8+ Unusual And Unknown Objects People Found In Their Homes

Have you ever stumbled upon an unusual object that you have no idea what it is or what its purpose might be? Perhaps it was once some sort of medieval torture device? Ha, ha. For your sake, I hope not.

Reddit users have asked other people to identify weird objects they found or received as gifts, and you won't believe some of the answers. Let's take a look-see...

1. This Thing Resembling A Pipe

Reddit | roadkilbil26

Well, this is definitely not a pipe. It's actually a Yatate, a portable Japanese calligraphy tool. Wow, who would have guessed that?

2. This Wooden Gadget

Reddit | SlopeDude

If you're a fan of spaghetti, then you can probably guess what this kitchen item might be. It's a spaghetti measuring tool for one-to-four people.

3. This Cone Shaped Item

Reddit | Alpakasus

Is it used to make waffle cones? If you guessed that, you'd be wrong. Ha, ha. It's used for flaring the end of a lead pipe.

4. This Rolling Pin Kinda Thing

Reddit | joshuaferris

This weird looking thing is a special knife. It's used to cut dough for croissants. Mmm, croissants. You had me at croissants.

5. This Pointy Object

Reddit | dgdrox15

I have no idea what this thing is. Reddit users claim it's a timed fuse from a Japanese artillery piece, probably a 75mm anti-aircraft gun.

6. This Rolling Pin With Edges

Reddit | ElPotato76

Wow, who knew there were so many different rolling pins? I certainly didn't. This one is used to make spaghetti, tagliatelle, fettuccine, and pappardelle.

7. This Metal Object

Reddit | Yudus

Whoa, what in the heck can this thing be? Any guesses? If you absolutely must know, this is actually just a 50 CD Turntable Holder. Ha!

8. This Kitchen Gadget

Reddit | u/tjansson

Oh, did I give it away already? Yes, this is a kitchen gadget indeed. This is a meatball maker. Wow, who would've thought that?

9. This Scary Device

Reddit | u/Brl23n

Speaking of kitchen gadgets, this is actually a meat chopper and tenderizer. The single side cuts like a cleaver and the triple side serves as a meat tenderizer.

10. This Wooden Thing


Can you guess what this object's purpose might be? I had absolutely no clue here. Turns out it's used to put corks into bottles.

11. This Contraption

Reddit | elusorius

This one I actually know because I got one of these in Europe. It's an oil and vinegar dispenser. I put the oil in the middle compartment. Yum!

12. This Red Box With A Battery

Reddit | MKorostoff

Imagine finding this mysterious little box in the basement of your new home. It's definitely odd-looking, but the explanation is simple: It's an old-school fire alarm.

13. These Old Toys

Reddit | Zodiaclibra808

Finding these in a closet without knowing where they came from would be pretty confusing. They are from a 2003 game called Jagun Fighters.

14. This Metal Press

Reddit | macetheace_1998

This heavy-duty metal press looks like it came from a different era. It's actually known as a pitzelle press and makes thin cookies that are popular in Italy.

15. This Grate

Reddit | Rubik1014

One homeowner found this in their fireplace and had no idea what to do with it. Its purpose? It's an old-fashioned fire starter!

16. These Curved, Plastic Pieces

Reddit | Fanuary

I'm not going to lie, I'm at a total loss for what these are. Apparently, Reddit users said they are likely trivets for keeping hot dishes off tabletops.

17. This Unusual Utensil

Reddit | bmckinleywv

Do you have any idea what this is? I am out of guesses. This weird-looking utensil was used as a sugar crusher for making cocktails back in the day. Neat!

18. This Metal Piece

Reddit | ndomitous111

At first glance, this looks like a mysterious key. It's actually a piece from a wall-mounted hook for outdoor clothing. Huh, go figure.

19. This Tiny Container And Tongs

Reddit | SpartacusIsACoolName

This is so small, it almost looks like a piece from a dollhouse. It was actually for serving saccharin tablets back in the day.

20. These Wooden Toys

Reddit | brickyleaf

When someone found these in their home, they couldn't tell if they were soccer players or something else. They are pieces from a game called Bash-A-Burglar, which you can still buy on Amazon today.

21. This Spiral

Reddit | fredsub

Turns out, it's a powdered sugar duster. You squeeze the handle and fill it with sugar. As you tap it, the spiral shape sprinkles powdered sugar. Yum!

22. This Bird Thingy

Reddit | Pedandick

Someone bought this at a flea market in Belgium. Apparently, midwives in the 1800s used it to tie off the umbilical cord of a newborn baby.

How interesting that some people stumble upon these unusual gadgets and within just a short amount of time, their mystery is solved thanks to other clever internet users.

Nice work!

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