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What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

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  • 12 Jun, 2020  |
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Antique, heavy, metal, has a hinge on top.
A: Shutter dogs, it is for keeping window shutters open.

1 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

I found this thing in the forest.
A: This is a stinkhorn egg.


2 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

I found this in a drawer when clearing out a bunch of old junk.
A: This is a holder for a leg of lamb.


3 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

I found this ring while doing some work in the garden. I cleaned it and saw that it doesn’t look like an ordinary ring.
A: This is a mourning ring. The initials belong to the lost loved one.


4 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

Long list of things that this is NOT - but no idea what it is.
A: It's a type of whisk used in South America called a Molinillo. My grandparents have one just like the one you're showing.


5 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

What is this heavy metal object? Symmetrical, intricate design, probably quite old.
A: Tibetan Buddhist ritual sceptre. It’s called a dorje.



6 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

What is this / when is this from?
A: It is a "wheel hoe" also known as a cultivator. They have been in common use for the last hundred years or so.


7 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

About the size of a ping pong ball, hollow like one too. Found in the woods of western PA.
A: Oak apple wasp gall.


8 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

We found it cleaning my mother-in-law’s house, and we are clueless as to what this is. It seems like it opens, but I can’t figure out how.
A: This is a Polaroid SX-70 camera.


9 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

On the rain downspout in Prague.
A: This is an art installation created by the sculptor, David Černý, called Embryo.


10 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

I found this inside a shoe I haven’t worn in a while. What is it?
A: These are Hibiscus or Rose of Sharon seeds.


11 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

The hole gets smaller when I squeeze it. I found this device in the kitchen at my parents’ house.
A: This is a device that is used to strip corn on the cob.


12 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

My grandmother passed away, and we were going through her memories. She stole this from Paris.
A: This as an antique ball used to play pétanque.


13 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

Found this in my aunt’s treasure collection. It seems like it has something heavy and metal inside.
A: This is a special tracker pebble used to measure sea currents. People mark it with a number, bury it in a specific place, and then eventually look for it with a metal detector.


14 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

I found at a sale. No one there knew anything about its origin.
A: It’s likely to be a gris-gris talisman. It’s a Voodoo amulet that is used to protect its owner from evil magic.


15 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

My neighbors have placed this on their wall facing into our garden. It looks like a mix between a camera and a speaker.
A: This is an animal repeller.


16 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

My friend found this thing on the beach in New York.
A: This is a part of a tooth plate of a ray.


17 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

I found this in a coffeeshop. What is this game? How do you play it?
A: This is a board game called Mancala.


18 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

I found these in an envelope taped to the wall behind the refrigerator in my apartment. I live in South Korea.
A: This is a local good luck talisman that helps people to sell their house quicker.


19 What Are These Things For? (20 pics)

Our landlord found this thing in the basement. Heavy metal. Google has no answers.
A: This is a very old soldering iron. The end you are holding is the head, and it’s usually made of copper. The other end would normally have a wooden handle.


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