All things have a purpose and function. However, some objects are so peculiar, so strange, and so weird that it takes amateur detectives and internet occultists to decipher their meaning. The ‘What Is This Thing’ subreddit is a treasure trove of everyday artifacts whose purpose was lost to the world… until Reddit’s resident Sherlock Holmeses took a look at them and explained exactly what people were looking at.

We’ve collected some of the best examples of odd things, so scroll down, have a look, have a read, and upvote your faves. Let us know in the comments if you learned something new and share the most obscure objects with your pals to test their knowledge.

Be sure to read on for Bored Panda’s interview with one of the subreddit’s moderators. And when you’re done with this list and if you’re still hungry for weird things whose purpose is unclear, then be sure to have a look through our previous posts about strange objects right here, here, as well as here.

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#1

What Is This Thing In My Classroom? Makes Subtle Fan-Like Sounds And Changes Colour On Top

What Is This Thing In My Classroom? Makes Subtle Fan-Like Sounds And Changes Colour On Top

Answer: AV1 is a personal avatar for children suffering from long-term illness, helping them to continue their education and maintain the normality of daily life despite no longer being able to access mainstream education. Through an app, the user can remotely log into the class from their home or hospital. Looking through the robots eyes, the child can watch the lesson, through the robot’s ears they can hear greetings from their friends and they can speak through the robot to interact with the rest of the class.

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kAiTLyN
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6 months ago

woah thats kinda cool

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#2

What Are These For In An Outdoor Area Of A Hospital?

What Are These For In An Outdoor Area Of A Hospital?

Answer: These are emergency showers. An affected person (chemical spills, laboratory mishaps, etc) will pull the level on the top and tepid water (OSHA defined between 60F and 100F) will douse the affected from the shower head (above) and boot sprayer (below). The duration of these showers is required to be 15 full minutes at approximately 20 PSI.

Source: I design these systems.

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LoPandas
Community Member
6 months ago

So they are like the showers you find in chemistry classrooms

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#3

IKEA Coffee Mug, What Is The Thing At The Bottom?

IKEA Coffee Mug, What Is The Thing At The Bottom?

Answer: So water doesn't stay on the bottom if you put the mug in the dishwasher and stops wet mugs suctioning themselves to coasters.

Pretty clever design actually.

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SanchaTheSeeker
Community Member
6 months ago

Now that's actually smart. Very simple but very clever

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According to one of the subreddit’s moderators, there are several reasons why people become amateur detectives online and help others figure out what obscure objects are. The first reason is that interesting items show up and some folks can’t help but get involved. There’s also the “thrill of the chase”—people want to show off their great search skills.

“Many [people] have unique and obscure knowledge and they like to use it. Get enough of them together and they cover most things,” the moderator told Bored Panda.

The mod revealed that it’s very rare for a thing to get posted and for nobody to know what it is. They estimate that under 10 percent of ‘cases’ don’t get solved on the subreddit. “A majority of things are solved within 15 minutes of posting,” the mod added. With over 1.5 million members in the community, it's no wonder that mysteries get solved so quickly.

#4

My Mom And Dad Were Doing Some Landscaping In The Backyard And Found This Weird Slate With Writing Etched Into It. The Months Are Spelled Out And The Year States 1827 But That’s All The Information Here. I Can Send More Pics In Pm. Also, This Was Located In Southern Missouri

My Mom And Dad Were Doing Some Landscaping In The Backyard And Found This Weird Slate With Writing Etched Into It. The Months Are Spelled Out And The Year States 1827 But That’s All The Information Here. I Can Send More Pics In Pm. Also, This Was Located In Southern Missouri

Answer: a practice gravestone scrap. Someone who carved gravestones would practice engraving lettering and drawings on this broken piece of stone.

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Lisa loves cats
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6 months ago

Looks cool

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#5

Thin Slabs Of Ivory With Days Of The Week On The Top Found In My Closet. What Is This Thing?

