What Is It? game 196



Once again, it's time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Can you tell us what this thing is? Or make a wild guess?

Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you'd like. Post no URLs or weblinks, as doing so will forfeit your entry. Two winners: the first correct guess and the funniest (albeit ultimately wrong) guess will win T-shirt from the NeatoShop.

Please write your T-shirt selection alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize, okay? May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?

For more clues, check out the What Is It? Blog.

Update: the pictured object is, indeed, an early TV remote control. This one is really neat in that it doesn't need batteries! Read more about it and see a video at the What It It? Blog. Yes, it was an easy one this week, and our first commenter, Benjamin Abbitt, had the right answer (but did not select a t-shirt). Most people guessed TV remote, but a few went for the funny answer. A t-shirt goes to Ceri for this one: "It's Captain Kirk's first phaser, an early version, before the design was more refined. The buttons are for tickle, shake, stun and kill"

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It's a Zenith TV Remote, where the term "Clicker" comes from.

One button was power, one was volume up, one for volume down, and one for channel up if I remember correctly.

It used hi-frequency audio so line of sight wasn't needed. My cat would slightly freak with every click. Great for making her stop something she was doing dead in her tracks.

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As Pez dispensers became all the rage, Chicklet thought they would try to compete by creating their own novelty dispenser. This is one of the early prototypes.

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