Thingamajig Thursday: the strigil
In keeping with yesterday's Found Object theme, today I'm naming an archaic thingamajig—something often seen on Greek vases, sculptures and bronze artifacts. Check out the photo below"¦ ever wonder what that funny looking curved thing is the Olympic athletes are often seen holding in their hands?
Well, it's called a strigil, kind of an ancient squeegee, something both the Greeks and Romans used to scrape their skin with after a bath or a good sweat.
Some scholars think the Greek athletes used the strigil to collect scum from their skin after a sweaty competition because it held magical powers and could be offered up to the Gods in gratitude. I know, sorta gross, but worth mentioning.
Incidentally, our word "streak" comes from the Latin, strigilis, which means "to touch lightly." So you see, even the antiquated thingamajig has some trivia worth.