Thin Slabs Of Ivory With Days Of The Week On The Top Found In My Closet. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Fabulous antique early Victorian chatelaine aide memoir from mid 1800s. Made of sheets of bone, it would have hung on a lady's chatalaine chain or been kept securely in her pocket and she would have used it to make note and appointments for the week to come. It has 6 pages for the days Monday to Saturday, of course a lady would never have made appointments on a Sunday

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Bonnie Osborne
Community Member
6 months ago

You can sell your Ivory if you can prove that it was purchased before 1990. This clearly is from the Victorian era..so yeah, that is legal to sell. What a cool discovery. I want to know how she made notes on them..

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#6

Water Flows From A Culvert Beneath A Trail Into This Circular Pool, Then Continues On Into The Woods. What's The Pool's Purpose?

Water Flows From A Culvert Beneath A Trail Into This Circular Pool, Then Continues On Into The Woods. What's The Pool's Purpose?

Answer: Settling pond for erosion control and improving the downstream water for happier fish

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varwenea
Community Member
6 months ago

Smart. Always good to have happy fish. Wouldn't have to summon aquaman to deal with angry fish.

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The subreddit has a more serious offshoot on Reddit called Trace an Object that searches for objects posted by Europol that are linked to child abuse cases.

“We've had some luck in identifying some things, but there's more yet unsolved and more to come as Europol does release some new information every few months,” the moderator explained. The Trace an Object subreddit currently has more than 52.6k members who are putting their sleuthing skills to good use.

#7

Grainy-Like Things? They Appear Inside And On My Closet, And Reappear Whenever I Clean Them. What Are These?

Grainy-Like Things? They Appear Inside And On My Closet, And Reappear Whenever I Clean Them. What Are These?

Answer: Termite poop.

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varwenea
Community Member
6 months ago

Scariest answer ever!

Gr8Gramma2-4
Community Member
6 months ago

Totally agree!

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Tabitha L
Community Member
6 months ago

Ewwwwwww. And very sad for the person whose closet this is.

Francis
Community Member
6 months ago

most of the aswers are super interesting and fascinating.. and then this... yeah well sh*t :D

ALTERN4TED -
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6 months ago

Literally...

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Kjorn
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6 months ago

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M3era
Community Member
6 months ago

Crab man!!!

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Tiffany Marie
Community Member
6 months ago

They pooping your house out! Lol.

Marcellus The Merciless
Community Member
6 months ago

Burn the whole place down

Jasmina Pavlovic
Community Member
6 months ago

Best answer ever! 😁

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
6 months ago

Seriously? That is pretty big poop from a little insect. If it is then get an exterminator in NOW.

Dizzyaudiohh
Community Member
6 months ago

That's what I was thinking.. how are these so big to be from something so small?

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t.e.a.
Community Member
6 months ago

oh HECK no...

Mark Johnson
Community Member
6 months ago

The official name for termite poop is frass.

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

I'll keep that in mind for Scrabble.

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Cho Chang
Community Member
6 months ago

Not something you want to hear...

Diphylleia Grayi
Community Member
6 months ago

Or read 🤢

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Guinny
Community Member
6 months ago

You must have a big nest somewhere

Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
6 months ago

Call the exterminator pronto! At that rate, I'd have a look at the ceiling joists too!

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

And a contractor!

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Rebecca Trinkner
Community Member
6 months ago

LOL It looks like they poop wood pellets.

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

It is wood pellets. That's what termites eat!

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SanchaTheSeeker
Community Member
6 months ago

oh no....

Nash Nopper
Community Member
6 months ago

oh shit!

Eliza_Schuyler_Hamilton
Community Member
6 months ago

LOL I died when I read the answer

Andrew Voight
Community Member
6 months ago

How could termites poop that much???

Rikke Hackner
Community Member
6 months ago

alot of them ? that ate ALOT of wood

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Ashley Fernandes
Community Member
6 months ago

Yeah you need to get fumigated fast.

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

They're literally eating you out of house and home! lol

Raine Soo
Community Member
6 months ago

Eww!

Lorrie Finley
Community Member
6 months ago

Ditto!

