10 Bewildering Objects That Left Folks Wondering about Their Uses

1. “What is this metal bowl-shaped thing with a hollow handle/spout?”

Answer: “Part of a cream separator.”

2. “What is this padded satin item with ribbon ties and a hole in the middle? Appears possibly handmade, like a case for a beauty item.”

Answer: “It looks like it might go on top of a hanger (which is why there’s a hole in the middle). This would turn something like a smooth wooden hanger into one of those hangers with a satin finish/top to prevent light items like slips or lingerie from slipping off the hanger. The ties would be to secure it to the hanger, perhaps. Just a guess though!”

3. “Small plastic object. Has a cap that covers 2 small nubs on top.”

Answer: “I was over here assuming it was for 2 part epoxy.”

4. “Found this on the beach. It’s less than a foot long and seems to be a string with a bunch of little discs strung on it?”

Answer: “Those are whelk egg cases!”

5. “Belt contraption attached to the rear wheel of a Chevy Bolt”

Answer: “It looks like some homegrown charging system.”

6. “Black liquid that appears to have dripped from the ceiling, right underneath a light.”

Answer: “Bad ballast, they are potted with that goo.”

7. “Hollow small glass object with a weird opening. What is it?”

Answer: Glass vase/flower holder.

8. “20 years of research and Reddit is my last hope!”

Answer: “Inside the mouth of a Freshwater Drum.”

9. “I found it in a forest in Sweden, about 1 m from the ground, roughly 20 cm in size. Hard to the touch, but drips liquid when knocked.”

Answer: “Looks like a polypore fungus that is exuding excess moisture, called guttation.”

10. “I got a bag containing 6 of these from China. I have no idea why! What are they?”

Answer: Rose of Jericho (Resurrection Plant, Dinosaur Plant, Jericho Rose)

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