Hooray! It's time to play our weekly guessing game in collaboration with the What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what the strange (and menacing) tool above is used for?
Place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you'd like. Two prizes: the first correct guess and the funniest albeit wrong one win T-shirts from the NeatoShop. Please do not post any URL or web link. You have until the answer is revealed sometime tomorrow.
IMPORTANT: Please write your T-shirt selection alongside your guess. If you don't, then you forfeit the prize, mmkay? So head on over to the NeatoShop (may I suggest the Funny T-shirt and the Science T-shirt sections?)
For more clues, check out the What Is It? Blog. Good luck!Update 7/6/10 - the answer is: A cork remover, patent number 1,213,452, which states:
By then imparting a gradual rotating movement of the bottle with respect to the extractor, or of the extractor with respect to the bottle, the stopper will be moved in a circular direction in the bottle neck and such rotation will readily free the stopper as the tendency of the latter is to move outwardly during such rotation.
Jonnathan got it right, but didn't choose a prize. Congratulations to Meg (the FLASH!) who needle felting during the Inquisition.