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What Is It? game 236

Once again, it's time for our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Can you tell us what this thing is? Or make a wild guess?

Give us 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 pictures of this from different angles, check out the What Is It? Blog.

Update: the mystery item is a rope winder from a hardware store, it was expanded to the appropriate size and then rope was wrapped around it, the parts were then collapsed and the customer was left with a coil of rope. The first correct answer came from anonymous coward, who requested a donation to an animal shelter in lieu of a t-shirt. There were a lot of wonderful funny answers (you should read them all), but the prize for that goes to Phil and Buster, who said this is a tool for centering the hole in donuts. That's worth a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! Thanks to everyone who played, and check out the answers to all of this week's mystery objects at the What Is It? blog.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, I guess. Professor S. Whim and Dr. Fisch developed the Fisch-Whim Underwater Turnstyle to stop collisions between fish in aquariums with large populations. Unfortunately, there wasn't a huge amount of cooperation, as varying species ignored the turnstyle altogether. Eventually the Fisch-Whim Underwater Turnstyle was abandoned, and its learned inventors decided to go into another business. They opened a very popular chain of seafood restaurants.

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The Lunacator, a device to illustrate the phases of the Moon, was a commercial failure due to a small design modiication made to reduce production costs.

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That folks is a saltwater taffy stretching wheel. I've seen one of these at a state fair. Once, you get the taffy nice and warm, you put in on this wheel with another wheel that spins in between it like two gears. It stretches the taffy repeatedly until you get a smooth, melt-in your mouth texture. Mmm, taffy.

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Adjustable blades arms that mount to hub of a wagon wheel for Wild West version of Death Race 2000...or shall I say 1800.

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What you got there is the business end of the Mohel3000, the unfortunate result of a "modernizing" trend in maternity hospitals in the 50s. Although ultimately discarded, the machine was at one time capable of up to 13KF per minute.

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Alas, Batman did not have room on his utility belt for the quadruple Batarang zipline implementer, which allowed him to effectively connect the four corners of a downtown intersection via superstrong Batcable, much like Spiderman's web, but cooler, and with better dialogue.

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Medevel Gynecological brace. The jar its resting on held a tallow candle.

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It is an adjustable time vortex gyration gauge. It allows one to make small corrections in their ability to control the time dilation. This used only on the Billy Meier time travel machine, the 2nd version, you would need an adapter kit if you want to use it on the first version.

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It is the classic device used by novice step-dancers. They hold it between their hips as they practice positioning and distance. then they get "jiggy" with it.

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it is the classic device used by beginning step dancers to train them to stand in the correct postions and distances while gettin' jiggy.

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