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two long cedar sticks with dots on one end

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is pretty awesome, don't ya think?

posted on Fri, 08/03/2007 - 10:33am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Those sticks might have been used for rice, but I think they could poke you in the eye!!!

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 1:01pm
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Kom Tolb says:

Little known fact: these sticks can also be used as oversized drumsticks for an oversized rock and roll drum kit,, as made famous by Animal on the muppets.

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 2:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

those things might have been used for rice but i think they look like pencils and pencils are very dangerous.

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 4:18pm
Georgina's picture
Georgina says:

they look like massive chopsticks!

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 7:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yeah they do!

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 12:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Chopsticks for giants

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 7:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Sharp pointed sticks which are not pool cues.

posted on Sat, 08/04/2007 - 8:00pm
Peter's picture
Peter says:

They remind me of two giant chop-sticks.

posted on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 11:32am
steve's picture
steve says:

i love rice sticks

kinda pointy

posted on Sun, 08/05/2007 - 2:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It looks like ancient knitting needles.

posted on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 10:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

big sticks with black marks at ends.....no idea how they could help with rice.....

posted on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 12:45pm
Shadow's picture
Shadow says:

I think they look like chopsticks, don't you?

posted on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 12:52pm
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Kelly Kretzschmar says:

rice anyone? its amazing how much civilization has evolved. can you imagine using those sticks just to get rice?

posted on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 1:42pm
X 32's picture
X 32 says:

the object of the month are rice sticks and they are HUGE!!! and if you don't believe me come over to the computer area and see for yourself. when you do go over to object of the month and press the red button and you can see real ones!

posted on Mon, 08/06/2007 - 2:48pm
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sydney says:

This picture reminds me of a poem I read called"the lonely child". It also reminds me of a math symbol. I think this image is very cool and interesting!

posted on Tue, 08/07/2007 - 4:36pm
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skateboard lover says:

The sticks are larger than writing utensils. Maybe, they were used to dig out seeds or carve things in something soft. They could be used as a spoon.

posted on Wed, 08/08/2007 - 2:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I actually don't know much about rice sticks- just what I read right here. The end of it kinda looks like a piece off a flute which I am guessing is used to shishkabob the rice. (It probably would be more helpful if there were more holes on the end) And the other end looks like a knitting needle with a stripe down the end which I suppose is for designer purposes.

posted on Wed, 08/08/2007 - 4:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

These sticks are very different in comparison to Hawaiian sugar cane harvesters. It's interesting to compare the two.

posted on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 6:17pm
catie and bram's picture
catie and bram says:

they look like chopsticks

posted on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 6:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they don't seem very easy to use

posted on Thu, 08/09/2007 - 7:58pm
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Mary-Lou Christopherson says:

rice stix, rice sticks,
burnt, singed, raw.
used for many lots of things--
they're cool, ain't they, huh??

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 10:05am
Lillyanne Stevenson's picture
Lillyanne Stevenson says:

rice sticks
used for many kinds of things....
but the only one i can thnk of is picking your nose

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 12:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Very Rice!!!!!

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 2:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they look like chopsticks with holes in them and they are wiers

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 1:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this ismcoolm

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 2:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yeah what he said!!

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 2:31pm
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Sofa King says:

This looks like chop sticks on a piece of fine rye bread. I think they should make a butter-oreo-pop tart samich

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 2:32pm
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elvis presley says:

wow this was really fun but now i want rice

posted on Fri, 08/10/2007 - 2:36pm
Darkstar's picture
Darkstar says:

It sorta looks like a musical instrument

Drumsticks or a sortof clarinet?

Rice rules

posted on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 12:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

When I was younger, my mom and dad would go ricing. My mom customized her rice "knockers" with grips from a bicycle!

posted on Sun, 08/12/2007 - 3:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

harvested, steamed
growing, eating, shipping
field, water, wood,patterns
decorated, carved

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 12:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

someties i feel i am in a bubble in other places, but here there are seo many ways to express myself, such as the cell lab or the towboat. At the scince museum i am able to express myself in more then one way that is what i like so much about it.

posted on Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:14pm
sophie's picture
sophie says:

Do you have a good wild rice recipe? I like to cook

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 12:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Ginniss world records:"the BIG Chopsticks

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:22pm
leia's picture
leia says:

leia likes rice

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

looks like musical instruments to me... i wouldn't mind knocking grains... :)

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 2:59pm
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peter says:

i think the object the month weird!!!... giggle giggle giggle

posted on Tue, 08/14/2007 - 3:23pm
lucy's picture
lucy says:

it looks like chopsticks

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 10:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hi my name is nicole.i have come here today to see your exibits.so far they are very interesting.

