20 Strange Discoveries That Could Only Be Solved By Strangers On The Web

I swear, if you ever find something strange and want to know more about it, the internet is your friend. There are plenty of places, like Reddit, where perfect strangers are willing to answer your questions.

That's what the people who made these strange discoveries ended up doing, and it paid off for sure. So take a look at all of these not-so-mysterious finds.

"Three wooden handled tools (pen for size comp)."

Reddit user Eskaminagaga identified these strange little tools as a shave hook set, while Reddit user Beefcakeandgravy explained that they're for stripping paint and finishing different surfaces, like furniture and stuff like that. Awesome!

"Found in basement, has a manual crank handle."

There were a few different Reddit commenters who guessed that this thing could have been some kind of meat tenderizer, based on the jagged teeth in the device. And it looks like that's the right answer!

"Any info on these chairs with speakers? Seems like they sit on a platform. Seems like some kind of gaming system."

Surprisingly, OP's guess was pretty close. There were plenty of comments under this post saying that these strange thingies were VR machines, like the kind you might find in a mall or arcade.

"Shot glass with some sort of straw included, the handle is the straw, in a tube."

Funny enough, a bunch of different people had the right answer for this thing, too. It's a port wine sipper, apparently. And here I was thinking it was some kind of tool for chemistry experiments.

"This came with a bike. It’s not on the instructions or parts list. I have absolutely no idea that this could possibly be. It has a diameter of about 2 inches."

Reddit user midrandom said, "It's a spoke wrench, for adjusting the tension of your wheel spokes. The numbers correspond to the spoke sizes."

This seems like something you'd only need if you were really into bike riding...

"Metal and plastic tool from an old farmhouse in upstate New York in the 90s."

According to Redditor sofa_king_ugly, "It's a tooth extractor." Random, but cool.

Or... maybe not so random? Redditor hatari2000 said you could probably also use it to open beer bottles. I'm sure that isn't what it was originally intended for, but that's probably what people were doing with it in the 90s.

"Metal dragon dog sculptures over a green rock sphere case with stamped writing on the bottom purchased at an antique store in San Jose, California in an Asian themed case."

A couple of different commenters were quick to identify these statuettes as foo dogs, which are Chinese guardian statues. So cool!

"Round cupped object on a wire with floral tape? Maybe craft material?"

Reddit user Coppercaptive knew the answer right away: "They are red 'bell cups' - a type of seed pod used in florals." Basically, they're just decorations for floral arrangements.

Wow, you really do learn something new every day.

"Unsure exactly what material, unsure of age, unsure of origin but found here in the Netherlands. Has a small star shaped inscription and no other markings. Bottom is very scratched up."

According to the flood of Reddit comments, this thing is either a pipe tamper or a wax seal. According to OP, though, it's probably a pipe tamper. So, that's that.

"Tiny brass(?) leg found in antique shop - not sure what it’s used for."

In a shocking twist of events, this thing is also a pipe tamper. Seriously, what are the odds that two people with two pretty different items would be given the same answer at relatively the same time?

"Red flask-shaped item found in front yard. It has a latch on top and one side has a tube with a string in it. Rather light, at least the hexagon part might be plastic."

A lot of commenters were basically saying the same thing about this object. It's a chalk line for construction work, and it looks like someone would've wrapped it in tape because the original casing broke. So, solved!

"Small metal bits left behind by a customer (in a sauna if that matters?) They look like they twist into something but I’m sure they didn’t come anywhere from the sauna unit itself."

So, apparently OP has never been to IKEA before, because they couldn't tell that these are the little lock nuts you get for assembling their furniture. Even I knew this one.

"Approximately 20 ft tall 20-ft diameter, made some time in the 70s by Murdock Inc, Compton, CA. NASA/military related."

Reddit user phraca identified this strange, giant thing as a steam dryer for a nuclear reactor. And honestly? That answer makes a lot of sense (as it should, since it's the right one).

"What is this set of identical flat wooden shapes found in an old box of Christmas decorations? I can sort of stack a few but they don’t really interlock. There are 10 of them."

Reddit user CopperHead49 said:

"We had these growing up. They are used to organize your ribbons, cords, strings etc for decorations or wrapping. You would start on one end and wrap your ribbon (etc) at a diagonal and then again to the other diagonal etc.."

Now that they've said that, I totally know what these things are, too.

"Made of some sort of string or yarn, the loop at the end is solid, found inside of an old tea pot."

"My grandmother used to have those attached to window shades to pull them down," Reddit user blahblahsdfsdfsdfsdf said. Apparently, a bunch of other people also know about these things, either from their own houses or from their grandparents. Wild.

"Hollow, bladed tool with two pipes going into blade, looks homemade."

According to the Reddit comments, this knife-thing is used by beekeepers to open honeycombs, which apparently works with steam. Such a random answer, but also the right one, so how about that.

"Shield-like object, about 2ft in diameter, dug out of the ground."

Reddit user bignasty001 replied pretty quickly by saying, "Looks like a plow disc to me." Other Reddit users seemed to think this plow disc could also be used as a cooking surface. You know, if you really wanted to.

"Wheel-like object about 18 inches in diameter with wooden sheath over the spindle. Looks like it can be bolted to something."

"Fire hose roll...would have been in a wall cabinet in a large building..." Reddit user UncleFuzzy75 said. Yeah, it looks like a hose reel, but I never would've guessed it was for a fire hose specifically.

"What is this thing - an old tap guard? Found in old family home and want to know more!"

Reddit user shaftofbread had all the info for this thing:

"It is a cover / guard for the water meter and main tap that is usually located at the boundary of a residential property. Protects what is often a poorly located bit of plumbing from lawnmowers, cars and similar hazards."

"Little dirt tower that has appeared over the past few days next to my bed. I noticed a tiny dirt pile a few days ago, and over a few days has constructed itself into a perfect 5-6 inch delicate little dirt tower. In Kenya if that helps."

The Reddit comment section was pretty united in identifying this thing as a termite structure. Time to call an exterminator!

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