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A prototype for this artifact, intended for the 2012 London Olympics, was recently unveiled by British designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. As is usually the case with such things, the design has received a mixed reception. This object is made of aluminium and has a gold finish. Significantly, it has 8000 holes.

This has led to several jokes about this thing looking like a giant cheese grater, a cigarette holder, an ash tray, a "bling" wastepaper bin, an ice cream cone and so on.

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