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What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

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Weird small horn thing found crushed in the dirt in my driveway. What is this ?
A: A raccoon penile bone. Some people use them as good luck charms, like a rabbit foot.

1 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Can anyone identify what purpose this piece of furniture serves?
A: It is a telephone stand. The handle is to move it around the room.


2 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Seen built into the counter of a kitchen in a high end home. What is this item used for? Thank you!
A: Its an electric hot water bath/double boiler.


3 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

This was shipped to our office with no name or return address. Looks to be an odd lockbox of some sort.
A: It's a POS cash drawer.


4 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Chicago - the city came through my alley yesterday and dug a trench down the middle. Anyone know why they would have done that?
A: Looks like your alley is due for re-paving. They do this ahead of time to make sure they're not going to run into anything unexpected on the day they bring in all the heavy equipment.


5 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

I found this angle bar with chains attached. It’s about 6 feet long. Does anyone know what this is used for?
A: Looks like a brush cutter chain guard. These hang down off a brush cutter or "bush-hog" type of attachment to stop bricks stones and large tree debris flying out and causing injury. The holes in the angle iron would allow the length to be bolted to the machinery.



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Found this while cleaning a basement, it doesn’t open or anything. Any ideas?
A: My Granny Sue had a set of these in her basement that me and my siblings played with a set of these as kids. There was a whole bunch of name brand cans. I just can’t remember if the Campbell’s soup can looked just like this and was the same size or not. It was a long time ago.


7 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Found 100 feet underground in old cave/mine. It's rusted metal, about 2 feet tall with pipes attached. The white thing is electrical wire wrapped around it.
A: Hydraulic ram.


8 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Found in an office in NYC, dolly or pry bar?
A: Pry bar “Johnson Bar.”


9 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Shovel handle with a mud flap attached?
A: I’ve used one of those for tamping out brushfire, but in hindsight, I have no clue where it came from or what it’s true design is.


10 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

What's the long-lasting trail behind this boat?
A: The disturbed water hasn't mixed back into surrounding water very quick and the sun is reflecting off the different surface waves amplifying the difference.


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WITT next to the wood pile on my parents recently bought property in Prince George BC?
A: Used to roll large logs for cutting.


12 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Supposedly found next to a deceased Japanese soldier at Okinawa, 1946. What is the wooden blade?
A: It's a Samoan war club.


13 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

This is about 3 in by 3 in with a little movable lever and these little fins come out of the bottom when it is engaged. What is this thing?
A: It’s a bloodletting device.


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It’s elastic, squishy, stretches quite a bit with very little effort. It is 7.75” long, .5” diameter, solid all the way through, and odorless. Help!
A: It’s a monkey noodle It’s a kids toy. We got some for my son with autism on the recommendation of his teacher.


15 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Discovered on the lot of a cabin just north of St. Paul, Minnesota USA. It’s about 7 feet deep.
A: Base of old feed silo.


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What is the plastic circle with the pull cord? There’s one in every room.
A: They are for passive ventilation and the cords are for adjusting how open they are.


17 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Headed to the dumpster, may be from old semiconductor lab/factory.
A: linear power supply module with water cooling.


18 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

I cut a pineapple myself and it was in the middle of a chunk when I bit it. It’s almost rubbery, gelatinous, like an orbeez but more solid. Originally the size of a nickel about 1/4” thick, crumbled apart when I squeezed it.
A: I am a supervisory USDA produce grader. There is a defect called gummosis that this most likely is.


19 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Found plastered over in 100 year old kitchen above sink.
A: Switch with indicating light. Possibly to turn on and off a furnace, outdoor light, whatever you might want to monitor it's state.


20 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

Cigar shaped Metal Objekt found in the garden.
A: It looks like a Fisher Space pen (brass).


21 What Are These Things For? (24 pics)

North Carolina- found on the beach. Weird ocean sweet potato?
A: Looks like it could be root stem of Smilax.


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Weird brown "pod?" Found in yard, southeastern Wisconsin. 2nd year that I've found one.
A: They're a type of mushroom called a puffball. When they mature and dry up they shoot their dusty brown spores when disturbed.


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