This week's collaboration with the What is it? Blog brings us this unusual scale. It has a very specific function - can you guess what it is used to weigh?
Place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, please. You can enter as many guesses as you'd like. Please post no URL or web links - doing so will forfeit your winnings.
Two prizes this week: the first correct guess and the funniest but ultimately incorrect guess will win a cool ice tray from the Neatorama Shop.
For more clues, check out the What is it? Blog. Good luck!Update 11/13/09 - the answer is: A Reliable Automatic Dial Egg Scale and Candler, there is a light bulb in the cylinder at the right, the egg was placed on the hole and was illuminated to monitor the development of the embryo and to identify infertile eggs. The numbers represent ounces per dozen.
Congratulations to Edward who got it correct and to John the Third who made me chuckle with the "methane measurement device."
You put a little heretic on the pointed end, then keep adding counterweights until he catapults into the flames on the right. The scale measures his time in purgatory.
It was very popular in Spain.
Players take turns moving around a board towards the goal of winning Wonka's factory. Opponents can land on a challenge space and make you place your "egg" on the scale. If the meter says you're a bad egg, your piece gets launched into the incinerator and you lose the game.
It's a cocktail holder/ashtray, specially designed for Frank Sinatra.
You place your cocktail glass in the holder in the middle. As the weight of the glass drops, the needle moves to the left, signaling a waitress or flunkie it's time for a refill -- chop chop, baby!
The ashtray on the right is designed so it can be rotated to dump the ashes.
One-of-a-kind. Valued at $12,000, at auction it sold for $23,750.
This here is a gun powder scale, and bullet press.
obviously when you're using a bullet, you don't want it to explode in your face instead of your enemies, so having just enough gun powder but not too much is really important.
Hence the use of a scale and press.
Science isn't always pretty folks.
The russians conversly use a copy of it to add seeds to their strawberrys.
The added cylinder on the side is a slide gauge to estimate dry girth and peanut content.
Good work Ed. My Nana (Italian Granny) had on almost identical.
As an added bonus, the king never figured it out. Kept him busy.
Egg candler and scale.