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Gale Vester
Community Member
6 months ago

Huh. Things I’d not thought of before — and am likely never to do again! I looked up ‘frass’ and read, ‘fine powdery refuse or fragile perforated wood produced by the activity of boring insects.’ Wonder whether a study has been done on frass in general to find whether you can analyse the termite poop to find what it’s been feasting on! #worldofweirdshit

NQ L
Community Member
6 months ago

Termite poop? How big are the termites? And they all poop in the same area over and over again? Weird

Kimberley Berry
Community Member
6 months ago

Hahaha wow. I laughed so hard at the answer

Liesbeth Blogt
Community Member
6 months ago

Big oops right there!

kathryn stretton
Community Member
6 months ago

Uh oh

KT Pinto
Community Member
3 months ago

I knew the answer was going to be bad...

ace redmond
Community Member
5 months ago

😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣😅😅😅😅😂😂😂😂

Teresa Groth
Community Member
6 months ago

Looks like big Pest Control bill to me!

Donald Holder
Community Member
6 months ago

Reminents of what wood is left after the termite burrow through it is more accurate. It's like sawdust, just it is made by insects rather than a saw blade.

Theland Treadway
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, dry wood termite poop. They eat and they poop. When there is more in there tunnels that they can stand., they chew a hole to the outside, kick the poop out and then reseal the hole so that nothing else can come in. Pest control folks look for these poop piles to locate the infestations.

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
6 months ago

Yep, had them all over the window sills in my kitchen. Finally made the landlord call an exterminator. (They look much larger in this pic by the way, they're almost sand-like).

Meami
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh, that's just depressing.

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
6 months ago

In the shape of Africa!!

Johanna-Nicollette Kidd
Community Member
6 months ago

(0.0)?? Oh my good gracious! Get a pest controller in+get a pest inspection done too. Your home may be in jeopardy

Bettye McKee
Community Member
6 months ago

If you've ever been invaded by termites,, you'll know right away. Time to call the exterminator.

Dave Chapman
Community Member
6 months ago

You can actually BUY this...sh.t! Many types of insect "Frass" is sold as a fertilizer...maybe you can recoup some of the loss on your house, by the time your house is eaten to the ground, you may have $500 worth :(

Cristina Sacchi
Community Member
6 months ago

😱😱😱

Shelby McClain
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm assuming it looks like tiny pieces of wood cus they eat wood lol

Sara Chrisman
Community Member
6 months ago

Ew!

Yana Makarevitch
Community Member
6 months ago

Okay, but that's a lot. Like insanely lot.

Chris DiFonso
Community Member
6 months ago

Okay, I'm really grossed out now

Agent K
Community Member
6 months ago

Fire will cure that!

Bradford Johnson
Community Member
6 months ago

best answer ever.

Avery S Alberico
Community Member
6 months ago

It sort of looks like cereal

avery31415
Community Member
4 months ago

That is a LOT of poop

Joshua Coulombe Sr.
Community Member
4 months ago

Vermiculite an old form of insulation. That was used a long time ago.

Graciela Loughridge
Community Member
4 months ago

Termite’s eggs

Jaysa Maheem
Community Member
5 months ago

OMG!!! for real???

Geoffrey Holland
Community Member
6 months ago

Time to move out.

Sophia Sapach
Community Member
6 months ago

Oooommmyyyyy God..make it go away...eek.. sorry for that..🙁👣

Kimberley Thomas
Community Member
6 months ago

I almost spit my hot chocolate onto my screen after reading that answer.😂😝🤢

LAM
Community Member
6 months ago

Eww, that's a lot of termites.

CincyReds
Community Member
6 months ago

Damn! That is some big poop!

Marty BlackEagle-Carl
Community Member
6 months ago

time to call the Orton man

Sheila Ryan
Community Member
6 months ago

This just made me laugh & laugh & laugh! Idiots

Toni Ferchak
Community Member
6 months ago

By the size of the poop …. the must be quite large !

Marylou Burke
Community Member
6 months ago

That is so yucky.

M3era
Community Member
6 months ago

My guess was bug eggs...poop is still problematic

Stan Chung
Community Member
6 months ago

OMG- get pest control ASAP!

Ann O'Riley
Community Member
6 months ago

It's called Frass.

Rdog Bustamante
Community Member
6 months ago

Look like a lot of shit to me .

Gail Edenson
Community Member
6 months ago

Yikes, you have termites!!!!

