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What is It? Game 21.

This week's collaboration with What is It? Blog brings us this mysterious object. Check out What is It? for clues.

Because I missed two weeks' worth of games, let's do this: First one to guess correctly and funniest guess win Free Neatorama T-Shirts (so total 2 winners).

Place your guess in the comment section - do not post any URL, let others play, please!

Update 5/11/07: Ha! No one got it right - here's the answer:

I didn't know that there was a need for such a product, but apparently when milking cows, serious eye injury can occur from the switching of the cow tail. The device below is a cow tail holder, when in use the larger end clamps to the leg and the other end attaches to the tail.

It was patented in 1891, number 444,428, over 100 other patents for a wide range of contraptions that perform the same task can be found on Google patents.

According to this site, the inventor of a cow tail holder estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 milkmaids or milkmen received severe eye injuries each year.

Safe Work Practices on a Dairy Farm has more information on the risks and dangers of dairy farming.


Funniest comment winner: Beth #63. It was the photoshop job that did it! - congrats!

A sheep torture device. To make them tell the truth where they are hiding their mother-ship from where they will launch an invasion on earth. Part of their plan has already succeed in New Zealand. Stop their invasion!!!
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This is a tool that can be used to carry your pet rabbits. The shape of the tool, on the right, is studied so that the body and the head of your lovely rabbits fits perfectly. The ears of the rabbit is then passed through the metal piece, and blocked by the clip on the left. The two handles on the side make it easy to carry your beloved pet anywhere !
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Medieval torture devise used by members of the Spanish Inquistion to extort the truth. I believe these were heated over a coal fire prior to use.
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It's a bloodless castrator. To castrate bulls without cutting the skin, you clamp this around the scrotum to crush the vas deferens within it.
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This device resembles a locksmith's 'raking' tool for opening locks, but is in all actuality a mezzobrawnic cliffer, or a 'cliffee' in the parlance hedge wizards. It is used in conjuction with a forthee and vigaluck to renovate crop circlers. Notice the worn appearence and slight deformation of the after spengle. Obviously this once servicable tool has been hard used by a careless evoker.
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Did you know that Suzanne Somers actually stole the idea for the thigh master from the Victorian era? Yep, that right folks, this is “The Genuine Thigh Master” and it comes with a double whammy of the butt clincher as noted on the reverse side of the item in question. It tightens everything a Victorian girl needed and yeah, they were tough, no fancy colours or padding required :)
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Its a lockpicking gun, push it into the lock, pull the trigger it shoots the tumblers up into the top and youtwist the gun to turn the barrel and open the lock.
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Looks like a tool used for shoeing horses, the bit on the right is used to grip and loosen the shoe and the back pries and separates it from the hoof. I believe I saw Mike Roe use one of these on an episode of Dirty Jobs, Tuesdays 9pm ETS on the Discovery Channel.
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Early Proctology tool.The smaller secondary opening on the large jaws was to clip it to the saddle horn where it was readily at hand for the door to door frontier proctologist.
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It's a device to hold your pet kiwi while you are eating dinner. The rounded clamp part fits exactly around his little body and the skinny end clamps to the table.

They may be lacking in the limb department and this may sound cruel, but after you've had one pecking at your ankles during an otherwise fantastic meal, you won't feel that bad for them when you have them attached to your dinner table. (Exhibit A: http://bp3.blogger.com/_3hp8bbBoBKc/RkSpZraP3gI/AAAAAAAAAGE/CMzQ1Yi6UQ0/s320/kiwi.bmp [which is not a spoiler in any way...just bad photoshop])
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