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One of the rocks at right is nearly identical in shape to a chicken egg — farmers sometimes use these to encourage hens to lay eggs in a particular location, as they prefer to do so in nests that already contain them. "That’s the story the old guy told me," he says. "The $5 I paid for it was worth the story." Williams has another set of smooth white rocks he gathered on the beach in Jamaica, 30 of them that range from one inch long to four. "I like paperweights. I look for them in all kinds of natural forms."