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What Is It? game 210



Here it is, time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Tell us what this thing is, if you know. If you don't, make a wild guess!

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 another, closer view, check out the What Is It? Blog. Have fun and good luck!

Update: the object in question is a wolf collar for protecting a dog from attack by wolves, used mostly in Europe. Rastercat was the first with the right answer, but did not select a shirt. Cricket had the funniest answer: it's the Dugger family's marshmallow roaster! That one deserves a t-shirt from the NeatoShop. You'll find the answers for all of this week's mystery items at the What Is It? blog.

An early mediveal vertebrae/intervertebral disc prosthesis.. the spines may directly to be hammered into the vertrebral bodies or into the superior anticular processes... :-)

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This is called Cilice (spelling might be a little wrong, lol).

It's a device of self-torture or self-punishment used by Opus Dei members around their tighs.

I lack the ability to explain it with better words, but it seems like the sel-inflicted pain gets them on a state of religious trance, or something similar - thik of the "cat o' nine tails" whip some religious people use, too.

I think ti was also shown on The Davinci Code movie (Haven't read the book, tho).
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It is a musical intrument, of sorts. called a Youch. The player touches the points with their fingertips, while blindfolded, and releases a cry of pain and surprise. It is usually accompanied by a bass drum. It never became mainstream, but is still performed in hipster coffee houses.

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It's a corn cob rack, at least in my family. My mom would stick dried feed corn cobs on it and hang it up to feed the squirrels. It made them go wild, and what a nature show for us kids!

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Oh my God! You found Blaise Pascal's cilice! Every math nerd in the world has been looking for that for centuries! Now we can get back to discussing our spherical horses.
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This is formally known as a Martyr's Crown and informally known as Satan's Sweatband. Traditionally, this has been worn around the head with the spikes facing inward as a mark of religious fervor. Sadly, it is now mostly worn as a fashion statement with the spikes facing outward. They are big with politicians and sports figures.

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It is clearly a Wookie comb. Judging by the size and prong distance I'd say it belongs to our good friend Chewbacca.

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That is an old one- It's a Cambrian Era Hallucigenia sparsa fossil dug out of the Burgess Shale. What makes this specimen unusual was how the soft tissues were replaced by an iron matrix instead of the more common stone.

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this is used for hanging meat in a butcher shop. This was also used as a torture implement by the Spanish inquisition in small towns where other torture implements were not available. the spike at the top would dig into the neck, and the ones on the sides and between each section would grab around each vertebra and in between them. this would then be hooked to a pulley and pulled, slowly ripping out the spine, and separating the vertebra. This was also slow and painful method of execution, as if the nerves were still connected during the pulling process, they would feel every tug and snap, as the blood poured from there bodies and their vertebra fell apart. Also just so you know the head survives for four minutes after being separated from the body, so the spines removal would not cause instant death, as was hoped for in those days.
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Transylvanian farmers put these on their oxen to protect their necks from the fearsome vampire oxpecker. The oxpecker started out as a friend to the oxen, by eating ticks off their backs, but, they soon developed a taste for blood and now go straight for the neck, ha , ha , ha, ha ha!
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It looks like a cilice. A device used to give penance to God for wrong doings. Most often made from goat hair to serve as an annoying reminder of the sin but occasionally made from metal to inflict much more severe wounds.
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This is used for making/dipping multiple candles the old fashioned way. 'Starter' candles are placed on each 'thorn', the wick is notched under the hook to the side of the thorn. Then the entire load of candles are lowered into the melted wax, pulled up to air dry and when hardened they are submerged again and again until the candles are long and tapered.

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Iron collar to protect the throat of Anatolian shepherd or akbash dogs in Turkey, who were pastured with sheep and goats to protect the herd animals from predators such as wolves and bears.
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It's a snake hanger. Coat hangers just can't take the weight of a big snake when you get tired carrying it around and want to stash it somewhere safe so you need one of these.

Now it may not look like your regular snake hanger but that's because that is the multifunction model, you can also use it to straighten your snake if it gets wrinkled in the coat check.

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It is a set of prehistorical surcigal staples for real big pet animals such as Brachisaur or T-rex... especcially for curing theese nasty wounds from the foot claw of an Velociraptor..

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It's a cilice - A spiked chain that some members of the Opus Dei strap to their upper thigh for a couple hours a day as an act of penance.

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