Deborah Orr
Community Member
6 months ago

ew

ACE
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy shit, literally. If he cleans them out and they reappear in this magnitude, then they MUST have the house fumigated (likely tented) and a structural engineer look at the damage caused. Becausewith that many termites, there is definitely structural damage.

Lynne Stankard
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh No!!! Yeeeuuuck - I was eating when I read that!!! Nasty - nasty - nasty!!

JJM
Community Member
6 months ago

Ewwwwww!

Thomas Turnbull
Community Member
6 months ago

That’s a big worry

Mollie Mills
Community Member
6 months ago

Was not what I was expecting

Jo Ellen Washburn
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a sh*t-load! Haha.

SF Angel
Community Member
6 months ago

Yup

JC Stiehl
Community Member
6 months ago

ewe

Barbar Stewart
Community Member
6 months ago

Yikes

starhunter64
Community Member
6 months ago

ha ha ha, burn the closet

Jackie C.
Community Member
6 months ago

What is the actual size of the poop? Are there holes in the closet wall or floor?

Pamela Scott
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh no!!! That has to be a lot of termites.

Mumof1
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a aheck of a lot of termites - or one huge big one! Scary either way...

Steve Cruz
Community Member
6 months ago

Imagine how much wood termites have to consume to produce all of that.

William Mahoney
Community Member
6 months ago

Omg ! Call an exterminator. Can't be safe to breath.

Katie S
Community Member
6 months ago

OMG! That makes me want to throw up, that's horrifying.....you gotta move dude!!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
6 months ago

Call the Exterminator, NOW!!

Preeti Rawat
Community Member
6 months ago

Oops!

friendlyneighborhoodtheaterkid
Community Member
6 months ago

oop

Shellie Correia
Community Member
6 months ago

teeny tiny wood pellets... LOL!

Colleen Stadnick
Community Member
6 months ago

Ewwwww!!!! 💩

Amy Tennant
Community Member
6 months ago

I don't know about scariest.. Nastiest, yes!

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
6 months ago

Ewwwwww!!!

Hermione Granger
Community Member
6 months ago

Eek...

Noelle Tibayan
Community Member
6 months ago

lol just poop

Gail Nicholson
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow. You could use that stuff as cat litter!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
6 months ago

Ok, that's damn scary

Inga Rinehart
Community Member
6 months ago

Do you find termite poo on your clothes or shoes?

Kylie Stovall
Community Member
6 months ago

AHHHHhhHhhhHHHHh ~termites:u little a**hole~me:I'm bigger than u~termites well i'm working on that so just shut up shut up SOOOO I CAN KILL U and eat dat wood

Margaret Wells
Community Member
6 months ago

So if they poop wood pellets, can you build something with them?

Dorothy Cloud
Community Member
6 months ago

Good grief. At least I haven't seen any of them in or around my house!

Amy Pontious
Community Member
6 months ago

Gross

Daniel Mason
Community Member
6 months ago

Bet they wish they didn’t ask

Carlota Ocón
Community Member
6 months ago

Bad news

Lululoohoo
Community Member
6 months ago

that is a shit ton! *no pun intended*

Nolagrl
Community Member
6 months ago

Holy crap that's a lot

YoyoSthlm
Community Member
6 months ago

How can you not realize that it's from some kind of animal??

Asianfied
Community Member
6 months ago

It's wood worm

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#8

Washed Up On A Beach In Florida. What Is This Thing?

Washed Up On A Beach In Florida. What Is This Thing?

Answer: "It is a wave-powered desalinator that is owned by Oneka Technologies, a firm in Quebec. It takes seawater and turns it into fresh water. It is powered by the motion of the waves."

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David Jeu
Community Member
6 months ago

Brilliant !

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#9

Weird Squirming Living Lovecraftian Nightmare On Our Lawn Chair This Morning. What Is This Thing?

Weird Squirming Living Lovecraftian Nightmare On Our Lawn Chair This Morning. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Hag moth caterpillar with fuzzy “false arms” on its back to make it look like a dead leaf. (We’re looking at the belly)

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varwenea
Community Member
6 months ago

A baby kraken!

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It’s not just the modern world that is full of mysteries: the further back into history we go, the more secretive things get because the purpose of some things has become lost in the fog of time. One of the most cliched and well-known examples of this is Stonehenge.

