Woman Discovers Crystal That Looks Just Like a Chicken Tender

Who knew that a crystal could look so finger-lickin' good? Amelia Rude found out when she discovered an unusual crystal to add to her collection. Rude runs Unbeadable Energies, a gemstone jewelry business, and has a vast collection of over 700 crystals, but she never thought one of her finds would end up going viral.

After noticing that the crystal looked like a chicken tender, Rude posted the photo to the @forbiddensnacks subreddit. Then things took on a life of their own when a Twitter post pushed things over the edge with over 53,000 retweets and 284,000 likes.

While the crystal looks good enough to dip in barbecue sauce, it's actually quite inedible. So what are we looking at here? According to Rude, it's a red calcite cluster. This calcium carbonate mineral is one of the most common minerals on earth and is the basis of marble and limestone. Known for forming massive crystals, this mineral is also thought to enhance energy by releasing blockages from the body.

Apparently this crystal isn't the only one that disguises itself as a delicious treat. Twitter is now filled with crystals that look like everything from cheesecake to slices of ham. As for Rude, she's enjoying her “chicken tender” crystal's unexpected success.  “I knew it played a pretty convincing fried chicken,” she says, “so I expected it might get a thousand upvotes or so, but I was surprised when it took off the way that it did.”

This crystal looks so much like a chicken tender, it's hard to resist taking a bite.

After being posted to Twitter, the crystal went viral.

Surprisingly, a lot of crystals look like food. Here are some more examples.

h/t: [UNILAD]

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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