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What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

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Ceramic crab with a hole in the top, in an attached dish with a straw. No markings, age unknown (probably pre-1970s).
A: Porcelain crab water dropper.

1 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Found under my couch - container opens; it has four holes on the bottom and green powder shakes out. Measures approx 1 inch x 1/2 inch. Powder smells like menthol or cleaner???
A: Probably a disc from a steripod tooth brush holder/cleaner, or something similar.


2 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Described in an online estate auction as a "toaster"???
A: It’s salt and pepper shakers in the shape of a toaster.


3 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Found this at a thrift shop, marked unknown tool, approximately 7 inches long.
A: Splicing fid.


4 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Wooden chute covered with beams near Durango Colorado.
A: "This timber supported channel carries water from Cascade Creek, to about 15 miles downstream, into Electra Lake."


5 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Weird overnight blue...Goo. I've googled and can't figure out out, maybe eggs?
A: We have a lillipilli tree out front and we get massive alien looking purple bird poos all over the car. I wonder if there isn’t a berry (not specifically blueberry) that is blue.



6 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

What is this, was found on the back of my husbands rearview mirror, was placed diagonal and as he said “not professionally placed.”
A: Used for "long range" RFID, which is like 15 feet for RFID. Can be used for toll authorization, garage access, asset tracking. Never seen it used in any nefarious situation.


7 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Found this dripping some weird liquid. Any idea what it is?
A: Spittlebugs.


8 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Rotating drums that the river passes through.
A: In the Pacific Northwest USA something very similar is used to count fish. Specifically young salmon heading out to the ocean.


9 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Circular metal object that is approximately 5cm wide, not magnetic, silver in color, and weighs 70 grams. Has no writing and found in Ontario, Canada. What is this thing?
A: It looks like a lucky 4 leaf clover "cape fastener" as those usually have chains attached, maybe from a large coat by the size of it.

10 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

What is this ceramic tube? Found in a drawer of random antique bits (like an antique junk drawer) I think they were white, and discolored with age. Holes go all the way through.
A: These are the tubes from knob and tube wiring.


11 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Found these holes on a hike in the middle of nowhere, what are they from?
A: Samples for geology studies.


12 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Handle like objects from glas or epoxy, not sure. Looks like it fits on a rod or something. Found in grandparents cabinet where its been for ages.
A: They're just drawer pulls. Like from a vanity or something.


13 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Found this in my pocket. Probably nothing but no idea how it got in there.
A: It's definitely something with a Luer lock (which is most often used on, as others have said, IV cannulae, hypodermic needles). They also get used for things like filling printer ink.


14 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Found this whilst cleaning out an apartment, it's pretty heavy and not sharp.
A: An ornamental or ceremonial ‘sword breaker' type martial arts weapon.


15 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Random TV channel that we found?
A: There's a technician working to troubleshoot signal issues - this is a crudely implemented signal monitor - so the tech can tune into the channel and see the signal monitor from different houses down the trunk to see who has signal problems etc.


16 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

What is the difference between the two buttons on the last two rows. Both close/open the elevator door in the same way. NM, USA.
A: One is for the front door and the other for the rear door. The first floor has 2 doors - as evidenced by floors 1 and 1R.


17 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Two Chrome balls. Moving up and down. Seen in Germany, Berlin. On the building of Ministry of Economy and Energy.
A: Could they be a clock, like the one we have here in Ottawa?


18 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

What is this foldy metal thing attached to the side of my back porch?
A: Can crusher I believe... when u pull the lever does the metal panel go from top to bottom?


19 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Every house on this road has this chain-like series of cups under the corners of their gutters. Assuming it’s related to irrigation and rain water- but what is it and how does it work?
A: Rain chain.


20 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

What was this metal box used for? (matchbox for scale).
A: It's a German ammunition box.


21 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

Two of these buildings on a lot where new housing is going to be built.
A: Bat houses.


22 What Are These Things For? (23 pics)

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