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What Is It? game 256

It's time for the latest edition of our collaboration with the always amusing What Is It? Blog. Can you guess what this thing is? Or can you make up something silly?

Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many guesses as you'd like in separate comments. Pease do not post 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?

See all this week's mystery objects at the What Is It? Blog. Good luck!

Update: this previously-unknown object is a tie press. This week, H.Walter was the first person who knew the answer, and wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The award for the funniest answer goes to Kevin George, who said,

It's a prehistoric typewriter. Before language was developed, there was only one letter in the alphabet. You would type that letter by pressing the button on top. The knob on the side advanced the paper. You could type out your story: Oo oo ooooo!

He wins a t-shirt, too! Thanks to everyone who played along this week. You find the answers to all the mystery items of the week at the What Is It? blog.


Failed prototype of a seeing eye robot head. Failed because you can see that there are outlines for eyes but they have not been installed.

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Not since my Norwegian childhood have I seen one of these old-fashioned lefse rollers! It was a holiday tradition for the people of each village annually to produce large amounts of this thin, delicious, potato bread. I fondly remember my grandma loading flour and smashed potatoes into the back of this device, then slowly turning the knob to lay the lefse out on the cooking surface. When the bread was about ten inches long, she'd flick the sliding lever on the top and the razor-sharp blade inside would neatly snip it off. Woe to the child--woe I say!--would would stick his curious fingers inside to feel around. I still have a line of scars across the tips of my fingers from touching that blade!

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It's a chewing gum recycler. Put your pre-chewed chewing gum in one end. Turn the knob and a fresh flat stick of chewing gum comes out the other end.

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Isn't that one of those pre-digital teletype thingies for spitting out stock market activities? I think it just might be!

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It is a do-it-yourself tongue piercing machine: insert tongue, roll it forward with the knob, slide the little grey button forward, voila'! You now have the power to irritate any parent you may meet in your travels by merely speaking to them while your tongue stud clicks constantly on your teeth! It sells itself!

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My wife runs a salon, I saw one of those in the back, it is for nails, you know drying your nails, now they have UV light ones that dry them quick. The call it a Polymethyl methacrylate acrylics Dryer. It is made by the crown corporation.

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It's a prehistoric typewriter. Before language was developed, there was only one letter in the alphabet. You would type that letter by pressing the button on top. The knob on the side advanced the paper. You could type out your story: Oo oo ooooo!

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A brown and white Bakelite thing
Is an office-guy's favorite bling
It's for fooling around
making cute Star Trek sounds
While waiting for his phone to ring

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