As 'Oumuamua (formerly known as C/2017 U1 (PANSTARRS)) recently barreled its way through our inner solar system we've been puzzling over its seemingly strange shape. This tumbling, probably interstellar visitor appears to have a highly elongated form, possibly stretching 180 meters with a width of only about 30 meters.

While it's tempting to muse on whether 'Oumuamua's odd proportions could be signaling that it's more than a chunk of rock ('look Ma! A spaceship!') the truth is that current astronomical data really only gives a range of dimensions, and this object could have a more ordinary 4:1 axial ratio. 

And our own solar system has many funky-looking asteroids of its own. They're awfully hard to take images of (being small and dark), but Earth-based planetary radar can build some pretty convincing maps of these bodies. Doppler delay radio maps allow planetary scientists to construct both 'images' and eventually 3D models of the better examples.

For fun, here are some to ponder. For my money many of these look just as wacky as 'Oumuamua.

2 km long, and rotating in 11 days - it's a long potato. Credit: Arecibo, NASA and NSF
Contact binary asteroid 1999 JD6, a 2 km long double-lump. Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech and GSSR
Asteroid 2017 BQ6 radar animation, 200 meters across, 6 hour rotation. Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech and GSSR
Dogbone, 216 Kleopatra, about 150 km long, top-radar, middle & lower are models. Kleopatra even has 2 tiny moons of its own, not seen here. Credit: Arecibo and S. Ostro
Asteroid 2010 JL33, 1.8 km wide, with probable impact crater (the dent). Credit: NASA and JPL-Caltech
2011 UW158, timelapse, 300 meters across, dubbed the 'Trillion Dollar Asteroid' due to potential platinum content. Credit: Arecibo
2015 HM10, 80 meters across and very elongated. Credit: NASA, JPL-Caltech, NRAO, AUI and NSF