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What Is It? game 159



It's time for our giveaway collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog! Can you tell us what this object is?

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. Good luck!

Update: Vince had the right answer: the device is to hold logs while they are cut! Kelly gets the funniest answer prize for "The jawbone of a Domokun." She was the first of many to see a Domo-kun in this device. Both win t-shirts from the NeatoShop!

An old fashioned Amish game for playing "Chicken". You've gotta be quick if you don't want to lose your hand.
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It is a musical instrument, called a Hurograp. A series of metal spoons are drawn across the teeth to accompany throat singing of Bessminim eunuchs. It was banned by Pope Ribald in 1542 and all the sppons in southern Moldavia (where the Hurograp was popular) were made into forks. Starvation follwed as people could not eat pork soup, which was the national dish, until the Spork was invented by Valdimir Burnovis. For his intervention into 'God's Wrath' he was excommunicated and defenstrated, then buried in a shallow grave at a crossroads. Yours looks out of tune.
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It's an ancient sheep-shearer. It's missing the crank on the side and the rollers are gone now (this is quite common in ancient sheep-shearing mechanisms). But it's still quite valuable.

One would have the sheep line up single file while cranking the handle on the rollers while run the sheep through the teeth one at a time. The wool would be stripped off neatly and quickly, yet no harm coming to the sheep. It went out of favor for a more rounded design that would also remove the wool from the sides of the sheep and not just the top and bottoms of them.

It's quite rare, and if you have the rollers and the canvas head covers the sheep wore while going through it, you could probably retire.
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The jawbone of a Domokun. Fewer people must be masturbating; it ran out of kittens to feed on.

I like the Heart as Hell tshirt in ladies large.
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I think it's a hide scraper. . . to scrape all the gunk off of animal hides before they are tanned.

If that's not it, I vote for bagel slicer

I like the comic skull and crossbones shirt :)
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This is the depiction of H.P. Lovecraft's lesser Elder Deity, "Omnomikus".

"And those who meditate upon the name of this Old One without the offering of cookies shall be subject to strange aeons of infinite... om...nom...ery".

If it weren't for physics and law enforcement, I'd be unstoppable" in large, please.
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It's a cutter for hay, straw, alfalfa, grass, etc. Before hay bales were invented, farmers needed to cut the hay down to a manageable size.

Did I win?
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It looks similar to a flax break, a wooden tool that crushes flax stalks in order to begin processing linen from them. However, I've never seen one with big metal Domokun teeth or any teeth at all. I would think that it would be too effective at crushing and ruin the fibers.

There are tools called hackles with teeth that separate fibers but this isn't anything like them.

Therefore I hazard it's some kind of braking device
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Obviously, it's a clamp for holding logs for cutting and debarking, etc.. Or, it could be a pencil sharpener....or, maybe a walrus tooth extractor...or an obsolete device that served some obtuse purpose for which there is no longer any use due to "progress" of human technology, like dental floss and "Ninja Wars v.3.2.1" iPhone aps.
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This is the remains of a prehistoric ancestor of the modern Japanese Domo or 'Domo-kun'. A strange cave dwelling creature that hatched from an egg, with a large, saw-toothed mouth that is locked wide open.

Although extinct the myth of the Domo lives on today in Japanese and internet culture.

This fossil dates back to between 0.5 and 1 million years ago around the time Homo erectus dominated the Asian plains and hunted prehistoric Domo for amusement and food. The impressive bones were also used as weapons and primitive tools.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Logic please
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Early treatment for jock itch. Stand that sucker up on the short end, grab the handlebars and alternately pump your hands up and down for lasting relief. aaahhh thats the spot.....
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I think it is a log/plank puller/tensioner/setter. You would place a log or plank in the jaws, the spike of the handle in a trough, and then would be able to precisely move the log/plank back and forth fairly precisely for construction. It would be used in tandem with many of them down the log/plank's length operated by multiple people.

In the unlikely event I am right: "Chemists Do It Periodically On A Table" in the XL size.
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It is obviously for faking a shark bite so that one could get out of homework by saying How could I do my homework? -"I was bitten by a shark"!
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I believe this is a device created by a technically advanced, celibate (and extinct) 19th century religious cult (Shakers) designed to clamp straw for the purpose of making broom heads.

Mmmm...Pi
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That is clearly a medieval pelvis crusher. Used as torture when the "pear of agony" was not available to be inserted in the offending orifice, the pelvis crusher was placed under a person while they were being stretched on the rack and lowered inch by inch until the teeth forced the adulterous pelvic area to be crushed between the sharp metal teeth. These would bite into the glutes, tear at the anus, and mangle the naughty bits. Also useful to punish girls that were being immodest. Just move the thing upwards on the victim's body and crush the juice right out of those melons. This variation is also useful in combination with the nipple snipper. A wall sliding wall mount for this apparatus is also compatible with the priest's chair - a conical stool designed to rip the anus wide open until it came out through the mouth. Maybe that's why the "rejected cartoons" guy couldn't stop his anus from bleeding all over the place.

LAWN GENOME PROJECT - Men's 2XL in military green
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It was used by the early settlers that grew hemp to facilitate holding and passing the "ceremonial" cigarette-puff,puff,pass
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early model bear trap- it fell out of favor for the "automatic" ones as the user had to lay low and wait for the bear to step in and then clamp down on them. Most of the time the bear snuck up behind the trapper and ate them before the trap could be sprung.
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A DE-OM-NOM-NOM-INATARRRAAAWRRRR!!!!

A De-nom-inator: Denominator

It's an extraction device for the Noms...
Like... for those times when you're really hungry... and you wish you didn't have any teeth...

"NO NOMS? NO PROBLEMS!"
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A DE-OM-NOM-NOM-INATARRRAAAWRRRR!!!!

A De-nom-inator: Denominator

It's an extraction device for the Noms...
Like... for those times when you're really hungry... and you wish you didn't have any teeth...

"NO NOMS? NO PROBLEMS!"

i want to believe alien version - small
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This was first used by the phillidelphia parking authority to boot model T 's for unpaid parking tickets. It fell out of use when it was discovered that people where just removing the booted wheel and installing their spare. It did remain around for some time to "boot" horses since their legs were not detachable.
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It's a saw to cut trees down near the base. Two people hold the ends and walk around in a circle. The teeth of the saw cuts into the trunk of the tree. It's adjustable so the teeth can bite further into the trunk until it cuts all the way through.
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It's a rubber sap saw. Two people cut into the rubber tree with the saw, going around the tree in a circular motion. The tree bark gets cut. You pull down the bark and the rubber sap comes out.
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