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 11:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They look differnet. I wish I knew what they were or what they did. Can you tell me?

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 1:32pm
Sue's picture
Sue says:

Ojbiwe Indians must have had big hands to eat rice with these humongous chopsticks!

....or did they?

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:52pm
Katherine C's picture
Katherine C says:

Look at those eye poking sticks!

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 3:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like chopsticks

posted on Wed, 08/15/2007 - 4:46pm
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Caroline Joe says:

I thought it was pretty cool but I didnt reallyget it.Cansomeone explainit

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 10:05am
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Bob the cheez says:

A little known fact about these sticks is that in ancient times they were used to communicate with the great rice goddess Betty. You can do it to, all you need to do is stick one up each nostril and act like a piece of rice. If you act like a piece of rice long enough, Betty will talk to you, honest fact.

posted on Thu, 08/16/2007 - 4:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you use these for rise

posted on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 8:33am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont know i never knew that is what they harvested rice with!

posted on Fri, 08/17/2007 - 10:37am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they are used to harvestwild rice

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 12:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

theyare knockers

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 12:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They have four spots on them.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 1:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Those are pretty big sticks to pick up a single grain of rice.

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 1:59pm
Mikayla's picture
Mikayla says:

Gaint size chop sticks for gaints who love sushi!

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 2:37pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

these look like it would be hard to gather rice with. I have a hard time eating rice with chop-sticks. I cant immagine trying to harvest rice with giant chopsticks!!!!!! These people must have had alot of skill! That is pretty kul!!!!

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 5:15pm
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jacie says:

it is really hard i bet to gather all of this stuff i like going to look at all of the cool stuff here every year! i wish i could come here every week. bye! -jacie

posted on Sat, 08/18/2007 - 6:19pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Ricing sticks are long and straight
Want wild rice? You'll have to wait.
Take your sticks and head to the rice
Whack those stalks into the boat, real nice.

Gather the rice
and cook until done
that was good
yum yum yum!

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:50pm
Lauren's picture
Lauren says:

they look like giant toothpicks and they're bigger than pencils.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 12:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

They look like huge shopsticks that were sliced at the bottom and poked through at the top....

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 1:29pm
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Rachel Tadsen says:

They look like humongous chopsticks.

posted on Sun, 08/19/2007 - 5:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how do you work those things they look to big to handel for something as small as rice

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 3:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

These sticks could be stuck in your ears to annoy your parents.

posted on Mon, 08/20/2007 - 5:29pm
Anonymyous's picture
Anonymyous says:

really cool, kinda pointy, i think they're chopsticks!

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 11:57am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they might be used for a really big drum

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 12:20pm
Misty's picture
Misty says:

Rice sticks look good in your hair.

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 1:12pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

A number of people seem to misunderstand how these sticks are used. If you read the information elsewhere on this site, you'll see that Indians did not use these sticks like chopsticks to pick up individual grains of rice. Rather, they used them to bend the plant over and knock the grain-bearing part, loosening the rice so it fell into their boat.

posted on Tue, 08/21/2007 - 6:47pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

those are exactly llike chopsticks

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 9:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

chopsticks for wild rice

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 10:08am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i like rice

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 10:31am
I's picture
I says:

They use rotten walrus tusks to harvest rice?!

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 4:37pm
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Mr. Pshycidellic says:

Cool! Man, You're right! Eating rice with THESE humongous chopsticks would be sweet!

posted on Wed, 08/22/2007 - 4:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they look like giant chopsticks

(i like this keybord)

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The size of drumsticks.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 1:32pm
Ninja's picture
Ninja says:

rice sticks look like giant toothpicks, but nnjas also use them to pwn u!!!! ownt!

