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What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

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  • 4 Sep, 2020  |
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“What is this thing my mom found, it’s about 15 inches long and has wood, embroidery floss, wire, and maybe grass... and seems vintage.”

1 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"It’s a fan. You hold the curved handle and the fan goes up your forearm toward the inside of your elbow. "

“Found this hanging in our old house.”


2 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"It’s an Éliphas Lévi’s pentagram symbol of the microcosm or human being. "

“Driving through Erie PA. Weird circle in the sky. Lots of folks pulled over taking pics of it.”


3 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"A smoke ring blown from a transformer. It’s caused by the rotation motion of the smoke from the cylindrical jacket on the transformer."

“I bit into a carrot and this white thing was exposed.”


4 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"A carrot in its second year of growth. The second-year growth of a carrot makes the center of it woody."

“My friend found this scaffold-like structure on a trip.”


5 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"It is a 3D maze. Used in a kid’s camp or other outdoor activity club (Paintball, Airsoft, Trekking, etc.) "

“Found in my fiancé’s backyard, it’s been sitting there since the ’90s.”



6 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"It’s a 490-liter aircraft drop tank used on the MiG-21. "

“What kinds of fossils are these? Found in the ’60s on a farm in Texas.”


7 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

A branched marine “animals” called Crinoids.

“My parents have had this hanging on their wall for years, it’s like a French-to-English abacus.”


8 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"It is an abacus for learning English vocabulary/grammar that French people hang in their classrooms or rooms at home. "

“Found this in Grandpa’s box of old things. Might be from Asia because of the third eye?”


9 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"This was part of a set of premiums for malted milk. Very cool, but not very exotic. "

“I was always weirded out by this statue. Found in a house with other goat statues throughout.”


10 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"An art piece by Frank Fleming."

“I found this by the coast, in one of the boulders. If you shine a light inside this goes on for quite a bit.”


11 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"This is a borehole with live limpets inside that is used for quarrying the rocks to prevent erosion."

“I found this complex in the middle of the Indian Ocean when exploring Google Maps.”


12 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"This appears to be multiple artificial islands in the South China Sea, constructed by the Chinese Navy, that are similar to some of the smaller ones they’ve created."

“Found these clear, tube-like jelly things on the beach.”


13 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"They are squid eggs. These are usually at the bottom of the seafloor, but in this case, they were washed up on the side of the beach. "

“This bundle of white and purple bulbs emerged from the underground in my garden in Denver today.”


14 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"They’re a type of sac fungus called Stinkhorn fungi. "

“I inherited this from my grandpa. It probably belonged to my great-grandpa. What are the tools used for?”


15 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"It’s a vintage drafting kit. "

“Metal balls, with a slit cut in them, hanging from a concrete barn wall.”


16 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"This is a counterweight. It is usually used to back up heavy loads. "

“What is this thing in a lake in Ohio? It drains into a big pipe at the bottom of a hill.”


17 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"Overflow control mechanism or a Spillway. It is also the most important safety feature of the reservoir. "

“This is attached to a dolly pointed into my parent’s neighbor’s yard and sounds a very loud alarm twice a day for 10 minutes. What is it?”


18 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"A vibrating horn (maybe 874 series) made by Edwards Signaling. These types of horns are usually used in an individual setting where ambient noise is high."

“I started to peel and separate this orange into segments when I found this inside. What is it?”


19 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

"A second growth of orange inside the first one that began to decompose. "


20 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

“It’s upside down. The funnel goes up. It is an herb grinder.”


21 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

“It is for cleaning chaff from blueberries and other berries. A vacuum cleaner plugs into the top port. A bucket goes underneath. Turn on the vacuum and pour your berries, stems and leaves in the funnel. The berries go down but the leaves and stems get sucked into the vacuum.”


22 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

“Look like husking tools for corn.”


23 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

“It’s called a rotary switch.”


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