as soon as you play it, both due to groove being altered by the needle, and the needle itself being blunted.

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Female 3,574
... curse you, number43!
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Male 430
if you look closely you can find waldo.
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Male 759
You just lost the game.
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Male 15
Right click > properties > http://cdn-www.i-am-bored.com/media/reco...
Well next time, make it a bit harder
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Male 4,393
hi all
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Male 54
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Male 794
already saw this on thechive
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Male 2,703
"Sakamura, just because they last longer doesn`t make the sound quality better."

no, you`re right but vinyls have a warmer tone, they`re great for older songs (even through the 90`s) but now with lossless media and 7.1 surround, vinyl doesn`t even exist in a quality argument. though they`re great nostalgia pieces and like I said out of a 2 speaker or even a 5.1, they`re much better at setting `the mood`...

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Male 271
u mean to tell me that I wont be able to listen to my music when I`m dead unless it`s vinyl darn that`s when I planned to listen to all of my mp3s and cds
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Male 174
vinyl record!
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Male 612
I got it!!! its a stereophonic phonograph recording.
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Male 4,807
I actually miss the days of 8 tracks... That was some cutting edge technology in the day.
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Male 1,231
Vinyls are easy to find, its a matter of taste; quality is never fact, only opinion especially when it comes to audio. I think Vinyls are fantastic quality, but I also think a recording made at 192Khz and 24bit is as well. The vast majority of people don`t care much about the quality of sound, more about what it means to them (or more accurately in reference to pop music, who the artist is, what he/she is wearing etc.
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Male 518
Vinyl is better because with all the radiation after the nuclear war they will be the only thing to survive
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Male 2
It`s a record groove. You probabky shouldn`t name the image :P
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Female 3,574
Sakamura, just because they last longer doesn`t make the sound quality better. Those are two different things.
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Female 3,574
Batmanners, the pops and cracks are part of the charm of listening to a vinyl record :)

I wouldn`t call it "better quality" though lol

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Male 237
Batmanners: LOL! Plain LOL! Vinyl quality is definitely better due to CDs not being of enough precision (Blu Rays are better in that field, but will the format stay?). CDs degrade very rapidly once you put a single fingerprint on it due to the acids attacking the transparent material. In 100 years, all vinyls will still be playable, while your CDs will be converted into mirrors, your MP3s will be a long forgotten format rendered probably unplayable.

So I`m very glad to be told by you I`m a moron :) Thanks! It makes me feel superior, somehow.

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Female 190
@HornyPanda, you made me lol. ^_^
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Male 17,512
The groove on a record.
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Male 213
VINE-ILL REK-KORD? What is this you speak of?
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Female 4,039
I still have all my LPs and 8 tracks. Why can`t I throw them away?
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Female 5,222
I had to cover the pic with my hand and scroll to the comments first. I was afraid it was going to be a bug o_o
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Female 15,763
"If you missed them as much as you say, you would know that they still make vinyl records and that they are extremely easy to find."

I know, but my tables and mixer are across the country. By saying "I miss records" I mean I miss my old hobby.

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Male 4,004
"Oh god do I miss records. No, I`m not a 40-year-old in a 19-year-old`s body. I used to DJ. With real records, not sound files or CDs or that sh*t."

If you missed them as much as you say, you would know that they still make vinyl records and that they are extremely easy to find. My roommate got 2 record players last christmas, one from his parents and another from a friend.

I still think that everyone who says vinyl has higher quality audio due to it "being directly embossed onto the surface" is a moron. Every dust particle, every fingerprint, would therefore degrade the quality. And if you give the vinyl enough time to age, without ever using the vinyl, the audio will gradually decrease, rendering it as useful as tapes.

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Male 15,510
Its the landscape of an Alien planet
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Male 353
Knew it as a soon as I saw it. I remember what it looked like from Mr. Wizard.
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Male 2,737
big deal.
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Female 15,763
Oh god do I miss records. No, I`m not a 40-year-old in a 19-year-old`s body. I used to DJ. With real records, not sound files or CDs or that sh*t.
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Male 642
groovy!
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Female 573
creepy
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Male 575
Seriously? That`s awesome!
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Male 567
groove in a record
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Male 167
Ha! I knew it!

Awesome pic btw! :D

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Male 4,807
its a record groove.
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Female 9,400
Wow, that`s cool.
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Male 19,838
For those of you who were born into the CD age, this is a single groove of a vinyl record.
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Male 19,838
Link: Can You Guess What This Is? [Pic] [Rate Link] - One hint: It`s magnified 1000 times. Answer in the forum.
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