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Chewing rocks anybody?
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:15:43 pm »
Chewing rocks anybody?

A few months ago we went for a quick ride in the Loskop Dam area. We stopped at a garage to refill the 250ís fuel tank, and there was a spaza shop next to the fuel station. I didnít particularly want anything, but a box of big rocks caught my eye. I then noticed that on one of the racks was a beer box with little bags of stones. It was the big rocks that had been broken into smaller pieces and packaged in little bags.
Now this really got my attention. The lady running the spaza shop told me they were for eating.
So I bought one of the little bags for all of R1.50 (FARKING BARGAIN PAPPA!) and bought it home, and then forgot about it for a bit.
Anywayz, here is a picture of the little bag of stones, and then the stones spread on a piece of paper. They are very soft and brittle, and I suppose you could chew them without much effort, although I cannot imagine your teeth will love you much.
No, I didnít try them out. They have a very soapy texture, but other than guessing that they must be some kind of sediment I cannot think what they are.
I guess the people in the area might eat them for the mineral content, much like a buck will lick a salt lick.
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Re: Chewing rocks anybody?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 12:30:20 pm »
I remember as a young kid in Pta, we use to have a "mapokker" maid (spelling), she always use to collect stones and ate them. I asked her ones and she explained something to me about specific tipe of rock and some value it has with added minerals. Always seemed strange when she "picked" the back yard.
 

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 12:31:15 pm »
leon,  hev you been smoking rocks?
 

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Re: Chewing rocks anybody?
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2012, 12:47:29 pm »
Soapy texture is usually a form of soapstone?
But for eating? ::)
 

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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2012, 12:59:47 pm »
Very good for Afrikaans pregnant ladies wanting to breed Springbok rugby players  :peepwall:
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Re: Chewing rocks anybody?
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2012, 01:29:33 pm »
Is it a clayey or sandy texture? If you drop some acid on it does it fizz? Looks weathered to hell whatever it is.

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2012, 01:40:27 pm »
My parents used to have a shop in town years ago, with a field not far from it. There used to be a specific anthill where the black ladies used to go and break clots off to chew/suck on. The black men used the same anthill to urinate on. Weird but true. Ek belowe.

Might this be the same? Have you taken a wiff at it?
 

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2012, 01:48:44 pm »
....ons het ook ma klippe gekou toe ons kinders was....

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2012, 02:11:52 pm »
Is it a clayey or sandy texture? If you drop some acid on it does it fizz? Looks weathered to hell whatever it is.
Clay texture, not sand.
But I haven't got acid to drop on it.
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« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2012, 02:14:00 pm »
Being soapy and clayey, its probably a very weathered mafic rock from the lower zone of the bushveld complex which outcrops around that area.

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« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2012, 02:16:40 pm »
Its clay. They sell it all over joburg. They believe it imparts "good. Things" to u...it seems a bit like ochre to me..and has a slighly salty taste(mineral)...(At least the ones they sell in alex did?)

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Re: Chewing rocks anybody?
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2012, 02:23:29 pm »
men used the same anthill to urinate on. Weird but true. Ek belowe.

and has a slighly salty taste

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« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2012, 02:23:45 pm »
Very good for Afrikaans pregnant ladies wanting to breed Springbok rugby players  :peepwall:
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2012, 02:24:10 pm »
Its clay. They sell it all over joburg. They believe it imparts "good. Things" to u...it seems a bit like ochre to me..and has a slighly salty taste(mineral)...(At least the ones they sell in alex did?)
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2012, 02:57:59 pm »
I Might be wrong but as far as I know it is dolomite and they chew it to get the mineral intake...

I cannot remember who told me that but someone did...

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« Reply #15 on: February 22, 2012, 04:08:08 pm »
I Might be wrong but as far as I know it is dolomite and they chew it to get the mineral intake...

I cannot remember who told me that but someone did...

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No, it's not dolomite, I know that stuff well. Although dolomite is soluble in water to some degree it is a VERY hard grey coloured stone. There is lots and lots of it around in the centurion area. If you bite a piece of dolomite hard enough, you will find that it tastes of Dentist Bills.
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2012, 03:37:23 pm »
I Might be wrong but as far as I know it is dolomite and they chew it to get the mineral intake...

I cannot remember who told me that but someone did...

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No, it's not dolomite, I know that stuff well. Although dolomite is soluble in water to some degree it is a VERY hard grey coloured stone. There is lots and lots of it around in the centurion area. If you bite a piece of dolomite hard enough, you will find that it tastes of Dentist Bills.


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« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2012, 09:57:32 pm »
My parents used to have a shop in town years ago, with a field not far from it. There used to be a specific anthill where the black ladies used to go and break clots off to chew/suck on. The black men used the same anthill to urinate on. Weird but true. Ek belowe.

Might this be the same? Have you taken a wiff at it?

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« Reply #18 on: February 27, 2012, 02:41:52 pm »
LeonDude, bring it to the Clarens bash, we'll raffle it off! Bosveld klipkoekies.  Or braai it.  Or freeze it and put it in the dop. Or use it for those guys who get a rash from their wet pants.  Maybe someone may actually even chow it.
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« Reply #19 on: February 29, 2012, 08:18:58 pm »
Freestate Bash ? ROCK Spiders ? You guys going to eat them to ?

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