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What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

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Ovoid iron plaque, shield shape, approx 12” wide by 16” tall. Looks like Hercules fighting the Hydra in center scene.
A: It's a decorative plaque, neoclassical style. For anyone who is interested, apparently this plaque originally would have also held battle implements (see link). My best guess is that it was made in the 1960’s or early 70’s. I do believe it’s Hercules and the Hydra pictured in the central scene. If it were Perseus/Medusa the club would be a sword, and a shield would be included (Perseus couldn’t look at Medusa directly and had to use the reflection in his shield to behead her).

1 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Clear glass “bell” type thing. Found in attic, likely belonged to previous owners of the house. Being held by adult male large hand for scale. The bowl area is hollow, the “handle” area is solid. Any ideas?
A: The stand is missing. It's a candle holder, I have the same at home.


2 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Black plastic casing with a clear display. Several different icons on the display including a padlock.
A: It's a virtual fence where you can set the distance. This is the collar part and there is a controller part somewhere.


3 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Found on counter in medical exam room: string of plastic numbered oval beads. My own doc had no idea (but we agreed it is NOT likely to be the obvious sexy item!) Pen for scale.
A: It's an orchidometer used for sizing testicles at the urologist. My brother-in-law had only one testicle descend. He is fully functional and has had no problems fathering children. In high school he was self-conscious about having one testicle. They sized his prosthetic testicle. Then surgically placed it.


4 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Bullet type thing found in back seat of car after finding hole in window.
A: It's a bullet fragment.


5 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Found this in a forest, next to it is a big sand pit. What is this thing??
A: Water Sediment treatment station. They decant the floating particles like foams by using the dam like phases (maze like structure like dam, should be at least 3 dams where you skim off floating foams, and also bigger non floating particles don't pass and you only take the middle water).



6 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

It has a spout on top but when you pick it up it plays a tune like a music box, help!
A: Decanter. We had one growing up that played the tune of "how dry I am" when lifted.


7 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

My Grandmother gave this to my Mom and told her it was a scarf... We can't figure out what it really is.
A: It's a Yorscarf. It’s an L shape except it has a little hole along the seam somewhere for that long piece to thread through.


8 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Red braided ropes with fabric sleeve - they came in the mail yesterday and I don't know who sent them.
A: It's a soft shackle for off-roading.


9 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Brush and silicone point tool? Found in old tool bag.
A: It looks like an OXO electronic cleaning tool.


10 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

From great grandmas collection. What is the purpose of this spoon?
A: Jelly server spoon.


11 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

What's mounted to the centre of this bus's wheel? Seems to be from Argentina if that helps.
A: It is a Central Tyre Inflation System.


12 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Large intricately carved wood panel found in a Hawaiian home. It seems to depict a war scene between monkeys??? Possibly a Hindu Hanuman depiction? What is this depicting? Why are they fighting? Any idea as to country of origin? Why the diagonal line (is it separating dueling forces)?
A: I believe it is a scene from the Ramayana. Part of the Hindu scriptures. Bottom right appears to be Lord Rama and His brother Laxman with the monkey army.


13 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Solid metal Egyptian-looking scarab. My gma believes she got it somewhere in Europe a long time ago. It has hieroglyphs on the underside and is fairly heavy for its size.
A: Likely a paper weight. Did a quick google for "scarab paperweight" and found a lot of similar items.


14 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

What are these cylinders mounted on a roof?
A: Old-school solar water heaters for a swimming pool.


15 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Metal box attached to hot water radiator in older (1912) house.
A: An old radiator humidifier. You put water in it so the air doesn't get too dry.


16 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

A coworker (in a medical office) gave me a small Christmas goodie bag that included only a scratch-off lottery ticket and this white rubber 6 pronged object. There are no markings on it, it doesn’t feel strong enough to hold anything, it didn’t come in its own packaging, it doesn’t glow or light up.
A: Its for your covid mask. Takes the strain off of your ears.


17 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

What are these dandelion looking things on the top of a ski lift?
A: These are for lightening protection. These actually dissipate static build up before lightning strikes, making it likely to strike elsewhere.


18 What Are These Things For? (19 pics)

Found in the kitchen, hand held utensil, feels like a similar material to the ice cream scoops that use body heat to scoop easier. No markings or logo.
A: A citrus juicer similar to a citritwist.


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