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What Is It? game 237

W00t! It's time for another collaboration with the always-excellent What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what this strange object is used for?

Place your guess in the comment section. One guess per comment, though you can enter as many guesses as you'd like. Please do not post any web link or URL - doing so will void your entry. You have until the answer is revealed on the What Is It? Blog tomorrow.

Two prizes: the first correct guess and the funniest yet wrong one will win a T-Shirt from the NeatoShop.

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For more clues, go to What Is It? Blog. Good luck!

Update: the mystery object is a 35mm film leader retriever, used to retrieve film that has been accidentally wound into the cassette. Berhard was the first with the correct answer, so he wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The funniest answer came from The Professor, who said "This is a nitpicker, designed to extract tiny slivers of controversy from the finest cracks in logic." That's an answer that deserves a t-shirt! Thanks for playing, everyone. You can see the answers to all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog.


film puller - this is used to pull the leader out of a 35mm film cartridge - typically used if you accidentally rewound your film before you had a chance to actually put it into the camera, but could also be used for developing the film.
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Yeah, I can guess what this strange object is used for.
Since Victorian times this "strange object" called ... ruler ... is being used to ask dumb questions by placing it next to a not-so-strange object, which is in this case, that curved metal thingy.

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It's for separating a single layer of toilet paper from the rest of the roll after you're done doing you business. The worst is when you have to start a whole new roll that's all glued up and you end up having a wad of shredded TP. That's a sad panda day.

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That is a standard, garden variety thin-gauged double-twanged steel kajigger. It is used for prying the whatzits from the hey-nows, if you want to get technical. Although there is a specialized triple-twanger kajigger for left hand calibrated hey-nows, you seldom see one in day to day whatzit prying use. Most hey-nows are now standardized for left and right hand calibration.

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This pocket sized gadget is the 'Decoy money clip'. to be kept with your real money clip at all times. When asked ,'can i borrow some money?' quickly retrieve this handy device from your pocket as visible proof that you have no cash. This clip is purposly held open at all times to ensure it doesn't 'clip' on to some cash and ruin the illusion that you are flat broke!

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It's the "just a little bit" measuring device, for the many times people hold their fingers together asking for "just about this much."
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That is a film extractor used to pull the film from film canisters... (back in the day when film was all the rage). You can believe me because as the big t-shirt says "Trust me I'm a scientist"
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