What Is It? Game 144

Hello Neatoramanauts! It's time for yet another game with the always awesome What Is It? Blog. This week's game brings us the strange object to the left: do you know what it is 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 as usual: the first correct guess and the funniest (judged by yours truly) but ultimately wrong guess will win free T-shirt from the NeatoShop.

Please write your choice of T-shirt alongside your entry. If you don't, you forfeit the prize, okay? So head on over to the NeatoShop (may we suggest the Science T-shirt and Funny T-shirts sections?) and take a looksie.

Post no URL or web links, doing so will get you disqualified. You have until the answer is revealed at our partner blog. For more clues, check out the What Is It? Blog. Good luck!

Update 7/9/10 - the answer is: From the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA, text at this display reads:

Pain Bullets
Frequently called "hospital bullets," these lead bullets were given to patients in anticipation of pain during surgery. "Bite the bullet" soon became a common expression. These bullets, complete with teeth marks, were found near a hospital site after the Battle of Gettysburg.
Although some people think "biting a bullet" is pure Hollywood and TV mythology.

Congratulations to Edward who got it right first and to DCMikeRotch who guessed "Bullet Bill fossil"

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This is a mousetrap and petrified cheese from an ancient Egyptian pyramid. It reveals the real reason for the Egyptian's supreme adoration of the feline. And cat's have been riding on this superstardom for too long!
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This object is pictured smaller than actual size. It is the space vessel used in the Georges Melies' 1902 classic film "A Trip to the Moon" (Une Voyage dans la Lune). It was recovered during the Apollo moon landings by taking it apart to fit inside each lunar module and returned to earth where it was painstakingly reassembled. Send me the "I Do What The Voices in My Wife's Head Tell Me" t-shirt in XL, serene green please.
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