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America, Ass, and Friends: salparadisewasright: evilkitten3: glitterytiddies timsutton cbfplr: This is the world's largest crystal ruby. Mark Mothersbaugh had the gem carved in the shape of an ice cream cone. A few years ago I became friends with a gemologist, and I saw all these gems that he had lying around, one of which was this big ugly stone that I picked up. 'That's the world's largest ruby you're holding." He didn't know what to do with it, so next time I saw him l asked if I could carve it. It's right over there. [Points across the room to a glass case.] I was thinking: Who do you sell the world's largest ruby to? Somebody who's uber-rich. And people don't get uber-rich unless there's something dark attached to it. It's always communists in China, or drug dealers in South America, or oil people in Russia. It's those kinds of people who are going to want the world's largest ruby. And I wanted to fuck with them in some way. So l said: I'm going to carve it into a turd. But it will look like a custard them in I'm going set it on top of a cone, and it will look like a sweet-treat, but really it's a turod. They'll buy it because it's the world's largest ruby, but only I'll know that it's a turd." - Mark Mothersbaugh Chaotic good i have a new hero That got Mothersbaugh thinking. He asked if he could carve it. The gemologist asked what he'd turn it into. "I'd like to carve it into a turd, so whoever owns the world's largest ruby, they have to buy a turd to get it, he answered. It seemed like a good joke at the time, but a few weeks later, the two were talking again. "He goes, Hey, Mark, I was just at the King of Saudi Arabia's house and I told him what you wanted to do with the ruby and he laughed his ass off and he said, Let him do it." The completed sculpture is called Ruby Kusturd So it turns out you CAN polish a turd