A recently discovered agate geode was valued at $10,000 for its uncanny resemblance to the Cookie Monster from Sesame Street.
Kennedy News and Media said gemologist Lucas Fassari, 33, retrieved the precious agate from the Rio Grande do Sul region of Brazil in November 2020.
But then he opened up the split halves of the geode to reveal its cross-section of blue quartz crystals, and it was instantly recognizable as the famous Muppet's mug.
The video was set to the popular ditty, "C is for Cookie," and was posted on Bowers' Facebook page, which you can see here.
Bowers told Kennedy News and Media:
"I think this is probably the most perfect Cookie Monster out there. I have seen others but here you have it complete on both sides."
"This is very unusual. There are a few famous agates out there: the owl, the scared face. There are many approximate ones but it is rare to find one so well defined like this."
The proud owner said he was approached "by five different buyers" who offered to pay over $10,000 for the whimsical agate.
Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich—a historian of medicine, gender and politics and assistant professor at Pennsylvania's Muhlenberg College—tweeted an image of Bowers' Cookie Monster rock over the weekend, writing, "My kind of news day."
Her post went viral with over 532K likes to date.
My kind of news day: "Geologist Finds Rare Formation Inside Rock That Looks Exactly Like Cookie Monster on Sesame… https://t.co/x6wc5xWxj3— Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich (@Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich)1611428221.0
I’m very mad at myself for forgetting to do an image description. Here you go: This image depicts a cross-section… https://t.co/TaA4mWIROG— Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich (@Dr. Jacqueline Antonovich)1611435067.0
@jackiantonovich This is the one acceptable form of "Jesus on a piece of toast" news This is a blessing from our L… https://t.co/e4YIg6mfA2— May Helena Plumb (@May Helena Plumb)1611428453.0
@jackiantonovich If I was a geologist and made this discovery, I would either have to immediately retire, having re… https://t.co/YHg05Omatb— saskiago4 (@saskiago4)1611432719.0
The sensational gem even nabbed the attention of the baked-good-loving Muppet.
"Cookie Monster" shared his observation:
"Me no geologist, but me think dat rock look a lot like me..."
Me no geologist, but me think dat rock look a lot like me... https://t.co/444KeOrAbi— Cookie Monster (@Cookie Monster)1611610977.0
@MeCookieMonster Me am geologist, and me think dat rock does look a lot like you...— Joshua Bolling (@Joshua Bolling)1611611333.0
@MeCookieMonster the resemblance is uncanny, mr monster https://t.co/Y0HeKx7BaD— ً (@ً)1611615635.0
@MeCookieMonster It does!! Might be your ancestors!— tiffany wants DC STATEHOOD (@tiffany wants DC STATEHOOD)1611621896.0
@MeCookieMonster @DavMicRot The more fascinating discovery is the Cookie Monster has a verified Twitter account— Jason Heltzer (@Jason Heltzer)1611633010.0
Geodes—rocks containing a cavity lined with crystals or other mineral matter—are formed over millions of years. In volcanic rock, geodes start out as air bubbles in lava. In sedimentary rock, geodes might start out as animal burrows, mud deposits, or even tree roots. Over time, the air, mud, or tree roots create a hollow cavity within the rock, while the outer edges harden into a spherical shape. Crystals then form in the hollow opening in the same manner that stalactites and stalagmites grow in caves.
If the opening fills completely, a nodule is created. If the cavity remains partly open the rock is a geode.
Bowers has not indicated whether or not he plans to cash in on his geological find.