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Amelia Rude, a 20-year old student in Indiana, runs a bracelet business with her boyfriend. She is a crystal collector with 700 items in her collection. When she bought a “fried tender” looking crystal from her friend, she didn’t imagine it would go so viral on social media.
Indeed, after posting a picture of the crystal on the r/forbiddensnacks subreddit, several people commented expressing how amazed they are by this “friend tender” looking crystal.
“I’ve seen lots of rocks which look like food items,” the crystal enthusiast said. “Rhodochrosite can look like ham, azurite can look like blueberries, and watermelon tourmaline can look like jolly ranchers.”
Right after Amelia posted the picture of the crystal, a Twitter account @fartpowder shared her crystal picture. “CRYSTAL THAT LOOKS LIKE CHICKEN TENDER ALERT,” it wrote, gathering more than 52,000 retweets and 281,700 likes, at the time of writing.
“I knew it played a pretty convincing fried chicken, so I expected it might get a thousand upvotes or so, but I was surprised when it took off the way that it did,” she told UNILAD.
In less than two days, the crystal pictures were all over Facebook, Instagram, and other media outlets.
Amelia said, “There are two varieties: calcite and aragonite. A simple vinegar or HCl test would determine which one it is, but I’m hesitant to erode its natural crispy beauty.”
Despite receiving a few inquiries about selling her crystal, she has had “no serious offers” so far.
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