Since NASA’s Mars corsair Curiosity landed on a Red Planet in 2012, it has unclosed justification of immeasurable quantities of ancient water, overwhelming justification for past habitable environments and a floating spoon. Wait, what?
By now, we all know that Curiosity has seen some bizarre things on a Martian surface, from near-perfect balls, to rocky rats and even Buddha statues. Most of these are cases of pareidolia, a psychological materialisation when apparently pointless shapes (of rocks in this case) seem as informed objects. Naturally, this mostly causes all demeanour of Martian swindling theories, though this picture from Curiosity became a newsroom favorite as it unequivocally does demeanour like a floating ladle on Mars.
Of course, there’s a systematic answer — according to NASA it’s a shining instance of a “ventifact”, or a stone made by breeze erosion — though to many of us, it will perpetually be remembered as a time Curiosity found a stone made like a floating wooden spoon.