We all have our personal theories as to what it was used for (burial site, cosmic map, astronomical calendar, druidic circle, UFO landing site, etc.), but the real answer still eludes us. Researchers are still scratching their heads how the stones that weigh around 8,000 pounds (3,629 kilograms) were transported more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) to the place where Stonehenge still stands.

#10

My Boss Just Got Married, And Due To A Combination Of Indian Tradition And Him Being A Bro, He Brought Us These Little Snackboxes. He Left Before I Could Ask Him Much About Them. What Are They Called And What Are They Made Out Of?

My Boss Just Got Married, And Due To A Combination Of Indian Tradition And Him Being A Bro, He Brought Us These Little Snackboxes. He Left Before I Could Ask Him Much About Them. What Are They Called And What Are They Made Out Of?

Answer: The white block to the left is made with cashew nuts and sugar : It is called kaju barfi. The yellow block looks like it is mango flavored barfi. The circular one looks like dried fig with nuts stuffed in it. The shiny ones have edible silver foil and are also made from almonds, cashews and pistachio nuts. They are all made with clarified butter and are delicious desserts.

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kAiTLyN
Community Member
6 months ago

omg im literally craving mango barfi rn i havent had it in agesss

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#11

Mini Harpoon Thing Found When Changing Bedding In A Hospital Room

Mini Harpoon Thing Found When Changing Bedding In A Hospital Room

Answer: Patient had been tased. It's a taser dart.

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🛸 🌠⭐Lucita 🌌🌙 👽
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Dang.

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#12

When You Pull The Ring On This, Four Little Pins Come Out. What Is It Used For?

When You Pull The Ring On This, Four Little Pins Come Out. What Is It Used For?

Answer: It's an anti-theft device for pocket watches.

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Thomas
Community Member
6 months ago

How does it work exactly?

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Something else that has captured the imaginations of many individuals is a series of carvings in Peru made by the Nazca tribe. Nobody knows why exactly the Nazcas made these drawings of animals, plants, insects, and other things.

But two things are for sure: they are huge and they can be seen from the sky. But their true purpose is still shrouded in mystery. Perhaps, one day, we’ll figure out the answers to the secrets of the Nazcas, as well as solve the mysteries of Stonehenge.

#13

Found On Guam In Shallow Water. 3-Meter Diameter Disk. Top Looks Like Polyester In A Honeycomb Shape That Is Fiber Glassed To Flimsy Aluminum Disk. I'm Stumped On This One. Never Seen Anything Like It. What Is This Thing?

Found On Guam In Shallow Water. 3-Meter Diameter Disk. Top Looks Like Polyester In A Honeycomb Shape That Is Fiber Glassed To Flimsy Aluminum Disk. I'm Stumped On This One. Never Seen Anything Like It. What Is This Thing?

Answer: There was recently a Chinese Long March 3B rocket launch that failed, and the rocket and its payload was seen reentering the atmosphere near Guam

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Jeffrey Pellegrini
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6 months ago

The dog is the winner in this photo.

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#14

What Are These Swirly Things? Found On Google Maps - Located In Cogdell, Georgia, USA

What Are These Swirly Things? Found On Google Maps - Located In Cogdell, Georgia, USA

Answer: Checked the tax records... It is or was an alligator farm.

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WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
Community Member
6 months ago

Alligator farm.....

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#15

Saw This In A Forest In Germany. What Is This Thing?

Saw This In A Forest In Germany. What Is This Thing?

Answer: It's a fridge, or a old time cold room. Basically a room covered with dirt for insulation

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

They have these in the UK- in the winter ice from a pond or lake is put inside and this keeps food chilled through summer.

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#16

My Grandfather Told Us To Not Remove This When Renovating. What Is This Thing?

My Grandfather Told Us To Not Remove This When Renovating. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Aztec calendar. Funny thing, I remember a bunch of these a while ago being smuggled over the border and they were made of meth.

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Lotte
Community Member
6 months ago

This reaction was a rollercoaster from start to finish

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#17

Mostly Concerned About Why Is This Thing?

Mostly Concerned About Why Is This Thing?

