Weird Object Falls Out Of Woman's Chimney; Internet Tries To Help

Weird Object Falls Out of Woman's Chimney; Internet Tries to Help

Our homes are our safe places. We don't really expect to find mysterious objects in our homes, but one London woman took to Twitter to figure out what the hell just fell out of her chimney. Images: Melissa Harrison

Melissa Harrison didn't let this mystery stop her in her tracks. She's spent the last couple of hours documenting a number of experiments to determine its origins, which included hitting it with a hammer six times (until it finally shattered) and trying to dissolve it in water.

There are a lot of theories as to where the #chimneyegg came from. A feasible theory suggests that it might be a bezoar stone, which are solid masses from the intestines of animals such as sheep or goats and that were used centuries ago as a poison cure-all. Twitter user lucyinglis stated that they were kept in chimneys for superstitious and pagan purposes, although I wasn't able to confirm this elsewhere.

Another Twitter user hypothesized that it could've been an object eroded on a beach and dropped into the chimney by a bird.

Other less helpful suggestions have included it being owl poop, reindeer poop, and builder's putty.

Harrison is taking all of this is in stride though.

Let's give this woman some peace of mind. Anyone have any other ideas?