The plot thickens.
Plot, get it? Because it's a TV show! "Wocka wocka wocka." Thanks Fozzy. This is mysterious pair of Battlestar Galactica prescription glasses that were donated to the Smithsonian in 1982, but nobody knows where they came from or why they were made. Dum dum dum!
A search for the glasses on eBay and other merchandise websites revealed no similar objects, which could mean that the glasses are rare. I thought that perhaps the glasses were a limited edition promotional item or merchandise purchased from the Universal Studios gift shop, but the latter hypothesis became harder to verify when Universal Studios Hollywood informed me that it does not have a comprehensive list of merchandise on sale during the time "Battle for Galactica" was in operation.
Don't get me wrong, I find this fascinating and all, I've just got bigger fish to fry than worrying about where a pair of glasses came from. Namely, how do pancakes work? One minute they're all soupy and the next they're solid and swimming in Aunt Jemima. Technology! "Pancakes have nothing to do with technology." Biology! "Or biology." Magic!
Hit the jump for a video about the sadly not x-ray specs.
Thanks to Evil Ares, who's convinced they came from outerspace and the future and I believe him.