Answer: For doing surgery on the cow

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
6 months ago

Smaller ones exist for other livestock. For small sheep, that's how some of them have their hooves trimmed - they come up the run, into the machine, get flipped and manicured (and usually vaccinated with 5-in-1) checked, and then sent out! Though I imagine for a cow it's a hell of a lot scarier!

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#18

Found In Deep Creek Md. What Is This Thing?

Found In Deep Creek Md. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Stonefly larvae. Good sign for the water quality.

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kAiTLyN
Community Member
6 months ago

did some research and the last sentence is in fact NOT sarcastic, they are sensitive to water pollution

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#19

What Are These Things I Keep Seeing On Nearly All The London Bus Stops In My Area?

What Are These Things I Keep Seeing On Nearly All The London Bus Stops In My Area?

Answer: It's potato art... And I'm not even kidding... The artist is unknown (some say by an artist called NoNose), if you look for 'London bus stop potato art' you can find many more articles written about it.

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David Jeu
Community Member
6 months ago

They look covidish

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#20

Growing From The Basement Ceiling At A Very Rapid Rate. It Is Also Leaving On The Table Below It, Grayish Particles. What Is This Thing?

Growing From The Basement Ceiling At A Very Rapid Rate. It Is Also Leaving On The Table Below It, Grayish Particles. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Those are the studs from your walls -- redistributed by your termites.

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
6 months ago

The bug ones give me the heebie jeebies. Ugh. I wish this thread was divided into unusual/interesting and gross/scary.

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#21

On The Underside Of Our Cabinet In The House We Recently Bought, Built In The 70s. Plastic With Metal Teeth On One Side, Very Dull. Each Side Is ~4 Inches Long. What Is This Thing?

On The Underside Of Our Cabinet In The House We Recently Bought, Built In The 70s. Plastic With Metal Teeth On One Side, Very Dull. Each Side Is ~4 Inches Long. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Jar opener

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Francis
Community Member
6 months ago

and why did we stop putting those in our kitchens? :D i need this!

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#22

This Rainbow Effect?

This Rainbow Effect?

Answer: A rainbow is a rainbow. The cause is refraction/dispersion of light due to water in the air.

Looks like it’s raining over there. The shape is just a matter of angles and height.

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Dónal Ó Murchadha
Community Member
6 months ago

Hmmm, I've seen hundreds of rainbows in the sky and they all arched. So ,a rainbow is a rainbow' is hardly an answer and a little bit patronising. This is clearly an unusual rainbow. I think the poster knows it's a rainbow but wants to know why it's shaped this way. Nothing worse when somebody patronises you because they don't have an answer.

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#23

What Are Those Things Called? I Think They're Typical Of Gothic Architecture?

What Are Those Things Called? I Think They're Typical Of Gothic Architecture?

Answer: Flying buttresses. They’re there to transfer the weight of the roof outwards to stop the walls bowing and collapsing.

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Mark
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Yes they are a decorative necessity, as said the side walls will collapse without them, doubly so with a big tower on top.

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#24

Found This In My House. I Bet My Wife It Has Something To Do With A Tie. Do I Win?

Found This In My House. I Bet My Wife It Has Something To Do With A Tie. Do I Win?

Answer: Hoof pick for cleaning horses hooves.

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David Jeu
Community Member
6 months ago

Still sell for 320$! https://www.hermes.com/us/en/product/hoof-pick-H072826Ev93/

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#25

What Is This Fiber/Sand Ball? Found Among Thousands Like It On A Beach In Spain. It Weighs Almost Nothing

What Is This Fiber/Sand Ball? Found Among Thousands Like It On A Beach In Spain. It Weighs Almost Nothing

Answer: Sea grass ball

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t.e.a.
Community Member
6 months ago

it's kinda cute!

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#26

What Are These Circular Metal Things On These Stairs? I Just Hit My Knee And Goddamn Did It Hurt

What Are These Circular Metal Things On These Stairs? I Just Hit My Knee And Goddamn Did It Hurt

Answer: Skateboard prevention device. Keeps em from grinding on edges.

