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What Is It? game 223



It's time to play a game in collaboration with the always 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 each win a 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?

Check out the What Is It? Blog for several additional pictures of this item (including closeups), and more mystery items. Good luck!

Update: the tool shown is a horseshoe calk sharpener, which can used without removing the shoe from the horse's foot. A calk is a spike that is used in icy conditions. See the patent here. And guess what? NO ONE came even close. But LostCrichton summed up that confusion by saying, "Don't quite reckon I know but it keeps the missus happy." As the funniest answer, that one wins a t-shirt! Thanks to everyone for playing this week. Find out the answers to all of this week's items at the What Is It? blog.

Well, see; You turn the handle up there and it turns this handle here, and the other handle, uh... No, that's the one you hold there and it... Wait, give me a hand here. You hold that while I... Hey, what's that adjusting thing there? Go ahead and try it... Doh! Now you've messed it up, see? It'll never work now!

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Down on the farm toothpaste was ordered via the Sears Catalog, and was a luxury item. Back when people brushed their teeth once a week whether they needed it or not, this was also sold in the catalog as a toothpaste tube squeezer so you could get every last drip.

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When television was first invented, lazy people were begging for a way to change the channel when they didn't have kids around to do it for them. Early developers considered the use of multiple connecting handles the best way to keep the television controller functional in different seating situations.

Unfortunately, the lazy culture of the time found these controllers too complicated to master, and decided to just keep the children home from school and available to turn the set on and off or change the channel for them. This is why most adults in this country can barely read or write or think for themselves.

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It's ironic that should show up here. It was designed for the Writer's Workshop of Ashville, NC. It was used in a class as the McGuffin for a story to be made up on the spot, and thus is known as a "hack saw."

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"bathroom buddy" – toilet paper goes on one end and a knob at the other to hang your coat, purse, etc.

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This is a Japanese torpedo winder from WW2. You know when those torpedos are shot in all the war movies? THey never how you scenes of the sailors laboriously winding up the little propellers. The US navy were the first to have electric torpedo winders, although early in the war they malfunctioned and wound them the wrong way so they ran backwards and sometimes hit our own subs. Today's submarines come with pre-wound torpedoes.

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It's a handlizer, produced by DARPA in 1979 as inspired by the writings of Dr. Seuss. It's three levers that, when turned or pulled, simply move another lever.

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