When finding a strange thing the purpose of which is unknown, you can feel like an archeologist who just discovered an ancient artifact. After making the discovery, we usually start trying to find out what this gizmo is all about and what it was made for. When Google brings us to a dead end, the best thing left to do is to ask internet users for help. It is thanks to them that we found out how an ancient hearing aid and the fallen spines of sea urchins looked, as well as what a creature with a Y-shaped head is called.
GIGGAG collected 19 unusual things that we wouldn’t have been able to guess the purpose of without the help of online users.
It’s a ceiling fan. The rope at the top would be pulled to create the back and forth motion to fan the air and keep flies away from the table during a meal.
There is a “sandbox” located under seats in metro trains. It’s a box with sand to use in wet or slippery conditions to improve traction (during acceleration or deceleration).
That’s the door leading to a lime kiln that had been abandoned for a long time. It was built far from living houses so that its gases don’t poison people.
It’s a large tower-type solar-thermodynamic power plant located in the state of Nevada, USA.
It’s the rusted guts of a Mills slot machine which has reels and combinations of pictures in order to win. Here you can see how it works.
It’s called a pocket ear trumpet.
It’s a snooker or billiards scorekeeper.
That’s a tool for cleaning a drainage hole that collects condensate in the fridge.
It’s an avalauncher round — an explosive device used in avalanche mitigation. As with any other explosive materials, they sometimes explode and, therefore, they pose a danger.
It’s Bryozoa — a type of invertebrate animal. These are aquatic and colonial moss creatures. The colonies of Bryozoa can cover the square of more than 10 sq ft. Their colonies have many forms: some grow on reachable surfaces (stones, shells, or seaweeds) in the form of crusts and lumps, while others can have forms of fans, bushes, and sheets.
Back in the day, people used hand-operated meat grinders rather than buying ground meat at the store. You could mount them to the narrow board via a C-clamp on the bottom of the grinder. If you look carefully, you’ll see the traces of clamps.
These are sea urchin spines.
These protective helmets were worn by German flamethrower operators.
It’s an old tool for holding a stack of notepaper and a loop for a pen.
There is a golf club near the road and the net won’t let a ball get on the highway.
That’s a hotel on the cliff consisting of 3 semi-transparent rooms. One night there costs $450.
That’s a handle for a hand saw. That’s how it looks together with the saw.
It’s a Bipalium — a planaria worm also known as a hammerhead slug. By the way, the worm feeds on earthworms.
It’s Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane. The helicopter in the photo was designed for transporting military tanks. But, in fact, it can be used to carry any heavy object because this machine can lift up to 42,000 lb.
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