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 2:25pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if you put led on them and an eraser they kind of look like a giant pencil.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 2:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if you put led on them and an eraser they kind of look like a giant pencil.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 2:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

rice tastes better with a fork

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 3:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well i think that rice is a really good side dish you know with chicken and stuff like that isnt that super well i really dont know what else to say im just trying to write a lot so themuseum has alot to read bye bye

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Rice sticks are actually a retro utensil that have become a must-have at dinner parties and any eclectic social gathering. They were voted the latest ''necessity'' to make a ''fashion statement'' by News4you Weekly. According to expert Jaymee Collinss, recent studies have proven that they are better 4 your teeth than the fork because the wood does not wear on your enamel like the metal. And just to let everyone know, I wrote this off the top of my head, I have no idea what rice sticks are.

posted on Thu, 08/23/2007 - 4:32pm
lily's picture
lily says:

We think that the sticks are for fishing and hunting. They are very cool!

posted on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 12:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The rice stick, yeah really great for eating any type of food, besides soup! but yeah.....awalys fun to eat with!

posted on Sat, 08/25/2007 - 10:30am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Could be used as chopsticks for very large Chinese food.

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 11:53am
grant's picture
grant says:

it looks like chop sticks.

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 12:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what are the rice sticks used for anyway

posted on Mon, 08/27/2007 - 2:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they look like giant knitting needles that my dog got at!!!

posted on Tue, 08/28/2007 - 3:49pm
juju's picture
juju says:

we have wild rice at our cabin Sometimes Indains harvest it.And knock the rice in the boat.

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 11:02am
The Cheat's picture
The Cheat says:

I like wiild rice.

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 2:30pm
The Cheat's picture
The Cheat says:

They look like chopsticks.

posted on Wed, 08/29/2007 - 2:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

cool dude!!!!!!!
those are some big chop sticks!!!

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 11:52am
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Abigail says:

hi my name is abigailand i am 11 yearsold and i learned about theserice sticks in 6th grade social studies. It was myfavorite part of theUnit!!!!!!! okay bye

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:10pm
Jargon's picture
Jargon says:

Rice sticks are nice sticks!

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:39pm
Hugnkiss's picture
Hugnkiss says:

they remind me of a terrible meal i had in nyc at some korean restraunt! LOL!

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 12:44pm
Kyle's picture
Kyle says:

Dinosaur nose picker.

posted on Thu, 08/30/2007 - 2:37pm
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Solanum Tuberosum says:

About 1' 9" long

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 8:56am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

These sticks look like pencils, but have holses on the end. they are cool.

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 11:41am
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Meg 'n' Cabers says:

I am curious what the scorch marks are for. They look sy metrical and decorative, so I assume they have no other function. At least I can't think of one ... anybody?

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 12:57pm
Rice Lover's picture
Rice Lover says:

I dont know about rice sticks, but I like rice :)

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:51pm
Mr. Giggles's picture
Mr. Giggles says:

Really big chop sticks for really big chinese food......

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:53pm
Professor's picture
Professor says:

My grandpa used these rice sticks. They were very helpful to getting rice off the stalk. Any rice farmer should invest in these.

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 1:55pm
melissa's picture
melissa says:

they look really big!! hope they don't take up alot of space

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 5:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

they kinda look like everything sharp, skinny, and pointy

posted on Fri, 08/31/2007 - 7:44pm
gijeebis's picture
gijeebis says:

i like to eat rice with them

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 2:16pm
mclovin's picture
mclovin says:

23 thousand left handers die a year from using right hand u-tensils

posted on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 4:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is a pointed stick. It is a weapon that is hard to block. People in the Flying Circus couldn't figure out how to defend against it because their instructor killed them all trying to teach them how to defent themselves against fruit.

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:42am
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Rosie says:

Back off or I will poke your eyes out with my special kung fu eye poking-out sticks!! Hiyah!

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 1:48pm
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martha says:

well my first memory of rice sticks was just three years ago back when i lived in tibet.
life was a grand array of colors and feelings.
we used our rice sticks for helping others by pulling them out of the yang sea after the large deadly storms struck.

posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 5:03pm
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Anonymous says:


posted on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 5:10pm