What Is It? game 179



It's once again time for our collaboration with the ever-amusing What Is It? Blog. Do you know what this thing 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-Shirts, Funny T-Shirts and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?

There's more objects to guess posted at the What Is It? Blog. Do your best, and good luck!

Update: Berhard was the first of many with the correct answer; this is a trowel bayonet. Fafa had the funniest answer: a combination pizza server and zombie defense knife! Both win t-shirts from the NeatoShop.

I think it could be a Bayonett... similar to the US Army Model 1873 Trowel Bayonet.
Just guessing...

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'tis a cake server for use in high-security prisons. On an inmates birthday, this server is affixed to a long sturdy pole. A slice of cake is inspected, placed of the server and pushed through the cell bars. If anything goes awry the server can be used as a defensive weapon.

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Most definitely a Masonry trowel. Used for laying bricks. I'm a little sad I got here late on this one since I come to the blog about every 5 min and this is the first "what is it" I knew instantly.
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Yes, it is a masonary trowel, but, it is a bronze masonary trowel made especially for 'dynamite' bricks. In the dark days of 1942 a brilliant if rather far fetched plot to assasinate Hitler took shape. As Hitler was known to frequesnt rustic bavarian wayside Chapels, the British SOE devised a plan to build 'exploding loos' from specially made bricks that would explode when in contact with a odors emanating from the bm's of a certain kind of people, vegetarians. The whole plot fell apart when it was discovered that Hitler was a closet sausage eater. By a paperwork mistake the 12,000 of these special bronze trowels (bronze is non sparking and used in tools made for handling explosives) were ordered, and they sat in a warehouse until 1977. Now they are everywhere.

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That is a Spartan cake server. It doubles as a spear head. 300 guests at $100 a plate, it would be MADNESS should Xerxes decide to crash the reception.

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It is a bronzed garden trowel forged to commemorate the millionth petunia planted by Mrs. Edith Pirfeffin of Westerville, Ohio. Her accomplishment earned her a spot in not only on the Westerville Garden Association's Wall of Fame, but a near miss for the Guiness Book of World Record's coveted "Most Plantingest Lady" award. Pirfeffin narrowly missed out on Minnesota native, Mrs. Fayita Nosblummer's record.

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Protecting yourself from the living dead is a serious business, especially when you are busy eating. Next time you are trying to enjoy a slice of pizza and a zombie decides to attack; you can stab it with this handy pizza slice server that doubles as a knife. Bon Appetit.

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It is a spade bayonet off of a US Calvary Springfield Trapdoor rifle circa 1873. This the type of weapon used by the men of Custer's Seven Cavalry at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
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Alas, you are all wrong. It is a drapery or "window treatment" finial or bracket removed from the rod. Mass produced for a post-war America in antique bronze finish, it is meant to appeal to an Anglophilic design sensibility in a living room, great room, or den in the typical ranch bungalow, though oddly it was actually stylistically borrowed from a Sumerian frieze depicting the death of Gilgamesh. it is best paired with light taupe or cream colored shag carpeting.
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It's the shoehorn matching Cinderella's golden slipper. Her stepsisters used this to leverage their giant feet into the shoe in question and to covertly slice off bits of heel or toe or sole that got in the way of a perfect fit.

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Trowel Bayonet for the US Army Springfield rifle in the mid 1870s. An experimental bayonet, it was ultimately abandoned. It was carried primarily by soldiers in the US West and is credited with saving the US command at the Big Hole Fight in Montana in 1877.
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It's a thetan harvester that the evil Lord Xenu used when he needed a snack. It's a powerful tool and it's said that whomever holds it wields the power of lost thetans. Thought to have been lost in time, recent pictures of it surfaced in the hands of Harold Camping when making his end of world predictions.

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It's a brick laying trowel by day, but at night when the zombies decide to march it becomes a spear. Just attach it to any stick and start poking zombie's eyes out, they can't eat what they can't see.

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This is called the Spade of Terrestrial Rationalism. No one who looks upon it can be Raptured, explaining why so many Neatoramanaughts are still here.
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With the number of stars using Botox these days, Hollywood is having a hard time getting actresses to produce a visible expression of emotion. Make-up artists have a range of tools to temporarily create the illusion of emotion prior to a shot. This particular device is dragged a few times across the forehead to produce "genuine concern"

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Swami's nearest to the mark
It is a Spade Bayonet model 1873. made for a Winchester 1873 First Model Musket .44 caliber.

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Just to avoid people calling me wrong! It is NOT the 1873 rifle or 1873 carbine; it is the 1873 musket, even though it used .44 cartridges and had a lever action.

I said Swami was close, but the Springfield rifle's bayonet had a different mounting end on it.

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Since this is not a field issue bayonet made from hardened steel, this is brass or bronze. Is this one a prototype or ornamental?
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Mr. Swami,

I expect that it is made of steel, and has light surface rust.. only appearing to be bronze... However this is hard to see... lighting and backround colours and the sensor may severly influence the perception.. (However it could also be that my assumptions are not correct)
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Well, I withdraw my guess, I think Swami has it right, I couldn't make out the ridges on the shank, also it is missing the wooden handle that locked in place to make it a true trowel when not used as a bayonet.
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Congratulations Berhard. This certainly was an interesting item to consider. I found a listing of one of these for sale. The seller has this to say:
#0841 Model 1874 Chittendon-Rice patented “Trowel Bayonet” for use with the Model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Rifle. This was a failed brainstorm where the Army decided to combine a foxhole digging tool with a bayonet. It was supposed to be used WITHOUT the rifle, but soldiers found the rifle was a handy handle for the bayonet and would get dirt on the rifle bores when using this as a shovel rather than a trowel. These were only made for a little over a year with just a few thousand made, but were in use during the Indian Wars.
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