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What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

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Got this box it from my grandfather and have no idea what it was used for, airpod for scale.
A: Looks like a cigarette case.

1 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Tunnel in basement of Pennsylvania rowhouse.
A: Coal delivery.


2 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Found this thing on the beach. It’s solid and smells like seaweed, what is it?
A: Codium bursa is a green marine algae of medium size.


3 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Found this while renovating. Any idea?
A: That is an artillery round, probably 155. Looks unfired, good that EOD is en route. Do not mess with it.


4 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Some kind of goose bowl (cat for scale).
A: It could be a basin/sink bucket.


5 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

My dad found this earlier today with his metal detector and has no clue what it is. It’s about 5 cm x 4 cm. What is this thing?
A: It is part of a bracelet or belt. It would have had companions, joined by links on all 4 corners.



6 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Several rolls of this were donated to a thrift store. It doesn’t have any adhesive and is kinda waxy feeling.
A: They are thorn guard strips, meant to be mounted inside bicycle tires, between the inside of the tire casing and the innertube. In theory, they help prevent tube punctures, and they do an OK job of it.


7 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Weird metal part that comes in a matchbox every once in a while.
A: A match holder thing for discreetly holding matches. So, it’s an extension for lighting candles.


8 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Heavy mass hanging on transmission cables.
A: This is an art installation in a Brazilian university. This thing should be a meteor.


9 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Arrived in the mail for me. Small glass tubes with 2 tiny ball bearings in them. Not something I ordered.
A: I believe those are rattles that you can put inside of fishing lures so they make noise to attract fish.


10 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Found among my dad’s things. Interesting velvet box with a black object inside.
A: It’s a pocket handwarmer... An old one too. You light the rod in the middle. It is a piece of coal, you close it up and pop it in your pocket. Blow on it to stoke it up.


11 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

What is this drill hammer thing?
A: Cutting glass tool.


12 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

This is a drainage pond at my local park. What is this structure?
A: Overflow drain to a storm drain system/ leech field. Or, it's an "Outfall" that's designed to allow a certain amount of retention time in that catchment basin before discharge to the storm drain.


13 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Strange metal rose. Embedded in concrete in front of a pub. I have no idea what it’s supposed to represent.
A: The pub is called the Wild Roses so the roses represent the name.


14 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Found in a box with knitting needles, crochet hooks, and other yarn work tools. The bottom end looks like it would clamp to a pole.
A: It holds meat while carving.


15 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

This has a hinge on the back that clamps the open end together. What is this?
A: A calf weaning ring. Put on the nose of a calf, and it hurts the mama cow, so she doesn't let the calf feed anymore.


16 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

What kind of brooch/pin is this? Given to me by an antiques dealer who was getting rid of it. Made of cheap metal and plastic materials, no markings.
A: Obviously it’s a cheap fashion piece, but it’s reminiscent of a chatelaine; a medieval/Victorian brooch or buckle worn with various helpful things dangling from it, eg keys, scissors, knife, etc.


17 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

A long spouted metal pouring vessel with etchings and a unscrewable top. What is this thing?
A: It’s called a Dallah.


18 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

I bought this from a thrift shop, it says "Chateauneuf Du Pape Grand Vin De France", its about 4 inches long. What could it be?
A: It's a wine-tasting cup.


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