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Roadkill The Brave
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6 months ago

I can see why some people would think this is mean, but turn about is fair play the city has probably had signs prohibiting skateboarding, asking people nicely, ticketing them, and it still went on. The kind of damage long term wear and tear would have not only on the curbs but the railings can put everyone at risk. Not to mention when they need to re-do the curbs and railings its coming out of the cities budget (if in the U.S. not sure about overseas). You can see the 'pebbled' like texture on the steps. My bet is this was their last resort. Added bonus, the constant grinding on the edges and rails can become a safety hazard, which can lead to lawsuits (U.S.) especially if its on public property. I don't care if people want to skate board, go for it, but follow the postings. They put them up for a reason.

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#27

Plaque With Numbers Inscribed On It. Found On The Sidewalk Outside A Building At My University

Plaque With Numbers Inscribed On It. Found On The Sidewalk Outside A Building At My University

Answer: Magic square. It's a popular sort of decoration to put outside math departments

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Suma Biswas
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6 months ago

Every number both raw and colum if u sum up the ans is always 34. Try it

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#28

Saw This Rusty Thing On My Walk In A Forest. The Forest Belong To A Estate Wedellsborg, Vestfyn, Denmark. What Is This Thing?

Saw This Rusty Thing On My Walk In A Forest. The Forest Belong To A Estate Wedellsborg, Vestfyn, Denmark. What Is This Thing?

Answer: It is an underwater mine

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Doctor who?!
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6 months ago

No its not its a doggy 😂🐶

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#29

I Found This Hanging From The Basement Rafters Of My 100 Year Old House. It Appears To Be Two Marbles Or Something Similar In A Hanger Of Some Sort. Any One Have A Clue What This Could Be?

I Found This Hanging From The Basement Rafters Of My 100 Year Old House. It Appears To Be Two Marbles Or Something Similar In A Hanger Of Some Sort. Any One Have A Clue What This Could Be?

Answer: It's a razor blade sharpener. A 1930s salesman's special and it doesn't even sharpen the blades just realigns the edge and gets you a few more shaves.

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visvalin Vamadevan
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6 months ago

Dang it dirty mind.

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#30

Found In A Crawlspace Of A House From The 80's Next To 3 Red Boxes Encased In Concrete. What Is This Thing?

Found In A Crawlspace Of A House From The 80's Next To 3 Red Boxes Encased In Concrete. What Is This Thing?

Answer: This label is used for materials with gamma and neutron emissions This label was specifically used on containers shipped by aircraft, and that reference is from the late 50s/early 60s. Any red label is going to be Group I or II, which as stated above emits gamma rays, neutrons, or both, and is potentially harmful even with the box closed. OP's lid came from something shipped by air, but it's interesting to note that on ground shipments of the same class of materials (like with the label variant I found in my first edit), the trucks themselves were required to be marked "CAUTION" or "DANGEROUS - RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS" on the sides and rear of the vehicle just to haul this kind of material.

Post author update: As of today a 3 man team from the state of Utah department of environmental quality, division of waste management and radiation control, uranium Mills and radioactive materials section (holy [crap]) showed up at my friend's house around 10am and spent a few hours taking readings, swabbing samples and asking questions and after all of that, found nothing but natural trace amounts of radon. The "lid" they think was from the late 1950's and was unrelated to the "vault".

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MerrRyck
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6 months ago (edited)

This is all very interesting but.. I don't accept you being all: oh hey look, here's a really cool vault nobody wanted to be found. YOU CAN'T LEAVE WITHOUT SHOWING WHAT'S IN THE VAULT!! No sir, I demand more respect for the curiosity itch! Thank you.

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#31

I’m Not Doing My Dishes Until I Know What This Beautiful Thing Is

I’m Not Doing My Dishes Until I Know What This Beautiful Thing Is

Answer: That’s a bacteria pellicle.

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varwenea
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6 months ago

Geez, how long were your dirty dishes sitting there? 🤢

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#32

So I Found This Key In With A Bunch Of Things I Was Given Decades Ago When My Grandfather Died. Anyone Ever Seen A Key Like This Before? It’s About 2cm Long An I Have No Clue Where It Came From

So I Found This Key In With A Bunch Of Things I Was Given Decades Ago When My Grandfather Died. Anyone Ever Seen A Key Like This Before? It’s About 2cm Long An I Have No Clue Where It Came From

Answer: The swastika was one of Britain's favourite lucky charms during WW1, e.g. this swastika key charm from the war. There were swastika cushions in British homes & the Scouts had a swastika badge. There must have been a mass domestic clear out in the 1930s/40s, as such items now rare.

