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What Is It? game 185



It's once again time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what the pictured item is? Can you make up something interesting?

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: This an anvil for hand forming sheet metal with a hammer, for making armor or other curved metal parts, also called sinking or doming. Berhard knew that, and said so in the very first comment! For that, he wins a t-shirt. As for the funniest answer, greg urbano said, "it is a discarded reflecting dish used by aliens to gauge their distance from the earth as they approach for landing, similar to the reflectors we placed on the moon to bouce laser beams back, im almost certain of this because i have seen this on other planets during my travels." However, he did not select a shirt. You can see more picture of this anvil in use at the What Is It? blog.

It seems to be a „sinking stump“ or „doming block“, used for sinking (also also known as doming, dishing or dapping, i.e. a metalworking technique whereby flat sheet metal is formed into a non-flat object by hammering it into a concave indentation....

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A bird bath for woodpeckers.... it is made of steel to prevent that the pecker may inadvertendtly break is when pecking at it while drinking..

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Baptismal font of norse nythology, especcially for baptism in the name of Thor / Donar... the Baptismal font has to be hammer-resistant as the water is applied by a Mjöllnir dipped into the Baptismal font...

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Beyond doubt a „ball bearing“ it is designed to bear a ball onto it wherein the concave surface prevents the ball from falling down..

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A „shot put holder“ or „shot put rest“ , i.e. for the field event of shot putting so that the athletes do not have to bend down to pick up their shot puts it it is their turn ... (may also be used in Hammerthrowing)

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I believe it is the bottom mold that fire buckets are stamped from i.e. fire buckets have a round bottom so that they will always fall over and therefore are not useful as a regular bucket.
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it is a discarded reflecting dish used by aliens to gauge their distance from the earth as they approach for landing, similar to the reflectors we placed on the moon to bouce laser beams back, im almost certain of this because i have seen this on other planets during my travels.
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This is a Jamaican "pon" anvil. The pon is a circular instrument with many hand hammered raised sections, each giving a different note. This device is what they are made with. The maker must "tune" each pon individually, usually by ear.

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The Japanese make an awesome food from rice called mochi. It is made by pounding the heck out of rice with a big mallet. This thing is where they put the rice to pound it.
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This is most likely an impact crater on the surface of what used to be a sundial. In the 80s there were about 2000+ sundials (all by the same manufacturer) that were struck by tiny meteorites. Many of the meteorites recovered were later used to develop a new kind of sundial with special meteorite repellent properties. And that is why it is very rare to find a sundial in the 90s whose surface is marred by an impact crater such as the one shown in the photo.

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That is the button you whack with the big mallet at the carnival or six flags to try and get the dinger to slide up and hit the bell to win a big plush animal. I've never one those. But someday....

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It is a 17th century satellite dish. The iron construction made it very weather resistant and improved the quality of reception beyond earlier leather and wood versions. It was not a commercial success, as the TV and communication satellite would not be invented for another 200 years.

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As "vikter" wrote, it is clearly part of a playground set. Where kids can put their heads on to perfor a head stand (or even an head spin) usually they come in pairs, wherein the last kid falling down wins!

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Its for your marbles.

They keep it on the playground because very often parents would lose their marbles.
Its kinda like a lost and found.

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A dishing stump.. It is used by a blacksmith or armorer to form sheets of metal into bowl like shapes. Specifically this is going to be used to make shield bosses. A round, dished metal plate that goes in the center of a shield.
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Viking Loving Bowl-betrothed Vikings would lift the post (they were quite strong) and bring the bowl up to their beloved's lips to take a sip of mead.

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It's a grinding mould...so that you can grind your own reflective telescope mirrors!

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It's a North Pole Sundial, although it seems to be missing the numbers around the edge.

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It is part of a mount that allows buildings to resistant to earthquake damage. It would have ball bearing(s) in the bowl part and a pad that sat atop them that was connected to a load bearing column alklowing the earth to move and the building to stay still
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