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Identify round metal whatsit thingamabobber?

It's mostly flat, and short metal sticks come out of the edges when you turn the top knob. [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Jun 7, 2016 - 5 answers

Internet detectives ASSEMBLE: Identify my mystery object!

Dear The Internets: I have had this shiny odd-shaped thing on my desk for over a decade now. People often ask me what it is. I have no answer. No one else has been able to figure it out either. Can you help me? Sincerely, frogs. [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Feb 11, 2016 - 16 answers

Yet another "identify this mystery object" question - treen edition

My dad found this wooden object at a market. He's quite delighted with it, and wants to know what it is. It was labeled a "treen" - which the internet tells me is a "generic name for small handmade functional household objects made of wood"- so I presume the seller didn't know what it was either. Our best guess is that it's a tool for crushing/flattening/pounding something (cracking nuts?) - but we'd love a more definitive answer. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine on Jan 5, 2016 - 12 answers

Mystery object - sandalwood, cedarwood, or sweet white wine?

What are these bottle things? My mother bought them in Hyderabad, south India, in the 1970s. I guess the writing is probably Urdu. She thinks that the bottles are made from camel stomachs [?] and that they originally contained perfume essences.
posted by ontheradio on Dec 23, 2015 - 1 answer

Purple blobby things make the best pets

My toddler has a set of animal magnets that include a snail, a cow, a beaver/woodchuck thing, a sheep, another sheep, a goat, and... a purple blobby thing. What the hell kind of animal is this? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Sep 4, 2015 - 130 answers

What is this thing?

What is this mystery object? A friend found it at her parents' house. Nobody knows what it is. [more inside]
posted by zsazsa on Jun 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Metal Machine... Mystery?

What is this mystery object? It's a metal spike-thing, about 8" long and 1" in diameter, hollow, with a perforated drillbit-looking tip and a flared, mushroom cap-shaped top. My son found it during a family walk near some (active) railroad tracks near our ancestral home in southern New Jersey. Our retired engineer father said, "It appears to be... a nozzle of some sort?" There was a spider living inside of it; he has since been evicted. Thanks, Hivemind!
posted by julthumbscrew on Apr 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Let's play "Identify the Mystery Object!"

My father recently acquired this item at a second-hand store in Maryland. He's trying to identify it. Can anyone shed some light on the situation? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Apr 5, 2015 - 28 answers

What is this thing? Gun shaped stick thingy.

My brother in law just bought a house and this was left behind in the cellar. Does anyone know what it is? It's wooden. The checkered bit along the shaft is some kind of woven grass. We're in Australia so possibly Aboriginal. Thanks.
posted by stellathon on Jan 3, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this (possibly carpentry/upholstery) tool?

This object was amongst tools belonging to a carpenter/furniture restorer, so may be something to do with that trade. Beer bottle cap for size, ~5 inches total length; good condition, but must be at least 20 years old - could be much older. The metal part appears to be aluminium, which would be too soft for many tool uses, so perhaps it is something else entirely?
posted by AFII on Jul 16, 2014 - 11 answers

What is this mysterious rubber object?

I found this (2, 3) in a box of office supplies manufactured in Brooklyn in the mid-late 1940s. It appears to be a component of something, but I have no idea what - does anyone recognize it?
posted by ryanshepard on Feb 17, 2014 - 11 answers

What is this thing?

My sister found this at a friend's house; she wants to know what it is. If I had to guess, I'd say it's part of a breast pump (with a little milking stool inside), but that seems ridiculous. Anyone else?
posted by LeLiLo on Aug 21, 2013 - 17 answers

What is this thing?

This recent question reminded me of my own "what the heck is this?" question that I've been wondering about... I was walking to grab lunch one day, and walked past this fenced-in box on Madison Ave between 47th and 48th St. What the heck is it? [more inside]
posted by Grither on May 30, 2013 - 1 answer

What is this animal organ/fetus/embryo my cat brought in?

What is this thing my cat brought to my porch? http://i.imgur.com/cejZcGe.jpg It appears to be something between an animal fetus and organ. When I turned it over it looked the same on the other side. There were no visible eyes/mouth/features. It was larger than a quarter and there was no blood present. A possum visits regularly, and the area has many moles, birds, and raccoons.
posted by Locative on Mar 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking for the perfect press

Hi, all. This should be fairly short, so here goes: While suffering through the Influenza of 2013, I ended up watching a ton of episodes of Danger Man on DVD, only to become entranced with this particular object, which I've made a screenshot of. [more inside]
posted by Minus215Cee on Feb 20, 2013 - 15 answers

What is this mystery object?

What is this mystery item I found in our kitchen? Pictures here (with a pen in the background for scale). [more inside]
posted by charmcityblues on Sep 14, 2012 - 9 answers

What is it really SUPPOSED to do?

What is this thing, where did it come from, and is my house going to burn down now that Turtle (left) has repurposed it as a cat toy? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Mar 13, 2012 - 11 answers

What is this object I found in Goodwill?

What is this? Spotted in a Goodwill, with no documentation or package. The smushed-ball thing is metal, and the cable is very flexible. The base is plastic.
posted by everichon on Dec 21, 2011 - 4 answers

What is this object from Japan?

My friend brought me this terra cotta rattle/ball back from Japan. What is it? Japanese instructions included! [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Nov 24, 2011 - 8 answers

What is this magic thing?

What in the heck is this mystery plastic tool type thing I found? [more inside]
posted by kpht on Oct 30, 2011 - 16 answers

Can you id this object?

What is this object? [more inside]
posted by EsotericAlgorithm on Sep 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Mystery object!

What is this? [more inside]
posted by clorox on May 19, 2011 - 8 answers

Wooden mystery object.

Help my mother recognize this mysterious wooden object [more inside]
posted by Authorized User on Apr 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What is this device next to my window?

Can you identify this mystery device in my new apartment? [more inside]
posted by equalpants on Jan 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Show me some mystery objects.

Are there any good online resources for "Mystery Object" games? [more inside]
posted by djstig on May 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Name the mystery object that was in my boyfriend's christmas cracker.

My boyfriend got this mystery object in his Christmas cracker and the family was stumped. What is it supposed to be? [more inside]
posted by shelleycat on Dec 29, 2007 - 24 answers

Help identify this mystery object?

MysteryObjectFilter! My friend got this device on ebay. Can anyone help him figure out what it is? [more inside]
posted by scody on Mar 2, 2007 - 18 answers

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