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David Jeu
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6 months ago

Never knew the brits used this symbol before the nazis. Very interesting.

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#33

What Is This Thing That You Always See On An Escalator?

What Is This Thing That You Always See On An Escalator?

Answer: They help keep shoes, dresses, handbags, etc. from getting snagged in the tiny gap at the side. I use them as a little shoe shine, too.

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varwenea
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6 months ago

I use them to scrape dirt off the bottom of my shoes.

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#34

What Are These Are What Are They For? The Girl Sitting Across From Me Had Them On All Fingers On Both Hands

What Are These Are What Are They For? The Girl Sitting Across From Me Had Them On All Fingers On Both Hands

Answer: Oval finger splints for treating: Arthritis, Boutonniere Deformities, Crooked Finger, Fractures, Hypermobility (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome), Lateral Deviation, Mallet Finger, Swan Neck, Trigger Finger, Trigger Thumb


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Slinkman
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6 months ago (edited)

'Hmmm.. What is that?' 'Shall i ask her politely?' 'Nááááh let's take a photo of her hand and upload it to a site that has a black and white bear without hobbies as a mascotte and ask there for the answer!'

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#35

Found In The Middle Of Asian Desert, In Google Earth At 40°26'37"N 90°48'00"E. What Is This Thing?

Found In The Middle Of Asian Desert, In Google Earth At 40°26'37"N 90°48'00"E. What Is This Thing?

Answer: They are the evaporation ponds for the Xinjiang Lop Nur Potash Co., Ltd. one of the world's largest potassium sulfate production mines

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Just a Purpler
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6 months ago

I thought it was a computer chip of some sort at first lol

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#36

Found In The Wood In A Creek. It Was Under A Piece Of Wood. What Is This Thing?

Found In The Wood In A Creek. It Was Under A Piece Of Wood. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Those look like midge eggs, an aquatic fly

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WhatsUpKittyCat? (I wuv dogs too)
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6 months ago

They look more like alien fingerprints off some alien with yellow skin covered in glue.

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#37

Found On The Norfolk (UK) Coast. Very Soft And Floppy, Pale Pink But Not Rotten Or Water Bloated. What Is This?

Found On The Norfolk (UK) Coast. Very Soft And Floppy, Pale Pink But Not Rotten Or Water Bloated. What Is This?

Answer: A hairless seal flipper

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varwenea
Community Member
6 months ago

Poor seal

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#38

This Sci-Fi Looking Place In Poland, Somewhere By Krakow. What Is This Thing?

This Sci-Fi Looking Place In Poland, Somewhere By Krakow. What Is This Thing?

Answer: Alvernia Studios is a film studio located near Kraków, Poland, 18 km (10 miles) from the Kraków-Balice Airport, with additional offices in Mumbai and Warsaw.

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Daria B
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6 months ago

Toriyama style architecture. Bet they all come from capsules and the studio can travel the world if they wanted to. ♡

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#39

An Opening In The Bottom Floor Of An 1850s Home In Charleston, Sc. What Is This Thing?

An Opening In The Bottom Floor Of An 1850s Home In Charleston, Sc. What Is This Thing?

Answer: A way to access your crawlspace, there’s usually plumbing, wiring and potentially ductwork that periodically may need maintenance

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David Jeu
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6 months ago

Gateway to hell

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#40

Poured A Glass Of Water Last Night From The Tap Left It Under The Light On The Night Stand, Next Morning I Found This Floating In It... What Could It Be?

Poured A Glass Of Water Last Night From The Tap Left It Under The Light On The Night Stand, Next Morning I Found This Floating In It... What Could It Be?

Answer: If it actually did come out the tap with the water, my guess is some sort of flocculant/coagulant used in tap-water treatment, that somehow made it past the system and was still dissolved/in suspension in the water. Then settled out during the night.

These chemicals are used to attract particle in the water and clump them together for easier removal. Some of those "concoctions" looks similar to this after settling out.

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Guinny
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6 months ago

It's Albino Poop

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