15+ Weird Discoveries That Couldn't Stump The Internet For Long

Every day, one can expect to see a new collection of curious posts hit Reddit's r/whatisthisthing community.

And while some of these posts can go through that day without seeing a resolution for their mystery, the uncanny reality is that most of them will find out exactly what they're dealing with within hours of posting.

And the thorough responses they can get sort of bring to mind the old Antiques Roadshow series, except that most of the people bringing their strange objects in have already guessed they aren't worth any money. They're just satisfied to know what they have at all.

And while a lot of the people on Antiques Roadshow went home disappointed, I'm not sure the same can be said for anybody on this list.

Most people who appear in this community are trying to identify an object but this person wanted to figure out a phenomenon instead.

As they noticed, some of the sand on a beach they visited in Ecuador was magnetic.

But as they soon learned, that's also true of many other places in the world because any dirt or sand that is sufficiently rich in iron will have the same effect.

Although you may have seen objects like these in your own travels, you may not be familiar with the firm that provided these ones.

As the uploader learned soon after posting this photo, these are adjustable protectors designed to let people use masks and other face coverings without having to loop the ends around the ears.

And as one user pointed out, it made sense that this company would want to provide them independently because they're a hearing aid manufacturer.

Apparently, the loops on face masks can interfere with hearing aids without something like this in place.

When this person found a piece of metal and its plastic casing in their grandparents' junk drawer, they were understandably puzzled as to what it could be.

But there's a good chance they've seen it before even if it didn't really stand out. That's because it's apparently a weight used to hold down a pull cord for a set of blinds.

Unless something's wrong with it, such a thing doesn't usually distract us from the view outside of our windows.

This person observed that this object has eight bendy arms and a screw near the bottom, but that didn't seem to get them any closer to figuring out what it was.

And considering that it wasn't attached to the stick that you normally see when this is in use, that's not a surprise.

It turns out that this is a light bulb remover designed for areas with high ceilings.

While the uploader was looking through Google Maps, they noticed these giant sand pits in central Florida.

According to the city of Orlando's official website, these are part of a project to replenish aquifers by running reclaimed water through layers of sand, clay and limestone for a year.

A big job like that needs some big sand pits.

It seems that most of this person's assorted kitchen bundle was easy enough to understand, but this implement appeared to leave them stumped.

So if that person has ever had to remove the scales from fish before, they might be pleased to hear that they'll likely have an easier time doing that now since that's precisely what this thing was designed for.

Although this person wasn't sure exactly what they had bought from a garage sale, they did know that it was from the early 20th century.

And those holes are probably the most important part of this object because its entire purpose is to hold containers of salt, pepper, oil, and vinegar.

While the uploader was house-sitting for a friend, they found a pin that they were pretty sure had some connection to the U.S. Air Force.

And it turns out they were close because this pin denotes a cadet ranking in the Air Force Academy.

Apparently, those who wear these are the academy's equivalent of senior students in college or high school.

When the uploader came across this large, plastic ring adorned with hooks, they had no idea what it could be.

And unless they're a hair stylist, there's really no reason they should be expected to know that this is a hair accessory known as a "fan tail."

Apparently, they're used to help create a "messed-up" look.

When this person discovered this odd attachment, they figured it might go with their mother-in-law's mixer.

And considering that they eventually learned this is a blending rod similar to those used to make milkshakes, it seems that was a pretty fair guess.

If this tool seems completely unfamiliar, that's because you're usually not going to see it on its own.

That's because this is a nut pick.

That's not a very descriptive name so I'll also share that when you use a nutcracker, this tool helps you dig the nut pieces out from inside of the shell without grinding them into dust.

This lightweight block apparently fell out from under the uploader's friend's car and it's still unclear as to why that happened.

However, that doesn't mean it's impossible to figure out what we're looking at as someone quickly realized this is a pumice block used for picking up pet hair.

That doesn't explain why it was under someone's car, though.

When the uploader found this, they thought it looked like a war medal but it's real purpose is a little less serious than that.

Apparently, the only thing this badge signifies is that its wearer is a member of the Lake of Bays Sailing Club out of the Muskoka region of Ontario, Canada.

Since that's where this was found, we can call this mystery solved.

When these felt objects were packaged with some Ikea kitchenware, it was likely their gear-like shapes that threw the uploader off as to their purpose.

Because it turns out they're simply inserts intended to keep pots and pans from scraping each other. I have sheets of cardboard in my home that serve the same purpose.

Although this kind of resembles a ladel, the hollow nubs built into this tool show that it has a much more specific purpose.

So what does this thing do? Apparently, it's an oil skimmer for soups that allows any excess oil to float up through those holes once it's dunked in the soup.

The uploader knew this was an electrical component but it otherwise seemed unfamiliar to them.

They soon discovered that this is a vacuum contacter that's good for creating a sealed environment in harsh areas so that the electricity in a system doesn't arc where it isn't supposed to.

Before we get too confused, it's worth noting that the banana is just here to get a sense of this object's scale.

But if the banana does fit in this device, that's apparently a coincidence. This is actually a portable wine glass holder attached to a lanyard.

I wasn't aware there was much demand for such a thing.

When this person posted a photo of an explosive shell that's apparently in their attic, someone estimated that it's a Scovill 1907 75mm artillery shell.

However, it was hard to find that information because the comments for this post largely consisted of actual explosives disposal technicians recommending that this person contact the authorities because the shell isn't as safe and inert as they think it is.

Indeed, figuring out what specific kind of explosive was potentially endangering the uploader's life wasn't really the top priority here.

This person asked, "What is this thing that was in my sister's Capri Sun?" and it was a good thing they did.

Because as The Miami Herald reported about a similar case of a cloudy substance in some Capri Sun, it's a big sign that there's mold in the beverage.

Apparently, this happens often enough that Capri Sun made the bottoms of their drink pouches transparent to make the issue easier to spot. Isn't that reassuring?

While the uploader was walking through a mountain forest in Serbia, they came across this box hanging from a simple wooden structure.

Soon enough, another user confirmed that similar devices exist in Germany. They're pheromone traps designed to keep plant pests like bark beetles out of commission.